33 super cool popsicles to make this summer


who doesn’t love a tasty frozen treat in hot weather?  some great recipes here.  you MUST try them.  i can’t wait to make my first batch.  click the link for all the details:




Kiku Corner
Recipe type:Drinks
Prep time:1 hour
Cook time:10 mins
Total time:1 hour 10 mins
makes 1 L
  1. Bring the water to a boil in a large pot.
  2. Once the water has boiled, add the tea or teabags. Take the pot off the heat and let the tea steep. If you are using teabags, take them out after 2-4 minutes. If using loose leaf tea, you can let it steep for up to 10 minutes without the tea getting bitter.
  3. Add the peach simple syrup. You might need more, if you want a stronger peach flavour.
  4. Let the tea cool, then chill it in the fridge.
  5. Serve chilled over ice
  6. .http://www.kikucorner.com/2014/09/11/summertime-is-peach-iced-tea/


sounds yummy and hot! can’t wait to make some!

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I posted this recipe a couple of years ago, but this is still one of my favorite recipes to can. This is also one of my most popular canning projects, along with the apple-pear jam and the cyser style apples from last fall. I can’t keep jars of any of these three recipes in the house.

I do tend to use more peppers in the recipe now, but if you’re not a heat freak like me, then start with the recommended amount and go from there.

I want to try this with different fruits and peppers. I have some peppers called ring of fire in the freezer that I want to use with strawberries. Some women have a chocolate hoard in their freezers. I have hot peppers.

Firestarter Jam (Peach-Scotch Bonnet Jam)

3 cups sliced peaches

1 seeded, diced scotch bonnet pepper- I really would seed it. The heat level…

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Homemade non toxic coconut oil sunscreen


Homemade Coconut Oil Sunscreen Recipe

Ingredients 1/4 cup coconut oil 1/4 cup shea butter (I get my butters from Mountain Rose Herbs) 1/8 cup sesame oil or jojoba oil 2 tbsp. beeswax granules (I get my waxes from Mountain Rose Herbs) 1-2 tbsp. zinc powder (optional) 1 tsp. red raspberry seed oil 20-30 drops carrot seed oil (NOTE: This is NOT carrot seed essential oil.) Essential oils of your choice (lavender, rosemary, vanilla, and/or peppermint are nice)

1. Using a double boiler (or a small pan over very low heat), melt your coconut oil, sesame or jojoba oil, beeswax, and shea butter together. The beeswax will be the last to melt.
2. When the beeswax is melted, remove the mixture from the heat and let cool to room temperature. If you’re using zinc oxide, whisk it in at this point, being careful not to create a lot of dust. If there are some lumps, that’s OK. They will break up when you whip the body butter in step 4.
3. Move the mixture to the fridge for 15 to 30 minutes. You want it to start to set up, but still be soft enough to whip.
4. Take the mixture out of the fridge and using a stand mixer or hand mixer, start to whip it. Drizzle in the red raspberry seed oil, the carrot seed oil and any essential oils of your choice. Continue whipping until the mixture is light and fluffy.
5. Use as you would any regular sunscreen. Application rates will depend on your activity and exposure to water. Store in a glass container in the fridge between uses.


20 tips for vegetable gardeners.


i would like to add my own personal opinion about the suggestion to pee in your compost. remember, the medications you take will show up in your pee, hence, your compost.  if you are healthy and don’t take meds, go for it. if you take scripts, i wouldn’t suggest peeing in your compost. that would alleviate the “organic” part by adding those chemicals.  check out the link for the gardening tips and suggestions.