Tag: DIY projects
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

Alongside your gardening supplies, making compost for your garden will make sure that you have everything you need for healthy crops. For a good compost, you’ll need a mixture of 50/50 materials rich in nitrogen and carbon. You can find nitrogen in grass clipping, for example, and carbon in woody stems, for example. ...

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. ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

Pear Vinegar Recipe – made with fruit scraps

Last year I came into an abundance of pears from a dear friend with a few grand trees at the edge of her yard. Among our pear-related projects, I made a delightful pear cordial that you should check out! After preparing the pears for the cordial-making process, I ended up with a big bowl full of pear cores, stem ...

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Cherry Wine – One Gallon Recipe

The day I have been waiting for finally came...my local grocery store had bags of beautiful, sweet red cherries on sale! Normally $6.98/lb or so, the bags of beautiful scarlet globes were reduced by half for a limited time. I grabbed two bags, which gave me just around 4-5 pounds of cherries to play with. Once I ...

Pamper Yourself with Facial Treatments Made with Food

guest post by John Pitt A basic facial treatment can set you back from $80 to $150. Throw in some special serums or eye treatment, and it becomes even more expensive. But the cost is not only the only issue here. You also wouldn’t know what exactly the spa therapist is putting on your face. The only thing you’re ...

How to make Spent Grain Dog Treats

Spent grain dog treats are amazing! Spent grain dog treats are hearty, healthy snacks for your puppy friends that are made from the leftover grains from brewing a batch of beer. How good are they? Just ask this adorable beggar, Sandy (and watch out for the puddles of drool): Pleeeeease? Can I have some ...

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DIY Holiday Decor for the Garden

Sometimes I have the hardest time getting ready for the HollyDaze. Lately, it has been unseasonably warm, up to 70 degrees! It felt wrong to haul out the boxes of holiday decor and hang up icicle ornaments. My bulbs are coming up, my saffron is blooming, and the birds are terribly confused. What kind of a December is ...

Herbal Vinegar Hair Rinses

My newest post on the Herbal Academy of New England site is live! Herbal Vinegar Hair Rinses Every season provides a new way to strain and damage your hair. The sand and salt water of the ocean in summer can leave you with lusterless locks. The winter winds and ice leave your hair crispy and exhausted. The humid ...

How to make Mint Infused Sugar

So you've made mint extract. You've made mint tea, and stored enough dried mint to last you through a few winters. Maybe you've made mint chutney, mint jelly, or candied the cooling leaves for future teatimes. But you still. have. too. much. mint. Well, I have a new project for you! This one is easy enough to do in ...

Lavender Infused Honey Recipe

  Lavender Infused Honey is potent and delicious, but it is not just for eating! It's also great to have on hand for a first aid and beauty regimen as well! You can make and use this honey easily in your own home. I'll give the instructions below but if you want a more in-depth look at techniques, check out ...

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Quench: Handcrafted Beverages to Satisfy Every Taste & Occasion

Quench by Ashley English, featuring two recipes from Amber of Pixiespocket.com! Hey, y'all! I'm in a book! Please pardon my enthusiasm...this is the very first time that a few of my recipes have ever been included in a book, and what a book this is! Ashley English, of Small Measure fame, is about to have her ...

Recipe Box: Spicy Cocoa Honey

Cocoa Honey (and Vanilla Beans!) Image by Modern Scribe Photography Infused honey is delicious. Some of you long-time readers know that I used to make and sell various herb-infused honeys both online and at local markets. I miss making huge batches of infused honey, some days.  But honestly, most of the time I ...

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