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.
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.