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Pear Butter Recipe – Small batch from windfall fruit

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Things I Love: Autumnal Equinox 2017

What do you do with too much mint?

When beginner herbalists ask me what herb they should start off trying to grow, I suggest good, old peppermint. Mint is easy to grow. It...
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Taste of home: create your own foraged spice blend

Bacon Fat Gingersnaps [and Honey Cream Cheese Dip] from Pixiespocket.com - a rich, delicious cookie with a smoky twist! Beautiful when paired with the heavenly honey cream cheese dip.

Bacon Fat Gingersnaps [and Honey Cream Cheese Dip]

Herbalism & Herbal Recipes


Nettles – a feast on the forest floor

How to UseGarlicMulleinEar Oil

How to use Garlic Mullein Ear Oil for Earaches

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Foraging for Rose Hips in Winter


Using Motherwort for Grief


Garlic Infused Honey


Make your own Herbal Smoking Blends

Homebrewing: Mead, Wine, and More

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Ginger Wine: One Gallon Recipe


Recipe Box: One Gallon of Elderberry Mead

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How to make Spent Grain Dog Treats

Brewing: fermented health and delicious drinks

August Wildflower Mead – A Success and Recipe of sorts

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Kudzu Flower & Muscadine Wine


Recipe Box: Strawberry Pineapple Wine – 1 Gallon


Welcome to Pixie's Pocket!  I am Amber Shehan, and I am a hobbit-like, tipsy fae creature who resides in Western North Carolina - herbalist, author, educator, brewer of wines and meads, and a lazy gardener.

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March 2018 Garden Tour

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Wakey Wakey, Eggs and Bakey!


Nettles – a feast on the forest floor

Recipe Box

Bacon Fat Gingersnaps [and Honey Cream Cheese Dip]

Thanksgiving is synonymous with turkey and mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and (shudder) green bean casserole, but in my household, it always means the annual appearance of Bacon Fat Gingersnaps. There is a lovely piece of pottery that lives on my stovetop, and it is into this gooey ceramic jar that I strain my bacon grease…

Herbal Hot Toddy [with Mint-Infused Bourbon]

You can make a traditional Hot Toddy with only a few ingredients: whiskey, honey, water, and lemon. It is simple, but it’s good to have a simple recipe that doesn’t require a lot of thought to make while you shuffle around the kitchen, wrapped in a blanket, with tissues hanging out of your nose. It’s…

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…

Bone broth: Thoughts and Techniques

[wpsm_quote author=”Amber Pixie” float=”left” width=”100″]I always save bones and scraps for making soup stock and bone broth! Enjoy this recipe and technique from Liane.[/wpsm_quote] Recently, I jumped on the bone broth wagon.  Whilst going through difficult emotions in my personal life this winter, I had an intense craving for broth. The warm, fatty, nutrient dense…

Linden Leaf Salad: Foraging, Identification, and Use

Every part of the linden tree is edible, and in the early spring, the leaves are especially delicious salad greens.

Eggless Cake Ideas to Inspire

[wpsm_quote author=”Amber Pixie” float=”right” width=”10″]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![/wpsm_quote]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,…

Aussie Pavlova: a Gluten & Dairy-Free Recipe

[wpsm_quote author=”Amber Pixie” float=”left” width=”100%”]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![/wpsm_quote] Organizing huge dinners is a pretty big deal in my family. Most of the time I’m just in a…

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…

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…

Recipe: Gluten-Free Tahini Cookies

This is a guest post from Ben at The Online Grill, who says he is a lazy cook. I can totally appreciate that sentiment! Cheers, Ben! I have a confession: I’m a honey addict. I have great memories of growing up with my mum’s beehives ever present in the garden. Twice a year she’d strip…

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