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The Making of an Eco-Friendly Kitchen Cloth

It was a good kitchen cloth I was after. I thought about it many times a day. In fact, every time I reached for a cloth to wipe something up. I wanted an alternative to the non-biodegradable micro-fibre cloth made from petroleum-based products and shipped in from China.  Something natural that worked well - how hard could it be? Then in 2009, on a visit home to Canada I was reminded that the cloths we used growing up had been hand-knit either by my grandmother or my mom or picked up at the flea market.  This is the story of The Posh South African Kitchen Lappie. Hand-Knit Production Creates Home-Based Employment My grandmother knit a prototype that I brought back to...

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Herbal Tea From Your Garden

It was the simple satisfaction of harvesting a hot aromatic cup of tea from my garden that inspired this blog post.  I was reading up on how and why we use tea cozies and discovered all these hot infusions that I had not considered. Thyme, basil, and I had forgotten about drinking lavender tea.  Now, I'm the hunter-gatherer with the red teapot! Mint easy to grow indoors and out Fresh minty drink hot or cold. Aids digestion, calming and cleansing  3-4 leaves per cup Lavender grow indoors and out fragrant, relaxing, calming helps with insomnia, stress infuse 3-4 flowers only per cup for 5 minutes Thyme grows indoors and out subtle uplifting and warming tea good for colds as it...

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