We’ve enjoyed these grain-free cheesecake cookies for years. They are so easy to make and it’s a lot of fun to pop a mini cheesecake cookie into your mouth. And, of course, they are delicious!Continue Reading
I love this beautiful soap with a candy-cane swirl. Scented with peppermint essential oil, it is perfect for Christmas gift-giving. The instructions for making this natural, homemade candy cane soap come from Kelly Cable’s new book, The Natural Soap Making Book for Beginners (and is used with the author’s permission).
I’ve been making soap for many years, but I’ve rarely gone beyond the basics. Kelly’s new book inspires me to be more experimental and artistic in my soap making. This candy cane soap was the first I’ve tried using color in my soap, and I love it!Continue Reading
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.
Well, there was that one Christmas when we lived in the country and went out and cut a tree. It was a hemlock, if I remember correctly, and more of a bush than a tree.Continue Reading