Lyme Notes

Lyme Notes

Until about a decade ago I had never heard of Lyme disease, which means I’ve lived most of my life without that fear. But now a number of sources call it an epidemic, and I know people who have been hit so I feel a deep concern for keeping my grandchildren safe.

Tapestry 4-1

Tapestry 4-1

Out into nature … We’ve had a few dry days and today’s forecast was sunny with a high of 10°C, so the conditions for my plan were as perfect as you could hope for in January. And my plan? The exciting craft of building a fire. I picked up Laureli and Cariana at...
The Thana Doula

The Thana Doula

“Doula” was a new word to me only a year or so ago. In translation from Greek, it means a woman of service. Today, in our culture, it refers to a pregnancy and birth coach-companion. What a wonderful idea. Lately I’ve been involved in a series of...
Sharing the Bounty

Sharing the Bounty

Gardening and foraging result in staggering abundance. Keeping pace with the harvest barely leaves me time to catch my breath, in a wonderful way, of course. Finally, sometime in winter, there is a lull and a little free time to get creative with all the treasure we...
Pumpkin Chutneys

Pumpkin Chutneys

I didn’t grow up with chutneys so this feels like an exotic food adventure. I like the idea of a spicy and savory sweet since, in our household, we are doing our best to avoid sugary foods. I also like yet another way to use pumpkin. These chutneys can be made...
Bushfire Salts

Bushfire Salts

Every summer we grow a variety of hot peppers and dry them for our gift-giving projects. This is a craft, not a business, which means it’s okay that no two years ever produce the same blends. Here are the finishing salts we created for 2018.  BushFire Allium Hot...
Fermented Pepper Sauce

Fermented Pepper Sauce

For storage, we mostly dry or ferment our hot peppers. The dried ones go into salts, and the pureed, fermented peppers become this delicious condiment. Really hot peppers instantly give me hiccups. The first time I made this recipe, the puree on hand was Basket of...
Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut

In the past decade, there has been a rising tide of research and resultant knowledge about the human microbiome. Probiotics are becoming as commonly familiar as antibiotics have been in our lifetime. The good news is that probiotics are freely available and easy to...
Decoration Serendipity

Decoration Serendipity

I love wild, beautiful and free!   Last summer, I spotted this abandoned decorative birdhouse. Its previous owner had had enough compassion to leave it beside the dumpster where it might be found by someone like me.  I guess they couldn’t bear the finality of...
Spruce Tip Shortbread

Spruce Tip Shortbread

Delicious baking is a family tradition and a big part of any celebration. My personal challenge is that my efforts at baked goods made without wheat, milk products or eggs are hardly worth the effort. When I discovered this wonderful shortbread, I came out of my...
Tapestry 3-2

Tapestry 3-2

Food and nutrition … We are in the midst of a heavy rainfall warning, so we had an indoors day. We’ll miss our nature walk, but this gives us more time to work with foods and crafts. We started in on lunch preparation right away. First we talked about how plants...
Tapestry 3-1

Tapestry 3-1

Photo above: listening to bird talkFood and Nutrition …Another gorgeous November day set the tone for our outing. Since our morning had a late start, we went right away to the garden to gather greens for our lunchtime salad. As anticipated, we found plenty of...