Preserving · Wildcrafting

Creating A Living Winter Food Tree For The Animals

When our younger boys were preschool age, they attended a forest school, that was all outdoors. The first year we decorated the forest and made living winter food trees for the birds and squirrels that call the area home year-round. It's a really fun project for the long Thanksgiving weekend, when the children are bored… Continue reading Creating A Living Winter Food Tree For The Animals

Backpacking · Preserving · Recipes

Dehydrated Marshmallows

A fun treat for children is dehydrating mini marshmallows. It’s a lot cheaper than buying the tiny Kraft ones (if you can even find those), in the grocery store. Spread a bag of mini marshmallows on a couple of dehydrator trays, separating as much as you can. Some brands are stickier than others. Dry at… Continue reading Dehydrated Marshmallows

Backpacking · DIY · Herbalism · Homesteading · Preserving · Recipes

Handcrafted Hemp Seed Butter

Hulled hemp seeds are one of the few seed options our youngest can eat freely, with no allergy fears, such as with sunflower seeds. However, finding hemp seed butter in stores isn't easy. Hemp seeds, hemp oil and hemp milk are becoming more consumer friendly, but the butter isn't to where say almond is. You might… Continue reading Handcrafted Hemp Seed Butter

DIY · Preserving · Wildcrafting

Building an Herb Pantry

Over the years, every summer and early fall I always harvest both herbs I grow, and local ones I can sustainably harvest (for example Nettles), and I dry them to preserve for use all year, to build a herb pantry. For example, I always stock up on Thyme, Rosemary, Sage and so on. Nothing from… Continue reading Building an Herb Pantry

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Pantry Staples: Cranberry Chicken Rice

This recipe was originally a backpacking meal I made often for the oldest kid and I, and then I turned it into a family sized pantry staple. It's quick to make, and easy to store. It's also gluten-free (read your chicken choice though to be sure!) and can be made vegetarian as well, with drained… Continue reading Pantry Staples: Cranberry Chicken Rice