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Herbalism Wild Foods

Wild Foods: Raw Honey

Honey is a staple that deserves a place in both the pantry, and the medicine cabinet. Humans have been using it as food and medicine for 8,000 years. This makes it an old and trusted friend, however, not all honey is the same. Most people today are familiar with the pasteurized, and ultra filtered honey […]

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Paganism Wild Foods

Planning a Beltane Feast

Altar is set, now to plan the feast! The planning process is quite similar to planning the altar arrangement. First let us consider what Beltane is all about. We are celebrating the rebirth of spring. So any and all spring foods, wether cultivated, foraged, or caught, are a welcome treat. A traditional food we love […]

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Paganism

Building a Beltane Altar

Beltane is a time when many things can grow. Not only do we plant seeds in the earth, but in our hearts and souls as well. We dig deep to discover what crops we wish to grow in the coming seasons. Keeping this in mind, we begin selecting altar pieces and offerings. Being a mixed […]

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Homesteading

The Cost of Raising Rabbits

My homestead philosophy has always been that this lifestyle is an investment. An investment in our health, our security, and our future. There are, what seems like, an infinite number of ways to house rabbits. From colonies to cages, the cost of your set up will be determined by a couple of factors. Climate, local […]

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Paganism

My Much Needed Daily Ritual

Especially in times such as these, I need something to keep me grounded to my path. I do this by practicing a daily ritual that I keep separate from my prayers and offerings with the family. I use two stones, some know them as Grandfather stones, to help me channel the energy I want and […]

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Homesteading

Starting Seeds Indoors

In my neck of the woods the growing season is a bit short. Zone 4 we have an average last frost date of May 15, and average first frost date of September 15. So to ensure we get a harvest from crops like tomatoes, melons, and peppers, we start our seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before […]

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Herbalism Wild Foods

Native harvests: Orange Day Lilly, Hemerocallis fulva

Although the day Lilly is not native to North America it is naturalized and grows wild almost anywhere. It’s a great source of food, the tubers, fresh spring greens and the blossoms are all edible. My most recent meal used tubers and spring greens, so that’s what I’ll be focusing on. True lillies are toxic. […]

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Homesteading

R & R On the Homestead

To us, part of being a homesteader is to always Repurpose and Reuse when we can. It’s a wonderful way to reduce waste on the homestead but also saves quite a bit of money. One of our favorite recyclables are pallets. Pallets have an almost limitless R&R potential, and they’re relatively easy to get a […]