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Posted by on Jan 14, 2017 in Herbs, Medicinal Recipe, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Nourishing Nursing Mother’s Tea

Nourishing Nursing Mother’s Tea

I am a big believer in family and community support for pregnant women. I’ve always wished that I could live close to my loved ones when they were/are pregnant so that I could spoil them as much as possible. Fortunately, as I mentioned in my Gentle Healing Salve post, my wonderful cousin/friend is pregnant and due any minute now. She moved down here to South Carolina a year ago, just down the road from me, so I’m finally getting my wish to be able to support a preggers-loved one. 🙂 I’m creating a basket of supplies to bring her once her wee little one is born. Hmm…maybe I’ll make a post later on all about things to make/buy for a basket for celebrating a new birth (as well as for spoiling the new mama!). One of the things I decided to make for my sweet cousin was this homemade Nourishing Nursing Mother’s Tea. The ingredients in this homemade tea should help both with producing milk for the baby AND it also...

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Posted by on Jan 2, 2017 in Beauty, Medicinal Recipe, Uncategorized | 0 comments

How to Make a Gentle Healing Salve

How to Make a Gentle Healing Salve

Remember when I made my plantain infused oil (and dandelion infused oil, calendula infused oil, and comfrey infused oil) in the spring, and I promised to come back in fall/winter with some awesome DIY projects for you to make with your new oils? Well, I did not forget that promise.  Partly because I’m looking at these beautiful jars of super amazing infused oils and I just HAVE to use them in somehow. 😉 The problem was that I didn’t know which type of DIY project to make first. Talk about being overwhelmed. Do I make a beauty cream? Some homemade lotion? A neosporin-type all purpose salve? Ahh…I want to make them all, but there is so little free time these days.  Fortunately, my beautiful cousin (and friend!) is pregnant and due to have her baby any minute now. I am determined to put together a lovely basket of healthy supplies (both homemade and bought) to help her out during those first weeks of new baby-hood. These are supplies to...

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Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Gardening, Uncategorized | 0 comments

10 Plants for Attracting Beneficial Insects to Your Garden

10 Plants for Attracting Beneficial Insects to Your Garden

I love winter. It’s the best season for getting prepared for a new gardening season. I love to cuddle up by a fire, drink some tasty hot chocolate, drool over my favorite gardening catalogs, and plan my future garden. It’s a lovely, peaceful season for dreaming about possible future garden productivity. However, I do NOT want to read only garden catalogs (for real!). I also love reading new gardening books. This has been tough to find. I read plenty of great homesteading books (like the ones I mention in my gifts for gardeners post), and those homesteading books have a section or two about gardening which are great to read. But sometimes I just want to curl up by my fire with a great gardening book. So I’ve got some GREAT news: I think I just found my perfect gardening book! When Amy from Tenth Acre Farm asked me to review her book, The Suburban Micro-Farm, I didn’t know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this gardening book is PERFECT...

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Posted by on Nov 6, 2016 in Gardening, Uncategorized | 2 comments

6 Gift Ideas for Gardeners

6 Gift Ideas for Gardeners

It’s that time of year. Time to think about clever, cute, and/or funny gift ideas for your loved ones (or for yourself!). Here is a list of 6 gift ideas for gardeners. I tried to focus on just a few very specific gift ideas that I think gardeners will LOVE. Feel free to add other ideas in the comment section! 🙂 1. The Ultimate Garden Tool Set What gardener could resist a garden tool set (like this one), that comes with all the tools needed to garden and a nifty bag to carry it all (and keep it organized!). I drooled when I saw the one pictured below: 2. Garden Gloves Most gardeners I know are super fussy about their garden gloves. So you might want to ask them what type they prefer. These garden gloves are the ones that I personally use. I *love* that they are snug on my hands, and the plastic fingertips keep me from getting poked by thorns. I went through about 10 pairs...

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Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in Gardening, Uncategorized | 7 comments

8 Lessons from My Summer Garden

8 Lessons from My Summer Garden

This year, my garden was much MUCH better. Unlike last year’s fiasco. Thank goodness.  However, even though this year’s harvest was a happy thing, I still learned plenty of lessons from my summer garden. So I thought I would share them with you all. Feel free to tell me about YOUR summer garden in the comments! 1. Drip Irrigation is a life changer. I hesitated to get drip irrigation in the past. This was for many reasons, including: I have a strict garden budget and I actually LOVE watering my garden by hand. However, my sweet hubby surprised me with drip irrigation supplies, so of course we set it up. I have mixed feelings about using drip irrigation in my garden. The positives: This summer was very dry and hot in South Carolina. Our Drip Irrigation had a timer and it went off twice a day without me having to worry. Instead of daily spending hours watering and rewatering my plants, I only had to stroll through once a day...

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Posted by on Sep 4, 2016 in Cooking recipe, Uncategorized | 0 comments

10 Amazing Dutch Baby Recipes

10 Amazing Dutch Baby Recipes

Dutch Babies. Puff Pancakes. German Pancakes. Whatever you call them, they are amazing.  I am known in my family as the World’s Fussiest Breakfast Eater. Even as a child, I’ve always hated: cereal, oatmeal, eggs, sausage, french toast, pancakes, waffles, yogurt, bacon…yep, pretty much any breakfast foods. Sorry, readers, please don’t hate me. People usually have a love-affair with breakfast foods and immediately feel disconnected with me when I mention my hatred for breakfast foods.  I’ve also been told: ‘then eat normal food at breakfast time!’ and that doesn’t seem to work, either. I just cannot fathom the idea of having a tuna sandwich in the morning. Thanks a lot, brain. So far, my breakfast strategy is to eat something different every few days. This is annoying on our fridge space, since a week’s worth of breakfast for me often takes up an entire shelf. It’s also annoying at grocery-list time, because I spend HOURS desperately coming up with new things to try to eat for breakfast. I can force myself...

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