One of the most prized horticultural achievements at Longwood is this thousand bloom form Chrysanthemum x morifolium ‘Susono-no-Tsuki’ From a single stem cutting, it has taken 17 months and over 2,000 staff hours to nurture and train this single plant into a perfect blooming dome with one central stem. ✨👏👏👏 #beautyandexcellence#theartofgardening#livingsculptures#kiku
Zoodles, shrimp and pesto for lunch. It tastes like summer, but definitely feels like autumn outside. I even lit the fireplace this morning to take the chill off. Honestly, I used to say that Fall was my favorite season, but really it’s this right here...where summer is fading into fall. Where canning is done but there’s still garden produce to eat. Where there’s just enough of a chill for wool socks and sweaters but not for heavy coats. It’s the perfect time of year. 🙌🏼🍁🌞 #fullandsimplelife
#13 - On my second day in Singapore I rode my carriage around this beautiful country. I entered a garden that uses flowers and plants as paint and the soil and sky as canvas through a chinese building with dragons and paintings that captivated me. There I saw rare majestic animals like pheasants, peacocks, and spotted deers.
At the farm to table dinner I hosted a while back, I told the girls I wanted to eventually grow or make from scratch at least 80% of what we eat. One of the girls asked how much we do now and I honestly have no idea. And I’m not sure how I’d measure something like that really. What about you? Do you have garden goals to grow a certain percentage of what you eat? How do you measure it? #fullandsimplelife
We ended the #bentarrowchallenge2018 last week with some @bentarrowacres chicken cooked with tomatoes and basil over pasta. Bent Arrow is 3+ hours away from us, but thanks to Claire we discovered @marketwagon during the challenge and it became a game changer for us! Things that we thought we’d have to do without like yogurt and cheese were suddenly accessible AND locally made! If you want to know more about Market Wagon, head to the blog now to read about our experience. Plus they have a promo code just for Full & Simple readers for $10 off your first $40 order! 😱 #sponsored#fullandsimplelife
Erika here! 👋🏻. I thought maybe I’d try at #fridayintroductions . So here are five things about me and what I believe:
1. I used to teach high school business until I had my son and then I became a SAHM.
2. We’re big @daveramsey fans here. We took just under two years to become debt free...I was even counting toilet paper squares I used people! We were weird but now we’re free!
3. I fully believe that local food is a Church concern. By eating locally, you can support and get to know your community. You help put dollars into a community and once the physical needs are being met in the community, they are able to receive the message of Christ.
4. Simplicity does not mean stark minimalism for everyone. For some it’s saying no to going out every night on the weekend. But whatever simplicity means to you, embrace it. Make margin for your soul to breathe and hear from God.
5. Contradictions are from the world and are meant to keep us in boxes. Christ was fully man and fully God...hello, contradiction! You can love gardening and hate dirt under your nails. You can get glam and also love the sweet Simple country life. God made you, so embrace that! #fullandsimplelife 📸: @kaitlynndeboyphotography
I planned and prepped all month striving for perfection for yesterday’s farm-to-table lunch. Things didn’t all turn out exactly like I planned but they were still perfect. I got to laugh and cry and pray with a couple of the best ladies. Things were perfect because God showed up and gave me exactly what I’ve been needing this summer. The phrase “Farm to table and table to soul” has never been more appropriate. #fullandsimplelife
Gardening has taught me patience. I've waited a few years for this rewarewa to flower, and what a magical flower it is! 🌹🌱 I saw a photo of this tree not long after I had planted it in the earth. It would have been a least a year from when it was a seed, to when I planted it. So 6 years to the first flowering but definitely worth the wait! 🌱🙏☀️💚
Today I get the privilege of hosting a couple of my favorite ladies in ministry for a farm to table lunch at my house. I’m so excited to share this passion of mine with them and to also get an extra shove toward the Lord...because being around these ladies always sets me on fire! Follow along in my stories today to “join” us! #fullandsimplelife
Another awesome meal for the #bentarrowchallenge2018 . I did splurge for non-local Parmesan, but I’ve been so excited to try eggplant parm especially since my eggplant plants made exactly zero eggplants last year. 👎🏻. I made the sauce from scratch today with garden basil, garlic and tomatoes and onions from the farmers market. The noodles are from @bigbrickhousepasta. And the bread was some of the ciabatta that I made yesterday topped with homemade pesto. #fullandsimplelife
I'm no florist but myself and my team regularly cut flowers for our bothy. Looking and thinking about how plants associate in a vase can often help us develop ideas that translate well in the garden. Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle' and Buddleja davidii 'Black Knight' #englishheritage#kenwoodhouse#theartofgardening
These are the only berries from the elderberry bushes I got for Mother’s Day this year. BUT after getting them, we ended up finding two wild bushes on our property! Not sure if I should be excited for the excess or disappointed that we spent money on the other two. Lol! The berries on those haven’t ripened all the way yet, but my plan this year is to dry them all so I can make elderberry syrup later this winter during cold and flu season. How do you preserve your elderberries? #fullandsimplelife
Have you signed up for the #bentarrowchallenge2018 yet? My friend Claire and her husband Adam over at @bentarrowacres have created a challenge for people to eat local for an entire month! We are going to try our best to join them in creating awareness for local food by signing up! Hopefully I can get a blog post up early this week with some of my thoughts, concerns and my plan! Thanks Claire for inspiring us to all try harder! #fullandsimplelife •••
Pictured: Local beef hamburgers, local cucumbers I made into pickles, homemade mayo, and lettuce, jalapeños, and tomatoes from the garden!
Like most of you, I find IG a hard place. On the one hand I love it. I’m a visual person so the beautiful pictures are my jam. And I love being inspired to try new things in my garden, home and life because of women willing to share their lives with us all. But on the other hand, I can easily fall into comparison. So a week or two ago, I started to make myself do a “But she doesn’t...” whenever I felt down. When I came across a post that made me feel like I was less than the woman, I would think of one thing that she wasn’t doing that I was. This was not to bring the woman down, but rather to make me remember that NONE of us does it all. I had planned to write a blog post about it, but my IG friend @sarabytheseason beat me to it! So in the spirit of my “But she doesn’t...” and Sara’s post, here are some things I don’t do.
This picture is real life...but I hadn’t changed my outfit in about 24 hours when I took it. I don’t shave my legs or even wash my hair every time I shower. I don’t go to the grocery store every week (my husband will go after his night classes now if I really need something). I wear most clothing items 2+ times before washing unless they really get sweaty. Most of our lunches are things like boxed macaroni or Totino’s pizza. I don’t cloth diaper. I sometimes leave the kitchen a mess overnight. I don’t monitor my kids’ screen time (and I’m sure they get too much).
What about you? How do you deal with comparison? What don’t you do so that you can do what is important to you? #fullandsimplelife
Woke up to a happy baby, clean kitchen and this beauty we picked yesterday. Got to have a conversation with just my oldest. We all watched an episode of The Great British Baking Show before deciding to have toast made of homemade bread and jam at 9:00. Oh how I’ll miss these slow mornings when school starts! #fullandsimplelife