Cordage and a Worthwhile Hand Cramp

I did get a hand cramp.  But, it was worth it. Let me back up a bit. Working with my hands has always been healing.  And, recently, I had the chance to learn something new…something I had been wanting to learn…basic cordage making. My first imprint of the process was at a Chumash Cultural Day … Continue reading

Zucchini Tahini Banana Ginger Muffins

I’ll make this short. Because it’s starting to get cold out there.  Because these are so yummy. Because you can warm your house *while* baking something DELICIOUS. That’s why. This. Gluten-free.  Dairy-free.  Sugar Free.  Yummy.  Toddler approved. Serve with a lot of ghee or butter (smile).   Zucchini Tahini Banana Ginger Muffins 10-12 small muffins … Continue reading

Grandmothers Can Tell It Like It Is

When I worked as the Retreat Manager at a silent, contemplative retreat center in a holler out in the mountains of WNC about 10 years ago, the (amazing) cook gifted me this book. I haven’t picked it up in years. I opened it up and turned directly to this page. Sobering words, but words we … Continue reading

The Forgiving Oat Bar

The amazing teacher that led my daughter’s parent-child, outdoor program this past year gave me this recipe.   She gave me the scaffolding, shall we say?  And, I made it my own. Like she promised, it is a forgiving recipe.  Too moist?  Cook it a bit longer. The batter too dry?  Add more wet ingredients. It’s … Continue reading

Brand Names and Small Crafters for Clean Threads

Something shifted in me around the time of my pregnancy back in 2017.  Even though I had owned my share of hemp and organic cotton clothing…and steadily sifted through the endless racks of thrift and consignment store shops for second hand threads…fibers…all of a sudden…became more of an interest for me. There was something about … Continue reading

Kitchen Scrap Color, Plant Dye Explorations

I’ve been exploring plant dyeing lately and it is so much fun.  I think I’ve dyed everything cream, white, or off-white in our house.  My husband is considering hiding some of his boxers that are white. It has become a bit of an obsession, I admit. As an herbalist, I often looked to plants to … Continue reading

Growing Color, Plant Dye Explorations

I’ve been working with plants ever since my permaculture design certificate course that I took in San Francisco in 2003.  The course made me look at my world in an entirely new way.  Where did my water come from?  What was the watershed I was in?  Where did the water go?  Which direction is east?  … Continue reading