Rhubarb Ice Cream

Looking for a new way to use rhubarb? You'll be delighted with homemade rhubarb ice cream!

Oh, man, I really hit the nail on the head with this one.

The rhubarb is producing beautifully, and I’ve been trying to decide on some new ways to use it. Maybe because I was in the mood for ice cream, the idea just popped into my head. I mean, I had never heard of rhubarb ice cream, and then there I was attempting to make it.

The ingredients couldn’t be simpler – rhubarb, organic sugar, raw cream. And just a dash of sea salt.

There was a hint of tart, just the right amount of sweet, and all that glorious creaminess. I’m all about the creaminess, guys.Continue Reading

Move Over Kale: Stinging Nettle Chips


Move over kale. Make room for stinging nettle chips!!!

Stinging nettle is one of those super plants that supposedly does it all. I can’t speak to all its benefits, but I do find stinging nettle helpful for seasonal allergies. So do others, apparently.

The University of Maryland Medical Center has this to say about nettle:

One preliminary human study suggested that nettle capsules helped reduce sneezing and itching in people with hay fever. Researchers think that may be due to nettle’s ability to reduce the amount of histamine the body produces in response to an allergen.

I’ve been drinking nettle tea in the morning, but ya know, I’m a coffee kinda’ girl. I’ve been thinking I’d like to chew my nettle.Continue Reading

15 Homemade Beauty Products (with Essential Oils)

Finding natural products that work well isn't always easy. Often, I prefer homemade beauty products to store-bought, and I like the price tag better as well!

For me, clean eating came first. It took me a little longer to realize that what I put on my skin and hair has the potential to be just as harmful as what I put in my mouth.

Finding natural products that work well hasn’t been super easy. Surprisingly, I prefer many homemade recipes to store-bought, and I like the price tag better as well.

I love adding a small amount of essential oils to my homemade beauty products, too. Many of them have properties that help with wrinkles and aging skin, they smell wonderful, and can be relaxing, or even stimulating, depending on which you choose.Continue Reading

Dandelion Pesto

You know what I just love? I can walk out my backdoor and harvest all the leaves I need for dandelion pesto in a matter of minutes. And I didn't have to plant them, or tend them!

Pesto. Too delicious for words, right? And although serving it on pasta is still my favorite way to eat it, I enjoy it on potatoes, pizza, sandwiches, and as a dip.

When you think pesto, do you think basil? Yes, basil is traditional, but pesto can be made with just about any herb, with garlic scapes, and with foraged greens like nettle.

Or with dandelion leaves. Dandelion pesto.Continue Reading

Make Your Own Tinted Lip Gloss


All natural alkanet root will impart a lovely ruby glow to your homemade tinted lip gloss. The recipe is simple!

Once in a while I get this urge to get my craft on. Ya’ know what I mean? But I don’t need cutesy stuff for my house, and I’m not so much into knitting and crocheting ’cause I ain’t no good at it. But making tinted lip gloss and hard lotion bars, yeah, that will do it for me.

More importantly, though, I like to make some of my own personal care items because I like knowing that I’m using quality ingredients on my skin.

So my lips need moisture once in a while, and my vanity likes a little color. This tinted lip gloss fits the bill. The powdered alkanet root imparts a ruby red color to the gloss, but on my lips, the color is subtle and quite beautiful. Just perfect for me.Continue Reading