Making marshmallows!

Picked up a wonderful book at the library: A Kid’s Herb Book for children of all ages. Delightfully written, it has stimulated a new interest for me. On page 27, we discovered that we could make our own root beer using sarsaparilla! How fun! We set out on a quest to several different natural food stores to find this root. Unfortunately, we didn’t find any of it; however on the same page we saw that we could make our own marshmallows if we found some marshmallow root powder. Yah! Only one store carried it and it was not root powder, but the root itself. So borrowing a mortar and pestle from our friend (thanks Robyn!) we crushed and ground the root up in order to make our marshmallow root powder.

Today we mixed the ingredients and baked the ‘marshmallows’ for an hour at a low temperature. The marshmallows were basically little meringues. The marshmallow root added  … well… a unique flavour, shall we say. My husband described it as a cross between a “moldy” and “the smell of an old person’s home” kind of flavour.  The verdict? We will not be making our own marshmallows anytime soon, however we are glad to have had the opportunity to try it!

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For the birds

Another cold day. Another winter hike! 🙂   We headed out of town a little way to a hiking trail nearby, with our friend from Brazil. Look at the little friends we found! They were pretty hungry so we had lots of visitors to our seed-filled mittened hands. Feeling their little feet on our hands was amazing and their feathers were so delicate and beautiful.

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Summer Break Fun!

We have enjoyed a full summer and on one hand it is difficult to say goodbye to such a carefree and lovely season. Here are some things that we did these past few weeks of summer. We may even have learned a few things in the process!!

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