House and Hearth

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How to Make Beeswax Pillar Candles | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Candlesmas is coming up on February 2nd (we Americans call it Groundhog’s Day) and is always a good time to stock up on candles for the year. Pure beeswax candles are expensive though and other candles often have scents and dyes that give me horrid allergies. To save on the cost of pure beeswax candles, […]

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How to Make Christmas Pomanders | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Christmas pomanders are an easy decoration to make that produce a lovely and subtle scent, which can be enjoyed long after Christmas is over. We have made pomanders with lemons and oranges. We found that the oranges produce a spicy scent, while lemons give off a lighter lemony scent. Pomanders are so easy to make, […]

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How to Make Vanilla Extract | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

It’s that time of year to start thinking about holiday baking! One ingredient that we always use of lot of for holiday baking is vanilla extract. Several years ago, I went to buy some vanilla extract and it cost $15/bottle for non-organic extract! I just couldn’t bring myself to buy it at that price. I […]

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How to Remove Seeds from a Pomegranate | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

When I was growing up in San Diego, one of the neighbors had a pomegranate tree and some of the branches grew right up to the brick wall by the side walk. So several of us kids took to climbing the brick wall and stealing pomegranates from the tree. We’d then run up the street […]

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