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Botanical and Mineral Alchemy: Moonstone + Rose

Explore the metaphysical properties of moonstone + rose for healing, introspection, clarity, and vision. A botanical and mineral duo for encouragement. This post is part of an ongoing collaboration with Hawkhouse, a designer of raw mineral jewelry.  This collaboration seeks…

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I am an herbalist, farmer, cook, and forager. I get my hands dirty and am not afraid to do things the "hard way". Sharing my Nitty Gritty Life with you! Read More

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  • Pears and apples are the fruits of fall. 
One of my favorite flavors from my youth was my grandmother's spiced apple butter.  I've replicated that flavor and punched up the acidity with a recipe that calls for apple cider vinegar (as opposed to lemon juice) -- giving this fruit butter an amazing depth of flavor.
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#apples #pears #applebutter #pearbutter #canning #canningseason #homestead #homesteading #homesteader #homesteadlife #homesteadlifestyle
https://nittygrittylife.com/slow-cooker-spiced-apple-pear-butter/
  • Absolutely amazing weekend with some even more amazing women that I am positively HONORED to call colleagues - and even more importantly friends.
A weekend spent about Salt Lake City, speaking at #gardencomm2019, touring @melonmonologues gardens and being led on a tour of her favorite mountain places, a walking tour of some gorgeous botanical gardens, and a sight see at the temple - cuz when in SLC...
So... @attainablesustainable @melonmonologues @the_happy_herban @tenthacrefarm @homestead_honey and  @brownthumbmama  you are AMAZING LADIES!
#utah #getoutside #garden #mountains #nature
  • With the weather finally cooling, it is great time to think about planting trees and shrubs in your landscape.  The long cool months ahead are great for establishing a healthy root system!
#herbs #herbalist #herbalmedicine #medicinalherbs #holisticgardening #medicinegarden #herbgarden #medicinaltrees #medicinalshrubs
https://nittygrittylife.com/10-medicinal-trees-and-shrubs/
  • Sweet pickled figs are an amazingly delicious treat.  Believe me whenI tell you this. 
I crafted this recipe around my father's nostalgic recollections of his Scottish grandmother making the most of the bountiful fruits at her Southern Californian home.  While I never tasted Nana's pickled figs, my father thought this recipe did them great justice!
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#figs #pickledfigs #foodpreservation #preservation #canning #canningseason #homestead #homesteader #homesteading
https://nittygrittylife.com/sweet-pickled-figs/
  • My Labor Day weekend was filled with food preservation and work around the homestead...
This amazing peach salsa just got put up for the season!  I couldn't be happier!  Fruity, a little bit sweet, with a kick of heat (totally adjustable to your preference), this peach salsa is great for snacking or topping grilled chicken or fish!
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#canning #salsa #peachsalsa #canningseason #foodpreservation #homestead #homesteader #homesteading 
https://nittygrittylife.com/peach-salsa-canning-recipe/
  • If the success of a garden could be measured in tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants (not pictured) alone, I would be sitting pretty high on the proverbial horse.  This lovely harvest will join some other lovely produce for a recipe soon to arrive on my website.
But alas, you do not see the many other garden failures that resulted from a year of weird weather, free ranging birds, irrigation issues, and total work overload.
Seems a fitting summary of this Instagram life, ya know?  Presenting our best self like a perpetual first date or job interview.  Well, I am here to remind you that life is more than pretty pictures and that sometimes there are 10x the failures for every success that you see.
#garden #harvest #homestead #homesteading #homesteader #homesteading #homesteadinglife #homesteadreality #homesteadingreality
  • There is probably something profound and witty to be said about being between a rock and a hard place... but sometimes it’s just oxalis and rocks and a PNW ravine.
I have been a bit quiet on IG lately.  My planned summer of rest and creativity has instead turned into unexpected work, unexpected expenses, unexpected life events, and all the unexpected. 
I am finding myself carving out moments to write, to garden, to bake, to preserve, and, perhaps most importantly for my soul, to wander.  Maybe it’s just a few hours, here and there, to detach from home and work, and head for the hills and the quiet of a sounds of a forest or rushing waters - but it recenters me and my purpose when the rest of life seems like a bustling city intersection...
#wander #oregon #pnw #pacificnorthwest #oxalis #forage #foraging #forager #getoutside
  • Pearly everlasting is one of my favorite medicinal wildflowers to forage for during summer.  It ticks so many therapeutic actions boxes and is just an all around useful botanical.
It grows abundantly in the coastal mountain range a few miles from my home so it gives me great excuse to abandon my home and work responsibilities and get outside, far away from modern distractions.
All new post on the blog extolling the many virtues of this wonderful plant!
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#pearlyeverlasting #anaphalis #anaphalismargaritacea #herbs #herbalist #herbalmedicine #herbalism #medicinalherbs #wildflower
https://nittygrittylife.com/pearly-everlasting-anaphalis-margaritacea/
  • This summer has been an absolute flurry of activity.  A veritable whirlwind.  A non stop GO. 
My intended lazy, restful summer has been anything but. 
I’ve been so busy that I kinda forgot about my second book.  After the final edits were made, the photos taken - I just bid it farewell, and settled into “life after book.”
Well, life after bookS because I wrote this book immediately after finishing The Backyard Herbal Apothecary. 
When the UPS truck started down our long gravel road I paused for moment wondering what I had ordered.  And then it occurred to me — The Herbalist’s Healing Kitchen is HERE!
Now, she doesn’t officially publish until October 29th and I am still a few weeks out from promotion, but I can’t help myself - it’s just so exciting to have this book in print.
This book turns a thoughtful eye towards the food we eat and rethinks our daily meals and special treats so that we are maximizing the benefits of those foods!  I will show you how to use flavor to inform better eating decisions to cook your way to better health!
Food is MEDICINE!
#herbs #herbalist #herbalmedicine #herbalism #author #cookbook #everydayfoods #foodismedicine #foodenergetics #eatingforhealth

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