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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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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 ...

Basic Botany and Wildcrafting Course [Giveaway!]

Basic Botany and Wildcrafting Course [Giveaway!]

The Herbal Academy is about to launch a new program - the Basic Botany and Wildcrafting Course. This online class will explore plants and the ecosystem, characteristics of plants parts and identification, and basic identification of botanical families and patterns in nature. Their classes will address ethical ...

Oh March, you bittersweet month!

Oh March, you bittersweet month!

March is really and truly here, and it announced itself in full gusts back on the first of the month. It's been banging against my house and crinkling the plastic we have over the windows to help keep us toasty and insulated. There have been teasingly beautiful warm days and gray, wet cold days.  This morning, I woke ...

Wakey Wakey, Eggs and Bakey!

Wakey Wakey, Eggs and Bakey!

Last night, Eric called me to rise from the couch and heating pad where I had nested to come outside. It was hard, but I went forth and out to the back porch, where a chorus of peeping frogs sang their joyous rhythm! It's the first time we've heard them this year, and it made my heart leap in my chest! Peeking between ...

Nettles – a feast on the forest floor

Nettles – a feast on the forest floor

Stinging nettles have a bad reputation. This weed is common around the world, throughout Europe, Asia, northern Africa, and western North America, and because of its many uses, has been introduced elsewhere. Nettles are food, fiber, and medicine, and they have been used that way for centuries! Foraging and ...

Festival of Legends 2018: Tickets Now on Sale!
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Festival of Legends 2018: Tickets Now on Sale!

Pixie's Pocket will be appearing at the Festival of Legends 2018 in Apex, North Carolina again this year! Join us on the weekend of April 14-15, 2018 for the seventh annual event, and this year's theme is DRAGONS! The Festival of Legends is a fantasy festival that takes place over a single weekend. It is full of ...

Things I Love: Keeping the House Warm

Things I Love: Keeping the House Warm

It's the full moon, the beginning of February, and the ewes are swelling with life! So am I, for that matter. It's lovely to see the fresh bright green of chickweed and dandelion already popping up in the soil. Bulbs are beginning to poke up greens to taste the air. More and more birds are returning to the backyard - ...

Things I Love: Relishing the light, diving into the dark

Things I Love: Relishing the light, diving into the dark

Happy Winter Solstice, everyone! This year has been a trial for many people I know. There's been a buzz of stress, a sense of despair, and a pervasive gloom that has seeped into the cracks left by doubt and fear. This feeling seems to be affecting just about everyone, regardless of their health or their political ...

How to use Garlic Mullein Ear Oil for Earaches

How to use Garlic Mullein Ear Oil for Earaches

For some reason, ear infections seem to be a common childhood complaint. If you begin to recognize the symptoms of an ear infection very early, you can head it off with this remedy and avoid regular antibiotics as are often prescribed by doctors. Olive oil infused with garlic and mullein flowers is is a traditional ...