In the Kitchen – Easy Caramel Corn

As a little girl, two of my favorite Circus treats were Cotton Candy and Caramel Corn. Though I’ve yet to figure out how Continue reading “In the Kitchen – Easy Caramel Corn”


In the Garden – What Every Gardener Needs – a Journal!!

If you want to minimize failure and maximize fun and success, then keeping a Garden Journal is one of your most valuable tools! Continue reading “In the Garden – What Every Gardener Needs – a Journal!!”

Elderberry – the Natural Cold & Flu Fighter

Did you know studies have shown Elderberry can significantly reduce symptoms of Continue reading “Elderberry – the Natural Cold & Flu Fighter”

Homestead Buzz – Adventures in First Year Beekeeping

And…. We’re back!!

It’s been a while since we Continue reading “Homestead Buzz – Adventures in First Year Beekeeping”

Medicinal Monday – Self-heal

Prunella, heal thyself…

… or turn to nature for your healing, which I personally think Continue reading “Medicinal Monday – Self-heal”

Medicinal Monday – Stinging Nettle

Ouch! If you’re a hiker, forager or outdoor enthusiast, you may have run into Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) and have the welts to show for it.

The plant has small hair-like stingers containing a compound called, Formic Acid, similar to the compounds found in some insect stings. For some folks, this amounts to minor skin irritation, lasting several hours, while others may experience Continue reading “Medicinal Monday – Stinging Nettle”

Wild Wednesday

Here at Misty Meadows, Wednesday’s are all about being… Wild! Re-wilding. Wildcrafting. Exploring the wilds of our homestead.

Today we’re going to talk about Continue reading “Wild Wednesday”

Saponification Saturday

I have psoriasis.  If you, too have been afflicted with this autoimmune disorder, you know how irritating, embarrassing and even painful it can be.

The only thing, not a prescription, I have found that helps soothe my skin is, “Grandpas Wonder Pine Tar Soap”.  Oh, boy! Is it a wonder!!

Shhhh…don’t tell the FDA, they don’t appreciate people making claims such as these, but the rumor is: Pine Tar Soap not only soothes skin irritations (personal experience), it also deodorizes, which you may find helpful to use prior to hunting – it might give you that stealthy edge you’ve been needing, and it may also keep the ticks and chiggers away!

When I began researching how to make my own soap, I ran across people making their own, Pine Tar Soap. What?! Yep! It can be made at home for a fraction of the cost of Grandpa’s – talk about wonder!!

I decided to give it a whirl.

This is my first batch

Look at that rich color.  Many have commented it looks like fudge!  And, those bubbles are luscious!!  It contains olive oil, coconut, lard, pine tar, water & lye, and has rosemary, eucalyptus & tea tree essential oils for their skin soothing qualities.

I’m pretty happy with how it smells and most importantly, how well it soothes my skin!

Do you make soap?  Please post a tip in the comments below!!

It’s available for sale in our Etsy Shop:

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