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    Mother to six Little Women and Two Little Men. Married to a Happy Mortician. Caretaker to goats, chickens and many, MANY bunnies. Photographer. Homeschooler. Lover of Jesus, coffee & tea and all things pink & vintage.

Making Your Own Medicine: Rosehip Syrup

“Rose hips glow like rubies in the fading colors of autumn.”
-Wild Foods and Medicines

 

A few years ago, with hopes of a flourishing rose bush or two, I planted some tender rose saplings in my front garden. Sadly, they did not make it through our Canadian winter. Determined to try again the following spring,  I found local sources for some rose bushes and planted quite a few variety of rose plants.  I believe there are 14 rose bushes in my garden now! They bring me so much joy!

And yes, while they are more work, I suppose, than a regular garden plant, they are well worth it to me … especially when I walk the Scented Walkway, lined with roses and lavender plants, to my Peaceful Porch, my favorite place to sit and take a rest during the warm months.  Not only did I want to plant roses for their delicious scents and intricate and feminine flowers, I knew it would also add to my herbal pantry. Autumn brigs the wonderful fruit of rosehips, a valuable addition to any home herbal.

Now that Autumn is quickly taking her quiet and gentle place over the vibrant summer season, I have been watching my rose bushes, waiting for the last and final blooms, along with the rosehips to signal the end of the season. We have had one frost already. You will want to pick your rosehips when they are orange or red.

 

Note: To gather rosehips, simply snip them off from the stem, gathering them in a bag or basket. I will then dry my rosehips but you could also freeze and store in a mason jar. Inside the rosehips, however, you will find tiny little hairs that can be irritation to your skin or if swallowed. You can still use your rosehips in your recipes – but simply strain the liquid through a sieve. I will be using the whole rosehips and therefore, the itching hairs will not be a problem and will not have to do anything different.

Rosehips are one of my favorite herbs to work with – after all, what women does not love to use rose products? This week, why don’t you try to make some Rosehip syrup for your family?

This lovely syrup became popular during World War II, when fresh fruit was scarce, but the need for Vitamin C was still high to prevent colds and flus. Weight for weight, rosehips has 30-50 times the amount of Vitamin C compared to oranges. As well as vitamin C, rosehips also are a fantastic source of vitamin A, D and E. Arthritis symptoms may also be relieved as rosehips are anti-inflammatory. Because it tastes to delicious, it is easy to give this medicine to your child.

 

 



To make your rosehip syrup, you will need:


two cups of rosehips (link here or for Canadians, look here)

two cups of water
one cup of sweetener (honey or sugar – this is also a preservative for your syrup)

 

Boil your rosehips in your water for about 10 minutes. Strain the juice through a strainer and return the liquid to the pot. Add in your sugar of choice and stir until dissolved over a low heat.

 


Funnel into your bottle of choice. Enjoy the medicinal benefits of your healthy, homemade rosehip syrup!

While you can simply spoon this syrup into your little one’s mouth (or you own), imagine it also drizzled over a bowl of vanilla ice cream or used as a sauce for a lovely cake.

Use daily or twice weekly for your children’s dosage. I’m already planning on making a larger batch, as my large family requires much more dosages than the usual family. 🙂

 

It amazes me that our Creator planned the seasons with such perfection … harvests of herbs readying our bodies to be healthy and vibrant during the cooler months … this Rosehip syrup is a gentle medicinal entrance into the expected and welcomed Autumn and winter seasons.


“Nature provides all the necessary vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy immune
and respiratory system for winter health.
The seasonal harvest, both wild and cultivated,
provides exactly what this season demands.
Walk in the garden, take a stroll in the woods or even your local market.”

-Rosemary Gladstar

 

 

Other Rosehip recipes on the blog:

Rosehip Lotion can be found here.
Rosehip Tea
Rose Petal Jelly

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September 29, 2020 - 5:28 am

Gigi Cathy – Sumac, yes, I love that!

September 29, 2020 - 5:28 am

Gigi Jen, for Lavender, for harvesting, simply clip small bunches and hang to dry. Use as desired! 🙂 They are so lovely! Congratulations on your harvest!

September 29, 2020 - 5:28 am

Gigi Crystal, I use the whole hip. If you separate, then you have to filter out fine little hairs that will cause irritation. It is easier to use the whole hip.

September 28, 2020 - 11:56 am

Gramma Cardinal Jen, I put Lavender in my Sensi pot

September 28, 2020 - 11:54 am

Gramma Cardinal Thanks for reminding me of the syrup, I used to make it and the hips are plentiful here! I used to make Rose hip tea as well! Much Love Gramma xxxxxxxxxxx
Happy Anniversary! x

September 28, 2020 - 10:12 am

Crystal That looks wonderful! We definitely need an extra boost of vitamins these days. Do you remove the seeds first or boil the whole rose hip? I have several rosehips around my place. I’m going to wait for after the first frost to pick.

September 28, 2020 - 9:22 am

Jen Heemskerk Fantastic post! I would love to hear if and how you harvest your lavendar. I planted some in my garden but not sure how to go about using it in a way that is beneficial. Any tips or pointers?

September 28, 2020 - 9:16 am

Cathy Thank you for this syrup recipe Gigi! I’ve been wondering what to do with all these rose hips! I’ve been trying to use what I have on my property as much as I possibly can 🙂 I am also experimenting with Sumac. It tastes really good (like lemons) and is also high in vitamin C! Good thing to have especially this year….

Soup’s On: {How to Pressure Can Soup}

 

 

This week in our garden, we have an amazing amount of cabbage, carrots and tomatoes. We also have onions on hand – not to mention turkey sausages which my husband bought on sale at the market last week.

 

This adds up to a lovely soup, if you ask me.


If you are afraid or nervous to can soup for your family, I would suggest doing some light reading on the subject — and then, just grabbing that pressure canner and getting started. I have been canning soup for quite a few years now – not only is a great way to preserve what’s growing in your garden (or what is on sale at the local grocery store), it’s a beautiful way to add to your pantry, reduce the thinking of “What’s for lunch?” (especially if you are home educating and have a table full of hungry children, awaiting your menu plan spread) or “What’s for dinner?”

Home canned soup is HEALTHY and wholesome … soups, truly, are wonderful.

 

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Here are a few facts about pressure canning soup:

 

💗All soups – no matter what kind – must be pressure canned.

💗  Never can dairy products! You must not add milk, cream, thickeners to your soup recipe. You may add it when you reheat your soup for serving. Likewise, noodles and rice cannot be canned. Again, just add it to your soup when you open your jar and re-heat it for your family.

💗Partially cook your ingredients before pressure canning.

💗A tablespoon of vinegar added to your pressure canner will keep the hard water stains of your jars.

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For extra information, check out The National Center for Home Preservation website.

 

Here is a recipe I used for my tomato sausage soup this week. Let me just clarify that I use the recipe as a loose guideline and then taste as I go along. If you are wanting to make a large pot of soup (which I usually do), just triple everything. Add some more broth or water, onions, salt and taste as you go. You can top up each jar with extra broth or liquid if the jars need extra liquid.

Turkey Sausage & Tomato Soup

  • chopped, cooked sausage (we used turkey sausages)
  • 2 chopped onions
  • 2 chopped green peppers
  • 1-2 jars of diced tomato
  • diced carrots
  • 3 (or more!) cups of beef broth
  • 2 jars tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • salt as desiredCombine in stock pot and partially cook ingredients. Ladle into hot, clean mason jars. Always watch how to not overfill the jars.. Leave a one-inch headspace.  Place new lids in hot water to loosen the seals. Wipe rims and lid with new seals.Process for 75 minutes.

Some of you havea sked for the Taco Soup recipe so I will share that, as well. It is one of our favorites!

Taco Soup Recipe

2 lb. cooked ground beef

3 cloves garlic

2 onion minced

5 tomatoes, chopped {or a jar or two of your diced tomatoes}

1 cup dried kidney beans

1 cup dried black beans

1 cup dried pinto beans

1 jar of  tomato sauce

4 cups of chicken broth

4 tablespoons of taco seasoning

{Homemade Taco Seasoning:
tablespoons chili powder
tablespoons paprika
tablespoons ground cumin
tablespoon onion powder
teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper}

 2 cups corn

Use the same directions as the above soup mentioned.

Hamburger Soup video linked here!

If you have questions, perhaps I can help you get started… dust off your pressure canner and let’s get started!

September 17, 2020 - 10:07 am

Michelle Hello again. I have gleaned MUCH from your past blog posts!! Thanks again for your encouragement in sharing your life. I am curious as to what homeschool materials you might use. If you don’t want to share, that’s okay. We have used ABEKA with a few of Christian Light Publishers. Thank you, thank you. I can’t thank you enough!!

September 16, 2020 - 1:47 pm

Teresa @ SF Hey there, I love this time of the year ~ I love reading about your family canning! Thank you for the inspiration! Blessings to your family ~ sweet friend. Take Care

September 9, 2020 - 2:40 pm

Diane Love this post GiGi! The pictures are fabulous! I love to can but due to health issues I am freezing most of my garden produce and only canning the tomatoes. Surprisingly enough, my husband has learned to can meat with his boss. He is a home butcher and has been getting lots of pork and beef almost for free. The meat processing places around here are so busy they can’t keep ahead of it. Our freezers are full so now my husband is canning it. I just love this! My freezers are full and my shelves as well!

September 8, 2020 - 4:05 pm

Michelle Gigi, I just wanted to let you know that I have been reading back on your past posts and came across “A Life of Disclipline ” that you posted January 2019. It really hit home with me!! I also like your time management posts. I NEED HELP. And these posts have been very helpful. Thanks again and again!!

September 7, 2020 - 11:00 am

Michelle Hello Gigi. I am still trying to figure out how to do all the things I need to. You would think at 47 and 5 children that I would have it figured out, but not so. I enjoy your blog and writings so much because this is where I want to be in my life. I so want to live the “old fashioned ways” with myself and family but I think I want to so much that it overwhelms me that I don’t do what I should. Like I said earlier, I have been so undisciplined for so long it has taken root and I really want to change and incorporate ALL the things you write about. Please understand, I don’t want to sound like I am coveting your life. I just desire with all that is within me to live this way. Your blog and writings have been a breath of fresh air in my life and confirmed by the Lord that I should be doing things diffently. I just need the Lord to help me to do what I need to and when. Thank you so much for sharing your life and how the Lord has helped you to help me!!! If you have time, I know you are busy. Any more encouraging advice would be appeciated!! Thank you Gigi and may the Lord continue to bless you for being faithful to Him and being that godly wife and mother and keeper of your HOME–SO ENCOURAGING! I’m so thankful that the Lord led me to your blog

September 7, 2020 - 4:55 am

Gigi Michelle, thank you again! How are you doing lately?

September 7, 2020 - 4:54 am

Gigi Nancy, that is a good question. If you are using dried beans, soak overnight and do a quick cook as you would normally. If you are using canned beans (from the store), then you will only need to just add them to your soup — not as much concern in cooking them. To be honest, I have made and canned soups without cooking the vegetables beforehand, and it worked, but the guidelines do suggest partially cooking vegetables first (but only just partially as they will be cooked during the pressure canning stage!).

September 6, 2020 - 5:22 pm

Nancy This all looks wonderful, Gigi. Thank you for sharing this valuable information. In your taco soup, can you clarify how much, if any, you cook the dried beans prior to canning? Since you partially cook vegetables, would this apply to dried beans, as well?

September 6, 2020 - 3:41 pm

Michelle I agree with others, you are such an inspiraton and your blog is as well!! Thanks for sharing to help women like me who have a desire to live in the old fashioned ways!! And giving us the encouragement to do so!!

Don’t Waste a Bean

‘Build houses and live in them;
and plant gardens and eat their produce.

Jeremiah 29:5

Bent low, my fingers searched the leafy green bean plant for the fruit of our labour… my young son, only 4, was helping me pick beans that morning.

“Don’t waste any beans – find them all,” I told him, encouragingly.

This year, we are growing Italian beans, bush beans (green and yellow) and scarlet runner beans. It is nice to have such a variety in beans.

Across the garden, several children were picking fat ripe peppers – which were to be cut up and used for salsa and spaghetti sauce, not to mention eating straight from the plant as a midday snack.

One daughter was also collecting seeds from a flower that had past its prime already. Last year, the same young lady saved trays of seeds from her flower collection — thus, expanding her garden section to her own physical garden, shared with her sister. It has been beautiful to see them work together to create their floral display.

We have saved our sunflower seeds from previous years  – why not save other flower seeds? This spring, there was a substantial seed shortage in some areas. It only seems prudent to save as many seeds as we can this year with anticipation of things to come for 2021.

{saving pea seeds}

My thoughts wandered to the previous years in the garden when I would encourage the girls to pick everything that we could eat.

“Pretend it is the Great Depression. We need every bean,” I would often say, as they picked through the bushes.

{bee balm; also called bergamot}

Never would I guess that we would be heading into such a year as 2020 has played out to be. Who would have thought this year would be such an uneasy and shaky season for North America? In fact, just this week, I was warned of a looming  food shortage for the fall and winter months. Is that possible? We surely live in unstable times right now … and I would not be prudent if I did not take extra care and caution to prepare our household for such a possibility. I have all the hundreds of jars I need, the food is growing just outside my door, I have the canning lids (pre-ordered earlier this year from a bulk company – I knew I would not want to go out to the dollar store to pick up canning lids), and I have all the equipment. This year, I know many friends have purchased canning equipment and are re-thinking the way they look at the food storage for their own family. I have offered my daughters and I to a few friends to help out their ‘putting up’ sessions. Despite a possible food shortage, it is always beneficial to learn how to preserve and store your own food for your family. It is a skill you need to pass on to the next generation and the younger mothers, who are just learning how to manage a family. {Friends, if there is anything I can do to help you out on this journey, let me know. I would be happy to help!}

While I don’t know what the future holds, I do know who holds the future.

{Any beans that are too big  for eating will be saved for seeds}

{Canning tip: put your canning jar on it’s side and you will find it a bit easier to place your beans inside.}

Truthfully, my  food preservation work load has not changed too much from previous years, as this is something we have always done since moving to the country. We grow our vegetables and we preserve them. It is good to be prudent and stock up on the food that I can grow or attain. Already we have put away so much into our Provision Room … canned beans, pickled beans, blueberries, jams and preserves, corn (frozen and canned), tomato sauce, pizza sauce, salsa, beef soup, taco soup, cucumber relish, strawberry jam …

 

There is more to come. The beets are bursting out of the soil and are crying to be picked. The beautiful heads of green leafy cabbages are ready to harvest. Potatoes are ready to be discovered hiding in their brown earthen beds.  The ruddy rutabagas are round and lovely – maybe they will wait a few more weeks before I will pick them. The onions are drying in the wood shed, along with hundreds of garlic bundled up and strung to dry. (My 16 year old is selling our organic garlic this year as her high school job – is anyone interested in purchasing locally grown garlic? Just send me a message.) We did struggle with the tomatoes this year and while there is a harvest coming and tomatoes ripening as we speak, I was afraid there would not be enough – we were blessed to purchase organic tomatoes from a farmer to help us fill out the extra need.

But still … the benefits of a garden are wonderful …

In our garden, we are growing rutabagas and turnips. I happened to go to the grocery store this week – (the first time in four months) – and noticed the price on rutabagas – $5 each! There are about 20 rutabagas (which is a cross between a cabbage and a turnip) growing in their row – that $100 in savings and also one rutabaga a week for our family to eat.

Once we pulled up our garlic patch, it made room for a second start up of seeds – so we replanted another row of rutabaga, carrots, beans and peas. I am praying it grows in time and I can harvest before the frost.

{New rows of vegetables – extending the growing season into phase 2 … a second ‘wave’  for our garden}

Tonight, we will have a vegetable-based dinner, with all food straight from the garden that is growing just outside my kitchen door. Tomorrow, I will be making a vegetable minestrone soup for pressure canning … yes, the soup making time has arrived, as well.

This winter, we will still be eating our own vegetables and will be so thankful for all that God provided in the garden harvest. Today, however, we have work to do.

Don’t waste the beans.

 

By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear,
prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world,
and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
Hebrews 11:7 –

P.S.

Here is a link for you, giving great instructions for pressure canning beans. It is very simple to do, however you need a pressure canner.

How to pressure can beans:

 

September 6, 2020 - 3:35 pm

Gigi Kim, thank you. You are an inspiration to my girls and I!
I have written out the taco soup recipe on the next blog post.

August 31, 2020 - 9:08 am

Kim Robbins Gillian you are such an inspiration to young and older women. Your gardens are amazing. Can you share your taco soup recipe.

August 29, 2020 - 10:19 pm

Ruthie Thankyou, Gigi! That rutabaga recipe sounds delicious! I’ll have to find some and give it a go. ❤

August 27, 2020 - 11:19 am

Michelle Thank you again for your encouragement Gigi. I need guidance in my life. I have been so undisciplined in my life and my family’s life for so long. It’s going to take a lot of work to turn things around. My undisciplined life shows up in my children. I will talk a good talk, but then don’t DO anything to follow. Instead of seeking the Lord and crying out to HIM, I seem to look elsewhere first instead of the other way around. It should be Him first and He will show me what to DO and when. But your points are great, I just need to do it!! Please pray for me, I have failed miserably and I need a change in my life. Thanks for lending a listening ear and giving encouraging words/advice to lift me up!! Again, your blog has been such a BLESSING in my life!! Have a blessed rest of your day!!!

August 26, 2020 - 4:54 pm

Gigi Michelle – I understand it is a lot to do for one person. I would suggest a few things …
1) Get up earlier and go to bed on time. Hopefully, you can get the bookwork done early with a fresh mind.
2) Use your time wisely. Avoid any outside engagements that take you from the home too often. It sounds like you are in a chapter of life that will require 100% of your time and dedication. After God, your family is your first priority.
3) Try to be organized with schooling so that is leaves your afternoons free to do your homemaking chores/from scratch living that you are attempting to bring into your routine.
I hope that helps. Motherhood — especially one with homeschooling, helping husband, baking, creating, cooking, growing — takes a lot of energy – however, with the Lord’s strength, you can fulfill your role. We cannot do it alone; only with God’s help and provision.

August 26, 2020 - 11:07 am

Michelle I also was wandering if I could get some advice. I also take care of the bookkeeping work for my husband’s businesses. So with that added too trying to learn/do more things toward living more “simply” makes it more challenging plus homeschooling and every day life. Any ideas on how to help?? I think i need a GOOD schedule. Thank you in advance!! I want to keep a good attitude with it all as well!!

August 25, 2020 - 11:15 am

Michelle Thank you Teresa. I have went back and read SO MUCH on her blog. It is such a blessing!! I am so excited, but I must put my talk to work and DO! I must be careful to guard my time looking too much though because I will neglect what I need to do spending my time looking but it is so helpful and encouraging. I think I better set a certain time frame to look and then stop. Thanks so much!!

August 24, 2020 - 9:30 pm

Teresa Gigi, your garden is beautiful~ can’t wait to see your provision room once all your canning is finished. A note to Michelle ~ read Gigi back post you will find a wealth of info and encouragement! I plan to visit them again this fall! Take care sweet friend!

August 23, 2020 - 5:07 am

Gigi Great advice, Monica. I would say the same thing about my husband. Our lifestyle change happened, not on his prodding, but on my natural instinct to bring things back to the basics, from scratch, growing our own food, etc. desire in my own heart. I’m sure our husbands appreciate the hard work but they are not the force behind the “simple old fashioned” living values.

August 23, 2020 - 5:05 am

Gigi Ruthie, my sister showed me a great dish – you slice them up and cover them with cheese and bake them. Oh, it was so good! All of my children just loved it! I forget the name of the recipe, but I’m sure if I find it, I will post it here for you. Rutabagas are such an old fashioned type of food – no one uses them anymore unless you eat locally or seasonally or grow them yourself.

August 22, 2020 - 4:50 pm

Michelle Thank you again Gigi for your wonderful blog and for sharing so much encouraging things. And thank you Monica for your encouragement as well!! Very good advice. I am excited!! I want to do so much at one time, but I can’t and I don’t want to get overwhelmed or “grouchy” with trying to do too much or trying to learn because of not knowing how. I need to make some purchases to have some things to get started, but again it can be overwhelming. I do want to do this!! So pray for me ladies, if you will that I will do what the Lord would have me do at the right times with the know how to do it and using the GREAT information from both of your blogs can help me. Thank you both so much, I sure appreciate it!!!

August 22, 2020 - 2:09 pm

Ruthie Dear Gigi,
Everything looks so delicious! I love beans fresh from the garden. I remember eating rutabagas as a child, but how do you fix them? There is something so satisfying in knowing where your food comes from and how it was prepared. I think it can also cultivate (no pun intended) a greater sense of thankfulness to the Lord in providing, which you certainly have done with your children.

August 21, 2020 - 5:10 pm

Monica Gorgeous garden and beautiful photography–what a great blessing your garden will be and is to your lovely family! The hard work truly does pay off.

If I may encourage Michelle just from my own experience…my husband really doesn’t care if I am frugal or not (live simply, etc) and mostly isn’t even aware that I hang our clothes out, make all food from scratch, make bread, etc. Most of these things I do while he’s at work and I guess it’s become a part of us for so long that he doesn’t notice and he really doesn’t understand why I wouldn’t choose the easier route. I guess what I’m saying is can you live simply even if he doesn’t notice or if he doesn’t understand why you would want to? I’ll bet he will enjoy the electric bill being lower by your frugality. But, then again, he may not notice. (mine wouldn’t)…so I say unless he is directly opposed to your decisions to live simply, then go for it! He may not notice or encourage you (it can be discouraging when they don’t notice or show appreciation…sigh) in it (or even get on board with you) but you will be so blessing your family!

August 20, 2020 - 3:04 pm

Michelle Thank you again for your encouragement. We do a few things already such as a few things in our garden, I do can and freeze some. But after looking at your blog there is SO MUCH MORE I would like to do!! A lot of it, I don’t know how or not very familiar with. But I am so excited to do it!! My husband says it not a simpler life, it is harder and I think he doubts I can do it or that I don’t have time to do it. I do stay home for the most part and we homeschool, but I feel like we could make a lot of adjustments to help with this and I want my husband to be pleased with all of it and it not be that I am trying to run things. I just have this desire, I think from the Lord, to incorporate living, at least some, in the old paths. Thank you for listening and for all you have shared. I’m trying to space my time looking at your blog so I don’t take away from what I should be doing, but the blog is so good. I need to manage my time wisely. Thanks again!!

August 19, 2020 - 8:15 pm

Gigi Hello Michell — and welcome! It is so nice to hear that the blog has been a blessing to you.
In regards to learning different ways of living, I suppose it just became a necessity and part of the every day life. We knew food needed to be healthier, for a start, so that began a lot of from-scratch-living. Bread needed to be made, food needed to be prepared, gardens required planted… rolling up one’s sleeves and ‘just doing it’ is the best way to get things done.I suppose I have also eliminated a lot of extra activities in my life. I mostly stay at home, tending to the homefront.
And you are right – we can do nothing in ourselves. It is only through Christ’s strength that we can actually get through the day.

August 19, 2020 - 10:45 am

Michelle One thing I wanted to ask. How would one find the time to learn the “simpler” ways of living while taking care of her family and having every day tasks already? Balance the time, I guess I could ask? I know I must put God first and ask for His help, because I can’t do it. Thanks!!!

August 19, 2020 - 10:23 am

Michelle I found your blog recently and I just wanted to let you know it has been a REAL BLESSING to me. I am a wife of 26 years, mom to 5–ages 17 years to 2 years. I am looking to go back to “the old paths of living and helping my family, so your blog has encouraged me to do so. I have got a long way to go, but I pray with the Lord’s help, He can help me in every way!!! Thank you for sharing to encourage and help me!

Grow Your Own Food: Bachelor Button Tea

“If you are cold, tea will warm you;
if you are too heated, it will cool you;
If you are depressed, it will cheer you;
If you are excited, it will calm you.” 
~ William Ewart Gladstone

 

 

The full and wonderfully rich days of August are upon us. In between cuddling my sweet baby boy, my daughters and I have been busy gardening, harvesting, putting up foods for the winter and drying herbs. Rarely do we have a slow day in the summer. We try to reserve a few hours of rest and reading time in the afternoon – that keeps us all ready for the next task at hand.

Do you dry herbs or flowers from your garden? This month, I had read about drying herbs in your vehicle. What a great idea! (Just keep a window cracked slightly to encourage air flow.) Since I do not have a dehydrator (in my effort to use less appliances), I decided to try it out. For us, it worked out fantastic –  we rarely use our large family vehicle, with the exceptions of family outings. The hot, dry vehicle ended up being a great location for us to dry our herbs. [If you visit the van right now, you’d see a variety of trays, holding different petals and herbs from the garden. It is rather silly to see.]

This week, I dried most of my bachelor buttons, an old fashioned wildflower, which were growing in my herb garden and as borders around certain vegetable beds in the kitchen garden. Bachelor Buttons, in my humble opinion, do not receive enough attention from gardeners. They are delightful little daisy like flowers that will bloom for most of your summer in a variety of pinks, blues, white and purple hues.  Their unique name comes from the time when young bachelors would wear the flowers in their labels to alert others of their availability.

 

It was delightful tasks to gather the pretty dainty flowers with my flower-daughter, Lavender, knowing we would be using these lovely blooms for tea in the cooler months.

 

With so many flowers added into our vegetable garden, not to mention my daughter’s addition of their personal flower garden and the herb gardens, we have so many busy bees around us at all times. It is an absolute delight to garden with the gorgeous, hard working bees. I cannot wait to see the rich golden honey they will produce!

Here is a tray of dried flowers – after a week or so in the hot car. Every time I walked by the car, I would just rustle the flowers buds around a little bit to encourage the air flow.

 

While in a thrift store last year, my eldest daughter spotted this precious tea cups – featuring bachelor buttons! She has since tucked it into her Hope Chest. It was a beautiful find …

 

To use the Bachelor Button Tea, simply pour boiling hot water over your filled tea strainer. Enjoy with honey or just as it is – it’s a beautiful tea.

The benefits of Bachelor Button tea are many…

“The uses of Bachelor’s Button can be traced back to the ancient Egyptians and Greeks who used it for headaches, joint pain, stomach aches and fever.
It can also be used for migraines, as a slight sedative, dizziness, arthritis, colds, fevers, cramps, worms, menstrual cycle regulation, as an antiseptic, psoriasis, toothaches, insect bites, labor pain, infertility, asthma, allergies, tinnitus, nausea and vomiting.
A tea made of the leaves or flowers can be used for colic, colitis, indigestion, colds, arthritis, osteoporosis, bursitis, alcoholism, flatulence, menstrual cramps and tendonitis.”
-Health Revelation

 

Isn’t it amazing how the flowers God has so beautifully decorated our planet also keeps us healthy? Our Heavenly Father surely has blessed us in so many ways … when you plant your gardens next year, do remember the humble Bachelor Button.

 

August 19, 2020 - 12:18 am

Ruthie Thankyou for sharing your bachelor button tea recipe with us! It’s really neat to get the background story of the flower. I enjoyed seeing the process in pictures from start to finish.

August 16, 2020 - 4:43 pm

Monica Last year was my first year to grow bachelor buttons and this year, I planted more and also had a wild one come up that flourished! They ARE wonderful. Great idea on drying the herbs in the vehicle!

That shot with the bee is amazing! Wonderful photography!

The Gift of a Clothespin

“My Lord is not limited; He can again supply.”
 – George Muller

 

“Mommy, the laundry is all over the yard,” my nine year old reported, as she ran up to the house, finding me in the kitchen.

 

“Oh, they must have blown off the line – I have no laundry pegs,” I told her, as I finished washing up the breakfast dishes. “I’ll get the clothes in a minute. Gather what you can and put them in the basket.”

Finishing up the dishes, I slipped on my sandals and returned to the clothelines, one of my favorite spots to work around the house. Hanging laundry outside in the summer fresh air is a delight, not a chore, to me. Pulling the squeaky laundry line in after only an hour in the bright sunshine, I am often surprised to find the clothes fully dried. Not only do the clothes dry fast and sanitize in the sun, they smell like fresh air and country life, a scent that is only free from nature and can never be put into a  store-bought bottle.

But for the past few months, I have had a lack in pegs– to put it simple: I have had no clothespins – and so, I lay the clothes on the laundry line, hoping a strong wind would not blow our undershirts and the like into the neighbouring field.

“Well, where are all your clothespines?” my husband asked one morning, as he sipped his morning espresso before heading to work at the funeral home.

“Oh, you know how it is … I don’t really know … they just … disappear,” I shrugged. Where *did* those clothespins go? I had seen countless children yank their towels from the laundry line this summer, snapping the pins as they pulled down their warm towels to dry themselves after a swim in the “pool”. I knew they had broken some but I had searched the grass and could not find many pins to put back together and re-use.

But now, all the pegs were gone.

With all the upset that is going on in this world right now, I find it very challenging to get to a store. In fact, I have not been to a store in about four months – ever since Luther was born and the restrictions of shopping were put in place. My husband helps with the groceries and I just figured this is a time to make do with what we have. No quick run to the dollar store to pick up clothespins if I have to wait in a line for 15 minutes, leaving all the children at home. Things like clothespins and craft supplies – the usual dollar store purchases – would be forgotten for the time being.

And so, that morning, as I laid out the clothes on the laundry line one by one — without pegs — my thoughts drifted … to George Muller. That great man of faith prayed for everything.
Big or little.

The clothespin request was little, but was it justified for a request?

Yes, I realized I would just need to pray  — for clothespins. 

“Lord, you know I cannot go to a store right now. You know I need to hang laundry to dry. You know how much laundry a family of 11 can have! Lord, I pray that if you think I need them, you will send me some laundry pegs…”

As I finished with the laundry, my simple prayer was quiet, but I was confident my God was listening – even to my small request.

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The three helpless ice cubes in our clear drinking glasses, filled with fresh well water,  were rapidly melting and quickly disappearing with the humid August afternoon.

Under the shade of the porch, my cousin sat opposite of me in the faded white rocking chair, while I held my baby in my lap and rocked on the porch swing. Some of the children were playing, some were quietly hovering around the porch, hanging on the porch beams, listening to our conversation. The laundry had been gathered, folded and put away. It was time to chat a little with my relative.

Our conversation was jumping all around, hardly staying on one topic for very long, as we tried to quickly catch up from a few months of not seeing each other. Finally, nearing the end of our visit, my cousin reached into her bag and pulled out a plastic ziploc bag.

“I’m not sure if you need these or not…?” she said, holding out the bag to me.  “But I brought them for you…”

I peeked inside the bag and gasped.

Clothespins. Lots of clothespins.

Tears misted my eyes. I could not believe it – but shouldn’t I have had more faith?

“Oh my … this is wonderful … amazing … you have no idea!” I excitedly told my cousin, as I dropped the clothespins in my lap. “Just this morning, I prayed for clothespins! And here they are! I needed some and God provided!

Later that evening, I told my husband about my prayer request and the gift God had sent.

God is so good and faithful – even in the little, tiny details – if we ask.  When I peg up the daily loads of laundry, I will now be reminded of the Lord’s goodness —  in the form some simple wooden clothespins.

 

 

August 12, 2020 - 8:56 pm

Teresa God cares about every little detail of our lives. If it is important to you it is important to the Father. He sees our every need and He hears our every little prayer, even if it is just asking for Him for the need of clothes pins….This story blessed my heart ~ He cares for you!

August 10, 2020 - 1:04 pm

Ruthie Dear Gigi, I love laundry dried on the line as well, but I never knew of all the health benefits. Thankyou! I’ve hung laundry all my life mainly to help save on electricity. My husband is on the other side of a bone marrow transplant at this time, and one of the things we needed to do was move within a half hour of the cancer hospital. So, we moved into our son’s newly bought home for the summer, but that means no garden as fresh dirt is a no-no to a recovering BMT patient. However, I was so happy to see the former owner had a clothes line, pins, line supports and even laundry line in the basement! There have been so many answers to prayer for us through this journey, but being able to still hang out my laundry is a personal one for me because I dearly miss my regular summer outside time. I’m also enjoying all your families’ activities and just love your GW garden! You uniquely made it the Gauthier garden!❤ Also, could you perhaps share in a future post about where you find your herb tincture recipes for your medicine cabinet? No hurry, of course, with you taking care of your beloved family.
Appreciating all the time you take for us,
Ruthie

August 6, 2020 - 3:02 pm

Debby in Kansas USA I’ve had that happen to me, as well. Isn’t it so wonderful to know He’s always listening? When househunting for the very first time, it was depressing! We couldn’t find anything. Either it didn’t meet our needs for various reasons or it was too expensive. It was already slim pickings because a large earthquake had damaged so many of the affordable homes. There was a tract of little homes I really liked, close to the train (we only had one car), and walking distance to many things. The particular model that we wanted and we could afford was rarely for sale and we waited and waited. After many months, we were about to give up and settle but our agent called to say that a sale just posted on the model we wanted just an hour before. I closed my eyes and said, “Lord, let us know if this is the right one. Somehow. You know I love forest green carpet and I’ve got ivy dishes.” We immediately went to see it. Yup, you guessed it. It was the home we wanted. Great location, forest green carpet, and the shelf paper in the kitchen was ivy!! Not only that but it was nearly $30,000 less than we were expecting!!!

August 5, 2020 - 11:43 pm

Rachel Thank you for sharing this story! God does hear our prayers “if we ask.” I love the fact that you will now think of God when you see your clothespins! I try to match up God’s word with my environment whether it be in nature or an object.

August 4, 2020 - 11:49 pm

jen This is a fantastic example of God’s faithfulness. This week, my good friend lost the diamond from her wedding ring. She thought she had lost it in Costco- and even some people tried to help her scour the floor for it when she noticed it missing while returning something. She went home and tore her home apart thinking, maybe just maybe the diamond had gotten caught in her fitted sheet when she was changing the bedding on her bed. Still to no avail, she just prayed about it, not really having faith that she would find it as she thought it was gone gone. Low and behold, as she emptied her clothes from the washer to the dryer she heard a clunk. It was her diamond!!! She couldn’t believe it! I told her her story reminded me of the parable of the woman losing her coin. God is so good and knows what we need when we need it!!

August 4, 2020 - 5:43 pm

Kristal Oh, I love, love, love this story. I was just sharing with my husband my anxiety over his work and planning today. He is a school teacher and is supposed to start school in just a few weeks, but he still has not received any news from the school district on what that will look like (meaning in person or online). It’s so easy to let the enemy take captive my thoughts during this time, but your story is a prime example that the Lord has us in his hands. My worries are his and he will provide exactly what we need this year, no matter how that might look for us. Thanks for always pointing us back to the Lord, Gillian. P.s. I’m glad you got your clothespins! Sometimes it’s the small things that mean the most.