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Monday, May 6, 2019

Dandelion Root Tincture

This is made by chopping up after washing the dandelion root and putting it in 100% proof vodka. You need to kind of check it once a day and let it just sit for six weeks. You’re supposed to take one or two drops a day. It has anti-inflammatory properties, a diuretic, blood cleanser, and detoxifier for gallbladder spleen and liver. It helps to regulate blood sugar, and treat some skin conditions. I have never used it before so hard to say it’s effectiveness other than what I’ve read on the Internet. I have eaten dandelion greens however for many years, as my mother used to make wilted dandelion greens salad. She used to use Bacon and bacon grease, vinegar, a little sugar. We do all of that except lose the bacon grease.

Dandelion Green Pesto

Oddly enough this was actually delicious. This was my take on dandelion green pesto. We’re not using much oil in our house so it has very little oil in it. It’s basically dandelion greens that have the center stem removed. A lot of lemon juice a lot of fresh garlic, some Parmesan cheese, a lot of lemon juice, a good amount of walnuts and some olives and a little bit of salt

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Maple seeds .... It's whats for dinner!

I knew you could eat these seeds, and I have eaten them raw before but knew if I took a little time with them I could find a better way to eat them.  We went out to eat last night and my husband ordered edamame and I thought, : yes! that is what I need to do"  I am all about less work, more fun, so it was perfect.  I boiled them for a moment or two in salted water, threw them in a little cup, added some soy sauce to the bottom of the cup to dip each one in and then just suck the seed out of the case.  It was so good!


Saturday, January 12, 2019

New use for old VHS boxes

As both a dumpster diver and a seed saver, I found a great use for these blockbuster castaways a few years ago. A perfect way to organize your seeds. Even if you are someone who purchases spring seeds in the spring and wants to save them for planting in the fall as well this is a great way to have a relatively tidy system for doing so.


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Lambsquarters flour and seed preservation

I went over to help my son clear a lot and noticed a tall stand of lambsquarters which had gone to seed.  What a find!  I helped clear the lot and gathered food for the coming winter.... food that is high in nutrition, no pesticide, organically grown :-)


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Everything Hot

A day for creating hot things. Hot salsa, pickled jalapeƱos, pickled mouse melons and purslane stems and black nightshade, and last but not least habanero hot sauce. Remind me not to touch my eyes . Don’t worry I wore gloves 

Friday, August 24, 2018

Making a healing Salve

I have used comfrey for a very long time for healing.  I have used it to immediately stop bleeding from cuts, and to stop bruising.  It can even make an already bruised area decrease or disappear.  It is pretty amazing.  I think everyone should have one if these growing at their house.  Here I am extracting the healing properties of the plant so that I can use the infused oil in making a healing balm that can be used throughout the year when the plant looses its leaves in the winter.  I have also thrown in a little plantain, rosemary, lavender, also grown in my yard.