How to Save and Season Cast Iron

I love to cook with cast iron. If you don’t yet, I highly recommend it! Cast iron pans last forever and are comparable to the cost of other pans. They cook evenly, give a great crust to anything breaded, and are a cinch to clean. I think folks get scared off because they don’t know…

Easy and Fast Cheddar Garlic Biscuits

You know those recipes that you have in your back pocket that you can pull out in a pinch with no need to write it down? This is one of mine. I have been making this for decades, so I don’t know where the original recipe came from or whether I have changed it, but…

How to Make Herbal Remedies in Less Than an Hour

I have been practicing herbal medicine for many years. In the three shops I have had, and in the three books I have written on the topic, I have created and come up with new ways to make herbal remedies. I love the standard method of soaking herbs in alcohol. Vinegar the same way, or…

Simple Ways to Update a Living Room

A fresh coat of white paint started the whole thing. I shared with you my kitchen and shelves redo last week. My kitchen, dining, and living room are all one open room. It is not a big space; my whole house (3 beds, 2 baths) comes in under 1200 square feet. Add to that ten…

Vision Board Party

My daughter, Shyanne, and I host a Vision Board party every year. This is our sixth year putting on this fun event. We usually do it the first weekend in January, but since Shyanne gave birth to her perfect little son December 30th, we gave her a few weeks to settle in! I made a…

When One Must Create (weaving shawls)

When one has a spirit to create, they are not completely content or joyous unless they are actively creating in their life. This I have learned most keenly. For me, over the last four plus decades, that has been a mixture of poetry, writing, painting, fashion design, choreography, sewing, crafting, and weaving. I adore weaving!…

Kitchen Redo for $22.50

I am the self-proclaimed queen of using what I have, the power of paint, and the magic of rearranging furniture! I want a new kitchen. Who doesn’t? But new appliances, let alone a new house, are out of the question right now. How do I refresh? How do I change it up to make a…

Curating Shelves (what story do you want to tell?)

January seems to be natural time to overhaul my house. I decided to start with the living/kitchen/dining room. It is all open and screamed hoarder who doesn’t like to dust, not exactly the story I am trying to tell with my home. So, what story do I want to tell? Tip #1: Utilize the power…

Memories made Bookmarks

I am truly sentimental and have regretted ever throwing anything away. All these lovely mementos, invitations to my daughters’ weddings, baby shower invites for my grandchildren, cards made by my granddaughter, a thank you card for being his mama from my son, how can I get rid of these? But what to do with them?…

What Ever Happened to Monsanto? (well, let me tell you…)

I think everyone had heard of Monsanto. They were becoming the monster of the ages. Sued by countries and farmers everywhere; they were the profiteering, poisoning mega-giant, successfully putting small farmers out of business and watching cancer rates soar. Monsanto and genetically modified crops were in the news but also protected by the US government….