art · homemaking · soap making · sustainability

Soap’s Up!

Sodium lauroyl isethionate, stearic acid, sodium tallowate, sodium palmitate, lauric acid, sodium lisethionate, water, sodium stearate, cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium cocoate, sodium palm kernelate, sodium chloride, tetrasodium EDTA, tetrasodium etidronate, maltol, titanium dioxide. Mix these together and what do you get? A Dove beauty bar. Notice how I didn’t say soap? That’s because it’s a detergent… Continue reading Soap’s Up!

fermenting · homemaking · sustainability

Kombucha, Kefir and Kraut: Get your ferment on!

I gotta say – I love yeast and bacteria…and as one past fermentation workshop participant mentioned “your passion for yeast and bacteria is infectious!” hmmm good thing it is a beneficial bacteria considering it’s infectious… Kefir and Kombucha are two of my favourite foods, with sauerkraut in the running too. I love how good they… Continue reading Kombucha, Kefir and Kraut: Get your ferment on!

Baking · homemaking · sustainability

Bulking Up: creating less waste, saving money and reducing packaging by buying in bulk

In the early 90s in Newfoundland, there was a now-defunct department store called Woolco (ultimately bought by  “Volde-mart“) where I first encountered bulk food. The first time I walked into the store, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Bins full of gummy bears and Smarties that were begging me to dive in with both hands. Ok, so maybe… Continue reading Bulking Up: creating less waste, saving money and reducing packaging by buying in bulk

Baking

Gluten-Free Goodness: banana chocolate chip muffins

This past weekend I made a batch of gluten-free banana chocolate chip muffins. While I don’t have celiac disease or a sensitivity to gluten, I do like experimenting with different grains and flours, and I do see the benefit of including a variety of grains in my diet instead of just eating the same wheat-full… Continue reading Gluten-Free Goodness: banana chocolate chip muffins