Herbal Momma's School of Domestic Arts
Herbal Momma, aka, Kristine Farley loves everything herbal, but has an infinity for all domestic and home arts.
This blog is a journal of family and domestic art activities that will be published in her forthcoming book,
Herbal Momma's School of Domestic Arts.

August 12, 2014

Treasure Hunt

This morning teasures were waiting to be found.  On my teasure hunt I found; a box worth of green beans, a huge armload of summer squash, 6 tomatoes (now this is really "happy"), a dozen or so carrots, and a gallon of berries.  Then a spent time canning up a few quarts of beans and 10 quarts made from rest of the veggies were a mix of my booty.

Love the summer harvest!

August 6, 2014

Roses for Health, Healing and Pure Pleasure

Be it the season or that roses are just plan beautiful, they "Gladden My Heart"!!!

Our family has experienced some losses of loved ones in the past month and Roses are good for grieving.  These losses have also caused us to ponder about other dear ones that have passed on.

Additional things to make and enjoy with ROSES:
Eat more roses, make Rose Infused Honey

August 4, 2014

August 1, 2014

A Day of First's

It's August 1st with some other "first's".  A very exciting day!!!

The first Blackberry's, about 2 1/2 quarts and 4 Tomatoes.  And my first bee, small wasp, sting :(

Stupice Tomatoes win again.  This is the second year that Stupice has been the first to ripen.  They are a small sized fruit.  I started these, from seeds saved last year, in the middle of February.  It is a great variety for the Northwest.

We are very blessed to have wild Blackberry's in the perimeter of our property that are prolific.  We have to work to keep them out of the garden and yard.

Tonight's dinner will be fresh Green Beans and Onions from the garden, cooked with ham, Corn Bread....and for dessert, homemade Vanilla Custard Ice Cream topped with...Blackberries.  Yum!

I treated the Bee/Wasp Sting, immediately, with Plantain leaf. I macerated it, chewed up and placed right on the sting sight.  I applied the plantain twice and the "stinging" was gone with NO swelling.  

Cornbread  Makes 8” pan
We love cornbread with soups, salads, chili, and even cold for breakfast with milk and a little sugar. Try to use freshly ground cornmeal and whole wheat flour for a fresher taste.

1 cup cornmeal
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup oil
½ cup honey or sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup milk

Grease 8” square pan.  Mix dry ingredients thoroughly.  Add remaining ingredients.  Stir quickly and pour into pan.  Bake at 375’ for 20 minutes.

July 14, 2014

Do You Have a 72 Hour Kit?

I don't consider myself a "Prepper", but more of a Provident Living/Sustainable Homesteader "want to be".  I do know the importance of being prepared for emergency's, though that is not my focus.  Emergency Preparedness is something you just get done because it is the wise thing to do.  It doesn't have to be complicated, costly, and the only thing you have to rotate is the food products only if you don't use MRE's or other long term portable foods.

The following is a very good article written by M.D. Creekmore by permission.
The MRE's that we have stored have food heating device in each packet, so I do not include a stove for mine.  I do have 3 different ways to build a fire and some additional items to harvest wild foods. We try to schedule a bag check and update in October and April each year.  That way we have current information in it and replace any used, out dated, or lost items. ~ Kristine

If You Don’t Put Together Your 72 Hour Survival Kit Now You’ll Hate Yourself Later!

This short modified excerpt is from my book 31 Days to Survival - this would also make a good bug out bag packing list, with a few modifications…
1x1.trans If You Dont Put Together Your 72 Hour Survival Kit Now Youll Hate Yourself Later!As with any “prepping shopping list” you’ll need to tailor the suggestions listed below to meet your specific needs, skills, location and circumstances – no such shopping list can cover the needs of everyone in every situation, everywhere.
The items listed below make up what is commonly referred to as a basic 72 hour kit and is where you should start your preps. In the following days, we’ll build and expand your stockpile to the point where you will be prepared for both short-term and disasters lasting six months or more.
Now let’s head to your local shopping mall or department store.

Here is your 72 hour kit shopping list:

  1. A three-day supply of water – one gallon of water per person, per day.
  2. A three-day supply of non-perishable food - foods ready to eat or requiring minimal water are preferred.
  3. Small portable, battery-powered AM/FM radio extra batteries.
  4. Flashlight and extra batteries (don’t skimp here get a good quality light)
  5. First aid kit and manual.
  6. Personal hygiene items including toilet paper, feminine supplies, hand sanitizer and soap,
  7. Toothbrush and toothpaste etc.
  8. Matches and waterproof container.
  9. Battery powered lantern and batteries
  10. Whistle
  11. Extra clothing according to climate and season.
  12. Kitchen accessories and cooking utensils, styrofoam plates and bowls and a manual can opener.
  13. Special needs items, such as prescription medications, eye glasses, contact lens, and hearing aid batteries etc.
  14. Items for infants, such as formula, diapers, bottles, and pacifiers.
  15. Sleeping bag or warm blanket (one per person) rating depending on location and climate.
  16. A multi-tool. A roll of duct tape, crowbar, hammer, staple gun, adjustable wrench and Bungee cords and heavy duty work gloves are also nice to have, but add extra weight.
  17. Small bottle of unscented liquid household bleach and an eyedropper for water purification.
  18. Plastic sheeting, duct tape and utility knife for covering broken windows or sheltering in place.
  19. Large heavy duty plastic bags and a plastic bucket for waste and sanitation or other suitable solution.
  20. A small multi-fuel backpackers stove (Colman makes a quality product).
  21.  N95 Respirator for each person in your group (2 or more).
  22. 100’ of rope (550lb paracord or similar)
It’s also a good idea to have photocopies of credit and identification cards, health insurance and other important documents in a water proof container and $100 in emergency cash in small denominations. Also don’t forget photos of family members and pets for re-identification purposes if you get separated.
You’ll also need to put together a list of emergency and personal contact phone numbers as well as a complete list of allergies to any drug (especially antibiotics) or food for each person.
It’s also a good idea to have an extra set of keys to your house and vehicle.

How to pack and store your 72 hour kit

Remember, the 72 hour kit may also serve as an evacuation kit so it all needs to be stored in easy to move containers. You want to be able to “grab and go” should you be forced to evacuate your home.
I prefer to “double pack” – first neatly pack everything in duffel bags or backpacks the store these in plastic totes making it easy to quickly load everything into your car while still having the option of slitting up the gear among your group if you’re forced to evacuate on foot.

Bug Out Bag 101 : How to Determine the Essentials, Contents, and Gear that You Need.

Today’s assignment is to put together your 72 hour survival kit and or bug out bag… This kit will provide what you need to survive 95% of disasters and is a great starting point to building your preps. Now get to it…
What do you think?