Author Archives: Arika

Smooth Move Green Smoothie

Smooth Move Green Smoothie


Good, clean, raw energy in a glass! Get “things” moving with my favorite fiber, probiotic, vitamin and mineral packed green smoothie!

Fermented Dilly Beans Recipe

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Anybody have green beans right now! I sure as heck do! This is a quick and easy way to make your fresh harvest last a little longer without having to start canning already. You are going to love this recipe for Fermented Dilly Beans! (more…)

Homemade Deodorant Stick – The Knotty Housewife

Hi all!
I am so excited to share this recipe with you. If you are on the journey to a healthy clean lifestyle, ridding your home of toxic, chemical laden beauty products is a must! I have been making my own deodorant for about a year now with great success. I love this homemade deodorant stick recipe because it replicates the ease of the store-bought stuff!


Pig Ears – Easy Homemade Dog Treats

I recently came into a whole passle of pig ears… Yes really, that sort of thing happens to me:) We actually raised a bunch of pigs with friends and nobody else wanted the ears! Can you believe it! Pig ears happen to be one my dogs favorite treats, but at about a $2.00 a piece, and the fact that he eats them in like 30 seconds he doesn’t get them very often. I was super pumped to try making them myself!

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Raw Sauerkraut Made the Old Fashioned Way!

Lacto fermentation… It’s what the cool kids are doing on Tuesday nights… Oh it’s not? Well it’s what I was doing last Tuesday 🙂 Sauerkraut is the most classic example of a lacto-ferment and that my friends is why I have decided to make it my first!

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The Original DIY Homemade Laundry Soap

Homemade Laundry Soap

This is it guys, this is the recipe I have used to make all of my family’s laundry soap for the past 4+ years. Its easy, fast, cheap… Key components to DIY for me! I can’t even calculate how much money I have saved using this recipe, and my son’s eczema has all but disappeared thanks to me making the switch! I’m not adding a lot of fluff to this post because for me laundry soap is and industrial family necessity, and if you are sitting at your computer or on your phone googling a DIY laundry soap you want it for one of three reasons, to save money, to use a more natural product for your family, or because gosh darn it you hate the grocery store and just want to do it yourself!

Twice Baked Potatoes

Being from Northern Maine, Aroostook County to be exact. I have come to know a lot about potatoes! I grew up with them being a staple of our diet, and the farming of them is literally a part of the Aroostook County culture (we even got 3 weeks off of school in the fall for “Harvest Break”) It’s a well-loved tradition that at its root, provides a livelihood for countless families. Needless to say, we do potatoes a lot, and we do them a lot of ways! I must say, a plain old baked potato is probably one of my favorite foods. Every now and then though it is fun to dress it up a little, this recipe for twice baked potatoes is sooooo delicious and easy! Pair with a green salad for a quick and simple weeknight meal. Enjoy



Wild Violet Syrup

If you read through my last foraging post about wild violets you might be wondering what the heck you would do with them once harvested! This violet syrup is super simple and super rewarding! Its finished result is a sweet, wild treat with a the beautiful violet tint of its wild heritage.

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Violets bloom up here in zone 5 in late May to Early June depending on the year. They appear in gardens and yards, along road sides and streams… (more…)

Backyard Foraging Episode 2 – Wild Violets

Backyard Foraging – Wild Violets

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Though pretty, many people look at wild violets as a horrible weed that quickly takes over lawns and gardens. They are further frustrated by the fact that wild violets are really hard to control. But I have good news. Instead of looking at them as a scourge to your existence, wild violets should be viewed as useful wild plants that you can enjoy instead of hate! (more…)

The Essential Oil Revolution: When Mother Nature Provides the Medicine

The Essential Oil Revolution

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