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.

I ordered all my seeds for 2008 from Baker Creek, a small heirloom seed company located in Branson, MO.




-Contender (Buff Valentine)
-Molly Frazier's White Cuts


-Early Fortune


-Romance Mixture


-Tom Pouce Mixed Delphinium


-Beauty Formula Mixture


-Evening Sun


-Giants of California


-Red Wonder Wild Strawberry


-Genovese Basil
-Lime Basil
-Chives - Common



Salad Mix

-European Mesclun Salad
-Rocky Top Lettuce Salad
-Siamese Dragon Stir-Fry Mix

Swiss Chard

-Five Color Silverbeet (Rainbow Chard)


-Green Zebra
-Dad's Sunset
-Sarah Black
-White Tomesol
-Wapsipinicon Peach


-Texas Bluebonnet
-Blue Flax
-Scarlet Flax


I am attempting to live a simpler life by finding ways to resuse what I already have, grow some of my own food, cook more of my food from scratch and to learn some simple crafting techniques. Hopefully this blog will help me track my progress and be a diary of sorts of how I am incorporating those goals into my daily life.

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