Gathering Pine Resin

Pine resin has one primary purpose and that is to maintain and heal the tree. This sticky protective barrier seals wounds and wards off bacteria, fungus, and the invasion of insects. For this reason, it is super important to harvest only excess resin. In other words, resin that has dripped down the tree beyond the…

Herbal Tinctures

What is a tincture? Tinctures are concentrated extracts of herbs, typically made with alcohol as the primary solvent. The herbs may be used fresh or dried and high grain alcohol, high proof vodka, or brandy can be used. The maceration (soaking) period can take at least 4-6 weeks, the herbs are then strained from the…

Exploring Pine

Residing alongside a White Pine & Eastern Hemlock forest, I’m continuously inspired and amazed by the abundance that surrounds me. These giants offer so much throughout the year and withstand some of the harshest conditions. Here are a few of the many ways we explored these majestic trees. Here’s more information on identifying Pine (Pinus…

Infused Oils & Salve Making

Salves are a simple, useful, and effective way to use herbs in your every day life. The combination of herbs, oils, and beeswax creates a soothing and nourishing blend specific to your needs. Although the salves are semi-solid at room temperature, they will soften once applied to the skin, making them convenient for travel and…

Chai Spice Shortbread Cookies

Today I introduce to you Chai Spice Shortbread Cookies! A lovely combination of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, allspice, and black pepper. One of my secret joys is to add the herbs I love so dearly to everyday foods and sweet treats. These tasty morsels are really quite lovely with a warm cup of coffee or tea….

Winter Ice Lanterns

Winter Ice Lanterns are a perfect way to celebrate the darkest and coldest days of the year. Although winter is pure and cleansing, it can also be rather harsh. Sharing warmth and light alongside a fire can strengthen our hearts and bring goodwill and joy into our life. Here is a lovely way to celebrate…

Spruce Tip Ice Cream

Have you tried the new spring growth of a spruce tree? What an amazingly delicious and nutritious treat. Delightfully tender and citrusy in flavor. Of course, the taste depends greatly on the species, as some can be more bitter and astringent. When searching around look for norway, white, and blue spruce in particular. Foraging When…

Violet Flower Jelly

Violets are certainly a springtime favorite! The beauty, food, and medicine they provide for all is a gift. Violets can be found growing in damp, shady areas. The flowers and leaves are edible and offer both cooling and moistening properties. Nibble on each and see for yourself how they taste and feel in your mouth….

Yellow Petal Jelly

Each year I struggle with the idea of gathering dandelions and taking from the pollinators. Dandelions are one of the first foods for the pollinators in New Hampshire and many of them are sprayed or removed. Let’s be honest, do we really NEED to eat the dandelions to survive or do we just WANT to?…

Maytime Bread

In New Hampshire, May is that time of year when the air begins to smell sweet! The trees are budding, the violets blooming, and tiny bits of green are emerging from the ground. We begin to gather and nibble on plants around the yard during this special time of year. This month we’ve decided to…