My First Pint of Homemade Maple Syrup

5 gallons of sap collected in 3 days

Strained out bits, bugs, and particles through cheesecloth

Boiled 85% down on our outdoor grill (Maybe next year, I’ll build a fire box…)

Finished the last on my stove so I could watch to make sure it didn’t burn or turn to candy.

This is what I’m left with.
Unbelievably yummy!

Pure joy.

 

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By |2019-03-15T07:21:36-04:00March 21st, 2019|My Garden / Recipes, Nature|0 Comments

How to Tap a Maple Tree in 5 Easy Steps

I’ve always wanted to try making my own maple syrup. From past reading, I knew it was easy to do, didn’t require a lot of paraphernalia, and was relatively idiot proof.

So I decided this was the year. I took a 1-hour class, bought my equipment and picked out two beautiful old Maple trees right off my deck. I’m not looking to go into business–I just want to make enough for my family, so two trees ought to be plenty.

All I had to do was wait for the daytime temps to get above freezing with nighttime temps still below freezing. (For most areas, that’s somewhere between February and March.)

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By |2019-03-09T12:35:13-04:00March 9th, 2019|My Garden / Recipes, Nature|0 Comments

Planting Sustainable Outdoor Snacking Stations

I was just reading an article about planting a food forest by a farmer whose philosophy I share. And it reminded me that I’ve been doing a variation on this with my property for about 10 years. I call it creating “Snacking Stations.”

I started doing this with an eye toward building in “passive food providers” onto my property so that even if I might not have time for a large garden every year, I would still be able to enjoy fresh food provided by nature. It’s all part of my growing interest in sustainability–a way of thinking that seems more appropriate than ever.

The idea was to plant fruit trees […]

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By |2017-05-06T13:09:59-04:00May 6th, 2017|My Garden / Recipes, Nature|0 Comments

It’s That Time of Year

Time to pick the last of the fruit…

raspberries   blackberry   concord grapes

and plant the garlic for next year.

garlic bulbs plant garlic bulbs  straw

It’s these rhythms of the seasons that continue to give me balance amid the rest of the world’s craziness.

If I ever have to give up gardening, I think it won’t be long before they’ll be carting me off to the nearest funny farm.

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By |2016-10-24T09:56:14-04:00October 4th, 2016|Life, My Garden / Recipes, Nature|0 Comments

Best Zucchini Recipes Ever!

Even if you don’t have your own garden, if your car’s been unlocked, you’ve probably been anonymously gifted with enough zucchini to feed an army. We gardeners like to share the wealth, as it were…

I’m here to help save the day. I have two recipes that are guaranteed to have everyone in your family (even your vegetable-hating kids) loving zucchini and asking for more. No joke.

So without further ado:

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Zucchini Cauliflower Pie

I know, it sounds positively awful — zucchini and cauliflower?! How the heck did I come up with that! Can you say bumper crop of both? And what a happy surprise.

Bar none, this is a […]

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By |2016-10-24T09:56:15-04:00July 31st, 2016|My Garden / Recipes|8 Comments
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