Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Tis' The Season...

Love and kindness are never wasted.
They always make a difference.
- Barbara De Angelis

 While it's normal for THIS season to be
filled with hustle & bustle... there is another
off the beaten path to roam.  And that's a path
of wellness & caring for oneself naturally!

Time WELL spent in silence; in rest; close to a 
roaring fire; twinkling lights; tea & a soaking bath.
THESE are JUST a few of the solid
benefits of living, BUT... we as humans
have to take the initiative to make it happen.

I've been taught by trial & error way... was NEVER one
to take heed to advice until years later in age.
NOW... I'm still & listen to what my body is
trying to speak/tell me!

JUST this weekend... I surrendered to my 
body calling for rest & restoration.  
For TWO days... I humbled myself; rested;
sipped HOT tea & resorted to JUST being in my home!

 As an avid gardener, one whom LOVES 
the growing; the beauty & THE benefits of herbs.
I found it a MUST to have done my research
throughout the years of gardening on ALL things herbs!

I'll speak of JUST one... herb in THIS blog post, 
for The GOOD... Lord knows... there wouldn't 
be enough space to consume the words of what's
 been learned through the years!

SAGE... is one of many herbs that would
take center stage in my garden OR at least a hefty corner.
It's BEAUTY compliments so many of it's 
 neighbors in the garden/potager... offering a silvery tone.
The leaves are superb in shape... & pack a strong punch
when using in the kitchen.  Not ONLY do I consider
this herb for cooking & health benefits... BUT, for 
the simplicity it brings to a home when creating 
a finished wreath OR dried floral.

Our main bath provides JUST what the season
calls for... a RELAXING moment of self care.

As late autumn arrives, JUST before frost 
spreads a fine layer across the foliage of 
growing things... I harvest the sage here at the farm.

It's a staple as I enter into 
the winter season... for tea drinking.

The benefits are simply AMAZING... but, 
my MAIN reason for consuming THIS helpful herb...
is to BUILD my immune system & it did JUST 
that this past weekend.

There are MANY rewards to growing 
SAGE... I encourage you to do some 
research & find ALL the benefits.

I'm heading to the kitchen to prepare
more tea... would you care to join me???

Warm Blessings... from my home to YOURS!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Christmas Is Coming...

Christmas Is Coming... 

The months have turned into days...
& the days have turned into hours... for Christmas
 is SURELY to come... no later than VERY soon!

To make the season somewhat simpler...
try out easy recipes that take few ingredients
& JUST moments to prepare, BUT...
are TRULY a hit for everyone!

JUST an example of the MANY recipes
I've shared these last, few weeks!

Comes from the recipe collection of...
Mr. & Mrs. McGuire & I'm honored
to have been gifted SUCH a treasure!

I've literally nibbled myself into 
a frenzy with THESE scrumptious

Pecan Praline Graham Cracker Cookie

1 cup sugar 
2 sticks butter
1 cup chopped pecans
Plain Graham Crackers

Grease a baking sheet well & line 
with graham crackers.  In a small sauce
pan cook sugar & butter. 
Bring to a boil & let boil for 3 minutes.
Add pecans to mixture & spread
evenly over the graham crackers.
Place in 350 degree oven & bake
for 7-10 minutes.
Cool & break into desired pieces.

*NOTE... I found it easier
to line my baking sheet with foil,
MUCH less cleanup.
Also... it's your preference on type
of sugar used in this recipe...
white sugar OR brown sugar.

Be sure to visit THIS link... below
in order to watch the REPLAY
on preparing THIS recipe.

Also... for those campers/glampers
in your tribe... I've HANDMADE...
a sweet collection of ornament campers!

Plain OR personalized... $12.00
Shipping is available as well.

Thank YOU, for visiting with me
& do have a BLESSED... Christmas!

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Rising Up...

Mountains know the secrets
we need to learn.
That it might take time, it might be hard
but if you just hold on
long enough you will find the strength
to rise up.
- Tyler Knott Gregson

'Away In A Manger'

THESE simple words should find YOU lifted up JUST 
as the mountains!  We're here to CONQUER fear, not allow it 
to consume us... rise above doubt & the dullness of life!
REACH for that mountain top & live JUST as 
Jesus would have us to!

THESE... words bring great meaning in my life
& I hope that they'll provide guidance for YOU
in whatever OR wherever fear is found!

NOW... go on your way...
& bring light into today... by doing something
you've hesitated on for some time now.

Jesus will STAY by your side!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Creating a HOMEMADE Christmas...

Christmas is the day
that holds all time together.
- Alexander Smith

There's JUST something about ALL things natural...
the FRESHNESS, the simplicity & fragrance...
it ALL brings a WARM feeling of home to the table!
And... isn't that what it's about... a home filled with WARMTH?!?!

Tis' the season... to adorn the home with beauty...
a piece of bounty that creates a tradition of authentic living!

And... THIS original floral offers ALL that & more... 

If you joined me yesterday evening... well, then you know 
EXACTLY how to create THIS arrangement using 
an ole' fashion, VINTAGE staple that was used 
many Christmas's ago!

ALL the embellishments were either gathered
 from my own farm; foraged from other folks land OR roadside!

Be sure to STROLL on over to the 
(CLICK THIS LINK) Beehind Thyme Farm & Garden
FACEBOOK PAGE... to watch the REPLAY... 
there you'll find a delightful time creating, while sipping eggnog!

Tucked here & there throughout the vibrant
greenery... are HANDMADE rosette's created from 
Birch Tree bark... in the video I show the SIMPLE way 
of doing JUST that!

And... being a avid collector OR hoarder, 
as some may say... brings UNIQUE results
such as THIS...  

A tree created ALL from VINTAGE...
Christmas Tree stands!  PERFECT addition to the porch;
an outdoor area in the garden OR indoor decked with
lights; ornaments & such!

Slow down... & ENJOY some homemade goodness
this season!

SWEET blessings... from the farm!

Friday, December 7, 2018

It's Been Way TOO Long...

Greetings... & WELCOME, friends!
It's been quite some time since I've made my presence here & for THAT... 
allow me to apologize!

To begin with... I'm doing a recap of last evening's LIVE over on the (CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK)...
Beehind Thyme Farm & Garden Facebook page, won't you JOIN me over there for a REPLAY!
It's a moment FILLED with an EASY, peasy recipe; a SIMPLE rosemary wreath
& WARM hospitality from my kitchen to YOURS!

These scrumptious... bites were prepared, along with a short
tutorial on creating a miniature, ROSEMARY wreath using ONLY a 
sprig of FRESH rosemary; wire & small, organza ribbon. 

Oh, the aroma of TOASTED pecans... truly makes one anxious
for WHAT'S to come next!

When toasting my pecans, I prefer not to use any cooking spray... I like things
as natural as possible when preparing meals/food. (THAT'S SIMPLY MY PREFERENCE)
Using pecan halves... spread onto a foil-lined baking sheet & bake at 350 degrees for NO 
more than 5 minutes... watch closely due to oven variations.

Caramel Chocolate Pretzel Cookies

13 ounce Rolo Candies
60 Tiny Twist Pretzels
60 Pecan Halves... TOASTED

Place pretzels onto a parchment OR foil lined baking pan.  
Place ONE piece of candy on top of EACH pretzel.
Bake at 325 degrees for about 4 minutes OR until the 
chocolate becomes shiny.  Remove the pan from oven &
gently press ONE pecan half onto each pretzel.
Cool for 10 minutes, then place sheet into refrigerator to set.
Store in a tin OR airtight container.

What a SIMPLE recipe that packs LOTS of class & taste!

Remember to shop LOCAL when purchasing YOUR pecans...
Farmers Market; FFA; Homemakers OR other associations!

SWEET, miniature... ROSEMARY wreaths
bring  SUCH detail to the simple things in your home, 
along with it's superb fragrance.
Tie them onto packages; around your reindeer necks;
place them at each place setting come Christmas brunch/dinner
OR ring them around an ole' vintage, bottle's neck!
(FULL instructions are on the Facebook Page from
last evening's live... simply watch the replay)

Tree topper's aren't JUST meant for tree's... 
This one has been with me for MANY years,
since my son was a little boy... & I'll forever 
cherish the Christmas's... it had to lean due to it's height atop the tree!

And... it's adorned with one of the FRESH
miniature, ROSEMARY wreaths for remembrance!

It's ALL about creating a HOME... 
with love; kindness & warmth!

I hope that YOU visit again... & be sure 
to follow along... thank YOU, for 
staying around during my long absence!