Oct 29, 2014
by Guest Author

Aromatherapy & Safety Considerations of Essential Oils

Ever want to learn more about a subject but not have the research time? About all I know about essential oils is that yours soaps, shampoos, etc should be scented with them instead of synthetic fragrance oils.  But aromatherapy is becoming more and more popular so here is one perspective in a guest post from author, Laura, who makes Comfrey Lotions at Genuinely Simple (see below for more information).    Thanks Laura!

The information presented here is offered for educational and informational purposes only, and should not be construed as personal medical advice.

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Oct 26, 2014
by Inger

Making Homemade Butter

I have been making homemade butter for over a decade.  It’s always interesting to see the variety of internet information on the subject, but let me tell you a secret. Instructions like, “Pour cream into a jar and shake until it turns into butter” are not a serious take on butter making–unless you are talking a fifth grade history lesson.

Homemade butter with homemade rustic rye

Homemade butter with homemade rustic rye

My love of homemade butter began many years ago when I was introduced to raw milk–that is milk that is not pasteurized or homogenized.  I started using raw milk to get the benefits of a grass fed diet, but quickly recognized the better flavor. Before long, I began to appreciate an additional fringe benefit–the delicious cream that floated to the top of the non-homogenized product .  Although many proponents of raw milk suggest shaking before each use to blend, my kids were never going to do this. So I started skimming off the cream to use for butter, or whipped cream, or pot de crème, or any of a whole variety of dishes that cream is a delicious part of.  But butter was my mainstay. Continue Reading →

Oct 23, 2014
by Inger

Autumn. Or Grab a Mouse First Thing in the Morning and …

You can tell it’s fall by the beautiful colors.  The bountiful harvests.  The mice trying to sneak in the house for winter.  

The “grab a mouse” part of the title comes from a bookmark I got in college which said, “Eat a frog first thing in the morning…  and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”  It amused me so much I carried it around for years.  And so we lead in to my scary tale.  This is the season for scary tales (tails?)…fall-2014-2

It began this morning when I was trying to sleep in a little.  The closer we got to morning, however, the worse things seemed to go.  I had been awakened several times by one of the cats playing wildly next to the bed and the activity didn’t show any signs of slowing.  She recently discovered my husband’s long lost childhood rabbit’s foot  and  adopted it as her new favorite toy,  She tosses in the air and dashes around madly–usually at the worst times.   Continue Reading →

Oct 20, 2014
by Inger

Easy Pumpkin Coconut Soup and a Harvest Party

We have a fall joke in our family.  It dates back to when our oldest was around three and declared to her auntie, “Fall is the best time of my year.”  Whenever we are really loving the season, someone spouts out the now familiar words.  We are certain to hear them at the annual Rare Earth CSA Harvest Party where we carve pumpkins, eat delicious natural food and commune with nature.  This year my potluck contribution was an Easy Pumpkin Coconut Soup that comes together in a snap.

Easy Pumpkin Coconut Soup

Easy Pumpkin Coconut Soup

The recipe is based on a soup from Daisy Martinez that I made a year ago and turned completely vegan for a blogger weekend.  The vegan part was simple–just sub veggie broth for chicken stock.   But the original called for cooking a squash, which is time consuming.  So when I was running late before the party, I used canned pumpkin and made the super simple version below.  Continue Reading →