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Strawberry Elderflower Sparkling Mead

A drink fit for the fairy queen herself, strawberry elderflower sparkling mead is a divine treat to transport us mere humans to ethereal places. The final weeks of spring and the first weeks of summer in the PNW are quite…

Lovely Lilac Meringues with Lemon Curd for Spring Celebrations

Lilac meringues with lemon curd are a delightful springtime treat perfumed with the aroma of the lovely purple blossoms. Perfect for celebrating spring! Sometimes something kind of remarkable results from failure.  Such was the case for my lilac meringues with…

How to Make Exotically Scented Jasmine Tea at Home

Jasmine tea is an exotically scented, sensually delicious, but simple tea to make at home. Save money & “tea” like royalty with this DIY preparation. There are three potential areas of any given store that capture my attention more than…

Cardiovascular Herbs: Lovely Linden & Under Pressure Tea

When the pressures of day to day life have you bent out of shape, linden has your back. Sweet, fragrant linden offers anti-hypertensive & sedative action. Linden (Tilia spp.) Energetics: slightly warm, flowers – moist, leaves-dry Therapeutic Actions: astringent, antispasmodic, demulcent (flowers),…

Frothy Douglas Fir Infused Eggnog

Frothy, lightly spiced, and delightfully balsamic, this Douglas fir infused eggnog is a forage-y spin on this classic holiday drink! I gave my husband a sample of this Douglas fir infused eggnog.  He drank it with the hearty gusto of…

Wildcrafted Enchantment: Wild Rose Turkish Delight

If nostalgia, magic and wonder had a flavor, it would be like that of this Wild Rose Turkish Delight. Layers of rose flavored, candy confection. Can you be nostalgic for something that you have never experienced?  A time, a place,…

Soothing Cooling Elderberry Lollipops for Kids & Adults

Try this sweet recipe with the immunity enhancing elderberry for kids and adults alike.  These elderberry lollipops are delicious and the perfect thing for a dry, hot throat, and hoarse cough.  I am going to start this post by admitting…

Summer Treats: Foraged Berry Sorbet with Lemon Verbena

The best of summer and berry season, this foraged berry sorbet is delightfully yummy, rich in musky berries and offset with bright notes of lemon verbena! Berries… The wild berries have arrived!  Himalayan blackberries, huckleberries, Oregon grapes and the ever…

Wildly Rich & Delicious Foraged Oregon Grape and Lemon Curd

Tart & bitter, the berries of Oregon grape are often overlooked, culinarily speaking. Create a rich Oregon grape and lemon curd for an amazing foraged treat! This delicious Oregon grape recipe is sure to excite everybody! Sometimes when you are…

Fairy Finery: Elderflower Marshmallows

Elderflowers hold great cultural significance & medicinal value, while elderflower marshmallows are just the touch of divine & decadent whimsy we all need. Oh, the glory of elderflower season is finally upon me! The frothy white blooms are bursting forth…

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  • 🌲🌟 I love baking bread. 🌟🌲 Even more so when the end result is so festive and pretty that I could pinch myself.

Look like a star baker this Christmas with this festive (and super easy) tear and share star bread filled with a winter-y pesto of evergreens and kale.

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#starbread #tearandsharebread #shapedbread #baking #pesto #christmasbaking #sourdough #breadmaking 
https://nittygrittylife.com/savory-tear-and-share-star-bread/
  • This pretty dessert boasts some of my favorite season flavors -- especially that of my beloved Douglas Fir!
Any edible conifer will do, and this recipe will definitely delight the taste buds with its festive flavor!
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#christmasbaking #poachedpears #frangipane #baking #douglasfir #wildfood #wildfoodlove #foragedfood
https://nittygrittylife.com/douglas-fir-poached-pear-frangipane-tart/
  • What are your favorite botanicals to adorn your home with during the holidays? 
Did you know that many of the most traditional plants that we decorate with this time of year indeed have medicinal uses too?!
All new post up on the blog! Tap link in bio for link to post!
#christmasplants #plantnerd #christmas #holidays #herbs #herbalist #herbalmedicine #fir #spruce #holly #mistletoe #pine #juniper #eucalyptus #winter
https://nittygrittylife.com/christmas-plants-medicinal-uses/
  • Finally feeling festive on the front porch.  While the inside of the house has sported the holiday trimmings for a couple weeks not, the outside of our farmhouse — well, not much to look at this winter.  Until today.
Ever inspired by Laura @gardenanswer and my friend Mindy @northropacres - we brought some holiday cheer to the front door.  Everything with a herbalist spin, a Douglas fir wreath with juniper berries, a cedar garland swagged across the threshold, and my crowning achievement - this container.  Filled with rosemary, holly, seeded eucalyptus, and hypericum berries, this is the merriest of herbal arrangements... While collecting all these herby bits, I started a new post on popular Christmas plants and their medicinal benefits - I hope to have that out soon!
#containergardening #christmas #christmascontainergarden #christmasoutdoordecor #christmasplants #cedar #douglasfir #juniperberries #seededeucalyptus #rosemary #hypericumberries #holly
  • 🎄☃️🎁 ohhhhhhhhhhhh... 🎁☃️🎄 Bring us some figgy pudding, bring us some figgy pudding, bring us some figgy pudding and a cup of good cheer!

My fascination with foods from songs and stories brings you this rich and flavorful Christmas pudding that will take the bah-humbug out of your holiday season.

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#figgy pudding #christmaspudding #tradition #christmascarol #charlesdickens #christmas #christmasbaking #christmasrecipe #baking 
https://nittygrittylife.com/figgy-pudding/
  • A little something different for your holiday table, maybe?
This cream of celery soup is simple, easy to prepare, and it is DELICIOUS.
It is also low carb, and keto friendly -- if that's your thing.
Folks, this is the real deal.  Yum.
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#creamofcelery #soup #keto #ketorecipe #lowcarb #celery #celeryroot #celeriac
https://nittygrittylife.com/homemade-cream-of-celery-soup/
  • I crave this blend - especially in time of stress and busy-ness.  This deep, forest-y blend of mineral rich herbs and earthy mushrooms is truly restorative.  Just a mug of this broth spiked with a little sea salt or miso is often enough to replenish my reserves and keep me going...
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#nettle #mugwort #juniper #shiitakemushrooms #forestflavor #herbs #herbalist #herbalism #cookingwithherbs 
https://nittygrittylife.com/forest-flavor-mix/
  • I am going to let you in on a little secret... With holiday baking ahead, I am finding myself a little, ummm, wider than I used to be.  While I am generally enjoying the benefits of low carb for the time being, I didn't want to go through the holiday forgoing dessert entirely... So I played around and came up with this rose hip and cranberry curd tart in a nutty gluten free tart shell crust! 
It can be sweetened with all-natural, organic erythritol (with none of that yucky artificial aftertaste) or with real cane sugar for naughty or nice versions!
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#wildfood #wildfoodlove #cranberries #rosehips #holidaybaking #baking #homemade #cranberrycurd #sugarfree #erythritol #glutenfree #glutenfreerecipes 
https://nittygrittylife.com/rose-hip-cranberry-curd-tart/
  • This golden golden milk spiced chai is the perfect delivery system for anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric. 
And it tastes DIVINE.
Folks, herbal medicine can be as easy as treating yourself to a warming chai tea latte on a chilly fall morning.  It doesn't get much more pleasant than that.
Also, din't you love it when your latte wears seasonally correct colors? 😜🤣😘
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#goldenmilk #chai #turmeric #curcuma #curcumalonga #curcumin #herbs #herbalist #herbalmedicine #medicinalherbs #foodismedicine 
https://nittygrittylife.com/golden-milk-spiced-chai/

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