And so it begins! After lunch I surprised the kids with a very practical “life skills “ unit for our homeschool: wallpaper removal. . Though we have lived here for more than 5 years, we moved in before we closed on our house and so we couldn’t paint or refinish floors before we settled in. Five years later and we still didn’t know where to begin. (Because it’s a small house we could never figure out where to go with the stuff - or people - in order to paint.) I finally concocted a overly complex shell game that will allow us space to begin. First room on the docket was still sporting some nasty ‘80’s wallpaper and berber carpet. How we lived with this for 5 years without it bothering us I will never know. Can’t wait to breathe new life into this little house!
Because spring can’t come quite quickly enough, I’m making medicine from whatever whispers the suggestion in my ear. From simple to complex, each homemade remedy feeds my soul. . Pine-infused vinegar is pictured here. It couldn’t be easier to make - simply cut or chop white pine needles and fine twigs coarsely, then cover with organic, raw ACV. Delicious in salad dressing for a complex woodsy flavor and a boost of vitamin C, or make finished vinegar into a lung- and throat-soothing oxymel. (I shoot for 2 parts infused vinegar to 1 part local, raw honey. . . . #forestmedicine #foraging #infusedvinegar #acv #herbalism #herbalinfusion
Four days ago: snow sculptures. Today: swimming. Welcome to Wisconsin!
I rarely share my knitting, but here’s one for you, since it’s brightening our morning. Lupine has always had an affinity for school uniforms. (It’s a homeschool thing. The irony is not lost on us.) So she asked for a uniform-esque knitted vest, to go with her button down and red plaid skirt, and this is what I made! I blocked it last night and she was so eager to wear it today that she finished drying it with the hair dryer. I love that she still wants me to knit for her!
Be still my heart... the snow has melted and the baby nettles are up! We made it out the other side. . . #foraging #forage #wildfood #wildedibles #naturenurtures #wisconsin #spring
My kid can can! Last night Sage (15) was feeling inspired and made marmalade from scratch, baked a loaf of einkorn bread, and then learned how to water bath can. I'm so impressed! . #unschooling #homeschooling #homeschoolinghighschool #homeschoolhighschool #interestledlearning #kidswhocook #kitchenkids #teen #lifelearning #homesteading
Inspired by Lauren (@milkandhoneyofswallowtailfarm) and her recent tonics piece in Taproot HEAL, I had a whack and my own interpretation of her blood moon tonic. Because I don’t follow instructions well, I’m starting with cold infused vinegar rather than a decoction because that’s my usual oxymel technique. I included fresh turmeric root, beets, nettle, and parsley (as in her formulation) but then went off the rails and threw in raspberry leaf, ginger root, and ground black pepper. After it’s done infusing I will strain and add raw honey. Hello gorgeous! . . #oxymel #tonic #herbaltonic #herbalism #herbalist #springdetox #nettle #raspberryleaf #probiotic #taprootmakealong #taprootmagazine @taprootmag
Some thrilling (for me anyway!) news happening in my business life today. We’re officially palm oil-free! More details on my @lusa_organics page. ☺️
Five tips to keep the ticks away. Over on my new blog this morning (lusaorganicsblog.com). Or get there through the link in my profile. #lymedisease #tickseason #ticks #deertick #rosegeraniumessentialoil #rosegeranium #lusaorganics