Author Archive for: ‘Stephanie’

How to make Meyer lemon limoncello

When Life Gives You Meyer Lemons Make Meyer Limoncello

Before you discard the peels of those seasonal Meyer lemons, take a look at this recipe for Meyer limoncello. It’s sweet, aromatic, and tasty. Best of all, it’s easy to make. Start the search for some fresh Meyer lemons and don’t waste a thing by using the rinds to flavor liquor and make a delightful limoncello.  I get all hopped …

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Back To Basics

Getting Back to Basics

There are some things you would never expect a city girl to know. Like canning and preserving home-grown food. Or soap-making. Especially not how to milk a goat and make fresh chevre! Through my re-education in adulthood, I went back to basics to see how our food and products are supposed to be made and tested them against industrialized, convenient …

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Learn how to make organic-looking handmade sea sponge soap topped with natural sea sponges for a gorgeous soap that lathers up beautifully.

Bring the Ocean into Your Bathtub with Handmade Sea Sponge Soap Bars

Organic-looking handmade soap topped with natural sea sponges makes for a gorgeous soap that lathers up beautifully. Sea sponges are a natural, biodegradable alternative to synthetic sponges and they are gentler on skin. The last time I made soap, I set aside one of the batches to pour into silicone molds with sea sponges. About Sea Sponges There are over …

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Make herbal tub teas for a soothing bath with no clean up

Soak Your Troubles Away with Homemade Tub Tea

One of my favorite bath projects is tub tea. There is nothing like a warm bath to soothe away all that ails you. Soaking in a herbal bath is luxurious: it softens skin, eases muscle pain, and adds fragrance to the steam. Herbs are wonderful in the bath but they can leave bits and bobs to clean up after the …

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How to Make an Orchid Humidity Tray

Keep Blooms Beautiful with a DIY Orchid Humidity Tray

Your home has a number of different microclimates in it. As you move from room to room, the light, temperature, and humidity can change drastically. Not only that, but these variables can also jump up and down all day long. Creating the right conditions is the first step to having beautiful houseplants. This DIY orchid humidity tray will help the …

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rhododendron bud in snow

Save Your Garden from Road Salt Environmental Damage this Winter

If you are planning to use road salt as a de-icer on your sidewalk, driveway, or street this winter, you may be unpleasantly surprised in the spring. Road salt, or sodium chloride, can be very damaging to plants, trees, soil, and groundwater. Salt toxicity can harm, stunt, and even kill garden plants that have been exposed to salt spray or …

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