Wild Garlic Mustard Dressing

While taking a stroll in the forest, I stumbled upon some Garlic Mustard along the edge of the trail. For more information on how to identify this wonderful plant, click here. The rich garlic & onion taste is a perfect addition to all kinds of food. Add the leaves to salad, make a pesto, sauté…

Woodland Slush

While exploring the forest for Maple trees to tap, I was pleasantly surprised to see a Maple sap icicle dripping from a branch above. A woodpecker had pecked a hole at some point which allowed for the sweet liquid to drip down to the earth below. Fortunately, with the cold temperatures in the evening, an…

Wild Garlic + Kale Pesto

Hello Spring! With all the wild greens beginning to grow, spring is a wonderful time to make all sorts of pesto. Field Garlic, Allium vineale, is one of those greens! This delightful plant grows in clumps of linear, round leaves among grasses and deciduous woodlands. Each leaf is hollow, much like a chive and tastes…

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…

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…

Roasted Root Biscotti

Today we’re making gluten free Roasted Root Biscotti. When I think of biscotti I think of coffee and sunrise, so that will be the inspiration! So, what is roasted root? Roasted root is a combination of roots from the dandelion, burdock, and chicory plant, combined with cinnamon and cacao powder. When this combination of roots,…

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….

Apple Cinnamon Blossom Muffins

The apple trees are blooming! Sitting under a flowering fruit tree is absolutely stunning to look at and full of life, as the pollinators buzz around. These blossoms will magically become the fruit in the next few months. Each year year I like to gather a few flowers to add to some delicious Apple Cinnamon…

Violet Infused Honey

Violet Honey time! Violet honey is a wonderful way to preserve these delightful springtime flowers. The flowers are edible, honey is edible, why not combine them? Violet flowers and leaves are both very moistening, making each ideal for dry and irritated tissues. Violet tea and violet infused honey can bring instant relieve to sore throats…