Venison Stir-fry with snow peas and Asparagus

This is an adapted recipe from Michigan, a state where venison is greatly admired and the locally grown Asparagus is crisp and fresh. I grew up in Oceana County Michigan where spring time is all about Asparagus and Autumn about hunting for White Tail Deer. Learning to cook from locally raised crops and wild game…

DIY Beeswax Cling Wrap

The switch to natural living has been slowly progressing in my life. It is a lifestyle change that has been growing in me for years. That is why I am celebrating today. I did it! I stopped buying plastic wrap, a product I have used all my life-A product that turns out to be very toxic….

Simplifying life with Natural Cleaners

In the quest to simplify my life I opened the cabinet under my kitchen sink. I was greeted with a host of chemicals each declaring their own special use. This toxic station was screaming for simplification. Four reasons I decided to stop buying chemical cleaners: Simplification: Life is easier with less stuff. The companies and their…

Calendula Dry Skin Cream

Dry furnace heat makes my skin dry and cracked during the cold winter months. To combat this I make an organic healing lotion that can be used for body and face. This recipe is a two step process and also requires a source for fresh or dried calendula flowers, you can find a source by searching online. The…

My Plastic Life-Why I am saying “NO” to Plastics

  For a while now, I have been fighting the war against plastics. A war that each of us will in time need to embrace. I can remember when the milk that my Mom purchased for me to consume came in cardboard cartons or glass bottles. In the 1970s something happened during my childhood that forever…

Fire Cider-Organic Recipe

Boost your Immune System with this powerful immune boosting tonic! Before it freezes here in Michigan I gather up extra snippets of herbs, harvest the horseradish, pick the reddest hot peppers I can find for a cold and flu tonic that is sure to make hair curl. Vinegar based herbal tonics are not a new invention and are highly adaptable and…

DIY Frozen Smoothie Mix in 3 easy steps

Homemade smoothies are very easy to make! Today I found a great deal on a half bushel of peaches. What better way to preserve them than to make some frozen smoothie bags. I love making these from fresh ingredients for future use. It makes morning rush time less hectic. Gather your produce and wash it….

Easy Gallo Pinto

Spending two years living in Costa Rica really gave me a taste for gallo pinto! This is a classic meal prepared for breakfast. It is delicious, full of flavor, and very easy to make! Gallo Pinto Chop cilantro, onion, and sweet pepper finely. Add 1 tbsp olive oil to deep skillet or pan and dry…