A Magical Life

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

Early summer foraging: Mulberries

It’s mulberry season! Mulberries are delicious treats that are easy to harvest and great to use in all kinds of recipes. I’ve written about them in the past, because mulberry … Continue reading

September 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

inexpensive corn for freezing

It’s August, and farmer’s markets and roadside stands are full of fresh sweet corn. It’s delicious, of course, but it also can be very expensive if you want enough to … Continue reading

September 9, 2015 · 1 Comment

Looking out for asparagus

The next time you’re driving along in the country, look out the window for clumps of spindly, dark green plants that look like wispy Christmas trees. Congratulations — you’ve found … Continue reading

September 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

11 Must-try ways to preserve elderberries

We’ll be picking wild elderberries soon, and after we get them off the stems we’ll need to cook with them or preserve them. This article is about preserving them for … Continue reading

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What is urban foraging anyway?

I consider myself an urban forager, and many people have asked me exactly what I mean by that. To me, urban foraging is more than just walking through the woods … Continue reading

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12 Ways to preserve your pears

The pears are falling from the trees, so it’s time to collect as many as you can and put them up for the winter. Here’s a roundup of ideas I’ve … Continue reading

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The wily wild plum

I took my children to Lake Shetek State Park in southwestern Minnesota today, and while chatting with the Park Ranger she mentioned there was a plum tree in the park, … Continue reading

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