Author: the untamed alchemist

The Good, The Grim, and The Wild: Reaping & Making at the Autumn Equinox

The Good, The Grim, and The Wild: Reaping & Making at the Autumn Equinox

Welcome, sacred and soulful time. Embrace us, holy moment of temperance. Twist us, dark and light. Bury us wholly beneath shadow and soul. Tear us in two between what was and what will be. We are eager to atone. We are prepared to reconcile and […]

Best Dressed: 5 Tips for Creating Delectable Dressings & Super Salads

Best Dressed: 5 Tips for Creating Delectable Dressings & Super Salads

Confession: I am obsessed with salads, y’all. (I’d have one for every meal if I could.) I’ve long loved a fresh green salad to go with my evening meal. I’m also known for eagerly jumping on an exotic salad as a main course when I […]

about the new site

about the new site

Hello, friends! If you’ve been visiting The Untamed Alchemist on the web for some time and just returned, you’ve doubtless noticed a few changes… The site has been updated to offer a more user-friendly experience, improved functionality, and new features. (Helloooo, printable recipes!) Many of […]

strawberry rhubarb crumb-bumble

strawberry rhubarb crumb-bumble

Things can be a little slow up here in the North country. Early spring blessings don’t always greet us in early spring–sometimes we have to wait until much closer to summer for delicious things like strawberries and rhubarb to emerge. But, oh, when they do… […]

bug off! natural bug repellents

bug off! natural bug repellents

It’s that time of year again! Ten minutes on the trail and 100 mosquito bites later, I’m reminded I need to refresh our homemade bug repellents…. We had great luck with the blend I made last year–no skeeter or tick bites all season! (PHEW.) I […]

blueberry almond coconut loaf

blueberry almond coconut loaf

We’re getting ready for a trip in the camper soon–we can’t wait to wake up and hit the trails first thing with the beasts. To wit, I’m testing recipes for delicious, grab-‘n-go breakfast noms that stand up to our new food rules. Last week’s test […]

elderflower punch

elderflower punch

Since I had the great fortune of being intimately connected with not only my Danish family, but also with life in Denmark and Danish traditions, I remain especially vulnerable to memories associated with (or triggered by) Danish food: frikadeller (which I perfected during my time […]

the joys of beltane and the wild transformation of spring

the joys of beltane and the wild transformation of spring

I’ve got a lot of heart for Beltane. Earth’s fertility feels most tangible: She accessorizes with flirtatious first flowers and sticky buds, teases with the first tendrils of climbing vines. Her wild, showy reemergence tempts us beyond frail hope into courageous, playful, intimate relationship with […]

sweet retreat scrying incense

sweet retreat scrying incense

Some days, it’s hard to see the forest for the trees or the answers for the questions. On those days, we need a little clarity and comfort. This incense, designed for burning on charcoal, is a sweet, soothing comfort when your heart is weary. Crafted […]

fun ways to drink fire cider

fun ways to drink fire cider

By now you know I love fire cider. I love making it. I love cooking with it.  I also love drinking it! Here are three simple, creative ways to enjoy your fire cider by the glass… Cheers! fire cider smoothies WHOA. I saw you flinch […]

quickening in the dark

quickening in the dark

Sleet taps the windows like a hundred hungry children as wind whips the house with a howl. The dead of winter is not dead at all, but alive and thrashing with an unholy chill. Change is coming, but it may not be spring, not the […]

chile corn chowder with bacon for your belly

chile corn chowder with bacon for your belly

Our freezer and pantry regularly provide us with delicious reminders of previous seasons’ bountiful and diverse harvest. Many of our most delicious moments in the kitchen result from creative ways of using items we’ve previously put by. Our chile corn chowder with bacon is a […]

rise & shine granola: crunch, coconut, NOM

rise & shine granola: crunch, coconut, NOM

I’m a big granola lover, but I hate the funky ingredients included in many processed, pre-made granola blends. Too many of them have artificial sweeteners, artificial flavors, and other junk that I’m not interested in consuming. So, I basically avoided granola until a friend shared […]

making time for maker’s day

making time for maker’s day

I’m a big fan of Stuff That Works. Stuff That Works is the stuff that we all do to make our lives easier, better, more lovely, less challenging. I enjoy lots of Stuff That Works: aromatic baths for stress, walks in nature to clear my […]

sweet, fragrant milk & honey: an aromatic bath for imbolc

sweet, fragrant milk & honey: an aromatic bath for imbolc

The pagan festival of Imbolc, also known as the feast of Brigid, marks the midpoint between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. Celebrating the return of the light, it falls at the time when livestock begin giving birth to their young and milk begins […]

pine cone fire starters

pine cone fire starters

Between local minds and the farmer’s almanac, rumor has it the winter of  2016-2017 will be a particularly cold and wet one in our little slice of the inland northwest. To wit, we rallied early this year to keep the home fires burning in our […]


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