Tuesday, September 30, 2014


I'm BAAAAACK!  I took a bit of a break (4 days) but now I'm back with so much good stuff to share.  
Let's start with Heirloom, Non-GMO seed and a reminder to VOTE FOR ME!

Plant a SEED for the BEES

Mary's Heirloom Seeds
So many exciting things are happening at
Mary's Heirloom Seeds!

--First, Mary's Heirloom Seeds has been chosen as  WILDCARD FINALIST in the Martha Stewart Awards.  You can vote up to six times every day until October 13th.  VOTE NOW
--Not sure if you noticed...Mary's Heirloom Seeds website has had a "facelift."  Not to worry, everything is still in the same place.  We've just done a bit of sprucing up for FALL.
--And lastly our Organic Garlic
Pre-Orders have all been shipped out.  Additional orders are available but they will take a bit longer to ship out as we had to place a second re-order. 
Our Garlic is Certified Organic and is available in

We also have a few  

NEW varieties for 2015!  

Jumbo Pink Banana Squash

Black Cherry Tomato

Purple Pear Tomato
Little Marvel Garden Pea
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Good Morning and welcome to another No Rules Party!
This week I have HUGE and exciting news to share!
In case you missed it... Mary's Heirloom Seeds is a WILDCARD FINALIST in the Martha Stewart American Made Awards!


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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Gourd-O-Lantern GIVEAWAY

We have a homegrown, handmade giveaway for you today!!!!!

Today I'm excited to announce another fantastic giveaway sponsored by Angie @ God's Growing Garden.   We have 2 beautiful items for this Giveaway

1.  "Gourd-o-lantern" by Angie Ouellette-Tower

The gourd was grown in my garden and the artwork/painting is my original design - I painted it to look like a pumpkin Jack-o-lantern

2.  "Gourd-o-lantern Resin Earrings"
I took pictures of my Halloween gourd creations and then made them into resin earrings - they dangle with the charm of the fall season! This picture is of a cute "Frankenstein" gourd which I painted green to look like an authentic Frankenstein Monster

From first frost to all Hallows Eve the Gourd-o-lanterns are a welcome guest to any house harvest time.

How to use:
NEVER put a candle inside!  ONLY use low voltage lights –eg. Christmas tree light strand (bunched up and placed inside), night-light etc.
NEVER leave light plugged in/turned on while unattended

The value of the Gourd-o-lantern gourd is $30 and the value of the earrings is $10
Total prize value - $40
This giveaway is open to residents in "the Lower 48 US"

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Meatless Monday: Portobello Mushroom Burger

I missed our last Meatless Monday but rest assured, I was still meatless on Monday.

It has been over 60 days that I have cut out meat and I love it.  I don't say things like "can't" or "vegetarian" since I'm not labeling myself (yet).  Since cutting out meat I have stayed away from soy-based meat-alternative products.  First because over 90% or soy grown in the US is GMO.  Second because soy can be a hormone-disruptor and can cause headaches.

My soy-free meat-alternatives are my Black Bean Patties and Red Bean BurgersSaturday I made this Portobello Burger for the first time and it was love at first bite.  Even my carnivore husband liked this "burger." 

Portobello Burger

Portobello Mushroom cap (top)
fresh ginger, grated
organic coconut oil
organic, non-GMO soy sauce
burger buns or Dinner Rolls  (optional)
Red onion, sliced (optional)
shredded cheese (optional)

Add coconut oil and ginger to a large pan and heat on high/medium until coconut oil melts.  Cook mushroom for approx 5 minutes on medium.  Drizzle with soy sauce and cook an additional 3-5 minutes **Add onion to the pan at this time**

Toast rolls or buns, top portobello burger with cheese and serve hot!
My hands are small but this Portobello cap is HUGE!

Joining me for Meatless Monday is Lydia @ Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen 

Are you ready to PARTY?
This party is LIVE for an entire month!!!  Each week you'll have another chance to add your meatless creations to the party.

Friday, September 19, 2014

DIY Tincture Kits - What is It?

Have you ever heard of a Tincture?  Do you currently use Herbal Home Remedies?
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After our last email about our DIY Tincture Kit Special (with a free pack of seeds) we had so many inquiries I thought it best to share with everyone.

What is a Tincture?
An herbal tincture is simply an herbal extract.  Herbal remedies have been used throughout history to treat illnesses and ailments.  We use Tinctures for overall wellness!  Tinctures are easy to make, home remedies.  If properly prepared and stored, your tincture will last indefinitely.

Have you given any thought to making your own herbal home remedies? 
"Tincture Kits" purchased Monday-Thursday ship within 48 hours via USPS Priority Mail. 
Tincture kits include:
1 - 32 ounce Glass Jar with lid, 1 - 2 ounce Amber Bottle with dropper top,  2 customizable labels,
1 ounce of Organic Herbs (additional herbs available)
and Detailed Instructions
DIY Thai Holy Basil Tincture
In Ayurvedic medicine, Holy Basil is used as a tea or a tincture. Among its many medicinal uses are lowering cholesterol, as an immune booster, and lowering blood glucose levels.

"One of the primary medicinal uses for basil is for its anti-inflammatory properties. This effect stems from eugenol, a volatile oil in basil that blocks enzymes in the body that cause swelling, making basil an ideal treatment for people with arthritis. Basil, especially as an extract or oil, is known to have exceptionally powerful antioxidant properties"
NOTE: These claims have not been substantiated by the FDA and are not intended as medical advice
           Continue Reading 
The word "feverfew" derives from the Latin word febrifugia, meaning "fever reducer."
Feverfew is used most often today to treat migraine headaches. [UMM]
Feverfew has also be used for Asthma, Arthritis, Psoriasis, digestion and Menstrual cramps.                Continue Reading
NOTE: These claims have not been substantiated by the FDA and are not intended as medical advice

Helpful link:  Homemade Feverfew Tincture 
DIY Chamomile Tincture
Chamomile is an herb that comes from a flowering plant from the daisy family. Both the fresh and dried flowers of chamomile have been used to create teas for centuries to cure a number of health problems. The active ingredient in chamomile essential oil is known as bisabolol, which has a number of anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties.

What are the Benefits of Chamomile?
Chamomile can be used topically or orally to treat a number of everyday ailments, such as:
Insomnia and other sleep disorders
Anxiety and Panic Attacks
Muscle twitches
Wounds, burns, and scrapes
Skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, chickenpox, and diaper rash
Stomach problems such as menstrual cramps, stomach flu, and ulcers.             Continue Reading 
DIY Cayenne Tincture   *NEW*

Cayenne Pepper is a nightshade vegetable.  While adding a little (or a lot) of hot and spicy to any dish, cayenne pepper can also be very therapeutic.  Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin which can open up your sinuses, fight inflammation, cardiovascular support, helps with ulcers, boosts immune system and metabolism.
THIS is what got my attention:  "Cayenne pepper's bright red color signals its high content of beta-carotene or pro-vitamin A. Just two teaspoons of cayenne pepper provide 47% of the daily value for vitamin A. Often called the anti-infection vitamin, vitamin A is essential for healthy epithelial tissues including the mucous membranes that line the nasal passages, lungs, intestinal tract and urinary tract and serve as the body's first line of defense against invading pathogens."        Continue Reading 
What do you think?  Are you ready to get started?

Your can read about my tincture results HERE and HERE.   If you have additional questions please ask.
We are happy to continue to provide growing knowledge for you, your family and friends.

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