White Clover

During this time of year, white clover (Trifolium repens) is flowering in abundance! My bees love it and I love it too. 🐝 White clover isn’t talked about much in the herbalism world. But, it should be. It has many nutrients and when prepared certain ways, it can help certain ailments.

I use the flowers primarily, but the leaves and seeds are edible too. I make a lot of tea, especially during our cold and long winters. A cup of this tea is known to fight fevers and colds, purify and cleanse the blood and you can even use the tea (cooled of course) to use as an eye wash.

I recently found this recipe for white clover pudding. PUDDING!!! 😍I am going to give it a try, but will substitute the cream for coconut cream. So many uses for this sweet little flower!

These small white flowers can be dried in a dehydrator and stored in glass jars for about a year. However, it doesn’t last that long in my house! We love tea!

This would be a fun activity for kids to do!

New Product Announcement!

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Guess what?!  Young Living has come out with some really, really amazing stuff. They have really outdone themselves with these new products. 👀 Interested in something, but not quite ready to become a member? Let me know and I will add it to my order and send it out to you.  If you are ready to become a member, you will receive a 24% discount on the Premium Starter Kit, sign up bonus kit with oily info and goodies from me (a $25 value) and WHOLESALE prices.  Not only that, but you get exclusive, one on one support from myself and my team.  🤙  Any purchases you make, be sure to add my ‘coupon code’ (My member number) #14549923 to get your discount!! *Use the link at the bottom of the page and it will automatically pop up in the box.

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Savvy Minerals Primer

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There are two new primers that are going to be a must have!  Here are the details:

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This is amazing.  Savvy Minerals Mascara has been out of stock for a long time.  This item is super popular and here is why:  It’s infused with lavender.  That means you will have fuller lashes!  Who doesnt want long, full lashes?! This mascara will condition, nourish and will give your lashes a naturally defined look.  Clinically tested for ocular irritation and it is safe for sensitive eyes.savingpng-16

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The crowd went wild at convention when this was announced.  The colors are simply gorgeous and will for sure be a must-have Savvy product!  These 5 pressed powders are infused with lavender, coconut and shea butter- making these super smooth to apply and the blend and they build beautifully.   Long lasting and they are vegan friendly!

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Package Bees vs. Nuc Bees and an Update!

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In my last post about bee hives, I had said that I would be getting bees for two different hives (a top bar hive & a langstroth hive).  I purchased a package of bees for the top bar and I purchased a nuc box of bees for the langstroth hive.

I sometimes get asked about the different hives I have.  My first hive was the Top Bar Hive.  top bar hiveWhat is a top bar hive?

A top bar hive looks like ^that.  It doesn’t have stack-able boxes. The bees work from one end of the hive to the other.  It does not have frames, rather ‘bars’ that lay across the top. I have a little access window in the back that I can peek in at the bees without having to open them up.  I have found that this is extremely useful and its puts less stress on the bees- and less suiting up and all the work and time that goes into frequent checks.

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Here are a few reasons why I really like the Top Bar Hive:

1. No heavy boxes to lift. Since it is just one long hive, you don’t need to move supers to check the entire hive.

2. If you get a top bar hive with a view window, you can easily check on the hive without ever opening it! I find this very helpful for daily checks on the hive. And, it’s fun for the kids to watch the bees on occasion.

3. It is at hip height. This means I can easily lift bars full of comb and honey and won’t have an aching back afterwards.

Some downsides to the top bar hive:

1. The bees have to start all of the comb from scratch. Meaning, there are no wax frames or plastic frames (not that I would use plastic). It takes a lot of energy and food for the bees to be able to do this fast enough and make enough honey to survive our cold winters.

2. Not as much honey as in other types of hives. Top bar hives are excellent for beeswax production. *I don’t really see this as a downside for me, but it may be for some who are looking for an abundance of honey and not an abundance of beeswax.

3. It can be difficult to find nucs for top bar hives. Which is why we purchased a package.

Okay, so now for my thoughts on my package of bees from Hudson Valley Bee Supply in Kingston, NY. I really love the staff and products at Hudson Valley Bee Supply. They are very helpful and knowledgeable. Their prices were also fair.  I highly recommend them.

When we picked up the package of bees, they looked awesome. The queen looked well and the bees were young.

It was extremely easy to install the package of bees into the top bar hive. What surprised me the most was that the bees were very docile.

Installing a package of bees was a little nerve wracking as you literally dump the bees out into the hive after you shake the bees to the bottom of the box. Its kind of crazy to think about, but really wasn’t that bad.  Really!

I was a little nervous about how these bees would do.  No comb to build onto, no honey, nothing.. just a pile of bees inside of this empty hive.  But, to my surprise they started building comb.  Almost immediately.  It has been about a month and a half so far and I am happy to say that they have built enough comb to fill the hive half way.  That’s about 10 bars so far.  They have tons of brood of all stages, loads of honey already and the queen looks healthy!

I would absolutely buy a package of bees if I decide to get another hive.  Its also the cheaper option too.  Win!

 

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Onto the Langstroth hive.  These might be the most popular hive around and many would associate beekeeping with this type of hive.  It looks like a box that you stack other wooded boxes onto. Inside, there are frames that the bees build their comb (if you decide to go foundation-less) or bees can build onto foundations.  For my hive, I purchased frames with beeswax foundation.

Since this is my first year with this type of hive, I cant really tell you what I like and what I don’t like…yet. But, I will say that I prefer my top bar hive over the lang.  However, I am thinking that the Langstroth will keep the bees warmer in the winter which if it will make it easier for my bees to survive, then that is what is important.

On to the Nuc.

What is a nuc.  Well, its like a small hive.  Its a box that has every component that an established bee hive would have, just smaller. There are usually 2 regular size frames with comb, honey (maybe),  2 frames with brood, bees and a mated queen.  The nuc frames came with plastic foundation- not my favorite- but that is how they came.    To install these bees, you simply transfer the frames from the nuc box to your hive.  Simple, right?!

It was extremely easy to install these bees into their new home.  Although these bees were more feisty than the bees from my package bees. It was fairly simple to do.

A week later, I did my first hive check to see how the bees were doing, if there were brood, and eggs. I also wanted to check the queen and make sure there was a queen- since I didn’t check the bees very well during installation.  I found eggs and brood and the bees were bringing in pollen.  So I wasn’t concerned.  That was until I saw the queen.  Her wings were slightly tattered looking and she appeared to be less than active.  I also noticed that on the bottom of a frame there were some developed comb on the bottom of a brood frame.  I had suspicions that the hive was not happy with the current queen and they had planned on swarming soon.  I asked a few beekeepers with more experience than I do, and gave me some great advice.  I decided to leave the cells and if they were to develop into a queen cell, then so be it.  I let the hive do what they wanted.  After subsequent hive checks, I only checked for brood.  I wasn’t interested in looking through the entire hive- I just wanted to make sure that they were expanding and growing.

Fast forward to last week. I checked the hive, pulling every frame out.  I found many eggs, many brood at various stages and the tattered looking queen.  The cells on the bottom have now turned into a peanut shaped cell that hangs off the frame.  I suspected that at any day, the hive would swarm.  My worst fear…. What do I do if my bees swarm and take off?! I put the frames back in and refilled the sugar water jars.  I figured that they know what they are doing,  I am just here to feed them and grow flowers for them, in hopes that one day in the next year or two, my family would be able to consume some of their delicious honey.

The next day, I happened to be out by the bee yard.  The sound was unmistakable. I rushed over to find the queen- her disheveled self, lying there on the grass.  Surrounded by bees.  I scooped her up and put her back into the hive.  They settled and I felt victorious that I had saved the day! And saved my hive.

Later that afternoon, it happened again.  This time she flew into a nearby tree, hovering over 30 feet in the air- just enough that is out of reach for me to get to.

Even though I have swarm traps and a hive ready for her- she didn’t come back. And she took half the hive with her.

So, here I am.  I have one thriving hive- and one hive that has half the amount of bees I started out with and no queen.  The eggs that she had laid are all about hatched and the brood are now capped.  There are still 4 queen cells that I am hoping contains the future of this hive.  But, I will save that for another update.

Overall, I have had better success with the package bees.  If I ever have to buy bees again (which, I am sure I will at some point), I am going to get packaged bees. Nuc bees just did not work out as well.

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Forage for Ramps

Foraging for ramps is just as exciting as foraging for any wild edible. Once you find them and taste how amazingly good these are, you are going to want to do it every year.

First things first. Harvest ethically and be sustainable!  I think this is the most important rule in foraging.  And it happens to be critical for ramps. More on that in a bit…

Ramps

What are ramps you ask? Ramps (Allium tricoccum) or wild garlic/wild leeks are one of the earliest plants to forage for in the spring.  They have one to two broad leaves with a purple/red-ish stem.  It almost looks like Lily of the Valley.  The leaves are about 1-2 inches wide and 4-11 inches tall.  Ramps grow in the eastern part of North America, typically found in the Appalachians.  On the homestead, we have several large patches and have found them in many surrounding areas.  Make sure you are picking where you have permission or on land you own. Some local laws will not allow harvesting of any plant in state owned land or more specifically, conservation land.  So, just make sure you know where you are picking and that you have permission to do so.

Okay, so you found your ramps.  Now to harvest.  This is a slow process and shouldn’t be rushed.  Harvesting takes time, but it is so worth it.  Ramps will grow in patches.  I usually only pick from the larger patches and I only take about 5% of the patch.  To start, you want to dig with a small trowel around the ramp clump.  Not a lot, just enough to expose the stem underground.  Then, with a sharp knife, (I use this Hori Hori Knife) you want to cut just above where the roots emerge from the plant.  And that’s it! It is important to leave the roots because that will allow the plant to continue to grow, therefore, giving you more ramps for next year.  Its always bothersome to see ramps at farmers markets or on websites that have roots attached.  Its just poor practice and I believe that better harvesting information needs to be shared.  So, don’t dig the roots. Also, leave the smaller ramps to mature.  Only pick what you need. Again, make sure you have plenty of time to harvest.  It is time consuming.

If you cant find ramps near you, take a trip to your local farmers market or health food store (I have found that many in the Hudson Valley carry them in the spring). Check out Mother Earth’s Storehouse. I have seen them in the produce section in years past.

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I hope that you get outside this spring and look for these tasty spring treats.  They are full of vitamin c and are so delicious that you will want to add them in to every recipe!

Here are a few ways I use ramps:

  • In quiche- awesome with bacon!
  • Make into a pesto. Its lovely over pasta. Or on pizza. YUM!
  • Saute with olive oil, salt and pepper- replace to any dish that would call for garlic or onion.
  • Dehydrate the leaves and grind into a powder- add to soups and stews and even chili!

Happy Foraging!

 

The ‘A’ Word Everyone Hates….

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Im going to get right down to it. Anxiety.  If you dont have it, you most likely know someone that gets it.  It can be down right debilitating and can be super frustrating for the sufferer and for the ones they love. Its so common, but still taboo.

I suffer from anxiety and seasonal depression.  I have been able to combat the seasonal depression by adjusting my vitamin D levels and by also increasing my self care- and also spending more time with my husband. (He always knows how to cheer me up when its cold, snowing and gloomy.)

Anxiety is when you feel worried or uneasy about almost anything and everything.  It can make daily life unbearable.

Some things to consider: If you feel that your anxiety gives you thoughts of suicide or self harm or harm to others, PLEASE reach out.  You are not alone and there are people out there that are more than willing to talk.  Heck, if you cant find anyone- message me.  I am always willing to listen.

Now, being an anxiety sufferer, I have found what triggers my anxiety.  Over the last two years, I have discovered some methods that have helped me combat symptoms of my anxiety. I will show you some of my tips and tricks to live a life without anxiety controlling your daily lives.

Number one.  What is causing your anxiety?  Is it stress? Food? Working too much?  Not sleeping enough?  There can be so many causes that it is hard to pinpoint anxiety unless you keep track of your life.  And, I mean track every detail until you find something that triggers your anxiety.  For me, it is caffeine, lack of sleep and of course, no self care (life of a mom).

After you find what your triggers are (and that might take a while- but it is SO worth it), you can move on to helping yourself overcome those thoughts of inability to control your anxiety.  My tips are by no means to diagnose, treat or cure any illness. I am not a medical doctor- so talk to your doctor before trying any of my tips. The following tips worked for me, but everyone is different.  As always, if you have questions- ask your doctor.

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The very first thing I did was STOP caffeine. It wasn’t easy.  I still have caffeine (a latte or some extra dark chocolate) from time to time, but not like I used to! Caffeine has some crazy effects on the body, and can make those with anxiety, make the symptoms even more pronounced since it is a stimulant to your nervous system. Here is a link to read more about caffeine and what happens to your body when you drink it.  There are some benefits to coffee- but its always good to know other side effects after a good cup o’ Joe.

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The second thing I did was start meditation.  I am fortunate enough to have a Won Dharma Center nearby.  It is a beautiful place with so many wonderful, kind, lovely people.  If you are near in the Catskills or the Hudson Valley- you must visit.  They even have hiking trails AND retreats.  (I have been to a few of them and I highly recommend attending at least once!) Here is there website to check out their schedule.  They also have weekly meditation on Sundays open to everyone. Not only was I giving myself some much needed quiet time, but it allowed me to focus on….well, nothing!  Having a set time each day or even just once a week, really let me calm my entire body and mind.  This was the most beneficial part of my emotional healing.  I went from so anxious that it was very difficult to leave the house to being able to enjoy life without the constant worry that something bad was going to happen. Once I began meditating, I noticed a huge difference in my sleep habits. I was an insomniac before I started meditation and it was worse with the short day-light hours.  Now, I am able to sleep much better and I know that in order to sleep well, I need to focus on myself each night before bed.  (Meditation and essential oils) However, I have been able to control my thoughts much better and I am able to remind myself to take a time out with my oils.

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Essential oils are the third tip and what I use on a daily basis to ensure that my body remains calm and relaxed- especially during stressful days and when I am more prone to anxiety or worse, a panic attack. I always have Stress Away with me. Everywhere. See me out? Ask to see the Stress Away- It is never is out of my reach. I also use Lavender.  Lavender is so calming and soothing that I cant get enough of it.  It is frequently found in my desert mist diffuser.  For better sleep, I use a combination of Frankincense and Lavender.  Together, they smell incredible and I can feel the calming and grounding effect of both of them in seconds.  That’s right, seconds. When you breathe in essential oils, it goes directly to your lungs and into your blood stream.  Which is why essential oils work wonders for anxiety.  They work quick and they are all plant based. No pharmaceuticals for this girl! Peace and Calming by Young Living is another calming blend that would be beneficial to everyone that could use some peace. (which is everyone, at least everyone with kids!) Here is a short list of some other essential oils that are great for relieving stress and anxiety:

  • Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)

Bergamot smells sweet and tart at the same time.  Being a citrus, it is very uplifting and refreshing.  For those mornings when you have to get motivated! Blend it with grapefruit essential oil and ylang ylang for your morning routine.

  • Rose (Rosa damascena)

Rose essential oil by Young Living is one of the worlds most valuable oils in the world.  It takes 22 pounds of rose petals to make 1- 5ml bottle of essential oil. That’s a lot of flowers!  Rose oil will encourage positive feelings. Super helpful for when you have no positive thoughts in sight. Highly recommend for those days when you really need to chill.

  • Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides)

Vetiver is an exotic plant from Asia. It is best used in a blend of lavender and ylang ylang for calming and relaxation.

  • Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)

You can use ylang ylang in a diffuser, but it is so relaxing in a hot bath before bed.  It is also very nourishing for your hair and skin. Ylang Ylang is also an ingredient in Young Living’s Peace and Calming blend.

  • German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)

German Chamomile promotes feelings of calmness and eases nervous tension.

  • Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)

Frankincense might be one of the most popular oils out there.  It is grounding, calming, soothing and good for your skin.  It is literally one of my all time favorites in my diffuser.

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I hope that some of my tips will help you or someone you know that suffers with anxiety.  If you are interested in any of the oils I mentioned, or want to know more about any of the Young Living products- message me or call me.  Or you can visit the Young Living website here.

Mother’s Day Essential Oils Class

Hey Guys!  Just a quick note to let you all know about my Live Facebook class coming up on May 1st at 10:45am (EST).  It is going to be awesome!  I will give you tons of gift ideas for the moms in your life.  The best part, she can use Young Living products every day, all year long.  Like Knots Hollow Homestead on Facebook for the event info!  See you there! Mothers Day Essentials Cover Photo

Meet The Animals of Knots Hollow Homestead!

A little introduction of the animals that live here on the farm. We raise mostly chickens for eggs and meat. I raise sheep for spinning yarn, crocheting and weaving. We love all of our animals and hope you enjoy their ‘bios’.

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This is Duke and Daisy. They are brother and sister. We have had them before our farm was even a possibility. They enjoy naps in the hay loft, chasing mice and exploring the fields and streams.  We have two other barn cats (Shadow and Camo) not pictured.

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This is my sweet girl, ‘ Willow’. She is a rescue from a farmer that basically abandoned her. I don’t know exactly how old she is, but she came with her lamb (Mocha) 2 years ago. She enjoys watching me do barn chores and follows me wherever I go. She eats the most hay and must be the first to get alfalfa treats. She is a merino ewe and has lovely long, crimpy wool.

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This is Goji.  Goji was born in the spring of this year. His twin was born first at 11:50pm on one day and he was born a little after midnight the next day. He enjoys frolicking in the field after his mama. He likes to chase the chickens and sleep in the hay pile.

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This is ‘Baa-Baa’. (Get it… Baa Baa black sheep…) She is one of my foundation flock. As a lamb, she always got into trouble. She would break through the fences, and then would run off into the flower gardens! She grows the longest wool out of all the sheep in my flock, but she tends to have the most hay stuck in her wool- so she must always be coated to keep her wool clean.  Her babies are Goji and Jasmine. They are her 3rd and 4th lambs.

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My very first sheep, Mary. She has always been so sweet and friendly, however he is always nervous around strangers and the kids. She had two twin girls this spring. Petunia and Poppy. They are her second set of twins and 4th and 5th lambs. She produces beautiful white wool that is so much fun to spin.

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Twin sisters, Poppy and Petunia. Poppy is the older twin. She is slightly larger and has a black nose. She enjoys jumping over her sister while she naps and running as fast as she can after her mom. I am excited to watch this little one grow as I expect her to produce a fine wool. Petunias the smaller lamb with a pink nose. She is very shy and prefers to hide behind her mama. Although, she likes to chase the cats out of the barn.

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Miss Jasmine was the first girl for Baa-Baa and oh boy is she feisty! She is clearly a little devil. She causes all sorts of trouble in the barn. Like, climbing through the gate and running off into the pasture all by herself, or she breaks into the barn and jumps all over the hay bales. Oh, and she likes to jump on top of her mom. She also tells her little brother to do the same. Such a trouble maker.

lily

Meet Lily! She is just over a year old and she is one of Mary’s lambs. She looks just like her mama. She is super sweet and enjoys exploring and following her best buddy, Henry!

mocha

Mocha! She is the smallest of the flock (besides the lambs of course), but her personality is massive. She thinks she is the main sheep in charge and is not afraid to show it. She even chased out a fox from the pasture not too long ago! She is one of Willows lambs. She is a merino/shetland cross.

henry

The kids favorite sheep, Henry! Henry was born last year and he had a rough start. Our oldest, Dakota helped me pull this lamb in the middle of the night because he was just too big. After some resuscitation and a long night of warm up, he stole our hearts. He lived in our house for a few weeks where he decided he wanted to be a dog. (Our sheep dog!) He now is one of the flock and enjoys sunshine, flowers and playing with the cats. He is the first one to call out in the morning if I am a minute late with the hay!