Friday, February 15

Maple Syrup Making

What I've Learned About The Process So Far
I’m back tapping maple trees this year, having enjoyed last year’s process and syrup making so much that I decided to try it again.

My previous posts, Tapping Maple Trees and Turning Maple Sap into Syrup details my first year tapping our farm's maple trees.

Here are a few things I have learned:

Spiles (tree taps)
There are many types of spiles (tree taps) you can use.  Some are made of a thinner metal, (the ones I purchase from Tractor Supply last year) and some are made of a thicker and stronger material.  Most spiles have hooks for hanging buckets, but some also have a metal lip on top to hold the bucket handle or metal sap bag holders.

Wednesday, February 6

Seed Storage Container

Easy Way To Organize Seed Storage

This is an simple way to organize and store seeds, and makes it easy to inventory the seeds you have on hand.  
I like to separate my seeds by groups or type, that way come spring I know which seeds I need to purchase and which ones I have plenty of. 

What you’ll need:

  • 1 Plastic Storage Container (shoe box size)
  • Card Stock or Index Cards
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick
  • Seed Packets

Saturday, February 2

Cookbook Scrapbook

When working full time, I needed to make folders for presentation purposes, to show clients what I could do for them.
One day the thought came to me that I could easily use the same concept for a recipe binder.
I have many recipes, some typed, some recipes hand written on index cards or scraps of paper and even recipes torn out of magazines. Retyping all of them as word documents on 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper and putting them in a binder will make it much easier to read and find!

The concept is quite basic, easy and fun to do.

What you'll need:
  • A three ring binder
  • Clear sheet protectors
  • Clear sheet protectors with tabs
  • Scrapbooking paper, magazine pages or color paper
  • Scissors and a glue stick
  • Recipes

Friday, February 1

Orange Marmalade

Since writing this post I entered my Orange Marmalade in the Ohio State Fair and won a 1st Place Blue Ribbon
and a Best of Show! I am tickled...... orange!

1st place and Best of Show Orange Marmalade

Using Leftover Holiday Oranges
I have a few oranges getting close to being "too" ripe, left over from Christmas I think.  Oranges are a tropical fruit and at one time were considered an exotic luxury for anyone not living near Florida, California, or in a Mediterranean climate.