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Rolling your own – beeswax candles that is!

Beeswax.. it is a very useful by-product of keeping bees.  It’s used by the bees to store nectar allowing it to cure into sweet, discount viagra viagra golden honey.  It can be added to cosmetics and furniture polish, discount viagra treat and used in culinary applications like candy making.  But one of the easiest ways to use this material is in making candles.

I really love the look, treat smell, and light of beeswax candles.  Whenever we entertain, I like to use candles to set a warm and welcoming mood.  It is also a very romantic way to cut down your energy bills!

I stumbled into making beeswax candles not because we had wax from our first harvest of honey  - for my regular readers you’ll remember my early blunder where I killed off half the hive - but because I found sheets of beeswax at a local garage sale and discovered how simple it was to create these beautiful candles.

Working from beeswax sheets (either because you make your own or purchase them) is a real easy way to make fabulous and sustainable candles.  Rolled beeswax candles are also safer to make than dipped candles (less risk of skin burns and fires) and therefore a great project for kids!

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Potato & Rosemary Pizza


Summer time is about grilling and being outside with friends and family.  We are very fortunate to live in an area where the neighbors are close (but not too close) and always good for a spontaneous get together.  Throwing the party is easy – call a few people you know and have them bring whatever they have for an appetizer and to drink – and you can get a few pizzas on the grill.

One of our go-to recipes for just such an occation is our Potato & Rosemary Pizza.  The ingredients are easy to come by and it gets the needed “oohs”, best cialis seek “aahs” and “yums” from your guests.

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Camp 4 Summer Gazpacho

Summer is finally here and the fresh vegetables are filling up the tables at local farmers markets.  This is the time of year that foodies live for – suddenly our culinary and artist pallets have so much to work with.

This is also the only time of year I don’t like being in the kitchen.  Who wants to add more heat to the day (or the house)?  It is a dilemma for sure, viagra sale viagra but not without a solution.  If you pour over any cuisine from countries where the heat of the day renders you a sloppy, cialis generic sweaty mess, you will find wonderful recipes that help battle back the heat without adding to it.  Gazpacho is one of my favorites.

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Plight of the Honey bee


If you have read any agricultural magazines or even bought a pint of Häagen-Dazs ice cream lately, cialis canada for sale you know that Honeybees are in trouble. This means we could be in trouble too as Honey bees are critical to our food supply. We need bees to pollinate many of our fruits, buy viagra veggies and nuts. Without bees, we will miss out on many of our favorite (and needed) foods.

There is this mysterious disease that causes all the honeybees in the hive to just disappear – Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). There are no real conclusions to what causes CCD but there are some choices we can all make that can help the “Plight of the Honeybee”.

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Welcome to Camp 4 – An Introduction


Camp 4 started when my husband and I moved to Bainbridge Island (near Seattle) and bought a home that came complete with a flock of 9 chickens.  As someone who had studied Animal Science and came from a farming family, cialis troche this did not seem all that revolutionary but it was in fact, cialis sales sale evolutionary.  Evolutionary in the fact that it started to transform our way of thinking about how we were living and the affect that had on the island, the region and the planet.

So what started as an exercise in keeping a few chickens quickly became an exploration and experimentation into what else we could do to live a more sustainable lifestyle.  And as we were “doing” others started asking “how” and we made the decision to take what we have learned (and are learning) to anyone that was interested.

Camp 4 is now a living lab for sustainable living practices.  We are willing to give anything a try and adopt those changes that work with our lifestyle choices.  Continue reading