Dream Cookies

When I first found out my son had to go gluten-free and had a pile of food sensitivies to boot, a friend-of-a-friend who had been down that road before, loaned me a great allergy cookbook that focused on using a rotation diet to keep from developing further food allergies. The name of both book and author completely escape me now, much to my regret, because I’d love to revisit its pages. These cookies drew me … Continue reading

Blackberry Vinegar & 3 Recipes to Use It In

Blackberry Vinegar Recipes

I’ve been on a vinegar making roll lately! I’ve made other stuff too, which I’m sure to post about, but the vinegars turn out so pretty I can’t help but want to share them! All of the recipes in this post were adapted from a wonderful library book, Herbal Treasures by Phyllis V. Shaudys. It’s an older book, but full of so many great herbal ideas; I consider it one of those timeless resources and … Continue reading

Sunflower Jelly

Sunflower Jelly

I first got the idea for making sunflower jelly whilst I was pondering the happy row of flowers in my garden and wondering what other uses I could extract from them besides the seed. I remembered reading that the petals were edible and could be sprinkled in salads. During further research, I read that Native Americans used a decoction from the head for respiratory ailments. Whether this is completely true or not, I have no … Continue reading

Canning Water for Emergency Preparedness

canning water for emergency preparedness

We are in the midst of a power outage, here in Virginia; and it will likely be a week before electricity is restored. (Update: we were without power for 11 days!) For us, no power means no water. Couple that with 100 degree weather and you can see where that could quickly become a problem for those who are unprepared. In these types of emergency situation times, people tend to feel a bit panicky and … Continue reading

Five Uses for Lavender Vinegar

Lavender Infused Vinegar & 5 Ways to Use It

For the past few weeks, I’ve been experimenting with lavender vinegar and must say, I love it as much as rose petal vinegar!   Directions to Make Gather lavender, rub the buds off into a jar, then cover with vinegar. Immediately cap to keep the vapors in. Store in a dark cabinet for a few weeks, shaking periodically. If you don’t have fresh lavender, just can buy dried from Mountain Rose Herbs. (<- affiliate link) … Continue reading

Herbal Basting Brushes

How to Make an Herbal DIY Basting Brush

I do not currently own a basting brush. I have owned them, plenty of them, but they get all oily and are hard to clean and I end up tossing them long before most people would. As a consequence, I would find myself in need of one all the time, but having to make do with using a spoon or some other awkward improvisation. Right after I saw this idea in a library book I … Continue reading

Five Uses for Hollyhocks

Five Uses for Hollyhocks

Many people don’t realize that the common garden flower, Hollyhock, is completely edible – root, leaves and blossoms – and useful for more than just its charming looks. It’s a direct relation to Marshmallow and can be used interchangeably for that herb; the primary exception being that Hollyhocks have woodier and tougher roots, and are less palatable for eating purposes than Marshmallow’s softer roots. One thing to remember about this plant is that high heat … Continue reading