Saturday, June 16, 2018

The Adventures of Spring





Making adjustments to the the hot South Carolina Spring can be difficult. Bearing through above 90 degree days with the heat and humidity, it can do one in, especially if you love outdoor hobbies such as gardening or tennis. 


I happen to adore both hobbies and recently have been working in my multiple gardens in the North Main and Pinehurst Neighborhoods in Columbia, South Carolina. I love being able to grow my own food and create beauty in my home with my own homegrown flowers. 


The easiest crops to grow would be greens such as mustard greens, collards greens, and kale. Flowers that I would recommend are sunflowers, zinnias, and marigolds. All of these plants are easy to grow and to distinguish between plant or weed, when it comes time to do your weekly weeding. 


Working in the garden is a hot a sweaty job, but it is so rewarding! And when you have fresh and organic food to eat that you have grown yourself, you can literally taste the difference. 


Recently, I found the most amazing soap line by Christina Curtis, called Christinavonn. Her soaps detoxifying and cleansing. Plus they make you smell amazing! My family's favorite is the charcoal soap. I use it as a soap and a shampoo, it makes my hair and skin so soft, but also moisturizes. 

During this summer I am looking forward to planting new seeds/varieties in the garden and am looking forward to a continuous bountiful harvest. 

What is your favorite thing to plant in your garden? 





XOXO, Frolicking Americana

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Season of Planting

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Loving this warm, sunny Spring weather! I am so excited to work on my garden plots! This year I made the resolution to grow my own food. Last year I was successful in leafy greens and corn! 

This year I am expanding to herbs, tomatoes, squash, cucumber, melons, and more! I cannot wait to start harvesting my crops.


One of the keys of a successful garden is to have great seeds. My local go-to place is Sal's O Timey Feed, they have some of the best seeds in town. I bought kale, collards, and many other leafy greens from them! 


Sometimes it's hard to get all the seeds you need when your on a budget. If you are looking for new and interesting seeds, for free. A great place to check out is a Seed Swap. These events are great places where local gardeners and growers bring their seeds and exchange with each other. It's a wonderful opportunity to learn from experts who are more than happy to share their deep knowledge with you. 


Growing your own food is a simple and easy way to improve and enhance your life. You can curate it based on your tastes, whether that's your love of herbs, tomatoes, or leafy greens it's all about you! 


XOXO,

Frolicking Americana


Awesome event coming up this Sunday at Doko Farm! Come out! 

I'll be hosting the Seed Swap starting at 12pm! (Featuring free seeds from Sal's O Timey  at the seed swap.)

Admission is 5.00 per car 


Join us for a family friendly celebration of small farms, local food and all things Spring!
• Small Farms, and Local Food Vendors at one location 
• Farm Tours of Heritage Livestock/Edible Forest Garden Walks
• Farm Products, Seedlings, Crafts, and Local Food for sale
• Family Activities: Crafts, Games, Meet Chicks & Friendly Goats
• Community Seed Swap

Confirmed Farms and Vendors: 
Doko Farm (pasture-raised heritage meats and eggs) 
Big Belly Farm (goat milk soap, seedlings, hand-stamped cuffs) 
Congaree Milling Company (organic, locally milled grits and more) 
Crooked Cedar Farm (fresh greens, baked goods, pickles, more)
Humble Farm (organically-raised, heirloom plant starts)
West Ridge Farms (grass-fed beef)
Joe Turkaly Catering and Events (lunch featuring local products)

Don't forget to bring seeds to swap, cash for entrance fee and purchases, cooler for your pasture-raised heritage meats.

Learn more about Doko Farm at www.dokofarm.org

This event is rain or shine.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Simple Tricks to get well quickly.







So you have made it through this awful Flu Season without becoming sick? Huzzah for you! Your amazing, you rock and you have a strong immune system! Sadly, for me I didn't make it through this season without catching the flu. Needless to say it was a rough week and a half, and at times I felt very overwhelmed! 


I was reminded of all the home remedies that I grew up using as a child, and they were very effective being put to use while I was sick. Growing up in Ohio, Vernors Pop was a major treat, especially when one was sick. It was sugary, gingery, and had tons of carbonation, the perfect drink while fighting off a vicious sickness. Now in later life, I knew that the high fructose corn syrup would not be good for my immune system, not to mention the preservatives that are in the pop. 

So I created my own sick fighting drink. Perrier or Pellegrino water with a twist of lemon on ice. It was refreshing, vitamin c boosting, with extra benefits from the lemons to help refresh and soothe. Later on I would make ginger tea, cutting up ginger roots and adding it to hot water. (Disclaimer at this time most of the "work" I am writing about such as cutting/slicing/creating were being done by my sweet husband and caring mother.)


Another remedy that always works when I am sick is using essential oils. I rub them on my neck, feet, under my arms and my lymph nodes. Usually using peppermint, eucalyptus, lemon, lime, orange. These all uplift the spirits and give my body an extra boost of immunity. Warm baths with dried lavender is  always helpful when sick. It helps with congestion, relaxes your body, smells amazing and help you sleep at night. 


This time I also used a special blend of oils from the company GOODS, I used the So fresh oil which has a unique blend mixture of cedarwood, bergamot , and other oils that took me away to a blissful sleep. 


Finally after about a week of rest I was able to make a homemade soup which really helped throw me over the hurdle towards wellness. I created a wonderful seafood noodle soup, with carrots, mushrooms, onions, garlic, that was refreshing, comforting and filling. 


I have learned that it takes a lot of homeopathic remedies to feel better quickly when you catch a cold/flu. But with quick actions, help and love from friends and family, you can quickly overcome illness and be back to your healthy amazing self! 


I hope you enjoyed this article, and now feel empowered even when you are under the weather! XOXO 



P.S. I was very thankful for all the calls, cards, and love send from families and friends! Thank you! XOXXO 


Thursday, January 4, 2018

Simple Ways to Warm up Your House



Being raised in Ohio, I was used to a cold brisk winter. But after moving to sunny South Carolina, I have lost a lot of my Ohio hardiness.  This past week has been a test of my endurance, trying to endure this cold winter snap. I've had to rely on the tips and strategies of my childhood to endure and enjoy this cold winter weather. 

The first thing that I did to evade the cold was to bring out all my heavy wool and cashmere sweaters, and clothing items and to dress in up to four layers of clothing. I added heavy curtains to the windows and laid extra rugs by the doorways. 


In the morning and during the day I try to let in as much sun as possible, to help warm up the house. At night I like to bake using the oven to warm up the house.  Last night I made a hearty roasted vegetable and organic beef chili and a beautiful pear and lavender pie. The meal warmed up our hearts and home and made my husband and I thankful that we could enjoy the cold winter weather together creating great memories of this winter season.


XOXO
Frolicking Americana 


PS click the linked words to get the recipe at my website frolickingamericana for the Pear Lavender Pie- its so simple but oooh sooo good. 

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Friday, December 29, 2017

How Clay Can Save The Day





Have you ever wondered what it would be like to cook in clay? In ancient times a lot of cookery was made of clay, but as times have progressed we have moved on to other materials.  My first exposure to clay was when my kind mother bought me a Tagine, they are traditional clay pots from Morocco, with that pot I was able to create some amazing chicken dishes. I found that cooking with clay creates a juicy and tender meat that is hard to recreate with other cooking techniques.  Clay cooking is an easy to cook, every time I've cooked with clay the meal is amazing. 

Clay creates a juicy and flavorful meat that is easy to make and allows others to think your a cooking master. When I'm cooking with clay it reminds me of how women have been cooking since ancient times using the sacred art of cooking with clay. I have two types of clay pots that I use one is a Tagine, and the other is a french clay pot. While cooking with those pots I feel as if I am honoring my heritage of my African and French roots. My best meals have been made using chicken in a clay pot.

Below is a my go to recipe for cooking in clay. 




2-4 Chicken leg quarters
1/2 and onion
4 cloves of garlic
2 tablespoons of Marsala spice 
Dash of pepper to season
Dash of salt to season
5 small potatoes
3 oz of water


Place the chicken in a  clay pot
Chop 1/2 of an onion add to the pot
Chop 4 cloves of garlic add to the pot
Chop 5 potatoes into quarters add to the pot
Add seasonings 
Add 3 oz of water 

Cook on 350 for 30-45 minutes. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Coffee Anyone?


There is nothing like the smell of fresh roasted coffee in the morning. But what if you don't drink coffee? Did you know there is a fresh, and easy substitute for coffee? Hello..... barley, its an underused crop, that can be roasted to create a rich, dense coffee substitute. When I am looking for a chocolaty deluxe flavor without the buzz I turn to barley coffee. 

Recently, on a shopping trip  I found roasted barley grains, which was like finding a treasure. I promptly bought several bags and went home to create my dream cup of cafe. After grinding the beans in my coffee grinder, I put the grounds into my Italian espresso maker from Italy a gift from my wonderful mother. 

And in minutes I had a rich, dark bubbling cup of barley coffee. The flavor was nutty and luscious. It was such an exquisite delight, that was sustainable, easy and healthy. 


What are your coffee substitutes that you enjoy? 



                 Top Health Benefits of Barley
               
                   High in minerals and vitamins

                     Helps control blood sugar

                     Oldest grain in the world

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Knitting up style

With the weather becoming cold, now is the perfect time to knit yourself something beautiful. Do you think that knitting is really hard? It's really something simple that takes a bit of time to develop, but when you have practiced you can make the most beautiful things!




I learned knitting at a very young age at Spring Garden Waldorf School, in Akron Ohio. It is based on the Waldorf curriculum which is very holistic. From this beginning, I learned a lot of the homesteading skills that I know use in later life.


While walking up and down at the Soda City Market, on a Saturday I found the most amazing vendor. She had row upon rows of beautiful hand spun yard, in vibrant, warming colors. I fell in love right then and there, and decided I must support this unique vendor. While chatting her up I found out that she had whole reams of wool that I could personally spin! So I bought two reams of soft and fluffy wool and went to work to spin my very own yarn to knit. 


Thankfully, I had already bought a wooden spindle during the time that I had Angora  Rabbits. I thought that I would be able to use the rabbit wool to spin, but alas it takes a lot of time to collect rabbit fur! 


With the wool and spindle in hand, I've been able to spin the wool into yarn and then have started the process of knitting it into a beautiful scarf. Buying straight from the source allows you to buy high quality for a lower price. I was able to buy my two reams of wool for $2.00, and will be able to create a warm and thoughtful gift I can give at Christmas. 


The more I homestead the more I learn to get things from the source, whether is a local farmer, local store, local restaurant, or staying at an Airbnb instead of a hotel. When you buy local you build relationships, and grow your own community.  


What's your favorite local thing in your town?