|Natural Easter Egg Dyes||Easter Egg coloring with Natural Colors||Salt Dough Ornaments|
|Cornucopia||Homemade Soap||Herb Soap Balls|
|Herbal Baths||Rose Petal Beads||Sugar of Roses in Various Figures|
|Butter making||Blair's Ramblings-quilt making||Insect
the Natural Way
|Bath Salts||Milk Bath||Crystallized Violet Flowers|
|Crystallized Violets||Candying of Violets||Crepe Paper Roses|
|Corn Bag Warmer--||Paper Paste--|
Mom always mixed up a huge batch in a wash pan each spring when she and her sister would repaper the entire house.
1/2 c. flour
2 tbs. vinegar
1 tbs. salt
1 pt. water
Boil 30 minutes and keep
Take a cotton* piece of fabric and cut 15 inches long,9 inches wide.Sew the three sides together leaving the top open. Place enough field corn into the form so that it is full when laid flat but not overstuffed.Stitch together the open end.Make another "envelope " with a flap to serve as a cover for the Corn Bag Warmer.
These can also be placed in the freezer for a natural,reusable cold pack.However,I would strongly suggest one to be used only for warming and one to be used only for cold packs.
Place Corn Bag Warmer flat in microwave oven. Heat approximately 3 minutes on high setting. Time will vary with microwave. Cozy Warmer will stay hot for 25 to 30 minutes.You can use this warmer over and over again.
You can use this warmer for that sore neck or shoulder,warm up the bed sheets,place a bowl of rolls on top of it to keep them nice and toasty,good to place on that aching tummy.The list goes on.
You don't sew? Well,I do and will make these bags for you for $12.95 which includes the shipping costs.Just email me with your request.Personal checks accepted but shipment will be delayed until the check clears--5 to 7 days.
*Synthetics will get too
in the microwave and could possibly burn your skin.
You can find the field
at pet supply stores.No--you can't substitute popcorn because it will
How did the pioneers make wicks for their candles?
Did you ever wonder where
wicks came from when the pioneers made candles?Mullen.Before you start
searching around for this herb,be advised you have to locate the seed
luck) and plant it yourself.Mullen has a very hard stem and is a
plant.When the herb was fully grown and ripe,the hard outer stems were
removed ,exposing the cord-like center.Several thickenesses were
together and a weight was placed on the end of this cord for several
until it was dried.
Crepe Paper Roses
1. With a piece of
outline two circles beside one another
using a cup. Connect the two circles by drawing a half square
shape at the base.
2. Using the color
of crepe paper, layer two sheets
together. Lay the sheets onto the template and cut out pattern.
Repeat process about 10 times to make one rose.
3. Begin wrapping the
around the dowel in a diagonal fashion,
starting at the square base. This will give the edges a soft curl. To shape the petals, gently stretch the middle of the petal to form a bowl-shaped dome. Repeat process with other crepe paper pieces.
4. Cut a 4" wide strip of
paper to the approximate length of
the rose petal template. Twist the paper lengthwise. Wrap wire
around the twisted length and then fold in half while continuing to
twist and wrap with wire to make the core and base stem of the
5. Begin wrapping the
petals around the core, shaping the
petals gently outward. Secure the petals to the stem with floral
wire. Repeat process, gradually opening the rose up with each petal piece attached.
6. Finish by securing the
leaf garland around the base of the
rose. Secure with floral tape, wrapping until the stem is covered.
Handful of violets; washed
1 egg white; beaten with 1 tsp. water
1 small paintbrush; such as those used for painting water colors
handful of violets; washed
1 small Paintbrush; such as those used for painting watercolors
Note - primroses,
petals, and mint leaves can also be treated in
this manner. Flowers that are to be eaten should be picked
carefully. Avoid flowers that grow on chemically treated lawns, and
never pick those that grow on the sides of roads because they may be
contaminated with lead deposits. Pick the violets, swish them
through soapy water, then rinse them and remove all stems.
Method #1 - one at
time, dip the flowers into the beaten egg white
and gently press them into confectioners' sugar to cover them
completely. Brush off any excess sugar. Dry on a cake rack covered
with a piece of wire mesh. Turn the flowers a few times as they are
drying. For best results, dry them for at least 8 hr.. Pack them
between layers of tissue paper in an airtight box. Will keep several
Method #2 - dip
paintbrush in the gum arabic and thoroughly coat
all parts of the flower. Gently sprinkle fine sugar onto the coated
flower. Shake off excess sugar and dry as described above. Pack them
between layers of tissue paper in an airtight box. Will keep 6-8
Sue Woodward-FOODS OF THE
Note - gum arabic
sold in some pharmacies or can be obtained from
pharmaceutical mail order houses. If necessary, ask your pharmacist
for help. It should be diluted with water until it is of the
consistency of a medium thick glue.
Author: Peter G. Rose
1 tbs. powdered gum arabic
1 tbs. rose water
NOTE: Both gum
and rose water are available from drugstores
or cake decorating supply stores.
Dissolve the gum
in the rose water and leave until the
solution becomes a paste. Using a small brush, paint each violet
all over with the solution, then dip the flowers in superfine sugar.
Leave to dry on a wire rack in a warm place. Store the petals in an
airtight container and use them on desserts as an edible garnish.
* Source: The Magic of Herbs, by Jane Newdick
Crystallized Violet Flowers
1 bunch violet flowers
1 egg white
1/2 c. powdered sugar
in the morning after the dew has dried. Paint
them carefully with lightly beaten egg white, using an artist's
paintbrush and dip in powdered sugar. Dry in very slow oven until
crisp; this may take up to 24 hours.
SOURCE: Southern Herb Growing ; by Hill And Barclay
1 cup cornstarch
2 cups dry milk powder
1/8 teaspoon of almond (or any) fragrance oil
Combine ingredients in
processor or blender. Add oil and blend. Add
1/2 cup of mixture to hot bath water or fill a bath bag with it. Climb into the tub and relax.Your skin will feel so soft.I've used this for years.Of course,instead of almond,I love the old timey scent of lemon verbena or lavender.
There was a time when no one would have ever thought about buying any type of dye.It was unheard of.Woolens,fabrics and yes,Easter eggs were dyed using natural ingredients.I thought you might enjoy these few tips:This is a case where modern technology might be faster but the old timey ways are prettier.Easter
was a time when no one would have ever thought about buying any type of
dye.It was unheard of.Woolens,fabrics and yes,Easter eggs were dyed
natural ingredients.I thought you might enjoy these few tips:
NATURAL EGG EASTER DYES
-----SPRING CHICKEN YELLOW-----
1 teaspoon Turmeric
2/3 cup -Boiling water
1/4 teaspoon Vinegar
-----EASTER BUNNY BROWN-----
1 tablespoon Instant coffee -- heaping Tbs.
2/3 cup -Boiling water
1/2 teaspoon Vinegar
Boil egg with one of the following:-----SEREN"DIP"ITY-----
Onion skins-- (golden orange)
Spinach -- (pale green)
Walnut shells -- buff
Juice -- (mauve) &
1/4 teaspoon Vinegar
Red cabbage leaves--pink
eggs in mild soapy water to remove oily coating which could
prevent dye from adhering. Simmer for 20 minutes.
Yellow: Add turmeric to boiling water, stir until dissolved. Add
Bunny Brown: Add heaping Tbs. heaping instant
coffee to boiling water, stir to dissolve. Add vinegar.
Try boiling eggs with one of the listed ingredients. Add 1/4
tsp. vinegar to water.
this recipe at Flora's
EASTER EGG WITH NATURAL COLORS
You will need:
Small, flat leaves and
Old nylon stockings cut in 4-inch squares
1. In separate
put the skins of 6 yellow onions (for reddish
brown dye); the shells of 12 walnuts (light brown); half a small red
cabbage, cut up (blue); and 6 sliced beets (light brown). Add enough water to cover each ingredient. Pour 2 tablespoons of white
vinegar into each pan, too. Each dye will color 4 or 5 eggs.
2. Center a leaf or
on a square of stocking. Pull the corners
tightly together around an egg and tie them with string, making sure
the leaf stays flat (Ask someone to lend an extra pair of hands).
Be Careful - the eggs aren't cooked yet!!
3. Bring the water in
pan to a boil. Use a spoon to carefully
lower a wrapped egg all the way into the water (You may need to
hold it down with the spoon.) Turn the heat down to low and simmer
the eggs, uncovered, about 20 minutes. This will cook them as it
4. Turn off the heat and
the pans off the stove. Let the eggs and
dyes cool in the pans. Then take out the dye materials (yellow
onions, walnuts, etc..) and leave the eggs in the colored water
overnight in the refrigerator.
5. Take the eggs out of
dye, remove the nylon and leaves, and
pat the eggs dry. Rub on a little salad oil (Don't rub too hard, or the
design will come off). Keep the eggs in the refrigerator until you are
ready to hide them or give them away.
You will need:
Hard boiled eggs
Glass jar pint size or larger
Crayon stubs, peeled
1. Grate crayons over a
towel. Fill a jar with very hot
water(near boiling). Drop pinches of crayon in the water and as the wax begins to melt, drop in egg being careful not to break or spill the
2. Using a spoon, swirl the water around and the wax will make designs on the egg. Carefully remove and place it in an upside down egg carton.
3. Let dry, don't smear.
jar with hot water for each egg.
Purple Puma Cookie Co.(I really didn't make up this name.Sorry I don't have the link.)
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 cup water
Mix salt and flour.
add water, mixing as you add it. Towards
the end you will have to put dough on a work counter or on a lightly oiled
surface and knead well until dough is smooth. This dough can be
used to make long lasting ornaments and decorations. Bake at
325 ° F for about 1 1/2 hours until dry. After they have completely cooled,you can paint them with acrylic paints and tie ribbons around them. If you want to hang them up make sure that you make holes
to hang them before baking.
For a smooth, white
like dough, mix 1 cup cornstarch
and 2 cups baking soda in a saucepan. Add 1 1/3 cups of cold
water and stir until smooth. Heat slowly stirring constantly
until mixture begins to thicken. Turn mixture out on a plate,
cover and let cool. knead until smooth. Dust bread board with
cornstarch and roll out dough.Add more cornstarch to prevent
sticking. Cut out ornaments(remember to make holes for hanging!)
and place on wire racks to air dry for a few days. After drying
you can paint the ornaments and hang on your tree or use as package
You can use cookie
for making the decorations. Use the
bigger cutters that don't have small areas for the dough to stick
in and can't get it out.
Use these doughs for
decorations for any holiday as well
3 cans soft breadstick
1 lg. egg, beaten with:
1 tbs. water
Sugar snap peas, red and
Yellow cherry tomatoes,
Baby carrots, baby squash,
Cauliflower and broccoli
to 350 ° F. Lightly spray a
cookie sheet, at least 17"x 14", with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Tear off a 30"x
sheet of heavy duty aluminum
foil. Fold in 1/2 to 18"x 15". Roll diagonally to
form a hollow cone, about 18" long with a diameter of
5" at the widest end (Cornucopia opening). Fasten end
with clear tape. Stuff cone with crumpled regular
foil until form is rigid. Bend tail of cone up then
down at end. Spray outside of cone with non-stick
cooking spray. Place on cookie sheet.
3. Open and
first can of breadstick dough on
work surface. Separate breadsticks. Begin by wrapping
one breadstick around tip of cone. Brush end of next
breadstick with Glaze and press to attach to end of
first breadstick. Continue spiral wrapping cone,
slightly overlapping dough until there are 3
4. Pinch one
of the 3 breadsticks together, then
braid. Brush bread around opening of Cornucopia with
Glaze. Gently press on braid. Brush entire
Cornucopia with Glaze.
5. Bake 45
in preheated oven or until bread
is a rich brown. (If parts start to darken too much,
cover them with pieces of foil.)
oven and let cool completely on cookie
sheet on a wire rack. Carefully remove foil when
cool. (If freezing, leave foil in bread for support.
Remove when thawed.)
with the assorted raw vegetables
directly on table and let them spill out of opening
NOTE-- To prevent
center-piece from absorbing
atmospheric moisture, the baked Cornucopia cone can be
sprayed with shellac or clear enamel. If treated in
this manner, the Cornucopia will be inedible but can
be preserved and re-used.
From Ethyle Todd
of grease (5 quarts strained) ; 2 cans Lewis Lye, dissolved in 2 quarts
of cold water (use enamel utensils) ; Let both reach room
1/2 cup washing soda, dissolved in 1 cup hot water;
cup of Borax; 3/4 cup ammonia
Add lye slowly to dissolved grease, stirring with wooden spoon or stick. Then add soda and borax mixture and ammonia. Stir about 20 minutes). Pour into flat pan or box lined with wax paper. Let stand until ready to mark off. NOTE: If mixture begins to thicken before the 20 minutes, stop and pour into pan. If it thickens too much it does not pour readily.
1/4 c boiling water
1 tbs. pulverized herbs (chamomile,lavender, peppermint, rosemary, sage, thyme, or a combination)
5 drops related essential oil
2 c. shredded ivory or Castile soap
Pour boiling water over
Add 5 to 6 drops oil. Steep 15 minutes.
Reheat 'til bubbly and pour over soap. Mix well with hands and let stand 15 minutes. Mix again and divide into 3 or 6 parts, rolling each into a ball.
Place on plastic wrap and dry for 3 days.
1 c. oatmeal
1 tbs. Herbs
1 drop essential oil
Mix oatmeal, herbs and oil and fill bath bags with mixture. Oatmeal is used because it is a natural skin softener and cleanser.
STIMULATING BATHS: basil, bay, calendula, citronella, fennel horseradish roots, lavender, lemon verbena, lovage root, marjoram, mint, nettle, pine needles, queen of the meadow, sage, rosemary, savory,thyme, vetiver root.
chamomile, comfy, elder, primrose, hyssop,jasmine, juniper berries,
balm, linden flowers, marshmallow root,melilot, mullein, passionflower
flowers, roses, slippery elm inner bark, tansy,violet, valerian root,
ROSEMARY:This is a wonderful herb.Sprinkle dried rosemary in your bath to soothe aching or tense muscles.lt is also used to make a perfect hair rinse for brunettes or redheads.
4 tbs. rosemary flowers
1 nutmeg, grated
2 tbs. cinnamon, grated
1 qt. alcohol spirit (Vodka works well)
Pour liquid over herbs in
clean jar - stand in warm dark place for two
weeks. Strain through cheesecloth or paper coffee strainer. Use as you
would witch hazel, to soothe aches.
1 cup epsom
2 jars with lids
2 bottles food coloring
8 oz decorative jar
a few drops of your favorite perfume
1/2 yard of ribbon -- 1/2" to 1" wide
To make these good
bath salts, first measure 1/2 cup of Epsom
salt into each jar with a lid. Add 15 drops of food color to each jar,
one color per jar and put on the lids. Shake the jars until the Epsom
salts are dyed evenly. If you want your colors to be darker, add more
food color and shake again. Take off the lids and let the salts dry
overnight. Now, make sure your pretty jar is all clean and dry. Then
pour the dyed bath salts into the jar, alternating colors (you may want
to get colors that go together well). Add a couple of drops of perfume
to the bath salts, put on the lid and tie the jar with your pretty
The heat of your body causes the beads to give off the smell of the rose.
l. In enamel pan place one pound of red rose petals with just enough water to cover.
2.Simmer very slowly for one hour but do not boil.Cover and let stand over night.
3.Repeat these steps three more times.
4.By the fourth day,the petals and water will have become a smooth paste.
5.Take a small amount and roll it between your palms ,forming beads 1/4 inch in diameter.
6.Pierce each ball with a needle for stringing and let the beads dry on newspaper in a warm closet.
7.Thread the beads onto silk thread for your necklace.
These beads are sturdier than you would think,lasting several years and keeping their fragrance. They turn a polished red Sienna color.
1 oz dried rose buds (the
1 lb loaf sugar
Finely pound the dried
Wet the sugar in rose water, and boil to a candy height. Put in your
of roses and the lemon's juice. Mix all well together, put it on a pie
plate, and put it into lozenges, or make it into any figure you fancy,
such as men, women or birds. If you want ornaments for your dessert,
may gild or color them to your liking.
John Farley, Principal Cook at London Tavern 1804 The London Art of Cookery (Flower Cookery - by Mary MacNicol)
Crumble dried Sage and
leaves, mix with melted wax, form into candle (an easy way to do this
you don't have candle molds is to put a votive candle in a bowl, pour
herb-wax in the bowl a bit at a time,
and let harden) and use to keep bugs away.
Appalachian Weather Signs A very interesting site relating to the signs our ancestors in Appalachia used in predicting the weather.