Oak Tree Recipe

Ever wonder how to grow Oak trees from acorns? It’s easy! Late Fall is the perfect time of year to collect acorns to start growing new Oak trees over the Winter. Late dropping acorns (October and November) are typically healthiest. A healthy acorn specimen suitable for growing an Oak tree is one that is plump with a cap that is loose and/or easily removed. A naturally split or cracked acorn is fine, but do not collect damaged, crushed or moldy acorns.

How To Grow Oak Trees From Acorns:

  1. After inspecting the collected acorns, place them in a mixture of 1/2 peat and 1/2 loose barley in a clear zip-lock plastic food storage bag. Do not crowd the acorns. They should be loose in the mixture and the bag should not be more than half-full.
  2. Seal the bag and store it in the refrigerator throughout the Winter. Periodically check the moisture level -it should be damp, but not wet. At some point during the winter, the acorns should split open and white sprouts should begin to appear and grow.

When To Plant Acorns:

  1. In early Spring (late March to early April), fill individual plant pots with clean potting soil. Place the sprouted acorns horizontally in the soil about 1 1/2 inches deep and water. Place the pots in a south-facing window or under an artificial light source and keep the soil moist.
  2. During the next few weeks, the acorns will sprout into a sapling, with a few tiny, yet visible Oak leaves. As the trees grow, transplant them into larger containers. Do not allow the trees to become root bound, or dried out.
  3. You may keep your trees in plant pots indefinitely, or until they have reached a desired size to plant outside. Before planting them in the ground, introduce the trees slowly to the outdoors by placing them in cooler areas such as on a porch, or in a shed or garage for a few days at a time. Transplant them outside in the early Fall before danger of frost.

Fall Forecast

When we think about Autumn, there is a color that quickly comes to mind: Orange. That being said, Autumn Maple is a hue that is one of the top color trends each Fall season, an Artful Living Blog perennial favorite for introducing dazzling warmth into any palette. A quintessential Autumn shade that blends Tawny and Russet, and instantly infuses any outfit or home with energy and vitality. A rich, textured color that looks good enough to eat!

More than any other color in the palette, Autumn Maple tells a visual story through its expressive Fall coloration. It speaks of sleepy maple trees with leaves that hang low, exhausted from the Summer sun, exuding an Orangey-Brown glow that compliments the seasonal changes with a storyteller’s touch.

Lots of brands are embracing the beloved Autumn Maple look this season. A surprisingly versatile hue, it is one that you can integrate into your everyday wardrobe, for it has a sporty feel to it, and can be dressed up for a sartorially sublime occasion. This warm shade in various tones radiates optimism, and brings depth and refinement to any look or interior design project.

Keep the color going in your Fall garden with a combination of annuals and perennials with an Autumn Maple color scheme. For the perfect late-season bloomer, you can’t go wrong with Fall Mums, perfect for mass plantings with their domes of rich, jewel-tone colors, and tight, mounded habit and stunning bloom cover. To get the maximum effect from far away, stick to only one or two colors. A large grouping of Mums can awaken any drab Fall landscape.

Pumpkin Butter’s festive taste and intoxicating aroma make it a Fall classic. The name is a little deceiving because there’s actually no butter in the recipe, but you use it like a spread or jam. It tastes like delicious pumpkin pie -sweet, rich, and full of flavor. The look + taste of Fall! It’s also vegan and gluten-free. Plus, it’s fun and easy to prepare. As you might expect, this packs well and makes a handsome Autumn Maple gift. Just don’t forget to make a batch for yourself! It also keeps in the fridge for a few weeks and freezes well so you can make it now to share, and have one on hand to savor the season. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of organic pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup organic almond milk
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 2 Tbsp organic maple syrup
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp coriander
  • pinch of sea salt

Directions

  1. Put all the ingredients into a saucepan and mix thoroughly.
  2. Simmer the mixture on a low heat until it thickens ensuring to stir it constantly to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan. It should take approx 20-30 minutes to thicken.
  3. Meanwhile, sterilize a canning jar by washing it in very hot soapy water, rinse thoroughly and dry in a low oven for about 15 minutes. In the last 5 minutes put the lid in the oven.
  4. When the butter has sufficiently thickened transfer to the jar & screw the lid on immediately.
  5. Decorate with burlap twine and label and tag for gifting.

Terrain Style

Terrain Garden Center & Home Goods Store + Garden Cafe In Westport CT, A Charming Artful Living Blog Favorite That Celebrates The Cycle Of The Seasons & The Bounty Of The Land.

Founded in a historic nursery in southeast Pennsylvania, Terrain is a nationally renowned garden, home, and lifestyle brand with an entirely fresh approach to living with nature. It’s an approach that bridges the gap between home and garden, the indoors and the outdoors, and embraces decorating with plants to invite the garden into living spaces.

From Terrain’s Autumn Teak Tables & Seating Collection, Designed To Weather The Elements, A Protected Teak Table Offers Timeless All-Season Outdoor Dinning. In Addition To Gardening Supplies, Terrain Also Stocks Vintage & Handcrafted Furniture.

In the 10 years since opening the first Terrain store, hundreds of unexpected ideas for decorating the garden and home have been collected -many of which are shared to enjoy each season on The Blog at Terrain, but now, for the first time, they have gathered the very best of those ideas and tips into one place. Edited by creative director Greg Lehmkuhl and their community of garden and design experts who have been with them since those early days in the nursery, Terrain the book, is a seasonal guide focusing on the art of styling the spaces in and around the home with nature.

Terrain: Ideas & Inspiration for Decorating the Home & Garden, By Greg Lehmkuhl (Author), Hardcover, 400 pgs., Artisan Workman Publishing, Forthcoming October 2018.

Spanning all four seasons with ideas and inspiration geared towards each distinct time of year and organized by décor statement -container plantings, wildcrafted wreaths, and arrangements, the book starts each section with a design philosophy and hardworking guide to materials and plants, followed by gorgeous examples of the design principles in practice.

Terrain + Garden Cafe Westport CT, Autumn Inspired Garden & Gastronomy Events & Workshops October 2018.

The book not only captures the brand’s unique and appealing sensibility in over 450 beautiful photographs but also shows, in project after project, tip after tip, how to live with nature at home. Here are ideas for flower arranging beyond the expected bouquet, using branches and wild blooms, seed heads and bulbs, colorful container gardens inspired by painterly palettes, and dozens of ideas for making wreaths out of vines, dried stems, evergreens, fresh leaves and fern fronds. Decorating with heirloom fruits and flowers and weathered baskets by scattering them around the patio, and more involved projects, including taking inspiration from Scandinavia & Britain to create a truly natural Christmas. With insight for every season, Terrain blurs the indoors and out to bring the subtle and surprising joys of nature into our lives every day.

Beloved By The Artful Living Blog, Westport CT Anthropologie, Complete With One-Of-A-Kind Décor, Boasts Everything From Exclusive Apparel Collections To Insider Beauty Finds, Custom Furniture To Handcrafted Ceramics, Designer Bridal Gowns To Work-Of-Art Shoes.

Greg Lehmkuhl is the creative director of Terrain garden, home, and outdoor lifestyle brand from the team behind Anthropologie. Founded in 2008 on the site of a 100-year-old nursery in Glen Mills, PA, Terrain now has a second store in Westport, CT -both stores feature an on-site nursery, home store, and café, as well as shops within two California Anthropologie locations, and will soon open five more stores across the country. Terrain has been featured in a wide range of national publications, including the New York TimesVanity Fair, Vogue, Martha Stewart LivingElle Décor, and InStyle.

Autumn Time

Keep Calm And Carry On. Autumn Has Arrived In New England. 

  • Harvest ( har*vist ) 1. the time at which ripened crops are fathered & collected 2. the fruits of one’s labor
  • Autumn ( ot-em )1. the season also known as Fall; coming between Summer & Winter 2. including the months of September, October, and November -characterized by the changing leaves, the return of school & a time of gratitude 3. coinciding with the dropping of leaves from the trees as they go into a Winter rest, which is why it’s also called Fall
  • Harvest Moon ( har*vist*mo͞on) 1. the full moon that is seen nearest to the time of the Autumnal Equinox
  • Pumpkin Spice (pump*kin*spīs) 1. an Epicurean recipe that includes cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg & cloves 2. goes with everything nice
  • Foliage (fo*le*ij) 1. leaves on a plant or tree 2. brilliant in
    color during the Fall months

Yankee Magazine September 2018 Issue. Features include: Peak Perfection | How to Find Peak Foliage Color in New England. As the Fall foliage display makes its spectacular journey from northern elevations to valleys and shorelines, these seven hot spots along the way will keep you in the thick of color. There’s plenty of prime color to be found in surprisingly little-known spots, too. Plus The Best 5 Drive-to Foliage Views and What Autumn Teaches.

Moon Magic

Full Moons have forever been a mystical time of connecting with our spiritual, sacred feminine selves. Many Goddess and earth-based traditions honored all phases of the Moon, while Eastern religions like Hinduism and Buddhism still celebrate special holidays according to the lunar calendar. While New Moons are associated with new beginnings, Full Moons represent the culmination of energy: fruition, completion and celebration, as well as releasing and shedding of the old to pave way for a whole new cycle.

Spirit Voyage. Ajeet Kaur With Ezra Landis & Raffa Martinez. This is a song to connect to the Moon, to the grandmother guiding wisdom. It is a song of love, letting go, and embracing the wisdom and magical mystery of life. On the Full Buck Moon July 27th 2018, there will be a total lunar eclipse -the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century. From start to finish, the event will last four hours. Although the eclipse won’t be visible in the U.S., you can catch it live via community webcast on astronomy site Slooh if interested.

Because the Full Moon increases psychic and emotional sensitivity, many feel its effects very palpably -often starting the days leading up to the Full Moon, While it can feel overwhelming to deal with the intense energies it brings up, learning to harness the gifts of this special time can help us better manage everything that comes up, and create powerful shifts in our lives. Here are three Magical Full Moon Rituals to embrace the many gifts of this blessed time every month. Experiment with whatever you feel guided to. It’s a Full Moon after all, so trust your intuition!

1.) Shed Light On Darkness Journal Ritual

One of the reasons we can feel so emotional during a Full Moon is because it’s a time of making the unknown known, the unconscious conscious, the hidden seen. Naturally, this includes relationships and patterns that are not in alignment with our truth and highest good. If we don’t allow ourselves to face and process these insights, we may feel hypersensitive, confused and overwhelmed. The best thing we can do is to take some time to express everything we are feeling in a safe and healthy way.

A simple ritual to bring light to any darkness you are facing is to take a sheet of paper and write out everything you are feeling, uncensored. Notice any surprises or insights you gain about issues that are important to you. Have you been ignoring or suppressing your feelings in a certain area? Have you been settling, compromising, or disowning your truth and boundaries? Are you ready to release what’s no longer serving you? You don’t need to know the answers, but it’s important to ask the questions.

In the next steps, you will learn how to awaken your intuition, which will guide you on any action to take and changes to make as you move forward. For now, once you feel you have released all that you need to on this sheet of paper, (very safely, perhaps in a pot) burn it. You can write an intention at the end, such as, “I now release all that no longer serves me for total healing, purification and transmutation, for my best and highest good.” As the paper burns, wash away any ashes or surrender them to Mother Earth, and feel the lightness of releasing what lurked in the dark before. Remember it’s always darkest before the dawn.

2.) Clear Your Energy Smudging Ritual

If you choose to do the above ritual, smudging is wonderful to perform after, although it can be done independently, and any time as well. Of course, for this, you will need to have a sage bundle handy, which you can craft, or buy from most spiritual/new age shops or online. Smudging is a powerful energy clearing ritual used in Native and earth-based traditions during ceremonies. It is said to help release negative, toxic, stagnant energies, and even get rid of earth-bound spirits and attachments. A Full Moon night is an especially potent time for a smudging ritual. After facing and releasing what you need to, you can then ceremoniously clear it away with the smoke of sacred sage.

To perform the ritual, burn the dried sage bundle, keeping a fire-safe dish underneath to catch the ashes, and simply waft it around your entire body (at about a two-feet long distance). As you do so, you can again set an intention such as, “I release all that no longer serves me for my highest good.” After smudging yourself, you can smudge your home by waving the wand in the corners and centers of each room -or anywhere you feel guided. Trust your intuition, as you may feel the need to smudge some unexpected places or linger somewhere a little longer. Be sure to perform this very safely, keeping a distance from fabrics, pets and children. You need only wave the wand once or twice in each area to get the smoke flowing there, as you keep moving along.

After the ritual, open all your windows to air out the smoke and let new, fresh energy, and ideally Moonlight, into your home. Bonus Step: Since your space is now clear, you can go around the house and re-program the energy by setting intentions for what you want to bring into your space and life instead. You can clap three times at the end of each intention to seal it in, or if you have a bell or singing bowl, ring it three times for extra blessings. Finally, you can also clear spiritual objects like crystals, oracle decks, sacred texts and malas by waving the sage bundle around each one three times.

3.) Moontime Majesty Massage Ritual

A beautiful and beneficial way to replace the darkness that you released, is to ride the tides of your lunar cycle and truly align with the divine sacred feminine, with the gift of Living Libations Moontime Lunitidal Elixir. An essential oil estro-fest blest with a sisterhood of solacing botanicals. Anoint these dutiful drops onto your belly and wrists, as you relax and dwell in the majesty of your femininity. Directions: Enjoy drops in a bath. Use in a diffuser. Anoint the body. Massage Moontime Majesty into your belly by diluting 5-7 drops with an organic carrier oil like jojoba or St. John’s Wort. Simply massage area or apply with the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Massage to guide the body.

Catching The Light

Nu·ance |n(y)o͞o äns| noun: nuance; plural: nuances • a subtle difference in or shade of meaning, expression, or sound • verb: nuance; nuances; nuanced; nuancing.

Gladioli Girl, © Mairianne Giovanna Genova.

Hello June! The Summer Solstice is just around the corner. The Solstice reminds us how integral the Sun is to our lives. In several ancient cultures, the Summer Solstice is honored as the union between Heaven and Earth. Here are a few Artful Living ways to mark the longest day and celebrate the Sun. Wishing you a season filled with light and vitality!

Cast A Spell: This spell is for protection, healing, empowering, and revitalizing: Create a pouch for psychic dreams; put mugwort (a visionary herb) and bay leaves (often associated with the Sun) in a piece of Yellow material (the color of the Sun); sew it up with Red thread (the color of action and fire); and place it under your pillow. Dream on!

Greet The Sunrise: Watching the Sun come up is a powerful reminder of nature’s cycles -the ones we so often take for granted. Wake up early with the Sun. Watch her rise. When the Sun is low in the sky, you can stare into her. Fill your eyes and your body with her light. Do a Sun Salutation yoga practice. Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar) are a sequence of 12 powerful yoga poses with profound benefits. Shine on!

Design A Mandala : Create a mandala or danmala (meaning the giving of flower circles in Sanskrit) with natural elements -flowers, leaves, twigs, berries, rocks, seeds and feathers, found foraging. This is a beautiful process for grounding, presencing, and practicing the art of letting go. Make temporary mandalas around your local area to connect more deeply with nature, and leave for others to find and enjoy. Explore nature as art studio!

Express Gratitude: Give thanks for the Sun, for the light of the Sun, for the life that comes from the Sun. Write the Sun a love letter: Thank you, light, for the life you give to the plants, the animals, and to me. Next, show gratitude to yourself, too. Take the time to honor your own inner light and it’s expansion over your shadows. Express gratitude for your journey!

Unleash Your Spirit: The Summer Solstice is our annual opportunity to take advantage of the abundance of light that can help us release burdens, doubts, and fears, so we can become just a little freer, lighter. The most basic way to honor the Sun is to be in it. Soak it up, sing, dance, drum, play some music. This is a great time of year to dive into your inner child. A reminder to never lose sight of the magic in each day. Remember to play!