» Archive for August, 2008


Monday, August 25th, 2008 by Marie

Our sauna is now in the process of being built!

After many months of waiting - due to lack of materials, plans, etc, we’re finally able to start our cobwood sauna.

We are building a sauna described in Rob Roy’s book, “The Sauna“.  It will be made out of cobwood - or rounds of wood sandwiched in cob (a mixture of clay, sand, and straw).

On completion, the sauna will provide us with yet another way to conserve the amount of water we are consuming.  Taking a sauna before showering will leave us clean and reduce total shower time - a big win for us, especially in the dry months when our water supply is low.

Visiting the Bosque

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008 by Marie

We were happy to host our largest group of day visitors last week.

The visitors came from Morelia. They are nearly all foreigners (2 Mexicans, the rest ex-pats), and are part of a group in Morelia which helps support a local orphanage. They were happy to adventure up the bumpy road to the Bosque!

The group enjoyed a casual permaculture tour and luncheon on our terraza.
Visits to the Bosque can be arranged by contacting us through our webpage.

Recipe: Jamaica, Ginger and Lemon Verbena Tea

Thursday, August 21st, 2008 by Marie

Our lemon verbena plants are doing great this year. We have two big plants near the main house, and lots of smaller plants which have been propagated by cuttings throughout the forest. The smell of the leaves alone is a great reason to find a way to have it in your home garden - sweet, lemony goodness!

The leaves can be used to brighten up rice and bean dishes, as an infusion in oil, vinegar, or even vodka, or, the best way, in my opinion: tea!

I’ve made tea with lemon verbena alone, but this combination of ingredients has become my favorite tea to sip on after meals. The jamaica (hibiscus, in English) is rich in vitamin C, the lemon verbena relieves stress, and the ginger aids digestion - making it the perfect after dinner drink.

You can use cheese cloth as I have done in this recipe, or you can simply strain the tea into a new pot.


  • 1 handful dried jamaica, or hibiscus flowers
  • 1 handful fresh lemon verbena leaves, torn
  • 2 T chopped fresh ginger
  • 6 c. water
  • honey, if desired


  1. Combine herbs and fold into a cheesecloth - secure with string.
  2. Bring 6 cups of water to boil. Remove from heat, and add the bundle of herbs.
  3. Let steep for 5 minutes, remove herbs and serve! Offer honey if you desire, although I like this tea just the way it is - tart! This serves 6 people one cup of tea.

Peanut Butter

Friday, August 8th, 2008 by Marie

Two of our recent volunteers taught us how to make peanut butter!

making PB

A very good addition to our foods - we don’t like the commercially produced peanut butter which has partially hydrogenated oil, and organic, natural peanut butter isn’t yet available in this part of Mexico.

Thanks to Allison and Suzanne!

peanut butter

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