This N' That September

How fast time flies!  It always amazes me how quickly the days and months pass. 

I've been busy trying to go through lots of things that take up space in this downsized home.  You know, that's not always easy for a self-proclaimed collector (hoarder).  I, personally keep things forever and rarely break or tear anything up.  That can be good and bad.

I see as I go through things how overly blessed we are.  Over the years since moving here, we've given away to family and friends. Donated thousands and thousands of items to those in need.  I'm seeing that we have more as I clear heading in the same directions.

Today's post is a sampling of what has been happening here at Hibiscus House.

Peppermint Sticks Balsam


I found the seeds for these beauties called Peppermint Sticks Balsam from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. They can also be found at Select Seeds   They are tender annuals and go from seed to plants in 10-12 weeks.

They are a rare seed to find date back to pre 1828.  Certainly an Heirloom a constant seed in Victorian catalogs that almost disappeared.

They are edible plants and a good source of Calcium, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C. The leaves can be cooked into curries and various other recipes.

The color is Candy-Apple Red, (which I love and was the color on Uncle Jr's race car) and white. 

They are so pretty and we've been enjoying them so much.  Sharing in pictures with you today. 

Fig Preserves

I don't know about you but Fig Preserves bring back memories of my Grandmama Cora.  She could make such a delicious hand-rolled homemade biscuit, preserves, and jams you ever put into your mouth.  

As kids, we knew she'd always have a biscuit baked baking or in the process of making when you went to see her.  We knew the large walk-in pantry would be filled with good things to put into that biscuit for sure!  

Heck, we've been known to poke a hole in one of those biscuits and fill it with a homemade pickle be it a bread & butter or dill at times. They were so good!

Her Fig Preserves would melt in your mouth for sure. I didn't get her recipe only remember her cooking things down with sugar to preserve.

Thank goodness for old and new canning books for the information they contain.  

Sunday Chicken Day 2021 New Chickens

 Beautiful eggs in my Willie Nelson cap Johnny gave me

Carly gave me an egg collecting apron and it does come in handy but on this day I just walked out there without it. The cap came in handy! 

 This year we've been blessed with a few chickens, my sister hatched.  Well even though it was a half and half bunch that hatched.  It is still a blessing.  You may say what does that mean?  Half roosters and half pullets.  The odds are usually worse than that so thankful for the new four egg layers!

Since Sunday is chicken day I'm sharing them with you today.



Sam Kweskin WWII Soldier War-Time Artist Post-War Atlas Marvel Artist Co-worker of Stan Lee.

Sam Kweskin WWII Soldier War-Time Artist Post-War Atlas Marvel Artist Co-worker of Stan Lee.
WWII fellow soldier in same unit as my Dad the 83rd Chemical Mortar Btn.