Homestead Learning: Teaching Kids About Plants

Homestead Learning: Teaching Kids About Plants

One of the things I love most about the homesteading lifestyle are the opportunities for learning for my son (and for me and my husband too truth be told).  Even though we went against the homesteading trend and decided to try public school for Monkey Man, we still do... read more
Dandelion Oat Waffles (with a gluten free option)

Dandelion Oat Waffles (with a gluten free option)

Dandelion flowers are one of my favourite herbs for forage for. It’s a true sign of spring and their uses are vast. Last year Monkey Man and I made dandelion cookies and they were simply delicious. The year before we baked dandelion bread and it was also a... read more
How to Make Water Kefir

How to Make Water Kefir

A few weekends back I was at my very first workshop put on by the Foundation of Shamanic Studies. It was glorious and heart opening and truly grounding. I was amazed to see how many different kinds of people were attracted to learn about this type of healing. One of... read more

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Hardy Perennial Medicinal Herbs for Your Garden

I grew up in an annual family. Each year we would pile into the car and drive to the local garden center so my mother could pick out flowers for the gardens around our house. This wasn’t always an enjoyable experience as I suspect my father wasn’t keen on... read more

Healthy and All-Natural Smoky Barbecue Rub

So last year I wrote about leaving my vegetarian ways and after much soul-searching my family did decide to start eating meat again. There were many reasons for this change and we did not come to the decision lightly. If you are interested in my thought process you... read more

Winter Sowing – A Guide to Starting Seeds in Winter

I’ve never been any good at starting seeds. I’ve successfully grown mold a few times (woo hoo for growing stuff), but most of the time they dry out or end up spindly and never survive transplanting. Many of the reasons I haven’t had success had to do... read more

Sorting and Organizing Your Seed Collection

This year I vowed to sort and organize my seed packets. Being the frugal sort, I actually don’t have a very large collection, but there is enough of those little packets floating around that I definitely needed to explore a sorting system of some kind.  I asked... read more

A Herbal Materia Medica: What is it and How to Create One

Materia medica. At some point along your herbal journey you will encounter those two words. Materia medica. Sounds fancy and somewhat confusing just like many of the terms that herbalists use, but in all reality it’s nothing fancy nor confusing. A materia medica... read more

How to Make Elderberry Syrup

The first blog post of 2017 folks! For those who have been following me for a while now, welcome back my friends. For new faces, many herbal blessings and greetings. I can think of no better way to ring in the New Year on this blog than by teaching you how to make one... read more

Herbal, Homestead and Personal Goals for 2017

With 2017 fast approaching we’re working hard on setting our goals for the upcoming year. Whenever I’m setting new intentions and goals I always take a few moments to look back at my past goals and dreams. After reviewing my goals for 2016 I quickly... read more

Winter Chicken Care and Strategies

Winter is coming. Okay scratch that, winter is here! While the calendar may say that it’s still autumn, we are most definitely experiencing winter weather in our neck of the woods. In fact when we filmed the companion video for this post it was -23°C out!  ... read more

How to Can Homemade Bone Broth or Stock

Freezer space is at a premium on our little homestead and so is time! So when I make my homemade bone broth I tend to make it in huge batches. Prior to getting my pressure canner I was freezing my broth, but now that I have canner I’m never looking back! Not... read more

Spruce Tip Shortbread

Remember back in the early days of June when I told you to harvest spruce tips? Well today’s recipe is my number one reason why you need spruce tip love in your life! We are very blessed to have a wild field behind our property and that is where Monkey Man and I... read more

A Day in the Life of a Homesteading Herbalist

I’ve had a few folks ask me what my days are like and my answer is usually “busy”! It’s true that I like to keep myself busy and there is no better way to do this than to run both a homestead and herbal clinic/business out of your home. So... read more

Golden Goddess Milk Recipe: Terrific Turmeric

I am so excited to be bringing you this post today! Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is one of my absolute favourite medicinal herbs to work both in my clinic and in my home remedies. I use it in tinctures, bone broth, fire cider and my new favourite way; Golden Milk. As a... read more