Wednesday, August 19, 2015

I need a new shelf for my new shelf!

My jelly cabinet is full so I started a new shelf.

Well it filled up rather quickly


























And then yesterday, my blueberry jam was the final straw. 

I need a new shelf for my new shelf.


5 Minute Pizza Sauce from Crunchy Creamy Sweet

This recipe is from one of my favorite new blogs. Crunchy Creamy Sweet deserves an extra special shout out for a rapid email to-and-fro when her blog was down and was trying to capture a zucchini recipe. That is what you will see if you click the link.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Green Phone Booth: Upcycled Crafts with Jeans

The Green Phone Booth: Upcycled Crafts with Jeans: Queen Composter shares an alternative to donating clothing. I am an avid crafter, but as someone who cares about environmentalism, I am as...

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Canning in August

Canning in August is so much better outside.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

After 13 years...

It is time to repair the compost pile. 
The cedar posts may not last another year. 
What great use we have gotten from salvaged wood. 

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Laure's Gardens: The Wonderful Wonderberry

Laure's Gardens: The Wonderful Wonderberry: Part of the excitement of growing your own food is trying out some plants you haven’t tasted before.  We all love to try new varieties of to...

Sunday, March 1, 2015

We put in 64 taps this year


This is the most sap I have ever seen in one place.
And more sap.


Saturday, January 31, 2015

The return of the Saturday Sandwich

Do you see it? Can you tell what we are doing today?

Monday, November 24, 2014

Drink cozies from socks or sweaters!

From my new favorite blog The View From Great Island. 

http://theviewfromgreatisland.com/2014/11/craft-tutorial-sock-drink-cozies.html

Craft tutorial for making cute and easy "Drink Cozies" out of socks!

Friday, November 14, 2014

DIY Felted Wool Mittens from Hey What's for Dinner Mom?:

Hey What's for Dinner Mom?: DIY Felted Wool Mittens: DIY Felted Wool Mittens that don't require knitting, these are made from an old felted sweater and take just 30 quick minutes OR LESS t...

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Maple Syrup Yield!
















I think I can spare some for presents! :D

Boilling with the big guns!!!




















Those three garbage cans are where we are storing the sap. 
 
And let the cooking begin!


Do you see the collapse happening?
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Next weekend we will move the "arch" to the driveway where it is more stable and less likely to be disturbed by melting snow and ice.



Thursday, April 3, 2014

Tapping Trees

We are trying our hands in making maple syrup this year. Of 40 viable trees, we only tapped ten as we were told we would have more than enough!
Dear SP drills the first on a beautiful winter Sunday!
The Rowland's guide us and kindly donated the gear and expertise!
First spile is flowing!
Drip! Drop!
Happy times!
My first drill before I corrected my angle.
Drinking straight from the tree!
Panoramic view of the front fields!
Our youngest sipping sap!
We added a little utility humor for the neighborhood!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Saturday Sandwich



















Everyone went to the mountain today, but I stayed home because I wasn't feeling well. I completely cleaned out the kids rooms while they were gone. I think the yummy egg sandwich powered me. Nothing is better than the huge smiles and even bigger thanks I got from the kids when they got home. It added a much needed fill to my bucket!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Our first cook of maple syrup.

SP started cooking this morning. The sap first boiled at 12:50. We are guessing about 15 gallons were processed. It's 9:45 pm and we are finishing it inside. It looks like we will need to get an earlier start next weekend. 
We started with fairly frozen sap that needed to be cooked in order to thaw and strain.
Adding more...
Straining it off...
Sapbergs

The finishing pot has a handy spigot
Filtering out all the bark and moss and even bugs and such
Evaporating the water. The sap was 1.7% sugar according to our hygrometer.
Watching it evaporate is akin to watching paint dry...
A selfie of the cooker!
Finishing it inside on the stovetop.