What a difference a day makes! This is how the crab apple juice looked, right after we got finished setting up the fermentation. This is how they looked this morning. The photo does not do justice to how bright the colour is! When I was checking these last night, the tops were full of dense … Continue reading Hard crab apple cider: Getting clear
Today was our first attempt at making hard apple cider. We are using the remaining apples from the one crab apple tree we have that produces the most amazing, sweet, delicious little apples, after using some of them to start an apple cider vinegar. When we first moved here and saw how many crab apple … Continue reading Making hard crab apple cider; will it work?
Yesterday's high winds knocked quite a few branches down. This one would have landed on the tent, if it had still been there. We haven't figured out what to do with the tent yet (other than keep the canvas parts). You can see two of the metal pieces that broke. On the table is the … Continue reading Wind damage and salvaged apples
Last night, I procrastinated cleaning the dining room by starting the apple cider vinegar! 😀 I slightly modified the recipe I used last year, which you can find here. (Link will open in a new tab.) I started off by using one of my gallon jars to measure out apples from one of the 5 … Continue reading Making Crab apple cider vinegar: airlock or cheese cloth?
Oh, my goodness, what a day! Also, I owe my daughter a new tent. !!! Today was the day we were planning on having an outdoor family gathering to celebrate 3 birthdays and an anniversary. I'd been keeping a close eye on the weather radar, and aside from one bit of rain that sidled past … Continue reading Frazzled
Last night, I finally had a chance to clean up and move out the temporary fire pit I'd set up to burn things that wouldn't fit in the burn barrel. It was too dark for photos at the time, so I went back this morning. This is where it had been sitting, and you can … Continue reading Temporary fire pit, finally moved!
Last year, we made apple cider vinegar using the bright red apples from just one tree. The result was a delicious, delicately pink cider vinegar, and we were looking forward to making it again. There was just one problem. The instructions we followed said to put the jar in a dark place, so we tucked … Continue reading Prepping a cap for an airlock – using the tools at hand
There are areas around the house that we do and do not allow the cats. For example, they are not allowed on the kitchen counter the sink it in, nor where counters were food is prepared, but there is one small counter by the window they are allowed on, so they can sit and look … Continue reading Scene of the cat crime
Looking at the weather forecasts, it's looking more and more like our planned outdoor gathering with family to celebrate multiple birthdays and anniversaries is going to be an indoor celebration! So today, I focused on tidying up the Old Kitchen a bit more, so my mother, at least, can sit in it comfortably. Between the … Continue reading Clean up: progress on the old wood cookstove
Today turned out to be actually chilly, for a change. Also, a bit on the damp side, with the odd bit of rain here and there. Which made it the perfect day to FINALLY get a burn done. I set this ring up last year, so we could burn away the scrap and rotted wood … Continue reading Finally doing a burn, and getting cuddles for my efforts