craft · DIY

herbal steam tablet – DIY

Sometimes it is the simplest of things that make me have happy.

Here is one of them.

 Herbal steam tablets.

So easy.

You will need:

1 box of baking soda

Essential oils: eucalyptus, rosemary and lavender

a mini muffin tray and muffin papers

Place the baking soda in a bowl, then add a little water at a time to form a creamy paste.  Then add 20 drops of each essential oil and stir well.

Pour into your paper lined muffin tins.  Allow the mixture to dry for a day or two.

Voila you have heavenly scented tablets ready to enjoy in your next shower.

I don’t have mini muffin tins.  I had the wrappers – I know that doesn’t make any sense.  I also used other  small decorative containers that have a pleasing shape.

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Filled and ready to dry over night.

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Store tablets in an air tight container.

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I find these scents to be soothing and restorative as well as pleasing to my allergy suffering sinuses.

To use, place tablet in a location in your shower where just a small amount of the water hits the tablet at a time, otherwise they will dissolve too quickly.  The steam will release the calming scent.

A little herbal information.

Eucalyptus – rejuvenates the mind and may decongest your sinuses.

Rosemary – Reduces anxiety and pairs nicely with lavender.

Lavender –  Calming and reduces anxiety and stress.

I hope you give these a try and that you find a little happy too.

See you later, Bye!

Kim

Country living · Uncategorized

whistle-pig

Visitors they come and they go.  We have our share of them.  This one has decided he would like to live under our front porch.

Sadly, he may have to be evicted, they can cause serious damage to building foundations.  For now, I’ll enjoy the chubby cheek adorableness from afar.

I’ve read that they can be made into pets, however it requires a lot of work, and that it is quite difficult to attain the cute and cuddly stage.

Also, they are good swimmers.  Whoda thunk?  And so Mr. Cottage named him Phelps.

They are herbivorous and receive their hydration from eating leafy plants.

They can move up to 35 cubic feet and up to 5,500 pounds  of soil when creating a burrow.

What is it?

Whistle-pig (I never heard that term before), woodchuck, land beaver, or more commonly known in our area as a ground-hog.

I took a photo this morning through the window as Phelps was hanging out on the front porch.

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Phelps is smiling at me with his long front teeth.  He said “Hey lady, I was thinking about making a meal out of your Chinese cabbage you got planted out here on the porch.”

I set the critter cam out in the yard last night and managed to catch a few candid shots of him this morning as he was coming and going.

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Good Morning!

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Hey – What’s the funny looking square thing with the flashing lights?  Maybe I’ll take a step closer and investigate.

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You can tell he was thinking about doing some pole dancing on the tiki torch pole.

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He decides to go hang out on the porch instead.

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Any advice on relocating Phelps?

See you later bye!

Kim

Cooking · Country living

goose egg

A trip to the local farmers market yielded some lovely rainbow eggs and goose eggs too.

We’ve never had goose eggs.

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Compared to a chicken egg, they are enormous.  The shells are extremely hard, cracking them is a challenge.

We wondered what they would taste like?

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BWAHAHA – insert evil cat laugh.

You silly goose – they taste just like chicken (eggs).

It is always fun to try new things – isn’t it?

See you later, Bye!

Kim

Gardening · Photography

flowers friends fins

A photo heavy post.

Over the weekend, Mr. Cottage and I went on a shopping trip to my favorite nursery and water garden business.

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Milmont Garden Center is a Mennonite owned an operated business in the Shenandoah Valley.  When I step into this place, a peaceful calm surrounds me.

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It is herb nirvana for me.  My olfactory senses are on overload.  I walk up and down the row of herbs, touching and feeling and smelling.  I simply can’t help myself.

Eye Candy everywhere!

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A sea of shamrocks.

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Imagine all the luck!

Outside, row after row of plants, shrubs and trees are all calling to me.  The melody echoes off the mountains.

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I can’t think of a more beautiful setting to spend time with the husband, and our friends.

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Here, our friends are picking out plants for their garden.

It was hard to leave all this color behind.

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A short drive away we arrive at another family owned business Springdale Water Gardens.

The storefront is in an old barn on the property.

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It is still early in the season, much too cool for the water plants to make a showing.  They are kept in the greenhouses until warm temps arrive.

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Whimsical garden art is being unpacked as we arrive.

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Mr. Cottage heads into the shop to purchase a new pump for our pond.

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I headed over to the fish building, where I purchased 3 apricot comet fish.

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With our purchases stowed in the trunk we head for home.

Just down the road from the water garden business is an old quarry.   The exposed rock provides interesting shapes and colors.

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Saw this building on the way back, I love the bright color.

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Back home, we introduce the comets to their new swimming grounds.

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Gilligan, gives a big hello welcome to the hood.

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Today the weather has turned cold and rainy.  April showers…

I hope your weekend was enjoyable.

See you later, Bye!

Kim