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A few weeks ago I conquered growing my very own baby SCOBY. Now I’m going to tell you how to make and flavor your Kombucha. There are so many sites that offer great insight on brewing Kombucha. I can’t claim to have used one recipe, but rather combined a few processes and then developed flavors based on what I like.
First, you want to make sure that you are using the right ingredients. After I had started the process I found a great article on Cultures for Health that really helps you to understand the proper and best ingredients to use. Luckily, I had chosen the most highly recommended items so I’m feeling good about the outcome of my finished product. Let’s get started.
Before I begin let me apologize for not having a ton of before, during and after photos. When I began these projects I hadn’t decided to write blog posts about the process. The projects are part of what started me on this blogging path.
This particular project was the beginning of me learning to love my home. I had done other larger projects, which I will share, but they did not send me into a whirlwind of home improvements like this one did. With this project I chose to go with something annoying that I could easily fix…my stairs.
About this time of year I begin to get antsy about my yard. I plan and diagram, browse and plan, envision and delight…right, right, you get it. On the first real warm day (well not for real warm because 80 is just barely hitting warm in my mind) I bound into my yard like a prepubescent teen set free from study hall when, SCREEEECH, the glee flees as I am confronted with the vestiges of last years leftover plantings, a brand new sprightly crop of weeds, and the realization that there are hours of work ahead of me. Every year I kick myself for not doing a better job with the end of season prep that would make light work for the year ahead.
Well, not this year! ~ Confession: I did not prep for this year at all, but I have a plan. ~ Let’s pretend to be time travelers and take a look back at the fall. Normally by the end of the season my garden is chock full of weeds, I’m tired of eating cucumbers, it’s starting to get cold and I just don’t want to…well, want to anything actually. So, I do my normal nominal amount of work and tell myself I did the best I can and shut the door. My pathetic routine has gotten to the point that this year I had planned to use EarthBoxes and plant a pollinator garden instead, but thanks to a great little blurb on raised garden beds I’ve decided to give it another try.
In order to understand what this is all about it is probably a good idea to understand where I am coming from. I didn’t always know that this was my path though I have definitely done some variation of this (write, coach, cook, etc.) my whole life. It’s like the cosmos was trying to tell me something and for whatever reason I just wasn’t listening.
A little over a year ago I was a busy mother working for a nonprofit tech company that I helped to start. My average work week was 50 hours plus, not including the hours I spent on the road or in airports. My children (and I) spent over 10 hours a week in swim practice and another 4 hours at swim meets. My spare time I devoted to three nonprofit organizations as a board member and with what was left of my time I tried to get to hot yoga at least twice week. Then there was still dinner, homework, laundry… you get the picture. This story is not unique, nor do I expect applause. Not the point of this story.
We all want to look our best and each have different ways of accomplishing this. I have never been much of a make-up wearer. Not because I have anything against it, but more because I don’t really know what I’m doing and it makes my skin feel funky. What I do love for my face is a great moisturizer.
My skin has always been slightly sensitive and on the dry side. As I get older (45 this year. OY!) I find that I need to apply moisturizer morning and night. Because I like to keep things simple I wanted one product that worked all night and all day. After much research and some trials I have come up with a blend that works well for my needs. If you’d like to purchase my DEW Face Balm you can purchase here.
Some might think I go a bit far with the whole hippie dippy crunchy granola thing, but I say if I can make it myself then why the hell not. Actually it goes a bit further than that. I am consumed by needing to know what is in ‘that’. Be it food or lotion or laundry detergent, if I don’t know what those ingredients are (and I don’t mean because they’re exotic) then I don’t want any part of it. Now I don’t make everything, but I do make a lot. If I did a better job with packaging then my whole family would be on board with the ‘make it self’ program. A prime example of this is deodorant.
I’ve been making my own deodorant for some time. First, because of my desire to keep ingredients pure and simple; second, because of my sensitive skin; and third because I deplore (yes, I feel that strongly) the fake sugary scent of most home and body products. My first batch worked, but because I wasn’t used to having to spread on with my figures I wasn’t using enough. My second batch was even better because of the addition of essential oils and using my fingers had become second nature…now in come my kids. Though my kids were proud of my efforts they point blank told me ‘I don’t like having to stick my fingers in the silly little jar and then spread rub spread’, or something to that effect. So I, being the awesome mother that I am, invested in deodorant tubes and made everyone’s life better.
Here’s the recipe if you’d like to make your own or you can order Balm Deodorant by Eco-Arts from me.
I am a kombucha fanatic though my wallet is not. After saving up a few empty bottles I figured it was time to do some research and start brewing my own. The main ingredient in brewing kombucha is a SCOBY. What is a SCOBY your ask? Why I will happily tell you.
First, let’s talk about what kombucha is. Kombucha is a fermented tea that has been drunk around the world for centuries. It is well loved for its refreshing flavor and probiotic properties. The specific yeasts and bacteria in kombucha are what gives it its fizz and unique flavor. At the heart of the process is the SCOBY which stands for Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast. The bacteria and yeast, like most couples, have a complex and mutually beneficial relationship that lead to the delishness we call kombucha.
My favorite aunt is a woman of many talents and faces. In her 50s she sported purple hair just because she could, in conversation you never know what she might say – which constantly bewilders her youngest son, she will dance ANYONE off the floor and who now in her 70s has developed a thing for waist beads. On a recent trip to visit my cousin she proudly displayed her own before giving me five strands of my own.
Though I love the image this quote builds for the soil I think it is especially apropos for our soul as well. For so many of us life is a day-to-day journey filled with caring for family and/or plotting a career. Meanwhile our own dreams lie dormant beneath the soil because we don’t take the time to nurture what is important to us. How many times have you said ‘when they are older I will’ or ‘when I retire I will’? Why then and not now?
Trust me, I’m not going to claim that I set aside time each day to nurture my soul, but I do recognize that I deserve the time and the attention. Beginning this blog and starting my own business was a step in that direction. It has taken me time to figure out a decent balance of ME and them, but the journey has been well worth it. Here’s a few tips below.