Wednesday Vacation Power!

It’s the mid-way through vacation already, but I feel like I have already begun to amass a week’s worth of crafting (so that is a sign of a well-spent vacation!).

Today  I was quite busy as I made two soaps and a lotion.  I also managed to get a couple of the malas I made for my husband photographed as well. Continue reading “Wednesday Vacation Power!”

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Weekend Chores and Recipes

My chores were stacking up on me lately since I have been spending so much time knitting. I spent a good part of my morning today catching them up.

I got my chores done now, and am including a recipe here for some herbal bed time tea and (my dinner), teriyaki chicken marinade.

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Experimental Rooibos Tea Soap with Diatomaceous Earth

There was a little experimental soap making on my mind ever since I thought a few weeks ago about adding Rooibos tea to a soap recipe.   This weekend I took on the challenge! Continue reading “Experimental Rooibos Tea Soap with Diatomaceous Earth”

Hiatus – With Kukicha

Hi!  I have been away for a couple of weeks and thought I would check in.

We are finally executing a major project at work and I have been putting in many, many hours there (about 16 hours per day plus weekends).    I have one more week of this project to go, and then it’s “out of the frying pan, into the fire” into a new project that is just kicking off.   That will also be quite hectic for a few more weeks until I can get all the parts and pieces sorted enough to fall into a manageable cadence.

If I am lucky, I may still get to take vacation in a couple of weeks.  My birthday is coming up and since I didn’t get to take Thanksgiving vacation, I have a week of carry-over to use up.  With the start of a new project,  I am not sure if I will be able to take it or not — but I hope so (although I haven’t even had time to think about a plan for what I would like to do, so I can get any supplies ordered ahead of time).

All these hours of work have left me exhausted and feeling decidedly un-creative.   I have just been taking it easy for the few hours I do get to myself.

Tonight, I am trying to relax, but since I have an early day tomorrow, I didn’t want to relax with a tea containing a lot of caffeine.   I can’t afford to lie awake in bed all night trying to fall asleep.   So I reached for a new (to me) tea called Kukicha.   It has a very low caffeine content and is considered a “winter tea”, so it seemed like a great fit! Continue reading “Hiatus – With Kukicha”

Give Me Strength! An herbal tisane blend

I’ve been a bit under the weather this week.  My husband brought home a cold last week and despite my body valiantly trying to ward it off, the virus finally won sometime around Tuesday.

On top of that, I had the week from hell at work.  It was really terrible, especially with being sick.

As if that weren’t enough, I was supposed to have the week off for vacation (it is Thanksgiving this week in the US), but due to the aforementioned hell at work — everyone’s vacation is cancelled.    Therefore, my much-needed rest and relaxation will have to be put on hold and I will have to put in more hours and energy at work for another month or two until this project wraps up.

All this has left me feeling depleted and a bit moody.   My cold is finally starting to fade away, but I am lacking energy and vigor. Continue reading “Give Me Strength! An herbal tisane blend”

Teas and Tisanes – Tasty Experiments – Ten Free Recipes

I didn’t feel much like doing anything too crafty today.  I am getting ready to go back to work tomorrow because my vacation is sadly over. 😦

Instead of making soap, lotions, sewing or doing any of that stuff, I decided to dip into my herb stash and do some experiments of the tasty kind.

I don’t have any tea drinkers in my family, so this was “just for me”.   However, I wanted to make them look pretty too, just in case I do find a tea drinker, so I could have a presentable gift for them.

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Mellow Friday Tisane

What a week I had!  We closed down a big project at work and are getting ramped up for the next one.  It was busy!  Now I am happy that the weekend is here so I can relax and have some fun (but first I need to calm down and re-focus).

 

I bought some more whole oat tops and chamomile from Mountain Rose Herbs, so I had to re-package them into a bigger jar.   As I was doing that, I got inspired to make a nice, mellow, relaxing tisane to start out my weekend right!   If I rest well tonight, then tomorrow I can have all day to play! Continue reading “Mellow Friday Tisane”