Celebrate the shortest day of the year with winter solstice crafts, supporting wildlife, warming food recipes, and experiences. Each is a way to stay creative and positive and a way to bring instant hygge into the home. Daylight hours lengthen after the winter solstice, and that’s something to rejoice!
Some of the best Christmas gardening gifts for home vegetable gardeners including the latest books, stocking fillers, useful gardening tools, and things that gardeners need but wouldn’t think to buy themselves. Also, a list of a few things to avoid buying for your beloved gardener friend or family member.
The secret for the best pumpkin pie from scratch? Leave out the pumpkin and use butternut squash instead. It’s closer to what’s used to make canned pumpkin and will give you a sweet and creamy pumpkin pie with full-on traditional flavor.
Use just three ingredients to make this simple coconut oil soap. It uses a 20% superfat stops the bars from being too drying and is one of the bubbliest soap recipes to make. You can even make it without an immersion blender!
Use all-natural ingredients to make massage candles for you and your partner or for romantic gifts. Massage candles are lit like ordinary candles, but you use the melted oils directly on the skin as a warm massage oil. They’re warm and relaxing and the combination of ingredients is great for your skin!
Make hedgerow jelly with foraged berries and fruit including blackberries, raspberries, plums, and apples. Customize it with whatever berries you have though — it’s a great way to preserve autumn’s bounty in a jar!
Use real pumpkin puree and natural essential oils to make pumpkin spice soap using the cold-process method. Instructions include making homemade pumpkin puree and how to use it to naturally color soap orange.
Festive Christmas soap recipe made with simple layers of creamy and gold-tinted soap batter and subtly scented with raw golden honey. Includes a simple way to make swirled soap in cavity molds!
Use foraged hawthorn berries and vodka to make hawthorn tincture. This recipe follows a folk method and creates a natural medicine that is used for heart health and enhancing memory.