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Rachel Wolf
Driftless, WI
Lover of wild places, blogger, homesteader-in-training, homeschooling mama, & the owner of LüSa Organics. At home in the hills of the Driftless.
Interests: Writing, knitting, mothering, farming, exploring, and living life out loud.
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When I was 15 a well-intentioned woman in a business suit told me, "Someday you'll grow up and have to get a real job and wear a suit." I laughed. "Mark my words," I told her, "I will never have... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at Clean.
My early copy is already well loved and so many projects are in the works. Thanks for doing what you do, my dear, and for bringing this community together. Big love from Wisco.
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Introducing Make, Volume 1 at SouleMama
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Since returning from Ireland I've been busily preparing for the upcoming Women's Herbal Retreat. Compiling recipes, filling boxes with herbs, jars, and supplies, and generally getting excited about the long weekend to come. In just over a week I'll be... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Clean.
Hi Beth! It's the Tiny Tea Leaves pattern. So fun to knit, I've made it more than once. (Sorry this is so late a reply!) Rachel
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on The home-stretch toward departure at Clean.
How wonderful! As a random aside, old friends of ours in Reedsburg started up the Fermentation Fest some years ago. (Sage grew up thinking that "Old MacDonald" was really sung "Jay and Donna" had a farm. They are the founders of the fest and our first CSA farmers.) :-) If you look closely, you'll find amazing people in every corner of the state!
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Small town magic at Clean.
One secret root beer handshake and a hickory nut smile to you, my friend.
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Small town magic at Clean.
Gah! I'm loving those tees.
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Indeed!
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on Small town magic at Clean.
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State statisticians will tell you that Vernon County (of which Viroqua is the county seat) is "the second poorest county in Wisconsin". But perhaps measuring richness in only dollars and cents is a misguided attempt at determining the value of... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Clean.
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I know. It's only October. And I'm about to say the "H" word. (Holidays!) But there's a reason, ya'll. That reason is the annual, unavoidable time vortex that opens in early November, sucks us all in, then spits us out... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Clean.
Oh, I love this. Thanks for sharing!
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on No need to apologize at Clean.
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I've always tried to shoot straight with you about the myth that we as a culture have built of perfection. But I'll be honest - there are days I scroll through my Instagram feed and feel like I just don't... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Clean.
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On our flight home from Ireland I could hear someone just a row or two ahead of us coughing incessantly. For eight hours. Initially I talked myself into believing she had just inhaled some pretzel crumbs, but my resolve wavered... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Clean.
Hands down my favorite pair of shoes!
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Ha! I'll fix that. :-)
Toggle Commented Oct 9, 2017 on Live fermented salsa recipe at Clean.
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When I first heard of live fermented salsa all I could think was: gross. I mean really. Salsa crossed with sauerkraut just didn't sound like a good idea. Ew. But the idea got stuck in my head and I kept... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at Clean.
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After four weeks away we returned home, just in time for October. As we pulled into the embrace of these hills, though we were still an hour from home, Sage gave a long exhale and softly said, "Home." I found... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2017 at Clean.
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Before our trip I stumbled upon a comment on an Ireland travel forum that made mention of touring canals in a rented barge (basically a tiny houseboat designed for navigating canals). I dug a little deeper and found a family... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at Clean.
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It's hard to believe that three weeks have already elapsed since we boarded a plane in Chicago bound for Ireland. Three weeks together as we have explored the country from east to west, south to north, then southward once more.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2017 at Clean.
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I wonder what it says about us that after circumnavigating this entire country, our two favorite destinations have been a day spent on a quiet, magical back road in Southern Ireland (rolling uphill, hanging gifts on a fairy tree, and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at Clean.
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The very first time I took my kids on a month-long road trip (when they were just seven and three), the theme I made up for our trip was "go with the flow". I wanted them to embark with open,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at Clean.
Seriously! Its madness.
Toggle Commented Sep 23, 2017 on Postcard 5: to the sea at Clean.
Thanks, Mandi. Its just lovely here, and hard to go wrong photo-wise. :-)
Toggle Commented Sep 23, 2017 on Postcard 6: reflections from the road at Clean.
I havent but Ill find it and have a listen! Thanks for the tip!
Toggle Commented Sep 23, 2017 on Postcard 8: balance at Clean.
Hi Jackie, While some would say it is safe to use, I err on the side of refrigerating anything containing water that is not preserved with alcohol. Because of the water coming out of the roots into the honey, this falls into that category. That said, plenty of herbalists keep honey-infusions at room temperature. Its really up to you to research it further to decide. The risk is botulism growing in the honey/elecampane mixture. For me its not worth the risk, especially since you have another batch on deck. I hope that helps! Rachel
Toggle Commented Sep 23, 2017 on About me... at Clean.