White Currant Juice

White Currant Juice

White currants are something of a rarity. They aren't apt to be stocked at your local grocery store as they are extremely perishable. They will probably even be absent at even the most kitschy farmers' markets because I'll just say it...they are a pain in the pinfeathers to harvest.

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Stinging Nettle Tea

Stinging Nettle Tea

Most folks wait for their tulips or day lilies to pop up in the spring. This lady, I wait for the nettles. Yes those pesky persnickety bothersome plants that light up your short wearing summer legs like a California wild fire...those nettles.

Thankfully my love affair with Urtica Dioica didn't occur from a short short/ dense wood experience. Instead the plant whose latin genus name means "to burn" stole my heart through a simple cup of tea.

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White Spruce Tip Tea

White Spruce Tip Tea

It's funny how things can sneak up on you. Yesterday I got off work ready to walk my furry four-legged companion and whamo. Two hops and a skip out the door I look up and green little spruce growth is staring back at me. And not just any spruce growth...tip growth!

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Holy Basil Tea

Holy Basil Tea

Does the list from the photo above look familiar? Okay, perhaps you aren’t as OCD as I am when it comes to preparing the holiday meal. What can I say I like to have a plan and not worry about whether my bird will be done when my guests arrive or thank heavens this has never happened…after they’ve left!

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Dried Lemon Slices & Detox Lemon Water

Dried Lemon Slices & Detox Lemon Water

It started with wanting to make lemon pepper..from scratch. A favorite childhood seasoning that I sprinkled on practically everything, I looked up how to grow peppercorns. Well...that wasn't happening. I live in balmy Minnesota. Home of Polar Vortexes and winter days occasionally reaching -10F...for a high. Attempting to grow a vine that cannot tolerate conditions below 60F? Ah...okay. Lemons!

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Grape Soda Shrub

Grape Soda Shrub

Today it hit 20 degrees...above zero I might add. Tropical paradise, I think so! The sun was shinning, the grass was growing. Okay, maybe I'm exaggerating about the grass, but I swear I could hear some Kentucky Blue pondering a gander at the brilliant blue sky this afternoon. Honest!

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Sea Buckthorn Tea

Sea Buckthorn Tea

Sea buckthorn...what the heck is that? Sounds like some cantankerous oceanic plant that springs thorny prongs at unsuspecting clown fish!

Thankfully, not the case. Actually, sea buckthorn, or seaberry as it is also called, is a very cold tolerant shrubby bush, fairing temperatures up to a frigid Zone 3!

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