Vitamix and Spring Gardens

We finally did it. We bought a refurnished Vitamix. You would never know it was used though-swear!  Even came with a cookbook to get us started.  We’ve been using it every day, twice a day at least: We’ve been making juice instead of buying it. ^^^Above is strawberry lemonade, yum!  A couple lemons peeled, water, and…

Lip balm lip balm lip balm….

My Shea Butter lip butter balm flavors have changed over the years due to flavors becoming obsolete or just not a favorite. I started this business making only lip balms as I LOVE a GOOD lip balm–I keep one in my car, purse, bedside and pocket! I love my newest flavor: Isle of Apples, named after the Isle of Avalon. …

Thyme for cough syrup & the holidays

My son and I have had a cold for what seems like forever now. Taliesin has had a cough for a week and I have found this thyme recipe that does help.  Simmer a small handful of dried thyme (larger handful for fresh) in a cup of water, simmer for a half hour at least,…

Praying mantis and our silly black cat

Weather here in southern North Carolina in October could be 85 one day, and 68 another day…as this week predicts. We have been spending time outdoors on the deck hitting the books and drinking some tea. Taliesin prefers almond milk with Ovoltine! Sounds yummy to me. OK, it is VERY east to get distracted on the…

Asheville and Deodorant

Noelle from Bayberrywoods Candles and myself had a blast at the Organicfest in beautiful Asheville, NC. Our tents were near a large, spouting fountain..I mean really, a lovely city!  I’ve been here before, but only then for fun!  Yet this was just as fun! The people were so nice, happy, and I made record sales!…

Kick ass coleslaw..finally!

I love coleslaw. I have a Japanese friend who makes a great one with rice wine vinegar and I could eat the whole bowl, really. I would love to learn more about vinegar based slaws.  My hubby, Mark found a dressing recipe from the wonderful Wolfgang Puck that I HAVE to share.  I just didn’t want…

Sushi Sunday

I know on Sundays many ladies are in the kitchen cooking food for the next couple of days or even a week! They freeze containers of lasagna or soup or whatever to last them. I always admired those who did that, as I do not!  If I had more children, I bet I would though….

So Funny! To all us ladies who have waxed…

  (CAN YOU PLEASE NOTE I DID NOT WRITE THIS – IT WAS SHARED ON FACEBOOK AND I FOUND IT FUNNY SO SHARED HERE –  Yeah, so I just about pulled something in my neck laughing at this..I just had to share. (I highly recommend that you DO NOT drink anything while reading.) My night…

Springtime homeschoolin’ & fruit water

Taliesin is really studying hard for his finals (CAT) coming up in June:   Fruit water is SOOO easy to make, and it’s so pretty! Last year I was adding fruit to large pitchers of water and stashing them in the fridge..they kept alright but I like this way better: I simply add fruit to…

Kimchi making (doesn’t smell!)

After watching Kimchi Chronicles on Hulu I was open to a new exciting type of food: Korean! It helped watching Korean drama like Shining Inheritance, and Baker King (Korean soap-operas are the best!!) and loving the lifestyle and beauty of South Korea. Grand Asian Market in Charlotte is the best place I have found for asian…

Filipino chicken stock

I LOVE, LOVE our library. LOVE the cookbooks. I have one out about Filipino cooking. I was feeling really achy today (women stuff!) and decided to have some of this simple stock I made yesterday. I feel SO much better already: Boil some free range organic chicken with bones for 5 minutes. Drain. (this gets…

DIY liquid soap

I love a large bar of soap.  I rarely get asked about making a liquid soap to sell, but many people prefer a liquid soap by the kitchen sink. I agree. There are ways to make it by scratch. Liquid soap is made with potassium hydroxide instead of sodium hydroxide normally.  Now is not the…

Nettle tea (yum!)

Southern North Carolina is getting more snow than usual. They don’t plow our side streets, so we have been stuck for a few days. My family wouldn’t mind a little, but we are counting our blessings since we lived in northern Ohio and experienced some really bad winters! Weather like that can really make people…

Homeschool Winter time!

My son, nickname Tali, had a splendid idea of creating one diorama each month, starting with Neanderthals and forward to modern times. Oh we’ll have a Triassic or Cretaceous dinosaur period as well.  Netflix has an AWESOME 2 episode show called Walking with Caveman.  We are BoTH learning so much. We both find it pretty…

Soup, Cornbread and More

Quinoa sushi with cucumber and avocado, The other has kimchi! There’s a recipe floating around Facebook about making sushi with Quinoa instead of rice. I thought I would give it a try. I prepared it like sushi rice: a little sugar and rice vinegar. It held *Ok* but not as good as rice would. The…

Banana Sushi?

This is a year of Theresa (me!) trying new things…one is healthy, tasty recipes, so I hope to post some that I really liked and review them. Maybe you’ll give it a try! banana ‘sushi’ with hemp seeds. This is ‘banana sushi’ which is super easy and VERY TASTY!  Unpeel a banana, cut it in…