How to Amend the MOST HORRIBLE Soil in the World!

Life in the Mojave Desert is a challenge in just about all ways.  There's little water available, barely any rainfall, and it's an extreme, savage environment whether you are down on the valley floor or up higher, like we are.  Really, people are just not meant to be here.  I've heard more than one person describe the lower desert area around Las Vegas as "the moon" due to its rocky, dry, and gray appearance.  It's a place you grow to appreciate, and it's beautiful in its own harsh way, but anything that survives here naturally is a special life form, that's for sure! When we moved into our home in the mountains, we experienced the worst soil I've ever seen!  I figure if I can grow things here, I can grow things ANY where!  :-)  Here's what we did to amend this hard, rocky soil:

KILLER TOXINS Lurking in Your Soap---Why I Make Our Own Soap

Did you know....That most so-called "soaps" in stores are not REAL soap?  So... What ARE these "soaps" sold in the stores? Well, they are basically concoctions of dangerous chemicals, as cheaply made as possible for the greatest profit possible.  But these commercially made cleansing bars you’ll find in the stores contain dangerous toxic chemicals, and most of the time any glycerin is stripped out and used for other things.

Bringing Home Ducklings and Adding Them to Your Flock!

About a month or so ago, my husband and I were at our local feed store to pick up a few things and hopefully purchase a few more chicks to add to our layers this year.  Sadly, they were out of chicks that day---EXCEPT for these four sweet little yellow ducklings peeping away!  Oh. My. GOSH!  I fell in love! So we ended up bringing all four of them home.  Yep!  All four! Now, I didn't know a lot about ducklings, and I'm going to share with you the things I wish I had known!  Their addition to our little homestead has been successful so far, but things might have been a little easier if we had been aware of a few things!

How to Infuse Honey with Lemon---and Why It's Great for You!

You've probably heard how good it is for your body and health to drink a cup of water with honey and lemon every day?  Well, after being given bags of beautiful fresh lemons, I thought I'd go ahead and make some lemon infused honey!  Not only is this honey absolutely delicious, you can use it for so much!  It's great for soothing sore throats and coughs, you can sweeten your herbal tea with it, use it on toast or as a topping....or just take a spoonful because it's just SO good!  And of course, you can use it in your lemon-honey water! :-)  Here's how to infuse your honey with delicious, great for you lemons!

How to Make Delicious Lemon Curd

I was gifted recently with LOTS of lemons!  The real ones, by the way---not the metaphorical lemons, thank goodness!  Bags of them!  Fresh, beautiful, sweet-smelling lemons! When I received all these lemons, I immediately began thinking about what to do with them! I have always wanted to try making lemon curd, and I found one of my mom's old recipes.  I adapted it quite a bit because I didn't have all the right ingredients (like caster sugar?).  The ingredients I used are those that most everyone has on hand, and it turned out SO delicious anyway!  Here is how I made lemon curd---which is kind of like a buttery lemon pudding! 

How to Make Herbal Beer (Ale), Part One

My husband (Mr. HHH) and I started our home brewing journey a few years ago using the pre-made kits from the local home brew store because we didn't know what we were doing, quite frankly.  Then I read Stephen Harrod Buhner's book, Sacred & Herbal Healing Beers, and became entranced with making herbal beers.  So, when the "Craft of Herbal Fermentation" course over at the New England Academy of Herbal Medicine opened up, I applied as a blogger for the course and I was SO thankful to be accepted!  Today, I just finished Unit One of the course, and guess what?!  It's all about using herbs to brew ales and beer.  What a delight!

Throat Soothing Tea: Here is a Simple, Effective Recipe for a Sore Throat Herbal Tea

I went into the hospital to have surgery the other day, on a couple of hernias I've had for awhile.  I was warned about "irritation of my throat" because of the intubation process when they do the anesthesia.  Well, when I woke up after the surgery and could somewhat function, I found I had lost my voice, and my throat was KILLING me!  I mean--just absolutely killing me!  I couldn't swallow, couldn't talk, and the pain was unreal! My tongue was swollen to twice its size.  I have no idea what happened in there...but my throat and mouth needed some help fast!  Here's how I solved that problem---with this easy effective soothing throat tea.

Bringing Home Your Chicks: What You Need to Make Their Transition to Their New Home Smooth & Happy!

There's a lot of advice out there about what you need to have in place when you first bring home your chicks!  Whether you planned on having them or whether (like me), you are an impulse buyer at the feed stores...because you know---CUTENESS, you need to have certain items ready for them in order to make their transition to your home go smoothly and safely. 

How to Brew Herbal Beer...My Mountain Man Beer Recipe

We began learning about the home brew process about two years ago, and after a few successful attempts at your typical brews, we began venturing into the world of herbal beers.  This recipe is the first one we ever tried, and to this day remains in our top ten list!  It's made with plants from our area in the Mojave Desert.  However, you can use herbs from your area just as easily!  Actually, most of the plants used grow throughout the U.S.  Spread your wings, and break into herbal beer brewing!  Good for you and delicious too!  Catch a buzz while getting healthy!

Beet Kvass: What, How, & Why?

Beet Kvass---A beautiful red drink from the earth.  This naturally blood purifying and liver strengthening tonic drink is easy to make and delicious too.  It's an amazing drink full of electrolytes and is more hydrating than water!  Read on to learn how to make it!

Cellulite Scrubbing Hot Process Soap Recipe with Rosemary, Grapefruit & Cedarwood

Cellulite is just something that most women can't avoid---it's part of being a woman! Even if you are thin, you can have cellulite.  There is more general information about cellulite in this article.  With that said, there are ways to manage it, feel great at the same time, and keep yourself healthy in the process.  One of these ways is to use soap with cellulite-fighting ingredients!  Yep---the recipe for this hot process soap is filled with ingredients that help tone the skin, increase circulation, and provide an exfoliation benefit.