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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.)


Chamomile tea hike plus a great night-time tea

Chamomile tea hike plus a great night-time tea

Preschoolers are often easily entertained, as evidenced by our recent “Chamomile Tea Hike.” My 4-year-old did not realize that the same chamomile tea he loves to drink at night time is an easily found “weed” in many parts of California. The look of our local variety is distinct. After one identification, my son has come…

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…

Elderberry Tea for Flavor and Health

Elderberry Tea for Flavor and Health

With 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 we freeze for the winter. It is that syrup we use…

Another fun forest flavor in a soda

Another fun forest flavor in a soda

Magical 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 readily here in the Sequoia National Forest but it is a…

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…

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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…

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…

How a flower saved me from going completely bananas (aka “How I survived the Grand Jury”)

How a flower saved me from going completely bananas (aka “How I survived the Grand Jury”)

There are some experiences adults should never have, some we cannot ever even talk about, and yet, there we find ourselves dead in the middle of it, silent. On occasion, time itself affords us an opportunity to make mention and so time has passed and I mention how I came to love this particular herb,…

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…

Inexpensive and tasty onion and garlic powders

Inexpensive and tasty onion and garlic powders

It 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 own. I realize this is one of those tasks in…


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