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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.)


Freezing Eldberries, Simple Considerations

Freezing Eldberries, Simple Considerations

We have had a great crop of elderberries this year and faced the big question of what to do with such a bounty — Freeze? Can? Ferment? Wine and jam are great options for elderberries but our main use this season has been elderberry syrup. We have frozen elderberries raw to make syrup (or anything…

A springtime nettle soup, full of so much flavor and health, it has changed our lives…

A springtime nettle soup, full of so much flavor and health, it has changed our lives…

How could anything this healthy be so totally delicious? Nettle soup has a growing fan base across the country and for good reason. Nettle leaf is delicately flavored and cooks to a smooth silky texture. The prickly little needles are completely gone. No other vegetable in our experience provides the texture that nettle does. And…

This tea or infusion may knock out your seasonal allergies or may just keep you healthy (with a brewing “pro tip”)

This tea or infusion may knock out your seasonal allergies or may just keep you healthy (with a brewing “pro tip”)

We are lucky to have nettle all around us here in the Sequoia National Forest, for nearly nine months a year at various elevations, giving us a great chance to nourish ourselves for the cost of fresh air, some clipping, and steeping or cooking. We rely on a frozen nettle stash through the year for…

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…

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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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.

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…

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,…

Your new migraine remedy: A simple and inexpensive herbal tincture

Your new migraine remedy: A simple and inexpensive herbal tincture

The feverfew began blooming this year and my son announced, “We need to pick some of that for my headaches.” My head jerked around in his direction. “Really? How did you know feverfew is good for headaches?” He couldn’t remember. In my quest to get this emerging teenager outside with me and engaged in projects,…

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…

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

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

The heat of the past few summers has been memorable, stifling. The stress of the heat always challenges us to find new ways to survive it. This season is no exception. In all of my 70+ years, two years ago was the first year I tried taking a shower and going to bed wet. It…


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