home, money, self

recovering from the holidays

i adore the holiday season - i'm lucky in that for me it means lots of time with family, warm and cozy homes, and so much delicious food. but the six months between thanksgiving and new years also take a lot out of me, and i suspect others feel similarly. the rush to get all… Continue reading recovering from the holidays


making herbal oils

herbal oils, or herbal oil infusions, are used for culinary, cosmetic, and medicinal purposes. i make herbal oils for use in salves, balms, and lotions. herbs are soaked in a carrier oil for a specified amount of time, pressed and decanted before being put to use. during the soaking (or digestion) process, the oil soaks… Continue reading making herbal oils

money, self

financial independence

if you aren't a personal finance nerd, you may not have heard of or know what the terms 'financial independence' and 'early retirement' mean. today i will discuss these ideas, along with how they fit into my story and how you can adapt them into your own life. there is a stigma to talking about… Continue reading financial independence


skillet cake

all summer long we got tons of blueberries from the farm through our CSA. i made muffins, biscuits, smoothies, and this cake with them, yet i still had excess blueberries! so i froze them for a rainy day aka the hell that is No Fresh Produce for Two Months (georgia's short winter). blueberries are super… Continue reading skillet cake


dark days

today 2017 passed into december and i've returned to my home in north georgia for three weeks. upon my arrival i noticed our maples finally dropped their lackluster leaves ... and that it's still warm and muggy enough that my echinacea, blanket flower, and yarrow is blooming. yesterday on an afternoon jog i even spotted… Continue reading dark days

home, self

diy: temperature controller

i feel like we lead a pretty simple life, until i spend an entire morning building a highly specialized tool for a niche job like rising sourdough bread and infusing herbal oils. today my mom and i built a temperature controller which will be used to turn a camping cooler into a chamber for rising bread,… Continue reading diy: temperature controller

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root lore goods

good evening blog readers! it is with great pleasure that i announce the official opening of my etsy shop, Root Lore Goods. root lore goods is a one woman show offering homestead crafts and herbal delights. everything in my shop is handmade by me, down to the drawings on my labels and business cards! many… Continue reading root lore goods