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Plant Prints

To imprint fabric with leaves and flowers place the plant material on your material, cover with a second layer and pound with a hammer. Let dry then flake off dried plants.

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Dill Pickles a la Duris Farms

Each year I make a pilgrimage to Duris Farms for pickle supplies. They have it all! Here’s my favorite recipe: 1.5 pounds pickling cukes with blossom end trimmed off 8 cloves garlic 1 cup water 1 cup white vinegar 1.5 Tablespoons kosher salt Large dill stem with flowers 1/4 cup Duris pickling spice mix Grape […]

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Easy Plum Liqueur

So many plums, so little time. Wash and pit two pounds of plums. Recipe: – Two pounds pitted plums – Two cups sugar – Three cups vodka

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Tallow Candles

Pictures are from a recent visit to the Lewis and Clark National Historical Center.

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Dyeing with fresh indigo is easy! Another option is massaging the leaves with salt and squeezing out the liquid. The leaf paste can also be spread on fabric for a targeted pattern.

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Making Rose Petal Beads

Have you ever wondered where the name rosary comes from? Originally the beads were made from rose petals! Here’s how you can make your own scented beads.

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Oregano!

My family loves Italian style food so we go through a ton of the herb oregano each year. Luckily it’s very easy to grow; you can start it from seed or buy a plant at most local nurseries.  It does best in full sun and doesn’t like to be water logged but do be aware […]

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Time to Dry Herbs

Drying your own herbs is a great way to spice up your dishes, make nice presents and save money.   The fragrant oils are at their peak around mid-morning so this is a great time to harvest.  If you need to wash them then give a light spray with the hose first thing in the […]

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Ginger Bug!

This zesty fermented drink is the base of a great ginger ale or beer.  You can also use it for rhubarb or other flavored sodas. Making it is a easy as chopping up some ginger, putting it in a jar, adding dechlorinated water and some sugar.  The recipe calls for two teaspoons of ginger, two cups water and […]

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Sambucus Cerulea or Blue Elderberry Elderberries are in bloom now in the lower elevations of Puget Sound.  The Blue or the Black Elderberry is the one to use instead of the Red Elderberry. Freshly picked Elder Flowers These fragrant white to pink flowers can be gathered, steeped, then the liquid sugared to make a delicious syrup.  If you […]

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