Homemade Tummy Butter Bar / Stretch Mark Cream

Homemade Tummy Butter Bar / Stretch Mark Cream
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I’ve fallen in love with making my own body products lately, in case you haven’t noticed, and I think one that I’m most proud of is this tummy butter. Lots of tummy butter and stretch mark creams use things like almond or avocado oil - which are excellent - but you can’t just walk into a local store and pick them up. I also try to keep my supplies as streamlined as possible - that’s the big reason I don’t have a lot of fancy oils - so you can imagine how happy I was when I found out that olive oil works terrifically in their place. 

Now,… Read More »

Agua De Jamaica Fresco (Hibiscus Tea) Recipe

Agua De Jamaica Fresco (Hibiscus Tea) Recipe
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We went shopping at our little local grocery store a few days ago and found hibiscus flowers in the Mexican section. That isn’t always the case, so I happily picked some up. 

I was first introduced to iced hibiscus teaRead More »

Help Bring A Baby Home

Hi all! I’m really excited to share this with you! Merissa is one of my bloging mentors, and someone I look up to a great deal. Right now, she and her husband are raising money to bring their new baby boy home. Read on to find out how you can help!


Meet Merissa!
 

DIY Homemade Tallow In The Crockpot

DIY Homemade Tallow In The Crockpot
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Have you ever rendered your own tallow or lard? With our modern society, we tend to go into a grocery store and buy specific cuts of beef or pork, and never even see a significant ammount of fat - certainly not enough to bother rendering. But if you raise your own meat, or buy from a local farmer, or if like me, your husband got a super fat deer last hunting season, rendering fat is a very useful skill.

 

Note: Some local butcher shops, which you can look up in the yellow pages, also sell raw animal fat for… Read More »

Gluten Free Banana Bread Recipe

Gluten Free Banana Bread Recipe
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Bananas in our house don’t often last long enough to become overripe, but when they do, we sure do love a good loaf of banana bread! 

When I first started baking gluten-free, it seemed like I couldn’t make a quick bread without it either being too tender to handle, or falling in the middle. I often would resort to using spelt flourRead More »

How To Make A Braided Trivet: Blue jean Upcycle

How To Make A Braided Trivet: Blue jean Upcycle
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My favorite pair of jeans ripped the other day. To be fair, I’ve worn them almost constantly since picking them up for a dollor at a thrift store, so it’s not like they owed me anything.

Still, I couldn’t bring myself to throw them away, so they sat in a pile in my bedroom for several days while I decided what to do. Who knew that a person could have an emotional attachment to a pair of jeans?

Anyway, this project came up because of a friend who’s mother gave me a homemade trivet years and years ago and it’s been the best thing everRead More »