• Food

    Make Tea or Garnish Salads with Bee Balm Leaves and Flowers

    Make tea or garnish and enhance the flavor of fruit salads with bee balm leaves and flowers. For tea: Place a tablespoon of fresh or one teaspoon of dried bee balm leaves and/or flowers in a tea strainer and pour one cup of boiling water over it. Allow it to steep for ten minutes. Remove tea strainer. Sweeten as you like. For salads: Chop the leaves and flowers finely and add to fruit salads for extra flavor. I found bee balm (also known as bergamot) in a garden nursery in a section of plants labeled “adored by bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.” I liked the color, and bees and butterflies are…

  • Crochet

    Triangle Crochet Shawl

    I’m very pleased with how this triangle crochet shawl turned out. The multiple colors look beautiful, the weight of it is comforting, and it is sized so that it easily covers one’s chest. I also crocheted extra rows because I wanted to ensure that my mother, this was a gift made for her, could wrap herself easily. The yarn used is a mix of two different color blends of Cascade Yarns Cartwheel. The first blend is Color #05 (yellow, orange, light blue, lavender, green), Lot #1701, and the second color blend is Color #14 (red, blue, gold, orange-brown), Lot #1701. In some cases I’d crochet and let the yarn self-stripe,…

  • Crochet

    Striped Crochet Baby Blanket

    I love this striped crochet baby blanket pattern. The stitch design also adds a certain elegance. Once you crochet a few rows, you don’t need to refer to the pattern. Striped Crochet Baby Blanket While the Crochet Stripes Pattern is designed to make a square blanket, I crocheted a rectangle (28″ wide x 48″ long – vertical stripes) so that the blanket can be used in a baby crib. I also stitched single crochet stitches all around the blanket once, and then I crocheted single stitch up the long sides. You can see the edging in the picture above. Below you can see the stitch in more detail. Color combinations…