Category Archives: Pam Freeman

Freezing herbs is a great way to use and preserve summer’s bounty both in season and out of season. In season, I love to make ice cubes for summer drinks; mainly sun tea. Most days I set out a pot of water, herbs and tea bags to brew and leave it there until dinner. Since we use it right from the outdoors, my family goes through a lot of ice. I use this as an opportunity to spice things up … continued…

Freezing Herbs
DIY Gardening Pam Freeman

When my kids first started school, they always did their homework at the counter and had little to no need for a desk. This changed as they got older. While I still make them do homework where I can see them, the amount of “stuff” they have has grown with them. And, with back-to-school this month, this presented the perfect opportunity to get organized! Buying a desk is not hard. There are tons of options. I chose a basic IKEA … continued…

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Back to School Pam Freeman

Venus fly traps, Dionaea muscipula, have long gotten a scary rap through movies like Little Shop of Horrors. It’s true, their appearance is dramatic and everyone knows they are carnivorous (meat eating) plants that inhabit swampy areas; definitely facts that make these plants irresistible to curious young minds. So this summer, I decided my kids were old enough to take on the responsibility and we’re having a great time taking care of these otherworldly plants. (Although, be forewarned, these Venus … continued…

Venus Fly Trap
Gardening Pam Freeman

It’s National Adopt-a-Cat month and as I write this post my cat, Bob, is curled up in my lap and my other cats, Maggie and Patch, are at my feet. I know there’s the age old question about which is better — cats or dogs? I have both and I love both. But since it’s Adopt-a-Cat month, I’m going to focus on our feline friends. First let me say, I think cats make great family pets. I should know. Cats … continued…

cat
Holidays Pam Freeman

Over the last few years it seems like there has been lots of news about honey bees and their rapid decline, but I haven’t heard much about the decline of bumble bees.   Bumble bees are easily recognizable and are essential pollinators for our crops and our wildflowers and can be found throughout North America. Sadly, their populations are declining. To the point that scientists have found that some common species are now absent from their territories.   So a … continued…

Bumble Bee
Community Involvement Gardening Pam Freeman

This time of year, fragrant pots of lavender arrive in garden stores and they’re a temptation I recommend indulging. Lavender is easily one of the most recognized herbs and known all over the world for its purity and relaxing qualities. Fun fact — Its name comes from Roman times when people used this herb to perfume their baths; the Latin term lavare literally means “to wash.” Lavender is a great addition to an herb, flower or wildlife garden. Lavender is … continued…

Lavender
Gardening Pam Freeman

It’s funny where you can find project inspirations. I happened to be looking through a Valspar paint brochure about children’s bedrooms and found the coolest gift for Mother’s Day; silhouettes of your kids painted on canvas. A perfect way to preserve memories for Mom! I know you’re thinking this sounds really complicated. At first I did too. I have silhouettes of my kids that a talented woman cut from paper years ago at an employee outing. That’s obviously something you … continued…

silhouette
DIY Foodie Crafts Foodie Gift Ideas Pam Freeman

You may have heard the recent national scuttlebutt about an upscale restaurant banning children. As this story unfolded, my local news posed a Facebook question asking if people agreed with this decision. Lots of spirited comments followed with some people saying yes, they should be banned. Others felt we don’t ban rude adults so why be so harsh with the children. This got me thinking about my own kids and our dining out habits. It’s funny because we actually went … continued…

Kids Pam Freeman

This year my egg decorating gives a nod to my girls, who love anything sparkly, and to my garden for the life it brings after a long winter’s sleep. For both of these Easter egg decorating techniques, I used farm fresh chicken eggs in a variety of colors; brown, white and green. If you’ve never tried different colored eggs, it’s something I highly recommend. It’s really cool to see how the different colored eggs take the dyes. I also hard … continued…

floral Easter eggs
DIY Holidays Pam Freeman

The month of March is certainly a celebration of reading! It’s officially National March into Literacy month. March 3rd was the 17th annual Read Across America Day sponsored by the National Education Association. And this all coincides with the birthday of the renowned children’s author Dr. Seuss, born on March 2, 1904. Whew — that’s a lot going on!   I’m an avid reader and have been since I was a kid. So, around my house, we read every day. … continued…

Back to School Pam Freeman