Posts Categorized: DIY

Please Pass the Homemade Mustard!

There are probably more mustards available these days than French’s ever thought possible, back in the day of their neon yellow spread. You can still buy that – in a plastic bottle of course.  But why not make your own with 5 ingredients and less than 10 minutes of your precious time? Because you didn’t… Read more »

DIY Toothpaste: Great for You, Super for the Planet!

Simple is good.  Homemade is better.  Waste-free is supreme! Now combine all three of those in one personal hygiene product and you’ve got a winner. Enter DIY Toothpaste. You’ve most likely got each of the ingredients and tools to whip this up in your kitchen.  Lord knows you’ve got a small glass jar with a… Read more »

DIY Chai, the Traditional Way

Chai is a traditional Indian drink that has become a familiar beverage in the U.S. Using several (healing) spices to create the classic cup of chai is not difficult, nor very time consuming, especially when you consider the delightful end result! Making your own allows you to adjust the ingredients to suit your preferred flavors… Read more »

Skip the Salt, Shake on the Herbs, and Feel Your Heart Do a Happy Dance

It’s no news flash that reducing your salt intake can offer many health benefits, especially for your heart.  But how many people want to give up the full-bodied flavor that salt (sometimes) brings out in foods?  Nobody. Good news!  Passing up the salt shaker doesn’t mean you have to endure a bland food diet that’s… Read more »

Great Greens from Garbage

Grow more food from the scraps of purchased, organic veggies instead of putting them in the compost or giving them to the chickens, even though both of these options are good and valiant alternatives to throwing the food in the trash 🙂  You will harvest some lovely young greens from what was going to be… Read more »

The Sweet Benefits of Cranberry Concentrate…and How to Make It.

Cranberries are a wonder drug.  I mean, food.  They provide many necessary benefits to our bodies: Boost immunity with their high antioxidant levels Promote and maintain bladder and kidney health Help relieve stress and lift dipping moods Support brain function and boost memory, similar to cilantro Aid in keeping heart disease at bay Assist in… Read more »

DIY Earl Grey & Other Teas with Essential Oils

Earl Grey is one of my favorite teas.  Being a bit caffeine sensitive, I usually make mine with Rooibos as the “tea” instead of the traditional Black Ceylon. If the basis of this tea is plain ol’ Black Ceylon tea, what gives it its distinctive flavor?  Bergamot (pron. bear-ga-moh) essential oil which is derived from the… Read more »

Brrrrr, It’s Cold!!! Feed Your Hummingbirds.

Hummingbirds are a wonder: they fascinate, delight and dazzle us with their antics, crazy metabolism and beauty. When you think of these little winged motors, do you see them zipping about in the winter cold or only spring, summer and early fall seasons?  There are a number of species that do not migrate to Central… Read more »

From Sublime to Divine: Lavender Sugar!

“Just a spoonful of (Lavender) Sugar makes the recipes go ’round”.  You and your tasters will be singing this song – no need for Julie Andrews to be present – when you use lavender infused sugar in some of your baking delights. It is so easy to make, yet it will transform a very tasty treat into… Read more »