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Things I Love: There’s too many to count…

Things I Love: There’s too many to count…

A bee was out on a warm evening, and found her way into my beer. Poor thing! We gave her water and a drop of honey to help her sober up (hopefully) and find her way home. Look how hard she's breathing (her flexing rear-end) - poor little bee. #bees #bees #ilovebees #drunk #pixiespocket A post shared by Amber ...

Behind the scenes: a tour of Miso Master

Behind the scenes: a tour of Miso Master

There are few foods that are as nourishing to me as Miso. I used to be a meat and 'taters kind of girl, with little to no green, raw, or fermented foods in my diet. When a friend invited us to try sushi for the first time, Eric and I were dubious and didn't expect to find anything we'd enjoy on the menu. I didn't ...

Event: Asheville Herb Swap [Oct. 9, 2016]

Event: Asheville Herb Swap [Oct. 9, 2016]

Herbalists of Asheville are invited to a free herb swap! Harvest season is waning and winter is coming our way, It is time to take stock of what we have. Perhaps you made too much 4 Thieves Vinegar than you can use? Maybe you have spare seeds or dried herbs? Bring your excess and swap with others in your community! ...

Kudzu Flower & Muscadine Wine

Kudzu Flower & Muscadine Wine

I went foraging in downtown Asheville, right smack dab in the middle of the city. Normally, urban foraging isn't my favorite way to gather edible weeds and fruit because of the traffic and residual pollution, but Asheville is lucky enough to have an edible garden, the George Washington Carver Edible Park. The park ...

Mystery tree – Identified as Service Berry

Mystery tree – Identified as Service Berry

Update! This tree has been identified as a Service Berry, thanks to Iela on Facebook.  In my meandering walks to and from work, I spend quite a bit of time gazing at the plants that surround me. From manicured lawns to huge, wild rosebushes that beg for pruning, to sprawling carpets of herbs and flowers, ...

Things I Love: Keeping Hives Alive and more…

Things I Love: Keeping Hives Alive and more…

Thanks for your patience as things develop here at the Pixie household...good news coming soon! In the meantime, here's a few things that caught my interest and might get yours, as well! First off, if you aren't familiar with Sow True Seed, allow me to introduce you!   Sow True Seed helps me out quite ...

DIY Yoni Steam

DIY Yoni Steam

Start with part one: Yoni Steaming - An Act of Self Love Moon Goddess of Mystery Psychedelic Tarot Art by Emily Balivet (Go buy art from her on Etsy! Her work is amazing!) I put the whole idea "yoni steam" idea aside for a few days until my order from Shakti Studios arrived. It was packaged like it was a ...

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 ...

Things I Love: The Dark of Night

Things I Love: The Dark of Night

International Dark Sky Places recognizes excellent stewardship of the night sky. Have you ever considered how important darkness is? For centuries upon centuries, our lives revolved around the natural light provided by our sun and moon. We rose when the sun beamed it's light onto our sleeping faces, closed our ...

Damson Plum & Muscadine Butter

Damson Plum & Muscadine Butter

There's a lovely little spot downtown that I quite enjoy walking past as I head into work. It's an office in an old converted Victorian house, and they've planted the yard full of flowers, herbs, and even a lovely fruit tree. Once August began, I noticed that the sidewalk in front of their yard always seemed to be ...

Things I Love: This Busy Summer

Things I Love: This Busy Summer

"There's a crack, a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in."  This Leonard Cohen lyric really helped me through a tough patch this summer. Nothing was exactly wrong, but everything just seemed a little harder and my mood hung somewhere between melancholy and razor-edged. You know how sometimes you can feel ...

Things I Love: Asheville Bee Charmer

Things I Love: Asheville Bee Charmer

Recently I got the opportunity to provide some advice about methods of infusing honey with the wonderful Jillian of Asheville Bee Charmer - a delightful day surrounded by bee and honey related products, and a HONEY TASTING BAR. No kidding. I mean, really. Honey from Africa, France, Ireland, and of course, the ...

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