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fire cider

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With chilly weather here its nice to stock our home with some natural cold remedies. Our usual go to winter drink is switchel, which to my surprise my family loves, I like to make a big batch of it and keep it in the fridge for a few days. Warmed up with a bit more honey and its a great way to ward of germs. I have been wanting to make a batch of Fire Cider to add to our staple, its anti: bacterial-viral-inflammatory, stimulates digestion and its spiciness works as a decongestant and promotes circulation. All in all a great way to boost your immune system.

This cider recipe can be taken 1tbs at a time in the mornings like a tonic, used in salad dressings or taken in larger doses with the first sign of a cold (3tbs). I’ve seen some recipes use it for an extra boost their morning smoothies, think more along the lines of a bloody mary rather than peanut butter, banana.  I think I’ll try it diluted with warm water and an extra spoonful of honey.

Fire Cider (from Rosemary Gladstar)

1 part Garlic
1 part Horseradish
1 part Onions
½ part Fresh ginger
2 Cayenne peppers
Honey to taste
Apple Cider Vinegar.

Chop fresh garlic, onions, and horseradish into small pieces. Grate fresh ginger. The amounts and proportions vary according to your particular taste. If unsure, start with equal amounts of the first three ingredients and roughly half part ginger the first time you make this; you can always adjust the flavors in future batches. Chop enough of the first four ingredients to fill a quart jar approximately half full. Put in wide mouth quart jar and cover with Apple Cider vinegar (keep vinegar about two to three inches above the herbs). Add cayenne peppers. Let sit two to three weeks. Strain and discard spent herbs.  Add the honey after you strain the rest of the herbs.




make // adventure book

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Its simple an accordion style book made with card stock and this camera with accompanying instant film.





make // beeswax bowls

beeswax bowls // workhouseblogFor my birthday I decided that I wanted to make something with my entire family, that also includes my brother’s family. I fell in love with these beeswax bowls when I was preparing for the baby’s birth, they produce a warm glow that is both comforting and beautiful. My thoughtful nephew bought me one to take to the birth center for the birth. It one of my favorite things in my house, I light it every morning and when I am making my cup of tea in, its my only source of light in the kitchen other than the early morning sun. Its so beautiful and calming that I wanted to fill my home with more and send my family home with a set of their own. So a birthday craft tradition may have just started.

Its a quick, easy, kid friendly craft. No long wait times, no big messes and just a few supplies and you are set.

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beeswax (1lb is enough to make 4-5 good sized bowls)
pot of water
old spoon
a metal bowl or an empty can big enough to accommodate your balloon

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Melt wax double boiler style with the metal bowl on top of the pot of boiling water (or empty can in the water). Stir until all wax pieces are dissolved, we cut ours into smaller chunks for fast melting (hence the knife and hammer in the image above). After all wax is melted set your temp to low. Fill balloon with tepid water, play around with shapes and sizes. Dip water balloon into melted wax being sure to NOT go above the water level that is in your balloon, if you do it could pop. Dip your balloon a few times waiting for a few seconds in between to allow the wax to cool a little. After you have a good layer on your balloon, set it on your counter, a piece of paper or a cookie sheet to make a flat bottom and to make it level, let it sit a moment. Then continue dipping until you have a 1/4 to 1/2 ” layer of wax on your balloon, set it aside to cool completely.

Once completely cooled, take something with a sharp point (skewer, scissors, knife) and puncture a hole in your balloon to drain the water. Carefully remove your now deflated balloon. For a clean top edge for your bowl, set it upside down on a warm cookie sheet, twisting back and forth until the edge is level and flat. Let cool. We poured the left over wax into a glass container with a wick.

When ready to use, put a shallow layer of water in the bottom of your beeswax bowl and add a tea light candle. We sometimes use a votive in a holder along the water in the bottom of the bowl, this prevents the bottom of your bowl from melting and from anything sticking to it.  Enjoy your beautiful golden beeswax bowl!

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make // play kitchen

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Miss Beans and Dad have been planning this play kitchen for a while, its been on the summer ‘to do’ list since school got out. We finally found the perfect cabinet left out for free in our neighborhood. Dad and Beans worked one whole weekend to make it all happen, they sawed, drilled, painted, hammered, and came up with some sweet details, my favorite being the tomato paste can used to create the faucet.They kept things pretty simple by just modifying one of the cabinet doors so that it open as would an oven, cutting out a hole for the sink to go in (which is just a metal mixing bowl), added a few oven knobs, painted details and used an old drawer for a shelf (also a curbside find) and voilà! diy kitchen complete.  I love all its imperfections, I love that they built something together, I love that once we set it up they immediately started playing.


weekend // soda recipe

almond lime soda | workhouseblogHave a wonderful weekend, we are still spending time with family, eating more than we should and staying up late playing board games. We also have been enjoying a special soda treat lately, almond lime sodas: Fill a glass with ice, pour over a splash or two of almond syrup, fill with club soda, stir and add a squeeze of lime. Enjoy.


make /// pacifier clip


i saw these awesome pacifier clips online but sadly they have been sold out. so i gathered my crafty self, found 15 mins in my day (i made a few) and got to braiding. they were simple and easy to do and unlike the alternatives out there, this is one i can proudly tote around. they also make great key fobs!

4 strand braid tutorial here or you can purchase one (soon) already made here. this natural pacifier is anaïs’ favorite, so this one  became a back up and can be found at whole foods. all for a girl who hates the car and has an endless urge to suckle.

-leather lacing
-suspender clip
-natural pacifier

cut main color strand 36″ and contrasting color strand 32″ long. fold MC in half + tie a basic slip knot leaving a good 2-3″ loop. with CC fold in half and tie around MC strands just below the slip knot. follow tutorial for 4 strand braid and braid till your heart desires. end with CC and tie a secure knot around the MC strands. leaving 3-5″ of MC, tie suspender clip. trim strand to your liking.

/// tip: use a clip board to hold strands securely while braiding or a safety pin pinned to something solid.