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Kids taste scorpion candy

Kids taste scorpion candy

“We can just eat it but not eat the scorpion part. Are you with me?” asks Alastair and the boys set off on their goal wondering if the dead and dried scorpion is going to sting them while they suck on the sucker. The kids also crowd source an answer to the important question: “Does…

Here are three methods to preserve your lemons with salt!

Here are three methods to preserve your lemons with salt!

Since you are even looking at this post, I assume you either love North African food or you have 337 ripe lemons on your tree in the backyard and you’re wondering what in the world to do with them. I offer you three tasty ideas. Preserved lemons sound exotic to those of us in North…

Opening a can of Pillsbury crescent rolls, like a jack-in-the-box?

Opening a can of Pillsbury crescent rolls, like a jack-in-the-box?

Inspired by the popular Facebook meme, the Half Pints opened a tube of Pillsbury crescent rolls for the first time. Do you remember the first time? It had been many years since I’d even been around a can of rolls or biscuits that I have to admit, it was a lot of fun and brought…

Herbs for hair loss in a lesson from India

Herbs for hair loss in a lesson from India

Amanda’s note: Here is another wonderful contribution from Ramya Venkateshwaran who writes from her home in India. Ramya describes traditional remedies for hair loss. Find her on her website WildTurmeric.net for more ideas on healthy living. ~~~Hair loss is a common problem for both men and women and it is only increasing over the years….

Kids taste “ant candy” and even survive

Kids taste “ant candy” and even survive

What would kids do if faced with tasting ant candy? The Half Pints work it out, eating as little ant as possible. Some quotes: “I think I tasted a little bit of ant!” “Can we get this candy without ants?” “Why would people want to eat ant candy?

 Flavors of the Forest

Take a walk and find something edible. Taste it in a tea. Taste it in a soda. Taste it in a cocktail. ;) Taste it. Check out these tasting ideas. (Read more about our flavors here.)


Pickled dandelion. Ha! Yes, these are some very good pickles.

Pickled dandelion. Ha! Yes, these are some very good pickles.

Amanda’s note: Here is another fun post by Carol Little of Studio Botanica. She mentioned the concept of dandelion pickles in her post here on dandelion vinegar and I said, “Carol, we NEED to know more about that.” She sent me a recipe, I made it, waited around for two weeks before I could taste…

Another fun forest flavor in a soda

Another fun forest flavor in a soda

Magical things happen when you take two hours to yourself for the first time in a month. I grabbed some bags, clippers, and gloves and headed out to gather something else entirely when I stumbled upon a prolific stand of native chamomile. Chamomile grows readily here in the Sequoia National Forest but it is a…

Your handy “flu shots” and what research says about using this fruit to recover from the flu

Your handy “flu shots” and what research says about using this fruit to recover from the flu

Home remedies for common illnesses such as the flu are exciting by all counts, but this fruit may be particularly exciting because, in our case, it grows wild near us. We can harvest it easily and for free. We use it in elderberry syrup and elderberry tea. Is elderberry really effective against the flu? In…

Gooseberry Sampling (and a Syrup Recipe)

Gooseberry Sampling (and a Syrup Recipe)

For years I had seen the formidable gooseberries in the forest. Green with long spines, they looked like berries from a far-away planet. No one I knew did anything with the gooseberries so I opted to hike on by and leave the berries to the brave wildlife that had learned to manage all those prickly…

A weedy salad. You may find ingredients growing in the cracks of your driveway :)

A weedy salad. You may find ingredients growing in the cracks of your driveway :)

Glorious Summer! Wander out to the garden and gather some crunchy cucumbers, a ripe tomato or two, and a handful of purslane for the main ingredients of a memorable salad. Purslane? Yes, that weed you’ve been tossing into the compost is a wonderfully nutritious summer green – as well as tasty. Purslane is a bit…

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Whether it's a forest flavor, a turmeric flavor from India, or grandma's simple salad, these are the most popular posts on our site.

This cabbage salad is light, bright, and fresh with a delicate combination of flavors

This cabbage salad is light, bright, and fresh with a delicate combination of flavors

Put away any notion you might have of what a cabbage salad should be if you have only experienced mayonnaise-based coleslaw they offer in many restaurants. A traditional coleslaw is great and has its place, but there are many other ways to make non-traditional cabbage salad. The flavor of this cabbage salad is light, bright,…

How a flower saved me from going completely bananas (aka “How I survived the Grand Jury”)

How a flower saved me from going completely bananas (aka “How I survived the Grand Jury”)

There are some experiences adults should never have, some we cannot ever even talk about, and yet, there we find ourselves dead in the middle of it, silent. On occasion, time itself affords us an opportunity to make mention and so time has passed and I mention how I came to love this particular herb,…

Friends thought Hidden Valley had stolen this ranch dressing from us but it’s a classic that predates the bottle…

Friends thought Hidden Valley had stolen this ranch dressing from us but it’s a classic that predates the bottle…

Who doesn’t love ranch salad dressing? Homemade ranch dressing is that much better. Ranch dressing may be the most requested dressing in restaurants. Before ranch dressing became a commercial blockbuster, I made this type of dressing for sandwiches at home. When Hidden Valley hit the market some decades ago, my friends thought Hidden Valley had…

A super-hot salve to tame your arthritis pain

A super-hot salve to tame your arthritis pain

Leave it to nature to provide remedies for the things that ail us. This particular one grows wild in Mexico and has become a staple here in California and throughout the southwest. Known as being some of the hottest peppers on earth, they are not for the faint of heart. Before this summer I had…

Inexpensive and tasty onion and garlic powders

Inexpensive and tasty onion and garlic powders

It is so convenient to pull powdered onion or garlic off the shelf to add to soups and sauces but the quality of the powder is not always what you would hope. For improved quality and potentially as a cost-savings, you should consider making your own. I realize this is one of those tasks in…


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