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Creating Shelves From Some Old Friends

imageOne thing you may not know about me is how much I love antiques, repurposing items and shopping for bargains. Anytime I visit a flea market or antique store I am always on the look out for something that can be reworked or refurbished into something different.

I have this long blank wall in our powder room, it’s right across from my office so I look at it everyday. When I ran across these boxes at The Depot at Gibson Mills a few months ago I knew they would be perfect. Anyone remember the old Dewey Decimal System? Yes these are file drawers from a library, the place we use to go for research and information or to pick up a good book to read. These blasts from the past make great shelves!

My handy husband attached them to the wall for me and it was time to get busy decorating. As always I started with the items I had hanging around the house. Having a great collection of old family books makes it easy so I located the ones that were just the right size. Theimage books and a cute bird statue determined the color scheme I wanted to create which was turquoise blue, bronze and white. I found some other items I’ve had for years and a few newer ones to start determing the layout. Once I realized where the pieces I had were going it was time to hit the clearance rack at Pier 1 Imports and Kirklands to fill in the gaps and balance the layout. I lucked up and found exactly what I needed to complete the look. The entire ensemble, shelves and all, came in around $45. I think I like how it turned out. What do you think?

#reuse #repurpose #recycle #oldisnewagain #deweydecimal #usewhatyouhave#remakeoldstuff

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Look What’s Blooming Now!

imageLets talk about Chickweed today. You know the weed that grows in your garden, planted pots or yard. It blooms tiny white flowers in the spring and goes unnoticed in the summer. But did you know it’s a very beneficial plant that can be used medicinally for many applications? It’s an energizing tonic, has more iron than spinach, helps with skin conditions and tumors, an expectorant, helps with allergies and is natures fat metabolizer and weight reduction medicine? People use chickweed for constipation, to help with asthma and obesity, or skin conditions such as psoriasis.

It can be eaten raw, used in salads, make a pesto or humus with it, make a tea with the leaves, or create a salve or poultice. Yep the unassuming chickweed is mighty so don’t kill it!

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Chickweed can be transplanted very easily and is a great companion plant in the garden. Because it is a ground cover chickweed will help keep out harmful weeds and adds nutrients to the soil as it dies back. I planted some around my lettuce and strawberries last year plan to add more to other areas of the garden this year.

Adding my disclaimer: please do not consume anything you are not sure about. Always ask a botanist, herbalist or experienced forager for help in identifying plants. Never eat anything that has come from a treated lawn, is near the roadside, flood plain, or the foundation of any building. No known side effects are shown from using chickweed but as a precaution avoid if pregnant or breastfeeding.

Chickweed Pesto

Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup walnuts or pine nuts
  • 2-3 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 cups chickweed loosely packed
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

Place all ingredients except olive oil into a food processor. Slowly drizzle oil into processor as you mix ingredients. Continue until desired consistency. If too thick add more olive oil. Refrigerate, and eat or freeze within 3-4 days.