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Need a Foraging Present?

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Need a foraging present? I have you covered! Here are a couple great ideas! Foraging Books make great gifts for Foragers! Books like Wild Remedies by Rosalee de la Foret and Emily Han, Wild Edibles by Sergei Boutenko, Foraging With Kids by Adele Nozedar and Incredible Wild Edibles by Samuel Thayer are all great foraging books!  Foraging Class from The Herbal Academy This is another great gift for beginning or intermediate foragers from the Herbal Academy !      Foraging Journal I'd be remiss if I didn't mention my Foraging Journal ! This is a terrific gift for foragers with plenty of places to record specific plant information, maps, calendars, and recipes. These would be perfect paired with a foraging guide (like the ones listed above) and scissors like the ones below. Plus, I made it. Besitos! Foraging Scissors These sleek cottage shears from Irewolf are perfect for trimming off rosehips or fir branches. I always tuck these into my foraging basket! Photo courtesy of Ire

A Simply Delightful Christmas Homeschool

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A simply delightful Christmas homeschool starts with intention and ends with the atmosphere. It is not baubles or new Christmas unit studies (although those can be delightful and perfect in different seasons!). For our homeschool this year, having a simply delightful Christmas homeschool looks like changing up our morning time to reflect the season, adding a new book about the names of Jesus, reading rich stories, and picking a few activities and traditions to enjoy while still doing math.  { Pin this } To create a simply delightful Christmas atmosphere in your homeschool, here are some questions to inspire you and set the intention: 1. What is God laying on my heart to focus on this season? 2. What do we want our family to remember about this Christmas season? Don't forget to schedule that! 3. Do we need a break from school or to be consistent?  4. When do we want to start our festivities or celebrating? December 1st? Or the last two weeks in December? Or the last week? I hope the

Sweet's Elderberry Shrub Shaved Ice Cocktail

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Today brings a recipe that will make your tastebuds dance. Shaved ice for adults but with a fun, herbal flair!  Sweet's Elderberry started making a lovely elderberry shrub and sent me a bottle to try. I love the shrub mixed with sparkling water , in salad dressing ( recipe on my instagram ), or in this tasty shaved ice (adults only or minus the gin for youngsters). The gin prevents this Sweet's Elderberry Shrub Shaved Ice cocktail from completely freezing so it's easy to "shave it" (you really just scoop it) when it's time!  Sweet's Elderberry Shrub can be found on their online store here plus you can use the code MARY10 to get 10% off your purchase! Sweet's also has a delicious elderberry syrup you'll see in this truffle recipe .  The directions for this Sweet's Elderberry Shrub Shaved Ice is delightfully easy: Mix. Freeze. And scoop out! Then repeat (because you'll want to). It's delicious with sparkling water poured over the top.

Plant Profile: St. John's Wort

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Today for the Foraging Journal , we are going to explore the plant profile of St. John's Wort. St. John's Wort or Hypericum perforatum is a yellow 5-petaled flower with powerful antioxidants and healing properties. I've bolded the sections which are in my Foraging Journal and I'm going to guide you through how I would fill out those pages. I would suggest writing what is pertinent to you, don't write word for word. This helps your brain remember the information better. Read other sources - A Forager's Library has a list of great foraging resource books.  Before we begin, this post is not meant to diagnose or prescribe. Please do your own research thoroughly and take into consideration your own health. Don't eat or use something if you don't know what it is. Forage responsibly. Latin name : Hypericum perforatum. Hypericum means "above the altar" and this plant was often hung above altars. Perforatum means "perforated" or punctured wh

Foraging Journal now available!

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Hello fellow foragers! I'm so excited to announce my Foraging Journal is now available to order! Have you found yourself researching plants only to forget it later on? Or perhaps out exploring only to forget a name or harvest technique? I created this Foraging Journal for you! It is created for you to document and retain information about plants.  I will be creating a video on how I use my Foraging Journal and ways to fill out so please stay tuned and sign up for emails if you are i nterested in that. For now, you can order your Foraging Journal here. This is NOT an identification guide but a journal.  About the journal: This is an easy-to-use, simple journal to keep track of what you are foraging in a warm and welcoming format. Since it's proven that we retain more information when we write it down, there are places to record plant information, foraging trips, and delicious recipes so you can always remember what you already learned. There are also places to draw out maps,

Rosy London Fog Latte with wild rose petals

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This morning Sally Clarkson asked in my devotional: "God loves providing for you! How can you provide beauty or love or comfort to your family in the next twenty-four hours?" My mind blanked on what the answer was until later when my children and I all stood around the Breville milk frother with almond milk mustaches, licking the milk froth off the spoon. It may seem silly but it is our own kind of luxury, however small, to be sitting around together and sipping our tea with a pillowy cloud on top. A bit of beauty and a bit of comfort. And together? There's the love. What a blessing in these times.  As Thorin once said in The Hobbit, "If more of valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world."  And so I bring you this recipe: Rosy London Fog with wild rose petals.  Plus, it's dairy-free. Impossible, you might say. If you have been around the block with dairy-free milks, you know all of them are not created equal. It's  imp

Figgy Pudding Bars

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If you like figs, you’re in for a treat. These paleo figgy pudding bars are sweetened only by figs and delightfully filling and wholesome.   How do you use a Costco-sized bag of leftover dried figs? And what do you do when the figs start to crystalize? Anyone else have this problem? Figgy pudding bars are the solution! This recipe was born out of necessity to use up a giant bag of dried figs from Costco. Truly, a good problem to have. Now it's a request by my family to make again and again!  These figgy bars are gluten-free, paleo, and dairy-free. As far as desserts or treats are concerned, these are fairly high in protein.   You can dress these bars up or down! Using the leftover fig juice as a caramel sauce with a little whipped cream so they turn into a decadent dessert or you can treat them like a snack bar.  For an even more grown-up version, add 1/4 cup of brandy to the boiling water for the figs to soak in! Because nothing says fancy like booze in your dessert. Traditiona