Edible Backyard Weeds You Can Eat

Don’t Spray Those Wild Weeds! Eat them instead!  Well, some of them! So many of the plants that we treat as pests in our lawns are both delicious and nutritious backyard edible weeds. If we were on a hike and saw a head of broccoli or kale, we’d know what that was and that we … Read more

The Mallow Plant – a Return to Edible and Medicinal Roots

Marsh Mallow – the Prodigal Weed Wild edible and medicinal, the mallow plant, after which the marshmallow treat was named, comes from a large family of mallows. Called Malvaceae, the Mallow family includes okra, cottons and hibiscus, and you can certainly see the resemblance in the mallow flowers.  Every part of the marsh mallow plant, Althea officinalis, is … Read more

Best Air Cookers for Oil-free Cooking – Are they worth it?

Air Fryer, Oil-Less Cooker or Air Cooker?   Though the names are used interchangeably, we think “Air Cooker” is the most descriptive term because these oil-less cookers don’t only “fry” foods… nor are they only “oil less”. They also cook foods similar to a roaster depending on the recipe and the settings you use. Whatever name … Read more

Harvesting, Freezing and Storing Winter Squash

The most popular winter squash next to pumpkins, is butternut squash. But when it comes to winter squash, gardeners have a wealth of selections to choose from. The squash family is huge. Audio Article – Winter Squash:  All types of winter squash belong in the Cucurbitaceae family, the same family as cucumbers, watermelon and summer … Read more

Cucumber Water with Lemon and Mint

cucumber water, fruit waters

Cucumber Water Benefits and Recipes Botanical Name: Cucumis sativusCucumber in Spanish: Pepino I remember the first time I had cucumber water. We checked into a hotel in Oregon and there was a lovely large urn at the front desk with cucumber and lemon floating in it. We were tired and thirsty after a long trip … Read more

Hummingbird Food Preferences and Recipe

Ruby throated hummingbird feeding

People love to put out hummingbird food to attract these little jewels, and for good reason. Not only are hummingbirds delightful to see in your garden, they also eat lots of bugs, so go ahead and give them some hummingbird food to attract them, and they’ll help out with mosquitoes and other insects while they’re … Read more

Spiralized Zucchini Recipes and the Simplest Way to Use Veggie Noodles

We are still loving this cool kitchen gadget, the Spiralizer, and can’t wait for the abundant zucchini harvest to roll in! When it’s time for summer squash harvest bonanza, or, if you’re just looking to create healthier but delicious dishes, spiralized zucchini recipes are the way to go for delicious pasta using healthy, low-cal veggie noodles. … Read more

Homestead Living and Journey to Self Sufficiency

We’ll get to all the MANY triumphs and failures of this homestead living journey in just a few, but first, everyone loves a good story. But, if you want to just get to the meat of it, scroll on down to title “Hit Hard by a Superbug” to get into the homesteading topics and fermentation … Read more

Homemade Probiotics – Powerful Medicine from Your Garden

The Homely Cabbage Transforms into a Super Food For pennies on the dollar, you can turn your garden cabbage into a virtual miracle medicine. This is a “medicine” that should be in every refrigerator. We’re big on prevention, and sauerkraut has top shelf in our health chest. The bad news: most store bought sauerkrauts do … Read more

Make Your Own Fermented Foods for Preservation and Health

Fermentation – a centuries old method for preserving food. Most gardeners preserve their vegetables by freezing or canning them. The more traditional way of preservation is fermented foods. Long before refrigeration was ever even a seed of an idea, fermentation was the method for preserving food. Fermentation for preservation is not just for harvest time. We’re fermenting … Read more