Category: Recipes

Bug Bane Spray: Natural Mosquito Repellent with Essential Oils

Summer is mosquito season in my neck of the woods. All of Oregon’s standing water during breeding season gives the nasty little buggers plenty of spaces to raise their families. The oil in this formula serves two purposes: it allows the essential oils a chance to linger on the skin and brings in the healing powers of calendula as an anti-immflammatory for existing bites. You may spray this formula on your skin after the mosquitoes have gone to bed to ease the itching from the spots they got to before you pulled out the herbs.

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Raspberry Rose Salad Dressing

What are your go-to  salads? Green salad, cucumber salad, fresh corn or tomato salad?

And what about the dressing??

We also make lots of quinoa or potato salads, but truly, no matter what kind of salad you make, doesn’t it really all come down to the dressing?

People will eat your salad, go ahead and add a great dressing and listen to them ooh and aahh and sigh when they eat your salad.

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The Best Way to Cook Dried Beans

Phyllis D. Light taught me this method for cooking dried beans. It’s super easy and makes the creamiest, most nutritious beans you can imagine. It’s easy to adapt it to beans other than the pinto beans I used here, and I give tips for how to scale it up if you want more than one meal from your pot of beans.

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