Since I’ve owned Wildlands (2004), I’ve been working to improve the yard’s soil composition. The first year, I was frustrated when I hit hardpan clay at 2 inches in most places and 4 inches in a few places. The first several years, I didn’t see a single earthworm while working the front yard and broke … Continue reading Yeah, that wasn’t crazy, or anything
Four years ago, a friend and I followed this recipe for aged eggnog. We made our batch at Thanksgiving. On Christmas night, we served it to friends and loved ones who commented that it was ‘good but too boozy.’ The next year, we made it a few weeks earlier and noted that it had mellowed … Continue reading Wildlands’ Aged & Boozy Eggnog
I’ve been experimenting with GF baking for a few years now. I tend to lean towards almond flour as a base with other GF flours mixed in. I’ve found mixing the different flours produces a better texture. However, I’ve made this recipe from King Arthur’s flour a few times now and wanted to share. The only … Continue reading Gluten Free Coconut Cupcakes
For Christmas gifts this year, I made a suite of homemade body products. I’ll be blogging about some of them in the near future, but the one I’d love to share first is my homemade “ouch ointment.” I researched recipes on the web, poured over my herbal medicine books, and then made three subsequent batches, … Continue reading Wildlands’ “Ouch Ointment” – Homemade Salve for burns, cuts, and scrapes
A few years ago a friend gifted me this lovely old dresser. His wife had stripped it of its many layers of paint, but then had lost interest in the project. It had all of its original steel casters and tin lock hole covers (albeit both were covered in many layers of paint). The dresser … Continue reading Latest Wildlands Rehab Project
Last night, I harvested the ‘tamed’ wild grapes from the front fence and netted over 10 gallons of grapes. I noticed some grapes had dried on the vine. I tasted a few and was happily surprised to find they have the flavor and consistency of dried currants. As I began separating the grapes from the … Continue reading EASY DIY solar dehydrator
Thanks everyone who shared on social media and/or voted for the photo. The total amount raised from Sully and Sky’s photo (including the $700 prize money) is $1,860 dollars. With my donation of prize money back to the shelter along with at least one other category winner’s pledge to do the same, the amount raised … Continue reading We did it!