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How My Garden Grows 5/8/12

The Rouge d’Hiver (left) and Black-Seeded Simpson (right) lettuces are ready for the salad bowl, and they are *to die for* (as far as lettuce goes, I mean I realize it’s not a chocolate torte, but still). If homegrown lettuce is a 10 on the tenderness scale, store-bought lettuce is a 5 or 6. No … Continue reading

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

Okay, I know blogs about naturally dyed Easter eggs are a dime a dozen these days (and usually before Easter). But these eggs are just so satisfying and beautiful! In truth, I’m writing this my 2013 self as a reminder of what I want to do next year. With the demands of “birthday week” last week, Easter was a Saturday … Continue reading

My Flower Fairy

For her eighth birthday party, my daughter had two requests – a flower fairy theme and her four best friends. Are you kidding? A small party incorporating my love of herbs and flowers and nature? This mama’s dream come true! And I get to make my girl feel like a flower fairy princess for an afternoon, to boot. Good … Continue reading

Fairy Breakfast

What makes pancakes and french toast divine? Blueberries, maple syrup, and violets! Miss A says the fairies approve. Mama says it’s a perfect trick for dressing up the pancakes she dug out of the back of the freezer (they never.even.suspected).

White Pine “Balsamic” Vinegar

Oh yes I did! Thanks to a tip from Wise Woman herbalist Susun Weed, I tinctured Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus) needles in apple cider vinegar to make a faux balsamic vinegar. This is as simple as filling a jar with pine needles, covering with apple cider vinegar, capping, and letting tincture for a month. Visits to check … Continue reading

Knockoff Tea

I’ve recently been experimenting with herbal combinations for teas. It all started with the Nourish Tea and Ca-Mo-Balm Tea in the Herbal Immunity Kit. Those teas have been thoroughly enjoyed by my family and the unsuspecting victims recipients to which I gifted the kits. The other night, I had a hankering for Celestial Seasoning Sleepytime Tea, which I have … Continue reading

Rosemary’s Perfect Cream

A few weeks ago I ran out of facial lotion and spent several days without until I could get to the store. I came home with a little bottle of some lovely lotion that I like very much, but 1) it was $15 for 1.7 ounces and, 2) I had to check the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep … Continue reading