Yesterday Bill mumbled that he hates our old farmhouse. Yes, my husband used the words “hate” and “farmhouse” in the same sentence.
This week on the homestead there is fall foliage starting to turn yellows, oranges, and reds; black-gold compost being spread; apples and pumpkins being picked; and paper plate candy corn being hung. Let me explain… We wanted a fun activity for our small town’s Harvest Party. When we threw together the easiest, cutest garland that […]
All right, you know this… You know I’m obsessed with maple-flavored everything. But maple syrup on a salad? Even I was hesitant. (But you shouldn’t hesitate to keep scrolling… for a really special treat… Because I’ve included links below to full recipes for a complete harvest meal!) There I was, enjoying Parents’ Weekend at my daughter’s college […]
As shorter, cooler days usher in the next season, my thoughts are turning to making maple sugar. While I can’t deny her beauty under the hands of crisp New Hampshire September nights, I have greeted Autumn hesitantly ever since our family moved to New England three years ago. I hate saying goodbye to the most […]
I’m excited today to give you a glimpse into my DIY garden trellis idea that my daughters and I hatched many springs ago. We needed a good trellis but had zero money to go buy one. Who am I kidding? Even if I had hundreds to invest in a trellis, I would have preferred THIS […]
Here I am again–gripping onto the last days of summer with white knuckled determination. Moms of college freshman know this pain. As do lovers of all things green, growing, and garden. Thankfully, this one little gardening tip I discovered offers me triple joy. . . (And don’t miss the links near the end for a totally […]
So, yeah, there are basic things every new cow owner should know. Here’s where I bow my head in shame and admit I didn’t know them all. In my last post I explained the most embarrassing thing possible that I didn’t know about our new cow. The other one, which I’m gonna share today, isn’t […]
So I’ve never tried to hide the fact that I’m still pretty much a failure at this homesteading thing, in some way, every day. But this week I made it very obvious to tens of thousands of readers that I don’t know basic things that every cow owner should know…
The older I get, the more I bake, and the more I experiment with grandmom’s cast iron recipes, the more I’m realizing that the secret to amazing baking is simply going back to the way Grandmom baked. And boy, let me tell you, grandmom gave the perfect name to my favorite of all of her recipes: Melt-in-Your-Mouth […]
I’m a New England homesteader and the author of Sweet Maple: How to make maple products & bake with them. Naturally. (In print this fall.) I’m a wife to my high school sweetheart, mom to four daughters, and ardent fan of all things maple-flavored. I’m blessed to live in an old farmhouse, by a mountain lake, on acres of stone walls and sugar maples. The floorboards creak, the barn roof sags, and the rocky land seems unforgiving. Yet it is perfect. Because here our family has started living a more sustainable life, focused on simple joys.