Gifts: Shopping-Free Gift Guide 2020

November 23, 2020

Each year, I think I’m going to be too busy to craft handmade gifts for the holidays. And each year, I end up doing it anyway. The idea of running around stores to the tune of holiday muzak and pouring money into stuff made thousands of miles away feels ultimately… Read more

Hand-made natural beeswax candles

November 5, 2020

These are pretty dark days. Let’s make some light! If you’ve never made natural beeswax candles before, now is a great time to give it a try. Handmade candles add magic and comfort to your fall and winter nights. You can also save money by making your own. But it’s… Read more

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Colors from the Garden: Growing Natural Dyes

September 17, 2020

How would you like to be able to grow your own colors in your yard? To have non-toxic, natural dye pigments for dyeing textiles, wool yarns, or even children’s art supplies and soaps? If you have a garden, chances are that there are already some plants there you could dye… Read more

Simple Herbal Remedies from the Garden

August 28, 2020

Making your own herbal medicine may seem daunting at first if you’re new to it. Medicine tends to seen as the domain of specialists — and for a good reason, as this year’s events attest. I’m not formally trained as an herbalist. I’m a gardener, a cook, and a maker,… Read more

How to Get Started with Making Cheese

April 29, 2020

This week, I made my first-ever Parmesan cheese. Even as I try to eat an increasingly local diet, Parmesan will probably stay on the list of the almost-sacred imported foods we’ll keep eating at my house, along with chocolate and olive oil. But now that we’re all playing this game… Read more

DIY Natural Household Cleaners

April 21, 2020

I’m probably not the only one who’s become much more conscious about cleaning my home these days. But what to do when you run out of basic household cleaners, and are trying to avoid going to the store? DIY eco-friendly household cleaners to the rescue! I’ve been making my own… Read more

Homemade Ginger Beer

January 27, 2020

DIY bubbly drinks! Who doesn’t like the refreshing, popping sensation of fizzy drinks? We don’t drink a lot of soda in our house, but we do have a fondness… and a sometimes-addiction… to ginger ale. Homemade ginger beer is a really easy DIY version — and you can adjust that… Read more

Climate-beneficial Wardrobe

November 27, 2019

Everyone is talking about the carbon footprint of food, and the search for the most “climate-friendly” diet sparks lively debates. But clothes, too, are something we choose and need daily. Clothing is an intimate matter. It touches our skin all day long, like only someone very dear to us gets… Read more

Quick & Easy Ricotta Cheese

September 12, 2019

Blessed are the Cheesemakers! I don’t know which motivates me more to make cheese: the promise of the satisfying flavors at the end, or the process itself. The sweet smell of milk being heated and the way the cheese curds get transformed before my eyes makes me squeal inwardly with… Read more