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Make Your Own Spiced Rum

by: EJ on 12/09/2017

Spiced rum is a delicious addition to any liquor cabinet, especially during the dark days leading up to the winter solstice!  Today's blog is an excerpt from Craft Distilling: Making Liquor Legally at Home by Victoria Redhed Miller.  The nice thing about this recipe is that it uses rum as the base and does not require any distilling.  It is ready …

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Plant-Based Chevre Cheese Recipe

by: EJ on 12/08/2017

Breaking News!  Karen McAthy's book, The Art of Plant-based Cheesemaking: How to Craft Real, Cultured, Non-dairy Cheese,  has won the selection to represent Canada in the Vegan book category  in the Gourmand World Cookbook Award.  Congratulations Karen.

Chevre, a style of cheese made traditionally with goat’s milk, is noted for its particular …

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Silent Night

by: EJ on 12/07/2017

How many of you long for peacefulness this holiday?  Can you see yourself quietly relaxing amid candles with music softly playing in background - feeling at peace with the world and a sense of oneness?  Or walking under starlight skies while frost crackles in the tree branches?

For many, this holiday vision is constantly elusive - replaced instead …

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Toys that are Shiny and Bright...and full of chemicals?

by: Sara on 12/06/2017

Many people say, “Christmas is for kids” and while I understand the sentiment, the pressure to fulfill the wish list full of BPA and cadmium ridden shiny, plastic, play things, can be hard for anyone trying to buy gifts that align with their values. As much as our kids beg for the newest toys, can we really in good conscious give them a gift …

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How to Make Felted Soap

by: EJ on 12/05/2017

Today's excerpt comes from Deborah Niemann's second edition of Homegrown and Handmade: A Practical Guide to More Self-reliant Living.

Felt is the oldest known fabric made by humans, and there is evidence that it has existed for thousands of years. St. Clement is given credit for accidentally discovering felt when he wrapped wool around his feet …

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