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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.)


Have you ever tasted pine needles? Here you go…

Have you ever tasted pine needles? Here you go…

Our 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 were about to embrace extreme coolness in our activity. Apparently the…

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…

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…

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…

More adventures and flavors on “The Lost Road” (and a remedy for grumpiness…)

More adventures and flavors on “The Lost Road” (and a remedy for grumpiness…)

It was a *very*grumpy* morning for me when I walked into our living room and belted out, “What should we do when your mama is tired and grumpy?” “Go to The Lost Road!” Alastair (5) shouted. “Wow, good idea,” I thought. “That really might do it!” But I was suddenly in a fix: Frederick had…

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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…

A traditional Indian remedy for arthritis pain with pro-tips from India itself

A traditional Indian remedy for arthritis pain with pro-tips from India itself

Amanda’s note: I always love opening up my emails from Ramya because I get to read great new content like this one. Ramya writes from a coconut farm in India where she shares traditional solutions to daily problems and some of her best kitchen techniques. Using dried ginger to relieve the pain associated with inflammatory…

A refreshing and simple citrus soda mix, ready for your seltzer

A refreshing and simple citrus soda mix, ready for your seltzer

The heat of the past few summers has been memorable, stifling. The stress of the heat always challenges us to find new ways to survive it. This season is no exception. In all of my 70+ years, two years ago was the first year I tried taking a shower and going to bed wet. It…

Turmeric Benefits, Uses: The weird and the wild and the really orange…

Turmeric Benefits, Uses: The weird and the wild and the really orange…

You have likely heard of turmeric and its cancer-preventing and disease-inhibiting property curcumin, at least if you have eyes to read or ears to hear. It is now the most-studied spice on the planet. It has a long history of use in traditional medicine and increasingly is being recognized in western circles. We are here…

A super-hot salve to tame your arthritis pain

A super-hot salve to tame your arthritis pain

Leave it to nature to provide remedies for the things that ail us. This particular one grows wild in Mexico and has become a staple here in California and throughout the southwest. Known as being some of the hottest peppers on earth, they are not for the faint of heart. Before this summer I had…


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