Don’t get me started on how much I LOVE this beautiful country! I have been three times (twice as a soldier), and had the wonderful pleasure of taking my son with me this fourth time to see my Deutsche Freundin (German gal friend!). We visited Dresden and Frankfurt. Dresden was particularly exciting, as I have never been able to visit the eastern part of Germany before this. Like every other place in Germany, Dresden is amazing and requires a week to see everything!!
The food..just everything is wonderful. In our favorite town of Oberursel, my son even got to play Magic the Gathering one night with a great gang of boys at the local Computer Store. Really miss it there always. ❤
Hi all! My son is allergic to peanuts. Not a strong allergy- it is mild. So I usually buy almond butter or sunflower seed butter. Yum, but it can be pretty expensive though!
We have a Vitamix refurbished so we bought it really inexpensively thru Target, and I decided to make our own almond butter. I had some almonds, added a little salt and little oil to make it creamy, and we had some sunflower seeds so I added that as well. It turned out great wow! Here’s a couple pictures. I’ll post the recipe from Vitamix book that I have. To be honest I don’t exactly measure when I cook except for when I bake I winged it and luckily it usually turns out pretty well!!
No matter which blender are you using be careful you do not burn out the motor. Adding a little oil to make your almond butter creamy also helps keep the motor running smooth. According to the Vitamix cookbook blendies ingredients together. You can turn the blender off and on periodically to rest your blades and motor as well. Delicious! I plan to do this with peanuts for Mark and myself! When making peanut or cashew butter you do not have to add as much oil because of the natural oils.
3 cups almonds ( virtually any naughty like!)
1/3 to 1/2 cup oil
Blend! Store in the refrigerator for one month, if it last that long! 😄
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I am happy to announce new WONDERFUL shops who are selling my soaps! Smart shops!!
Anthony’s Salon Barbershop in Twinsburg, Ohio, Olio’s Restaurant Gift Shop AND Gastonia Greenhouse Gifts in NC!
I’ve been cooking and making tons of soap for my shops. Taliesin is really happy in his art class, plus Middle School gaming. He has D&D with his friends too. 🙂 Dungeons and Dragons! He volunteers off and on at Stowe Botanical Garden too, in Belmont, NC. A lovely place to go, especially now with all the Holiday lights!
Olio’s in Gastonia is one of the best places to eat, probably in all of NC. I thought I would have to eat Italian or Mexican to have a great meal, but no more! They are having a Christmas Tree donation for charities so we at Faerykiss donated this:
HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE! DON’T FORGET THE CODE FOR 15% OFF MY PRODUCTS: 15PLEASE
I have NO idea why this photo is sideways like this when the computer has it upright.
We bought Gianni paint for our countertops cause we can’t afford the real thing right now! Our countertops were old 1980s white and showed EVERYTHING. I am really happy with this! I added some fine glitter to the clear top coats for that expensive diamond look! Much easier than we though it would be. Try it out!
Summer time is fun time..also some school time…which we make as fun as possible. Really, anything is a learning experience, right? 😀
We have these old, really old books from Piccolos in Belmont, an awesome antique store. $20.00 for all those red books on children’s classics. Dated 1912. Really, not THAT old. I love old books! Dated similar is that smaller brown book; it belonged to my grandfather. It was his elementary math book! Now it’s Taliesin’s, and he uses it! The larger brown book on the left there is from England (also from Piccolos) and it is dated 1806. Title, The Guardian, from London. The book is old to the point where the ‘s’ are ‘f’. Pretty cool! I love old books!! I think (or hope) Tali appreciates, too.
I’ve been trying to take photos of birds, particularly, hummingbirds at the feeder. I’ll be out on the deck, and not have my camera at the best moments!! So here are a couple for you! I took the one of the hummingbird hanging out on the clothing line today. Hurricane Hermine is around here but we are only getting the tail-end of it. Some wind, some rain here near Charlotte, NC. I really hope everyone else is alright.
Got a new product, asked for by my hubby: Mountain Man Beard Balm. Nice and smooth, with lots of illipe butter. A butter that is my favorite actually even more so than Shea. Here is some info:
Regarded by some as the richest of all butters, illipe is made from the nuts of the Shorea stenoptera, a species of the Dipterocarpaceae plant family. It has been used for centuries to treat skin problems.
The illipe trees is native to Malaysia, typically found in Borneo. The nuts, which are collected from the forest floor and dried in the sun until the shells are brittle enough to be separated, are 50% fat, are then pressed to extract this nourishing emollient. Containing oleic, palmitic, stearic and linoleic acid, illipe butter is similar in composition to shea butter but has a higher melting point, making it perfect for use in facial skin care products.
So the family’s been trying to be more spontaneous; especially myself and my son. We love to plan things out before we do them– I’m talking at least a couple weeks in advance!
When I saw a Rankin Lake in Gastonia North Carolina and I realize it’s just a few miles from us, we decided let’s go check it out even though it’s pretty hot outside it was almost noon .
What a beautiful place and felt very safe! There was even a ranger who explained everything to me about the paddleboats, kayaks, canoes, and a beautiful trail, very clean one mile .6 around the beautiful lake. Turtles and fish everywhere! People looked healthy jogging or paddling canoes. Our type of place. We plan to go often! 🙂
It’s always nice when you find a place close by you never always have to travel far to enjoy life.
This year I haven’t added any new soaps to my line, not including my temporary summer soap, Bora Bora. However, I have noticed my Charcoal Aloe soap, with skin loving activated bamboo charcoal, is a low seller. It has a few die-hard fans though; and there is no way I wanted to dismiss a soap with charcoal ! !
Bamboo charcoal: Make pores smaller and cleaner, Take care of oily skin, Deep clean your skin, Soothe and heal bites, cuts and skin irritations, Rid your hair and skin of toxins. Yes, try this in your hair! (from Best Health magazine)
I gave the soap a new look (no more green-it always looked odd to me) and ADDED HEMP OIL.
Some hemp oil benefits – Regenerates & Energizes The Skin’s Protective Layer: Due to its high content of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, hemp oil has a composition similar to skin lipids, which makes it an excellent natural emollient and moisturizer. It is especially useful for dry, tired or dehydrated skin and nails. It increases the skin elasticity and water retention capacity in tissues. Also, known to help against varicose veins and psoriasis. Great for luscious hair!
New name: Activated Charcoal & Hemp soap. Same wonderful, fresh scent! Smells a bit like Irish Spring soap to me. **I’ll add photo once I get my Gmail working correctly!!** Here it is!! ^^^
Our 2016 backyard little garden is growing better than last year..not sure why.
Well, this time we have the powered egg shells and some lime mixed in with the soil for the tomatoes to prevent them rotting out from the bottom. See those jalapeños?? I NEVER have trouble with them, they grow SO well and fast! I slice them thick and store them in a jar in the fridge with white vinegar. They’ll keep for almost-ever, and the vinegar itself is great for flavoring Mexican style dishes.
Son Taliesin and I went blackberry picking! Yum! I am searching for raw blackberry recipes because I don’t feel like cooking in this North Carolina’s heat.
I had stopped posting blogs as I was (still am) very busy with homeschooling Taliesin..but I decided to start up again! Woot!
It’s soooo cold here in southern NC..trying to keep warm. We were in Florida with the in-laws last week..Lego Land! Warm and lovely, but I do NOT miss the heavy traffic! Orlando that must be all year I would predict.
I was washing the floor with the best mixture of floor soap in the world: baking soda, white vinegar and a squirt of dish soap with plenty of hot water in the bucket, and I wanted to add a little something.
I have many essential oils, but especially own a huge (too huge) freakin bottle of lemongrass I use for lip balm. I added a capful, like a tsp. in the bucket and what a great scent it added to the home! 🙂
I haven’t posted in a while…family from Ohio coming to visit and my son’s 13th birthday party. Seems like yesterday he was just a baby!!
When I went to school, we Always started that glorious day (I used to like school lol) the day after Labor Day. Ah, school in the 70s! Anyway, it was good enough for me, so it’s good enough for Tali to start at that time as well. However, I decided to start school today! Yeah! I have some awesome workbooks by Spectrum and a couple Lit books from used homeschool fair, so why not, I am too excited!
Taliesin, however, is not…lol. To be expected, I guess. I play some relaxing, but not sleepy music, and set a nice mood for learning. Maybe some Native flute, or Asian themed music. Such a nice way for continuing to bond with your child!
There is a lot of info. out there and the computer for reference is a homeschool mom’s (and dad’s) best friend. Here are some links I hope you find helpful. Cheers!
Mondays are the best time for my blog posts, since Monday’s are my energy days! Much to the annoyance of past office colleagues I would stroll into work with a huge smile on Monday and greet everyone enthusiastically; I have NO idea why I am like this, but I have always been like this. 🙂
North Carolina has had some record hot days this summer! I think everyone has! Thankfully, we have gotten a LOT cooler, 78 degrees now as I write this..so my Roma’s and cucumbers are doing well again…tomatoes can take a lot of heat, cucs not so much. I have the basil along the tomatoes so they are happy, growing a little bush! 🙂
I want to say something about tomatoes..they love egg shells (powdered in blender) and soil without so much nitrogen. There is special ‘tomato soil’ sold for this reason, but this year we forgot and so there were a LOT of little green tomatoes with black rotted spots on the bottom. Also, this year, I did not blend the egg shells to a powder..I just crushed them up..I think that wasn’t enough? 😦 a spray took care of this thankfully!! We now have lovely, meaty Roma tomatoes.
As an ‘unschooler’ (no rigid schedule) we school off and on all summer long. Summer is so much fun for homeschoolers…so much time with his homeschool friends in this wonderful, happy secular (accepts families of ALL faiths) group, swimming, playing games, eating out and movies. Today though, Taliesin, after playing with a friend down the street, is doing some math. I can’t believe he will be in 7th grade! !
We finally did it. We bought a refurnished Vitamix. You would never know it was used though-swear! Even came with a cookbook to get us started. We’ve been using it every day, twice a day at least:
We’ve been making juice instead of buying it. ^^^Above is strawberry lemonade, yum! A couple lemons peeled, water, and a couple handfuls of frozen strawberries. Gotta add a touch of sugar too. Still so healthy and fresh tasting. I’ve been making my version of ‘V8’..but I haven’t been counting the veggies/fruits in it so…a couple apples cut in half, piece of lemon, tomato, kale, celery..I think that’s it. So it’s a VF5: veggie fruit drink. I add water and some ice too. Lots of water, as I want a drink, not a veggie smoothie. That just sounds gross to me. Here is some salsa I attempted:
We’ve been making hot soups, and tomato sauce also. Taste so fresh, if you use fresh tomatoes, or at least hot house fresh smelling ones from the grocery store.
That leads me to my next subject: Spring Garden!! 🙂
My dear hubby made 3 raised plant beds for me. No more stooping forever pulling weeds!! Thanks, Mark! We have cucumbers in one of them, roma tomatoes in another, and lettuce in the third one. We plan to add one more next year.
We buy our plants from Fords on Main Street in Gastonia. Always strong, healthy plants! I’ll post more photos as they grow.