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Botanical and Mineral Alchemy: Moonstone + Rose

Explore the metaphysical properties of moonstone + rose for healing, introspection, clarity, and vision. A botanical and mineral duo for encouragement. This post is part of an ongoing collaboration with Hawkhouse, a designer of raw mineral jewelry.  This collaboration seeks…

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I am an herbalist, farmer, cook, and forager. I get my hands dirty and am not afraid to do things the "hard way". Sharing my Nitty Gritty Life with you! Read More

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  • Slowly, but surely, the ole homestead is taking on the “look” of the home I desire.
I am not a minimalist, and at the same time, I do desire to have a home free of clutter that wears its bits and baubles with class - and perhaps draws your eye away from the farm life detritus, unwashed dishes, unmade beds and, and unfinished business around every corner. 
I am not a big Valentine’s Day person - but when my husband asked if I wanted anything this year - I was direct.  There were a pair of faux rusty footed bowls with metal obelisks in the pharmacy window of our little town and I wanted to fill them with plants. 
So, here is the larger of the two, filled with a pair of phalenopsis orchids, rosy maiden hair ferns (Adiantum tenerum) and a couple purple waffle (Hemigraphis alternata) plants. 
I think the effect is lovely - if I do say so myself - and reminds me of our Pacific Northwest rainforests.  So while I am eager to get back outside and I am watching my herbal planters slowly spring back to life - more house plants it is. 
#orchids #phalenopsis #maidenhairfern #purplewaffleplant #houseplant #decorating #homestead #reclaimingthehomestead
  • I have been dying to build this succulent centerpiece since I saw a simple cream colored bowl type container.  I think the muted pastels of these succulents from @leafandclay are the prefect way to punctuate the late winter blues. 
Perhaps some would say I have over planted this bowl, but I only intend for this to last a season after which I will pop these beauties out and give them new container homes.
Also, this is NOT a sponsored post, I am just super pleased with my @leafandclay purchase.
#gardening #indoorgardening #succulents #echeveria #senecio #hawthornia #sedum #sempervivum #winterblues
  • Spring ephemera meets farmhouse container gardening. 
We are taking a brief break from the incessant rain with 2-3 days of winter sunshine in the forecast.  We were overdue to pop some spring color onto the front patio.  I have been resisting removing the Christmas wreath and cedar swag on the porch, because I need signs of plant life at the entry.

Spent the day with plants, horses, and daughters.  A few of my favorite things... #containergardening #springcontainers #cyclamen #hellebores #viola #muscari #irisreticulata #spring #oregon #pacificnorthwest #pnw
  • It’s been a long winter.
I have been largely radio silent since mid December - short of a few IG stories and FB plant memes.
Because... it’s all been toooooo much lately.  I haven’t had the “spoons” to express much.  I have just been living in the land of “doing.” It has not been a season of rest.  Not in the slightest.
My husband and I are juggling his demanding business, endless homestead renovations, the constant rain and threat of flooding, and trying to be present and engaged with our family - and so my Nitty Gritty Life has taken a back seat.  At least as it would appear on social media.  I do feel like it is time to come up for air and start dreaming (and writing and photographing) about spring.  About new beginnings. About hope.
Yesterday I indulged myself in some plant retail therapy by way of these gorgeous hellebores and daphnes.  These are plants that I have been longing to place into the border in front of our home.  This year that bed might actually spill over with cottage garden pretties, and frankly, that’s the type of chaos I need in my life.
Not pictured - the 45 seed packets ordered from @floretflower because I am one ambitious nitty gritty plant mama. 😘
#latewinter #hellebore #hellebores #daphne #planttherapy #springfever #garden #gardening #cottagegarden
  • 🌲🌟 I love baking bread. 🌟🌲 Even more so when the end result is so festive and pretty that I could pinch myself.

Look like a star baker this Christmas with this festive (and super easy) tear and share star bread filled with a winter-y pesto of evergreens and kale.

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#starbread #tearandsharebread #shapedbread #baking #pesto #christmasbaking #sourdough #breadmaking 
https://nittygrittylife.com/savory-tear-and-share-star-bread/
  • This pretty dessert boasts some of my favorite season flavors -- especially that of my beloved Douglas Fir!
Any edible conifer will do, and this recipe will definitely delight the taste buds with its festive flavor!
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#christmasbaking #poachedpears #frangipane #baking #douglasfir #wildfood #wildfoodlove #foragedfood
https://nittygrittylife.com/douglas-fir-poached-pear-frangipane-tart/
  • What are your favorite botanicals to adorn your home with during the holidays? 
Did you know that many of the most traditional plants that we decorate with this time of year indeed have medicinal uses too?!
All new post up on the blog! Tap link in bio for link to post!
#christmasplants #plantnerd #christmas #holidays #herbs #herbalist #herbalmedicine #fir #spruce #holly #mistletoe #pine #juniper #eucalyptus #winter
https://nittygrittylife.com/christmas-plants-medicinal-uses/
  • Finally feeling festive on the front porch.  While the inside of the house has sported the holiday trimmings for a couple weeks not, the outside of our farmhouse — well, not much to look at this winter.  Until today.
Ever inspired by Laura @gardenanswer and my friend Mindy @northropacres - we brought some holiday cheer to the front door.  Everything with a herbalist spin, a Douglas fir wreath with juniper berries, a cedar garland swagged across the threshold, and my crowning achievement - this container.  Filled with rosemary, holly, seeded eucalyptus, and hypericum berries, this is the merriest of herbal arrangements... While collecting all these herby bits, I started a new post on popular Christmas plants and their medicinal benefits - I hope to have that out soon!
#containergardening #christmas #christmascontainergarden #christmasoutdoordecor #christmasplants #cedar #douglasfir #juniperberries #seededeucalyptus #rosemary #hypericumberries #holly
  • 🎄☃️🎁 ohhhhhhhhhhhh... 🎁☃️🎄 Bring us some figgy pudding, bring us some figgy pudding, bring us some figgy pudding and a cup of good cheer!

My fascination with foods from songs and stories brings you this rich and flavorful Christmas pudding that will take the bah-humbug out of your holiday season.

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#figgy pudding #christmaspudding #tradition #christmascarol #charlesdickens #christmas #christmasbaking #christmasrecipe #baking 
https://nittygrittylife.com/figgy-pudding/

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