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Wildflower Scottish Shortbread

Buttery, tender and surprisingly floral, these delicious shortbread cookies are a perfect treat when life calls for shortbread. I am not going to call it a shortbread emergency, per se, but I was about THIS close to a meltdown.  I…

Douglas Fir: Folklore & Medicinal Uses

As the ubiquitous tree of the Pacific Northwest, Douglas fir has a rich folklore, history and abundant food and medicinal use.  Try a Douglas fir tea recipe for respiratory support. Douglas fir is a thing of scent memories.  From my…

Foraged Foods: Creamy Nettle Soup

Stinging nettle is a highly valued medicinal and nutritional forage. This delicious creamy nettle soup perfect way to entice a reluctant diner to eat foraged foods! There comes a time every year when I must choose between gardening and foraging/wild-crafting. …

Virtually Sinless: Chocolate Chaga Brownies

Wellness disguised in indulgent clothing — these Chocolate Chaga Brownies are super rich, yet pack  plenty of fiber and the medicinal benefits chaga! Next up in my virtually sinless cookie series: Chocolate Chaga Brownies! But first, I feel like I…

Virtually Sinless Peanut Butter Burdock Cookies

Cookies without guilt or sin?  Behold Peanut Butter Burdock Cookies — an indulgence for the health minded herbalist with a sweet tooth. This burdock root recipe is so good that you’ll forget that they are good for you! Before I…

Magical Douglas Fir Shortbread Cookies

Magical, foraged & festive, these Douglas fir (ubiquitous tree of the Pacific Northwest) shortbread cookies with allspice and ginger are sure to delight! As luck or Mother Nature would have it, the unprecedented hot dry summer has spiraled into a…

With a Friend Like Hawthorn

A solid friend when you need it, hawthorn is an invaluable heart tonic. Savory hawthorn cranberry syrup gives you forager cred and amazing flavor. With the week’s forecast of heavy rains, high winds and extensive flooding, I am seeking the…

Much Ado About Elderflower

Divine, ethereal elderflowers delight every sense. An elderflower liqueur and elderflower and honey ice cream might send you into a blissful wonderland. Elderflowers really tickle my fancy. Our unseasonably warm and dry spring has brought on the elderflowers and the…

Lovely Strawberry Jam With Elderflowers

  Perhaps those things in nature that appear simultaneously have an affinity for each other. With this strawberry jam with elder flowers, I think they must. Strawberry season is the unofficial start of summer in my part of the world….

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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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