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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.)


Try some of these bay leaf uses. You’ll be amazed.

Try some of these bay leaf uses. You’ll be amazed.

As part of our adventures on “The Lost Road” (here) discovering new flavors, tracking wild beasts, and simply getting fresh air and exercise, my boys challenged me to use bay leaf in a new way and we have been enjoying bay leaf dessert treats ever since. You probably know bay leaf as that leaf you…

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…

A weedy salad. You may find ingredients growing in the cracks of your driveway :)

A weedy salad. You may find ingredients growing in the cracks of your driveway :)

Glorious Summer! Wander out to the garden and gather some crunchy cucumbers, a ripe tomato or two, and a handful of purslane for the main ingredients of a memorable salad. Purslane? Yes, that weed you’ve been tossing into the compost is a wonderfully nutritious summer green – as well as tasty. Purslane is a bit…

Homemade mustard — your blueprint (with some cool foraged variations)

Homemade mustard — your blueprint (with some cool foraged variations)

A gourmet condiment is a game-changer. When we land a good mustard especially, we look for ways to use it, spreading it on anything that looks like a bread or tortilla or any little wedge of cheese. It’s great fun to enjoy a mustard with depth and this is how you achieve it in your…

A refreshing way to down a bunch of nettle tea

A refreshing way to down a bunch of nettle tea

The development of this amazing power drink comes from a mania I have had since college back in the 1960s. I was obsessed with recouping nutrients most people saw as “throw away”. Obviously, the liquid left in the pot from cooking vegetables or meat, had flavor. It also had to have nutrients. I used it….

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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.

“Golden milk” for cold, flus, depression, and more (in a recipe that actually tastes good…)

“Golden milk” for cold, flus, depression, and more (in a recipe that actually tastes good…)

Turmeric is fast becoming a popular remedy for just about everything that ails you. I became an avid enthusiast on a trip to Kauai when I actually had access to the fresh root for the first time. I was recovering from a drastic dermatological procedure and it was not the optional sort — I had…

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…

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…

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….

TEDxLAMiracleMile: One simple change to improve free choice of food in the U.S. (You’ll never forget the leading story in this video…)

TEDxLAMiracleMile: One simple change to improve free choice of food in the U.S. (You’ll never forget the leading story in this video…)

It was a food politics moment I never imagined possible: at TEDxLAMiracleMile, the man who grew the Southern California farmers markets for Organic Pastures Dairy Farm, Maurice Kaehler, spoke to the 150 people in attendance at the Sunset Boulevard venue in Hollywood: “There was a time when I despised Amanda Rose….” The audience laughed. I…


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