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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 ...

Foraging for Rose Hips in Winter

Foraging for Rose Hips in Winter

Roses are the gift that keeps on giving! In spring, the scent of their flowers permeates the breeze, and I forage petals for food and medicine. The blooms continue throughout the summer and it is a delight to watch bees and pollinators dive in and out of the roses like enthusiastic paratroopers. In the autumn ...

Things I Love: Not Being Nauseous!

Things I Love: Not Being Nauseous!

Hello, dear readers. It's been a while since I've written one of these personal posts, and for good reason.  I've just entered my 13th week of incubating the Wee Pixie and it's been a hell of a journey. I have a new appreciation for my mama, and for all the mothers out there - this is not an easy job, and the hardest ...

Tips to Prepare Your Outdoor Plants for Winter

Tips to Prepare Your Outdoor Plants for Winter

November is behind us, and it’s time to start thinking about winter — and more specifically, how to keep your plants alive during the cold winter months. What can you do to help prepare your outdoor plants for winter? Is there anything you can do if the temperatures have already started to drop? Vegetable Gardens We ...

Book Review: Claire Goes Foraging

Book Review: Claire Goes Foraging

Independent authors and artists who are creating and publishing their own works are awesome! I've got a special book and author to share with you today! Click to buy your copy on Amazon (Margaret's preferred venue) Margaret Aycock is a talented artist who is also an avid forager. She works to share her ...

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Gift Guide: Kitchen Gadgets and Doo-Dads!

Gift Guide: Kitchen Gadgets and Doo-Dads!

I used to be the type of person who would scoff at people with kitchen gadgets. I thought that all I needed was a few good knives, some wooden spoons, spatulas, a few pots and pans, and I was good to go. My stubbornness was rooted in my belief that if I couldn't make it with old-fashioned tools, you don't need to be ...

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 ...

The world needs more pixies…

The world needs more pixies…

...and Eric and I are doing our part to help. I'm officially two months and some days into a wild journey, one that will be testing all of my skills, patience, and dreams. In about seven months, Eric and I will have a small pixie in our lives, someone with whom we get to share the world we weave around ourselves! ...

Sage advice! Energetic herbal smudging

Sage advice! Energetic herbal smudging

This trio of white sage, blue sage, and cedar bundles are available in Dawn's Etsy shop. A guest post by Dawn Leith-Dougherty Smudging with herbs and resins is a tradition as old as time, utilized by people of most cultures and spiritual traditions. Herbs and resins have individual healing properties, known to our ...

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 ...

Things I Love: Tiny Pumpkins

Things I Love: Tiny Pumpkins

I. Love. Tiny. Pumpkins! #adorable #october #punkin #oshun???? A post shared by Amber Shehan (@amberpixiespocket) on Oct 15, 2017 at 10:28am PDT Howdy! Here in North Carolina, the winds have been getting stronger and the rains scarce - which is a bit alarming, as those are the same conditions that ...

Pear Butter Recipe – Small batch from windfall fruit

Pear Butter Recipe – Small batch from windfall fruit

  I have a dear friend who lives but 10 minutes away, and she has a delicious problem - she has three old, stately pear trees that just put out far too much fruit for her to handle!  The good friend that I am, I am happy to relieve her of her difficult burden. Last fall, when I picked pears, I was dutiful ...

Things I Love: Autumnal Equinox 2017

Things I Love: Autumnal Equinox 2017

I have been busy on the homestead, doing anything but posting here on the blog, as you might well have noticed. This here is what is called a "slow blog" - sometimes I've got more work than words! I appreciate all of you who bear with me. The first thing that's kept my busy is our new residents...four lovely laying ...

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