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A natural mango lip scrub to put an end to winter’s chapped lips (in a lesson from India)

A natural mango lip scrub to put an end to winter’s chapped lips (in a lesson from India)

Amanda’s note: I always love opening up my emails from Ramya because I get to read great new content like this one. Ramya writes from a coconut farm in India where she shares traditional solutions to daily problems and some of her best kitchen techniques. Using fresh mango to fight the lingering chapped lips from…

So many strawberry ideas, so little time ;)

So many strawberry ideas, so little time ;)

It is that time of year in California when the strawberries are just bursting out of their little plants. We can find good strawberries all summer long but springtime is definitely boom time here and we do sometimes find ourselves with a crate full. They don’t last long so we always have a processing scramble…

A graphic picture as evidence that prevention is easier than treatment when it comes to skin cancer (and a simple remedy you can try today)

A graphic picture as evidence that prevention is easier than treatment when it comes to skin cancer (and a simple remedy you can try today)

You’ve probably seen the articles around the Internet: “What advice would I give to my teenage self?” The advice invariably refers to finding a mate, finding purpose in life, and protecting your skin. What most people realize as they hit that point of “middle age” is that skin protection would have been a very easy…

Lavender syrup with an answer to the age-old question: “Why is it *brown*?”

Lavender syrup with an answer to the age-old question: “Why is it *brown*?”

This syrup may be the most popular herbal syrup by far. Most of us are obsessed by the beauty and the fragrance of this Mediterranean herb. Its popularity has exploded in the United States in the last couple of decades. We can now find many varieties of English lavender, Spanish lavender, and even yellow lavender….

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…

 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.)


A gourmet soda: An ode to your pine tree

A gourmet soda: An ode to your pine tree

We had a great surprise here this week: This soda was killer. Everyone tasted it and everyone gushed. It surprised us because we’ve fussed with pine quite a bit and have had varying results in getting the pine flavor into water. It is easily done as a tea but a soda requires a very strong…

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…

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…

Simple lilac-infused scones for your next special brunch

Simple lilac-infused scones for your next special brunch

“Lilacs in bloom” are our main sign that spring has come and it is actually here to stay. We get daffodils before the lilacs and narcissus before the daffodils but, without fail, those flowers shiver in the cold and end up covered in snow as they bloom. Lilac flowers come just as the deciduous oaks…

More adventures and flavors on “The Lost Road” (and a remedy for grumpiness…)

More adventures and flavors on “The Lost Road” (and a remedy for grumpiness…)

It was a *very*grumpy* morning for me when I walked into our living room and belted out, “What should we do when your mama is tired and grumpy?” “Go to The Lost Road!” Alastair (5) shouted. “Wow, good idea,” I thought. “That really might do it!” But I was suddenly in a fix: Frederick had…

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Start your day with this “Golden Tea” — fight cancer and build your brain at the same time (including key flavor options and a “pro tip”)

Start your day with this “Golden Tea” — fight cancer and build your brain at the same time (including key flavor options and a “pro tip”)

On my recent trip to Kauai, I was spoiled by the wide availability of fresh turmeric, so much so that I created a daily ritual of turmeric tea. Research comes out every day linking turmeric to decreased risk of cancer and to improved brain health. Adding a daily beverage made with fresh turmeric may be…

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”)

Deserving 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 below are not regular JPG or TIFF image files. They are…

This heart-healthy tea may be as effective as Captropil at lowering blood pressure (with cholesterol-lowering properties as a bonus)

This heart-healthy tea may be as effective as Captropil at lowering blood pressure (with cholesterol-lowering properties as a bonus)

This family has long enjoyed hibiscus tea on hot summer days but having grown up in a largely-Hispanic part of California, we don’t call it “hibiscus,” we call it by its Spanish name, “jamaica.” Though spelled like the island country of Jamaica, it is actually pronounced “Ha-Mike-Ah” in Spanish. It is a striking deep red…

Strawberry lemonade concentrate — A new beverage experience

Strawberry lemonade concentrate — A new beverage experience

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…

Homemade tartar sauce so wonderful and simple you’ll be looking for new reasons to eat it

Homemade tartar sauce so wonderful and simple you’ll be looking for new reasons to eat it

Once you make your own tartar sauce, you will never go back to the jarred version again. The tartar sauce in restaurants will not be quite as appealing either, but you will have an eating experience at home that is cheap, easy, and unparalleled in tartar sauce flavor. Begin with a good mayonnaise, either homemade…


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"What happened to the chocolate?" Alastair (6): "Maybe a butterfly flew into the hotel and ate it."
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A3 sun screen on the face is difficult -- oily plus it can run into your eyes. Ouch #sunsafegoddess
A1: Fave activity w sunscreen: Hiking esp above tree line, along w a hat #sunsafegoddess
The @GardenGoddess chat on sun screen in 20 min w cool prizes at stake & my satellite appears to be run by a band of snails #SunSafeGoddess

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