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Welcome! I’m Suzanne, the author and photographer of this blog. I hope what you find here informs and inspires you, and brings beauty and calm to your day.

Valuing common household objects

Valuing common household objects

I'm finally reading the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up by Marie Kondo and it's inspiring me to whittle our belongings down to the things I love and the ones that work hard for our family, and to value those things even more.

To that end, today I gave some much needed love and attention to things made of wood that can be found in our kitchen - tongs, spoons, cutting boards and bowls. Just as our skin needs moisturizing, especially in the winter, so does wood.  So I made some board butter and gave everything  a good slathering. 

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Just that little bit of attention made such a difference. Everything has a healthy lustre.

How to make board butter:

Recipe consists of two parts coconut oil and one part beeswax.

Chop beeswax and put in in a mason jar with coconut oil.

Place jar in a pot with about an inch of water and set over low heat.

Let it melt slowly until it turns a pale yellow, like creamy butter.

Allow to cool. 

Use clean hands to rub and slather butter on wooden kitchen tools. No need to wear rubber gloves for this job; the butter is wonderful for softening hands too and the scent is subtle and fresh.

Let the butter rest for a bit or overnight for best results.

Buff with a rag.

No more home section in the New York Times

No more home section in the New York Times

Good to be home

Good to be home