I'm daughter to Lissie, sister to Jess, wife to Brien, mom to Hannah, Lily and Eleanor. I am a stay at home mom to my girls, and my free time is dedicated to gardening (I confess I'm still a novice and look to Lissie and Jess for advice), baking and cooking, and card making. I'm doing my part to make the earth a bit greener, trying hard to avoid processed foods and HFCS, and find the "slow food" movement intriguing and inspiring. I love visits to my local farmers' market, fresh produce, reading, getting out in nature, and spending time with my family.


Catholic, homeschooler, lover of books and great wine and an amateur gardening addict.


I'm Melissa aka "Lissie", mother of Rachael and Jessica, and grandmother to a passel of the sweetest children on the planet. I'm a semi-retired public educator and professor who works from home for a small publisher. I am a lover of all things beautiful ... flowers, the mountains, nature scenes, the innocent faces of children, and my rock and fossil collection, to name a few. I enjoy shopping at the farmers' market for fresh foods and then experimenting with new recipes. Good food and good wine delight me. I love to travel so my suitcase is always packed. Like my daughters, I take pleasure in simple things ... clothes drying on the line, tomatoes so fresh they are still hot from the sun, good books, and interesting movies. I'd like to know everything before I die.
Starting Our Seeds

Last weekend my husband set up our work table and the grow lights for starting our seeds. This is our first attempt to grow anything from seed so I am only hoping for moderate success. My two gardening bibles of the moment are Month by Month Gardening In the Prairie Lands and Martha Stewart's Gardening From Seeds. So far both have proved to be useful references for a novice like me.

Our growing season has officially started. We have sown indoors the few plants that need 8-10 weeks to grow prior to being planted outside in the late spring. We started peppers, lavendar, rosemary and dianthus. I'm hoping to see some evidence of our work in the next week or so. Let's hope some seeds germinate and sprout! My daughter was very disappointed to not have gardening gloves so she grabbed her winter mittens and insisted on wearing them. The child knows how to improvise!




Nik said...

hey jess! i found this link while visiting your "myspace." i have to tell you, i am also adapting to this sort of lifestyle. i will visit often, for inspiration and ideas. lots of luck with the seed growing. i will be planting mine next week. so fun!

Nik said...

another thing...we visited an amazing organic strawberry farm in cali often while living there. they used an organic hot pepper pesticide/feritlizer mixture. their veggies and fruit were so yummy, i often crave them! i found a link for a recipe that looks interesting, thought you may be interested in it.

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