cooking, Garden Life

Balsamic Kohlrabi With Meatballs

Did you grow kohlrabi this year in your garden? They kind of look like an alien to me lol. The leaf shoots coming off a large bulb that grows above the dirt is strange to look at and finding recipes for them is hard to do. They are similar in taste and texture to bamboo… Continue reading Balsamic Kohlrabi With Meatballs

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DIY Calendula Lotion Bars

Tis the season of dry skin and my hands are no exception. Taking care of our hands as writers is important.  I've had a jar of oil infused with calendula flowers sitting in my cupboard for about a year so it's ready to use for this very purpose. What is calendula? It's a flower, easy… Continue reading DIY Calendula Lotion Bars

DIY, Lifestyle

Whipped Sugar Scrub DIY

Cold weather is approaching and with that comes dry skin.  Sugar scrubs are amazing for hydrating your hands during the winter months come along with me today to learn how to make your own! Supplies: 3/4 cup Coconut Oil 1 cup Sugar Mixer Optional: Coloring (beet powder etc) Grapefruit zest Essential Oils Jojoba oil or… Continue reading Whipped Sugar Scrub DIY

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DIY Makeup: Beet Root Blush

Have you ever wanted to try to make your own makeup? This DIY is super easy, it only has two ingredients, and doesn't take very long to make at all. Beets have so much pigment in them, if you cut up a beet without gloves your hands will be stained from the juice.  That's why… Continue reading DIY Makeup: Beet Root Blush


DIY Coconut Oil Body Butter

I love using coconut oil on my skin but its always hard to use.  Its either rock hard or completely melted. This DIY shows how you can make coconut oil manageable for however you want to use it. Supplies: Hand Mixer and Bowl Coconut Oil Optional: Extra moisturizing oils like Argan oil Your Favorite Essential… Continue reading DIY Coconut Oil Body Butter


DIY Ornaments!

I put up my Christmas tree on election night to keep my mind on happy things, and I decided to create some more fun things to decorate it with this year.  Below I created a video showing you how to create these fun little ornaments. Supplies: Straws 4 per each ornament Scissors Yarn Wooden Beads… Continue reading DIY Ornaments!


Mini Pizza Bagel Bites

While working through the #P2P16 twitter feeds this week I found less time to actually feed my family (bad mom, I know). So I tore my eyes away from the writing community and scavenged through the kitchen for something to make for dinner. What happens when no time and odd ingredients collide in my kitchen? In… Continue reading Mini Pizza Bagel Bites

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Make dry Soup Stock from Juicing pulps

After Making several batches of V-8 juice this past month I was having a hard time throwing out all that yummy smelling vegetable pulp. My mom always taught me not to waste stuff so when it came time to throw all the pulp away from canning bushels of produce into V-8 juice I was having… Continue reading Make dry Soup Stock from Juicing pulps


Plum Jam

I went to my local fruit stand and bought 6lbs of plums because they were so affordable! Then I had to think about what I would make out of them. I decided to make some jam, however I have never made plum jam before. This is a super simple way to make jam if you… Continue reading Plum Jam

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Crafted Vegetable Juice-Better than V-8

How to home can all Natural Vegetable Juice in 4 steps With all the studies about toxic BPA still lurking in store bought canned foods I decided to double down on crafting my own organic natural vegetable juice for my family. So if you are committed to making good healthy food for your family you may want to consider… Continue reading Crafted Vegetable Juice-Better than V-8

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Simple Refrigerator Sweet pickles in 5 easy steps

  As cucumber season is coming to an end here in Michigan getting in one last taste of yumminess from my vines is a pleasing prospect. Here is a recipe that needs only a few cucumbers to make and is really easy. No canning is required and it will last for months in the refrigerator. Deep into… Continue reading Simple Refrigerator Sweet pickles in 5 easy steps


Reduced Salt Half-Sour Fermented Deli Pickles

Laboring in my garden and harvesting my own food is rewarding. What is not rewarding is when I open a jar of my own fermented pickles and spit them out in disgust. That is what happened to me when I tried various pickling recipes found on the internet. For me they are way to salty, inedible for my palette.… Continue reading Reduced Salt Half-Sour Fermented Deli Pickles


No Drip, Two Ingredient Popscicles

Such an easy homemeade recipe, with only two ingredients! The yogurt melts slower than a water based popsicle which is nice because my toddler likes to wander with them a bit. Less mess for me to find later. Plus way healthier for kids than sugar filled popsicles. All you need: Yogurt- your choice on flavor/type. I… Continue reading No Drip, Two Ingredient Popscicles

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Calendula infused Oil

What is Calendula? Calendula (calendula officinalis) is a plant originating from the Mediterranean region and is sometimes called pot marigold. However it is different from the marigolds found at plant nurseries in the USA. Calendula has been prized for centuries for it's healing capabilities. Calendula, is a genus of about 15–20 species of annual and perennial herbaceous plants… Continue reading Calendula infused Oil


Simple Berry Tea Cake

Every year my family spends some time picking blackberries, usually we turn this into jam. However, today I decided to make something a little bit different. Black Berry Tea Cake First, add butter and sugar to a bowl and beat until light.  Add the egg, vanilla and milk, beat for 2 minutes. Sift flour, baking… Continue reading Simple Berry Tea Cake

DIY, Inspiration, Lifestyle

Mr. McGregor’s Scarecrow

A tutorial on how to make Mr. McGregor's scarecrow. All my life I have loved The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. It is a childhood classic that I have read to all my children and now to my grand children. It is out of love for this author and book series that I… Continue reading Mr. McGregor’s Scarecrow


DIY Litter Box

My husband and I have a Bengal cat, for anyone that does not know what exactly that means let me tell you. It means you will never sleep past 6:30 again, it means that even with the largest litter mat your floor will still be layered with litter. It means that you can't leave anything… Continue reading DIY Litter Box


Homemade Dumplings

When I decided to make dumplings this week I had to ask myself what a dumpling was. So in this generation of accessible knowledge, I asked google. "dump·ling ˈdəmpliNG a small savory ball of dough that may be boiled, fried, or baked in a casserole. a pudding consisting of apples or other fruit enclosed in… Continue reading Homemade Dumplings


Making Traditions

Every Tuesday night in our house is pizza night! Josh is an expert at making pizza dough, and I am pretty good at cutting up our toppings 🙂 We always make either two pizzas or two calzones, one vegan, and one loaded with meat and cheese. This is a wonderful way to spend time with… Continue reading Making Traditions

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DIY Cat Toy

I have a cat of unbelievable fluffiness. A happy problem really. To keep her royal fluffiness content she must have a few toys. Alas, the plastic ones from the store quickly break from overuse and general excitement. The feathers get ripped out the plastic handles get stepped on and snap. What's a cat owner to… Continue reading DIY Cat Toy