Monday, May 19, 2008


i know i already posted earlier today but wanted to show you a few more pics. i was bored this afternoon and thought i needed to paint something. lol

i went to get a glass for iced tea and viola!!! i thought , why not paint the inside of my cupboards??!! so i did! lol

i love opening up the door and seeing something besides plain old brown walls.

let me know what you think.

i am going to harvest my first batch of lemon balm tomorrow.

i am so excited!! lol. see, it doesnt take much to make me happy. lol

some tips and info on lemon balm-

Lemon balm is an easy to care for herb that grows similar to mint. It likes some shade during the hot part of the day or it will wilt slightly.

- very drought tolerant and rarely give it extra water

- it doesn't like wet feet, and prefers a loose, fairly fertile soil. It will tolerate dry soil as well.

-can harvest plant at least 3 times each summer and still have more than you

-can use with just one plant. It can be harvested within 2-3 inches from the base of the plant each time and it comes back with vigor!

-you can divide lemon balm in the spring or fall. You can also take cuttings in midsummer to bring in for the winter. It can be grown from seed in the spring, or started indoors in late winter and transplanted.

-To harvest, cut the whole stems within a few inches of the base of the plant, gather into groups of 5-6 stems, tie and hang in a warm, airy location. When dry, strip off the leaves, store in a covered container and use as needed.

-A handful of fresh lemon balm and mint make an excellent hot or iced tea when honey is added. It can be used in place of lemon peel in recipes. Add it to your favorite sugar cookie dough for a pretty tea cookie.

Pam from beehindthymeprimitives has a wonderful recipe for using lemon balm in iced tea.

good night all!



  1. Kim,
    Are we related? LOL I haven't painted the inside of my cupboards yet but it has come across my mind a time or two! LOL I painted the outside about 4 years ago and have not once regretted it. I often think I should empty the cupboards and paint some more inside but I know Jer will think I lost it.

    It looks great :)

    BTW, I have painted the TOP of my cupboards and you know what...NOBODY can see it but me when I get up there and dust! LOL

  2. good morning, leslie!!
    great minds think alike i guess.. tell jer you are thinking of painting the inside, no, better yet surprise him. teehee
    one of my girlfriends stopped late last night. she noticed it as soon as she opened the door! she said its a great idea!!


  3. hi
    you are my partner for the paper bag swap. i havent started on your creation yet but plan to thsi afternoon while my little one naps!

  4. Thank you for stopping in to visit w/ me. Sorry, I haven't had the thyme to post lately... due to the death of my brother & then my office computer hard drive crashed, it has been extremely difficult around here. Hopefully I will be up and running soon.
    Love your info on Lemon Balm...
    Blessings 2 you, Pamela

  5. I love the idea of painting the inside of the cabinets they look great. Have a great day.

    Blessings Rondell

  6. Oh, Kim, I don't tell Jer half of what I'm doing until it's done or in the works! LMBO

    One day I was talking to him on the phone while he was at work and he asked what I was doing. My response was "You don't want to know." He assumed I was painting and here I was refinishing the kitchen table...you know two days before New Years Day dinner..lol That man never knows what he's going to come home to! LOL

    You really ARE inspiring me! But I thinking I might start small and paint the inside of the bathroom vanity. It's kind of yucky in there!

  7. Love your blog. I have tons of Lemon Balm in my garden and have used it in beverages. I like the idea of adding it to sugar cookie dough. I must try that soon.

  8. Hi Kim,

    My desire to cover the cheap 1970's outdated comes from wanting a more colonial look not a primitive fade look. I guess to me there is a difference. I wouldn't be roughing them up and sanding and distressing them at all. They would have a really nice finished look, like the high end cabinets in new homes and new repros. I have a friend who sells high end real estate in our town and she said most buyers do not like the dated oak either so I guess I also see it as solving two problems. Maintaining resale value and pleasing me. LOL If they were maple or cherry, then I probably wouldn't mind them so much. I have hated them since the day we moved in 23 years ago. But I love my DH more than Ihate those, so unless and until he is ready, they will stay outdated oak!!

    hugs, Linda