Foraging for Red Bud Blossoms

In this episode, Christa talks about what makes REDBUD trees so special and how to forage for their sweet buds in the spring. Redbuds are found in almost every country of the world. They are very easy to identify, and good for food as well as many other uses. Also known as the Judas Tree, Red Buds have a special place in the pantry of many foragers.

Here is a simple recipe for Redbud Syrup:

It could be used for all kinds of things from pancakes to drinks! If you are like me, you love to experiment and find new ways to use something like this.  So have fun and then come back and share with us what did and did not work for you!

Here is a cool recipe for using the Seed Pods in Stirfry!:

Woooo. I haven’t tried it yet. (I didn’t collect any seed pods early enough this year) But I probably will save the recipe and try something like it next spring!

Now it’s your turn. What are your favorite recipes or experiments with Red Buds?

How to Eradicate World Hunger . . . and Make Grandma’s Applesauce.

I promise to send out seeds the day they put me in charge!

Until then, why not make Grandma’s wonderful, one-ingredient* applesauce? Nutritious, natural, sweet, delicious. . . what’s not to love?

*One ingredient IF you have sweet granny smith apples like you see here. If you have foraged for crab apples or wild apples somewhere, you may need to doctor it up a little to be the right sweetness

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Memorize in a Month – PSALM 46

Every Month we memorize a powerful chapter of scripture from the Holy Word of God, the Bible. For this month we’re learning PSALM 46 (from the English Standard Version). Memorize it with us, and once you have it, we would love for you to record a video of yourself reciting it and post it below or send it to us!

Hearing and seeing each other learn scripture together helps it sink deeper into our spirits. There is no better way to possibly prepare for the days to come!

God Is Our Fortress


God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

Come, behold the works of the LORD, how he has brought desolations on the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; the burns the chariots with fire. “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah



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Memorize in a Month – 1 Corinthians 13

Speaking of Socks and Underwear…

Foraging for Wild Plantain

You may not think of yourself as a forager, but if you would like a place to start, I invite you to just step out your front door! There are so many plants that grow wild in our front yards, and even from the cracks in the sidewalk, that have medicinal properties and edible qualities to them.

Today we look at the Wild Plantain. No, this is nothing like the cousin of the Banana that you may think of when you hear it’s title. This is a highly nutritious “weed” that is common in a couple of varieties throughout North America. Today we just discuss the English plantain, or Narrowleaf plantain (Plantago lanceolata) which has elongated lance-shaped leaves.

Every part is edible! Roots, stems, leaves, flowering head… Plantain is High in Iron and several other important Vitamins and Minerals. As a tea it can be used to open up your lungs and works as a mild expectorant. It’s antibacterial properties make it perfect for chewing or wadding up and placing over any kind of skin lesion, sting or bite out in the wild. Secure it with some cloth or twine until you can get to a medical facility.

KNOW YOUR PLANTS! Don’t take my word for any of this, but do the research and seek out experts who can show you in person the wonderful plants to forage for in your area! Let us know what you find in your area, or how you use and enjoy Wild Plantain!

How to Prepare for an EMP

There is certainly a great deal more information we could cover regarding electromagnetic pulses and the use of a Faraday cage to protect your electronics, but this is just for those who have not been aware of the threat….or the solutions available. If you would like to learn more, check out the Wikipedia links below to get started:



I am including the links to several products from AMAZON below. I cannot highly recommend any of them that you don’t test for yourself. In my own experience, NONE of them are fool proof, but with some doubling up and careful placement, they seemed to do their job. I hope this info helps you.

Another video will be posted soon on how to make your own Faraday Cage. I like my homemade version better, but these are wonderful as a backup and for are great for traveling!

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