• Recipes

    How to Make Elderberry Syrup

    My boys and I are sick. We’ve tried hard to avoid all the nasty germs going around right now, but we’ve also had to balance that with not going stir crazy stuck inside all the time! This time, the germs won. When we have head colds or flu-like symptoms, I always turn to Elderberries. Elderberries are incredible, truly. The entire Elder shrub has been used in folk medicine for thousands of years, and modern research is proving that the berries are a legitimate folk remedy. Two interesting double-blind, placebo-controlled studies showed that Elderberry had a remarkable effectiveness in reducing symptoms of flu-like illness. In both studies, the majority of patients…

  • Homeschooling

    Homeschool Review: Herb Fairies

    One of the areas of our homeschool that I’ve been working to improve is our nature studies. I love Charlotte Mason’s emphasis on nature study, but frankly had no idea how to implement it at first! When we began homeschooling, we were living in a subdivision with a tiny yard. Our curriculum scheduled a weekly nature walk, but didn’t give much guidance. I’ve always loved camping and hiking, but honestly didn’t know much about the natural world around me. I couldn’t identify birds other than the most obvious ones, I didn’t know any plants other than what I grew on my patio. I was so inspired by the homeschoolers on…