Did you know that herbs have been used (and depended upon) for centuries for flavor, health and home sanitation? Our ancestors utilized a ‘kitchen garden’ of herbs outside their door for adding flavor to their basic menus and knew the value of herbs for keeping their family and home healthy. Why not discover how to unlock … More 2017 Summer Workshop Schedule-The Usefulness of Herbs
“Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday dear________. Happy Birthday to you!” How many times have you had the above song sung to you by friends and or relatives? How many times have you sung it to others? The singing of the ‘Happy Birthday’ song is one tradition followed by many of … More Celebrating Traditions…
I found this article in with the many poems and stories that I have collected over the years. As Father’s Day will be celebrated this weekend, I think that now is the perfect time to share it on this blog. The role of ‘Dad’ is greatly under-rated in our society. But the fact is, a … More The True Value of a Dad…
A simple pleasure that delights the eyes and ears of gardeners everywhere is the arrival of the hummingbird in the spring. In central Illinois, it is usually the ruby-throated hummingbird that makes its presence known. These tiny birds seem like they have an endless supply of natural energy and pep. They do, however, (like us) … More The Humble (?) Hummingbird
Every gardener either already knows or soon finds out that Mother Nature can be quite a challenge to get along with. When you till and plant the earth, you must learn how to strike a balance between the results you want and what the varmints and conditions of nature will allow you to have. This … More Friend or Foe?
Stepping outside yesterday, the wind was howling, snow flurries were sporadically falling and it was difficult to believe that Spring will ever make an appearance. But Spring IS coming and gardeners like me know it is possible to jump-start the growing season while the snow is still falling. Of course I am talking about starting … More Getting a Jump on Spring!
If you really want to learn how to savor your dishes and enjoy your food more, flavor is the answer. … More Forgotten Flavors?
As I was thinking this morning about what to share on this blog, I realized that most folks would be considering their New Year’s resolutions at this time. I also realized that most of us overindulged during the holiday season and will be looking for ways to change this habit for the new year. (too … More Flavors for the New Year
We are proud to announce that The Simple Heart of Life will be hosting hands-on herbal workshops beginning the second weekend of September this year (2015). Participants of our workshops will learn how to harness the power of herbs and how easy it is to create unique gifts and flavors with these special plants. In addition, … More Calendar of Events