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Ottawa Basic Soap making Workshop

Posted on February 3, 2013 at 5:20 PM

This category is a companion to the soap making workshops I teach and is a resource for the workshop participants.

Anyone who has an interest in home soap making is welcome to use these recipes as well.

The basic all vegetable soap recipe we use in the begiiner hot process soap making workshop is posted along with other recipes and the most popular eight lye calculators

Please click here to access the Soap r...

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Home made Bug Repellant Recipes

Posted on January 10, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Having a number of  horses here at the farm one of the primary things is to make my dollar stretch. When bug season comes the commercial fly sprays from the tack shop we literally use by the gallon it seems. We live on a heavily forested area with a lot of ponds and prime breeding areas for insects. We have blackflies, a heavy mosquito presence, and of course the dreaded horse fly.

Below are a few bug spray recipes that I have found, formulated to fit what I like, and changed to wh...

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Home made Horse treats

Posted on January 10, 2013 at 5:35 PM

We always want the best for our equine friends

Here are some homemade horse treats for those that like to make thier own

Simple Molasses/Oat Treats

3cups flour

1cup oats

1 cup bran

1 chopped apple

1 chopped carrot

2 cups of molasses

 Mix flour bran, and oats together. Add molasses if the mixture is not doughy or more flour if you require a dryer consistency. . Add carrots and apples.  I dip a spo...

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Great online resource for planning your Garden

Posted on December 28, 2012 at 6:35 PM

I know its not even Jan1 but if you love gardening like i do you are already looking at seed catalogues and planning a terrific summer garden. Here is a fantastic online resource Crop-by-Crop Guide to Growing Organic Vegetables and Fruits from Mother eather news: 

Our Complete ‘Crop at a Glance’ Collection Our comprehensive crop guides take you crop-by-crop through common vegetables and fruits for backyard gardeners. Each guide explains how ...

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Cranberry Sauce with Maple and Orange

Posted on December 27, 2012 at 7:55 AM

Cranberry sauce with maple and Orange

very easy to make


2 12 ounce packages of fresh cranberries

1 cup cranberry juice/or cranberry cocktail

1 cup maple syrup

6 Tb orange juice

1 Tb orange zest


Bring to a boil, then simmer20-30 min. 


use a stick blender to slightly puree

Cranberry Sauce With Oranges and orange liquer

Posted on December 26, 2012 at 11:55 AM

I made this as a cranberry sauce for christmas turkey dinner and it was a huge hit. No one except the cook is really sure what the added tanginess is from the oranges and liquer but it disappeared rather quickly.


Cranberry Sauce With Oranges and orange liquer

Makes 3 cups

Units: US


2 navel oranges

1 (12 ounce) bag cranberries

2 1/2 cups sugar

1 cup water

3 tablespoons Grand Marnier or 3 tablespoo...

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Natural Deodorant Recipe

Posted on December 18, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Why Use Natural Deodorant?

There’s a lot of buzz these days around knowing what goes into your food and your body. There are too often annoucements in the news about recalled...

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DIY recipe for natural multisurface spray cleaner

Posted on December 16, 2012 at 12:40 AM

This natural spray cleaner was inspired by the lovely scent of a spray cleaner that used to be sold by a local Canadian Company. Unfortuneatley for all of us here locally who LOVED the smell it was discontinued. I was able to duplicate the scent as close as i thought by trying different essential oil combinations. This is a natural cleaner but not a duplicate of the original.

The original recipe seems to be  based on a witch hazel base with emulsifiers for the oils...

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Photos of the 2012 heirloom tomato and zuchini harvest

Posted on December 13, 2012 at 7:00 PM

For the first time here at Cuardach Farm a number of heirloom tomatoes were trialed for the 2012 growing season. The rich earth here produces huge growth and the tomatoes flourished. Alas we encountered the notorious tomato blight, which can go through a tomato patch in an unbelievably short amount of time.After some research an organic treatment was discovered and saved a portion of the tomatoes but we will be well armed for next year!

I am hooked on these fabulous tasting unusal tomat...

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December and a new unplanned addition

Posted on December 10, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Well its December and i cannot believe its actually been a month since i did a posting.

Here are the 2 DIY links for those that do not want to read the cat article

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