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Can Shopping At TJ Maxx Save Money?

Do you shop at TJ Maxx for anything? Every so often I go in there to look for some clothing or towels or something cause it is a fast in and out. Well most of the time.

Yesterday I was on the hunt for a rain jacket for my son. Why the heck don’t stores have raincoats anymore? Yeah they have those fold up, squish up in a little bag ponchos but an actual men’s raincoat. Ha! Nope had to get one on Amazon.

BUT….what I DID find at the store was pretty awesome! Do you ever look at the food section at TJ Maxx? Did you realize they have good organic snacks, coffees, dried foods etc? Whoa here is just a small section –


Then I saw the C-L-E-A-R-A-N-C-E section – wow, just wow! I was in heaven.


I got organic cocoa nibs for $4/8 oz pkg.


Goji Berries for $5/5 oz. Organic

12 oz. Amaranth $2.50

Granola – can’t remember price and the best deal?

7 oz pkg of organic, non gmo Raw Maca powder for $9.50!!! Normally this is around $40 per pound


So even though I did not need to spend any money, I got things I will eat and use for more than 70%off. Celebrate, celebrate…dance to the music!!

Thought you would get a kick out of that. ;)



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Uses of Beautyberry

Have you ever seen a beautyberry bush with its vibrant magenta colored berries? The berries seem to glow, they are so bright!

This plant is useful in a couple ways. Ways that we like…medicinal and edible. Woo hoo!


First of all, you cannot mix this plant up with another so ID is fairly simple. The leaves are oval to obtuse, large, toothed and slightly fuzzy with a scent that once you smell it, you will always know it. The scent is not offensive, sweet but kind of pungent. The berries are tiny, brightly colored purple and grow in a bracelet-like fashion around the branches.

You can use the leaves as a strong insect repellent comparable to DEET without the chemicals – yeah! If you find yourself in the woods without a bug spray, just grab some of the leaves and crush them and rub onto your skin. Of course you should always do a small test area to make sure you are not allergic as with any plant. You never know.

Grab a few extra leaves to take home and make a spray:

Bug Off Recipe

***1-2 cups fresh leaves/stems cut up in a quart jar and fill with boiling water. Cap and let set for at least 4 hours. Strain to use in spray. Do not drink.***

How to Make Homemade Bug Spray:

  • 1. Fill spray bottle (I used 8 ounce) 1/2 full with distilled or boiled water or infused beautyberry water
  • 2. Add witch hazel to fill almost to the top – leave about 1.5 oz space.
  • 3. Add 1 oz. fractionated coconut oil
  • 4. Add 1/2 tsp vegetable glycerin if using
  • 5. Add 30-50 drops of essential oils to desired scent. The more oils you use, the stronger the spray will be. ****Choice of oils: lavender, rosemary, cedarwood, lemongrass, lemon, citronella, peppermint and clove

Now for the berries. You can taste a berry raw but it is not recommended to eat them raw, you must cook them. Greene Dean’s site – Eat The Weeds calls Beautyberry, “Jelly On A Roll”. It makes a delicious jelly!!!

Here is the recipe – click here for Greene Dean’s article

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Enjoy your day –

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Recipe for Dark Chocolate Almond Butter

I had to share this delicious recipe with you, after I made it of course j-u-s-t to make sure it was as good as it looked! ;) AND it take like 5-6 minutes to make!!!

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The recipe is adapted from Dr. Axe’s recipe, I needed to tweak it a bit.

Dark Chocolate Almond Butter

2 cups raw almonds

1/2 cup dark chocolate(I used 85% dark, it’s what I had)

2 tsp. unrefined coconut oil

1/8th tsp. himalayan sea salt

1 packet of stevia sweeten, to taste or xylitol

1 tsp. real maple syrup – think I could have used more. :D

Add everything to a food processor.

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Pulse at first to break up almonds, then let it run for a few minutes. At first it will seem like it is blended but it is not ready.

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All of a sudden it will ball up! THEN it is ready.

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Taste and if you want it sweeter or looser add more coconut oil and or sweetener, mix again to incorporate. This made two 4-oz jars plus a couple spoonfuls to eat, cause they wouldn’t fit in the jars – hee hee…

OMG this is freaking good!!! Tomorrow I will eat it on some homemade ezekiel bread – yum!

the finished jars!

the finished jars!

Enjoy your night,


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Boneset Harvest and Medicinal Benefits

This year I grew some new plants, Boneset being one of them. It was soooo easy to grow from a plant that I purchased in North Carolina.

boneset harvest

I harvested the aerial parts(all parts above the soil) and have it drying on a rack in my kitchen right now.

boneset drying boneset in bags

Boneset is a must have herb for colds and flu! Here is a mongraph on Boneset with info that I have collected from my experience and from sources credited at the end of this post.

Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum)

Boneset can grow to about 4 ft tall. It has a thick, rough textured stem. The leaves are opposite, slightly toothed, elongated diamond shaped and joined at the stem. appearing as if the stem is punctured through the leaves.

Boneset Leaves close up

Boneset Leaves close up

The flowers grow in clusters at the top of the plant and are tiny and white.

boneset flowers

In Georgia, we do have some wild boneset varieties that are not E. perfoliatum. To id, look carefully at the leaves arranged on the stem to make sure the leaves join at the stem.

So what does the name “Boneset” mean? Think about when you have a bad cold or the flu. You hurt allover the body, fever, chills right down to the bones right? Boneset is known to fix all of that with its analgesic and diaphoretic properties – helps you sweat it out. ;)

Cautions though – too much boneset at once can cause you to vomit! So small, frequent doses are best.

Boneset is a bitter herb so a tea should be sweetened or it can be made into a syrup. Recipe below.

This herb is known to help:

  • induce sweating in fevers, colds and flu
  • stimulate immune system
  • malaria
  • rheumatism
  • muscle pains
  • spasms
  • pneumonia
  • pleurisy
  •  gout

For fevers & colds – make a tea using 1-2 teaspoons dried boneset(can be purchased here) or 1 tablespoon fresh to one cup of water. Steep covered for 15 minutes. Strain and sweeten. Drink 1/2 cup every hour, as hot as you can stand it, until symptoms improve.

For digestive system – to improve or stimulate digestion, take 2 tablespoons of warm tea after meals daily for 3-6 months or as needed.

Boneset Syrup

adapted from Medicinal Plants of The Southern Appalachians

  • 2 oz fresh boneset or 1 oz dried or a combination of herbs includingg mullein, sumac berries, elder berries
  • 1 pint of water
  • honey

Pour boiling water over herbs, cover and steep overnight. Strain and add back to a clean pot. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer until liquid is reduced by half. (Helpful to stick a chopstick in the pot and mark on it where the liquid comes up to, then again when you think it is done).

Turn heat off. Add equal part honey to the reduced liquid and mix well. Store in the refrigerator for 1-2 months.

Dosage – take 1-2 teaspoons as needed. Cautions: May not be good during pregnancy or for someone with allergies to the Asteraceae family.

Enjoy your day!


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References: Bella Vista Farm, Medicinal Plants of the Southern Appalachians by Patricia Kyritsi Howell, Petersons Field Guide Medicinal Plants and Herbs by Steven Foster & James A. Duke

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Growing on The Farm!

Time is flying by this year! I have no idea where it went. I had been wanting to post garden pictures for weeks now and life has been crazy busy!!!

Here is what has been growing on the farm!

My horse arena was turned into the new Medicinal Garden: here is a pic from March.

new garden

Empty!!! Now……

summer garden

filled with goodness!!!


Rosemary bush by the house :)


Hops are 4 ft tall!!!!

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Holy Basil – Krishna and Vana

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Holy Basil – Krishna and Rama

hibiscus roselle

Hibiscus Roselle

gotu kola

Gotu Kola creeping along!


Burdock and Gotu Kola


Vitex Agnus-castus – stunning!!! Aka – chastetree.

OK now for the Butterfly Garden – BEFORE:

butterfly before

Start of butterfly garden in MAY



We have in it: Passionflower, butterfly weed, lemon verbena, scented geranium, salvia, dill, parsley, black eyed susan, daisies and more stuff!!!


Some Passionflower vines and Black Eyed Susans

butterfly weed

Butterfly Weed

salvia and passionflower

salvia and passionflower

Lemon Verbena - soooooo sweet and beautiful smelling

Lemon Verbena – soooooo sweet and beautiful smelling

A Baby Mimosa Tree

A Baby Mimosa Tree

So blessed!!!!

On the way in from taking some pictures, I grabbed a handful of plump, juicy raspberries.


Delish! Hope you have enjoyed my pics, have a beautiful day!!!


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The Secret Meaning of Herbs

I was reading through a beautiful post on the Herbal Academy of New England just now referencing the secret meaning of herbs.

When we look at flowers, we sometimes describe them in how they make us feel or how they look. For example, when I look at a Calendula blossom, I think how sunny this flower is with its bright, cheery disposition and I smile. :)

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Looking at the list from secret meanings post it shows that Calendula means Health. I can see that! Think about it a moment….if a plant makes you happy and cheerful with a sunny disposition, how can you NOT stay healthy!!!

Here is the full article shared from the Herbal Academy. Also if you ARE interested in any of their offerings, please click the link on my side bar, I would greatly appreciate it!

Enjoy – Anne-Marie

Below from the Herbal Academy of New England

A Few Herbs and Their Meanings:

Remembering the secret meaning of herbs and including them in our daily lives as points for contemplation and by giving tussie-mussies are beautiful ways to pay tribute to the ties between plants and humans that have existed for thousands of years. As we seek to connect with others and the natural world around us, it’s delightful to indulge in little “secrets” now and then, and let our desire for a little mystery and whimsy out to play in a time-honored tradition with a modern twist. Here are a few more herbs and their meanings to get you started (Laufner, 1993):

  • Angelica: inspiration
  • Basil: love
  • Bay laurel: success
  • Calendula: health
  • Chamomile: comfort
  • Echinacea: capability
  • Fennel: worthy of praise
  • Hops: mirth
  • Hyssop: cleansing
  • Lady’s mantle: comfort
  • Lavender: devotion
  • Lemon balm: sympathy
  • Lilac: joy of youth
  • Lovage: strength
  • Mint: virtue
  • Oregano: joy
  • Parsley: gratitude
  • Rose: love, desire
  • Rosemary: remembrance
  • Sage: wisdom
  • Thyme: courage
  • Vervain: good fortune
  • Violet: loyalty
  • Yarrow: healing

To read the FULL article: click HERE

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