dry berries


Recently, I came across a post warning against storing your herbs in glass jars. “They will mold,” it claimed. I reblogged it, with my owns comments on the subject, explaining to others that simply is not the case.

If you have done the homework on the plants you are gathering, learned how each plant needs to be dried, and followed the proper steps, storing your herbs in glass jars will not make them mold. 

*Herbs in the store can be purchased in glass jars.* 

*Herbs have been stored in glass jars for hundreds of years.*

This is a small sample of my larder, all my herbs are carefully air-dried, and stored in glass jars. (Some are in plastic bags, as I ran out of jars!) None have ever molded.

My point is, don’t believe every post you come across, but read up on the subject, and educate yourself well. It’s disappointing to see misinformation being passed around as fact, when in truth, it is not. 

  • Some leaves and flowers will need to be air-dried for 3-5 days.
  • Some leaves and plants need to be dried for 7-14 days.
  • Some flowers, (like lilacs) along with any member of the pine/evergreen family will require 3 weeks or more to dry.
  • Some plants with stems attached may need to be dried for 14-21 days, maybe even longer.
  • Air-drying maintains the colour, as well as essential oils/benefits of the plants the best, where oven drying can reduce them, and turns the plants brown.
  • Oven dry fruits like berries, at a very low setting (150°C-200°C) for anywhere from 2-4 hours, checking in between to see if they have completely dried yet. Since oven temps vary, you may have to tweek your drying times.

Do extensive reading on plants and drying/storing. You’ll have a far more rewarding and successful results!


2017.04.23 👣 Short Walk

Just did a short walk at the end of the day to get my 10k steps. Strongly considered NOT doing it, just not worrying about the steps, but, honestly, I wanted to listen to my audiobook and I feel weird just sitting and listening to it, so, I walked.  Whatever works!

Blackberries are blooming, but it’s so dry, the berries that are coming are tiny or just falling off. 



Welcome to my blog  LEARNTOMAKEUP

I’m Valeria and I’m happy that it’s finally Sunday☺

This time I’m posting a new DIY and it’s HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN LIP SCRUB!

Have you ever heard about this popular brand LUSH? Well they sell handmade cosmetics like scrubs, soaps, creams and such. They have nice things but let’s be honest we all not have tons of money to spend on that we wish we had!

Maybe it’s not the money but not all the stores have international shipping and we can’t have those amazing scrubs.  

Well here is a DIY on how to make your lip scrub and it’s easier than ever. You need a few ingredients that you can find in your own place. 

I will show you 5 types of lips scrubs you can start doing! You can add them your own color, flavor and smell too.

You can keep the scrub up to 5 minutes in your lips and to see the results you must do it 2-3 days a week minimum.


This DIY lip scrub helps to exfoliate dry lips and bring moisture back in. This easy homemade lemon lip scrub smells amazing and helps lips feel silky smooth.

This lip scrub is made with honey, jojoba oil, sugar and lemon essential oil. I recently started using jojoba oil in my skin and hair beauty routine and it’s made an amazing difference. Jojoba oil is one of the best oils out there. The fatty acids in the oil help lock in moisture and revitalize dry skin and hair. 

The rough texture of the sugar will exfoliate your lips while the jojoba oil and honey help bring back moisture. The lemon essential oil provides a refreshing scent, one that I use in the majority of my scrubs and hair masks.


Exfoliates and moisturizes dry lips with this refreshing lemon lip scrub.


• 1 teaspoon Jojoba oil

• 1 teaspoon raw honey

• 2 tablespoons sugar

• lemon essential oil


• In a small bowl combine jojoba oil, honey, and a few drops of lemon essential oil.

• Stir in sugar; mix until fully combined with honey.

• Apply to lips and gently rub to exfoliate. Leave on lips for four or five minutes to help the jojoba oil moisturize.

• Use a wet washcloth to remove scrub.

You are done!


The sugar acts as an exfoliant to smooth chapped, dry lips, while also tasting great. The olive oil, is a super moisturizer that helps the sugar work. Your homemade lip scrub can be flavored. This recipe is for vanilla flavor but you can also buy other flavors of extract in the baking section of the grocery to make flavors like bubblegum, peppermint and chocolate.


Makes your lips soft and silky feeling, make sure to put on a good moisturizing balm on your lips afterwards, too.


• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

• 1 teaspoon of any food coloring shade you want

• 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

• 2 teaspoon Olive oil


• Mix ½ teaspoon of olive oil and ½ teaspoon of granulated sugar in a bowl.

• Add in a drop of vanilla extract and mix it with the sugar and the oil.

• If you want you can add 1-2 drops of food coloring into the mixture. It is recommended to stay light on the food coloring since it might temporarily stain your lips and pick a practical color.

Put the mixture into the container.

And here is your vanilla lip scrub!


The only things you’ll need to make your own DIY Chocolate Lip Scrub are sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, honey and olive oil. What I really love about this scrub is how customizable it is. 

Want it to have a more caramel flavor? Use brown sugar instead of white sugar. Want a different flavor than vanilla? Substitute in almond extract. Not a big fan of olive oil? Use coconut oil instead. It’s easy to make this completely your own.


Your lips will love you for using this flavorful DIY Chocolate Lip Scrub that’s easy to make with ingredients you already have on hand and your lips will be softer than ever.


• 3 tablespoons Sugar

• 1 tablespoon Cocoa Powder

• 2 teaspoons olive oil

• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

• 1 teaspoon honey


• Mix ingredients in a bowl.

• Apply a small amount of lip scrub to lips, rubbing in small gentle circles.

• Allow to sit for about a minute.

• Wipe off with a soft wet cloth.

• Store the rest of the scrub in the fridge.


Since you need such a small amount of this sugar scrub for lips, you are measuring out your ingredients in tablespoons rather than cups.  I found that the raspberries were ripe enough that I could smash them with a spoon and the sugar, coconut oil and raspberries were very easy to mix together in a small bowl. 

Don’t be too rough, lips are tender!  Afterwards, just wash off with a washcloth soaked in some warm water, pat dry, and apply your favorite lip balm. 


A gentle and sweet sugar scrub for soft, kissable lips!
Goodbye dry and flaky lips!


• 6 tablespoon white sugar

• 2 tablespoon coconut oil

• 3 ripe raspberries


• Place ingredients in a small bowl and smash together with the back of a metal spoon

• If the mixture is too wet, add more sugar, too dry, add another berry!

• Place into a small container with a lid and store in a cool, dry place for up to 2 to 3 weeks.

• Gently massage a small amount onto your lips. Rinse with warm water, pat dry and use your favorite lip balm.


Like most good natural scrubs this one uses sugar as the exfoliant and carrier oil to moisturize and repair. A dash of cinnamon to stimulate blood flow. This mixture has a delicious smell while moisturising your lips.


Trust me, you do not want to miss out on french toast flavored lip scrub. Do those winter lips a favor and scrub your way to smoother smile with this easy DIY french toast lip scrub.

Enjoy new freshly polished lips!


• 1 teaspoon organic white granulated sugar

• ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon

• pinch ground nutmeg

• ¼ teaspoon pure maple syrup or honey*

• ¼ teaspoon coconut oil 

• 2 drops pure vanilla extract 


• Stir the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in a small dish.

• Add the maple syrup/honey, coconut oil, and vanilla extract, and mash everything together. At first it’ll seem like there’s not enough moisture to get everything to combine, but keep mashing until you’ll end up with a thick, fragrant, sugary paste.

• Take a small amount of the scrub onto your finger.

•Massage the sugary mixture into your lips, buffing off any dry skin.

• Once your lips feel sufficiently scrubbed, simply rinse away the remnants of the scrub with some warm water. 

*As always I’m open to suggestions and opinions so if you need information about an specific topic don’t forget to tell us! *

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Thanks for reading my posts and love you all, Valeria.

Parrot of the Week #2

(Sorry that this was so late! This week has been tough)

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Green Cheek Conure

Scientific Name: Pyrrhura molinae

Classification: Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Aves > Order: Psittaciformes > Superfamily> Psittacoidea > Family: Psittacidae > Subfamily: Arinae > Tribe: Arini > Genus: Pyrrhura > Species: molinae

Conservation Status: Least Concern; Declining in East Bolivia due to forest loss

Other Common Names: Green Cheeked Parakeet

Average Length: 26 cm or 10 in

Average Weight: 60 to 80 g

Average Lifespan in Captivity: 15 to 20 years, can reach 30

Native Range: West-central and southern Mato Grosso, Brazil, northern and eastern Bolivia, northwestern Argentina, and western Paraguay.

Natural Habitat: Dense low forests and woodlands with glades or marshy wetlands. The cloud forests of the eastern Andes up to 2512 ft. The fringes of chaco, savanna, deciduous and gallery woodland in pantanal.

Flock Size: 10 to 20, flocks can be larger where there is more food.

Call: Rapid and repeated notes and sharp or melodious sounds.

Breeding: February

Nesting: 4 – 6 eggs, average incubation of 25 days. They nest in hollow trees.

Wild Diet: Dry seeds, flowers, fruits, berries, and nuts

Sexually Dimorphic: No

Description: Mainly green, with a brown, black, or grey crown. They have white rings around the eyes, green cheeks, blue primary wing feathers, a grey beak, and a long-pointed tail that is mostly maroon. Their abdomen is red.

Color Mutations: Cinnamon, yellow-sided, pineapple, turquoise, green/red/blue apple (very rare), I also found a new mutation called the “Suncheek”

Noise Level: Relatively low compared to their larger relatives

Talking Ability: Limited vocabulary, they have a low gravelly voice

Personality: Playful, affectionate, and intelligent. They like to be held, and can be taught tricks. They love fruits and seeds. They often hang upside down and hang on the side of their cages waiting for someone to let them out and play with them. They love toys that they can destroy and shred.

Behavioral Concerns: Prone to biting, especially when adolescents; need a large amount of time out of their cages due to how affectionate and social they are, not having enough time with their people can lead to feather picking.

Health Concerns: If wings are clipped, or they spend a lot of time in their cages they are especially prone to obesity. Their lifespans with high fat diets are often cut short.

Aviculture: Commonly available as pets and popular as companion parrots

History in Captivity: Unknown until the 1970s

Fun Fact: There are six subspecies: P. m. australis, P. m. flavoptera, P. m. hypoxantha, P. m. molinae, P. m. phoenicura, P. m. restricta


Blueberry muffin in a mug :D
4g net carbs 10/10 will make again and again.
(You could do this in the oven and all but if you just want a quick single serving for breakfast or something… This is awesome IMO)

1 tbsp butter, melted
1 egg
2 tbsp sugar free syrup (I used caramel) or diluted stevia or dissolved granulated sweetener
4 tbsp golden flax meal*
1 tbsp shredded coconut, unsweetened
Pinch of coconut flour (came out less than 3g)
Pinch or two of baking powder
Cinnamon to taste
15g fresh blueberries

Mix wet ingredients, then add in the dry. Fold in the berries. Microwave for at least 1:30.

These are so good, ate them plain :P
Possibly my new favorite mug cake?!

*I don’t think the flax flavor is very strong in this recipe, although I do like flax. You can replace with almond meal if you prefer! I personally avoid almond meal because of the high omega-6 and phytic acid content. The more ya know :)

Here are the Pokemon berries as real fruits. 

Cheri Berry = Cherry Add some Arceus-damned tobasco sauce.

Chesto Berry = Chestnut It’s a chestnut. Dry indeed.

Pecha Berry = Peach I'd recommend nectarines instead. Strawberries… can be an acceptable substitute, if needed.

Rawst Berry = Strawberry Sadly, you cannot force a fruit to be bitter. Unripe strawberries give you a stomach-ache. Try whitebark raspberries for the color.

Aspear Berry = Pear Asian pears. Add citric acid for the ‘sour’. I do not guarantee flavor.

Leppa Berry = Apple For size, try crabapples. Can’t guarantee you wont get the runs, though. ;P

Oran Berry = Blueberry Name says orange, logic says blueberry. More tobasco sauce.

Persim Berry = Persimmon 

Lum Berry = Plum

Sitrus Berry - Citrus fruits in general. 

Razz Berry = Raspberry I don’t know how to make it 'dry flavored’. 


2012 Domaine Anne Gros & Jean-Paul Tollot Minervois Les Fontanilles

I get a lot of Grenache notes in this blend. Lots of red cherries, small berries, dry bramble, and red wood on the nose. Red fruit on the palate that’s tart but balanced with the tannins. Hint of green olive tapenade and some earth. 

3/5 bones


Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Cinsault

14% abv

Minervois (Languedoc-Roussillon), FRANCE

Herb of the Week-Madder Root

Common names

Common Madder
Dyer’s Madder
Madder Root

Madder is a perennially growing plant having a long life span and belongs to the family Rubiaceae, which also includes coffee. Plants belonging to this species sprout early in April and grow up to a height of anything between 60 cm and 100 cm. Madder plants bear leaves that are prickly. These leaves may often lead to a skin rash.

Often, the common madder plant may be found growing up to a height of 1.5 meters. The leaves of this plant are evergreen and grow up to a length of anything between 5 cm and 10 cm and may be anything between 2 cm and 3 cm in width. About four to seven leaves emerge in whorls on the main or central stem and each of them have a shape akin to the stars. The leaves and stems have tiny hooks with the help of which the plant clings to erect structures and climbs upwards.

The flowers of madder are very small and measure about 3 mm to 5 mm in diameter. Each flower has five yellow hued petals and they bloom between June and August. The flowers give rise to small berries whose color varies between red and black. Each berry is about 4 mm to 6 mm in diameter. The roots of this plant are quite elongated and may measure up to more than a meter in length and be about 12 mm thick. The madder root yields a red dye called the rose madder. The herb has a preference for loamy soils having a steady moisture level. This plant is often used in the form of a food for larvae belonging to a number of Lepidoptera species, counting the Hummingbird hawk moth.

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