natural joyful living http://learningandyearning.com Creator Worshipper / Creation Student Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:03:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How to Grow a Pumpkin Piehttp://learningandyearning.com/grow-a-pumpkin-pie http://learningandyearning.com/grow-a-pumpkin-pie#respond Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:00:01 +0000 http://learningandyearning.com/?p=9357 natural joyful living

Ask a kindergartener if it’s possible to grow to a pumpkin pie. I LOVE this age. They are old enough to understand, and young enough to still be magical in their thinking. And while they get that a pie won’t grow in the garden, they’ll still likely answer a resounding yes to your question. Especially after […]

How to Grow a Pumpkin Pie

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Backyard Maple Sugaringhttp://learningandyearning.com/backyard-maple-sugaring http://learningandyearning.com/backyard-maple-sugaring#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 10:00:25 +0000 http://learningandyearning.com/?p=9199 natural joyful living

It’s as though our yard knew just what we’d need before we ever moved in. Space for a garden. Two black maple trees to tap. And a big ole fireplace for boiling down the sap. Sugar maples have the most sugar content, and our black maples come in second. But any maple will do. Or black walnut […]

Backyard Maple Sugaring

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20 Medicinal Herbs You Can Grow From Seedhttp://learningandyearning.com/medicinal-herbs-you-can-grow-from-seed http://learningandyearning.com/medicinal-herbs-you-can-grow-from-seed#comments Wed, 11 Mar 2015 18:28:57 +0000 http://learningandyearning.com/?p=9266 natural joyful living

Have you been dreaming of getting your garden started? Me, too. You’ve spent the winter with your nose in those seed catalogs, and you’ve probably placed an order or two (or three). Do those dreams include an apothecary in your backyard? You know, a place where you can grow healing herbs to dry and store. To use […]

20 Medicinal Herbs You Can Grow From Seed

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Little House on the Prairie® Prize Package Giveawayhttp://learningandyearning.com/little-house-on-the-prairie-giveaway http://learningandyearning.com/little-house-on-the-prairie-giveaway#comments Mon, 09 Mar 2015 14:42:30 +0000 http://learningandyearning.com/?p=9317 natural joyful living

Little House on the Prairie® Has a Website! I’m afraid I’m in serious trouble. Let me explain. I’ve spent countless hours watching the “Little House on the Prairie” television show. Any many more hours reading the “Little House” books. I can still remember the laughter as I read these books aloud to my children when they were young. […]

Little House on the Prairie® Prize Package Giveaway

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Make Your Own Loofah Soap (Moisturizing and Exfoliating)http://learningandyearning.com/make-your-own-loofah-soap http://learningandyearning.com/make-your-own-loofah-soap#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:17:47 +0000 http://learningandyearning.com/?p=9206 natural joyful living

Sometimes our skin, particularly our feet and elbows, need a little extra lovin’ care. Moisturizing and exfoliating them goes a long way in keeping them soft and smooth. Sure, separate soap, loofah, and moisturizer work, but where’s the fun in that when you can make your own moisturizing and exfoliating loofah soap. And they make […]

Make Your Own Loofah Soap (Moisturizing and Exfoliating)

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Can’t Forage? 10 Foods and Medicinals You Can Buy Dehydratedhttp://learningandyearning.com/cant-forage http://learningandyearning.com/cant-forage#respond Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:00:46 +0000 http://learningandyearning.com/?p=9188 natural joyful living

As much as I’ve enjoyed learning to identify new plants over the years, I’ve been rather nonchalant about foraging, and especially about foraging enough for winter use. My interest has piqued over the past year or two, however, and I’ve found myself in the position where I’ve grown to rely on certain foods, like elderberry, […]

Can’t Forage? 10 Foods and Medicinals You Can Buy Dehydrated

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Tips and Resources for Your Hardiness Zonehttp://learningandyearning.com/hardiness-zone http://learningandyearning.com/hardiness-zone#respond Wed, 18 Feb 2015 12:00:55 +0000 http://learningandyearning.com/?p=9083 natural joyful living

What’s a hardiness zone and how do I find mine? The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners can determine which plants are most likely to thrive in their location. The map divides the United States and Canada into zones based on the average annual minimum temperature for that area. This information is […]

Tips and Resources for Your Hardiness Zone

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Supercharge Your Elderberry Syruphttp://learningandyearning.com/supercharge-your-elderberry-syrup http://learningandyearning.com/supercharge-your-elderberry-syrup#respond Mon, 16 Feb 2015 11:59:08 +0000 http://learningandyearning.com/?p=9137 natural joyful living

You know I’m a big fan of elderberries. We’ve talked about them in the past. And they grow wild here in NEPA, so that’s a huge plus. But, even if they don’t grow in your area, you can purchase them dried pretty reasonably right here. Elderberry Syrup is well known for it’s ability to boost the immune […]

Supercharge Your Elderberry Syrup

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Saying I Love You . . . Naturallyhttp://learningandyearning.com/saying-i-love-you-naturally http://learningandyearning.com/saying-i-love-you-naturally#comments Wed, 11 Feb 2015 12:52:58 +0000 http://learningandyearning.com/?p=9111 natural joyful living

If you’re like me, and I think you are, the traditional Valentine’s Day gift of pesticide laden roses from South America just isn’t your thing. And those heart shaped boxes of chocolate? More pesticides, and lots of questionable ingredients. Chocolate is wonderful, but make sure it’s organic and fair-trade, k? Or better yet, try this Chocolate […]

Saying I Love You . . . Naturally

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The Trick to Delicious Wintergreen Teahttp://learningandyearning.com/wintergreen-tea http://learningandyearning.com/wintergreen-tea#comments Mon, 09 Feb 2015 12:16:17 +0000 http://learningandyearning.com/?p=9089 natural joyful living

Are there flavors and scents that send you straight back to your childhood? Wintergreen does that for me. Growing up, my family spent every summer at a cottage on a lake in the mountains of northeast PA. That mountain is covered with sassafras, mountain laurel, blueberries . . . and wintergreen. I would be hard pressed to think […]

The Trick to Delicious Wintergreen Tea

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Feeding Rufus: How We Transitioned to Raw Cat Foodhttp://learningandyearning.com/raw-cat-food http://learningandyearning.com/raw-cat-food#comments Mon, 02 Feb 2015 10:00:32 +0000 http://learningandyearning.com/?p=9050 natural joyful living

Rufus was in a cage for 8 months. Out of dozens of cats at the animal shelter, I knew he was the one for us the minute I saw him and without warning, I was crying. Sheesh. Why do I do that? The transition to our home wasn’t the easiest one for him. He wanted to be […]

Feeding Rufus: How We Transitioned to Raw Cat Food

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Bath Salts: The Safe Way to Add Essential Oils to Your Bathhttp://learningandyearning.com/bath-salts http://learningandyearning.com/bath-salts#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:00:18 +0000 http://learningandyearning.com/?p=9019 natural joyful living

What could be more soothing than a hot bath with lavender essential oil? Or peppermint oil to get your morning going? But because oils and water don’t mix, adding undiluted essential oils to your bath could potentially burn your skin. It happened to a friend of mine. Diluting the essential oil with a carrier oil first (ie. olive […]

Bath Salts: The Safe Way to Add Essential Oils to Your Bath

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