White Salsa – Mexican Restaurant Style

White Salsa – Mexican Restaurant Style

I love white salsa in Mexican restaurants–creamy, a little sweet, and a little spicey. I feel sure it isn’t Mexican, but whoever decided to start serving it, thank you. I recently moved to a new city and found that none of the restaurants serve white 

How to Make Your Own Sugar-Free Electrolyte Drink

How to Make Your Own Sugar-Free Electrolyte Drink

Whether you’re working out, recovering from illness, following a special way of eating like the Keto diet, or just want to keep your electrolyte minerals up for general health and to combat stress, it’s a great idea to take electrolytes. You can buy premade electrolyte 

Teas From “Weeds” and Plants in Your Yard

Teas From “Weeds” and Plants in Your Yard

While I love to grow herbs for culinary and medicinal purposes, there’s something I love even more about foraging and harvesting herbs from the wild. Maybe with all the uncertainty in the world, it gives me peace to know what plants I have around me 

Medicinal Shrubs and Trees to Use in Your Landscape

Medicinal Shrubs and Trees to Use in Your Landscape

As I’ve studied the medicinal uses of plants, I have been amazed to learn that so many common plants–flowers, herbs, shrubs and lawn “weeds”–are actually medicinal and have been successfully used by families and herbalists for hundreds of years. It has made me curious to 

Delicious Curry Vegetable Dip

Delicious Curry Vegetable Dip

I just love tried and true family recipes, don’t you? There’s something about making food your parents made when you were young and sharing it with your family. The familiar flavors bring back the comforting feeling you felt back then. As odd as it may 

How to Make Easy Natural Skin Toner

How to Make Easy Natural Skin Toner

hen I was in my teens and early twenties, I had severe acne. Skin toners were an essential part of my twice-daily skincare routine, but there was nothing natural about it. After the acne went away and I became a busy and sleep-deprived mother of 

How to Remove Smoke Smell Caused by Your Fireplace, Woodstove or Cigarettes

How to Remove Smoke Smell Caused by Your Fireplace, Woodstove or Cigarettes

So, my dream of having a woodstove AND a fireplace came true with our 1970’s house in the woods. It was a fixer-upper of sorts and, for me, the worst part was all of the old house smells. I explain how I got rid of 

Tips from a Lazy Gardener

Tips from a Lazy Gardener

Being a lazy gardener, I’m always looking for the easiest way to garden. I will say that my family and I are not dependent on my gardening to be able to eat and survive. If that were the case, lazy would have to be thrown 

Small Space Gardening Ideas

Small Space Gardening Ideas

    You Can Garden Anywhere! I just love to plant things and see them grow and produce beautiful flowers, healthy food, or aromatic and medicinal herbs. No matter where I have lived, I have found a way to grow things, and you can, too! 

Beginner Herb Garden – What Herbs to Grow

Beginner Herb Garden – What Herbs to Grow

  So You Want to Start an Herb Garden… As I write this, it’s the day after Christmas. And what season comes after Christmastime? To a plant lover and gardener, it’s Seed Catalog season, of course! Haha! As the darkest day of the year has 

Grandma Pauline’s Meatloaf with Variations

Grandma Pauline’s Meatloaf with Variations

Grandma Pauline’s Classic Meatloaf Recipe with Lots of Variations I’ve been craving meatloaf. I don’t serve it often because my husband really, really doesn’t like it. But I’m in the mood, so I’m going to make it using my Grandma Pauline’s family favorite recipe. I’m 

Pumpkin Pecan Yeast Bread

Pumpkin Pecan Yeast Bread

    Pumpkin Yeast Bread for the Bread Machine Mmm… Pumpkin and pumpkin spice! While I love those flavors all year long, they are quintessential flavors for the holidays and fall, and this bread displays them perfectly! So many recipes this time of year–especially with 

St. John’s Wort Oil

St. John’s Wort Oil

The search for St. John’s Wort I’ve been wanting to make St. John’s Wort oil for some time but I’ve had trouble finding St. John’s Wort or growing it. This year I’ve been trying to get several herbs to grow from seed. I even purchased organic 

How to Dry Herbs–without a Dehydrator!

How to Dry Herbs–without a Dehydrator!

How to Dry Herbs without Using a Dehydrator When we spend so much time growing or foraging for our medicinal or culinary herbs, we want to make sure that they last with as much taste and medicinal potency as possible! The simplest form of preservation 

Coltsfoot Honey — A Natural Cough Syrup

Coltsfoot Honey — A Natural Cough Syrup

Coltsfoot Blossoms Coltsfoot was the first flower I saw this year in March growing on the side of the driveway to our new house. At first, Coltsfoot blossoms look like dandelions, but unlike dandelions, the flowers come up before the leaves. I quickly looked up