Friday, October 17, 2008

'bAcK To BaSicS'

We recently wrapped up production for our b. organic series and while I’ve always been a nature buff with a strong conviction for ‘the basics’, this project has really left me with a renewed sense of health and energy. We’ve been celebrating nature and every facet of its’ natural goodness for several weeks and it’s reinforced the whole ‘back to basics’ conviction even more. Caitlin from Olivu in Sheboygan, Wisconsin visited recently to share some of her beauty product recipes and I’ve been an avid practitioner ever since. I would never have bothered squishing up overripe fruit from my frig and slathering it all over my face, but I have to tell you, it’s good stuff that works wonders for the skin and the soul. She shared some fabulous homemade beauty recipes and I look forward to sharing them with all of you. My other newfound ‘feel good’ is canning. I love to garden and I love fresh produce, but I’ve never done much preserving other than throwing some things in the freezer. For some reason I had it in my head that canning was going to be this big, messy ordeal that required truckloads of produce and was a tricky, complicated process. Boy, was I wrong. It’s incredibly easy. You can do small, manageable batches that don’t take any time at all. You can even take advantage of buying in bulk at wholesale clubs instead of totally having to rely on personal gardens and farmers markets which makes it accessible to everyone, anywhere, all year long. The end result is incredibly economical, healthy, and so delicious!
Doing a few of the ‘back to basics’ type things that a lot of us have gotten away from is incredibly rewarding. have to do it….to experience it.

Cheers to the natural basics!