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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Bone Broth – Yum!!

Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 | 0 comments

Drinking chicken soup as a cure when you are sick is more than just an old wives’ tale. Your grandmother may have actually been on to something. Which is why bone broth has become very popular as of late and follows the same principles — warm, mineral-rich broth is not only soothing but good for you. So how is it different from soup? And how do you know if you’re making it correctly to get all the important health benefits? Bone broth is essentially a mineral-rich infusion made by boiling bones — usually either chicken, beef, or fish — most often with vegetables, herbs and spices. Bone broth...

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A chicken recipe to remember!

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 | 0 comments

Spicey Mediterranean Chicken Rub Mix for one whole chicken 1/4 cup coconut oil Dash of cumin 1 1/2 tsp coriander, pepper and curry powder, garlic powder A shake of  crushed red pepper flakes if you like it hot 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder (or 3 cloves fresh garlic, minced) 1 handful of fresh parsley leaves Several teaspoons of lemon juice Salt and pepper to taste What to do: Combine all ingredients of the mix and then rub over all the chicken. You can cover this in the fridge for at the least an hour or up to eight hours (the longer the better!). When ready to roast – turn oven on to...

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Calendula & Dandelion Muffins

Posted by on Jul 6, 2016 | 0 comments

There is so much ‘out there’ that can be so healthy for you – and it’s FREE! I love picking fresh dandelion, lambsquarters and my favorite – calendula petals! All free and fresh from my non pesticide abode. So, after reading various recipes online, I decided to make one of my own and here’s what I came up with, if you want to try it. After whisking all of this together, simply take a muffin tin (grease it WELL) and then pour some of the mix into the tins to fill about 2/3 of the muffin tin. Pop in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes and then chow...

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