Wild Moon Cottage is a small working homestead in the pristine Ozark Mountains. We have dairy goats, poultry, organic herb and vegetable gardens, a start of a tiny fruit orchard, several black walnut trees, wild berries and fields of wildcrafting goodness. We raise our own milk, our own eggs, much of our own medicine and food. I do laundry by hand, make my own vinegar, candles, soap, bread, cheese ........ For a living I am an artist and herbalist. My goal for myself and our homestead is to be as self sufficient and self sustaining as possible.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Things I believe in...

Love
Honor
Hard work
Daydreams
The Wind 
Good food
Gaia 
Choice
Balance
Laughter
The Rain
Kilts
Gratitude
Forgiveness
Healing
Magic

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Wild Moon Cottage Herbals & Handmade Goods

Wild Moon Cottage Herbals 
Herbals & Handmade Goods– Sales & Barter

You can order directly from me or find my goods at the following ....
Email - WildMoonCottage@gmail.com
Text only - 417-234-1180
WMC Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/WildMoonCottage
WMC Etsy shop
https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheWildMoonCottage/neu
Gainesville, Mo. at the Farm, Fork & Fiddle
Mon, Wed. & Fri. 10:00 to 2:00

391 Third Street - (417) 989-1794
FarmForkFiddle.com 


** I occasionally deliver to Ava, Mo.
I can ship anywhere in the continental US 

*Salves are $5 first jar, $1.50 each additional
*Tinctures 2oz- $5 first bottle, $1.50 additional
*Tinctures 1oz - $4 first, $1.00 additional

**Disclaimer - Please consult your Care Provider before using any herbs or natural medicinals. Anyone can be allergic to anything, if you're unsure it's better not to use it. Double check everything with you Care Provider if you're pregnant or nursing.

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Muscle Balm – 1.5 oz tin – $8.


Wild Moon Cottage Herbal Muscle Balm works on sore, pulled and tired muscles, joints, sprains and regular aches and pains. It works well for arthritic pain and helps reduce swelling. It has a mild numbing effect and a topical pain reliever. It works at the spot and into the deep tissue as it's absorbed. It gives longer lasting relief than most other muscle rubs. It's thicker than the salves but not as hard to rub in as some balms can be.


As with all my salves, balms and rubs, a little goes a long way.


** Do not use on broken skin


To Use: apply as needed, usually up to 3 times a day for severe pain. For mall areas just dip your fingertip, for larger areas use a pea sized dab, rub in until completely absorbed. There will be a warming sensation followed by pain relief and relaxation.


Contains: beeswax, olive oil, vitamin E, comfrey, clove, white willow, ginseng, chamomile, ginger root, calendula, capsicum, rosemary and lavender.
All ingredients, except the beeswax, olive oil, vitamin E and clove, are our own, organically grown and ethically wildcrafted.



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Herbal Healing (antibiotic) Salve - 1.5 oz tin – $6


Herbal Healing Salve is antibacterial and antifungal, It can be used on cuts, sores, scrapes, bruises and even on puncture wounds (which many similar salves cannot). It can be used to heal badly dry cracked skin. It reduces scaring & swelling and causes bruising to disperse within minutes. It contains a very mild topical pain reliever, which is especially good for children. I started making it in 1994 and it's honestly the best topical antibiotic I have ever used. A little goes a very long way. It's completely non-toxic and all natural. Can be used on humans and animals. All herbs grown organically by me.


Contains: beeswax, olive oil, echinacea, mullein, mugwort, calendula and vitamin E. All ingredients except beeswax, olive oil and vitamin E are our own, organically grown and ethically wildcrafted.




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Black Walnut Drawing/Drying salve - 1.5 oz tin – $6


Black Walnut Drawing Salve can be used to draw out Infection, Splinters, Stingers etc.. It can be used to treat Acne, Cysts, Poison Ivy, Boils, Blisters, Ringworm, Psoriasis, Fungal Infection, Eczema, Athletes Foot, Insect Bites ...


This salve draws and dries, it's anti-fungal, antiseptic, reduces inflammation and heals. It doesn't take much and is non-toxic and natural. Can be used on humans and animals.


For Drawing (splinters, stingers etc) - Apply a small amount to the area to be drawn out. Cover with bandage or plastic wrap. Reapply as needed.


For Drying (poison ivy, athletes foot etc.) - Apply a small amount and rub in well, leave open to the air for extra drying. Reapply as needed.


Contains: beeswax, olive oil, black walnut, ginger, sea salt, rosemary, lavender, plantain, burdock & yarrow. All ingredients except beeswax, olive oil and sea salt, are our own, organically grown and ethically wildcrafted.


Saturday, April 2, 2016

April 2nd 2016

It’s been some time since I posted. I’ve had several emails asking me about my blog and if I intend to abandon it for facebook. I do not. But, I have a limited amount of data and it takes less to post to FB than here because I have do business (selling my wares and such) on FB anyway. I made my FB public so that blog folk could read there but so many people don’t like FB, which I truly understand. So, I will try to do some catching up here and also try to be mindful and keep my blog up  :)

Things have been going mostly smoothly. I had a huge financial setback in January with the death of business partner. That may get worked out but it will be some time. It was a set back in several ways, the worst being that I counted on a portion of the money to go back into the business and was severely shorted all the way around.

A thing about such a simple, frugal life is that a very small thing is amplified ten times or more. This is great most of the time but when that small thing is bad, it can be devastating.

And so I pick myself up and start again……….


I’ve finally officially added tinctures to my wares. I’ve made them for private use for many years but last year I started selling them a bit and have now added them to my store. I had concerns but they’ve been a great success and I sell out faster than I can get tincture bottles. I’m basically out now and waiting on another shipment. Eventually I get up enough to buy a larger bulk but things are getting there.

Although I’m currently out of bottles, the tinctures I currently sell are …..
>Sleep Tincture
>Brain Tincture
> Thuja occidentalis
>Gland Cleanser Tincture (Rosemary Gladstar’s formula)
>Echinacea e
>Elderberry
>Wild Moon Tonic
>Hawthorn
>Valerian
>Bergamot
 
>Motherwort
>Pau d’Arco
 >Red Clover
> Elderflower
>Hyssop
>Hops
White Willow


I’ve gotten a couple of offers to put my goods in stores again but no one wants the babyfood jars. So, I’ve ordered tins for them and we’ll see how it goes. I’m just making my 3 best sellers now… Muscle Balm, Black Walnut Salve and Herbal Antibiotic Salve. I have perfected a special lip balm recipe I’m very proud and will start selling it when I can get the supplies I need to make larger batches. Each salve or balm has to have it’s own dedicated equipment so there’s never any cross contamination.

And my goods are now in the Farm, Fork & Fiddle in Gainesville, Mo.  www.FarmForkFiddle.com

I’ve also gotten better labels. I came up with using return address labels and writing in the individual item. They work great and I love that they still look organic and homemade.



As for homestead life…..

I’ve temporarily lost my laundry yard because one of my poor laundry trees is quite dead. It was dead when we moved here so it’s begun to decay and could fall at any moment. Poor thing. So we moved the lines over and they amount to half or less than I had. I’m getting used to them but we really need to get that tree down soon.

I’ve decided to sell out of Nigerian Dwarf goats. They’re wonderful little things but not working out as I had hoped and hard on the back. I’m going to stick with larger goats and go back to having them just for milk rather than trying to raise any for income. I’m keeping Poppy, beautiful full blooded Alpine. And her doeling Daisy, half Alpine and half LaMancha. They’ll give more than enough milk and bless us with kids once a year.

I still have Sage and Oak, my two Shetland sheep. Due to be sheared this Sunday. I was able to trade salves for a lovely handmade drop spindle and learned to use it. I already have a little ball of wonderfully primitive lumpy yarn  :)  I Love spinning with the spindle, it’s so much easier and controllable than the rock.

Two of the rescue cats found a home! Thank The Mother!! Hawk and Rider, the last two of the 5 kittens I took in a nursed after the big tornadoes in Arkansas a few years back. They went together to be barn cats and I think they’ll have a wonderful life there. I miss them a little, silly as it sounds, it’s hard to give them up no matter how much I didn’t want them in the first place. I always worry for them. But I think this will be the perfect home for these guys  :)

That leaves just Flea to find a home and then we’ll only have our own 7 cats!

Just put 3 doz eggs in the incubator last night. We usually have a hatch rate of 60 %, which I understand is actually very high for the little still air incubator type we have. Hopefully we’ll have at least that this time.


 -Learned-
spin with a drop spindle

-Harvest  –
This week's harvest and what I'll be doing with them. I'll also be drying a lot for later use....
*Red bud (flowers) jelly,
*Violets (flowers and leaves) jelly, medicinals, raw in salads & sandwiches. 
*Dandelion (flowers,leaves and roots) medicinals, raw in salads, fritters, jelly, wine, soups, tonics, tinctures....
*Red Cedar (tips and berries) medicinals, mead, cooking, wild yeast, fermenting, tinctures
*White and Red Clover (leaves) raw salads, white flowers for food, red for medicinals, tinctures, salves.... but not blooming yet.
*Dock (leaves) fresh eating for salads, on sandwiches, cooked, soups, stews. (root) can be eaten and used medicinally.
*Raspberry leaf medicinal, tea, tinctures,
*Plantain leaves for medicinals
*Thuja for medicinals
There's a lot more up and ready to harvest but take care harvesting from young plants. And take care to harvest ethically so there will always be plenty

-Barter –
Handmade drop spindle with removable weights

-Working On-
patch skirt
flat bottom bags
rag trivet or basket
spinning raw wool yarn

-Sunday Dinners-
Herbed chicken with our thyme and onion and a drizzle of olive oil and pepper. Twice baked potato/squash made with left over grilled squash, mashed with potato and heaped back into the potato skin, baked until lightly browned on top and a gravy spoon of chicken juice on top. Green beans canned last year with pepper and our onion and a touch of tumeric. Violet jelly from last year, for the chicken. Non gmo corn flour muffins, lightly sweet.

-Ostara Feast-
Grilled burgers on homemade buns with smoky cheese. Salad with violets, dandelions, clover, assorted greens with homemade ranch. Baked potatoes with freshly churned butter, chopped wild onions, sea salt and pepper. And baked beans with honey, mustard, onion, garlic, cayenne…






Nik and me Jan. 2016


Daisy, born Jan 2016

Poppy and Daisy


Bob



Anya and me  :)  Feb 2016


Sunday, December 6, 2015

10.28.15 – 12.6.15

I can’t believe it’s already December! The year has gone very quickly. I suppose having much to do, and not getting it all done, makes it seem so. And, since that’s always the case…..

Thus far, we’ve been blessed to have mostly good weather and very tolerable temperatures.

The days have been a little crazy but in, mostly, good and bountiful ways. Our Thanksgiving as wonderful! Filled with so much thanks and good food. Last Friday was my birthday, a grand day! I’m now 52 and proud to be so! I got a jar of pumpkin butter and two new shawl wraps. Puuurrrfect!


52 years old with bags under my eyes from a long day  :)



Nik got his first deer on his second hunting day. I feel terrible for the deer but we’re so very thankful for the meat!! And I’m so proud of Nik!!

Nik and his friend Jared and their deers, poor things

We’ve had no milk or eggs for a while now. We’re down to 9 hens and all are molting. And as for milk, I traded our old milk goat for fence posts and firewood. Our other does are, hopefully, pregnant. So, I’m having to buy eggs and milk and it always seems so weird to do so.

Goatwise, we have 3 new ones over the last month or so. A full little Nigerian Dwarf buck with blue eyes and very pretty coat with reddish skin, which I didn’t want but took because he was part of the deal. I estimate him to be 8 to 10 months. Turns out I’m very glad we got him. He’s very sweet and a beauty. I named him Cedar. I’m still not sure what I’ll do with him but he gets along great with our other ND buck, Hickory, and the does… Poppy, Ivy and Willow.

Ivy is the second goat we got and may be bred to Cedar. She was believed to be full ND as well but I’m certain she’s a mini Alpine (half Alpine and half ND). She’s 2 and may become our second milker, we’ll see. She’s a lovely thing and has a good temperament but is a queen. I bartered Ivy and Cedar from a friend..

All were wonderful boons but the 3rd one was particularly a boon. A sister-friend emailed and asked if I was interested in buying a doe from them. I needed a good full sized Milk doe for my hands but figured I wouldn’t be able to buy one until next summer. But I’m going to be able to make payments and we got to bring her home now. Her name is Poppy, she’s 1 1/2 and she’s a beautiful full blooded Alpine. Sweet and gentle temperament and, hopefully bred to a full LaMancha. I believe Poppy will be our new family milk cow and she’s become very special to me.

We still have our ND blue eyed buck, Hickory (bartered for fall 2014) and our full ND doe, Willow, (bartered for early summer 2015). All the does are believed to be pregnant with Willow due in March, Poppy due in January and Ivy due unknown. This is both a boon and a drawback. I didn’t want anyone due until April (breeding in late Nov.) but life had other plans and we’ll hopefully have healthy births all around. It will be Ivy’s 2nd kidding and Poppy & Willow’s 1st.

If Poppy has a doe we’ll likely keep her but sell the rest for homestead income. My current goat goal is to raise a few quality ND kids and maybe some mini Alpine and mixes to sell each year and have a couple of milking does for our milk and dairy, dairy for some of the animals and some to sell as well. We took a big homestead loss in 2013, when I got so sick and we lost both our goats which also took our dairy and kid sales. Now we’re getting back to it And so, our goatherd is renewed.  :)

Also in bartering I got two big boxes of sewing stuff. One had supplies (stuffed full) and one had fabric. Tons of elastic (which I was very low on), all sorts of Rick Rack and edging, trim, Velcro, buttons, clasps, sizing, heavy wonderful old pinking shears, a rotary cutter with extra blades,  snaps, hooks, pattern book, patterns, crochet book, and fabric including several yards each of two different gauzes (excellent for summer skirts, dress and curtains).

I’m making Irish Bog shoes for 2 friends and started cutting out the first pair today. When I’m more confident and have more experience making them, it will go very quickly. But for now I worry about ruining the leather so always take a long time. I’ve made moccasins before but never these wonderful Bog shoes, so easy and useful. I’ve started on the bigger of the two because it’s close to my own size. I can’t wait to get the hang of it and start making them to barter with!

I’m also working on bags with round bottoms, that stand up on their own, somewhat. 2 new skirts, one to keep, one to barter. Large sized reusable shopping bags. A dress and a top. Moonpads. And a bright Holiday tablecloth.

Not much more going on except that November was a weird money month….. 
But I can’t even really complain about those things. They’re so small compared to other things and we’re so incredibly blessed.

Thanksgiving table


-Learning-
Teaching myself to crochet

-Harvest  –
Milk
Eggs
Black walnuts
Hickory nuts
Rosehips
Grasses and seeds
Thuja tips
Cedar tips
Pine nuts
Pine tips
Violet leaves

-Barter –
Huge spool of Crochet thread
Hank of rolled rag for rag rug, pot holders etc.
Elastic for skirts etc
Manual crank juicer
Old Mortar and Pestle juicer
Antique black leather lady’s gloves
Nigerian Dwarf Doe
Nigerian Dwarf Buck
Sweater
Robe
Antique French fry cutter
1 box of fabric
1 large box of sewing things
Alpine Doe
Firewood
Fence posts
Electric stove with oven


-Gifts –
a jar of delicious pumpkin butter (birthday gift)
2 beautiful, second hand, shawl/wraps, 1 heavy camel and 1 light eggshell (birthday gifts)

-Working On-
Tarp barn for hay storage over winter
Space in barn in case a doe kids in bad weather
Sewing – moonpads, 2 skirts, a dress, a top, a tablecloth, larger shopping bags
2 Spirit Dolls

-Meals-
*Tilapia salad sandwiches on potato flour bread with pepper, onion, celery seed, real mayo. Farm raised tilapia.
*Chicken with mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans and copper penny carrots.
*BBQ ham on homemade rolls with organic corn and local squash
*Biscuits and gravy
*Creamy wild rice soup (recipe below)
*Oatmeal – Irish oats with our elderberries, dried cranberries, local honey, organic cinnamon served with homemade wheat bread with cow butter
*Vegetarian soft tacos from …. Spanish rice – rice steamed in tomato sauce then add onions, peppers, garlic and spices. Refried pinto beans (milk is the secret to creamy beans). Leftover organic corn and a mix of commercial and homemade shredded cheeses on a homemade tortilla. With shredded dandelion and violet leaves, homemade garden salsa and sour cream.

-Snacks-
*Our own pumpkin seeds, roasted with sea salt
*Homemade tortilla chips with homemade garbanzo bean dip
*Our dried apples
*A mix of roasted sunflower seeds and pine nuts

-Evening Tea- (dessert)
*Walnut scones with caramel sauce
*Baked apples
*Pumpkin cake
*Homemade chocolates – Dark chocolate filled with homemade caramel and chocolate pine nut clusters.

-Sunday Dinners-
* Kielbasa, wild rice, peas, onions, herbs and spices. with organic hothouse spinach and homemade rolls with cow butter
*Ham, our eggs with our peppers and our onions, potatoes diced and lightly fried in olive oil with fresh cracked pepper and sea salt, homemade flat bread.

-Drinks-
*Organic apple juice
*Water
*Jasmine tea with commercial creamer
*Milk
*Lemon spice tea with honey
*Rooibos, rosehips and honey
*Pekoe with cinnamon, ginger, clove and honey


-Recipes-

To make caramel filled chocolates…. Make your caramel. The last batch was crockpot caramel from homemade sweetened condensed milk. Allow it to cool until firm. Melt chocolate in homemade double boiler. Use a spoon to drop chocolate on butcher paper or whatever you use. Use the spoon to flatten our like a coin. Drop a small dollop of caramel on each one and then use spoon to cover each with chocolate. My favorite is dark chocolate. I also added a tiny bit of coffee to my last caramel.

To meat chocolate pine nut clusters…. Melt your chocolate and pour a little at a time into a heat safe bowl. Add pine nuts and mix thoroughly. Drop by Tablespoonfuls onto butcher paper and allow to cool and harden.  The ratio of chocolate and nuts or seeds it entirely by taste.

Wild Moon Cottage - Creamy Rice Soup
(cooking from the pantry)

As always, use what you have. I make it differently every time I make it but the base and basics are generally the same. This is how I made it today. All ingredients except for the olive oil, rice and flour came from our homestead …

Base:
1 T olive oil
1 T organic wheat flour
4 cups raw goat milk


Add:
1/3 c mushrooms (I dried honey mushrooms from the yard and precooked before drying)
1/4 c total of dried greens (I used spinach, lambs quarters, dock and dandelion)
2 to 3 T dried celery
1/4 c dried shredded carrots
2 T dried mixed red and green bell peppers
1 T dried amaranth seeds
1 T dried foxtail seeds
2 T dried yellow onion
1 T dried wild green onions
1 1/2 cup cooked wild rice – (leftovers or presteamed)
Pinch sea salt
Black pepper to taste

In a large Dutch oven or pot, start by making a roux, just like for gravy. I heat the olive oil and add the flour, cooking until brown. Lower heat and slowly add the liquid, stirring constantly. When all the liquid is in, continue to stir until thickened, then lower heat to just keeping the pan warm.

Add every thing else except the rice. You’ll lose up to two cups of liquid as the dried ingredients reconstitute. You can add a little more if needed but it may water down the soup. Cook low until everything is cooked and tender. (if the rice is cold, heat it slightly in a pan with about a Tablespoon of water. Just so it doesn’t cool down the main pan. Add the rice and salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

It’s easy to make, very easy to eat, nutritious and real. It’s also very easy to exchange for what you have. No rice? Use another starch or grain…. potatoes, other grains or homemade pasta. The liquid can be home canned vegetable or meat broth or a mix of water, broth and milk. To make it heartier you can add precooked meat. I often add venison or chicken. Or tear up old bread or biscuits and add just before serving. This makes the soup more filling for when you need to feed more with very little.

Don’t have homemade? Use what you do have. We do the best we can, I’ve had to scrounge for food on the street, there’s no wrong way. If you can use organic, homemade, homegrown etc… all the better, but if you can’t, no worries! Eat what you have and be so thankful  :)

This soup can very easily be cooked over coals, on the wood heat stove (where I do most of my winter cooking) on the fire, in a fireplace, on a grill etc…


It’s great served in a bread bowl, in a bowl with a wild salad on the side, with a fresh hot butter roll, with fresh tortillas, homemade crackers, How ever you want it. Tonight I had it in a cup, with a fresh warm biscuit :)





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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

10.13.15 – 10.27.15


Dust top of armoire

I love this time of year! It’s been a very dry Fall for us but they’re predicting a wetter than usual winter. I dread it but we do need the water. Hopefully it will be warm enough that ours comes in the form of rain instead of ice or snow.

October Mantle

I’ve finished drying the last of the apples. I’ve been doing this for many years and still amazes me how you can start out with so much and end up with so little. Around 12 apples fit into 2 quart jars once dried. Of course once piece of dried cinnamon apple is soooo good, it almost equals a whole one  :)

Dried cinnamon apples. Excellent for winter munching and added to oatmeal etc...

I still have more squash and pumpkins to dry and I’ll be making more pumpkin bark as well.

It was down in the in the 30s the other night, around 38, so the day was about getting all the potted plants inside. The hard part is finding a place to put them.

I made chocolates for the Kith & Kin potluck. White, dark and milk chocolate with our own black walnuts and purchased English walnuts, our own and purchased sunflower seeds, our own pumpkin seeds and our own cayenne. I made dark chocolate pumpkin seed clusters… dark, milk and white chocolate walnut and sunflower seed clusters…. Milk and white chocolate sunflower seed cluster and dark chocolate cayenne drops. They’re magically delicious!

Chocolates for the Oct. Kith & Kin


The Kith & kin Trade Gathering turned out wonderfully. We sat around a table, like family, and shared and talked together. I learned how to card wool by hand, without carders. Very simple and anyone interested in spinning should know it but I could find no reference to it online. Every place I searched said you had to have carders but I knew that ancient folk didn’t and still managed to turn wool into yarn.

I’ve also taught myself how to spin without anything or with something as simple as a stone or stick. A drop spindle is on my list and a spinning wheel too but I can do it without either.

Lovely mushrooms

We got our other sheep on sunday. A lovely black Shetland wether. His name was Evan, Nik named him Evan Oaken-Horn, we’ve been calling him Oak. He’s a companion for Sage and I really wanted black wool  :)  We got him from a wonderful woman who raises them north of Ava. She has a big, beautiful flock, all colors and so sweet. It made me want a tiny flock here. Shetland sheep are a primitive, landrace breed and produce wool, meat and milk. Very hardy in every way. When we get all fenced in I might just get a few ewes   :)

When we first put Oak in with Sage, Sage was terrified of him. That was last evening and now they’re eating together  :)  I look forward to lots of wool and sheep time!


Me


-Learned-
About The Rose Line
About banding male smallstock and horns
Hand carding wool without carders
More on Shetland sheep husbandry (primitive, landrace)

-Harvest  –
Horseradish root
Burdock root
Wild ginger
Cultivated ginger
Ginseng (tiny amount)
Dandelion root
Rosehips
Chicory (small amount)
Hickory nuts
Walnuts
Acorns

-Barter –
Sweater
Small bag
Ribbon holder
Emerald Bell Peppers
Motherwort plant and seeds
A black shetland sheep wether

-Gifts –
Organic Life magazine
Jar of dried Gala apples
Baby food jars
Assorted glass jars
Mule magazines
80 lbs of dirty Gulf wax
Daikon radishes and greens
Motherwort tincture
Cushaw Sp? squash

-Baking-
*Oat/wheat bread
*Wheat rolls
*Pumpkin bread and muffins
*Apple Bake
*Biscuits


-Meals-
*Baked potatoes topped with baked beans and horse radish coleslaw
*Omelets with our eggs, our onions, local peppers and local mushrooms with potato cakes (from leftover mashed potatoes) and toasted homemade potato flour bread and homemade butter.
*Ham salad made with commercial mayo and our onions, on oat/wheat bread with shredded violet and dandelion leaves. Apple slices on the side
*Fast food breakfast wraps – directions below
*Spaghetti – organic whole wheat pasta with my homemade and a heap of parmesan. Organic green beans with real butter, pepper and onion. Meager wild salad of violet leaves, dandelion and dock.
*Biscuits and vegetarian pepper gravy (olive oil base and organic flour base with Daikon radish tops) with home-canned green beans cooked in their own juice with onion, sea salt and ground pepper.

-Snacks-
*Corn ships with homemade salsa
*All natural peanut butter and organic jam on home bread
*Last of the pears
*My homemade chocolate seed and nut clusters
*Dried apples

-Evening Tea- (dessert)
*Apple bake
*Pumpkin banana ice cream
*Chocolate nut and see clusters
*Baked caramel apples  :)

-Sunday Dinners-
*Roast ham with roasted potatoes and squash
*Potluck

-Drinks-
*Lemon spice tea, made with black pekoe, lemon balm and a pinch of cinnamon. Sweetened with honey. Hot and cold
*Stash Chai with commercial creamer - hot
*Cold chocolate milk
*Hot chocolate
*Hot pekoe with honey, vanilla and goat milk
* Spiced Rosehip tea- hot
*Rootbeer!

-Recipes-………………………………………………………………………

Spiced Rosehip Tea

1 t tea base (pekoe, rooibos, oolong etc..)
1 t rosehips, lightly crushed
3 to 4 cloves
honey to taste

Add the first 3 to your tea bag or ball etc.. Bring water to just before boiling and pour over tea. Cover and steep for a few minutes. Remove bag, add honey to taste and enjoy!

Also great with a splash of goat milk.

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Fast Food Breakfast Wraps –

To make 8 to 10 wraps I use 6 eggs, a splash of goat milk, chopped onion and sweet pepper, sea salt and black pepper powder. Whisk well and scramble in medium hot CI skillet. Fry ham in separate CI skillet. Drain but leave a little grease and then cook potatoes (shredded, diced or sliced thin). Use homemade or commercial tortillas precooked but not warmed. On each tortilla add cheese then meat, potatoes and ham. Fold and place single file on cookie sheet to freeze. When frozen through, carefully put each one in a storage container or large freezer baggie etc. You can also wrap individually in plastic wrap for taking to lunch. You can reheat them in a microwave, oven, grill or woodstove. To heat in microwave – heat uncovered on safe plate for 1 minute. For oven, grill or woodstove – wrap in foil or place on CI skillet and cover with something ovenproof. In hot oven around 1 minute, top of hot woodstove 1 to 2 minutes, on low coals 1 minute. On woodstove and coals, turn halfway through. Just check it to see that it’s hot through and cheese is melted.

You can use the same basic idea to make all sorts of fast food wraps. One of my favorites is chicken, cheese, bacon, rice, lettuce and ranch (homemade or commercial). Just assemble everything but the lettuce and ranch – add them after reheating.

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Pumpkin banana ice cream

2 frozen bananas
½ c cooked pumpkin, cooled completely (could use canned)
1 t pumpkin pie spice (or 1 t total of your choice clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, pinch on ginger)

In a heavy bowl, mash the bananas and pumpkin with the spice until they take on an ice cream texture. Deliciouso!

Monday, October 12, 2015

10.4.15 – 10.12.15


It’s been beautiful, cool and bright and filled with an anxious, but positive, energy.


There is worry, there always is for me this time of year. I think it comes from deep inside, from memories of past winters 100s of years ago. And from this life also, from hard things happening this time of year. But, all I can do is my best to prevent and prepare, the rest is beyond me and I will let it go and deal with it as I must.

I’m working on getting down to the bare minimum of smallstock and outside work for winter. The barn is filled with hay. Working toward filling all the feed bins. The larder is stocked and still being added to. We’re very low on wood but that should be coming in the next few weeks. Will be putting in the cistern pump very soon. Working hard to find an electric water heater. We’re working on filling the freezer with meat.…  As is, aside from the need for firewood, we would survive the winter. That’s a good and powerful thing but my goal is always to thrive.

And going through the pantry, taking note of what we need more of, making sure things get rotated etc.. I had planned to empty the pantry, paint, build more shelves …. But haven’t gotten to it. Maybe next year!


Pantry

Still dehydrating pumpkin and squash. Some will keep fresh for months of eating but I want to be sure we have some for deeper into winter  :)  Drying apples, pear and peppers too. What bounty! I’m going to try drying some spiced raw pumpkin and see how it tastes as pumpkin chips.

Since getting my studio moved back to the enclosed back porch I’m able to work but also to work more often because it’s right there. I moved it from there to the stone house to have more room but, while it’s smaller space, it’s better light, easier to heat in winter and so much more accessible. I’ve finished two of the Spirit Dolls I was working one before and have started 3 other projects  :)     I also changed the Juju Dolls name again. I had changed to Totem dolls but that didn’t feel right to me at all. They’ve always felt like Spirit Dolls and so that’s what they are.


 ElderMa - Sold







Bodhi - sold


Squirrel Watcher

I took a wonderful little walk about along the Bryant one Sunday. I went alone and relished in being away from home but also being at home. I did wish for a canine companion, I miss Star so much, but I had a glorious time just the same. I didn’t have a lot of time and I stopped to examine and enjoy too often so I didn’t make it as far as planned before I had to head back.


Along the Bryant

I’ve also been getting more blankets, flannel sheets, jackets and warm clothing out of the trunks and hanging to freshen or washing the ones that smell too strongly of cedar.

Working on cleaning out the storage part of the barn and in the cottage. It’s much too easy to accumulate more than you need. I’m selling a few things but mainly giving things to the charities and on the new Ozarks Free Exchange groups.

-Harvest  –
Eggs
Milk
Rosehips
Seed pods
Grass seed
Quenn Ann seeds
Polk berries

-Barter –
Apples
Pears
Little spice chest
Candles
New Zealand buck rabbit (named Zeus)

-Gifts –
2 wonderful quilts (given to me about a year ago but felt like new gifts when I took them out of the trunk)

-Meals-
*Grilled cheese with smoked swiss/cheddar on farmhouse bread, a little bowl of non gmo sweet corn with butter and sea salt.
*Chicken & Rice- leftover brown rice with pieces of leftover chicken, bell peppers, onion and mushrooms.
*Baked cheesy penne. Cooked organic penne with my homemade all-purpose sauce, extra garlic and oregano from the gardens, topped with shredded cheddar and mozzarella. Baked until cheese bubbles. Served with wild salad and a slice of fresh potato bread.
*Rice wraps – leftover chicken and rice on homemade tortillas with dandelion leaves and yogurt ranch dressing.
*3 Sisters Chili – ground venison (with a little beef fat), non gmo corn, squash and black beans with herbs, spices, peppers, onions, tomatoes. Slow cooked, served with rustic flat bread and topped with a dollop of homemade sour cream.
*Chicken and dumplings – leftover chicken, fresh homemade broth, homemade biscuit dough dropped in by small spoonfuls, a little butter, garlic, onion, black pepper.

-Snacks-
*peanut butter granola
*non gmo corn chips and homemade salsa
*Homemade yogurt
*commercial graham crackers

-Desserts-
*Apples and homemade caramel sauce
*pumpkin bread
*peanut butter and chocolate chip oatmeal cookies
*Pear bake – pears with cinnamon topped with a sweet biscuit dough and baked until golden. A giant spoonful in a bowl with a splash of fresh milk.
*Milkshakes made with homemade goat milk chocolate ice cream
*Grilled pears and cranberries on homemade goat milk ice cream

-Sunday Dinners-
*Crockpot chicken (oregano, onion, peppers) with brown rice and peppered peas (with butter and freshly cracked white pepper). The chicken cooked in the crockpot while I was on a walk about at the Bryant. I precooked the carrots the day before and finished cooking when I got home.
*Kielbasa kabobs with squash, cranberries, onions and peppers. Herbed butter pasta and commercial wheat rolls.

-Drinks-
*cold black pekoe with real lemon and honey
* ice cold goat milk
*fresh apple juice
* cold well water
*hot tea with creamer




wonderful little spice chest

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Weeks of 9.20.15 - 10.3.15


I Love this time of year!!  Chilly mornings, warm days, cool nights.  Mist on the hills and magic in the air  :)

I’ve been doing a lot of drying… squash, pumpkin, peppers, pears, onions, ginger, apples.. Made some pear sauce and candied some ginger. I’m going to be making pumpkin and pumpkin pie bark next week. I also made cheese and yogurt last week.

Blessed food!

We bucked hay all day last Sunday. It’s been years and I wasn’t feeling good and probably only did ¼ or less of what the guys did, and was still sore the next day. But it was good hard work, we enjoyed it and being able to help a friend a little. We also got hay for ourselves!

I’ve gotten almost my whole studio moved back onto the enclosed back porch. It was a huge black snake spending time in the Stone House. Henry, I reckon. Anyway, I can work again!!!!  Thank the Mother!!!




-Learned-
More about making bog shoes
About Sage Grass, Crow’s Foot Grass and Foxtail grass
How to stack hay for safer travel

-Harvest  –
Eggs
Milk
Chicken
Pears
Onions
Acorns
Rosehips
Ginger
Walnuts

-Barter –
3 Ghost pumpkins
A box full of Green Bell Peppers
A huge long squash
A bunch of pinkish orange pumpkins
A ton of butternut squash
Several books
Heavy denim curtains
A few candles
2 months of natural Prairie grass hay

-Gifts –
Elk butter (it tastes just like butter!)
Shoulder of venison
Big bouquet of dried Sage Grass
Squash, pumpkins and peppers beyond our bartering

-Meals-
Homemade venison and barely soup with carrots, celery, lambs quarters, dock, onion and mushrooms. Served with homemade whole wheat soup crackers.
Butternut squash stuffed with wild rice, savory herbs and spices, onion, peppers, spinach and poke.
BBQ venison on homemade organic corn flour rolls, steamed organic broccoli with cheese.
Egg and smoked cheese sandwiches on homemade oat bread with carrot sticks on the side.
Cheese & Meat plate, summer sausage, smoked gouda, medium cheddar, olives, grapes, apple slices, crusty bread and pumpernickel rolls.

-Snacks-
Homemade salsa and organic blue corn chips
Commercial hummus and O blue chips
Raw apples and pears
Homemade peanut butter granola
Grapes
Walnuts

-Desserts-
Pumpkin muffins
Biscuits and wild raspberry preserves
Cocoa oatmeal drop cookies
Scones with pear sauce
Cooked pears with caramel
Baked apples with cinnamon and butter
Goat milk ice cream with pear sauce
Pumpkin bread with walnuts

-Sunday Dinners-
Grilled split chicken with grilled squash, carrots and potatoes.
Venison kabobs – cubed and marinated over night. With potatoes, carrots, onion, squash and green bell peppers. Served on steamed brown rice.

-Drinks-
Hot tea with goat milk and honey
Cold black pekoe and raspberry zinger
Cold Black pekoe with orange peel and honey
Ice cold goat milk (reg and chocolate)
Milk shake of ice cold goat milk and frozen banana
Cold Black pekoe
Mint tea (hot and cold)
Lemon Balm tea (hot and cold)
Hot chamomile tea
Cold green tea with honey


the portable firepit I got for 3.00. It was all rusty, the top screen all smashed in and the bottom rusted through. I cleaned and sanded, pushed the screen back out and painted it with heat proof paint I had leftover from painting the outside of the rusty grill oven from last year. I still need to find a metal piece for the bottom but it's usable now and looks almost new  :)