Tag: DIY projects
Cherry Cordial: Dark, Sweet, and Delicious!

Cherry Cordial: Dark, Sweet, and Delicious!

  When cherries went on sale this year, I grabbed as many as I could and set to work. Eric and I are already looking at planting a few cherry trees and apple trees around the property, so this blog should be full of cherry-inspired recipes as the years go by, I hope! I sorted through the bags of cherries ...

Ginger Wine: One Gallon Recipe

Ginger Wine: One Gallon Recipe

Ginger is such a wonderful spice, and one of my favorites. It's a great healer, and its heat is just so enjoyable! I've never been able to find a ginger beer strong enough for me at the store, so it must fall to me to make my own. Ginger Wine: One Gallon Recipe Fresh ginger root (I used a whole palm, about ...

Pear Vinegar Recipe – made with fruit scraps

Pear Vinegar Recipe – made with fruit scraps

So, this time last year, I came into an abundance of pears and made a delightful pear cordial. During the cordial-making process, I ended up with a big bowl full of pear cores, stem bits, and bruised chunks that I deemed unfit for inclusion in the cordial. Instead of dumping these into the compost, these became ...

Cherry Wine – One Gallon Recipe

Cherry Wine – One Gallon Recipe

The day I have been waiting for finally came...my local grocery store had bags of beautiful, sweet red cherries on sale! Normally $6.98/lb or so, the bags of beautiful scarlet globes were reduced by half for a limited time. I grabbed two bags, which gave me just around 4-5 pounds of cherries to play with. Once I ...

Pamper Yourself with Facial Treatments Made with Food

Pamper Yourself with Facial Treatments Made with Food

guest post by John Pitt A basic facial treatment can set you back from $80 to $150. Throw in some special serums or eye treatment, and it becomes even more expensive. But the cost is not only the only issue here. You also wouldn’t know what exactly the spa therapist is putting on your face. The only thing you’re ...

How to make Spent Grain Dog Treats

How to make Spent Grain Dog Treats

Spent grain dog treats are amazing! Spent grain dog treats are hearty, healthy snacks for your puppy friends that are made from the leftover grains from brewing a batch of beer. How good are they? Just ask this adorable beggar, Sandy (and watch out for the puddles of drool): Pleeeeease? Can I have some ...

DIY Holiday Decor for the Garden

DIY Holiday Decor for the Garden

I have had the hardest time getting ready for the HollyDaze this year. It felt wrong to haul out the boxes of holiday decor, strange to hang icicle ornaments. Lately, it has been unseasonably warm, up to 70 degrees! My bulbs are coming up, my saffron is blooming, and the birds are terribly confused. What kind of a ...

Herbal Vinegar Hair Rinses

Herbal Vinegar Hair Rinses

My newest post on the Herbal Academy of New England site is live! Herbal Vinegar Hair Rinses Every season provides a new way to strain and damage your hair. The sand and salt water of the ocean in summer can leave you with lusterless locks. The winter winds and ice leave your hair crispy and exhausted. The humid ...

How to make Mint Infused Sugar

How to make Mint Infused Sugar

So you've made mint extract. You've made mint tea, and stored enough dried mint to last you through a few winters. Maybe you've made mint chutney, mint jelly, or candied the cooling leaves for future teatimes. But you still. have. too. much. mint. Well, I have a new project for you! This one is easy enough to do in ...

Lavender Infused Honey

Lavender Infused Honey

Lavender Infused Honey is not just for eating...it's great to have on hand for first aid and beauty regimen as well! You can make and use this honey easily in your own home - I'll give the instructions below, but if you want a more in depth look at infused honey, check out this post about making electuaries, or ...

Recipe Box: Spicy Cocoa Honey

Recipe Box: Spicy Cocoa Honey

Cocoa Honey (and Vanilla Beans!) Image by Modern Scribe Photography Infused honey is delicious. Some of you long-time readers know that I used to make and sell various herb-infused honeys both online and at local markets. I miss making huge batches of infused honey, some days.  But honestly, most of the time I ...

Let’s Talk About: Soapwort

Let’s Talk About: Soapwort

Soapwort is a versatile plant is easy to grow, harvest, and use around the home. It will clean skin, lace, quilts, hair, bodies, even household cleaning can be done with a strong enough brew! It is also known as Saponaria Officinalis, Wild Sweet William, Sweet Betty, or Bouncing Betty. I don't know who Betty is, but ...

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