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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.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Black Nightshade

Who knew?  One of my wildcrafting pals found this in my back yard and told me what it was and that it was edible... not only edible, but delicious.  It tastes, oddly enough like a sweet tomato!
This is what the plant looks like before the berries turn black.  Pick them when black.  They are so good!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

My Pole Beam Fort

My pretty bean and wild morning glory tunnel.  I know the beans aren't wild but I figure I can get away with showing you this because of the morning glories.  This tunnel is so perfect, I am going to do this every year from now on.  You can actually plant both sides ( which I will do next year ) with pole beans and let them climb.  The cool thing.... besides being actually cool inside the tunnel ... is that gravity makes the beans hang down and you just move from the hot garden into the cool tunnel and just reach up and pick the low hanging beans.  So easy!

Oklahoma Paw Paws

" Pickin' up Paw paws. puttin' 'em in my pocket....."

These tasty fruits remind me of mango, banana, persimmon.  They are rare far... as they don't travel well and are difficult to preserve.  Here is what I did with mine.
squish them through a sieve, add white wine vinegar and oil to the golden colored fruit for a pretty, sweet,and delicious salad dressing.  Pictured here is some freshly picked curly dock that will also make it into the salad.