• Gluten-free Cauliflower Pizza Crust
  • Better Than Bacon: Roasted Pork Belly
  • The Backyard Medicine Cabinet: Elderberry
  • Roasted Salsa Verde
  • The Best Graham Cracker Recipe

Homemade Non-Greasy Moisturizing Lotion

Non-Greasy Moisturizing Lotion - lifefromthegroundup.us

Last January, we whipped up a super-decadent body butter to help counteract that harsh northern Ohio winter air. It’s a nice thick lotion that can make even the driest of hands smooth again, and against my better judgment, I even called it body butter for the ladies.

But part of what makes it work so well can also make it a bit of a hassle to use. It contains a lot of coconut oil, which is great for skin, but takes a while to be absorbed. It’s perfect for applying right before bed, but not perfect if you’re trying to knit or practice calligraphy.

So if you’re looking for something a bit lighter for the summer months, or just want to drink your coffee without dropping the mug, here is a great non-greasy moisturizing lotion alternative for you! This one’s made with shea butter and almond and jojoba oils, which are much more easily absorbed. And of course, it doesn’t contain anything you can’t pronounce, unless you’re adding helichrysum or ylang-ylang essential oils, or you’re like me and prefer to say jojoba with a hard “J” sound.

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Gluten-free Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Cauliflower Gluten-free Pizza Crust - lifefromthegroundup.us

Gluten gets a lot of publicity these days, a lot of it not good. Today is not the day that I get into all that mess; there’s plenty of information out there if you’re really interested. But suffice it to say, we’ve decided to try and cut back a little bit.

We’re certainly not gluten-free, but we’ve been making more of an effort to make substitutions with some things, whether it’s a gluten-free flour, sourdough, or other alternatives.

Since we make pizza on a semi-regular basis, crust was an obvious place to experiment. Though I have to hand it to whoever first came up with the idea for making a gluten-free pizza crust out of cauliflower. Probably wouldn’t have been my first choice, but it works. So if you’re looking for a good gluten-free pizza crust recipe, or just looking to change things up on occasion, here you go.

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Restaurant Review: TownHall

We recently took advantage of one of the last nice weekends for the foreseeable future and got to eat outside at TownHall, located right next to the West Side Market in Ohio City. The place was hopping, and because they don’t take reservations on weekends, it took the two of us a good half hour to get in, which almost never happens.

The front and back of the restaurant are completely open, at least when it’s warm out, so even eating inside is like dining on a covered patio. The patio itself is spacious and features a variety of seating options, from regular tables to bar-style seating to couches and low tables. Definitely eat outside if you can.

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Better Than Bacon: Roasted Pork Belly

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Everyone knows bacon.

Almost everyone knows that bacon comes from a pig (turkey bacon isĀ not bacon).

Fewer people know that bacon is cured pork belly (know where your food comes from!).

And not many at all have experienced the magic that is a roasted slab of fresh, uncured pork belly, before it undergoes that transformation into bacon. But we’re going to remedy that situation right now.

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The Backyard Medicine Cabinet: Elderberry

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About a year ago, I started to take an interest in using more natural remedies for the everyday ailments that we face here on the homestead.

Minor cuts, scrapes, bee stings, and the occasional coyote attack are all regular occurrences, and instead of relying on antibiotic creams, Benadryl, and Tylenol, I wanted to find something a little less… pharmaceutical. So I stepped outside.

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