Reblogged – Grow your Medicine

This week I have to change my diet to a low fiber one since I will be getting a colonoscopy. I know it is a bit off topic when I consider this is a blog about growing food on an urban lot. But is it really? We live in a modern world where medicine is advancing […]

via Grow your Medicine and Start Healing — Palm Rae Urban Potager

Growing Food from Scraps — Turmeric

For years I have been using turmeric as an ingredient in my facial masks and never thought about using it any other way.

Early this year I decided to make my own turmeric powder and since my Growing Food from Scraps as already underway, I decided to stick a leftover piece of turmeric in a pot.

After about three months, this is what I have.


The last time I mixed up my facial mask

Steps:  1 tbsp of yogurt, 1 tsp of honey and coconut oil, 1-3 tsp of turmeric powder, to get the right consistency.  Apply on face, relax for as long as you like.
After reading on The Rainforest Garden how easy it is to grow turmeric I don’t think I will buy any more turmeric.


Growing Food from Scraps — Carrots

Continuing with my Project, Growing Food from Scraps. The Celery, as you see here, is doing really well.

Over the last few months I have experienced with carrots.  What I discovered, as you see below, if you place the leftover, top part of the carrot in a lemon rinds.  The carrot grows faster.  I have used lemon rinds also to regrow scallions, which you see here in the center photo 

It will be interesting to find out if the carrots which were started in the lemon rinds actually taste different.  As you know effective companion planting does change the taste of your vegetables.

If you are looking for a great facial mask check out this blog post.


“DIY: Off the Shoulder Blouse”

This is a great idea


Hey everyone! It’s been a while since I last shared a DIY and an outfit idea post for you guys and so I thought why not incorporate both in just one post? So I’ve come up with this DIY off the shoulder top which I know we all girls love, plus hey! it’s summer and it’s the right time to wear one right now.

I am using a men’s blouse that I thrifted for this tutorial. I will recommend for you girls to use one like this from your dad’s, brother’s or partner’s closet. (Use one that they don’t wear anymore!!😁)

Let’s begin…

What you need:

•Sewing Machine or a regular needle.

•Men’s Blouse

•Taylor’s Chalk or pencil




•Elastic Band (size: depends on your choice)

•Tape Measure


Here’s the steps:


Lay your blouse on a flat surface and determine where you want to cut. As…

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My 100th Blog Post


This is my 100th post and as most of you know I have only been in this blogging world for about five months, not counting my previous blogging struggles.

I’m still struggling with a number of things.  As I had noted in About the Author it is actually my third attempt.  I’m doing must better this time around.  After-all this is my 100th post. However, the main goal of the blog, sorting through grandma’s recipes and posting them, hasn’t happened.

It isn’t that I’m not cooking or baking.  It is more finding the time to post what I had made.

I’m asking myself

Where do others take the time?

I’m so afraid that I’m overlooking a spelling or grammar mistake it takes me days to complete a blog post.  The other problem is I forget to take photos and if I take photos they never turn out well.

Are there any special photo apps?  Or any other tips, I would greatly appreciate it.


Newborn Booties Converse High Top Style

Start making the Sole:

Round 1: Ch 9, work 2 sc into the 2nd chain from the hook. Sc in next 4 stitches. Hdc in next stitch, 2 hdc in next. 6 hdc in last ch. Now working along the other side of the chain. 2 hdc in next stitch, hdc in next. Sc in next 4 stitches. 2 sc into the last ch. (24 stitches)

Round 2: 2 sc into the first stitch, 2 sc into next stitch, sc in next 6. 2 sc in next stitch, sc in next, 2 sc in each of the next 4 stitches. Sc in next stitch, 2 sc in next. sc in next 6. 2 sc into each of the last 2 stitches.. (34 sts)

Round 3: sc in next 2 stitches, 2 sc into the next stitch. sc in next 11 stitches. Put 2 sc into each of the next 2 stitches. sc in the next 2 stitches. Put 2 sc into each of the next 2 stitches. sc in the next 11 stitches. 2 sc into the next stitch. Sc in next 2 stitches. (40)

Round 4: Join to first sc with a sl st, working in back loop only. Ch 1, sc in each stitch around. Join to first sc with with a sl st (40)

Round 5: Ch 1, sc in same stitch as ch 1 and around. Join with a slip stitch. (40)

This is what you should have so far. See how the loop is in the middle? Make sure that is where your loop is.

We want to join yellow here. There are two ways you can do this.

  1. Finish off and re join the yellow yarn in the middle stitch
  2. When you go to join the round with a sl st, instead of pulling through the yelow, pull through the yellow and continue with the next round. Pick up black again when you get to round 7.


Round 6: with second colour (yellow), ch 1, sc around. Join to first sc with a sl st and finish off.
Re join white using one of the above methods.

Round 7: Ch 1, sc around. Join to first sc with a sl st. Finish off. (40 + sl st loop = 41)

Mark the first stitch with a stitch marker. This is the stitch after the sl st join.

 Count from (including) the stitch marker 14 stitches towards the front on either side and mark with a stitch marker.


You should have 16 stitches for the front of the shoe. Start and finish where you placed your markers.Join black in place marked by first stitch marker

Working in back loops only to make the ridge in the front.

Row 1: Ch 1, sc in same st as ch 1, hdc in next stitch, hdc2tog 6 times, hdc in next, sc in next.

Row 2: Ch 2, turn, hdc in next st, hdc2tog 3 times, hdc in next 2 st. (7 hdc)

Finish off with yellow


Join yellow in the stitch shown

Row 1-8: Ch 1, sc in same stitch as ch 1 and in next 6. turn (7 sc)

Sides: with yellow

It is the same stitch that the toe is in.

Row 1: Ch 1, sc in same stitch as ch 1 and in next 26. (27 sc) (end in same stitch toe is in)

Now working in both loops

Row 2-3: Ch 1, turn. Sc in same stitch as ch 1 and in next 26. (27 sc)

Row 4: Ch 1, turn, sc2tog twice, sc in next 19, sc2tog twice. (23 sc)

Row 5: Ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc in next 7, sc2tog, sc in nxt st, sc2tog, sc in nxt 7, sc2tog. (19 sc)

Row 6: Ch 1, turn. Sc across. (19 sc)

Row 7: Ch 1, turn. Sc2tog, sc in next 5, sc2tog, sc, sc2tog, sc in next 5, sc2tog. (15 sc)

Row 8: Ch 1, sc across. Finish off

Laces: make 2

Ch 80, finish off.

I hope these instructions make sense.  I may add some more photos on the next set.

Lace booties