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Whether you live in a city, suburb, or the country, this essential guide for the backyard homesteader will help you achieve a homespun life–from starting your own garden and pickling the food you grow to pressing wildflowers, baking sourdough loaves, quilting, raising chickens, and creating your own natural cleaning supplies. In these richly illustrated pages, sustainability-guru Kris Bordessa offers DIY lovers an indispensable home reference for sustainability in the 21st century, with tried-and-true advice, 50 enticing recipes, and step-by-step directions for creating easy, cost-efficient projects that will bring out your inner pioneer. Filled with 340 color photographs, this relatable, comprehensive book contains time honored-wisdom and modern know-how for getting back to basics in a beautiful, accessible package.
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Easy Melt-and-Pour Candles
1. Place containers on a flat surface. Cut wick to length, so that the end will sit on the bottom of the container and extend 4 inches past its top. Tie a chopstick or twig to one end of the wicking. Set the chopstick across the top of the container with the wick extending into the vessel.
2. Melt wax. Add essential oils to melted wax for fragrance, if desired—use 20 to 30 drops per cup of wax.
3. Carefully pour wax into the container, almost to the rim.
4. Allow to set. If you notice that the wax pulled away from the side of the container or sunk as it dried, melt a bit more wax and top it off for a clean finish.
Chopsticks or twigs
Essential oils for fragrance (optional)
Often, when we think about a healthy lifestyle, the first thing that comes to mind is what we eat. We avoid unhealthy foods or produce that’s been sprayed with pesticides, or attempt to add more fiber and vegetable to our diet. But what about the products we use to clean our bodies and our homes? From lotions and shampoo to laundry detergent and deodorizers, our bodies are constantly being exposed to unfamiliar—and often dangerous—ingredients. Wondering how you can eliminate harsh chemicals from your life while still maintaining a clean environment? The answer is simple: Do it yourself! It is important to educate yourself on proper usage and risk, but you can reap real benefits by exploring the fascinating world of plant-based natural remedies.
1. In a large saucepan, combine 5 cups water with the elderberries, cinnamon stick, orange peel, and grated ginger. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat.
2. Immediately turn down the heat and let simmer for 30 minutes.
3. Strain the mixture through several layers of cheesecloth into a bowl.
4. Let cool slightly, then squeeze as much of the juice as possible out of the cheesecloth and into the bowl without releasing the solids.
5. Stir in the honey to taste. This is easier to do while the juice is still warm.
1 cup dried or 2 cups fresh elderberries
1 cinnamon stick
¼ cup fresh orange peel
2 tablespoons ginger, grated
1 cup raw honey
Special equipment: cheesecloth