quejimenez Bit the Dust. || I don't suggest falling on your face, on concrete pavers. Not only does it hurt, but you'll bust your lip and have a sore mouth full of dirt and blood, a knee skinned to the white meat, and blue, swollen fingers. When you cry the tears and snot will burn your busted lip, and when your loving Mr. cleans your knee it'll burn like ghost peppers. Moving your blue-green fingers will hurt like..., and when you call your Mama crying from your Mr.'s arms, and she say funny stuff to make you forget your pain, your busted lip will throb. You'll shake from the flashbacks of seeing the concrete coming at your face, and you'll fear waking up with your front tooth on your pillow. All because you're a clumsy gardener planting in the dark. || I feel like a throbbing blob. 2h
  •   jodigirl01 So sorry... sending prayers xo 2h
  •   godsorganicgurl Feel better I almost bit the dust on my bike on Friday it scared me so bad I said F$&@!!!! Really loud scary very scary 2h
  •   teanhoneybread I hope you mend up quickly! 2h
  •   mrsryderruns Oh no! Speedy recovery and good your Mr is taking excellent care of you1h
  •   macabrii Light + good energy to you! 1h
  •   ggreneewrites Oh no! So sorry you got hurt. Sending prayers. 49min
  •   raqmayoral oh, hunnie ... sending you light & healing energy! hope you put honey on your wounds. 43min
  •   ohajiabdallah Aww. Demand full body massages from hubby for a week. Hope you feel better soon. Take it easy PLEASE! 13min

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quejimenez UCR Fall Plant Sale. || Blue Elderberry, Dragon Fruit, CA Wild Grapes, Peruvian Apple Cactus, Aloe, Quinoa, Butterfly bush, Amaranth, Clary Sage, and too many more to name in another box. Lots of planting ahead! 10h

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quejimenez Morning. || These plant babies have made it through the night chill. They aren't as healthy as I hoped. The high temps produced some leggy plants, but the cabbage and Brussels Sprouts did well. We have a lot of planting ahead of us, but we're ready. 15h

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quejimenez Bed Building. || We've been building these hugelkulture beds all day in preparation for fall/winter planting. Today's high was 91 degrees, but I just couldn't wait and went plant shopping early this morning. We have five raised beds to fill and I didn't have the room inside to start all our vegetables. I also bought two avocado trees (Reed & Fuerte), which should keep us with avocados year round. Have you ever had a Reed avocado? They are the biggest, creamiest avocado you ever will taste. Besides today's work, the goal is to grab two Elderberry plants at UCR's fall plant sale tomorrow, plus any other interesting plants they have. My goal is to have the garden planted by the end of this weekend, so we can get back to finishing up the house work before Thanksgiving. *Fingers Crossed* What are your garden, or other weekend plans? Would love to hear what everyone's growing. 1d

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quejimenez Salves & Balms. || A little trial. A little error. A lot of patience. And some fun. I'm learning, and found tonight's pots of salve much easier to make than Monday's lip balm. The Candellila wax is a bit uneasy and temperamental to work with. And either I didn't melt it enough, or temper my butter correctly, as the lip balm is slightly grainy going on. Wishing I'd bought bee's wax too. But, I played a bit, and think I've found a good salve base. Time will tell. In the meantime, they smell wonderful. Both are healing salves for dry hands, gardener's hands. They'll help with bruises, bumps, and minor cuts too. On the left is the more floral/sweet salve: Lavender, Lemon & Geranium are the stars with other good, nourishing oils and butters. On the right is the more resinous/woody salve: Myrrh, Frankincense, Cypress are the stars with other nourishing oils, butters, and EOs. I'm excited to make the tall guy some solid cologne, and me and the little lady some solid perfume. Of course the 10 year-old boy is "not really interested" in smelling good. 2d

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quejimenez Rosa Bianca Eggplant. || What still grows. Along with beans, Red Giant Mustard greens (volunteers), melons (though no large fruit), Squash (small fruits), peppers (ancho, jalapeños, sweet orange & red), tomatillos (volunteers), fennel, and all my herbs are doing stupendous! Pretty impressive after such prolonged heat. || Now what to do with the eggplants? Two small ones, and one large one I left too long on the vine (I know it'll be bitter). 2d

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quejimenez Yard-long Beans. || Yay! for beans. I'm in my kitchen apron because I was watching the garden from the window while washing dishes when I noticed these yard-long bean pods. I quickly pulled on my boots, yelled to the kids "day break," and headed to investigate. But let me back up. I've been feeling a little "beat" by the weather lately. It isn't suppose to be 90 degrees during the close of October. I feel held in limbo by our confused weather, and I find myself daydreaming for torrential rains and cloudy, grey skies. My local foothills and mountains have been ashen, brown for two years. No green. I look to them yearly for reminders of SLO, Morro Bay, the Central Coast where me and Edy would vacation yearly (before the kids), and dream about moving and starting a farm. I need those reminders. I need to grow root crops, and salad greens, broccoli and purple cauliflower. Kale and cabbage too. But, no. The sun, even partially eclipsed today, still shines light. I'm accepting it; tomorrow we'll plant and do our best to contend with the heat, and in the meantime I'll focus on gratitude for what still grows. Like these Gita beans I let go that have self-sowed. And unlike the summer crop, they're aphid free (for now). 2d

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quejimenez A Homey Dinner. || Sirloin Tip Roast w/Turnips, Rutabagas, New Potatoes, Mushrooms, & Carrots in Balsamic Herb 'Gravy'. E says, "Man this is some good eating. And this was only your first time making a roast." What he should know is Granma taught me to cook with love. We'd be on the phone talking a good long while, her giving me a recipe, and she'd say, "And Baby, don't forget the love. If you don't feel like doing it, don't, cause it ain't gone taste worth a nothing if you don't put that love in it." She told me that was always the key. Tonight I had my first turnip in many, many years. Not since Granma's kitchen. I could taste her in every bite. I don't know if it's the love, the kitchen instincts she gave me, or both. But I could hear her, "There you go Baby, that's how Mama taught you." I could never thank my Mama & Granma enough. 4d
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  •   quejimenez @fedricka Thanks Girl! Trying to keep these three happy (and low-key gain some weight 😕)! @yo_v Thanks lady! 4d
  •   jodigirl01 What a great legacy you've been left! It's always about the love 4d
  •   quejimenez @jodigirl01 Thank you! I cherish every word I remember she ever told me. And the most important is the love. She would stop me and say, don't forget the love. And it is so true. You can taste it. 4d
  •   jodigirl01 I never use recipes.... cook by feel..... and add lots of love 4d
  •   stephaniegram_ Yum I want to make a roast like this for Thanksgiving 4d
  •   quejimenez @jodigirl01 That's the best way! @stephaniegram_ It was so good! I've been thinking of making one for the holidays too. 4d
  •   mrsryderruns That's soooo true!! I wholeheartedly feel that emotions come through in our cooking!! You know it reminds me of "Like Water for Chocolate" have you read that book! It's touches on that fact yummy goodness right here@quejimenez 2d

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quejimenez Vanilla Bean lb. Cake || I don't know if I'm more eager to slice into one of these sweet loaves, or eat a plate of Pot Roast w/Root Vegetables & Sweet Cornbread. Happy family, Happy home. 4d

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quejimenez Morning Harvest. || Spent a few hours harvesting herbs, and pulling weeds. Though few vegetable plants remain in the garden (Rosa Bianca Eggplant doing really well, self-down beans, peppers [sweet & hot], wild mustard greens, and tired squash), there was still quite a lot of herbs to pick. Nature always reminds me there is abundance abound within and around us, we just need to pause and receive. I picked stevia, lemon balm, lemon verbena, lemongrass, plantain leaves, mint, oregano (Mexican and traditional varieties), thyme, and rosemary, bay leaves, marjoram & more oregano for tonight's pot roast. I left tons of basil, fennel, Mexican tarragon, and a ton of Meyer lemons still yellowing on the tree. Didn't even make time to pick eggplant and beans; the roast, I gotta rush to get the roast in the oven. After feeling a bit malaise the past few days from my flu shot, I'm so grateful for the punch of energy I woke with. Wishing you all a fruitful and peaceful day. 5d

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quejimenez Morning Light. || Pausing for a second to receive the abundance of sun, peace, and immense joy I felt this morning. I wish to share, too. Wishing you all a day of light, peace and immense joy! || Plants: Lemon Verbena, Red Rubin Basil, Sweet Marjoram, Crenshaw melon vines. 5d

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quejimenez Self-Care. || I've been planning to make most of my/our body care products for years, and intensively for months. Finally, a small break in my schedule to start practicing. First up : lip balms, salves and aromatherapy perfume, and then the goal is to make a woman's herbal massage oil (for that lovely time of the month), a healthy scalp/hair oil, deodorant, and ultimately soap. Many years ago I started my herb garden with the ultimate goal of harvesting the herbs for teas, seasonings, and soap/body care products. It's been about five years. I finally feel I'm in a place to realize that goal. But it all begins tonight with sanitizing, organizing, and starting to 'play.' All things in time. 6d
  •   audracherii Herbal oil for cramps? Pretty please! 6d
  •   shelbeerene it Sis. It is so excited to make your own products. I keep essential oils stocked. I make toothpaste, mouthwash, nasal solution, loc/hair elixir, eczema cream, dryer sheets. Next on my list is laundry detergent . 6d
  •   edithlizalde Woohoo! 6d
  •   fedricka You continue to amaze! That's awesome!! Would love to see how this is made . That woman's massage oil for the monthlies is going to be great !! 6d
  •   raqmayoral yay! it begins 6d
  •   gardennerd247 How exciting!!! I'm doing something similar - though maybe not as extensive. Blessings on your efforts! :-) 6d
  •   stephaniegram_ Oh yes! Love it...if need anyone to sample anything @quejimenez 6d
  •   quejimenez @sweat_btwn Thank you! @audracherii Right! I'm formulating and think I may have a winner. Time will tell! @shelbeerene It is! I can't wait to get on your level! I make a few things and have a ton of EOs, but surely need to make/try more. @edithlizalde Thanks! I'm so excited! @fedricka Aww, thanks lady! We'll have to chat and I'll have to send you some things! @raqmayoral Awww, love you sis! Can't wait till we have another sister date, and I'll be able to bring you something! @gardennerd247 Thank you! And blessings to you too! It is always so exciting for me to learn something new. What you making? @stephaniegram_ Hey Sis! Yes, would be happy to send you and the family some goods! Plan on it! 4d

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quejimenez Love. || My heart feels as big as a pumpkin when they smile. So I say the most random, crazy, and absurd things. And then I have to act cool, and not tell them, "Mama could just eat you up." Most times I fail, and I'm that Mama who can't stop saying, "I love you, stop growing up so fast." 6d

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quejimenez Pumpkin Picking. || Cal Poly Pomona Family Tradition. I don't know how much longer I can get them to smile for these pictures. They are 'Tweens and picking out pumpkins walks the line of cool. But here, I crack a quick whip at Papi and I get a chorus of laughter. If only they understood how much I (and they'll) cherish these rituals, these traditions we've created. When they out grow us, have lives of their own, they'll remember. And I will be that Mama who took a hundred pictures in the sun, teased Papi to make them laugh, ensured we were always together, as a family. Then, they'll feel nothing but love. 6d

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quejimenez This Life. || Kids have been writing their first essay of middle school (personal narrative), and mommy the "essay whisperer" is happily in 'full effect mode', while crocheting, editing, and monitoring the news while they research and write. This is the best kind of juggling--surrounded by these two bright minds, teaching and guiding them, being creative, and staying informed. 1w

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quejimenez Breakfast. || I propose pie for breakfast throughout fall and winter. There are eggs, bread, vegetables, warm spices and almond milk, surely that satisfies a number of needs I need to write/annotate throughout the late morning, and homeschool my middle schoolers through the afternoon and early evening. Eat & read well, life is hard enough. 2w

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quejimenez Chicken Empanadas. || Sometimes the best meals aren't the prettiest on the plate. After 9/10 hours of candy making, cooking, baking, cleaning and re-cleaning the kitchen (umpteen times), I didn't have it in me to 'plate.' And, honestly I was anxious to eat. We could barely stop ourselves, and save room for pumpkin pie. I gave in to the kids' pleas for just 'one more.' It dawns on me, everything I cooked today is brown, tan, orange, or red. Perfect for fall, no? 2w

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quejimenez Fall & Leaves. || At the last minute I decided to bake a pumpkin pie with the sweet pie pumpkin we bought a week, or two ago. And why not hand cut leaves to adorn the edge. With all the leftover pie dough I'm making shredded chicken empanadas, E will make soupa and quick frijoles. I'm most happy I'll send him to work next week with a good lunch. And of course, pie in the fridge (for breakfast). 2w

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quejimenez Guayabate. || Abuelita has four different guava trees, and they all are in bloom. At dusk, last Friday, we went out and picked fruit. The birds have made a sport of taste-testing through the trees. We'd spot a plump guava, turn it on the branch, only to see the v-grooves the birds left behind. For three mornings, I've woken to the heavy, sweet and musky perfume of guavas. It's sweet and spicy and musky all at the same time, like a mouthful of love. I feel spoiled and loved with the scent lingering in the background of our lives. Even the mundane, toasted English muffins and honey, has tasted sweeter while we wait for the guavas to ripen. Is that what the birds feel, following the guava perfume to my suegra's garden? The air there is surely sweeter, full of love. 2w

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quejimenez oh, Love. || We just flew though the air. And me, I am so BRAVE! Learning how to surrender and live! 2w

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