Harvesting Wild Bread Yeast from the Top of a Mountain

Bread is just one of those things, isn’t it?  The more you learn, the better it can be.  Go from a factory produced white bread peanut butter and jelly sandwich to an authentic french baguette with some brie and your world view changes dramatically.  Take the leap from letting a bread machine and store bought yeast create your bread for you to feeding and caring for a sourdough culture, then handling the supple dough with your palms and fingers, and now the bread has a story to tell.   Continue reading “Harvesting Wild Bread Yeast from the Top of a Mountain”

5 Best Things to Buy At Early Season Farmers’ Markets

The leaves are green! The birds are singing! The sun is bright and warm!  Spring is shifting to summer and that means the farmers are coming out of the woodwork to share their goods at your local farmers’ markets!  But hang on, tomatoes won’t be ready for weeks, what on earth is there to actually buy at these first markets, anyway?  Continue reading “5 Best Things to Buy At Early Season Farmers’ Markets”

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One moment from the week, inspired by Soulemama.com I you are interested in joining us with a picture from your week, post in the comments!

DIY Deer Antler Wall Mount made with Birch Log

DIY Deer Antler Mount You Can Make From a Scrap Log [instructions]

I’ve been pondering a way to mount a pair of deer antlers I found while shed hunting, having had great success with the DIY Deer Antler Guitar Wall Mount project.  It wasn’t until I was splitting some firewood that I found an idea that I loved.  I was working through a few birch trees I’d cut in the fall , and realized how much I really enjoy that tree.   Continue reading “DIY Deer Antler Mount You Can Make From a Scrap Log [instructions]”

Bread baked with maple sap

3 Ways to Use Maple Sap Other Than Boiling Into Maple Syrup

We were ambitious this year and tapped double the maple trees we tapped last year.  Now we find ourselves with a year’s supply of syrup already and limited energy remaining to keep up the effort of evaporating the many remaining gallons of sap.  To prevent the sap from just going to waste, we’ve come up with and tried out several ideas to use sap and make the most of our flowing bounty.  Continue reading “3 Ways to Use Maple Sap Other Than Boiling Into Maple Syrup”

Shed Antler Hunting

You know deer and moose lose their antlers every winter, right?  I’ve known this for a while but until last year it never occurred to me that these antlers don’t just disappear.  Once I discovered “shed hunting” (cool way to say “finding antlers in the woods”), I was hooked.  As the snow starts to melt in the coming weeks and months, you might want to take a walk in the woods to see if you can find these beautiful natural treasures.

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