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An iron-rich breath freshener to aid your digestion and cut your sugar cravings

An iron-rich breath freshener to aid your digestion and cut your sugar cravings

Amanda’s note: If you’ve never seen mukhwas, this recipe is going to strike you as strange at first glance. It looks like a container of candy cake sprinkles or some such. It’s actually a very clever way of cutting your craving for dessert after a meal because you actually only eat a teaspoon or so….

Asian chicken lettuce wraps

Asian chicken lettuce wraps

The first time I tasted the likes of this dish was as an appetizer at PF Chang’s. I wanted to order another batch and forget dinner! But alas, I was with dear family and friends who had other plans, so I kept my mouth zipped. A closed mouth helped my busy mind with mental notes….

Add a little surprise to your pillow to aid in your relaxation

Add a little surprise to your pillow to aid in your relaxation

This idea is not new and it is certainly not complicated. Certain aromas help us relax, so much so that some people will use aroma therapy devices at night to aid in a more restful sleep. This is the same idea but it simply requires a bit of dried herb to get started. All you…

Cauliflower tabouli: A modern rendition of the classic

Cauliflower tabouli: A modern rendition of the classic

One day when searching online for a particular recipe, I happened on a post for cauliflower tabouli. Since tabouli is not what I was set on at the time, I kept clicking. Weeks later I held a half head of cauliflower in my hand and recalled the tabouli idea. I wish I could credit the…

Make your own air freshener from your favorite fragrant plant

Make your own air freshener from your favorite fragrant plant

I love the concept of air fresheners but one short walk through the drug store aisle dedicated to them is enough to send me packing. Really, there is such a thing as “too much fragrance.” One of the things my boys and I love to do here is to capture the fragrance of the forest…

 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.)


Gather this berry in the forest and then season your salad with it ;)

Gather this berry in the forest and then season your salad with it ;)

Herbal vinegars are a fun hobby. They are quite simple to make: place and herb in vinegar and let it sit. Strain out the herb and use the vinegar. It is so easy, in fact, that many of us have a shelf of vinegar ready to be used on something and we wait patiently on…

Homemade elderberry syrup to fight the flu (or just for good eating)

Homemade elderberry syrup to fight the flu (or just for good eating)

If you have access to elderberries, fresh or dried, consider making your own elderberry syrup. Use the elderberry syrup in tea, baking, or eat it right off the spoon for some of its immune-boosting properties. (Read more about elderberry syrup and the flu here.) We are lucky enough to have local access to as many…

Elderberry Tea for Flavor and Health

Elderberry Tea for Flavor and Health

With our focus on building our immune systems this flu season, elderberry is an important tool. It can help prevent getting the flu or perhaps can help reduce our symptoms. In our own area we can actually harvest wild elderberries and make syrup that we freeze for the winter. It is that syrup we use…

Chilled Elderberry Soup

Chilled Elderberry Soup

Since discovering the wisdom of consuming elderberry shots and elderberry tea to strengthen our immune systems, we are finding wild elderberries in places unnoticed –under our noses but unnoticed until now. Having this sort of bounty allows us to experiment a wee bit, looking for new ways to consume more elderberries. That’s how I came…

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…

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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.

Natural allergy relief that is so complete and immediate (and cheap), it may blow you away

Natural allergy relief that is so complete and immediate (and cheap), it may blow you away

My 10-year-old son has increasing problems with seasonal allergies — we brace ourselves as spring comes with its pollen because this kid really reacts. Last year we kept him comfortable with over-the-counter medications, local honey, regular elderflower tea, lavender oil in a nebulizer/diffuser concoction as he sleeps, and a chest rub of lavender and eucalyptus…

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,…

A refreshing and simple citrus soda mix, ready for your seltzer

A refreshing and simple citrus soda mix, ready for your seltzer

The summer of 2013 has been the warmest we’ve had in six or seven years. The stress of the heat always challenges us to find new ways to survive it. This season is no exception. This is the first year I have tried taking a shower and going to bed wet. It works! I stayed…

These simple citrus salts may make you very popular among your friends…

These simple citrus salts may make you very popular among your friends…

Last year I was inspired by Heidi Swanson’s post to make my own citrus salts. The process is such a no-brainer, drop-dead easy one! Heidi offers suggestions on how to most enjoy these salts as “finishing” salts on things like avocado slices. I was inspired. It took me a whole year to work on the…

Strawberry Lemonade Concentrate

Strawberry Lemonade Concentrate

Strawberry season hits in the valley below us about two months before our own berries begin to ripen. Strawberries cause the two little guys in this house to go into orbit. Alastair got the attention of all the shoppers at a local fruit stand when he squealed “stwawbawwies!” Then he announced to anyone who would…


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We're having fun with #Kapla blocks. His record is 25 stories. The right is a bird's eye view of the… http://t.co/7r7jwHT0kH
Burn, baby burn! It's a hazard reduction burn day! #fire #homesteading http://t.co/Jn7TVSZxCs
I grabbed a picture today of what ought to be a #snowpack #sierra #Sequoia #drought That peak is… http://t.co/Mg9fA81LPk
Friend to Alastair: When did you turn 6? Alastair: On my birthday of course!

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