When the weather turns cold and foraging season slows down, I generally turn to harvesting evergreen needles – pine, spruce, fir and hemlock. The past week or so I’ve been starting my day with a cup of pine needle tea. But, ummm, in the afternoon I’d like a cookie with that tea. Pine needle sugar cookies are perfect.Continue Reading
I really love giving homemade gifts for Christmas, and last year I wrote a post explaining how to make extracts like vanilla, coffee, cacao, and more for gift giving.
Another idea I like is to give a “kit” so that the recipient can make the item themselves. This is especially nice for people who may not be able to gather the ingredients needed themselves, like this kit I gave my granddaughter so that she could make her own lip balm.Continue Reading
We’re real tree kind of people. We love nature and the outdoors, and like to do things ourselves. Just the type of people who go out every year and cut their own Christmas tree, right? Ummm. No.
Do you save seeds from your garden? Saving seeds is not a strong point for me, but I do save seed from my heirloom tomatoes, and from some of my flowers.
I was trying to come up with a way to use some of my seeds in a Christmas ornament and decided to make seed packets, and turn those into ornaments. This way, my friends and family can use them to decorate their trees, and then plant them in the garden when spring arrives.Continue Reading
I had a fun, online, conversation recently with some homesteader “chicks”. Some, like me, are urban homesteaders. Others have lots of acreage. And we got to chatting about what we want for Christmas. There wasn’t a bottle of perfume on the list, although chocolate, a cute sweater, and a date night did make the cut.
Homesteading women are hard workers, and that was certainly reflected in their wish list. What kind of woman would want homesteading supplies for Christmas? A passionate, dedicated one who knows who knows what she wants in life, that’s who!Continue Reading