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Things I Love – Finding Balance

Things I Love – Finding Balance

Between the book-writing and the baby, I feel blessed with abundance but that is concurrent with a lack of sleep and time in which to appreciate the blessings fully. I am lucky to be able to work from home as I resume some of the responsibilities from my day job, too.  I've been struggling a bit with eating enough as ...

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. ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 - ...

Care for the wild birds in winter: tips, tricks, and DIY recipes

Care for the wild birds in winter: tips, tricks, and DIY recipes

Birds are awesome wild creatures to have around.  I've been working hard to encourage a healthy habitat for birds in our yard because they sing delightful songs, they eat mosquitoes and other nasty bugs, and they leave a trail of seeds and plants wherever they go! Caring for our feathery friends is important, ...

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 ...

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