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

17

This is what 17 looks like at our house.

Graidy, our white BC mix, is 17ish–we don’t know his age exactly since he came to us as a stray at about 1 yo.

He still runs around like a puppy. Nobody can believe he’s that old when they meet him.

Wink, our Cavelier is 11. Finn, our Maine Coon cat is 14. All going strong.

I think there’s longevity in the water here. (That and lots of love, high-quality food, and plenty of exercise.)

And, of course, good genes don’t hurt.

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By |2019-04-19T11:35:43-04:00March 14th, 2019|.My Dogs and Me|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.)

bucket Tube spileStep 1: Clean […]

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

An Easy Way to Support the ASPCA – GoodSearch.org

Just wanted to share this email I got recently. I think it’s a wonderful idea. But check it out and decide for yourself.


Hello,

My name is Kari and I’m writing you with the hope that you’ll let your readers know about GoodSearch.org and GoodShop.com, a new fundraising tool being used by supporters of the ASPCA, Best Friends Animal Society, and thousands of humane organizations across the country.

GoodSearch.org is a new search engine that donates 50% of revenue to charities and schools of the user’s choice. […]

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By |2019-03-07T19:17:33-04:00February 26th, 2019|Dogs in General|2 Comments

143rd Westminster Dog Show – Feb. 11

*The Westminster Dog Show returns to New York City for the 143rd time on Monday (Feb. 11), when 2,800 canines will compete for the coveted Best in Show title. This year’s show runs from 8am ET to 11pm ET on Feb. 11 and 12 and is available to stream online.

Two new dog breeds, the Nederlandse kooikerhondje (which is cool because for the longest time I though Graidy might have been a kooikerjondje) and the grand basset griffon Vendéen, are making their Westminster debuts this year. Last year’s winner, Flynn the Bichon Frise, was male, and this year’s winner will probably be male too. In fact, male dogs have won […]

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By |2019-02-09T13:45:40-04:00February 9th, 2019|Dogs in General|0 Comments

How to Get Your iPhone to Work as a Hotspot for Your Surface Pro

We’re in the process of recycling phones. When the oldest phone is ready to bite the dust, I get the new phone (because I need high tech equipment for my work), Andrew gets my phone, and my mother gets his.

So with the latest upgrade to iPhone X (which I love), I found that I was no longer able to use it as a hotspot for my laptop (which I didn’t love).

After researching, I found the problem. You can’t have any spaces or special characters in your phone’s name. I had both.

iphone hotspot instructionsIf you’re facing the same problem, you’ll need to change the network name (which is the same as your iPhone name). […]

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By |2019-03-04T13:48:35-04:00January 30th, 2019|Tech Tips & Product Reviews|0 Comments
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