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How to Make Beeswax Cloth

There are a lot of benefits of keeping your own bees, and the wax obtained is honestly one of my favorite perks!  Rendering (so to speak) the wax into something usable is my least favorite task, but the gorgeous, yellow-hued, sweet-smelling reward of fresh beeswax is so, so worth it. …

One-Minute Mayonnaise

There are two clear winners in this one-minute mayonnaise:  Avocado oil and an immersion blender. Seriously, this is the easiest, fastest, and one of the most healthy homemade mayo recipes out there.  Trust me.  I’ve checked. No warming ingredients to room temperature No slowly drizzling things together No ‘breaking it’ …

Hawk Attack: Trauma at the P Patch

The past few days have been eventful around here…  And not in a good way. We were entering Phase II of our “backyard flock expansion,”  where we felt the 10 week old hens could hold their own against the Big Girls, and therefore allowed everyone out of the coop/tractor to …

Backyard Flock Expansion

First things first:  I am not a chicken-expert.  I’m just a girl who loves her backyard chickens 🙂 I leave the expert advice to the experts.  Ya know, the girls at The Chicken Chick  and Fresh Eggs Daily.  Whenever I’ve got chicken troubles, I usually end up there.  And of …

Refridgerator Pickles~~Making Pickles Without A Water Bath

The year is 2030 B.C. and and cucumbers brought from their native India are beginning a tradition of pickling in the Tigris Valley.  By 2,400 B.C. anthropologists and archaeologists believe that the ancient Mesapotamians were pickling. Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, Amerigo Vespucci, Queen Elizabeth, Shakespeare, Napoleon and countless others touted the …

How to Braid Garlic

It’s late July and the garlic is ready!  This year we devoted a whole bed and another half bed to growing garlic. We grew Inchelium Red (my favorite), and Nootka Rose; both are softneck varieties of PNW origin.  Last year we didn’t grow nearly enough, and I kept giving it …

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