A Magical Life

Teaching kids (and parents) foraging, cooking, traditional skills and living well on less

Foraging as a Family

Foraging is such a wonderful skill to learn as a family! Wild foods are free, fresh, healthy and natural.  Many of them provide more nutrients than most foods you can … Continue reading

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Cooking With Kids

Even toddlers can help out in the kitchen!  It’s important for children to learn to cook meals and snacks — and they just plain like it. When families cook together, … Continue reading

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Today’s push reel lawnmowers: Not your grandpa’s mower

Despite the fact that we have an old riding lawnmower and a gas-powered push mower that both work fine, we purchased an old-fashioned push reel lawnmower in 2011. I’m so … Continue reading

September 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

10 Delicious ways to use mulberries

It’s a mystery why more people don’t cook with mulberries, considering they’re fun, delicious, nutritious, easy to pick and completely free all over the place this time of year. I … Continue reading

September 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Freezing tomatoes before they freeze

Fall is hitting early and with a vengeance (we’ve had frost warnings the past two nights) and we’re picking a lot of tomatoes right away that we’d otherwise harvest in … Continue reading

September 9, 2015 · 2 Comments

15 more ways to use your foraged walnuts

I’m still busy cracking the walnuts I harvested last fall (I have over 14 cups of meats so far), and I’m still finding creative ways to use them. Here are … Continue reading

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Fantastic ways to use foraged walnuts

Walnuts are some of the best nuts for foraging and there are all sorts of fantastic ways to use them. Last week, I wrote about how to shell your dried … Continue reading

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Let’s get cracking! (those walnut meats)

Spring is FINALLY arriving in Minnesota, and it’s time to get back into the foraging mindset. Nothing’s ready to be picked yet, but I’ve got 3 large bags of walnuts … Continue reading

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Foraging walnuts 101

Have you ever walked through a park in the fall and stumbled over what looks like green tennis balls? Are you ready to make use of the black walnuts you … Continue reading

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