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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.)


Gooseberry Sampling (and a Syrup Recipe)

Gooseberry Sampling (and a Syrup Recipe)

This post was last updated on July 2nd, 2014 at 07:30 am 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…

Greens Soup, A Nutritional Powerhouse

Greens Soup, A Nutritional Powerhouse

This post was last updated on July 2nd, 2014 at 07:31 am In the spirit of using our abundant garden produce and foraging the beautiful wild greens around us, we are eating soup so loaded with leafy greens that it looks like extracted vegetable juice. This stuff is GREEN! It has been fun to figure…

Elderberry Tea for Flavor and Health

Elderberry Tea for Flavor and Health

This post was last updated on July 2nd, 2014 at 07:30 amWith 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…

Dandelion muffins for a springy teatime treat

Dandelion muffins for a springy teatime treat

This post was last updated on June 21st, 2015 at 02:06 pmWe have had access to dandelions since March but it is late spring here when the meadows in the higher elevations in the Sequoia National Forest are bursting with them. The Sequoia National Forest office allows us to harvest them for our own consumption…

Homemade mustard — your blueprint (with some cool foraged variations)

Homemade mustard — your blueprint (with some cool foraged variations)

This post was last updated on March 28th, 2015 at 08:58 amA gourmet condiment is a game-changer. When we land a good mustard especially, we look for ways to use it, spreading it on anything that looks like a bread or tortilla or any little wedge of cheese. It’s great fun to enjoy a mustard…

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Tuck away this strawberry lemonade concentrate idea. You’re going to love it!

Tuck away this strawberry lemonade concentrate idea. You’re going to love it!

This post was last updated on September 11th, 2017 at 05:18 pmStrawberry 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…

Introducing 3-D pictures at FreshBitesDaily — it’s super-cool new tech (including pictures of “the hobo kitchen”)

Introducing 3-D pictures at FreshBitesDaily — it’s super-cool new tech (including pictures of “the hobo kitchen”)

This post was last updated on November 30th, 2014 at 02:46 pmDeserving mention on its own, I wanted to introduce a new type of “photo” you will find here on FreshBitesDaily.com — “3-D” photos made with the Lytro Illum camera. (Find the camera here at our Amazon partner and prepare for sticker shock….) The photos…

It’s the world’s healthiest chocolate and served with pumpkin. You can’t go wrong.

It’s the world’s healthiest chocolate and served with pumpkin. You can’t go wrong.

This post was last updated on April 16th, 2014 at 08:44 amOn our first snow as we shivered getting used to the suddenly-freezing temperatures, this warm drink was fun to make and a huge hit with all ages. I used fresh pumpkin puree. You could use puree of any winter squash. Of course, you could…

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…

This post was last updated on April 16th, 2014 at 08:44 amWho 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…

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

This post was last updated on March 28th, 2015 at 09:18 amPut 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…


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