Before we moved to our New England farmhouse, which was built around 1800, I had never even considered the history of the lilac bush. Once I discovered the beautiful antique blooms in so many corners of our homestead, I was inquisitive to know if these fragrant trees had possibly been planted here long ago. DISCLOSURE: Do […]
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.