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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.)


A foresty vinegar for your gourmet stash

A foresty vinegar for your gourmet stash

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 that you will be very busy slicing and blanching. Who grows up…

Dandelion muffins for a springy teatime treat

Dandelion muffins for a springy teatime treat

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 consumption and so we do. We leave plenty behind for the wild…

Violets. Spring. Hope. Renewal. Frivolity.

Violets. Spring. Hope. Renewal. Frivolity.

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 not have mountains of violets in our area and so I was…

Springtime dandelion tea for fluid retention and more (and a bonus farm visit)

Springtime dandelion tea for fluid retention and more (and a bonus farm visit)

It’s springtime for all intents and purposes here in California. We’re recovering from winter around here, trying to get some fresh air and exercise as our bodies adjust to the beginning of the pollen onslaught. A friend asked me about fluid retention — she’s retaining a lot of water right now and she’s trying to…

Chilled Elderberry Soup

Chilled Elderberry Soup

Since discovering the wisdom of consuming elderberry shots and elderberry tea to strengthen our immune systems, we are finding wild elderberries in places unnoticed –under our noses but unnoticed until now. Having this sort of bounty allows us to experiment a wee bit, looking for new ways to consume more elderberries. That’s how I came…

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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…

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,…

Friends thought Hidden Valley had stolen this ranch dressing from us but it’s a classic that predates the bottle…

Friends thought Hidden Valley had stolen this ranch dressing from us but it’s a classic that predates the bottle…

Who doesn’t love ranch salad dressing? Homemade ranch dressing is that much better. Ranch dressing may be the most requested dressing in restaurants. Before ranch dressing became a commercial blockbuster, I made this type of dressing for sandwiches at home. When Hidden Valley hit the market some decades ago, my friends thought Hidden Valley had…

Apple chips are a great way to store apples (if you don’t gobble them up first…)

Apple chips are a great way to store apples (if you don’t gobble them up first…)

Apple chips are a great delight and they are simply dehydrated apples, a process you can do in your own home each fall and enjoy apple chips all year round. We use our Apple Peeler Corer Slicer to turn out as many apple slices as our dehydrator will hold. Where to Buy Apple Chips in…

Strawberry lemonade concentrate — A new beverage experience

Strawberry lemonade concentrate — A new beverage experience

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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