Pretty little Violets

Posted by on Apr 22, 2017 | 0 comments

  Ever admire those pretty little purple flowers popping up all over in the springtime? Well, here’s an easy and sweetly tasting recipe for some Violet Jelly! Try it out and let us know what you think! Well, here’s an inspiration that I tried from a FB post – try it – easy peasy and you’ll love it!   VIOLET JELLY 1 pint violet flowers 2 tablespoons lemon juice 4 cups sugar 3 oz. liquid pectin Directions: Gather lots and lots of little violet flowers and gently press them down into your very clean mason jar. After you are sure you can’t get...

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Vinegar – A staple you need to have!

Posted by on Mar 3, 2017 | 2 comments

Everyone has it … and if you don’t, you should have! What is it? VINEGAR! Yes, that old staple that is in everyone’s pantry. This wonder product just simply doesn’t get enough credit. Good thing probably – that’s why it’s still so cheap to buy! There are so many do-it-yourself projects that one can incorporate with this wonder water that you will wonder why you never thought of it before. So let’s take a look at some of the things you can do with vinegar which is a cheap and organic way to help get you through the day. Freshen up your...

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Lavender Hand Cream – Easy peasy

Posted by on Feb 3, 2017 | 0 comments

Lavender Hand Cream – Easy peasy

Lavender Soothing Hand Cream Love lavender? I know I do! Just taking a whiff of this gentle calming essence soothes my nerves and lifts my sagging spirits. Here’s an easy recipe to whip up a nice hand cream with this special herb! It will not only hydrate your skin, it will lull you to sleep in the evening. • 1 cup sweet almond or jojoba oil • 1/2 cup coconut oil • 2 ounces (weight) beeswax • 1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil (optional) • 15 to 20 drops of lavender essential oil Simply combine the oils and beeswax and heat until wax melts. After removing from heat, keep stirring while it...

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An Old Friend – Ginkgo

Posted by on Feb 3, 2017 | 2 comments

An Old Friend – Ginkgo

When we moved into this little place three years ago there was so much to explore – almost four acres and every nook and cranny held a surprise. On one corner was a sweet little herb garden tucked neatly behind a small coy pond ~ echinacea, mullen, chickweed, thyme among other herbs. In another corner were early risers such as iris’ and daffodils and in another corner – well, actually in the middle of the front yard – was a GINKGO TREE!!! Can you believe that? A ginkgo tree!!! Who does that? But she hails tall and bold in the front yard and her beautiful and healing...

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Back to Basics….Soap!

Posted by on Nov 10, 2016 | 0 comments

Well, it has been YEARS … and I mean YEARS since I’ve plopped the soap molds onto the countertop and pondered the deeper things of life. hehe…. Well, today, considering that the planet will still be around another year it seems, and we have a president that no one ever thought would rise to the top…well, it just seemed like it was time. Personally, I like the hot-process method – which means it can be used the same day if you want … and who doesn’t like that idea? So, my favorite oils came out – olive oil, coconut oil, jojoba.… and of...

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Garlic-Cayenne Pest Spray

Posted by on Oct 30, 2016 | 0 comments

Susan has been making this Garlic and Chile Insecticidal Soap Spray for more than 20 years. In late summer, she routinely sprays this on plants before bringing them indoors for winter. Tina adds 10 drops cinnamon, vetiver or eucalyptus essential oil when she makes it. • 10 to 12 large cloves garlic • 4 to 6 hot chile peppers, dried or fresh • Generous 2 cups water • 1 tablespoon liquid castile soap • 10 drops cinnamon, vetiver or eucalyptus essential oil, optional 1. Put garlic, chiles and water into a blender and puree contents until foamy. 2. Let mixture stand at least 2 hours or...

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