Monday, December 10, 2018

Winter Solstice Orange Garland

Make your own Winter Solstice Orange Garland!
I absolutely love this magical time of the year as the days continue to grow shorter before the Winter Solstice. I love playing in the snow with my wild boys, making delicious homemade goodies, and crafting indoors on the bitter cold days.

To celebrate the Winter Solstice, I have made an Orange Garland and today I want to share it with you! And although I am sure the boys would have rather I made Cranberry Orange bread with these oranges, I am a maker, and makers gonna make!


What does Orange Slice Garland represent?


It's common to see dried orange slices strung together to decorate the home or tree during the holidays because they are a representation of the sun and the returning light or when the days begin to grow longer after the winter solstice.

And since I totally killed Christmas, I want to start creating more fun traditions with the boys! I'll explain more about how I killed Christmas another day hah!



How to Make a DIY Orange Garland for Winter Solstice


Creating your own Orange Garland is incredibly easy if you have a dehydrator. Simply slice them up into 1/4 inch cookies and stick them in your dehydrator until they are, well, dehydrated!

We don't have a dehydrator, so we placed them on a piece of parchment paper and baked them at about 175F in our hot oven for a couple of hours. If you have a normal oven that is nearly accurate, I would guess the temperature you would need is about 200F.

You could also pat your oranges slices with a paper towel to lessen the drying time. I wish I had thought of this before making my own garland!

The key to using your oven to dehydrate orange slices is flipping them often and making sure your oven isn't too hot. If it is too hot, you'll bake them, and the sugars in the oranges with caramelize and they will become more brown than sunny.



Once they have dried, they will look something like this. Let them cool and string them together. 

You could use twine or a cotton string, we used cotton yarn I had on hand and it is biodegradable which I value.

Stringing the yarn through the same slice twice, or in the front and in from the back, helps your garland lay flat when you hang it on your wall or fireplace mantle.



There you have it! A decoration or tradition to invite and celebrate the returning of the light during the Winter Solstice!


And, after the holidays you can reuse your Orange Garland!

  • You could add these to a jar of vinegar to make your own All-Purpose Cleaner. 
  • You could place them in a jar and reuse the garland next year. 
  • You could even chop them up to make an Herbal Tea! 
  • You can add them to a simmering pot of water with some cinnamon to fill your home with a festive aroma! 
  • You can save them to use as a garnish on a cake or dessert!
  • Slather them in peanut butter and seeds and hang it in the garden for the birds!

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Farmhouse Frittata

Spinach, Sausage and Feta Farmhouse Frittata
Really, I had no idea what a frittata was until I started writing this blog post. Turns out the word frittata means 'an Italian dish made with fried beaten eggs, resembling a Spanish omelet.'

There are beaten eggs so we are calling it a frittata!

Well, actually, a Farmhouse Frittata because basically, you can use what you have on hand, what you find in the fridge or from the garden.

And the result is a pretty damn good breakfast that kind of looks like you've got your sh*t together.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

OILS FOR TOXIN FREE CLEANING

Make your own Cleaners for a Chemical Free Home
Did you know that it takes 26 seconds from the toxins and chemicals lingering on your floors to enter your crawling baby's blood stream? (Source)

Yea, that's scary stuff. I try so hard to keep my children alive, safe and as healthy as possible but the toxins and chemicals were hidden on our floors, on the tub I *just* cleaned and lingering on our clothing.

A few years ago we began our Chemical Free wellness journey with ditching the toxins. The first thing to go was everything under the kitchen sink, every cleaner, soap, and spray. It was a small change, a lot of bottles, but I like to think it had the biggest impact in the amount of toxins in our home.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Darling Crochet Dish Cloth Pattern

Easy Darling Crochet Dishcloth Pattern
I get bored with crochet sometimes. I know so hard core hookers out there are screaming at these words but let me explain.

See, I learned the basic stitches. The single crochet and the double crochet. I was so bored all my life with crochet. I looked at a pattern to learn a new stitch and was like, no way! And I probably never tried again, until now.

I hate following patterns, but I hate following the rules, too. I mean, I am writing this blog post from inside my tiny home on wheels in a shopping centre parking lot on free wifi. I'm a rule breaker.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Top Apothecary Oil Round Up


I could go on and on about how much I love supporting my health with essential oils. But if you are already here, you want to learn more about how to use the top apothecary essential oils and I have rounded them up!

I'm giving away recipes, usage ideas and the benefits of the oils! Get started by clicking the link below!



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