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Monday, October 15, 2012

My Summer of Farmers' Markets


With the birth of my new business, Sun and Moon Creations, came my introduction to the vendor side of the farmers' market.  It has been an interesting journey for me.  Not only have I been selling my soaps and other SMC products, but I've also sold a few things out of my garden and strengthened my resolve to become a better gardener.

My observations at the farmers' markets this summer taught me to look at my food in a new way.  These local, hard-working people grow vegetables and fruit in the soil of their own land, work that ground every day and and care for those plants with the kind of passion that only gardeners can appreciate.  No matter what kind of weather nature throws at them, they do the best they can with a few seeds and a few acres.  This year the harvests weren't bad, but I'm sure some years are much worse. They come to the market every week, often with children in tow, sit for hours under a canopy on the hot summer afternoons with the fruits of their labor - organic tomatoes, beans, onions, peppers, etc., and often leave with very few dollars in their pocket and a good bit of produce that was picked, polished, and artfully displayed in beautiful baskets - yet did not sell.  I've heard many customers look at their displays and stick their noses up saying things like, "I can get bigger ears of corn at the super market for a lot less."

Then I look at the weekly flyers for discount grocery stores and bulk warehouse stores and see prices that no farmer could compete with.  However, I wonder if people realize that with those cheaper prices they are getting a product that was grown somewhere far away from GMO's, sprayed with herbicides and pesticides, picked before maturity, shipped to our local stores (which used thousands of gallons of fuel), and cannot compare in taste or quality to the delicious, organic produce grown from local farmers who care as much about the land as they do the products they grow and sell.

What I didn't grow myself this year I was able to buy from my fellow vendors at the markets.  I'm sure I paid a little more money for some things than I would have at my local grocery store, but knowing the food on my table came from local people just like me who are trying to earn a living by the sweat of their brow and yields of their land gave me great satisfaction.  I bought as much as I could and canned, froze, dried like crazy in effort to save enough to get my family through the winter without having to buy it from the store.  I'll look for bargains elsewhere, but not in the food I put on my table.

Next year we plan to double the size of our garden.  I plan to support my local farmers' as much as I can by buying from them what I do not grow myself.  Buying from those vendors means supporting small local businesses with strong values and quality products.  And when I see those ads for ridiculously low produce at discount grocery stores, I'll remind myself what a treasure we have on the tables of the farmers' markets.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Fall Colors

Capturing some of the fall beauty of the Great Artist/Creator on my iPhone...

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Pickled Eggs


You either love them or you hate them, but since I have chickens there is a never-ending supply of fresh eggs around here and I'm always looking for new ways to use them.  We love pickled eggs and in this month's Mother Earth News magazine there are some excellent recipes.  They make a nice snack or addition to salads and they are quite healthy for you (especially when they are from free range chickens).  Did you know pickled eggs keep for up to a month in your fridge?  I'm sure ours won't last that long.

Monday, August 6, 2012

A Persian Wedding




It was my honor and pleasure to photograph these beautiful people yesterday as they were wed in front of their family and friends at Toftrees Resort.  The ceremony was as lovely as the couple themselves and the reception was perhaps the liveliest I have ever witnessed!  These folks know how to have a good time!  Congratulations Shirin and Okhtay, thank you for letting me be a part of your big day!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Princes of the Pond





Found a couple of princes lounging around in my pond today….living the life as only princes can.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Jessica & Lee



I'm fortunate enough to own two businesses that I love,  London Wolfe Photography where I do wedding photography and Sun and Moon Creations where I make natural products like soap and insect repellent.  I was doing photography long before I got into natural products with Sun and Moon Creations, so now and then I like to share some of my wedding images.  Wedding season is in full swing now, and so are the farmers' markets (where I sell my natural products)
 - so these days I'm a very busy girl! 
We didn't know Superman was going to make an appearance at this wedding, but there he was at Marrara's Mountain Lodge in Port Matilda, PA disguised as a groom.  What a great couple to work with!  The weather turned out much nicer than expected and these two made a beautiful pair.  


Congrats Jessica and Lee!!!


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Red Potato Surprise!


Remember those potatoes I dug up the other day?  Well it turns out the "red skin" potatoes had more than just red skin....they are red all the way through!  I do not remember ordering red potatoes, but either I forgot about ordering them (which is totally possible), or the seed company mixed up my order and gave me half Yukon Golds and half of these mystery potatoes.  This photo shows what they looked like as "smashed potatoes".  They were very good, slightly different from white potatoes, but very good!  Here's how I prepared them:

Smashed Potatoes

Boil potatoes in water until tender.  Drizzle olive oil on a baking sheet and set drained potatoes on the sheet.  With a fork, smash each potato slightly.  Brush with a little more olive oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper and fresh thyme.  Bake at 450 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until crispy.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Chioggia Beets


Chioggia Beets!  They look like little targets.  These are the latest delightful goodies from my garden.  I just cooked them, sliced them and served them on a salad - yummy!  Chioggia beets are so much more fun than ordinary red beets, don't you agree?  They are like the fashionistas of the garden....and they look so pretty on a salad. 

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Digging for gold….Yukon Golds that is.


My favorite thing to harvest from the garden is potatoes.  I get such a thrill out of sinking my hands down into the soil and feeling around for those nice round tubers. I can't imagine how crazy I look crawling around on my hands and knees up to my elbows in dirt. You'd think I was digging for buried treasures, and I am - Yukon golds and red potatoes!  We also got our first cucumber and a handful of aromatic basil today.  I love summertime!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Recipes: Veggie Soup and Garlic Scape Pesto


This was my first time growing garlic, so I was super excited when the plants took off!  I planted it in November and by spring it was knee-high.  Thank you to my friend Laura Shero who gave me the garlic cloves (saved from her garden), as well as tips on growing them.  

When the scapes started shooting out of the garlic, Laura told me to cut them.  I didn't even know what scapes were, but I did what she told me to.  As I cut these beautiful scapes, I noticed how wonderful they smelled.  I thought it would be a shame to waste them, so I did a little research and found out you can actually eat these amazing things!  I also discovered garlic scapes keep for weeks in your refrigerator.  



This photo doesn't actually show the full size of the scapes.  It's just a handful of the scapes after they had been chopped in half.  

The first batch of scapes I cooked was sauteed with a little bit of mushrooms I purchased from Berglorbeer Farma at our local farmers market.  They have the most delicious varieties of gourmet mushrooms and I can't get enough!  Sauteed garlic scapes & mushrooms are a delight.  
Sorry, we ate them before I could grab a photo.

Next I chopped garlic scapes and added them to a pot of veggie soup.  Here's a recipe for my veggie soup (for those of you who actually use recipes for soup).  Feel free to substitute any veggies you like.

Veggie Soup w/ Garlic Scapes
1 med. onion diced
1 c. chopped garlic scapes
1 c. chopped zucchini
1 c. chopped summer squash 
2 carrots, chopped
1 large red bell pepper, chopped
1 small head of cabbage, finely chopped
1 c. spring peas
2 qts. of broth (veggie or chicken)
salt & pepper to taste
chopped fresh herbs
Saute firmer veggies in a tablespoon or two of olive oil in a dutch oven or large soup pot, then add cabbage, peas and broth.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Bring to boil, reduce to simmer and simmer for 20-30 minuets.  Add chopped fresh herbs (I used oregano and thyme).
  
So after making the scapes & mushrooms and the soup, I still had a pound of unused scapes left!  Did I mention Laura gave me 48 cloves of garlic to plant?  So today I made garlic scape pesto.  It was super easy and I can't wait to toss it with pasta for dinner tonight.  Here's the recipe:

Garlic Scape Pesto

1/2 pound of garlic scapes
1/2 c. extra virgin olive oil
juice from one lemon
1 c. shredded (or grated) parmesan cheese
salt & pepper to taste

Whiz the scapes and oil in a food processor until the big chunks are gone.  Add lemon juice and parmesan cheese, pulse until you get the consistency you like.  Season to taste.  Serve on pasta, pizza, grilled veggies (tomatoes, eggplant, mushrooms)……be creative!

I still have 1/2 pound of scapes to use.  Any suggestions?

  

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Natural Insect Repellent


Summer picnics, camping trips or just backyard fun can be hampered by those pesky mosquitos, gnats and other biting insects.  Commercial bug spray is loaded with nasty chemicals that you really should be trying to avoid, especially with children.  I've made a natural insect repellent that will keep the bugs away without the artificial chemicals. This insect repellent is made with witch hazel and natural essential oils, nothing else!  At just $6 per 8-ounce bottle the price is affordable.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Visit Sun and Moon Creations at the Juniata Farmers' Market!

I hope you will visit me at the new farmers' market on 4th St. in Juniata starting tomorrow and continuing every Thursday until the end of November from 3p to 6pm.  I will be along side some wonderful vendors there, including a man who sells gourmet mushrooms, another who sells gourmet cheeses, a lady with fresh cut flowers, and many with fresh produce and baked goods.  Support your local farmers and stop by tomorrow!  


 A note from the Juniata Farmers' Market:


We organized this farmers’ market for the following reasons:



·      To offer consumers high quality, farm fresh products at a convenient location
·      To strengthen ties between the urban and rural communities
·      To create a new source of income for area growers
·      To inform the community about healthy food and good nutrition

This market is a producer only market. That means the folks you are buying from either grew it, cooked, baked it, or made it. As producers, we are proud to be your farmer. We work hard to bring the freshest product to you. If you have any questions about our products, please ask. We love to talk about our farms and production. We also have ideas on how to cook the food you buy from us, so ask us about that too!


We want you to get the most out of your visit with us. Here are a few shopping tips for this market:
  • Take your time to enjoy the market! Farmers’ markets are a great gathering place for friends and families.
·       Go to the market early to get the best selection of produce.
  • If you do not know what an item is, feel free to ask the farmer!
  • Farmers are great sources of information about how to prepare different foods.
  • Bring change and small bills to make shopping fast and easy.
  • To keep your perishables fresh until you get home – bring a cooler.
  • Be eco-friendly, and bring your own bags.



We have “Farm-to-Food” and “Good Nutrition” workshops planned for this season. Stay tuned for more details on the workshops.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Cappuccino Soap


What better way to wake up than with an invigorating shower and the smell of cappuccino!  This soap is full of ground espresso beans for a gentle exfoliating scrub.  It's the perfect soap for cleaning really dirty hands too.  Looks good enough to eat, but don't….external use only!  Soap will be fully cured and ready for purchase by 6/19/12.

Cherry Smash Soap



This soap has a wonderful scent - almost smells good enough to eat!  It's one of my newest bars and I can't wait to see what people think when they try it.  It's full of nourishing oils for a rich lather and gentle cleansing.  These bars are still curing and won't be available for purchase until 6/15/12.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

NEW PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT: Bath Salts!!!


Slow down.  
Take a bath. 
We get so hurried in our day-to-day lives that we seldom take time to stop and smell the roses
…..or lavender, mint, patchouli - 
just a few of the many other wonderful essential oils in my new bath salts.  

Epsom salt is one of the ingredients in this product that does wonders for your skin.  It can sooth sore muscles because Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) relax muscles and draw toxins from your body.  They can also help reduce swelling and act as a natural emollient that helps exfoliate the skin.  Magnesium also helps the mind and body relax by raising serotonin levels, which causes calm and mood elevation.  Epsom salts have been used for many years to treat various skin problems and health issues. 

Sea salts are naturally high in minerals that are beneficial to the skin and body.  I buy high quality European sea salts that possess the qualities of the most mineral-rich seas in the world.

Baking soda helps wash away oil and perspiration and neutralizes acids on the skin.  It's great for soothing rashes and can even help chronic skin problems.  

Essential oils lend aromatherapy qualities to these bath salts, making your bathing experience one of luxury.  The minty essential oils are great for opening your sinuses as well as energizing you, the lavender provides an excellent calming/relaxing effect.  

So treat yourself to a little luxury and take a nice, long bath.  You deserve it.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

NEW ITEM: Bath Bombs!!!




There will be many new products coming soon to Sun & Moon Creations, today I'm launching the first one:  bath bombs.  These adorable little beauties will add sizzle to your bath as they fizz and release the lovely aroma of patchouli.  The therapeutic properties of essential oil combined with the soothing kaolin clay will turn your bath time into spa time. 
Get a pack of three 2-ounce seashell bath bombs or six 1-ounce frog & turtle bath bombs for $4, or choose any four packs for $12.  More scents coming soon!


Thursday, May 3, 2012

New website is live!

Sun & Moon Creations has a new space on the web,  check it out:  www.sunandmooncreations.com.  Now that I have a new website complete with shopping cart, I will no longer be selling soaps on Etsy, so feel free to place your orders on my website or by phone.  I'll still be updating my blog with new soaps and other info, so keep an eye out here as well.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Book Review: Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl


While I can't say Garlic and Sapphires was "a real page-turner", I did enjoy it.  Ruth Reichl shares with the reader her experiences as a food critic for the New York Times.  She writes in an autobiographical style about the various (mostly upscale) restaurants she dined in, food she ate, people she encountered and what it was like to be a restaurant critic.  To me the one of the most intriguing parts of the book was the study of social prejudice among the upper class.  Because she did not want to be recognized when she went into a restaurant, she took on elaborate disguises, even changing her personality to fit the character she was portraying.  The reactions she received varied drastically depending on what character she became for each visit.  It was astonishing how much her appearance affected the way she was treated by restaurant staff as well as other customers.

Her writing style was very enjoyable, however, I will admit I had to look up several words.  Reichl has quite an extensive vocabulary.  I appreciate a writer who makes me grow beyond the boundaries of my everyday language.  I got the feeling she wrote every word with thoughtful consideration.  

As I read about her experiences in these very upscale establishments, I couldn't help think about all the people in NYC who were going hungry while she was getting paid to enjoy foods such as foie gras and caviar every day, and how it would be great if she could find a way to use her writing ability to do something a little less pretentious.  And then towards the end of the book she starts to redeem herself as the personalities she adopts for her characters begin to reveal to her what she is starting to become.  This evokes a career change for her and, in my opinion, a happy ending. 

Perhaps I was taken in by the book because of my own love for cooking.  Reichl describes with perfect detail the satisfaction that cooking and food can provide.  The smells, the colors, the textures, the flavors, the sounds - my kitchen is more therapeutic to me than a day at the spa.  She describes the cooking experience in such a profound way that every foodie can appreciate.  I would love to have the gift of expressing my thoughts as beautifully as she does.  I would recommend this book for that aspect alone, and the story itself is just a fringe benefit.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Chocolate Vanilla Soap


Two of my all time favorite flavors combined into one sweet-smelling bar of soap!  Made with cocoa butter and other nourishing oils, this soap will satisfy your senses as you use it.  It's my favorite soap so far!  I made extra batches because I know these won't last long.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Fiddleheads

Working in the flower beds today and discovered some baby ferns I dug up in the woods last year and transplanted to my beds. They are so cute when they are young!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Book Review: The Green Mile by Stephen King


My son is always trying to get me to read Stephen King books.  I think he may possibly be Mr. King's biggest fan.  Although I love the way Stephen King writes, I'm not a big fan of his usual genre.  So when our book club chose The Green Mile to read, I was a bit skeptical.  I never saw the movie, but I had a general idea of what it was about.  I tend to gravitate to uplifting, happy books, and a book about death row inmates seemed very depressing.  I figured I'd read it quickly and get it over with so it wouldn't bring me down for too long.

Shortly into the first chapter I knew I was going to love this book.  King writes in such a suspenseful way, I had a hard time putting it down.  Throughout the chapters he gave little glimpses of what was to come - piquing my interest with every turn of the page.  The characters were endearing enough to make you forget that they were actually death row villains.  He included just enough fantasy to balance the morose.  I was actually sad to get to the end of the book because I enjoyed it so much.  It's my favorite Stephen King book so far.

Of course, after reading the book I had to rent the movie.  I thought the casting was dead on!  The actors looked exactly as I pictured each character in the book.  The movie is never as good as the book, but this one was definitely close.  I'm glad the movie left out the part about the mean employee at the nursing home - that was my least favorite part of the story.  All things considered, I give both the book and the movie 5 stars.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Man Soap


I wanted to formulate a soap recipe that would be especially appealing to men, so I came up with this soap I'm calling "Man Soap".  The scent in this soap is a combination of essential oils that combines woodsy and spicy.  The rich brown and light cream tones even make this bar look manly.  This soap makes a great gift for the man in your life (or for yourself!).

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Tooty Fruity Soap


Tooty Fruity is a fun, pleasant-smelling soap made with bright purple colorant.  It smells like jelly beans.  Kids will love this soap!  It's made with all those good oils that make a great bar of soap:  
olive, palm, coconut, and Shea butter.  Make bath time fun and healthy and leave the harsh chemicals out of it by using this natural, kid-friendly soap.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Tea Tree Soap


Tea tree oil has been used for thousands of year for its medicinal properties.  Studies have shown that it can be used to treat all three forms of infectious organisms:  bacterial, fungal and viral.  These qualities are what makes tea tree products good for acne, oily hair/skin, sunburn and a host of other skin ailments.  My tea tree soap also contains spearmint essential oil, which blended with tea tree oil provides an uplifting, fresh scent.  As with all my soaps, other oils such as coconut oil, olive oil and shea butter produce a great lather that nourishes your skin as it cleans.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Vegetarian Chili


People have been asking me to share my recipe for vegetarian chili, and I'm finally getting around to doing so.  This is probably the most often made meal in our home.  Even my carnivore teenage son loves it (but I have to run the blender through it to get rid of the "chunks" before he'll eat it).  When you blend this chili with an immersion blender or food processor it makes a great topping for fries!

Vegetarian Chili

2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 bell pepper, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 can of black beans, drained & rinsed
1 can of dark red kidney beans, drained & rinsed
1 can of cannellini beans, drained & rinsed
1 qt. tomatoes w/ juice (I use home canned tomatoes, but store bought is fine)
1 cup water
2 Tbsp. chili powder
salt & pepper to taste 

In a dutch oven or large pot heat oil, then add onions and peppers.  Cook for about 5 minutes, then add garlic.  Cook for about a minute, then add beans, tomatoes, water, chili powder, salt & pepper.  Bring to boil, reduce to simmer and cook for 30 minutes. 

Variations:  add corn, black-eyed peas, hot peppers, hot sauce, 
Optional toppings:  shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, crumbled cornbread 

You can't have chili without cornbread, so plan to make some of that too.  
Maybe I'll share a cornbread recipe next time.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Baby Soap


The most gentle soap for the most sensitive little ones (and grown-ups too for that matter!!) - made from soothing ingredients like organic olive oil, corn starch and oatmeal.  This soap has no essential oils and no colorants, so it's extremely gentle with a light natural scent.  If you suffer from sensitive skin issues, give this soap a try.  As with all my soaps, there are no artificial ingredients and only the best oils make up these luxurious bars that are unlike anything you can find at your typical store.  Don't put commercial soaps full of chemicals on your baby, us all-natural organic soaps like this one.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Charcoal Soap


Activated charcoal has been used in recent years to detoxify your skin by drawing out impurities from beneath the surface.  Using charcoal soap doesn't harm your skin in any way, but it does provide a gentle, deep cleansing which is especially good for people with acne-prone skin types.  Activated charcoal is a safe and amazing ingredient, to learn more about it check out this site.  This soap also has tea tree oil and eucalyptus essential oil which create a wonderful scent together.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Lemongrass Soap


Things that are good for your body internally are often good for your body externally as well, which is why I like to use organic teas when making my soaps.  Teas have been used in various medicinal ways for centuries.  My great grandmother was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian who cared for sick people by wrapping them in clothes that had been soaked in herbal teas.  I'm told she "healed" many people that way.  Whether or not these practices work, you can't deny the smell of lemongrass tea is lovely - and so is this soap.  With lemongrass leaves throughout this soap, you get a gentle exfoliating effect while you bathe.  This is one of my favorites so far!  

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Spearmint Soap



Sweet and fresh, this yummy soap will wake you up and put a smile on your face.  One sniff and you will want to eat it!  But don't.  It's soap after all.  Spearmint essential oils have numerous health benefits.  Like most essential oils, spearmint has anti-bacterial properties and blocks the growth of certain microbes, including Salmonella, E coli and MRSA.  Spearmint is also a mood-lifter.  So brighten your mood while you shower with this delicious smelling soap!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Citrus Soap


This refreshing soap has tiny pieces of orange peel throughout each bar to serve as an exfoliant to your skin.  It also contains grapefruit essential oil, which provides a soft, bright scent.  Citrus oil is a natural antiseptic when used in soap.  It's also antimicrobial and works to disinfect as it cleans.  Orange oil can help prevent inflammation, which makes this a good soap to use for shaving.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Java Soap


Anybody who knows me had to know it was just a matter of time before I found a way to incorporate coffee into my soaps.  I LOVE coffee, but until I started researching healthy, all-natureal ingredients for your skin, I did not know that coffee could be used externally.  Studies have shown that caffeine applied to your skin can actually kill the abnormal cells that cause skin cancer.  It can also help rosacea by constricting blood vessels that cause the skin to flush. 

Perhaps one of the best uses for this soap is for deodorizing your hands after cooking.  Coffee is said to be able to remove odors of garlic and onions from your hands, and the coffee grounds throughout the soap make it excellent scrubbing away dirt.  You'll want to keep a bar of this by your kitchen sink.  

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Lavender Soap



I've had many people ask me when I'm going to make lavender soap.....lavender soap is now available!  It's a beautiful bar made with the finest oils for the ultimate skin-nourishing benefits.  Lavender essential oil gives this soap its soft lavender aroma.  Soaps made with lavender essential oils can aid in the healing of skin infections because of its antibacterial and antiseptic properties.  Lavender is said to promote relaxation and stress-relief, making this an excellent soap to use just before bedtime - especially for children.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Ginger/Beer Shampoo Soap



You're gonna love the lather and conditioning this shampoo soap provides!  Yes, it's really made with actual beer, brewed by my friend Laura and her husband in their home using all-natural ingredients. The ginger essential oil gives this shampoo bar a slightly spicy fragrance.  In addition to B vitamins, the proteins in the malt and hops are said to repair damaged hair and boost overall body.  Meanwhile, the maltose and sucrose in beer tighten the hair's cuticles for enhanced shine.  Your hair may actually seem thicker after using Ginger/Beer Shampoo Soap.  This shampoo soap is great for washing your body and lathering your skin for shaving.  So if you happen to be traveling, consider this all-in-one product that won't spill and can be packed in your carry-on luggage for the plane.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Basil Soap


Few smells are as fresh and earthy as basil, which is why I wanted to make a soap utilizing that wonderful aroma.  Basil is a calming herb that has been used in many cultures to treat acne, headaches and stress relief, as well as many other ailments.    

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Chamomile Honey Soap


The beautiful thing about making soap is that I get to create my own recipes using ingredients that I enjoy.  This soothing and nourishing bar of chamomile honey soap will soften your skin as it cleans.  The subtle sweet smell is as delightful as a cup of tea.  Chamomile is a long standing medicinal herb that was used by the Egyptians in their beauty rituals.  It has healing properties, which includes toning the skin, is good for rashes, softens skin and acts as an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial.  Honey is a natural moisturizing humectant with anti-microbial qualities.  Together these ingredients create a wonderful soap that is great for sensitive skin.

Friday, March 16, 2012

The China Study


There are very few books that I can say have truly changed my life, but The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, PhD and Thomas M. Campbell II is definitely one that has.  In this book Dr. Campbell explores the relationship between food and disease, specifically cancer, heart disease and diabetes.  The western world is plagued by these health crises and the problem is not getting better, it's getting worse.  After reading this book, I made huge changes in my own diet - I became a vegetarian, drastically reduced the amount of dairy in my diet, started eating more organic foods and started making more food from scratch.  I'm a long way from where I want to be, but this book started me on a journey to healthier eating that has paid off for my family.  My husband's cholesterol dropped 35 points after we made these dietary changes!  My blood pressure came down and I started feeling much better.  I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to live a healthier life.  It's a bit scientific, but hang in there, as you read it you will be amazed at the findings of The China Study.

Oatmeal Goat's Milk Soap


Made with a variety of nourishing botanical oils and rich goat's milk, this bar of fragrance-free soap cleanses and exfoliates with organic oats.  It's an excellent soap for those with sensitive skin.  

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Planting Onions


We eat onions in some form almost every single day at our house, so this year we are planting plenty. It's the first thing to go into the ground in the Spring and hopefully we will have some left to store in the fall. Notice Dora and Bentley supervising the job.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Cocoa Butter Shave Soap


I remember watching my dad shave when I was a little girl.  He used Old Spice shave soap in a mug, lathered it up with a brush and slapped it on his face.  So making this shave soap brought back memories.  This soap is made with cocoa butter and bentonite clay.  Cocoa butter's excellent moisturizing qualities makes it exceptionally beneficial for dry skin. It also contains vitamins and minerals that nourish your skin while you shave.  Bentonite clay creates a rich lather and has the added benefit of being a natural detoxifier. Bentonite clay binds with and removes toxins from your body, 
and it's extremely eco-friendly.

Learn more:http://www.naturalnews.com/026110_soap_natural_clay.html#ixzz1p80gbuFR