Michaelmas 2011

 Kneading our bread, it will rise higher and higher.
Molding our dragon, his mouth will breathe fire.
Dragon Bread

Water color dragons, guarding their play area...

"I've made you a cape of golden light,

to give you courage, strength and might"


Dehydrator Diaries: Sun Fruit

"Listen," said the Chaffinch, "that isn't a sun egg.  It's a kind of sun fruit called an orange...and they have lovely yellow juice in them."
- Elsa Beskow, from Sun Egg

I had an abundance of gorgeous organic oranges.  I often drop a few dried orange peels in my tea blends for flavor, so I like to have plenty on hand.  I add a bit of the actual orange instead of just the rind, but this does add to the D time.  About 24 hours at 145 degrees.

While chopping them I came up with a lovely idea for Christmas presents, but I'll share that later...someone remind me?

Even after all those lovely orange rinds I still had plenty of oranges.  I had set some cashews to soak to make some creamy kale chips when I thought oranges + cashews + kale = yummy!

Crooked Sun Fruit Kale

1 large head of kale (rinsed and torn into chip size pieces)
2 cups raw cashews (soaked at least 2 hours)
6 medjool dates (pitted)
Juice of 5-6 oranges
Zest of 2 oranges
dash of sea salt
Blend all ingredients (except the kale) in a blender on high until completely smooth.  Then pour it over the kale and mix it in (with your hands...messy!) to make sure each kale piece is coated.  Lay onto mesh screens and dehydrate at 115 degrees for 12 hours, or overnight.

It's really good!  Slightly sweet and a bit salty...we love them!

Busy Bees

We really needed to polish up our little kitchen and playstands...

So we whipped up a batch of lavender beeswax polish and got busy!

Want to make your own?

Crooked Beeswax Polish
1 oz beeswax (shaved or in small chunks)
4 oz jojoba oil
10 drops of lavender essential oil

Melt the beeswax in a mason jar waterbath like so.

Once it's melted add the jojoba oil.
Stir and remove from the water bath.

Let sit for about 5 min, then stir and add your essential oil.

Let sit another 5 minutes and then stir again.

It's done and ready to work wonders!  Make sure you let it cool completely before capping it.  It doesn't need to be refrigerated, but you can if you like.  Obviously the pudding like texture will harden when it's cold.

When polishing work in small circles until the polish is soaked up by the wood.

*No joke...Baby C whipped off her diaper to polish with!

The girls really enjoy polishing their toys and it makes mama happy to see them in purposeful work.

Busy bees...


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