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3 Ways to Drink Elderberry Syrup

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Elderberry syrup isn’t just for immunity shots when you are sick! Consuming elderberry can help boost your immunity and give you vital nutrients any day of the year. Elderberry has much to offer, particularly through the cold months (months both actually cold and plagued with the cold sickness). There are many ways to consume elderberries and often, the easiest is elderberry syrup (you can make your own elderberry syrup - recipe here). Below are three ways to drink elderberry syrup. These are three delicious recipes you can tailor to your needs. Just drinking elderberry syrup is beneficial but combining it with other herbs can increase its effectiveness!
Not sure about what elderberry to use? I make my own so I can control what goes in - I prefer just elderberries and honey! You can find my recipe here. If you are looking for a natural version Sweet's Syrups is a great brand to try. A woman owned business pumping out amazing elderberry syrup? She's one  to support and the produ…

Nature Walk Autumn Bingo

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This past week, we went to see the Kokanee spawning in Trestle Creek for a field trip. I was so pleased (and relieved) the Kokanee were still swimming upstream to spawn! I was afraid we missed them for another year in a row. There was one particular mass of Kokanee that struggled against the current, fighting their way to produce another generation of Kokanee salmon. What a visual treat!I created this autumn scavenger bingo hunt worksheet to use on our field trip. When the kids got a bingo (or five in a row), they got "Kokanee" fish gummies (really Swedish fish procured from our local pantry store but Wholesome has Delishfish gummy candies that are free of synthetic sweeteners and HFCS). The addition of candy was definitely a motivator for the older kids!That's just one way to use the bingo hunt worksheet! You can also take it with you on hikes or nature walks, for a Sunday drive, or to a picnic at the beach. No gummy candies needed!{PIN THIS}
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What is Liberty Tea?

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Whoever wrote the adorable quote "Make Tea, Not War" does not know the history of tea (or is certainly making a jab at it). There is of course the long history of war over tea and silks in the Eastern part of the world. But closer to home, we have our very own Boston Tea Party. Angry Sons of Liberty disguised as Native Americans threw chests of tea off the British merchant ships in protest to the ridiculous tax Britain mandated. After the Boston Tea Party, colonists swore off tea from King George. However daily teatime could not be ignored so colonial ladies had to explore other options to replace tea. Some colonists got tea from Holland. Others made their own. They used what was readily available - roots from the river, flowers from the garden, fruits from their orchards, and leaves from their herbs. What we herbalists now deem "herbal infusions", the colonial ladies called "Liberty Tea".Making Liberty Tea is a lesson in resourcefulness. It is an example…

Homemade Gluten-Free Pasta (2 ingredients)

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Have you ever had fresh pasta? This recipe is homemade gluten-free pasta with only 2 ingredients. Don't let the dry gluten-free pasta alternatives get you down! These buttery noodles (without the butter) are the real deal. Hearty and just the right amount of chew. Plus, you feel like a kitchen wizard when you twirl the fresh noodles around your hand. 


Did I mention only 2 ingredients? If that's not magic, then I don't know what is. 
2 ingredients, Mary? Yes, two. All you need is Snacktivist Flour Blend and eggs! I like simple recipes that utilize the freshest and the best ingredients. 
Gluten-free products often focus solely on what they can NOT include but not Snacktivist Foods. Here is their mantra: "It is what we put in our products that is exceptional, not what we leave out". 
Snacktivist Foods utilizes ancient grains like Idaho grown teff, sorghum, and millet. They are a family owned and run business in my hometown Coeur d'Alene! You can check them out on th…

A Forager's Library

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It is said books are an uniquely portable magic. Books definitely add to the magic that is foraging. It is important as a forager to curate a library that is both invigorating and accessible, informational and inspiring. Fortunately for you, there are many great foraging books to be had! I started a list of great foraging books for you! Feel free to comment with any favorites I've missed. 

My absolute favorite (and first) foraging book is Wild Edibles: A Practical Guide to Foraging by Sergei Boutenko. This author has a passion for helping you identify a long list of easily attainable wild edibles. With clear photos and straightforward data, this book is easy to take along or devour over a green smoothie (preferably with chickweed). Some interesting, mostly raw recipes in the back! 
My next favorite is Wild Remedies: How to Forage Healing Foods and Craft Your Own Herbal Medicine by Rosalee de la Foret and Emily Han. This book covers over 25 plants throughout the seasons from spring t…