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Bees: More Than Honey

What’s the buzz? When you are planning your garden for the upcoming spring season, don’t forget to make a place for the pollinators! Everyone’s aware of the plight of the bees, and that’s wonderful! People need to be concerned, because bees are much more important than just making the sweet stuff that we know and…

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A Goal for 2015: Improve my Kitchen Knife Skills

Are you a little rusty on your kitchen knife skills? (pun completely intended) I’m more a diy-er than a gourmand. I’m in the kitchen quite a bit and do most of the cooking in my household. While I merrily chop herbs, roots, meats, and veggies, I’ve never had professional kitchen training. I don’t know all of the proper…

The Herbarium!

The Herbal Academy of New England has announced their new offering: The Herbarium! I love the HANE, and their Introductory and Intermediate Herbalism courses offer a great opportunity for anyone wanting to expand their herbal knowledge and practical application of herbal medicines. When I saw they had a new project being unveiled called The Herbarium,…

To my friends, family, and readers who drink

Let’s get a little serious. We all know that I am a brewer and lover of good booze. I love to share my drink recipes and such with the world, hence this blog – but I’m a healer first. Let’s talk about “conscious drinking.” I live in a town full of breweries, wineries, cider houses…often even winning…

Cayenne Infused Honey at “Keeping Backyard Bees”

I’m now contributing articles to Keeping Backyard Bees, a sister site to Mother Earth News and Grit Magazine. They are collecting articles and information about tending honey bees and supporting healthy habitats for pollinators! My first post is on how to infuse delicious honey with equally delicious cayenne pepper for a spicy and sweet treat.…

It’s Alive! A video of happy beer fermentation

Beer fermentation is magic! So, I’ve noticed that when people first start brewing beer on their own, they get concerned about whether they are doing it correctly. It can feel quite disconcerting to just follow the steps of a recipe, feeling like an inept mad scientist, and then watch it come to life when you…

Rocky Mountain Essentials Care Package Giveaway!

    Treat Yourself! Now, y’all know that I’m fond of a little decadence every now and then, but that doesn’t stop at rich food and drink. Decadence in the form of self care is important, too! I love to soak in a long bath, to give myself honey facials, and to breathe in herbal steams. It’s…

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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 US. There’s the…

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Things I Love: Maple Goodness

Look what I got in the mail! I was lucky enough to win a giveaway for a copy of “Maple: 100 sweet and savory recipes featuring pure maple syrup” by Katie Webster from the awesome “Yankee Kitchen ninja” blog. This book is more than just a collection of recipes. There’s resources provided where you can…

Things I Love: This Fine, Fine Fall

The Autumn appeared early this year, sneaking in little tendrils of fog and chill even while it still said August on the calendar. September blazed into being decked in red-tipped leaves and a confetti of oak leaves and turned up the heat for the final dance of summer, and now hungover, ambles bleary-eyed through the…

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