Posts Tagged: 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 »

Take Yourself to Italy with This Lemon Coconut Fuzzy Water

Maybe you’ve had the joy and Ahhhh of gulping down a Lemoncocco while traveling in Italy. This non-alcoholic beverage does the trick in satisfying thirst, replenishing electrolytes and simply making you feel good in summer’s heat. While visiting a dear friend on a sizzling day, she handed me a can of Lemoncocco and said: “You’ve… 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 »

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 »

Skyler’s Lavender Soda

Skyler is not your average, or typical, 14 year old guy.  He is very knowledgeable about good healthy food.  He eats this great food!  (Big thanks to his wise and brilliant mother who knows her chops around a kitchen and a garden.)  He snowboards, okay that’s pretty typical for teens around here.  But more unique… Read more »

How to Make Oat Flour

Let’s clear something up right off the bat: oats are naturally gluten-free.  They become non-gluten-free when they are processed in facilities that mill other gluten-containing grains such as wheat, barley or rye.  If you must eat gluten-free, choose certified gluten-free oats for making oatmeal, using in recipes and for flour.  These have been processed without… Read more »

The Stings

sting paste

I’m talking about those from bees, wasps & hornets, not a rock band.  Bees are much less aggressive than their nasty counterparts but their bites can still cause discomfort and irritation. The wasps seem to be everywhere this summer and in great numbers.  Here are some tips to help avoid getting stung as well as… Read more »