I thought I had it figured out. Before my son's birthday a few weeks ago, I suggested a deal in which he'd get presents and cake and a party, but he'd stay five instead of turning six. Genius, right? Unfortunately, when the day came he explained the fundamentals of biology to me and insisted on actually turning six. Bah!Cherishing as much time [...] Continue Reading
A golden glow and long burn time are just the beginning of a handmade beeswax candle's charm. Unlike paraffin candles - which release carcinogens like toluene and benzene into the air- they burn clean and bright while releasing a faint honey scent.Even better, making beeswax candles at home - either as a gift or for yourself - is little more [...] Continue Reading
When life gives you pressure, cook with it. <-- I'm not sure where I heard that saying for the first time, but it's been my motto since I picked up my beloved Instant Pot last December. Seriously, my IP has become almost like a friend - I even took it on vacation with me. I did not, however, plop it next to me on the beach and hand it a coconut [...] Continue Reading
So, you already love elderberry syrup and fire cider for immune support during the winter months, but you know it's a good idea to rotate herbs and you're looking for new options. Perfect! Meet the five flavors fruit - schizandra berry (also spelled "schisandra").For most of us, foraging probably looks more like braving the checkout line with [...] Continue Reading
Ahhhh, unintended consequences. Sometimes things work out - like when a certain kitchen helper forgets to add an egg to the lemon poppyseed muffin recipe you're tinkering with and accidentally perfects it. Sometimes . . . not so much.Take, for example, the once common practice of giving antibiotics to children with earaches. Although most [...] Continue Reading
Although all my kids love to eat, one in particular has a habit of declaring his love for everyone at the table when something hits the spot. When I really knock it out of the park he gets up from his chair and hugs each of us! He's kind of my personal recipe rating system, and this tomatoey, cheesy adaptation of traditional sloppy joes got a big [...] Continue Reading
I wasn't exactly expecting sage wisdom as my husband and I prepared to plant Elderberry Hill - the sloped grove of elderberry bushes just north of our orchard - but it came anyway. While we were choosing which cuttings to plant and dreaming of homemade elderberry syrup, a farmer friend suggested that I reconsider all the gorgeous, leafy trimmings [...] Continue Reading
Ahhh, parenting - is it just me or does it involve saying things like "I know it's frustrating but pants are not optional" a lot more than you imagined? Or, in this case, "No, you cannot lick my face. I know it looks yummy but this is food for my skin, not your mouth."And food it is. This homemade face scrub nourishes skin with antioxidants [...] Continue Reading
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I'm Heather, aka The Mommypotamus. I’m a wife, mom, real food lover, research geek, and amateur homesteader. And potamus... obviously.