It got me. I’ve been skillfully avoiding it for the last few weeks, and lacking all subtlety the dreaded virus finally caught up with me. I am now under the weather. Strictly speaking, sick. Doesn’t this ill-timed disease understand I don’t have time for this? I’m a mom. I’m a homeschooling mom. I’m a mom with way too much on my plate to become even the slightest bit tired much less down for the count. I can’t take a sick day. Who has time for a sick day?
Dramatics aside, how does being sick affect our learning routine? It’s one thing for one of my children to be sick. Mom can attend to their needs while keeping the remainder of our household intact. But when I get sick almost everything stops. As we can’t afford to keep this up for too long, I need a plan of attack:
For years we’ve been planning this day. All the hard work has finally paid off, college applications are starting to pile up and we’ve narrowed down which grants our student should apply for. We sit down with our baby, excited to narrow down which colleges they’d like to focus on. Then, our child hits us with a bombshell. “Mom, I don’t think I want to attend college.” Wait… what? Wasn’t that the goal of our learning? Isn’t this what we’ve been aiming for all these years?
Before we have a panic attack or start convincing our child why they have to attend college we might want to take a step back, pray, and ask a few questions. Maybe the Lord has other plans in mind.
They Are Scared – Let’s face it, becoming an adult is a big step. Instead of judging our children or passing off their fears as immaturity…
Taking orders for freshly picked apples from our family orchard! Apple varieties include Honeygold, McIntosh and Cortland. Selling in 10 lb bags for $5 and 15 lb bags for $7.50. (larger quantities available at $.50 per pound). Bags include mixed variety. We do not use any sprays or chemicals so the skins are blemished, but the apples taste great and are perfectly safe to eat. Please email orders to jennifer @ turningleafstudio.com or call 715.688.4010 and we will have them ready for you to pick up!
Also selling deer/wildlife apples from the ground in 50lb feed bags for $10.
Tis the season… for a cold. Darn. Thankfully it’s just a little sniffle but I’m going to finally make the elderberry syrup that I’ve had the ingredients to make for a while now… I have a couple of recipes at my fingertips, but this is the one I’m going to work from today from Wellness Mama.
Another great article from Mountain Rose Herbs on how to make herb infused vinegar. I didn’t realize it but according to their article here, using vinegar instead of alcohol does also work for creating tinctures for health benefits!
Chop or grind your dried herb to a coarse powder. You can also find many powdered herbs available on our website. Fill 1/5 of your sterilized jar with the herb. Pour organic apple cider vinegar over the herb until the jar is filled to the top. Cover tightly and allow to extract for 14 days in a cool, dark place. Be sure to shake the jar daily.
After 2 weeks, strain the herb through cheesecloth. Set the strained liquid in a capped jar on a shelf and allow the sediment to settle overnight. Decant the clear liquid layer into another sterilized jar using a strainer. Cap tightly, label, and store for up to 6 months in a cool, dark place.
If you are infusing the vinegar with roots or barks, there is one more step you might want to take. Once the mixture has extracted for 2 weeks and the herbs have been strained out, heat the infusion just short of boiling and filter through cloth while hot. The heat will help congeal albumin in the solution that can then be removed when straining. Excess albumin can encourage your extract to spoil quickly.
As a general guide, take 1 tbsp of the vinegar extract up to 5 times a day when needed, unless you are working with potent low/drop dosage herbs. Due to the acid content in vinegar, be sure to avoid direct contact with your teeth. You may want to mix each dose of vinegar with water or tea to dilute the acidity.
Mountain Rose Herbs has a good post about how to make your own herbal infused oils. I’m harvesting the abundance of mint, lemon balm, basil, rosemary, thyme and oregano that we have growing here and am figuring out the best ways to preserve them right now… going to try making some infused vinegars and oils to be later used for cleaning, cooking or on our bodies as ointments. I am also referencing this great book called Alchemy of Herbs which has been very helpful for looking up all the herbs I have growing and how to use them. It’s exciting!!! (the photo above also includes a bowl of beans and lettuce from our garden today… those items are photo bombing and will be eaten later today…)
An easy way to make herb infused oils that I’m going to try. From their website post here.
Use the sun to naturally infuse oil with the goodness of herbs!
We always recommend using dried herbs. If you desire fresh herbs, wilt them first for 12 hours to remove the moisture (too much water will cause your oil to go rancid), cut into small pieces, and crush with a mortar and pestle before adding to the jar.
Place herbs in a clean, dry quart jar.
Fill remaining space in jar with oil of choice, making sure to cover herbs by at least 1 inch. If your herbs soak up all of the oil, then pour more oil on top to ensure the herbs are well covered.
Stir well and cap jar tightly.
Place jar in a sunny, warm windowsill and shake once or more per day. You can also cover the jar with a brown paper bag if you prefer that to direct sunlight.
After 2-3 weeks, strain the herbs out of the oil using cheesecloth or a mesh strainer. Make sure and squeeze out every precious drop of oil!
Pour into glass bottles and store in a cool dark place. The oil should keep for at least a year. Vitamin E Oil may also be added to prolong shelf life.
I just got an email from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, talking about planting soon for fall and winter harvests… I have never actually thought about this before, but always admired friends who had hoop houses and green houses and were able to pull carrots out of the ground in January… it seems Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds might have some suggestions I could actually consider here in their blog and on their website… Might be fun to start thinking about how to extend the growing season on our property!
I am not affiliated with Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds; I simply love their seeds and gorgeous catalogs and like to share…!
photos and content credit: Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds/Rareseeds.com
Here is a lovely post from Seeking Joyful Simplicity about Lemon Balm, with a recipe for making lemon balm cookies! I’m going to have to try this soon, just not today when it’s supposed to be 100 degrees out!
Recently I was given the opportunity to try out a piece of essential oil jewelry from Essential Charms, a company that sells products to help you experience the benefits of wearing essential oils on your body through pieces of jewelry.
I selected the necklace called “fragrant blooms” as it was simple and pretty. It came with my choice of lava stone, which basically soaks up the essential oil and then sits inside the little silver “case” around it.
I had seen these kinds of things for years and a lot of times they were not of a design that I was attracted to… they looked a little gaudy or were of some kind of pattern I did not really care for. But when I browsed through Essential Charms’ selection of jewelry, I found that I was attracted to most everything they offered. I’m always on the lookout too for the integrity of the company I purchase things from, or promote. I was happy to learn that Essential Charms is a husband and wife owned company, based in the US. The small company designs all the jewelry themselves.
I’ve been wearing my necklace now on and off for a couple of months and have finally gotten around to writing about it. I have found that I like the style of the necklace very much and not only do I like having the gentle scent of my favorite oil on me throughout the day, but my kids will come up and smell it and enjoy it as well. So far I’ve only used things like Sweet Oasis or Lavender from my favorite oil company Rocky Mountain Oils, but I am planning to also use my necklace to ward off mosquitoes and gnats with their Bug Away, Cedarwood or Geranium. I think this will be another great use for this type of jewelry!
Do you wear your EOs on any type of jewelry? I was originally drawn to the necklace, but I am now quite interested in the earrings because they are pretty cute, plus, if I put some of the oils that repel gnats and mosquitoes on the earrings, I would imagine that would be a great way to deter them from my neck and face! I think I just talked myself into a new piece of jewelry! Thanks to Essential Charms for this opportunity to try something new!