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Make Your Own Lavender Hydrosol

Now that we know the history of lavender, let’s make something with it! Flower waters, or hydrosols, are made by distilling the volatile oils out of herbs and flowers. On a large scale, this is done with copper stills, but it can also be done on a small scale with supplies that most of us…

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Make Your Own Whipped Body Butter

When I began selling my natural skincare products, my intention was to share the recipes as well. Why? Because I want you to know how they’re made and that you don’t have to buy that chemically laden crap that’s out on the market. And if you want to make your own, it’s quite simple if you…

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Foraging Friday: Wild Winter Mushrooms of the Monterey Bay Area

Porcinis, black trumpets and candy caps, oh my! Mushroom foraging in the Monterey Bay area most likely brings to mind the beautiful fan-shaped golden chanterelle, but the oak, redwood and mixed pine forests of the area have much, much more to offer in the way of fungus among us. Chef Zachary Mazi of LionFish SupperClub,…

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DIY Natural Face Wash

Although I’ve been making lots of my own skin care products for a little while now, I’ve always been slightly intimidated by face wash, body wash and shampoo. However, thanks to a wonderful and powerful ingredient called castile soap, that’s about to be history! Castile soap is all natural, green and safe for sensitive skin! It’s also…

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Making Chèvre

It definitely feels like spring here, with kid goats frolicking in the field and teenage chickens clucking about underfoot in the yard. Local frogs have even moved into the pond. In fact, they’re croaking quite boisterously out there right now. Since I’ve been getting better at milking, I’ve had some extra milk to play around with…

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10 Reasons to Drink Raw Goat Milk

We’ve finally gotten used to milking around here. Penelope is giving me a quart every morning now, and it is absolutely delicious. I used to drink goat milk as a kid (no pun intended), but I didn’t remember how it tasted beyond the fact that I liked it. I’ve never liked the store bought homogenized,…

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Getting Started with Baby Chicks

Here I drowsily sit in my living room on a Sunday evening, listening to a drone of crickets and bullfrogs pulsing steadily through the window, punctuated now and then with soft chirps of contented chicks in their brooder. Getting started with baby chicks is quite simple, but you need to make sure that you’re ready…

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Sauerkraut!

A very interesting looking cabbage caught my eye a couple weeks ago at the Farmers’ Market, it was tall with a pointed head. I’d been wanting to make sauerkraut and it was fate. The rest is history. Sauerkraut is a great beginning fermentation project, and the result is rewarding and nutritious. It is created through…

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Basic, Versatile Chicken Stock

The holidays are over! They were festive and busy, and now that I’ve been slowed down by some sort of nasty virus that’s going around I finally have the time to think about writing a post. What could be more fitting than comforting, soothing chicken stock? I’m embarrassed to say that I only recently started…

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Herbal Infused Oils and Salve Making

You can create your own herbal salves for many different uses such as first aid, sore muscles, back pain, arthritis or burns; or you can make a mild all-purpose salve. There are many great articles out there on which medicinal herbs are good for different things, such as this one from Mountain Rose Herbs. It’s also…

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