Heritage Home~Place

Friday, July 3, 2015

Prairie Heart Herb Fest

I love adventures!  I had the most fun ever at the
Prairie Heart Herb Fest in Leavenworth, KS!
The event was held at 80 Acres home of
This experience will forever be a wonderful memory.
I met so many lovely people.  The speakers were awesome.

 Clubhouse Deck
View of the lake from the Clubhouse Deck

I took my little 1971 Cardinal Camper for this event.

 You can barely see my camper camped by the barn across
from the lower lake!  It was a loooong walk to the clubhouse!

I look forward to next years 
Prairie Heart Herb Fest
and re-connecting with friends!

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

New Adventures

Here we are....two kooks!
We've been married almost 40 years and are still as kooky as ever.
It is said that 'time flies when you're having fun'.
We met when I was 15 and he was 17.
The adventure began!
We married quite young...I was only 17 and he 19!
Six children later, we are now approaching retirement!
Wow!  In four short years 'hubby' will retire!
 But, we won't wait for retirement to have adventures.
We both love gardening around our little 'farmette'.
We both love camping.
We both enjoy hiking and biking.
We both enjoy fishing.
We both love spending time with our 8 grandchildren!
And when the day is done you will find us 
both snoozing in our recliner rockers!
You just gotta love life and live it out loud!

Stop and Smell the Roses

Beautiful Pink Roses

I am enjoying these beauties this spring!  A neighbor down the country road
from us gave me a tiny little rose bush start a couple of years ago.
This year they are showing off their splendor!

I love drying rose petals and making potpourri. 
I will definitely have plenty of pink roses! 

Here is a lovely website that shares how to make

Spring, Summer and Fall
are super busy times here on our little 'farmette'.
There's lots of planting, tilling, pulling weeds, gathering herbs,
picking veges, making herbal remedies, preserving food,
and soooo much more!
I plant various garden locations on our almost five acres
with fun settee spots on purpose.
I have to take the time to 'smell the roses' 
and enjoy the beauty of all of the flowers.
Otherwise, I would be 'wore slick out'.

Here are a few roses that I am drying:

Here are two grand-daughter 'rose buds'

 So, I encourage you to take time to 
Smell the Roses!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Stinging Nettles

I love spring time!
The wild herbs are growing strong!
Stinging nettles (Urtica dioica) grow abundantly here in Missouri.
This is my first year to harvest and dry them.
I usually order dried nettle for my infusions.
I'm so excited to dry my own!

After cutting the nettles (wearing gloves of course),
I cut off leaves and place on my dehydrator screen.

 I also tie some together to hang in my attic to dry.

 I hang the nettles in paper bags to keep dust off
of them while they dry.

 The result is beautiful, green nettles to be used
for medicinal uses!
My favorite way to consume nettles is an infusion.

Visit my Herb Health page to learn how to make infusions.
Drinking infusions is a wonderful way to benefit
from various herbs!

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015


Well it is February and I'm planning my gardens!
I received my Elderberry cuttings from 

With cold and flu season in full swing there is 
relief and healing from Elderberries.
Elderberries are known for the prevention of
an upper respiratory infection and helps to 
shorten the duration of a cold or the flu.
The berries help coughs, sore throats, asthma and flu.

Elderberries do grow wild here in Missouri.
Commercial elderberry crops are becoming more popular however.
Elderberries are used for wine making, dietary supplements,
jams and pies.

My personal interest in growing Elderberry bushes
is the medicinal properties of the berries and the flowers.
A great way for you to learn about making 
herbal remedies is to join our monthly group meetings
here at Heritage Home~Place.
Our 'Lifestyle of Living' health and wellness group
meets on the first Tuesday of each month.
It is a fun hands-on learning experience!
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we are doing at these meetings.
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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Stay Strong

Inspired by my mother's journey and victory through breast cancer,
I have been challenged to make a difference in other women's lives.
Our 'Lifestyle of Living' health and wellness group of women meet here in my 
home each month to learn and grow together.  We do hands-on projects that are
fun and educational.  One of the ladies in our group has also gone through
breast cancer.  She meets with a group of women each month that are going through cancer treatment.  She is such an inspiration to these precious women that are 
staying strong through their journey.
Our 'Lifestyle of Living' health and wellness group have an on-going project to encourage these special ladies.  We put together gift bags filled with inspiring gifts.
We want women going through cancer of any type to know that we are praying for them 
and standing with them.

We invite you to join us.
If you would like to donate to this cause
please contact me via e-mail:

What can you donate?
Gift Certificates
Small Gifts
Monetary Donations
This is a year round project for our group.
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 We thank you for your support!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Love Is

God's Valentine Gift

God's Valentine gift of love to us
Was not a bunch of flowers;
It wasn't candy, or a book
To while away the hours.

His gift was to become a man,
So He could freely give
His sacrificial love for us,
So you and I could live.

He gave us sweet salvation, and
Instruction, good and true--
To love our friends and enemies
And love our Savior, too.

So as we give our Valentines,
Let's thank our Lord and King;
The reason we have love to give
Is that He gave everything.

By Joanna Fuchs

 What Valentine Can I Give Him?

What can I give to Jesus
On this special Valentine's Day?
How can I tell Him I'll love Him,
And follow Him, come what may?

How can I show I need Him?
Should I send a red heart, with lace?
How can I thank Him enough
For his sacrifice, love and grace?

What Valentine can I give Him,
My adoration to impart?
I'll give to Him what He wants most;
I'll yield to Him my heart.

By Joanna Fuchs

Love is truly 
Life and Health

Faith is the strength that we lean on during 
the good and hard times.
Family is the joy that we are blessed with each day.
Friends are true gifts to share life with.
Life is the journey as we follow our path.
Health in spirit, soul and body brings us abundance in
our life as we share living with the ones we love!

Herbal Heart Health

As a 'budding' herbalist, I love learning about the 
medicinal benefits of herbs.
Rebecca Potter wrote this wonderful article about Hawthorn.
Go HERE to read it. 

 Heart Healthy Smoothie
Smoothies are so fun and easy to make!
The variations are endless!
Here is a recipe for a delicious Heart Healthy Smoothie:

Berry Oat Smoothie

1/2 C Rolled Oats
1/2 C Greek Vanilla Yogurt
1 Cup Skim Milk or Almond Milk
1 C Mixed Berries 
 strawberries, blueberries, raspberries
1 Large Banana
1 T Agave or Honey

Add all ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth.

Heart Healthy Foods

Click HERE to read about Heart Healthy Foods!
Healthy Lifestyle ~ Abundant Living
Exercise each area of your life and you will
live and love life to the fullest!