The sun peeks through the clouds, so once more into the fray…

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Things I Love – Finding Balance

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 - 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


Headache Tea Blend – a helper against migraine pain

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How to make Ginger Tea


Herbal Relief for Bartholin Cysts

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Foraging for Rose Hips in Winter


Let’s Talk About: Ginger Herbal Remedies

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This will cure cancer! Herbal Miracle Cure!

Homebrewing: Mead, Wine, and More

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Motherwort and Lemon Balm Brew: One Gallon Recipe

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Recipe: One Gallon of Spiced Chai Wine


Recipe Box: One Gallon of Elderberry Mead

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Kudzu Flower & Muscadine Wine


Goldenrod and Ginger Wine – One Gallon Recipe

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Recipe Box: One Gallon of Mint Wine


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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Foraging & Gardening

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DIY Holiday Decor for the Garden

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Container Gardening: Winter Edition

Make compost for your garden, it's easier than you think! Making compost for your garden will make sure that you have everything you need for healthy crops. You’ll need a mixture of 50/50 materials rich in nitrogen and carbon. Learn more about the basics of composting in this Pixie's Pocket guest post by Craig Holland.

How to Make Cold Compost for Your Garden

Recipe Box

The Magic of Mimosa: Cordial and Tincture Recipes

Ah, it is late June, and the Mimosa trees are blooming! These pink, fluffy trees are cartoonish but beautiful, looking like “truffula tuft” trees from Dr. Seuss books!

Moontime Tea to help the ebb and flow

Some days, it really hurts to have a uterus. On those moontime days that leave you breathless and angry and in pain, this tea blend can offer a bit of relief.

How to make Mint Infused Sugar

Mint infused sugar is a delicious ingredient for baked goods and all kinds of recipes. It’s a great way to use up an abundant mint harvest!

Small Batch Lacto-Fermentation is easy!

When you get started with making fermented foods, it is easy to be intimidated. If you weren’t raised with cultured foods in your diet, it is natural to be afraid of making something that might be dangerous to eat.

Aussie Pavlova: a Gluten & Dairy-Free Recipe

In this guest post, Zara Lewis shares a delicious recipe for a fruity Pavlova that is gluten and dairy free!

Strawberry Mango Mojito Jam Recipe (small batch)

Try this fantastic jam inspired by a Mojito: Strawberry, Mango, Mint, and Rum!

Drying Strawberry Tops

I’m too lazy to hull berries, and why bother when I can have a jar of this sweet, fruity, astringent goodness to enjoy later?

Soapwort Recipes: Green Cleaning from your Garden!

Soapwort is a versatile plant that 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 she sounds like fun!

Motherwort and Lemon Balm Brew: One Gallon Recipe

Motherwort and lemon balm are sisters in the Mint family, and together they make a brew that is soothing to the savage beast. If you are up late and unable to sleep due to stress and anxiety, pouring a glass of this brew can do the trick!

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…

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