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Kiley

Kiley Gwynn, certified BJCP beer judge, enjoys a wide variety of hobbies but her deepest passion is homebrewing. She loves spreading the joy of homebrewing and over the last decade has become deeply involved in the Oregon homebrewing community. Kiley is an award-winning homebrewer who holds a seat on the executive committee of Cascade Brewers Society and is a member of American Homebrewers Association Diversity Subcommittee. She loves brewing herbally inspired beers at educational events like Learn to Homebrew Day. When she’s not working as a blog contributor at Mountain Rose Herbs or in her homebrewery, you’ll likely find her under a pile of yarn with a crochet project, in the kitchen working on her latest small batch canning adventure or chasing her rescued red heeler down the beach.

Recent Posts

Matcha Shortbread Cookies with White Chocolate & Vanilla Glaze

Matcha is an alluring powdered green tea with deep historical roots in Japanese tea ceremonies. Like all true teas, matcha is produced from the tender young leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. The way in which the leaves are grown and processed is what sets matcha apart from other green teas. All matcha is shade-grown, hand-harvested, and quickly steamed. After steaming, the stems and veins are removed from each leaf, and the leaves are then left to dry flat before being stone-ground into a fine powder. Whether whisked hot in the traditional preparation, or combined with milk and honey poured over ice, matcha offers a truly remarkable flavor experience!

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Relaxing DIY Lavender Eye Pillow with Buckwheat

If you’re anything like me, your schedule is often a little too crowded. And the struggle of trying to balance our always-on culture against some quality “me” time is real. While I haven’t been great at saying no to as many things I would like to this year, I have been better about finding those quiet moments of me time. One of the things that helps me to quickly find a moment of tranquility is to eliminate the distractions of technology and enjoy a little aromatherapy. These buckwheat and lavender eye pillows check both of those boxes, plus they’re easy to transport and they’re adorable! 

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DIY Gardener's Salve Recipe

As the garden beckons, I’m reminded why I’m so thankful for herbal salves! Between planting, weeding, and pruning, my pampered winter hands are getting their typical spring hazing. Part of it is surely my own fault, as I tend to toss my gloves aside to feel the warm dirt on my hands.

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Zero-Waste Gifts for Your Sweetheart

Finding the perfect gift for someone living a minimalist or zero-waste lifestyle can seem impossibly hard. What do you get for that special someone who says “I don’t need a present. I have enough things in my life right now”? On one hand you want spoil them, and gifts are a great way to let your partner know that you love and appreciate them. On the other the hand, you want to respect their wishes. With a little creativity and planning, finding that perfect gift is easy and often a lot of fun! Below are some memorable ways to say “I love you” without buying expensive or shiny new things. Read More
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Smoky Southwestern-Inspired Vegan Spaghetti Squash Bowls

The first time I cooked spaghetti squash I was heartbroken. I had recently broken up with gluten and was trying desperately to fill the hole in my stomach left by pasta. And while my marinara game was on point that day, the spaghetti squash only added to my heartbreak. Thankfully a dear friend challenged me to think outside the Italian Seasoning box and these smoky Southwestern-inspired spaghetti squash bowls were born.

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Herbal Mushroom Hot Chocolate (2 Ways!)

For chocolate lovers, very few things compare to snapping open a raw cacao bean, rubbing it between your palms to crumble your own cacao nibs, and taking a deep inhale. If you’ve never tried raw cacao (pronounced “kah-cow”), you might be in for a bit of a surprise.

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Pickled Cranberries and Spiced Ginger Cranberry Shrub Cocktail

I’ve been a little obsessed with cranberries since I learned that these bright red beauties were native to my home state of Oregon. And while our organic cranberry powder is a customer favorite in everything from herbal capsules to natural DIY make-up, I can't help but find ways to use the fresh berries I love.

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