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Fall deliciousness & Blueberries for Sal

Fall ushers in deliciousness. And fall always reminds me of a classic children’s book every homesteader needs to read to every child in their life.


Heirloom pumpkin treasures draped over our garden fence mean homemade pumpkin bread. (See this post for my family’s favorite pumpkin bread recipe.)

Just-picked apples are a downpayment on fresh apple cider.

Marked maple trees on our New England farm promise yummy possibilities of winter syrup.


picking apples

marking maples for syrup


I’ve written plenty about our experiences tapping maple trees (okay, mistakes and all we’ve learned from them). This post breaks down all the steps you’ll need to know if you’re ever interested in making backyard maple syrup.

And this one will inspire you to consider a simple little step toward healthier living–> Should You Consider Swapping Out Sugar for Maple Syrup?



While our apple harvest was tiny this year, due to our bad summer drought, some yummy cider is in the works. I’ll be sure to share our recipe in a future post.

So, yes, fall has settled in, in delicious ways, and winter is on her coattails.

But before I start working on the yummy posts that are on my mind and in my kitchen, I wanted to share with you the 10-page printable and complete unit study I just released today on Proverbial Homemaker. I started writing it as soon as Tauna asked if I’d like to share my thoughts on one of my favorite children’s books of all time, one that recalls sweet tastes of summer.

When my teen homesteader was a toddler, I had no inkling that the little one with bouncy blond locks and a deep fascination for Blueberries for Sal, by Robert McCloskey, would one day traipse a New England mountainside to fill her own pail with juicy blueberries that she planned to can for winter.

But she does. She and I pick for hours, with no signs of bears, only our content pooches running beside us and nestling in the coolness of the bushes. Back home, we can the deliciousness.

Blueberries for Sal

Blueberries for Sal

Blueberries for Sal

We will enjoy the sweet wild blueberries on a cold winter’s day when the sap is running, the winter wind is whistling, and our memories are crisp… Memories of the warm kaplink, kaplank, kaplunk of the blueberries dropping in our pails… Memories of the sweet times we curled up and read of Sal’s adventures oh-so-long ago… Memories. Delicious every one. Every last kaplink, kaplank, kaplunk.

Take a second to follow along here on SoulyRested for yummy recipes for every season.

Please glance at my post today on Proverbial Homemaker. I truly hope you enjoy that free resource. What are some of your family’s favorite picture books?

Many readers often ask what camera I use to take the images you find here on SoulyRested. I love my Nikon; you can read more about my camera and even purchase your own here.

Glance at my Resource Page if you’d like to get a glimpse of all the supplies I use and recommend for everything from gardening, to homeschooling, to chicken care, to nature journaling, to maple syrup making.

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6 Comment

  1. What a beautifully written post. The photos are fantastic. I love this book and am so happy to see it being used again. Sharing and pinning for later!

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