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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, plus tea recipe. Douglas Fir Fable, History, Identification, Food & Medicine Douglas fir is a thing of scent memories. …

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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  • Pearly everlasting is one of my favorite medicinal wildflowers to forage for during summer.  It ticks so many therapeutic actions boxes and is just an all around useful botanical.
It grows abundantly in the coastal mountain range a few miles from my home so it gives me great excuse to abandon my home and work responsibilities and get outside, far away from modern distractions.
All new post on the blog extolling the many virtues of this wonderful plant!
Tap link in bio for link to post.
#pearlyeverlasting #anaphalis #anaphalismargaritacea #herbs #herbalist #herbalmedicine #herbalism #medicinalherbs #wildflower
https://nittygrittylife.com/pearly-everlasting-anaphalis-margaritacea/
  • This summer has been an absolute flurry of activity.  A veritable whirlwind.  A non stop GO. 
My intended lazy, restful summer has been anything but. 
I’ve been so busy that I kinda forgot about my second book.  After the final edits were made, the photos taken - I just bid it farewell, and settled into “life after book.”
Well, life after bookS because I wrote this book immediately after finishing The Backyard Herbal Apothecary. 
When the UPS truck started down our long gravel road I paused for moment wondering what I had ordered.  And then it occurred to me — The Herbalist’s Healing Kitchen is HERE!
Now, she doesn’t officially publish until October 29th and I am still a few weeks out from promotion, but I can’t help myself - it’s just so exciting to have this book in print.
This book turns a thoughtful eye towards the food we eat and rethinks our daily meals and special treats so that we are maximizing the benefits of those foods!  I will show you how to use flavor to inform better eating decisions to cook your way to better health!
Food is MEDICINE!
#herbs #herbalist #herbalmedicine #herbalism #author #cookbook #everydayfoods #foodismedicine #foodenergetics #eatingforhealth
  • Last weekend, I spent a really wonderful day hiking and foraging with my husband and the youngest of our kids.  One of the many highlights was the red huckleberries that were in full splendor in the coastal mountains.
Naturally, we foraged.
So, naturally, I wrote you all a new post.
Learn to identify red huckleberries and make a fabulous syrup with your harvest!
Tap link in bio for link to recipe and post.
#redhuckleberry #pnw #pacificnorthwest #huckleberry #vacciniumparvifolium #wildfood #wildfoodlove #foragedfood #foraging #forager #foraged #wildfood
https://nittygrittylife.com/red-huckleberry-syrup/
  • Today marks the first day of August - a month of warmth and sunshine throughout much of the northern hemisphere.  August 1st also mark the ancient feast day and celebration of Lammas.
In reverence to old world tradition, I have create a humble loaf of sourdough bread, braided and studded with calendula petals and sunflower seeds.
It is a delicious and enchanting way to celebrate the abundance of the season and the grain harvest.
Tap link in bio for link to recipe.
#lammas #bread #sourdough #baking #traditionalfoods #baker #baking #homemade #herbs 
https://nittygrittylife.com/sourdough-braided-bread/
  • My property is full of plums -- beautiful old trees and young feral saplings.  I cannot wait to get a few batches of this yummy plum butter going this summer.
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#plums #plumbutter #recipe #foodpreservation #canningseason #homestead #homesteader #homesteading 
https://nittygrittylife.com/plum-butter/
  • I confessed my love of Lady's Mantle the other day and shared a monograph extolling the virtues of this very virtuous plant.
Perhaps one of my favorite uses for lady's mantle is in the landscape.  She is a simple stunner.  Elegant in every way!
Tap link in bio for link to post on how to grow lady's mantle with this new post!
#ladysmantle #alchemilla #alchemillamollis #herbgarden garden #gardening #gardener #herbs #herbalist #herbalmedicine #medicinegarden
https://nittygrittylife.com/how-to-grow-ladys-mantle/
  • We went for a hike in the coastal range yesterday.  Some much needed change of scenery and a chance to stretch our muscles and relax our minds.  Our seven year old chattered incessantly and adorably about the fairy world that was hiding under every fern and fallen log, while big brother ran ahead reminding me that I am a little out of condition, ahem... 😑
There were many highlights of this journey through the cool and damp woods, but this specimen stopped me in my tracks. An Indian Ghost Pipe (Monotropa uniflora), maybe a bit past her prime (I can relate), but still such a remarkable example of nature.  A parasitic plant, ghost pipe grows in only certain conditions and is fairly rare.  Due to her rarity, we just observed the plant and talked about it’s uses and habitat - I had no intention of harvest.  Instead, this is a plant that teaches me restraint and  appreciation.  Look but no touch.  I hope it taught my kids a lesson, to observe mama being so excited about something but making no move to call it my own. 
Sometimes the best plant medicine isn’t ever consumed, just absorbed.
#indianghostpipe #ghostpipe #monotropa #monotropauniflora #herbs #herbalist #herbalmedicine #medicinalherbs #pnw #pacificnorthwest #oregon
  • Confession:
I have a plant crush.  On Lady's Mantle.
Alchemilla mollis.
She even sounds lovely...
Folks, she is simple beauty, and moreover she is one of the most incredibly useful herbs in the home apothecary.
Tap link in bio for link to my new herbal monograph.
#ladysmantle #alchemilla #alchemillamollis #alchemillavulgaris #herbs #herbalist #herbalmedicine #medicinalherbs 
https://nittygrittylife.com/ladys-mantle-alchemilla-mollis/
  • 🍑 Is it peach season in your neck of the woods? 🍑
We are just coming up on it in the Pacific NW and I am DEFINITELY making a batch (or two or three) of this delicious peach butter with vanilla!
Give it a try!
Tap link in bio then click on this photo for link.
#peach #peaches #peachbutter #fruitbutter #jam #foodpreservation #foodpreserving #homestead #homesteader #homesteading 
https://nittygrittylife.com/slow-cooker-peach-butter/

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