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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 – 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?

 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.)


Have you ever tasted pine needles? Here you go…

Have you ever tasted pine needles? Here you go…

This post was last updated on July 11th, 2014 at 12:51 pmOur adventures on “The Lost Road” turned piney with Frederick’s request for harvesting pine needles and turning them into some sort of dessert (read more here). Thanks to some help on Facebook, I discovered that pine needle infusions were a thing and that we…

Elderberry Tea for Flavor and Health

Elderberry Tea for Flavor and Health

This post was last updated on July 2nd, 2014 at 07:30 amWith our focus on building our immune systems this flu season, elderberry is an important tool. It can help prevent getting the flu or perhaps can help reduce our symptoms. In our own area we can actually harvest wild elderberries and make syrup that…

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)

This post was last updated on March 28th, 2015 at 09:20 amIt’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…

Gather this berry in the forest and then season your salad with it ;)

Gather this berry in the forest and then season your salad with it ;)

Herbal vinegars are a fun hobby. They are quite simple to make: place and herb in vinegar and let it sit. Strain out the herb and use the vinegar. It is so easy, in fact, that many of us have a shelf of vinegar ready to be used on something and we wait patiently on…

Another fun forest flavor in a soda

Another fun forest flavor in a soda

This post was last updated on July 11th, 2014 at 12:50 pmMagical things happen when you take two hours to yourself for the first time in a month. I grabbed some bags, clippers, and gloves and headed out to gather something else entirely when I stumbled upon a prolific stand of native chamomile. Chamomile grows…

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Natural allergy relief that is so complete and immediate (and cheap), it may blow you away

Natural allergy relief that is so complete and immediate (and cheap), it may blow you away

This post was last updated on September 16th, 2014 at 07:17 amMy 10-year-old son has increasing problems with seasonal allergies — we brace ourselves as spring comes with its pollen because this kid really reacts. Last year we kept him comfortable with over-the-counter medications, local honey, regular elderflower tea, lavender oil in a nebulizer/diffuser concoction…

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

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

This post was last updated on November 9th, 2017 at 06:06 pmTurmeric 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…

Homemade onion and garlic powders: Are they worth the time? Yes, we think so. Check it out!

Homemade onion and garlic powders: Are they worth the time? Yes, we think so. Check it out!

This post was last updated on September 29th, 2017 at 03:30 pmIt is so convenient to pull powdered onion or garlic off the shelf to add to soups and sauces but the quality of the powder is not always what you would hope. For improved quality and potentially as a cost-savings, you should consider making…

Your new migraine remedy: A simple and inexpensive herbal tincture

Your new migraine remedy: A simple and inexpensive herbal tincture

This post was last updated on July 24th, 2015 at 06:35 amThe feverfew began blooming this year and my son announced, “We need to pick some of that for my headaches.” My head jerked around in his direction. “Really? How did you know feverfew is good for headaches?” He couldn’t remember. In my quest to…

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

This post was last updated on March 28th, 2015 at 09:18 amPut 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…


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