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Turmeric tea in many new flavor combinations

Turmeric tea in many new flavor combinations

I know a lot of you love turmeric tea and I certainly know from experience that it is easy to tire of the same old flavors that you are producing in your kitchen. That’s why I was pleased to stumble upon a turmeric tea sample package when the Half Pints and I attended ShiftCon back…

How to get regular apple juice to taste like cider (plus a cider taste test and cider mulling tips)

How to get regular apple juice to taste like cider (plus a cider taste test and cider mulling tips)

It’s apple season and, of course, that means fresh-pressed apple cider from all of those road-side apple stands. It is a treat of the fall for us to venture over to California’s central coast and to travel along See Canyon road tasting apples and returning home with lugs of fresh apples and gallons of cider….

Peppermint Candy Ornaments

Peppermint Candy Ornaments

We did it. It’s a popular Pinterest project and when I saw it I got excited and then took a second look and thought, “This one could be a real disaster.” Indeed, it can be. We thought about it and worked through it several times. The Half Pints offer a video with the how-to steps…

Kiwi: What to do with this fuzzy, brown fruit

Kiwi: What to do with this fuzzy, brown fruit

What do you do with this strange, fuzzy brown fruit? What you definitely don’t want to do is simply take a big ole bite out of that. A friend of mine did that once and it is memorable. The skin is fuzzy and scratchy and just leaves a rough sensation in your mouth. It actually…

Cleaning your garden greens

Cleaning your garden greens

I remember having a lovely lunch in a restaurant by Fisherman’s Warf in San Fransisco. Everything was perfect: wonderful view of the ocean, sterling service and then I felt a crunch of sand in the spinach Florentine. How could such a high caliber kitchen fail to thoroughly wash those greens? It happened years ago but…

 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.)


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…

Rich and Dense Nettle Soup

Rich and Dense Nettle Soup

Are you looking for a spring tonic, possibly an almost-free spring tonic? Stinging nettle can be your answer. We have decided that it is on the top of our list for staying healthy. With renewed focus and dedication to nettle, we are tracking it’s life cycle and finding new stands of it. By far, the…

Flavors of the forest, adventures, and #18summers

Flavors of the forest, adventures, and #18summers

And so it has begun. We get 18 summers with our children and quite a few of those summers are usually behind us before we realize it. With our two boys, we have seven summers left with one and thirteen with the other before they end up being completely legal men. We have the emerging…

Greens Soup, A Nutritional Powerhouse

Greens Soup, A Nutritional Powerhouse

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 out how to combine greens that would usually end up in the…

“Drink a tree” on your next camping trip, recommend the Half Pints

“Drink a tree” on your next camping trip, recommend the Half Pints

We had a great surprise here this week: This soda was killer. Everyone tasted it and everyone gushed. This would be the perfect fun activity for camping. This would be the perfect fun activity for any time at all. It surprised us because we’ve fussed with pine quite a bit and have had varying results…

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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 traditional Indian remedy for arthritis pain with pro-tips from India itself

A traditional Indian remedy for arthritis pain with pro-tips from India itself

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 dried ginger to relieve the pain associated with inflammatory…

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…

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…

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.

On 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 also use canned pumpkin puree. Substitute a strong cocoa drink for…

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,…


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The #Redding #Tourist Board bids a hearty hello. We are driving around in a car without a window,… https://t.co/HhTaqDMXqH
The best of last night's dinner from @shiftcon #shifthappens @aga thanks American Grassfed. You know how to do it http://t.co/D4kKv0GHng
I knew the room was a mess but really ... #chickens #parenting https://t.co/kV7intuI5C
I found this video on my iPhone, apparently filmed in our #chicken coop. It took me back to "The Waltons." ... https://t.co/m5fgciYjKO
Part II of "The Edible Necklace" https://t.co/I0P8hKebyD
"You're roasting your chicken all wrong!" offer the Half Pint Hacks. Here is their version. ;) #homesteadin... https://t.co/KLJujAIDBC
Speed of light v sound - The most fun you'll ever have learning about it (90 sec vid from the Half Pint Hacks) https://t.co/m6ERTAYxHq

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