One of the perks of living in the UK is quick trips to Europe!  Recently I spent a few days in Zagreb, Croatia, and as usual, was on the lookout for VintageAmanda inspiration.  I also have a weakness for markets – which although Zak thinks they are ‘all the same’ – they’re really not!  Sure

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I learned to cook from my mother.  She is the original inspiration for VintageAmanda.  Mom is a country girl transplanted to the east coast with a bit of 1960’s organic/crunchiness about her.  I grew up with homemade baby food, weekly bread baking, lots of playing in the woods and garden, and an endless supply of

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Tincture. To me the word seemed like something out of an 1800’s pharmacy advertisement. But after my herbal medicine class this spring, I realized that tinctures are a great way to preserve and take herbs. They also feel more like you are taking traditional ‘medicine.’ They keep a long time, are easy to mix in

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The definition of cooking has changed in recent years.  Is reheating a can of soup cooking?  How about putting a frozen pizza in the oven?  Or making mac&cheese from a box?  I suppose technically, yes, you are “cooking” the food, however, our grandmothers would not recognize this as “cooking”. I truly believe we all need

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I practically fell over the first time I read that you could make yogurt.  I love yogurt. I’ve eaten it since I was a kid.  But I thought yogurt was made in some mystical process that required lots of special equipment and knowledge. (You may notice a theme around here – demystifying things.  So many

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When you have a cold, do you pop a few pills and carry on with life? There’s a simple, time-tested home remedy that you can make to feel better when you have a cold – or anytime during the winter months. What is this home remedy?  Hot honey, lemon and ginger. Hot honey, lemon and

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I admit I’m a beauty product junkie. But in my continued quest to live a healthier, less-chemical-soaked lifestyle, I’ve started detoxing my beauty routine. That means reading ingredients, looking for natural alternatives, and trying DIY beauty solutions to find what really works! If you read the ingredients list on a tube of body cream, you

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I am a beauty product junkie. I admit it. I’ve got gold card at Sephora. But through my research into natural beauty, I’ve discovered that lots of the products we buy are filled with chemicals!   And what we put ON our bodies, goes INTO our bodies.  (Yep, it’s absorbed into your skin … how

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Since moving to London, I’ve had tea on the brain.  Browsing through all the fancy tea shops is almost as fun for me as a trip to Sephora. In addition to the lovely proper teas, they have a great assortment of herbal teas: peppermint, nettle, raspberry leaf, liquorice. Yum!  Unfortunately herbal tea is a bit

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