As I dig deeper into the subject of how nature benefits human performance and well being, I am constantly amazed at how much evidence is available. I feel like I'll never be able to learn even a fraction of what we know—and that doesn't even account for all the things we do not yet know. This post … Continue reading How Natural Light Helps You Sleep Better
We moved to our house just a little more than 8 years ago. That's a long time to get to know a place, but I'm still amazed at how much I don't know. I'm not proud of it, but it took me six years to have the bright idea to walk around our property (less than … Continue reading Mystery Solved: I Found My Watershed
I am excited that the most recent episode of The Big Bang Theory (s. 9, ep. 20) highlighted some science about the health benefits of spending time in nature. It starts off with Sheldon wearing a virtual reality headset to spend time in a fabricated nature in order to get the brain-boosting benefits and hesitant to go … Continue reading Experience Real, Not Virtual, Nature
It took me years to read Walden—years to actually open the book after buying it and setting it on the shelf, and then more years to actually read it from front to back. The book starts in spring, near the end of March when Thoreau starts to clear the area for his cabin, and ends a little … Continue reading Spring Starts a New Year
Have you been making maple syrup? Reward yourself for all that hard work by making these delicious maple cookies. It's my favorite cookie recipe! Maple Leaves 3 c flour 1/4 t salt 1 c butter 3/4 sugar 1/2 c maple syrup 1 egg yolk 1/4 t vanilla Shorthand instructions: Cream sugar and butter. Add maple … Continue reading Make Maple Cookies
Now that you’ve tapped your trees and collected sap, it’s time to make syrup! The General Process Boiling sap down to syrup sounds pretty easy—and it is—but there are a few things to be ready for in advance. First, it takes a lot of sap to make syrup. An average yield is about 40 gallons … Continue reading Make Maple Syrup (Part 3): The Boil
As the days creep toward days above freezing, it’s time to tap trees and start collecting maple sap. In the previous post, you lined up the supplies that you’ll need: spiles, a cordless drill, a bit, containers, and a few other things. Find the Trees Of course, you’ll start by finding trees to tap. While … Continue reading Make Maple Syrup (Part 2): Tap Trees
Making maple syrup is the perfect activity to say “goodbye” to winter and welcome the muddy, messy of year that let’s us know that spring is here. This four-part series will cover what you need to know to get started making maple syrup. How it Works Maple syrup is concentrated from tree sap, which contains … Continue reading Make Maple Syrup (Part 1): Get Ready!