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Infused brandy

Just made two infused brandies. One has apples, hazelnuts, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, vanilla and a whole pear. Thinking of some brandied pear hand pies in my future, or maybe just a fancy party snack. The other has a romantic focus with cherries, damiana, rose buds, rose hips, vanilla bean, and cardamom.

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Making chappy

Just made a great new salve. The philosophy for this one is very waxy to seal and protect for winter. i collected the pinion pine sap. A friend made some comfrey extract olive oil for me.

I like to try something new each time. No recipe, just figure out a good ratio between the basic oil vs wax mix. Then I just test it. By the end I’m really moisturized and shiny!

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Grating the beeswax is the worst!

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I save containers all year. Friends donate them or return them from last year for a refill.

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Here’s this years ingredient list.

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Put it in a pot and melt on low heat.

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Then test it and adjust the oil or wax.

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Pour into clean containers.

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This is my favorite chappy yet. Strong pinion, with notes of orange and cedar!

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