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
Already melting ~ after only one day

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


– 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:

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?

How to Start a Container Herb Garden 

Maybe you don’t have space in your garden, or don’t have a garden. Maybe you would like the convenience of having fresh herbs right outside your door, or right inside your kitchen. Maybe it is too cold outside.

There are so many reasons why you might prefer to grow herbs in containers, either inside or outside. I simply wanted to save space in my garden for more vegetables – so I decided to plant herbs in pots.

You can grow herbs in containers outside, or you can start an indoor herb garden.

The Containers

You can use anything for a container, but it does need to allow for drainage. You can grow several different types of herbs all together in one larger container or pot, or you can use smaller pots. If you are only planting one type of herb in each you can really use any size container.

Herbs don’t need a lot space, since their root systems are not large. I could have used smaller containers for these – and if I had, the soil would not dry out so quickly, so it probably would have been a better choice. I just used what I happened to have at the time.

Seeds & Types of Herbs

You can grow herbs from seed or purchase plants. I prefer to plant seeds. However, if you don’t want to wait a few months for your herbs to grow from seed you might want to buy plants. Seeds are certainly less expensive though.

You can buy a pack with all different varieties from the Sustainable Seed Company. Most types of herbs will do well in containers. My favorites are basil, oregano, rosemary, cilantro, parsley, dill and chives.

Soil, Light & Water
A potting mix works best for plants in containers since it is lighter than the soil from your garden outside. Herbs need to be in full sunlight. If you are growing them indoors place the pots right by a south facing window, and if you have them on a patio or deck choose a spot in full sunlight. However, if you live in a very hot area you should probably move them to shade if the temperatures are too high for long periods of time, and check the soil more often because they will need lots of water.

Soil in containers will dry out quickly – especially in the summertime. So, you will of course need to water your herbs daily.


You don’t want your herbs to flower – constantly harvesting should prevent this. As you can see my cilantro has flowered – I had not been picking it for a short time, and that combined with the heat caused it to flower rather quickly.

I have learned that it is best to grow cilantro for the leaves in either spring or fall, as it does not do well in the summer heat. But since I love coriander, I am not cutting off the flowers. I am going to let the flowers go to seed so that I will have coriander. Coriander is actually one of my favorite spices. However, if you like the leaves more than the seeds, don’t let the plant flower.


If you continually pick your herbs they will continue to grow. So, if you neglect to harvest then your herbs won’t do as well. And, as you can see, they will flower, which will change the taste of the leaves. If you are constantly picking your herbs then you won’t be as likely to have this problem. It is quite simple: if you pick more often then you will see more growth and have fuller, healthier plants.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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

My Vegetable Garden: Late April Planting 

I have been planting all day – today I planted kale, spinach, chard, zuchinni, peas, beans, onions and turnips. 

Yesterday I planted carrots, turnips and beets. 

I actually planted the lettuce and beans in a raised bed – this was the first time I planted vegetables in a raised bed. I wanted more space but did not want to dig – a raised bed is a wonderful way to create a garden without digging. I reused old wood (be sure to use untreated wood) and then filled the bed with compost. 

I still have a lot left to plant – but I am happy with the progress I have made. I would love to hear about your garden. What have you planted?