I love supporting local families who produce maple syrup, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy tapping the two black maple trees in our yard. We’re lucky if we get a gallon of syrup, but it’s our syrup. We’re the type of people who get joy from sitting down to a meal where there’s something on our plate that we produced ourselves from our quarter acre lot. Continue Reading
The Ultimate Guide to Growing, Preserving, and Using Herbs
I have to admit, I’m a sucker for a beautiful book. And The Homesteader’s Herbal Companion does not disappoint. While beauty will certainly get me to pick up a book, the contents must be just as attractive and interesting. Author Amy K. Fewell has done a great job of delivering the whole package.
It’s not often that I accept a guest post, but I’m delighted that Kelsey Steffen said yes when I asked her to write a guest post on the benefits of sourdough and talk about her eBook, Everyday Sourdough: Easy Recipes for the Everyday Baker.
I’m a huge fan of sourdough, so it may surprise you that I have no other posts on my site about the topic. Because my husband and I only eat about 2 loafs of bread a month, I’ve never felt that it was worth my while to bake my own. We’re blessed to know an amazing baker and barter bread for garden produce!
I wholeheartedly agree with Kelsey about the benefits of baking with sourdough. I particularly have trouble with yeast breads, but do perfectly fine with sourdough. Kelsey explains why in her post below.
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
Over the years, we’ve renovated most of our cottage, inside and out. We have an enclosed front porch where we have a table and chairs for dining and a bed for lazy afternoon naps. The floor has been in terrible condition and the goal has been to replace it. But, the funds have not been available, and after fourteen years, we finally decided to paint the floor plaid.Continue Reading
In our early years of gardening, we were able to eat fresh from our garden all during harvest season. Sure, there were often extra tomatoes to can, or broccoli to freeze, and even enough carrots to over-winter in the garden. The size of our garden has increased exponentially over the years and the goal now is to eat vegetables from our garden all year long. Yes, even fresh vegetables. Storing vegetables properly is essential.Continue Reading