I've had aspirations to forage for a long time. I have a copy of Edible Wild Plants that I bought sometime while I was in high school. It's one of the oldest reference books that is on my shelf, and yet I haven't used it that much. While I know that many of the plants … Continue reading Foraging Starts in Winter
The first "real" snow only came 10 days ago, but winter is already here in full force. Cold, blizzardy weather closed the local schools for 3 days and had everyone talking about the whiteout conditions. The season's snowfall total is already more than 50 inches and technically it's not even winter yet. On Sunday afternoon, … Continue reading First Snowshoe of Winter
There are two quirks of my personality that have a habit of sabotaging me this time of year. One is my natural tendency to want to hibernate as the days get colder and darker, and I've written in the past about how I struggle in the fall to keep up my positive attitude and maintain healthy … Continue reading Ax and Saw: A Project for Fall and Winter
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!
I don't think I would get outside somedays if it weren't for moving snow. I had a cold earlier this week and spent the entire day at home on the couch reading journal articles. I wasn't too sick, so in the afternoon I ventured outside for a half hour to shovel the steps and a few other … Continue reading Moving Snow
I have a tendency to stay home on weekends. I usually try to spend at least one entire weekend day at home. Sometimes I make it from Friday afternoon to Monday morning without going anywhere. This seems weird to some people and I do miss out on some weekend activities and shenanigans with my friends. But … Continue reading Weekend Hermit