Simple, Logical, Natural Living

Stop & Smell the Roses May 31, 2012

Or lilies. Yesterday, I noticed my tiger lilies were starting to bloom. Lilies not only add a splash of color, but if you actually take the time to look and smell them, they are so much more. Their leaves and stalk are sturdy and shiny. The flowers are flashy and confident. These flowers are so perfect, they almost look fake. Ever have that feeling? Someone is too nice to be real? Are you often more shocked when people are kind and polite? The lily is the real thing and yes, there are good people out there. That being said, there is a lot to learn from a lily. In our society we rarely take (or have) time to pay close enough attention to learn such important lessons from nature.


Random Garden Contemplation May 29, 2012

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The weather has been so funky this year, I was really worried about how the garden may fair. Well, as I’ve said before, I had a rough start and lost a lot of plants early on while starting seeds inside. I went out to check my garden today and the “questionable survivors” seem to have new life. Two tomato plants that were on death’s door have grown new, healthy leaves and seem strong. A few pepper plants that didn’t take well to the transplant grew new leaves – way better than their measly two. Everything seems to be thriving and as much as the weather is messing with us humans with agendas – 92 degrees in May in suburban Philadelphia is not the usual – it seems perfect conditions for a vegetable garden. I can only hope the pass off of rainy and sunny days make this a bountiful year!


Baja Fish Tacos May 28, 2012

Baja Fish Taco

Delicious ToppingsI’ve posted before I got a beautiful huge filet of grouper at the farmer’s market and I am using as many ways as I can. Also, in my quest to experiment with different foods, I made a slaw out of Brussels sprouts. This is a recipe for one as my husband was again on night shift but simply double it or more. Customize for your own taste. Delicious!



Leaf it Alone May 27, 2012

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Healthy, beautiful Basil leaves!


Bright Lights Swiss Chard

The one thing I love about gardening is watching a plant grow from a seed to a beautiful, productive plant. What is it that tells us that plant is healthy? Its leaves. The leaves tell you if the plant is sick, thirsty, hot, or infested. So when there are beautiful leaves, you know your plant is doing well. My best advice? Let nature do its thing. The more I’ve fussed over my garden the less productive it became. Since then I’ve held myself back from “babying” the plants and it rewards me with a healthy, thriving garden. I had a rough start this year and lost a lot of my seedlings but after checking on the garden today, I’m really happy with the way my plants are after a sketchy start. Note the use of “checking on” rather than active gardening. Nature knows what it’s doing.


Thank you so much for this information. Another point about GMOs is that some seeds are “programmed” to produce plants that cannot reproduce therefore requiring growers to purchase seends again and again which equals more money in the manufacturer’s products. I think it’s a dangerous game. As plants cannot reproduce they are unsustainable, what if the GMOs become the dominant specie of the plant?

Two Barn Farm

I’m very proud to introduce a Guest Blogger writing an important/must-read piece concerning GMO’s. It’s a fantastic article that could also be titled; Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about GMO’s. Please share with others and leave your comments and questions below, Chris will answer them…..Take it away Mr. Vogliano:

My name is Chris Vogliano and I am currently studying nutrition and dietetics at Kent State University in their Master’s Program.  I am conducting my thesis study on the topic of Genetically Modified Organisms related to Dietitian’s knowledge and perception of them.  According to previous research, the public trusts dietitian’s to relay current and scientific information on this controversial topic.  However, as I hope to prove in my research, there is a significant knowledge gap in the perception of what dietitian’s know versus the knowledge they actually hold.

I chose this topic because genetically modified foods is personal and strikes…

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The Unofficial Start to Summer May 26, 2012

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Fresh, beautiful strawberries

Nothing says summer is on the horizon like the first fruits of the garden. For me, it’s strawberries and nothing surprises me more. After about five years of trying to get more than a few strawberries, we decided to pull up the patch this year. I think it heard us, we have tons of strawberries growing! This is just a small picking for immediate use after yesterday’s harvest. Note to self: Apparently leaving the patch alone before and during the winter did right by it.


Memorial Day: A Time to Honor our Heroes

Warrior’s Walk – Fort Stewart, GA

I have had family members in every war since the Revolution and consider myself very patriotic. Although I would like to banish war from our reality, that is apparently impossible. That being said, it is Memorial Day and a day to honor the brave men and women who devote their lives to protecting us. I have had the honor of visiting many army posts as my brother-in-law is currently serving in the Army. He was stationed and deployed from Fort Stewart, GA for a 15 month tour in the red zone in Iraq. I am happy to report he is home safely, but many others were not so lucky. In 2009, my husband and I visited Fort Stewart and saw Warrior’s Walk . It is a solemn, inspirational place that really makes you reflect on how lucky we are to be American and the cost of our freedom. Thank you to all soldiers – past, present, and future.

For each fallen soldier from Fort Stewart in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, they plant a tree. Each tree contains personal effects of the soldier and some contain gifts from their family left at their base.


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