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The Icarus Project w/ Sascha Dubrul | Madness Radio

By Su  //  Mental Health  //  Comments Off on The Icarus Project w/ Sascha Dubrul | Madness Radio

How did the New York underground of punk rock music, squatting, and homeless protest give rise to a thriving and innovative peer-run mental health community? Are there creative gifts to be found in the depths of madness? Does the future of Mad Pride lie in the joining of activism with spirituality? Icarus Project co-founder Sascha Altman DuBrul discusses his escape into apocalyptic visions and psychiatric hospitals, and how he was inspired to challenge the identity of bipolar disorder.; scatter(at)theicarusproject(dot)net


First Wild Meal 2012 – Lambs Quarters

By Su  //  Garden Journal  //  Comments Off on First Wild Meal 2012 – Lambs Quarters

My first wild edibles excursion of the year is Lambs Quarters. I harvested some at the library in downtown Mecosta, and also grabbed some while weeding at the neighbor’s garden. My typical lambs quarters dish is somewhat like cream of spinach soup. I cook the greens in water, sometimes with some vegetable stock and/or salt  and then make a roux with butter, flour and milk or cream. Once the greens are cooked, I add the roux to the pot and stir it up. From what I understand, it’s generally a good idea to add the roux last and make sure the heat is relatively low to prevent separation. My soup turned out mighty tasty and pretty green!

Image source: Don’t ya just love it when a website classifies a highly nutritive wild plant as a “noxious weed”?

Collect the young tender plants whole, and then when the stems become tough, collect just the leaves and tender tips… Use the shoots, leaves and tips in any way that you might use spinach. It tastes a lot like spinach, only milder, with sort of a hint of peapods

Recipes included in the PDF below are: Lambs Quarters Rolls, Lambs Quarters Quiche, Lambs Quarters Lasagna, Greens Tacos, Quelites and Beans


Nature’s “Mineral Tablet”

The health food store shelves are full of pills, including mineral tablets. But nature provides an excellent alternative-one that you take advantage of by eating. This is lamb’s-quarter, a spinach relative found worldwide in the wild. It probably grows in your garden even if you don’t plant it. Used raw in salad or in juice mixes, 100 grams of lamb’s-quarter (about a cup) contains about 80 mg of vitamin C, 11,600 IU of vitamin A, 72 mg of phosphorus, 309 mg of calcium, and small amounts of thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and iron. These figures are slightly lower when you cook the lamb’s-quarter for a spinach replacement, or in soups, egg dishes, or vegetable dishes. You could nearly survive on lamb’s-quarter alone!

Source: A Better Way to Heal – Mother Earth News

Chenopodium berlandieri,

also known by the common names pitseed goosefoot, huauzontle, and lambsquarters, is an annual herbaceous plant in the goosefoot family.

Chenopodium berlandieri is one of the few plants that was domesticated in the prehistoric and Woodland period in eastern North America, making it a part of the so-called Eastern Agricultural Complex. There is archaeological evidence that shows that Chenopodium berlandieri was extensively foraged as a wild plant in eastern North America as early as 8,500 BP (6,500 BCE). By 3700 BP (1700 BCE) the plant had clearly been domesticated as a pseudocereal crop. A variety of regional cultivars have even been recovered from various widely separated sites. The oldest evidence for domestication comes in the form of stashes of thin-testa seeds from rock shelters in eastern Kentucky. The crop ceased to be cultivated in the region by about 1750 CE.

Although cultivation of the species died out in eastern North America, the plant continues to be grown as a domesticated crop in Mexico, though its cultivation has been declining. This cultivated form of the plant is ranked as a subspecies, namely Chenopodium berlandieri ssp. nuttalliae. There are three varieties of the subspecies which are grown as a pseudocereal, as a leaf vegetable, and for its broccoli-like flowering shoots, respectively.

Based on similarities between this modern cultivated form and the archaeological specimens from eastern North America, it was suggested that the species was first domesticated in Mexico and later brought to upper North America. There is currently no archaeological evidence to support this position, with some experts even suggesting that the crop may have been absent from Mexico until the 16th century CE. Genetic studies have shown that wild eastern North American plants and the Mexican cultivated forms have considerable genetic distance between them. This has been interpreted as indicating a later second domestication event in Mexico.



Bladder Campion

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Silene vulgaris: In Spain, the young shoots and the leaves are used as food.  The tender leaves may be eaten raw in salads. The older leaves are usually eaten boiled or fried, sauteed with garlic as well as in omelettes.

Formerly in La Mancha region of Spain, where Silene vulgaris leaves are valued as a green vegetable, there were people known as “collejeros” who picked these plants and sold them. Leaves are small and narrow, so it takes many plants to obtain a sizeable amount.

In La Mancha the Silene vulgaris leaves, locally known as “collejas”, were mainly used to prepare a dish called gazpacho viudo (widower gazpacho). The ingredients were flatbread known as tortas de gazpacho and a stew prepared with Silene vulgaris leaves. The reference to a widower originated in the fact that this dish was only eaten when meat was scarce and the leaves were emergency or lean-times food, a substitute for an essential ingredient. Other dishes prepared with these leaves in Spain include “potaje de garbanzos y collejas”, “huevos revueltos con collejas” and “arroz con collejas”.

In Crete it is called Agriopapoula (Αγριοπάπουλα) and the locals eat its leaves and tender shoots browned in olive oil.

In Cyprus it is eaten very widely,so much so it has now for some years come back into being cultivated and sold in shops in bunches. Two of the common Cypriot names are Tsakrostoukkia and Strouthoukkia.


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Bladder Campion - Silene nivea

Source: Bladder Campion – Silene nivea


Stalking The Wild Asparagus

By Su  //  The Nest  //  1 Comment

Well the post tag for this has been sort of a joke, because that’s what I call looking for/identifying wild things – edibles, medicinals and plants.  This elusive asparagrass wanted to be noticed today.  She was pretty easy to find! It’s definitely a cool thing to see.

On today’s walk I identified horsetail, Johnny Jump Ups, Wild Mustard, I think Crab Apple Blossoms? (smelled AWESOME).  There are some blossoms in which I could not identify that also smelled very nice.  The pink thing is something in my yard which I obtained from the house next to our local health food store in Remus.  Last summer the guy said he just bought the house and was going to clear everything out.  I said WAIT! Let me grab some of this stuff, ok? I still don’t know what this pink blossomed plant is.

I need to get copies of the Peterson’s Field Guides I have had in the past and given away. It’s much easier to identify things with those books handy!


What Flower is This?

By Su  //  The Nest  //  3 Comments

Things have been pretty busy around here, which is a good thing.  Most of you who know me are aware that I have workaholic tendencies.  I’ve vowed to take some time out each day to get outside, stop and smell the flowers!  I just started doing this since the weather has warmed up. I haven’t had a chance to do it every single day, but am getting a bit better at it. My thoughts on this are “even 5-20 minutes make a difference”.

I’ve been trying to take weekends off to get beading done to restock shops and festival goods, but it’s been a difficult task to prioritize this!

My blog has been a bit neglected here so I decided to post some pictures I took on my walk yesterday.  Anyone have any idea what flower/plant this is? It was growing in the wet areas along the dirt road near my house.

Off for a quick walk! 🙂

What flower is this?


20 Minus One Tortillas

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Nothing compares to the taste of home made tortillas. I can remember cooking fresh tortillas at my next door neighbor’s house as a young one.  We would  toss the tortillas right on the gas stove burner to heat them up, then spread butter on them when they were done.  What a treat!  read more


Seed Swap

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I was finally able to sneak away some time for gardening today.  I got out there starting at 7:30 am for 2 hours, and tilled the earth by hand in the rain. It was so good!  I’ve been doing so much indoors lately (work related), that it was good to get outside for fresh air and grounding!  My first patch is an area for black eyed Susans, which will be around the perimeter of our porch.  I have a salsa sized jar filled with black eyed susan seeds from my mom, in addition to some extra from my friend Bonnie as well.  read more


Farm Trip

By Su  //  The Nest  //  4 Comments

We finally made it to Anderson & Girls before closing time.  This is a petting farm & gift shop that is in route when we pick up and drop off Leaf’s son  in Charlotte MI.  They have the best red kernel popcorn around!  I *just* ran out, so it was awesome timing.  We got to pet a bunch of critters.  The goats love me, lol.  I got to do some cheek scratchin’ and horn pullin’.  This just reinforces my love and desire to get some farm animals at some point.

Now I have to make sure we stop there when Jasper is here. We used to go to a place called Lewis Farm Market, which is north of Rothbury.  After we moved, it was less likely of a trip.  Anderson & Girls is right on the way during our treks to pick up Johnny, so I’m excited to have an awesome place to go to pet critters again.  Can’t beat the popcorn either. 😉


Why Twitter is Like Grateful Dead Tour

By Su  //  Hippie Lifestyle  //  3 Comments

After seeing my 10th one page website containing an autoplay featured video and some sort of “buy it now” schpeil at the bottom, I came to the realization that twitter is like Dead Tour.  Yeah.  Why it took a one page ad to come to this conclusion, I do not know.  Maybe it’s because when I was on Dead Tour there were thousands of people rubbing elbows and bumping into each other all over the parking lot.  A lot of them were selling thier goods.  One would hear “Icey cold Sammy Smiths right here!”, and “beautiful hand made patchy dresses!, or “get your phatty french bread pizza, nice and hot!”.  You’d likely hear something about sweet treat stuff like “goo balls” as well.  All the while people move in a hustle and bustle on Shakedown Street. We even came up with a one line in attempts to incorporate all of them into one long schpeil – “get your icey cold kind veggie rainbow patchwork hand made hippie stuff right here!”.

I’m facinated by twitter and enthralled with all of it’s hashtags and nuances.  I can forgive the people with the one page ads.  Everyone has something to share, wether it be goods or simple joy of beingness.  I just don’t do infomercials and uber sales mentality. Some people have to learn about really connecting. I really enjoy seeing people share thier Etsy creations and beautiful works of art. So any of you who may be reading this post who haven’t have a chance to experience the “lot scene” at such kind of events, I liken it to the twitter experience.  The masses of people pooling together in a swarm of unique beingness.  Cheers!

Photography by: Konni2727 and Sonoma Picman


Jewelry Giveaway

We’re pleased to announce that StarSunflower will be offering a jewelry giveaway hosted by Enchanted Tree starting Monday April 12th.  Starsunflower will be offering 3 adult items up for grabs and a bonus for whoever has kids who like beaded jewelry. I just installed a brand new shopping cart, and will be uploading lots of inventory! 🙂


Mandatory for Entry Check out my shop or my etsy store to see what you like then leave a comment on the Enchanted Tree Blog telling us what item you love the most! Please be sure to leave your email address, or make sure it’s visible on your profile. *You MUST do the mandatory entry! Bonus entries will not count, if mandatory entry it’s not done first!*



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