Our family is having a rough transition from late fall to winter. We’ve been battling sicknesses with bad coughs for weeks now. But I’m delighted and surprised to find remedies in my own backyard, even at this time of year! Pine needle tea is a wonderful cough-soother and full of vitamin C! Simply chop up some pine needles, bring to boil in a pot of water, cover and simmer for 5 minutes then remove from heat to steep for 10 minutes. Add honey to taste and enjoy! The aroma is delicious with the taste being mild, warming and comforting. I also gathered some pine resin (sap) which forms on the trunk to infuse in oil for massages and salves. Do you have any pine medicine growing in your yard?
Ready to put my creative cap on in a most casual fashion! Lessons of letting go have been showing up constantly for me recently. Reminders to let go show up in waves of anxiety. (This is my alarm bell sounding.) It’s hard to breathe sometimes. I remember visiting the doctor as a kid to talk about this shortness of breath, these pains in my chest. She had no answers or even the first suggestion, just a puzzled look. I know now (all too well) that those feelings & uncomfortable sensations were the result of anxious feelings. Letting go & creating space for creativity to flow has helped me tremendously along with listening to my breath. This is my process. Slowing down today, mailing out grainy Christmas cards and letting things (and people) be what/who they are. How do you find stillness and break from anxious feelings?
A weekend dedicated to truffles? Yes, please!
We are looking forward to host visitors from near and far who are coming for the Oregon Truffle Festival in February (15-17th)
Will you be joining the hunt?
I have been so drawn to and fascinated with rosemary lately 💚
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Rosemary the plant that keeps shining in green throughout the winter, exuding beautiful smelling oils and smiling at you in purple flowers that taste so lovely.
Rosemary that keeps creating medicinal life right by my doorstep and adding a depth of flavour in my food and teapot through these colder months.
This ally is so inviting, when I pass them I cannot go by without touching the leaves that point to the sky and anytime I gather some of this herb I just cannot stop inhaling the oils that open, uplift, relax and stimulate me.
This plants smell helps to wake up and stimulate the part of the brain that is for memory especially recall memory, also helping improve alertness, concentration and mood.
Taking rosemary in the form of tea is hugely beneficial because of the plants antioxidant and inflammatory compounds that help protect your cells.
Rosemary is a wonderful plant that can be a great pick me up helping lift depression, stimulate circulation, acts as a digestive tonic and strengthens the nervous system working to protect the heart helping ease stress in the body.
So next time you find yourself near this beauty, run your hands along the woody stems and breathe in the deep warm medicine that is Rosemary.
In November, 15 women from across B.C. gathered on Haida Gwaii for ten days of sharing, learning, teaching, laughs, tears, camp life and unique experiences hunting and harvesting. We’re proud of all of them, mentors and participants. They showed up with whole hearts and open minds. We’re excited to share the photos and stories with you over the next while. Because just look at this rad crew 😍. Huge thanks to Haida Gwaii, to the island locals who have supported us and welcomed us. We ❤️ you and are so thankful!
In my gathering apron 💜 reminiscing on all the Italian Plums I was able to glean this year. This gathering is from the day of the Autumn Equinox. A day of abundance, gratitude, transition, and for me, homesteadin'.
Apron is by @therooapron 🙂
Shucking and dressing 42 oysters for the @eatseapig dinner.
The first course, accompanied by a spanking rose hip and hibiscus sparkling cocktail:
Carlingford oyster, jalapeño tartare, alexander's, red samphire juice.
Loads more of this flava in the new year!! Buzzing!