Natural soap. What is the big deal?

Natural soap. What is the big deal?

People who have seen my kitchen lately might be wondering what the fuss is all about. What started as a simple what was supposed to be a simple handmade Christmas gift has exploded into a natural soap making frenzy. And it doesn’t look like it will be stopping anytime soon. But, why? What is all the fuss?

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freshly made natural soap, still in the mold

Why bother with natural or handmade soap? How does natural soap compare with commercial soap? What is the best soap out there for you and your family? I would like to share with you a little what I have learned about the benefits of natural soap and body products, and why I bother.

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Going on in the PNW from Scratch Garden – November 2015

Going on in the PNW from Scratch Garden – November 2015

I know this is November’s post, but October still gets a mention. { I should have posted last month. Better late than never… } October was an amazing month – sunny, warm, and wet. With the return of the fall rains, the garden sprang back like nothing else! Even a lot of what the deer damaged at the end of summer came back and is giving us a yield. (more…)

Herbal Cold Care Chicken Soup Recipe

Herbal Cold Care Chicken Soup Recipe

The telltale sign of the achy muscles and tickly throat warns that your immune system has kicked in and could use some help. Before things get too bad, whip up a batch of this Herbal Cold Care Sage & Echinacea Chicken Soup and get to nourishing that cold or flu away.

Packed with healing goodness, this soup is not just the ultimate comfort food, it actually helps your body fight off the sickness with medicinal ingredients like sage, garlic, onion, cayenne and even echinacea! (more…)

Northwest Grown Pomegranate!

Northwest Grown Pomegranate!

When I brought the scrubby little pomegranate bush loaded in bright red blossoms swelling with the promise of fruit home from the nursery this spring, I had hope. Well, pleased to report, our little pomegranate experiment has been a success! (more…)

Easy Sauerkraut Recipe: Sauerkraut made Simple in 9 Easy Steps

Easy Sauerkraut Recipe: Sauerkraut made Simple in 9 Easy Steps

Looking for an easy sauerkraut recipe? Never made sauerkraut before and you’re a little nervous about the whole ‘fermented foods’ concept? I’ve been there.

I was very squeamish when I first started experimenting with sauerkraut recipes. I was! I found it a little scary to be honest. It is fermented food! How do you know if the ferment gets contaminated? Could I get sick?

What if I tasted it and – gasp! – it tasted yucky! (more…)

Going on in the ‘PNW from Scratch’ Garden – My Garden Journal – August 2015

Going on in the ‘PNW from Scratch’ Garden – My Garden Journal – August 2015

Hot and Dry. Dry and Hot. And the garden shows it. With the entire state of Washington officially in ‘severe drought’ and parts of the state in ‘extreme drought’ (that’s us), it has definitely made for a challenging gardening summer. Not only has it been no rain (what happened to Spring?), it has been HOT. July had us setting a new record for most number of 90-degree days in a year! Has anybody else gone looking for the good swimming holes, or is it just us?  (more…)

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