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.
Vintage Remedies

I've been a fan of Jessie Hawkins for a couple years now. I have a few of her books including Vintage Remedies, Lavender, and Herbal Crafts on my bookshelf. I've been planning on taking her online Family Herbalist course through Vintage Remedies for awhile but have been waiting for the right time. Ella and Gabriel are in a good routine and Gracie is starting to find a schedule of her own which brings more calm and stability to my life. I can expect that our daily routine will stay fairly consistent at this point. So, I've ordered my materials and begun the process of starting the course. And I'm happy that this will be a project that I will be able to fit around my home life. I had to suspend my sewing lessons for now because my husband and I agreed that it was cutting too much into our family life on the weekends because I was away for 4 hours each Sunday.

Today I received Ms. Hawkins newest book in the mail, The Vintage Remedies Guide to Real Food. I think we already do a pretty good job of eating whole, natural foods but it will be nice to thumb through and to add to my bookshelf. My packet of workbooks and materials should arrive in June and then I'll be underway. It is a self-paced course so we'll see how quickly I can move through the coursework.




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