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Homemade Chicken Stock from Freezer Scraps

January 17, 2024
Homemade chicken stock being made in Dutch oven on stovetop with veggie scraps and chicken bones.

Save your leftover veggie scraps and chicken bones to make your own homemade chicken stock. Then, use your stock for soups, sauces, and so much more! This post may contain affiliate links.  Making a purchase through one of these links helps support this blog. It has been downright frigid here in Jersey this week.  A perfect week for staying in and enjoying comfort foods.  Knowing that the weather called for snow and freezing temps, I took advantage of the freezer…

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How I Clean Pine Needles for Products

January 12, 2024
Tree needles in glass jar. Baking trays of fir tree needles sit behind jar on table.

Giving a behind-the-scenes look at how I clean and prepare pine and fir needles for products I sell in my Etsy shop. This post may contain affiliate links.  Making a purchase through one of these links helps support this blog. One of the things I wanted to do with my rebrand was give you a little behind-the-scenes look at how I prepare some of my products.  There was some interest about how I prep my pine (or fir) needles to…

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What to Do with a Simmer Pot

January 9, 2024

If you’ve hopped on the simmer pot trend – or purchased a kit from my Etsy shop – this post explains what to do with a simmer pot and how to make your own fragrance blends. This post may contain affiliate links.  Making a purchase through one of these links helps support this blog. Simmer pots – also called “stovetop potpourri” – have become kind of a big deal.  Especially on TikTok, where I first got the idea to include…

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Welcome to Holoka Home

January 5, 2024

Hello, everyone!  First, allow me to wish you a Happy 2024!  I kind of like the sound of that – 2024.  Numerologically speaking, I read that 2024 is an “8” year, meaning we’ll play on our strengths and maybe go through a bit of a growth spurt.  It’s a year of hope and change for the better.  I’m here for it and I think it works well with the changes happening here on my website. I hope as we move…

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Living La Vida Holoka is Changing

December 27, 2023

Hello, friends!  So some big news…I am rebranding and changing the intention behind this website.  It’s been a long journey with Living La Vida Holoka.  And while I’ve had my fair share of fun, my passion has dwindled over the past few years. You know how Albert Einstein said, “insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results?”  That’s kind of how running this website has felt.  While my blog has been my business, there’s been…

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Christmas Fruit Salad Wreath

December 21, 2023
Flat lay photo of Christmas Fruit Salad Wreath on wood slice with bowl of fruit dip in center of wreath.

This Christmas Fruit Salad Wreath is a light and healthy addition to the holiday table made with kiwi, pineapple, clementines, blueberries, and pomegranate. This post may contain affiliate links.  Making a purchase through one of these links helps support this blog. It’s officially winter and the Christmas holiday is just days away.  But unfortunately, it’s also cold and flu season.  I’ve been refilling my hand sanitizer, taking my elderberry, and nourishing my body to try and protect myself from unwanted…

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