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Mountain Mama's Musings

Larch Love

Yesterday was a glorious & golden fall day.  I was lucky to get a few hours to myself and drove up the road to explore a place I have never b...

new life in an old place

When we moved to this little rural mountain town, we had a hard time adjusting to being "townies" - even though the population of this county is o...

Oregon Lavender Love

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Borage for Delicate Flowers

Outrageously blue, incredibly adaptive, this little star-shaped flower is a star in any garden.  I first got to know borage when I was...

Alpine Cottonwood Bud Harvest

  This is the first plant that I have wildcrafted since we made the move over to the other side of the state.  Cottonwood bud harvesting...

DIY: Chickweed Salve

  We just pressed more chickweed (Stellaria media) oil this week.  This is the time of year that chickweed would appear in our greenhous...

Soy & Corn Free Hens

For years now, I have been feeding my girls all of our kitchen scraps as well as a little morning wild bird seed & organic cracked corn. ...

DIY Vanilla Infused Oil

The flower pod of a tropical orchid, also known as the ice cream orchid, the scent of vanilla is so pleasing and truly a gift from the tropics! We ...

Warm Winter Solstice Salutations!

Greetings from the snow globe! Many times a day I gawk at the blue sky out a window, or I walk out in the snow with the doggies, or I watch the ...

Plant Speak: Ginger (Zingiber oficinale)

    I love this plant so much that I named my daughter after it. Warming, spicy, tonic, adaptogenic, a gorgeous flaming flower, magical...

DIY: Ginger Sugar Scrub

     A favorite that we used to make way back when we first started making skin care, this ginger sugar scrub is warming, moisturiz...

Happy Harvest! Happy Belated Equinox!

   Greetings from Eastern Oregon! We managed to uproot our business and our family from the farm in Rickreall during the hottest week of...