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Flavors of the Forest and The Lost Road Chronicles

Take a walk and find something edible.

Taste it in a tea. Taste it in a soda. Taste it in a cookie. Taste it in a cocktail. ;)

Taste it.

We offer some tasting ideas for you. Many of our ideas come from our adventures in California's Sequoia National Forest where we live in one of those little islands of private land surrounded by forest. Our house is historic, has a history as a brothel, but our most exciting discovery was actually what we call "The Lost Road" -- a road on our property of only five acres that took the Rose family 30 years to discover. Who "loses" an entire road? The Rose family does, apparently, and now we seek out its flavors and go on an occasional hunt for Sasquatch.

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 – Natural Remedies

Herbs for Hair Loss – Natural Remedies

This post was last updated on November 13th, 2017 at 07:17 amAmanda’s note: Here is another wonderful contribution from Ramya Venkateshwaran who writes from her home in India. Ramya describes natural 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…

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?

A gluten-free quinoa pumpkin breakfast cookie

A gluten-free quinoa pumpkin breakfast cookie

Do you ever struggle with breakfast boredom? It hits me every few months to the extent I would rather just skip breakfast all together. Not good! Not good! I’m always on the lookout for inspiration so when a new tasty idea drifts by, it’s like winning in a scavenger hunt. Here is one of those…

Paper flowers bloom before your eyes (a springtime science project)

Paper flowers bloom before your eyes (a springtime science project)

Here’s a fun springy idea for you, especially those of you still waiting for springtime blooms. Just watch these paper flowers bloom! We got this idea from The Happy Scientist (here). His is a great site for finding science projects, well worth the nominal membership fee.

A survival guide for springtime weeding?

A survival guide for springtime weeding?

Hey guys, don’t give up on us! We have content coming! We’ve been enjoying the exquisite weather that came with spring break. A dark cloud hangs over as I type and I hope for more rain but there is no doubt that spring is here. In fact, the very-weedy outside is a testament to that…

Homemade egg paint with two very simple ingredients

Homemade egg paint with two very simple ingredients

On this week-before-Easter (and spring break) we offer you homemade egg paint. This stuff is a lot of fun and actually does make a great paint. This is the paint that people used before they picked it up in plastic tubes at their local craft store. It is simply egg yolk and food coloring. The…

This simple thing can reduce your stress and build immuity at the same time…

This simple thing can reduce your stress and build immuity at the same time…

If you’ve wonder where you should travel on your next holiday, maybe it should involve a forest. There is actually research that suggests a trip to the forest can reduce your stress levels (no big surprise) but also build your immunity. In Japan there is a tradition of Shinrinyoku — a leisurely visit to the…

The Acorn Harvest: Acorn Foraging and Recipes

The Acorn Harvest: Acorn Foraging and Recipes

Do you live next to or near an oak tree? If so, you are looking at a ready source of nutritious food: Acorns! Yes, acorns. You read correctly. Keep reading and you will be amazed at how easily you can bring this free and ancient food source into your cooking. California is wealthy with oak…

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…

“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…

Turn these weedy flowers into culinary treasures and even improve your skin!

Turn these weedy flowers into culinary treasures and even improve your skin!

This post was last updated on February 25th, 2016 at 09:57 am This year was really our dandelion year. We’ve been gearing up for the last few: gathering a small batch here and there in the spring and making little recipes. This year we went big with about three big harvests — one in March,…

Dandelion jelly — Your springtime meadow in a jar

Dandelion jelly — Your springtime meadow in a jar

This post was last updated on June 21st, 2015 at 02:03 pm From the mountains of dandelions we have gathered in the forest (that I have raved about for the past couple of weeks), I had to do it. I tried the jelly. The jelly is a lot of work and so I had put…

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 pm We 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…

Pickled dandelion. Ha! Yes, these are some very good pickles.

Pickled dandelion. Ha! Yes, these are some very good pickles.

This post was last updated on June 21st, 2015 at 02:08 pm 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,…

Your edible flower starting point (salads, syrups, oils and a tale of the “loco weed”)

Your edible flower starting point (salads, syrups, oils and a tale of the “loco weed”)

This post was last updated on June 21st, 2015 at 02:10 pm Eating flowers right off a plant is an activity that can go completely haywire. You may notice a meadow frequented by deer that has many of its flowers eaten and yet there is that one flower type that the deer leave untouched. Humans…

Violets. Spring. Hope. Renewal. Frivolity.

Violets. Spring. Hope. Renewal. Frivolity.

This post was last updated on June 21st, 2015 at 02:11 pm Amanda’s note: I offer you another post from Carol Little of Studio Botanica. Carol is about as bananas over edible flowers as anyone I’ve ever met and she suggested we need a post here on violets, a favorite spring time flower. We do…

A foresty vinegar for your gourmet stash

A foresty vinegar for your gourmet stash

This post was last updated on June 21st, 2015 at 02:12 pm I have had to train myself to harvest pine needles which feels a bit strange but makes sense: When you grow up with a garden and a tomato harvest every August, you don’t have to train yourself that August is tomato month and…