Herbs & Things

Herbs & Things
Herbs & Things

My Book

My Book
My Book

Devotionals

Devotionals
Devotionals

How to Make An Herbal Salve


Herbal salves use to intimidate the bejeezus out of me. But when I started making them, I wondered what on earth took me so long to take this next step into herbalism. Salves are extremely easy to make, and equally as beneficial to the homesteading herbalist's medicine cabinet. 

Let me show you just how easy it is....

She Intimidates Me...


It was probably the fourth time in the last year that I've heard the phrase—by four different women. Man, what did I do to deserve this? Of course, we could laugh it off now, but as she told me how much I use to intimidate her, I'll admit, I felt a bit of offense. Me? Intimidating?

There's always that chance to ask her why. Why did she think I was so intimidating? Why did she feel she couldn't approach me and stood back in a distance silently judging me? Now, she's loving all of this girl right here but, not always.

Why I Don't Use the Folk Method For Making Tinctures



Out of all the things I teach people when it comes to herbalism, this is the one thing that I teach the most. Some days I get a stank eye and get told I have no idea what I'm talking about. Other days, I see the light bulb come on, and it makes complete and total sense. And, honestly, why wouldn't it?

What am I talking about?

Glad you asked.

Let's rip the band-aid off, because there's no other way. 

I don't use the folk method for making herbal tinctures. 


That's right. Gasps everywhere. The holy grail and 90% of the internet tell us to make tinctures by using the folk method, but I simply don't find it as reliable as the method that I use. And honestly, my family isn't a guinea pig for me to guess how much, or how little, is needed in a tincture.

As I study to become a Master Herbalist, the courses I've chosen are scientific and evidence based learning structures. We go through real life clinical studies done by doctors that believe in herbalism, and even doctors that don't. Even the great James Green himself admits that the folk method isn't as reliable. And here's why...

Spicy Eggs, Bacon and Kale


Our chickens lay consistently throughout the Spring and Summer. I am so happy to have those glorious dark yellow/orange yolks back in our lives again each and every Spring. I'll admit, I'm a pretty simple soul when it comes to eggs. Give me a little seasoning and hot sauce and I'm good to go.

But sometimes I'll get a little more down in the nitty gritty and throw together some actual recipes. One of my personal favorites is spicy eggs, bacon, and kale. 

This recipe is all over the internet, but it's something that has been in my life for years. No recipe is really required, it's all by taste!

Weekly Devotion | Words & Passions




We are quick to use our words when we are annoyed, disappointed, and angered. We also use our words worse when we've lost our passion or lack goals. In today's devotional, we're going to talk about all of that! From homemaking, work, and friendships...finding your passion in Christ is the best answer!

Watch today's devotional ...

Don't Leave Your Family Behind...



I love gardening. I love my chickens and the warm egg in my pocket on a crisp fall day. I love picking tomatoes off of a dew dripping vine. I love the process of adding new and exciting animals to our homestead, hopefully soon to include a dairy cow. All in good time. We'll see.

My brain goes 100 mph each and every day.

I love this life. But you know what I love more?

my family...

I am absolutely in love with my family.

I am absolutely nothing without them. I couldn't do this without them and their support. I would literally have no real reason to want to be here without them. Homestead in one hand, family in the other....I'd choose family every single time.

I love the little boy giggles in the morning, when he crawls into my bed with just his cute little boy underwear on because, well, I just can't keep clothes on him most days. That white skin, though. It sure is bright first thing in the morning.

I love the touch of my husband, when he wraps his arms around me and kisses my shoulder while I'm washing dishes. I love how boyishly playful he can still be when he expresses his love to this woman that he married over a decade ago. I love how hard working he is, how dedicated he is, how strong he is.

But there are days when I become distracted. This or that needs to be done, or my life revolves around a farm animal or project, writing a book, researching until my heart is content. And, my family goes to the wayside.

And it's then that I remind myself of these words...don't leave your family behind for homesteading.