Ladybug Larvae and Pupa


While walking through my garden this evening I noticed that my butterfly bush was filled with aphids, YUCK.  As I thought about spraying it I noticed many ladybug larvae and even some in the pupa stage and of course decided NOT to spray.  I was able to get lots of pictures of the little critters.  I can’t wait to see if I get a bumper crop of ladybugs this year.  Here is a nice website on the little ladies.



Ladybug Larvae

Ladybug Larvae




Ladybug Pupa

Ladybug Pupa

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Little House 18″ Doll Dress Pattern


It has taken me a while to get this posted.  It seems like there is always something more important to accomplish.


When I first sewed this pattern I ran into 2 small issues but after contacting the creator she quickly corrected them and sent me a new pattern.  I love when people are so quick to make the needed changes.  She also sent me a free pattern of my choice.  I would HIGHLY recommend theMother of NineEtsy shop.


There are two sleeve versions and two apron versions.  I made the straight sleeves and straight apron versions and have made 3 of these outfits so far.


The first one I made was for the Target version doll and it has a much smaller waist so I had to use a smaller piece of elastic for the bloomer waist.  The ankle elastic could have been a bit smaller also. The 2nd one was made for the Wal-mart version doll and was fine.

Most of the pieces are pretty easy to construct and the instructions are great.  The only piece that would be hard for a beginner would be the bonnet.   I clipped the seam on the bonnet just above where the elastic is sewn.  I am not sure if you can see on the picture below but that helped when inserting the elastic and then gathering the bonnet to fit the brim.


Clipped fabric right above elastic.


The inside of the bonnet where the elastic is sewn in.


The inside of the brim where it is hand sewn down.

 This Etsy shop has many more patterns and I am excited about trying my hand at a new pattern soon.







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Home made Gluten-Free Chicken Noode Soup


Since going gluten-free I have been wanting to cook some good home-made chicken noodle soup but just never got around to it.   I looked at several recipes recently and this is what I came up with.


  • 3 organic chicken breasts (baked)
  • 4-5 organic carrots, cut into small pieces
  • 3 stalks of organic celery, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 large organic onion, cut into small pieces
  • 1 clove of garlic (I didn’t have organic)
  • 1 T of coconut oil
  • 8-9 cups of homemade chicken broth
  • 1/3 pkg of Tinkyada gluten-free spaghetti noodles


I baked my chicken breasts and cut the meat into small pieces.  I then heated a large stock pot on medium heat and added the coconut oil, carrots, celery and onion.  I cooked this until the onion was translucent.  Then I added the chicken broth and garlic and cooked on a low simmer until the carrots were tender, about 10-15 minutes .  I broke the noodles into small pieces and put them along with the chicken in the pot and simmered for another 8-10 minutes.

This soup is delicious and my husband even had a second bowl, which is a good sign.  This soup could be placed into containers or bags and frozen for a quick meal.  You can also add several more cloves of garlic if you feel you are coming down with a cold or flu.

NOTE: If you buy the noodles from the link above “Nana’s House Children’s Home” receives a % of the sale.
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My Florida Hay Bale/Bucket/Raised Bed Garden – Plotted and Picts

Look at bales 1-9 and 2 composters

Look at bales 1-9 and 2 composters

I probably planted way to late as the weather seems to be getting very hot in Florida.  It is fun none the less to see what will grow.  Almost everything has been planted with seed except the recently purchased parsley and mint plants.  What few strawberries have survived from last years “yuck” are third generation plants and my sweet potatoes are 2nd generation babies.

garden plotted

The plotted area I am showing is approx 36′ x 45′.  I decided to try hale bale gardening after watching many videos on the subject and several videos on permaculture.  My garden has gone through many changes and little by little it has changed from just plain old trying to grow things, to sustainably and hopefully full blown permaculture.

Raspberry patch

Raspberry patch

Green Beans and Cukes

Green Beans and Cukes



Mint and Beets

Mint and Beets

Self Watering Grow Buckets

Self Watering Grow Buckets

This is how Science Daily describes sustainable: Sustainable agriculture refers to the ability of a farm to produce perpetually.

Sweet Potatoes, onions and celery

Sweet Potatoes, onions and celery

The best video I have seen on urban permaculture is done by Jeff Lawton.  Here is the link to the video.  You may have to give a username and email to get to the video.

Firebush and Bananas

Firebush and Bananas

I also and giving worm bins a 3rd try, lol, which are near the bananas.  The second time I tried them they did great but then it got cold and I stopped feeding them.  They left….

This is the other 1/3 of my back yard.  These are several pineapple plants, 3 with pineapples, lemon grass, rose, 2 moringa trees that froze back this past winter, bird of paradise, lavender and a night blooming jasmine.



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Day 5 Juice Detox

keo before and after

I made it through day 5 of juicing and the 10 days of detox!! I am so excited that I was able to accomplish this goal.  I lost over 4 lbs and my body feels so much better than when I started!  Today I actually feel like I could go longer, but I won’t, lol.  I think my husband is thankful it is over.


I learned a lot about myself and what I am actually capable of doing.  I also have a new appreciation for those who have no choice but to drink their food.  I still have some pain but am looking forward to seeing if it decreases even more with staying away from sugar and caffeine.

As I said yesterday juicing is a lot of work and preparation.  It is best to juice fresh each time but if you work you could probably juice in the morning and store them in mason jars.  It would be better than not juicing at all.

I would highly suggest that you try this yourself and see what the results are.  If you have not been eating a healthy diet, do be prepared for detox symptoms and maybe take a vacation week.  Even  trying it over a long weekend would be well worth the time and effort.

Now onto healthier eating habits and hopefully more exercise.


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Day 4 Juice Detox


Day 4, wow one more day to go.  Hardly any pain today and I drank my lemon water and juiced 4 times today. 

I have decided I like to juice but I I like to chew and swallow food also and can’t wait to be able to eat some food instead of drink it all the time.  Juicing is work and you do have to plan to have enough if you juice 3-4 times a day.  Hopefully my garden will get up and growing and I won’t have to buy quite so much, lol. 

When I go back to eating I think I will have my large meal at lunch time and juice at dinner and have a small portion of food.

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Day 3 Juice Detox


The weight seems to be coming off little by little.  I know this doesn’t seem like a lot to most people but at 4’11″ a pound is a lot of weight. I have lost almost 4 lbs total since I began.

A few of the things I have noticed are my body is getting stronger and was able to do 12 minutes of Pilates today.  Also my fingernails are getting strong and my ankles smaller, lol. I don’t bruise as easily as I did either.  I really banged my shin twice yesterday turning my compost bin and thought “there will be a huge bruise”.  Today I can barely see anything.  Usually I would have ended up with a huge bruise.

I am still having pain but not like I did between day 5 of whole foods and day 1 of juicing. I read an interesting article about fibromyalgia and cleansing yesterday  (of course you never know if what you are reading on the internet is good information.)  It says that it takes nearly 10 weeks of detoxing to be pain-free.  The detox listed is not juicing but eating salads, fruits, lots of water, and veggies.  It also states to keep away from caffeine, and sugar.  This is the type of diet I planned on trying to keep after this detox anyway but, it is another reminder that I need to keep on track.

I drank my lemon water first thing and then a glass of juice.  I ended up having to run an errand right at the time I should have been juicing so it threw me off and I ended up only having 3 glasses of juice today.  Sooooo I was bad and had some blue corn chips and hummus and I am sure it wouldn’t be the end of the world.

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