This Weekend’s Harvest

Last weekend I had the opportunity to spend time at my parents garden in northern Indiana. There’s nothing quite like being outdoors and eating fresh veggies straight out of the dirt. Not as gross as it sounds.

The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway.

– Michael Pollan

I thought I’d share a few pictures of our harvest and the makings of our garden veggie stew that we cooked over coals near our fire.

While I’m not in the position currently to have my own garden, it’s so nice to have access to one. I know that someday I’ll have a full garden, but it’s city living for us for the next several years!

I do have some background in indoor gardening, so hopefully soon I can set up something (like aquaponics!) even on a small scale to grow some arugula and kale for my husband, rabbit and me.

Do you garden or will you garden?

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Homemade Shampoo

I haven’t purchased shampoo in nearly three years, and I couldn’t be happier! I’ve been using random concoctions for a while, but this one has seemed to work out well. It’s simple to make with ingredients that have many other uses as well, so it’s ultra-economical and my hair appears to be enjoying the simplicity. Check it out:

Shampoo Ingredients

Ingredients for shampoo:

1/4 cup baking soda

2 teaspoons of Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap

2 drops of an essential oil of your choice (I love lavender)

Put all the ingredients in a jar (I believe mine is 32 oz?) and fill to the brim with water. Shake until it looks like this:

Homemade Shampoo

I pour this mix over my head and scrub (it doesn’t lather too much, so be prepared). Rinse it out, and then rinse your hair with vinegar. You’ll have this smell with you for a while, but don’t worry, it goes away once your hair has dried 🙂

One note of warning: if you have a very dry scalp and have experienced flaking or have sensitive skin, the vinegar does sting a bit. Ladies, I recommend shaving your legs after washing your hair, because if you get even a bit of vinegar on tender legs, it feels like you’re being stung by a  horde of very, very angry bees.

Happy washing!