Snacks, Wildcrafting

Honey-Battered Dandelion Fritters

April 27, 2016

Honey-Battered Dandelion Fritters | Growing Up Herbal | Enjoy some of spring's goodness. Eat wild dandelion flowers in my version of this most famous recipe.

Spring is here in Tennessee, or has been here I should say, and every time I walk out onto the porch and look over the yard I see the bright, happy faces of spring dandelions looking back at me. And you know what? All I want to do is eat them.

Yes, you heard that right. I want to eat them.

I keep telling myself that today’s the day to collect the flower heads and make some dandelion fritters, but for one reason or another, I don’t seem to get around to it. However, time’s a wastin’ so today the boys and I headed outside to collect these wild, little flowers so we could whip up a quick batch of honey-battered dandelion fritters.

I hope you enjoying seeing these photos and reading about our adventure today. Be sure to save the recipe below and try it out if you have dandelions growing in your yard.

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Guest Posts

The Secret To Getting Children To Take Herbal Bitters

April 25, 2016

The Secret To Getting Children To Take Herbal Bitters | Growing Up Herbal | Bitters are great for digestive health, but it can be a struggle to get your kids to take them. This secret can help!

Herbal bitters are gaining popularity these days among adults, and it’s no wonder why. They’re a great way to support one’s digestive health.

They’ve not only been found to help stimulate digestion, but they’re a great way to increase the amount of prebiotics in one’s diet and support healthy bowel function, too. 

But, no matter how great bitters are, convincing kids to take them is a struggle most parents face. 

Thankfully, there’s a solution to this problem. Not only is this a great solution for mom and dad as it gets their children to take their bitters, but it’s great for the child too because it tastes so good.

Read my post and get a delicious bitters recipe over on the WishGarden Herbs blog!

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A Day In The Life: Our Daily Routine

April 22, 2016

A Day In The Life: My Family's Daily Routine | Growing Up Herbal | Come see how I manage working from home, homeschooling my kids, taking care of our home, and more!

I’m not sure what the draw is when it comes to “reality this” and “lifestyle that,” but I’m sucked into just like you probably are. 

I like seeing how people similar to me go about their lives, or how they approach different situations. It helps me to think about how I’d handle a similar situation, or it gives me ideas and inspires me in some way.

Of course, there needs to be quite a bit of moderation or else watching reality tv shows and reading my favorite lifestyle blogs could become a serious time-suck, but that’s a good principle to live by no matter what you’re talking about. Moderation that is. It’s healthy for you.

One of the things I like seeing is how people who are in a similar place as me make life work for them. As in, how does this mom with lots of kids making working at home and homeschooling work together smoothly? How does she decide which supplements to give her kids and which ones to skip? How does she prepare healthy meals and keep her house clean?

Are you with me? Do you do the same thing?

If so, then today, I’m going to give you a glimpse into my family’s daily routine and how we make things work here in The Visser House.

Keep in mind that this daily routine is a basic routine, and it is flexible. It changes on certain days or when certain events come up, and it changes depending on the season of the year (and life) we’re in. 

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Emotions, Herbal Remedies

7 Simple Herbal Teas For Everyday Ailments

April 20, 2016

7 Simple Herbal Teas For Everyday Ailments | Growing Up Herbal | Here are 7 simple teas you can drink, enjoy, and make scent memories with.

Growing up, I wasn’t much of a tea drinker. Sure I drank plenty of southern sweet tea, but herbal tea wasn’t even on my radar.

However, my eyes were opened to the world of loose leaf herbal tea when I got married.

You see, someone gifted us with a Bigelow tea sampler box that we took with us on our honeymoon road trip across the US. Over the next 2 weeks, we both fell in love with their Mint Medley blend. I remember the first time we drank it together. We were in Pennsylvania Amish country sitting outside on an upstairs balcony breathing in the clean, crisp summer air. We both had hot cups of honey sweetened mint tea in our hands. We were on top of the world… no place to go… together… with our whole lives ahead of us. I love that memory. 

You know, they say our memories are linked to scents, and it never fails that anytime I drink a cup of mint tea, I’m magically transported back to that little balcony in Pennsylvania.

Over the years, I’ve linked other memories with scents and flavors of different teas as well. For example, a strong cup of hot, apple flavored chamomile tea before bed on cold winter evenings will put me to sleep like no one’s business, sipping on plain peppermint tea when my stomach feels unsettled will calm it right down, and drinking hot chai tea with my kiddos as we read our history and science lessons after lunch has become the norm lately. Maybe it’s the associations my brain has or maybe it’s the properties of the tea… probably both, but herbal tea has become a staple in my little family. My kids ask for tea any time they’re feeling under the weather. 

Maybe it’s the associations my brain has with the situation or memory, or maybe it’s the properties of the tea. No matter, herbal tea has become a staple in my little family, and my kids ask for tea any time they’re feeling under the weather. 

Today I want to share 7 simple herbal tea recipes for everyday ailments with you for two reasons. One, so herbal tea can become the norm for you, and two, so you can have your own scent associated memories to enjoy like I have.

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Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

3 Books That Will Help You Achieve A Naturally Healthy Pregnancy

April 13, 2016

3 Books That Will Help You Achieve A Naturally Healthy Pregnancy | Growing Up Herbal | Here are my 3 favorite books for helping have a naturally healthy pregnancy!

When I think back to my first pregnancy, I remember it being a time of great joy… as well as a time of uncertainty.

I didn’t know the first thing about being pregnant or what to do to nourish my baby other than eating a healthy diet.

Sure my OB-GYN gave me some handouts to read, but I already knew I wanted to have a different kind of pregnancy than they were recommending. I wanted to skip many of the unnecessary interventions, I didn’t want to take synthetic vitamins, and I wanted to deliver my baby without medication of any sort.

Ultimately, I wanted my pregnancy to be as natural and healthy as possible… but I didn’t know where to begin.

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My Second Least-Favorite Household Chore

April 8, 2016

How To Tell Which Herbs Are Safe During Pregnancy (And Which Aren't) | Growing Up Herbal | Pregnant? Are you wondering how to tell which herbs are safe during pregnancy (and which aren't)?

Making my house into a home is something I’m really passionate about. 

I want my husband to look forward to coming home from work and relaxing. I want my kids to enjoy spending time here instead of constantly wanting to go somewhere else. I want to miss this place when we leave and go on vacation. (And no, I’m not opposed to going on vacation. In fact, I’m a big fan of them. I just want to look forward to coming home as much as I look forward to leaving it.)

However, making a house into a home is a constant effort. Perhaps you can relate, mama?

Now, I realize there’s a lot that goes into achieving the goal of making one’s house into a home, and “home” will look different to each of us. For me, part of making our house into a home has to do with it being clean.

Enter… chores.

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