Category Archives: Homegrown

Sweet Orange Epsom Salt Scrub

Epsom Salt Scrub:
1 cup Epsom Salts
1 tbsp grapeseed oil
10 drops essential oil (I used Sweet Orange by Aura Cacia)

Mix everything together (it’s fun to get a little messy – use your hands!) and you’re good to go.  I keep my scrub in a jar next to my bathtub and scrub as necessary (don’t do it more than once a week or you’ll over-exfoliate!).  Sometimes I’ll add about 1/2 cup to the bath to soothe my sore muscles.

I did a double recipe, but you can do a single, triple, quadruple… whatever makes you happy.  Every essential oil has a different aromatherapeutic property, so do some research!  Sweet Orange is: cheering, refreshing, uplifting.

Rinconada Dairy

Jim and Christine Maguire own one of the only two licensed sheep cheeseries in California, the Rinconada Dairy.  They produce three cheeses, two are pure sheep’s milk (Pozo Tomme and La Panza Gold) and one is a mix of sheep and Nubian goat milk (Chapparal).  Their award-winning cheeses are produced in limited quantities, as everything on the farm is done by Jim and Christine (breeding, lambing, feeding, milking, cheese making and affinage).

Visiting them is so special, not only because of the farm and all of the adventures I can have, but because they are honestly two of the most kind, generous, lovely and amazing people in the world.

The cheese (and Jim in the background)

Christine and her amazing cheese knife

They also breed goats, pigs, chickens, turkeys, have an array of wandering cats and a few herding dogs.  Their produce is all homegrown, we had the most delicious meal I’ve had in months.  Pasta with veg from the garden, cheese from their dairy, and spicy Italian sausage from their piggies.