Hello October – Fall Images, Quotes, and Recipes to Share!

Hello October – Fall Images, Quotes, and Recipes to Share!

Hello, October.

Welcome back. We’ve missed you!

What is it about October that brings clarity?

It’s not just those clear, crisp fall nights that bring with them the familiar nip of a change in season. October seems also to bring a clarity of mind, and as the wind sweeps the year’s leaves from the trees, so too do we shake off the excess and prepare for what’s ahead.

Hello, October. It’s good to see you.


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October is the fallen leaf,
but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen.
It is the distant hills once more in sight,
and the enduring constellations above them once again.
Hello October – Fall Images, Quotes, and Recipes to Share!
What is it about fall that just makes the house feel extra ‘homey’?

October Recipes

By the time October comes around, the garden is pretty much done and we are drawn inside. The freezer and pantry are full of this year’s garden bounty, and the fridge is stocked with a fresh batch of kraut.

October is usually about the time that the craving to bake kicks in. There is something just extra cozy about having a batch of cookies (or a pot roast) in the oven when it’s crispy-cool and blustery outside.

Don’t miss this post on roasting almonds. Use them as an added crunch on your morning oatmeal or enjoy a handful before bed to help you sleep.

Here are a few favorite October recipes from our Pinterest

October Trivia

Did you know that we have a National Squirrel Awareness Month? Yeah, neither did I.

For a little fun this October, take some time to enjoy a little squirrelly nuttiness!

Share antics around social media using #SquirrelAwarenessMonth. 

Your turn!

For more fall images, find us over on Instagram! And, yes!  …share your October images with us using #PNWfromScratch & #HelloOctober!

Say, hi down below and join the conversation! What do you love about October?


Beard Oil, Ten Reasons Your Guy Should Be Using It (And what you are missing out on if he’s not)

Beard Oil, Ten Reasons Your Guy Should Be Using It (And what you are missing out on if he’s not)

How do you feel about your man’s facial hair?

Do you love it, or not so much?

Does he use a good beard oil?

I love my man’s beard. I can’t get enough of it! And the beard oil that he uses has a lot to do with why.

Today I want to share with you ten really good reasons your guy should be using beard oil, and what you are missing out on if he’s not. (…in no particular order)

PNW Herbal Infused Beard Oil - PNW from Scratch

UPDATE: We are no longer making and offering this beard oil for sale… so sorry! If I get enough requests, I can put together a post sharing my recipe and method if anyone would like to make some from scratch. 😉 Even so, my man still wears beard oil, and here’s why…

1. The scent… Oh, the scent.

The scent alone is reason enough.

I love cologne. Trouble is, store-bought colognes and perfumes, as it turns out, are really not that good for you. Synthetic fragrances “have been shown to disrupt hormone activity, cause reproductive malformation, and have been linked to liver and breast cancer, diabetes, and obesity” in addition to links that have been found to fetal exposure and such conditions as autism, ADHD, and neurological disorders. Shocker, right? Essential oils, on the other hand, don’t just smell amazing they can improve your health in so many ways.

2. The mood lift

If your man’s beard oil contains essential oils, they will not only help with everything from itchiness to increased beard growth, they also serve as mood altering aromatherapy.

For a stress fighting blend to help with anxiety, fatigue, and depression, look for blends containing essential oils like cedar, lavender, or patchouli. Citrus and rosemary boost concentration. And oils like vanilla and ylang-ylang to help relax and let go.

3. The look

I’m the one that talked him into keeping it, I love his beard! It’s fun to grow it out and experiment with different shaping and styles. But, a beard with any length, will eventually become unruly. A bit of beard oil smooths it right out. Shiny, healthy, under control, and looking good.

4. The feel

I asked my guy to grow out his beard. If I were totally straight with you, I would tell you it’s because I love running my fingers through it. TMI? Sorry. I love how it feels! And the beard oil just makes it so soft, it’s irresistible. I can’t help myself. And he doesn’t mind. 😉

5. Soft kisses

Am I right, ladies? We don’t like pokey kisses!

Beard oil will make your man’s facial hair silky and soft. No more scratchy beard hairs when you come in close.

6. Guys need skin care, too!

The skin under a guy’s beard can become quite irritated, dry and itchy. The base oils used in higher quality beard oils target these conditions. Loaded with vitamins and antioxidants they moisturize and penetrate deeply giving the skin what it needs to stay nourished and healthy. And, if your beard oil contains essential oils they can give it an extra boost, often having antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties.

7. Beard envy

Does he want to be the object of it? Teenage boys will hail his beard as magnificent.

Or does he want to be the guy wishing he knew the trick? What makes that guy’s beard so shiny, full, and under control?

8. No more ‘beardruff’

A lot of guys suffer from beard dandruff or beardruff. A good beard oil can nip that in the bud especially if it contains essential oils like lavender and rosemary.

Lavender essential oil is antifungal and anti-inflammatory which helps to sooth irritated skin and prevent the growth of yeast which can cause dandruff. Rosemary essential oil not only increases circulation and stimulates hair growth, it is also helpful in combating itchiness.

9. Go natural

Many of the best beard oils on the market are all-natural, ours certainly is.

10. Beard oil keeps his beard clean and healthy

You wouldn’t want to rest your head against a toilet seat now, would you?

Many of the essential oils found in a good quality beard oil possess antimicrobial properties. These essential oils naturally prevent the growth of fungus and bacteria which is not just dirty, fungus and bacteria can be the underlying cause for itch, irritation, and flakiness.

Want to learn more about what makes our small batch, handcrafted beard oil different?

Here’s our post, PNW Original Cedar & Herb Infused Beard Oil.


Keville, K., & Green, M. (1995). Aromatherapy: A complete guide to the healing art. United States: Crossing Press,U.S.
Petersen, D. (2016). AROMA 101: Introduction to Aromatherapy. Portland, OR: American College of Healthcare Sciences.
Beard Oil, Ten Reasons Your Guy Should Be Using It (And what you are missing out on if he's not)

Try some and let us know how you like it!

Wildcrafting: Collecting Wild Food & Medicine with the Future in Mind

Wildcrafting: Collecting Wild Food & Medicine with the Future in Mind

Have you ever gone out wild mushroom or berry picking? If so, then you have wildcrafted. The online Merriam-Webster dictionary doesn’t even have wildcrafting listed. Google’s definition? To gather herbs, plants, and fungi from the wild. That about sums it up. However, it is important that we know how to do so properly. In a way that takes the big picture and long-term into consideration. Ethical Wildcrafting. Let’s talk about it!

Besides the fact that it gets you outside and active in nature, filling your lungs with fresh, wild air, wildcrafting can be a fun and productive hobby.

What better feeling than to bring home a basket of wild edibles to cook up a nutritious meal for your family to enjoy? Chanterelle gravy over venison (and garden-grown mashed potatoes) with a side salad of edible weeds topped with salalberry vinaigrette. Yes, please. Ok, I’m hungry. Maybe I will have to post these recipes sometime, they are some of our favorites.

We have been heading into these woods since we were kids. Generations, working together, foraging for wild food and livelihoods. Our forests and natural areas, public and private, are treasures to be enjoyed and stewarded, wisely and with gratitude. Take good care of the land, and the land will take good care of you.

PNWfromScratch_3 It is the responsibility of each one of us to always make sure that we are safe and responsible in our wildcrafting practices. Here are a few tips to help do that.  (more…)

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