Tuesday, January 17, 2017

5 Perennial Medicinal Herbs You Should Plant This Spring



Why get medicine from the pharmacy when you can grow your own? These five herbs are safe to use and easy to grow, making them perfect for a beginner medicinal herb garden! 

Monday, January 16, 2017

One Year of Blogging: The Best of Stone Axe


It has been exactly one year today since this foolhardy website came into this world kicking and screaming. Almost 100 posts, at least that many cups of coffee, much cursing and vigorous backspacing later and here we are. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

No Nonsense Two Ingredient Whole Wheat Bread


We love bread! To get a decent loaf of bread in this town can cost $5 or more, though, so I make my own several times a week. I don't have time to mess around with crazy ingredients or exacting measurements, plain and simple will do, thank you. 

Monday, January 9, 2017

Woven Pumpkin Mats: A Traditional Way of Preserving Squash and Pumpkin


When I study the every day lives of people in history, I often find tidbits of information that have the potential to be of use in my own life. The past is rarely recorded in the exacting detail that I desire, so a bit more digging has to be done. 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Foraging For Wintergreen


With winter in full swing and snow blanketing every surface, the bears are soundly hibernating in their dens, most plants are laying quietly dormant underground, and I have mostly limited my activities to sitting by the wood stove and drinking tea, but hardy as ever, wintergreen didn’t get the memo. 

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Our Accidental Trash Free Life


While I always admired people who filled like one mason jar a year with trash, I have to admit that they seemed a bit obsessive about it and so I never set out to try it myself. A couple of weeks ago, I realized that I’ve come pretty close to accomplishing this seemingly miraculous feat without even trying or noticing. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Rewild Your Spice Cabinet: 17 Seasonings to Forage For


Many people these days are trying to “rewild” their diet, foraging for their own or purchasing wild harvested food, or even buying wild plants grown in an agricultural setting from reputable sources. Wild meats, such as bison, salmon, venison, and duck are as popular as ever. Even wild mushrooms and root vegetables, such as sunchokes, seem to be popping up all over the country in farmers markets, food co-ops, and specialty grocery stores. While it is wonderful to see this movement back towards our local flavors and ingredients, it has been my experience that they are often prepared with traditionally Western methods and recipes, including common seasonings found in the Western diet. I think it is time that we experience the true taste of our local fields and forests and incorporate wild seasonings as well!