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 have put by. Home-crafted and plant-based are my gifts of preference. 

We don’t produce products  ̶   we play with our food. We have brands, all based around our useful last name and our love of craft. The hot peppers, Jim’s obsession, fall under BUSHFIRE. Anything else from the garden is BUSH GARDEN. So far, all of our other creations are BUSHCRAFT. In spite of putting a great deal of attention into packaging and labels, these are not goods that we sell, just gifts joyfully given with much love to family and friends.

Fermented Foods

Grow your own probiotics. Sauerkraut is an easy first fermentation project. 

https://www.life-hues.com/sauerkraut/

Pumpkin Chutney

Here are the two different pumpkin chutneys I made for Christmas in 2018. The first one is sweet, sour, spicy and savory. The second one includes apples and is even more spicy. So delicious. I love it.

https://www.life-hues.com/pumpkin-chutneys.

Elderberry Syrup

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Fermented Hot Pepper Sauce

https://www.life-hues.com/fermented-pepper-sauce

Finishing Salts

These all fall under the label of BushFire because they add heat thanks to the various hot peppers we grow.

https://www.life-hues.com/bushfire-salts/(opens in a new tab)

I have always been fascinated with growing and preserving culinary herbs. And making bone broth! This packet includes bay leaf, grey sea salt, black peppercorns, parsley, oregano, rosemary, sage, thyme –  perfect for one pot of delicious, healthful bone broth.

These natural soaps are delightful. I especially love the look and texture of the calendula petals (so good for skin) and the scent of ginger essential oil. 

 

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