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“Almost Instant Soup” secrets

“Almost Instant Soup” secrets

Over the years I’ve had comments from folks who’ve said, “When there seems to be nothing to eat, time to shop for groceries, you put a great meal together out of what appears to be nothing.” As I finished the post below, I realized that these are some of my secrets to whipping up good…

Sweet & sour spicy slaw to combat your salad boredom

Sweet & sour spicy slaw to combat your salad boredom

Do you suffer from salad boredom? It’s so easy to fall into a rut when it comes to salad-making. A week’s supply of Romaine lettuce and a couple of good homemade dressings can keep you in almost instant salads for a week. It’s a great time saver, but after a while the salads all taste…

Spicy tomato powder hummus

Spicy tomato powder hummus

How handy that hummus has become a comfort food in this home! It’s simple to make, it stores well for several days, travels wonderfully, and is so adaptable to different seasonings. It could become a regular stand-by in your kitchen too. If you have tried cooking with tomato powder, you already know how beautifully it…

A sun burn remedy mask for heat and redness (with a food that may surprise you)

A sun burn remedy mask for heat and redness (with a food that may surprise you)

Amanda’s note: Here is another great recipe tutorial from Ramya Venkateshwaran, writing in India from her website WildTurmeric.net. She shares here a sun burn remedy used in India that we had simply never considered. Interesting! ~~~ This homemade face mask made with fresh apples and ground oatmeal treats sun burn and will also give your…

Homemade mint/peppermint extract — Two keys to success you have not read anywhere else (probably…) with cool 3-D photos to boot

Homemade mint/peppermint extract — Two keys to success you have not read anywhere else (probably…) with cool 3-D photos to boot

There is something magical about the bright flavor of peppermint. I love to add peppermint extract to my coffee, particularly when I need a little extra perk. The freshness perks me up. With mint growing all over our yard and increase in the forest nearby, of course I’ve wondered how to make peppermint extract myself….

 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.)


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…

Chamomile tea hike plus a great night-time tea

Chamomile tea hike plus a great night-time tea

Preschoolers are often easily entertained, as evidenced by our recent “Chamomile Tea Hike.” My 4-year-old did not realize that the same chamomile tea he loves to drink at night time is an easily found “weed” in many parts of California. The look of our local variety is distinct. After one identification, my son has come…

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…

Homemade Elderberry Syrup

Homemade Elderberry Syrup

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 elderberries.) We are lucky enough to have local access to as many elderberries we could possibly ever…

Nettle seed soup for a quick nutrition fix

Nettle seed soup for a quick nutrition fix

This soup recipe may be a great little nugget for you nettle foragers out there. We make use of the immature seed that fell off our nettle harvest in late spring as we processed nettle. The nettle had put on seed heads but the seeds were not so mature that you would plant with them….

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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…

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…

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,…

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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