For The Bees

For The Bees

She enjoys creating these collages of flowers. She knows how to pick them with a stem, so that they may be stood upright in a vase. Yet, when left to her own devices, she creates these, with great intention. When I ask her what she calls these flower mosaics, she tells me, “It’s a salad.” I don’t believe they’re all edible, I tell her delicately. “I know, Mama” she says. “It’s a salad for the bees.”

A Fruity Dressing

A Fruity Dressing

A good friend of mine has some of the most severe dietary restrictions of anyone I’ve ever met. Over the past couple years, I have only managed to successfully feed her once. Her food allergies and sensitivities are many, and at our latest function, I embraced the challenge of creating something yummy within her tummy’s boundaries. A fruit salad to bring to a potluck, but not just any fruit salad… I love to embellish the ordinary. Oftentimes, a fruit salad is…

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Fermenting Tools from Zatoba

Fermenting Tools from Zatoba

When entering into the world of fermentation, the prospects can be daunting. Not only do you have to determine what your recipe will be, but there’s other things to consider- what container will you use, how will you keep your foods submerged, how will you keep the air out, what the heck do they mean when they say to “burp” a jar? The list continues… I’ve been an avid fermenter for a couple years, and there’s almost always something bubbling on my counter….

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Our Kraut

Our Kraut

Don’t be scared! Fermenting foods may seem daunting, but we’re here to show you just how easy it can be! Sauerkraut is a favorite in our house, here’s our recipe in 5 easy steps! That’s it! We salt to taste, but Sandor Katz recommends 3tbs per 5 pounds of cabbage. Depending on the weather, it may take a week if it’s warm, or longer in the winter. You’ll notice in step 4 we fold up an outer leaf to help hold all the…

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Mulch

Mulch

Like making your bed in the morning, it’s the finishing touch for the garden. If your mulch is thick enough, it suppresses weeds (please refer here for my definition of weeds), it retains moisture, and it helps maintain consistent soil temperature. I know you’re nodding your head because you already know all this, so let’s go deeper. Ever move a rock or tree branch that’s been sitting for a while? The ground below is moist, dark soil, and there’s tons…

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Weeds

Weeds

Simply put, they are plants that are growing where I don’t want them to. If you googled “weeds”, you’ll see images of pineapple weed, dandelion, clover. Plantain, yellow dock, purslane- all of these plants that we’re taught not to enjoy in our garden, but in reality are truly some nutritious foods. I feel it’s about perspective- there’s a ton of information on how to “control” these unwanted plants, but if you let go of the control piece, and instead try…

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Legacy

Legacy

There’s something about Sunday mornings in the kitchen. Coffee’s starting to kick in, sun’s beginning to shine through the window, tummy’s starting to rumble. Why make a quick breakfast, when an entire quiche will leave you with leftovers for the week? Ray Charles or Ella Fitzgerald on the radio, everybody’s grooving- the oven’s already on, so why not make some muffins, or bread? And since you’re waiting, make some grains for dinner another night. Get out the big cutting board,…

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Honor

Honor

 “to regard with great respect”  “to fulfill (an obligation) or keep (an agreement). “ I love this photo. It holds so much that is dear to me- both the herb, and the spirit admiring it, representing a world that inspires me, motivates me, and soothes me. An experience that I continue to digest everyday, and strive to live up to. The natural world contains so much bounty, but you must be present with it to feel it. You must honor it,…

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The Clothesline

The Clothesline

Seemingly gone, but not really forgotten- the clothesline. For so long, it was the only way we could dry and sanitize our clothes, but nowadays with an overwhelming selection of (toxic!) products at our fingertips, why would we choose to drag the laundry basket outside to hang? I’ll tell you why: The natural effects of the sun’s UV rays on our clothes and bedsheets kills germs, and helps lighten stains without deadly chemicals. For free. On a lightly breezy day, that…

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Hands On

Hands On

Hands have great power. They are facilitators of healing, of growth, of comfort- the list goes on. I think it’s safe to say to say that our hands are a medium of sorts, so wouldn’t you agree that they are capable of channeling our energy? I believe so. The next time you’re preparing your food, do me this favor- smile. Think about happy things, like all the vitamins and nutrients you’re nourishing yourself, and your family with. Shut off the tv, play music that…

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