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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Paw Paw

As I was looking through photos that I uploaded and meant to publish, I ran across this pic of paw paws which are a native fruit to Oklahoma.  They are hard to find and when you do, if you are lucky, there will be a few left for you.  They taste a little like a banana and a mango to me.  The uglier and squishier they are, the better.

Gathering curly dock seeds

I gathered these seeds earlier in the fall and planted some for micro greens just because I had so much and wanted to experiment.  So far, so good.  They are growing and I still have a lot left over for flour.

A Home Made Christmas

 I had a lot of fun making hand lotion and deodorant the other day.  I found some easy recipes on the internet and put my own spin on them by combining a few that I liked with the ingredients that I had on hand.  They turned out great and I never have to worry about adding strange chemicals to my body.  Oh, and they work great too.  Along with that I took the Sage that Scott trimmed out this fall and added a little lavender to it to make some great little smudge sticks.  Then..... I took my jars of dried tea fixin's and made tea.  That included fig and mulberry leaves, lemon grass and passion flower vine all gathered from my back yard.  The tea was delish, by the way.  Merry Christmas from me to friends and family.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Smudge Sticks

It was time to trim everything back in the garden and I was happy to make use of the Russian Sage and Lavender.  I thought the two of them together might make a nice smudge stick.... and it did!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Making cottage cheese with fig leaf rennet

I was doing a little research on uses for fig leaves and came across using it as a rennet.  As luck would have it I had some milk that needed to be used up so gave it a try.  Worked great.  Just a few drops in a small amount of milk.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Claire Goes Foraging Book Signing... This week... Utica Square's Art in the Square

Hey everyone, I will have copies of Claire Goes Foraging with me this Saturday from 9-5 in front of Pendeltons and Starbucks at Utica Square.  Come get a signed copy.

Mulberry Tea, Fig Leaf Tea.... Who knew?

Did you know that you can make tea from Mulberry leaves and Fig leaves? Apparently the Chinese have been doing it forever. They both have tons of health benefits and are full of good vitamins. I am drying some now to give it a try. Someone on 'Splendid Table' was talking about using fig leaves to steam fish and to use as a coconut like spice. I have both growing in the yard so I am excited to give them a try.