Two of my favorite things are fall hikes, and pie. I probably like pie more than hiking, kayaking, gardening, and foraging. And I adore hiking, kayaking, gardening, and foraging. We live on a quarter acre lot and don’t grow black walnuts. But black walnut trees grow along some of the trials I frequent. In the fall, I hike, and gather nuts, and I get pie. Black walnut pie.Continue Reading
Much of our area is old farm land where apple trees were planted more for the family’s use than as a cash crop. Many of the trails I frequent still have old apple trees growing alongside them. They tend to be small and spotted, but still quite delicious for sauce and pies.
Crabapples: the Necessary Ingredient
Crabapple is abundant, too. These are especially wonderful for jelly since they are so high in pectin. They make good cider and vinegar as well. Mix them with other foraged fruits for hedgerow jelly, and as long as crabapples make up half the recipe, no added pectin will be needed.Continue Reading
How to Grow Garlic
Here in the northeast we grow hardneck garlic – one of the easiest to grow plants in our garden. We plant in the fall, mulch deeply, and except for harvesting the scapes, we pretty much ignore it. Generally by the end of July or early August we have large, beautiful heads of garlic to harvest and cure.Continue Reading
It’s not often that I accept guest posts, but today I’m super delighted to welcome Jan Berry of The Nerdy Farm Wife. Jan is sharing her recipe for Homemade Lavender Soap Bars.
This summer I’ve been indulging a bit in some fiction set in late 1800’s England. And all the girls were perfumed with lavender. It’s an old-fashioned scent that is calming and relaxing. This soap will soothe after a long, stressful day and is perfect for gift giving.
Jan’s full-color book, Simple & Natural Soapmaking is now available for pre-order. For a limited time, Jan is also offering free access to her 6-week natural soapmaking eCourse for those who pre-order Simple & Natural Soapmaking. Keep reading for details! Continue Reading
I’ve had several items on my wish list as I move towards more natural living, and slowly but surely I’m checking items off my list. Sunflair® Solar Ovens sent their Deluxe Solar Oven Kit for my honest review and I can now check one more item off that list!
The Sunflair Kit came with a portable solar oven, 2 collapsible silicone pots, a 3-lb round roaster, 2 baking/dehydrating racks, 2 heat conducting/baking trays, a thermometer, instruction booklet, and a carrying case.Continue Reading
What is Pine Resin and Why Do Trees Produce it?
Have you noticed, while walking among pine or other evergreens, that some trees exude a sticky substance? This is resin and is produced as a healing and protective measure when a tree is wounded.
The pine resin is antimicrobial and works to protect the plant from disease. Those same components can help to fight bacteria and fungus on our bodies as well making pine resin a great item for your home first aid kit. Continue Reading