• Food & Beauty

    Mountain Cooking

    One of my favorite parts of coming to the mountains (as an adult) is having both the luxury of a large kitchen and access to a wonderful array of local, organic foods. While the little market right down the road is a tad expensive, they carry great options and, if I’m organized enough on a Saturday morning, I can make it to the farmer’s market and stock up on cheese and veggies. Tonight, I’ve got asparagus from the local market (organic, but probably not locally sourced), eggs from a local farm, and a lamb chili made with a local farmer’s ground lamb and a wealth of farmer’s market veggies. To…

  • Food & Beauty

    Rosewater

    I was never a huge fan of rosewater, mainly because it seemed frivolous, until I started making my own. Now I know how incredibly useful it is, as well as easy to make at home. I have a pot simmering on the stove right now full of rose petals and a huge jar cooling on the counter of the batches already made and waiting to be put into cute jars to hand out to friends. “Who brought you roses?” Geoff is eyeballing the roses in the sink, savvy enough to spot red roses, but a little confused as to why their stems have been removed and they’re rinsing in a…

  • Boat & Home,  Food & Beauty

    Bath Bombs

    For Christmas this year, Skye and I gave out bath bombs as teacher and friend presents and they were quite a big hit. With a great scent, giving a pretty package with bombs in it is a special gift, even more so because Skye helped me make a mess make the bath bombs. Even without a 3 year old helping, this project makes a mess, so be warned and be prepared to clean up afterwards. 8 oz baking soda 4 oz citric acid 4 oz corn starch 4 oz epsom salt 2-3 tsp coconut oil food coloring essential oils (we used lemon and rose) isopropyl alcohol (Many recipes I found…