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Lilac, Again!

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Lilac, Again!

It's May of 2019, and I've been deepening my joy with Lilac due to a happy meeting of a neighbor who has such an abundance of Lilacs that I'm allowed to take as many as I want. Hence, alllll the lilacs photos lately. I've been adding Lilacs to my drinks, food, car console, bathwater, etc.  I have posted Lilac recipes in past years, and this year I have perfected Lilac syrup on a new level. Working on future projects with Lilac, too. I find that the easiest way to taste Lilac is using a strong Lilac Syrup in a mocktail or cocktail...

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Violet Jam

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Violet Jam

My love affair with Violet continues this year, and besides making Violet Syrup and up-gaming my Essence of Violet, I decided to make Violet Jam! The inspiration for this project was to use the jam hamantaschen recipe for the Jewish holiday of Purim, which was yesterday.  Making any treats with violets starts with a morning harvest on a (preferably) dry, sunny day. Though I'm fortunate to have a growing patch of violets in my backyard, I also am fortunate enough to have made a local friend who basically has fields of violets on their property, and allow me to forage as...

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Elderberry Syrup Cocktail/Mocktail

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Elderberry Syrup Cocktail/Mocktail

This season, I've been reminding my partner every day to "just take a teaspoon of Elderberry Syrup a day!" in order to partake in delicious preventative seasonal medicine. This is the season when shaking hands, touching doorknobs, sharing company with folks who swear they're not contagious anymore, etc. etc. all become a bit of a threat, and Elderberry Syrup (which also contains immune super heroes- Rosehips, and fresh ginger juice!) is a good action step to protect our immune systems.  It's been a minute since I posted any recipes, so amidst the holiday order bustle, I got myself some Meyer lemons,...

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A Rose is a Rose is a Rose

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A Rose is a Rose is a Rose

It's no secret to anyone following me on Instagram, that I'm a lover of flowers. But of all flowers, Rose is queen! I'm grateful to live in Portland- the Rose City. And I'm even more grateful to live in a house that bursts with the most fragrant antique roses I've ever seen. Roses have a lot of medicinal uses- both energetically and for the skin. So, many of my products are made with Rose. From cradle to grave, Rose brings hope, trust, self-love, self acceptance, and is downright stress-relieving and magical. I'm sure anyone knows this intuitively when catching a whiff...

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Douglas Fir: 3 Delicious Recipes

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Douglas Fir: 3 Delicious Recipes

Douglas Fir is one of the most ubiquitous trees in our region here in the Pacific Northwest. They're everywhere, tall and stately, decorating our landscape with sheltering, aromatic, silhouettes. Traditionally, the Doug Fir tree was used in communities of Cascadia for many things including building structures & canoes, using the pitch as skin medicine, and even drinking tonics made from the leaves and bark for colds, coughs, and kidney/bladder ailments. But the way I came to learn about Doug Fir was via its bright green spring tips. I was taught that these tips were like nature's gatorade, and if you're...

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