Lacto-Fermented Sauerkraut

I've been experimenting with lactic acid fermentation for a couple years now. I've always enjoyed anything salty and sour, but always thought pickling was responsible for all of it, and that 'pickled' things were just a yummy treat for the senses and the mouth. It wasn't until I went on antibiotic therapy for my Lyme… Continue reading Lacto-Fermented Sauerkraut

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Forage Friday/Weed Walking: Ground Ivy

Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacea) is one of those plants that has a whole slew of names depending on where you are from and how back you look. Some other names are alehoof, gill-go-over-the-ground, haymaids, tun-hoof, hedgemaids, catsfoot, creeping Charlie, field balm, runaway robin....the list goes on. When I first discovered this plant growing at the edge of… Continue reading Forage Friday/Weed Walking: Ground Ivy

Stock, Broth, Bones and Scraps (and some not-recipes)

I haven't wanted to write this post simply because of the faddish nature of the subject of 'bone broth' / 'meat stock' / whatever. (Incidentally, my kids have dubbed it 'chicken noodle soup without the chicken or the noodles,' so add that to the list.) But today I discovered yet another sad societal turn of… Continue reading Stock, Broth, Bones and Scraps (and some not-recipes)

Forage Friday/Weed Walking: Plantain

Continuing with our weed walk, this week is plantain...the plant, not the banana-like thing that shares the same name. There are actually over 200 species in the genus Plantago, but there are two I'd like to cover that are most common in the areas that I've seen, Plantago major and Plantago lanceolata. Plantago major Broadleaf plantain, common plantain,… Continue reading Forage Friday/Weed Walking: Plantain

Forage Friday/Weed Walking: Dandelion

weed (noun): a plant that is not valued where it is growing and is usually of vigorous growth a wild plant growing where it is not wanted and in competition with cultivated plants any wild plant that grows in an unwanted place, especially in a garden or field where it prevents the cultivated plants from growing… Continue reading Forage Friday/Weed Walking: Dandelion

Forage Friday: Wild violets and onion/garlic

Yay! Spring has sprung! Let the bountiful foraging days begin! Each spring I get super excited when I start to see the all the green life poke up around me, and I just can't wait to get out there and pick. My daughter is particularly fond of the flowers and any given afternoon, she may… Continue reading Forage Friday: Wild violets and onion/garlic

Women’s Health; Heavy Menstruation and Iron- Deficiency Anemia

This is a disclaimer ⇒⇒⇒  I am not a doctor. I am not a scientist. I am not recommending anything. I am simply sharing my thoughts, my story, and my journey with you I'm almost 40, and may possibly (probably) be on the cusp of menopause. I am on Nexplanon birth control, and that has brought… Continue reading Women’s Health; Heavy Menstruation and Iron- Deficiency Anemia

Forage Friday: Chickweed

As we settle into the new year, it may seem that there is nothing left to forage out in our bleak, brown, wintery landscapes. But there is a wonderful little plant out there who will remain vigilant to see you through the cold months. You may need to peek under fallen leaves or even push back… Continue reading Forage Friday: Chickweed

Beginning to love sardines, the why and the how

Sardines. For the average American, I've noticed that the thought of sardines doesn't illicit any oohs or ahhs, and generally doesn't incite any major cravings for this little fishy fish. But I challenge all notions and prejudgments of these little bundles of wonderful. Hear me out. The Why Nutrition Sardines really are one of those "nutritional powerhouse" foods.… Continue reading Beginning to love sardines, the why and the how

Forage Friday: Puffball Mushrooms

These little beauties are my sweetheart's very favorite. We go out specifically for this one species of mushroom, and, luckily, we've found a few places that it seems to love, so we gather them regularly this time of year. These brown puffballs, Lycoperdon pyriforme, also known as pear-shaped puffballs, can be found very late summer through fall, growing on… Continue reading Forage Friday: Puffball Mushrooms