The last couple of months have been a wonderful fog as we welcomed our daughter into the world in early November. She is an absolute delight and completes our small family.
As winter hits full steam, things around the homestead have quieted, but nonetheless, many of us are busy with our day jobs working in the local ski tourism industry. Mother Nature has brought a weird mix of weather, from blinding snow and unrelenting wind to several balmy days in the high 50s.
We have made progress on many of our smaller endeavors over the last few months. After curing for weeks, we are now enjoying our first batch of handmade lye soap. The idea of making soap from scratch was a bit daunting, but once Amy and I dove into the project it was as simple as following a recipe. The result was a delightful smelling batch of gardener’s soap with an exceptional lather and fresh citrus and patchouli fragrance. Read more
The ground is covered with an opaque, crunchy frost this morning for the fifth day in a row. Amy and I were able to pick the last of the apple harvest from our small orchard and have bags and bags of yellow and red apples in our basement that we are slowing processing into pie filling, applesauce, and apple butter. Amy is also trying her hand at apple cider vinegar.
The supplies for making apple cider vinegar are simple: unpasteurized apple cider, a non-reactive container (we are using a stoneware crock) and cheesecloth. Read more
For the past two years, we have gotten more apples then we know what to do with off the three apples tree that have been growing in my dad’s yard. Last year we made almost 30 gallons of apple cider that we froze and are still drinking. This year we are trying to expand out to all things apples, making apple butter, apple sauce, apple cider vinegar, and of course a few delicious apple pies. Read more