Showing posts tagged as 'gardening'

Come On Spring

Tags: Gardening, Inspiration, Spirit

January 27, 2012 20:48

Spring won't officially get here until March 20th, but the poor bulbs don't know it. Like most of the country, we've had unseasonably warm weather and hardly any snow.Growing up in California, I never really appreciated spring until I lived through my first Maryland winter. Actually, as far as winters go, most of ours aren't too bad. We do get snow, but it tends to not stay around for very...


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Familiarity

Tags: Gardening, Ignatian-spirituality, Inspiration

October 03, 2011 14:57

It's nice to be home for a week. Home being California. As you might expect, the weather has been perfect. Not quite the low 40's I left.It's funny how much we crave familiarity, and it's sometimes hard to find it, isn't it? It might be people (like your family), or a place (like the beach), or some other thing (maybe a favorite food). What might it be for you?


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Thinking Spring

Tags: Gardening, Inspiration

August 19, 2011 07:57

I know, its August. There's two seasons yet to go before we get to spring, 2012. The bulb catalogues on my coffee table, however, are reminding me to get going or get left out.You have to be a bit farsighted if you're a gardener. In the midst of burned-up plants, hot, and humid weather, you have to force yourself to dream. Of tulips, daffodils, crocus, trout lilies, and all the other delights...


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Zucchini Fritters

Tags: Appetizers, Gardening, Soup-on-saturday, Soups-and-stews

July 16, 2011 20:20

So, are you one of the lucky one's who presently have zucchini coming out their ears? Zucchini are one of the easiest vegetables to grow, and they are prolific at this time. If you aren't growing them yourself, don't worry. They are in abundance at a farmer's market near you :)This easy recipe is sure to please. Just a few ingredients and simple steps make short work of turning a fair amount of...


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Chilled Tomato and Basil Soup

Tags: Gardening, Soup-on-saturday, Soups-and-stews, Vegan, Vegetarian

June 25, 2011 06:50

It's funny how things work. The hot weather has just about cooked my basil plants and they are looking a bit sad, but the heat is helping my tomato plants thrive. I guess I'll have to go out and get a couple of more basil plants, since we're nowhere near August, when Maryland tomatoes are at their peak.I'm thinking the tomatoes I used for this recipe came up from Florida. They're good, but...


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Create Your Own Little Eden

Tags: Gardening, Inspiration

May 09, 2011 07:18

It's hard to believe the first blooms of spring are gone. Sure, there might be a few late-blooming tulips still looking good, but for the most part, we're moving into our second wave of spring.There's no doubt that it takes a lot of time, effort and money to turn a garden into your own little Eden.


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Begin With Today

Tags: Gardening, Inspiration

March 02, 2011 16:02

Wherever you are, I hope you are enjoying as beautiful day as we have in Maryland. It is really starting to feel like spring, and I had the chance to do a little yard work this morning. There us much to do, and it will take quite a few weeks to get things back in shape.On a happy note, as I cleaned up and fertilized around my azaleas and hollies in the front of my house, I saw all the tulips...


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How Much Longer?

Tags: Gardening, Inspiration

January 21, 2011 20:25

With all the winter weather we've been having lately, I think everyone's been asking, will spring ever get here? My mom in California is asking. My friend in Utah is asking. My friend in Mississippi is asking. My dog, if she could talk, is asking.March 20th is the date. Less than eight weeks. It couldn't come any sooner. The thing is, those of us who live in Maryland know that February tends to...


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Try Something New

Tags: Gardening, Main-course, Vegan, Vegetarian

August 22, 2010 20:51

Over the last couple of trips to the local Farmer's Market, I've been eyeing they array of tomatoes at the various tables. Yesterday, I decided to take the plunge and bought two pounds of the heirloom variety known as Yellow Brandywine. The farmer told me that they were slightly sweet and less acidic compared to the red varieties. Since Yellow Pear tomatoes are one of my all time favorites, I...


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Thanks Mom

Tags: Gardening, Inspiration

July 19, 2010 05:46

Today is my mother's birthday. She wouldn't be happy with me if I told you how old she was, so I better not. She's an amazing woman, and has always been an inspiration to me.When she retired, she transformed herself. She took college courses,expanded her garden, bought a new computer, took on the world-wide web, and began serving in her community. I could go on and on, but let's just say she's...


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Upcoming Events at Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center, Marriottsville, Maryland.

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This morning will introduce participants to Prayer Walking, which aims to strengthen our bodies and our relationship with God. Please where comfortable shoes and clothing.

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This Retreat will focus on key practices of Ignatian Spirituality, including St. Ignatius' deep devotion to Mary, the Mother of Jesus.

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Long before our present crisis of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity, St. Ignatius included some Rules for Eating in his Spiritual Exercises. Join us to learn what they are and how they might benefit you or someone you love.

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