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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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Just popping in for a lightening-fast hello and goodbye before we dash off to camp, which begins in just two days. Lupine and I have been busy (so busy!) packing herbs, supplies, recipes, and craft projects for the weekend -... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Clean.
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If you've been around for a while, you might recall my propensity to load my kids in the car and take them on month-long road trips. Needless to say, I am grateful for the freedom that being self-employed homeschoolers affords... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2017 at Clean.
We adjusted our family budget to accommodate, and thought of it as health insurance as well as food. Plus when we were on GAPS we never ate out, so that money went toward groceries as well. Our town has a bulk buying club where we can buy ingredients affordably, and Costco is a good choice as well. As for veggies, we always buy or barter directly with a farmer. It makes a big difference!
Hi Sara, You could certainly try, but Im not sure they would work. There is a gaps-legal (or easily adaptable) recipe in Brittany Angells cookbook Every Last Crumb.
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How could I resist her request? To spend the day together picking blueberries was just what I wanted as well. The weather was agreeable (it's been deliciously cool here for the past couple of weeks, feeling more like autumn than... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2017 at Clean.
Sarah, Everything we have from your shop has been treasured for years. We're still enjoying things we picked up years ago. Thanks for the work you do curating this inspiring collection. ~ Rachel
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Hi Jacqueline, Thanks so much for your note! We love brushing with Sweet Soul Sister and our new Charcoal Facial Bar. Either one is delightful! Warmly, Rachel
Toggle Commented Aug 3, 2017 on About me... at Clean.
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There's something about blueberries, don't you think? That's why once a year we drive an unreasonable distance to pick all that we can at a "local" no-spray farm (not really local because: 1 1/2 hours away). Then we'll fill every... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at Clean.
It's amazing watching the kids pitch in and do this work. Doing 60 with kids that young is impressive! Well done. We found that now that our kids are so much older it's gotten much easier, because they are able to work as hard as Pete and I!
Toggle Commented Aug 1, 2017 on Food for a year at Clean.
If I had to hold the killing knife I would be a vegetarian again in an instant. Pete kills them - I know what it takes but just don't have it in me. (The first meat I ate as a post-vegetarian was a bluegill. I insisted on killing it myself, then sat on the floor of our boat and sobbed for an hour. After that I realized that I couldn't be the one to do the deed, but I knew very well what it meant.) Maybe you need a helper. ;-)
Toggle Commented Aug 1, 2017 on Food for a year at Clean.
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A word of warning for my vegan and veg friends: I'm talking about the chickens we raise for food on the blog today. Scroll on if that's not something you're interested in reading about. I was a vegetarian for nearly... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at Clean.
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Thanks to each of you for your kindness and sensitivity when I shared Charlie's story with you earlier this week. So many of you shared your own experiences, commiserated, or otherwise empathized with our loss. I wish I could give... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at Clean.
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Sometimes words fail me completely. Today is certainly one such time. So I'll just dive in anyway, and hope to find them as I go. Nearly three months after his diagnosis with anaplasmosis (and later kidney failure from this tick-borne... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2017 at Clean.
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Hi Krissy, Thanks for your note. You are spot on that it is anaplasmosis. He has kidney failure caused by it and thats the cause of his illness. Weve been treating it since April. The anaplasmosis is gone, but the kidney disease remains. Thanks for you good thoughts! Rachel
Toggle Commented Jul 22, 2017 on Finding jewels at Clean.
HI Maddie, As long as you dont use very much it would be fine, though I would leave out the essential oils for a child that young. It should keep for 6 months.
Toggle Commented Jul 21, 2017 on About me... at Clean.
Oh, how wonderful! It depends on the type, but if the leaves are quite fragrant (like slightly citrus-y thyme or oregano) you can make an elixir or oxymel for sore throat season. Simply wilt for 24 hours, strip flowers and leaves off of stems and fill a jar with them, then cover with 2 parts brandy or raw apple cider vinegar and 1 part honey. Infuse for 6 weeks, then strain/squeeze. Enjoy! Rachel
Toggle Commented Jul 21, 2017 on Summer days at Clean.
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Every morning, before we get down to the business of farm chores or work or breakfast, Charlie and I take a walk. It's short and slow (because that's what he needs these days), but it's usually a nice way to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at Clean.
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Gearing up for another full day of prepping for summer camp and working on the project I have tucked up my sleeve this season. (I promise to share more about that as soon as I can!) There are sure to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at Clean.
So funny! Glad I could help. Plenty more talk of nettle during summer camp! Cant wait. ~ Rachel
Toggle Commented Jul 18, 2017 on Wonderfully Wild: Nettle at Clean.
We've loved Nova since our kids were small. Such quality playthings.
Toggle Commented Jul 17, 2017 on Nova Natural {a soulemama sponsor} at SouleMama
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Lupine started taking ariel silks this summer. And as a parent, it's hard to explain my experience watching her dangle from her ankle with no harness or safety rope a dozen or two feet off the ground. I mean honestly.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at Clean.
Glad you are enjoying your tonic! Feel free to tweak the recipe to suit your palate. A simmer over low is best. Good luck and happy tonic-ing! Rachel
Toggle Commented Jul 17, 2017 on Homemade tonic water recipe. at Clean.
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Edited to say: Hold the presses! You all are fast. These treasures sold out in under 10 minutes. Read on below just for fun, but at last count we're sold out. Sorry for those who missed it! Last spring a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2017 at Clean.
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Some minor curse words follow. A swear-free version can be found here. Originally published in 2013. I am almost embarrassed to admit to you just how many peaches I brought home from that roadside stand on Friday. Because if you... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2017 at Clean.
Oh, I'm so glad! We aren't single-use appliance people, but this is one to love.
Toggle Commented Jul 12, 2017 on Homemade ice cream recipe round-up at Clean.