Keeping Us Safe

We'll try to live up to your example to always be guided by faith, family and friends. Please keep us all safe.

Stories for Samhain-oween

Whichever way you choose to bless yourself, there’s just something about this time of year – a time when folks turn inward, get ready to grin and bear the idea of winter, and wait for spring to arrive.

Grape Jelly – An Adventure in Ugliness

I'll just go ahead and apologize at the beginning.  This post is going to travel all over the place. So sit back and enjoy. Scuppernong….skuuh…purr….nohhng? Is that right? I think so. So what is it? What’s it mean? I thought... Continue Reading →

Filtering Beeswax

Who WOULDN’T want a big bag filled with a sticky hard lump of honeyed wax with actual mushed up dead bees in it?!?!

Peppermint Bug Spray

Peppermint. Apparently the wee buggers hate the stuff.

Homemade Lotion – the birth of Minty Sun Bear

I needed to turn on my Claire cap, and make a lotion worthy of originating from the Ridge. And I did so, by simply mixing up my main ingredients to match those that would be available in a Fraser household. And thus, the birth of Minty Sun Bear lotion.

Wee herbs

Thanks to the fact that this particular day was about a bazillion degrees, the oregano was crunchy-dried in a matter of hours.

Rendering Bear Fat

I’d never done any kind of fat rendering and was more than a bit skeptical of my stomach’s ability not to take one look at it, gag, and decide to leave the actual fat rendering to works of fiction.

Walnut Ink

Well this little exercise proved to be extremely simple and quite rewarding. While collecting acorns for my acorn flour experiment, I noticed that black walnuts were dropping as well and wondered how I could make use of them. For those... Continue Reading →

Acorn Flour

I mean, if the choice were between acorn flour and five pounds of bleached & fluffy white stuff, then off to the store I’d go. But if it were a matter of surviving a long tedious winter stuck in a cabin, then perhaps a bit of dedication to food prep would be in order.

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