How do you celebrate your birthday? For me, it varies from year to year, but there’s never been a year without dessert. I’ve always been a pie over cake kinda’ girl and have often asked for pie for my birthday. But when I was a child, first my grandmother and then my mom would make the most amazing cake I’ve ever had – Poppy Seed Cake.Continue Reading
Does something that reminds you of being sick belong in the category ‘Good Memories’? My mom gave us flat ginger ale whenever we were recovering from a bout of stomach flu. It was part of being cared for, and it definitely settled my stomach. So, for me, it’s a memory of comfort.
Yes, we drank soda when we were kids on special occasions, although back then I would choose orange or root beer, rather than ginger ale. I rarely drink store-bought soda these days – but, if I had to choose, it would be ginger ale. I guess my tastes have changed.Continue Reading
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I don’t grow lemon balm in my garden, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t get to enjoy it’s lemony goodness. I found a really nice patch growing wild along a trail while out walking one day. So I can harvest enough for lemon balm iced tea just about any time I like.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
When I was a kid, my mom didn’t rush us to the doctor every time we got a cold. Colds were something you just had to get through.
And we didn’t have a medicine cabinet full of over-the-counter relief for coughs and colds, either. We had vapor rub. That and cup of hot tea gave us the relief we needed.Continue Reading
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