HOLIDAY CARDS 2019

Just ordered my 2019 series of Holiday Cards. They are CAT themed. I love them!

I’ll start by selling them at my next event:

the TOWN TRIBE BAZAAR
KEEP IT KAIMUKI Saturday
November 30, 2019
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
@ the MUD HEN WATER lanai

JOIN ME!

If they do well, I’ll probably put some up on ETSY!

Thanks for looking 8)

Shampoo Bar v 1.0

5 oz. bar of Dr Bronners, shredded fine
Set aside

1 oz coconut oil
1 oz shea butter
0.125 oz cocoa butter
0.124 oz beezwax
Melt together.

Add shredded soap in small amounts.

Add 1 Tbsp lemon juice

Add 1 Tbsp boiling water

Stir until well combined.

Add essential oils

Stir

Add to molds lined with wrap. Cool and cure for a few days

This experiment turned out well.  I’m happy to use the bars!  Not a lot of lather, but my hair is cleaned and conditioned!  It also rinses very easily.  The bar dries well overnight on the counter, then I put it in a tin for keeping.  Smells great – I used Rosemary and Mint essential oils.    I will make this again and give it out to friends for more opinions.  Also thinking of lowering the added oils content to see if it helps it lather better.

Apple-Banana Muffins

  • 4 oz. butter
  • 1 c. sugar

Cream the butter and sugar together.

  • 4 super ripe apple bananas, peeled and smashed
  • 1 egg
  • vanilla

Then add bananas, egg and vanilla.  Mix.

  • 1.5 c. All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 0.5 tsp. salt

Mix remaining dry ingredients together and then add to the banana and butter mix.  Bake at 350 degrees for around 20-22 minutes.  Makes 1 dozen regular sized muffins.

 

Orchid Seed Pod

​#OrchidSeeds 

Came out after running this morning to an open (partially) seed pod! In this video, I open it up all the way and you can see the MILLIONS of seeds contained within. How ever, orchids seeds are naked and created without their own nutrition or defense mechanism. They are meant to blow around the forest until landing by chance on a surface, usually a tree trunk or branch, that already has the proper fungus that will support and protect the growth of the seed into a plant. Most orchids for sale are propagated in sterile settings using flasks and nutrient mixes. Unfortunately, I completely waste these millions of seeds by sprinkling them all over the mother plant, hoping by some small chance she has kept a supply of that particular fungus nearby. I WAS gonna join the local orchid society this past spring so they could help me find a place to flask them, but my antisocial nature kept me away. Maybe next time 👻 Thanks for reading. #plants #orchids #botany #fungus #nature #seeds #pollination #flasking

Popcorn Orchids


When I was growing up, my Popo grew orchids. On one side of the house were the giant yellow Oncidium “Popcorn” orchids.  On the other side was the screen house with numerous Cattleya and Anthurium.  She hung old nylon stockings full of chicken manure in the screen house for fertilizing. 

The popcorn flowers were grown along with the red torch ginger with one purpose.  To decorate graves.  And it seemed that whenever the holidays or Memorial Day would come along, there would always be plenty of flowers to use. 

I have fond morning memories of my Popo misting her orchids with a hose spray every morning while listening to Hawaiian music and smoking cigarettes.  And she put a LOT of evaporated milk in her instant coffee too… us grandkids learned early on how to use the pump pot to make her coffee, and the lighter to help light the cigarettes.  I liked tasting the coffee after making it and feeling all grown up.  

Her kitchen was painted yellow and overlooked the Oncidium.