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I am Amber Shehan, the head pixie in charge around here! Enjoy my collection of recipes, foraging tips, weird homebrews, and other wild kitchen experiments you’d expect from a tipsy fae creature.

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Elderflower & Lemon Cordial Recipe (The Boozy American Kind!)

Elderflower & Lemon Cordial Recipe (The Boozy American Kind!)

The summer solstice brought many things alive in the garden, plants I'd been waiting to see bloom to know that summer was truly upon us in these sweet old mountains! One of those that I was excited for was Elderflower. A few years ago I offered some spare soapwort plants on a Facebook group for local plant people. ...

My happy place (the birth story)

My happy place (the birth story)

It happened, y'all! We did it! The wee pixie has been born, she is wonderful, awake and alert, and growing stronger day by day! Alia Mielle emerged on June 6, 2018, after a very long labor. For 36 hours she and I rode the intense waves of contractions together, worked on moving her down and out, and it took us both ...

An Overview of Acupuncture: Part Two, The User Experience

An Overview of Acupuncture: Part Two, The User Experience

Liane dives into a user's experience of acupuncture, explaining some of the techniques available other than needles. Acupuncture is most commonly associated with needles but other techniques are also used in treatments, such as acupressure, moxibustion, and massage techniques like cupping and gua-sha. ...

An Overview of Acupuncture: Part One, a Radical History

An Overview of Acupuncture: Part One, a Radical History

Liane shares an overview of acupuncture, one of my favorite healing modalities to receive, with a look at its history and some of its radical community roots in the United States. Acupuncture is a whole medical system, and from the western medical lens is considered a complementary modality. A complementary ...

Bone broth: Thoughts and Techniques

Bone broth: Thoughts and Techniques

I always save bones and scraps for making soup stock and bone broth! Enjoy this recipe and technique from Liane. Recently, I jumped on the bone broth wagon.  Whilst going through difficult emotions in my personal life this winter, I had an intense craving for broth. The warm, fatty, nutrient dense liquid commonly ...

Linden Leaf Salad: Foraging, Identification, and Use

Linden Leaf Salad: Foraging, Identification, and Use

I love linden tea, but have never met the live tree myself. Thank you to Ashley for providing a great guide to this wonderful plant friend! When most foragers think of wild spring greens, their minds go to dandelion greens and chickweed or any number of other herbaceous spring greens. A wild salad is made with wild ...

Eggless Cake Ideas to Inspire

Eggless Cake Ideas to Inspire

I have chickens and so an abundance of eggs, but Craig from CakeJournal has taught me something new with many of these egg-free cake ideas!There are many reasons you may wish to avoid eggs in your diet. Unfortunately, in baking, most recipes require eggs to bind all of the ingredients. However, whether you're vegan, ...

Aussie Pavlova: a Gluten & Dairy-Free Recipe

Aussie Pavlova: a Gluten & Dairy-Free Recipe

I only recently learned about Pavlovas from the Great British Bake Off, and I'm delighted about this recipe adding decadence to the lives of my gluten-free and dairy-free friends! Thanks, Zara Lewis! Organizing huge dinners is a pretty big deal in my family. Most of the time I’m just in a crazy rush to get ...

Garlic Mustard Pesto Recipe – guilt-free foraging

Garlic Mustard Pesto Recipe – guilt-free foraging

Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) is on the loose! This late spring and early summertime plant is easy to pull out by the roots, and you should make an effort to do so if you find it in your hedgerow! It is considered an invasive plant across the United States, as it spreads vigorously and crowds out the other ...

April is a tease!

April is a tease!

I promise that I have some of my useful recipes, foraging, and other sorts of regular Pixie's Pocket posts ready to roll, but life has been full of personal flows and where I flow, the blog tends to go! Martha and Richard Canon, aka Memaw and Grandad...and I *think* that's my father or his elder brother as a baby. ...

March 2018 Garden Tour

March 2018 Garden Tour

In early March, we got a great start with digging in some bare root trees and berry bushes. They're showing life, and we couldn't be more thrilled since this is our first time working with bare root plants! Everyone is leafing out and starting to get green where they were only brown. I've transplanted our wee ...