Waiting for Spring

I have just watered my plants, and now I am sitting by the window, watching the setting sun. The line of orange along the horizon is fading as I type this.

One week of April has already gone by, and it still feels very much like winter here.

Right now it is 36 degrees …

I wanted to share how the ivy that I had propagated is doing. There are now new leaves! I have been watering it about once a week.

Isn’t there something so wonderful about watching growth – watching a new leaf unfold, growing a bit more each day?

March 15

March 30
April 2
April 4

Today

I also bought a new ivy plant.

The roots have grown on this spider plant I propagated.

Roots …
I put the ivy and the spider plant I had propagated into pots.

About a week ago, I heard the wood frogs.

The first signs of spring – listening to the frogs and the birds in the evening

The evening light was so beautiful right after the rain …

Clouds
After the rain

Plants & a pillow ~ I have been taking photos of some pillows for my shop
Air purifying plants – ivy, golden pothos, and spider plant
A dried fern from last year – I am looking forward to the forest becoming green once again in only a short time …

Green Inside, Snow Outside

a photo from last week, right after the storm

There was another snowstorm here last week. Hopefully soon it will start to feel like spring. In the meantime I thought I would share some photos and updates about my plants …

I am starting a new ivy plant from this cutting.

I also repotted this spider plant recently. Here it is in the new pot – it has grown so much in the past few months.

I took a piece from the end of one of the stems and put in water, and then I will put it in a pot once the roots start to grow.

I took photos of these pillows from my shop with some plants. 🌱

golden pothos and a throw pillow from my shop

plants and pillows

And here are several notebooks from my shop.

I will be having a sale during the last week of March! It will be starting in several days.

I am going to try to post here more often. I will be posting about plants, gardening, nature, my shop, and so much more …

❤️

In Between Storms …

The first days of March have already brought several storms of wind, rain, and a bit of snow – with more snow coming this week.

a wind storm
cacti inside, rain outside

Yesterday was a very still, silent day in the forest – a day without wind or rain, and with only a few traces of snow remaining.

Only the sounds of the streams broke the silence.

a little stream in the forest ❤️

These succulents are growing so quickly – Jade, Echeveria, and Haworthia.

I love this ginger tea. It is perfect for these last cold evenings!

I am looking forward to April, when the leaves will begin to appear and everything will slowly start becoming green once again.

an old rock wall – so beautiful
from a tea bag

The Light

I used to think spring began in March, or perhaps even April. Now I believe that it is February which truly marks beginning of spring. Yes, there are snowstorms and plenty of cold days, but somehow by at least mid February the world seems to be changing – slowly, almost imperceptibly at first, but changing nonetheless …

The light is returning.

four o’clock and the sun is still high in the sky
Before the storm
Snow
Already melting ~ after only one day
evening

February is certainly a strange month.

Only several days ago it was snowing. Now the snow has melted – not even a trace of it is left – and at the moment it is so warm that if I did not know better, I would surely think it was a summer evening.

Just a bit of green … 🌱
And the moon is waxing again …

Pumpkin Bread ~ Vegan Recipe

I love baking with pumpkin! After several attempts I have finally developed a pumpkin bread recipe that I like. It is very easy to make and does not require many ingredients. I usually prefer to bake without oil, refined sugar and gluten, so this recipe is free of all of those … although I am also including an optional cashew icing that does use sugar.

This bread tastes even better when it is cold – you can refrigerate it for several days. And it is so versatile – it can be an easy breakfast that you prepare beforehand, or with the icing it can be a perfect desert.

Pumpkin Bread ~ Vegan, Gluten Free, Oil Free, Refined Sugar Free

Ingredients:

– 2 cups gluten free oat flour (you can buy it premade or make your own by blending oats)

– 1 cup pumpkin purée (Farmer’s Market is my favorite brand)

– 14 dates pitted & mashed into paste (soak beforehand if necessary)

– 3 tbsp applesauce

– 1 teaspoon vanilla

– 4 tsp cinnamon

– 2 tsp ginger

– 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

– 1/4 teaspoon allspice

– 1/8 teaspoon cloves

I purchased all of the ingredients for this recipe from Thrive Market. I love Thrive Market because I can buy organic food online at wholesale prices. Get 25% off your first order here:

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You can either make this recipe with a food processor or without one. It is really helpful  to use a food processor if your dates are not as fresh and soft, since that would make it difficult to mash them on your own.

So, you can either put all of the ingredients in a food processor and just mix it that way (so quick and easy, but you may have to do two batches depending on the size of the food processor) or you can mix it all up yourself in a bowl (you may need to soak the dates beforehand if they are not soft). You could also just process the dates in the food processor, mix the rest in a bowl, and then combine it.

Bake the bread for 30 minutes at 350.

An optional addition is this delicious, creamy cashew frosting.

Cashew Frosting Ingredients:

– 1/4 cup raw cashew butter

– 3 tbsp powdered sugar

– 2 tsp water

– 1/2 tsp vanilla

I hope you enjoy this recipe. I love that it is so simple to make – and I just love pumpkin (more pumpkin recipes are definitely coming soon).
What are your favorite ways to use pumpkin in your baking and cooking?

Kale & Apple Salad 

I love the combination of kale, apples, carrots and radishes – the sweetness of the apples along with the other flavors is so delicious. 


I also added several other ingredients – all together they really make this such a wonderful summer salad! I used fresh herbs and some vegetables from my garden. And I made a simple oil free dressing using just a few ingredients. 


The Salad Ingredients 

  • Kale
  • 1 Apple 
  • 1 Carrot
  • Radishes
  • Peas
  • A Small Onion
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Fresh Dill



The OilFree Dressing

  • 2 tsp Raw, Unfiltered Red Wine Vinegar 
  • 1/4 tsp Dijon Mustard 
  • Dried Cilantro 
  • Lemon Juice 


Are there any salads that you love making in the summer? Leave a comment to let me know what some of your favorites are – I love to try new salads.


Low Maintenance Indoor Plants

My favorite indoor plants are the ones that require less care.

Here are my favorite low maintenance plants:

Spider Plant


Spider plants are very easy to care for – simply water your plant when the soil is dry. Place your spider plant in bright indirect light. Prune your plant occasionally to keep it at your preferred size.

JadePlant


Jade plants are beautiful and low maintenance. Do not let the soil dry fully – keep it moderately dry, but not completely dry. Water your plant more in the summer and less in the winter. It is important to not let the soil dry out, but you should not overwater.

Ivy


I love English Ivy – it is such a beautiful plant. Ivy needs to be placed in bright, indirect light. You should water your ivy when the soil feels dry. So, you will probably need to water it once every few days – maybe less depending on the plant. Periodically spray or wash the leaves to remove dust, dirt and spider mites. Misting the leaves will also prevent them from drying out.

Succulents


These are some of my favorite types of succulents. I water my succulents about once a week. Water them thoroughly and then let them dry out before you water again. And make sure they are getting enough bright light – place them right by a window.

TinyCacti


This is a pincushion cactus – a small cactus is another good choice if you are looking for a low maintenance plant.