Maple-Sweetened Peanut Butter Balls Recipe

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Peanut butter covered in chocolate is one of life’s fine pleasures. And when that peanut butter is mixed with the earthy, smokey, sweet flavor of maple sugar, it’s pretty darn incredible. These maple peanut butter chocolate candies are actually modeled after one of my old favorite holiday treats, the glorious Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg (why are […]

Homestead Monthly: Feb + March {maple syrup, apple pruning, and homestead expansion}

Feb March Homestead Monthly

In the last week or so the weather has turned decent, and just like that it feels like we’re off to the races! I’m not sure which I like better, spring or fall- but I am definitely looking forward to this season of progress on the homestead! Fruit Tree Pruning and Maintenance We spent a lot […]

Roasted Maple Seeds

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Roasted what?! Maple trees already provide us with pretty much the greatest substance ever created– could their seeds taste phenomenal too? While they don’t taste exactly like maple syrup, they are nutty and abundant and best of all: free. We have two big beautiful Autumn Blaze Maples in our yard, one right next to our […]

The Homestead Monthly: February & March

Homestead Monthly Feb March

Quinn, Quinny, Quinny-Winny We’ve had our dog for a good 4 months now, and he has no shortage of nicknames! He loves going for walks around our 19 acres with Karl on his super-long leash. He pounces in the snow and in the tufts of grass, nose down and hunting the whole time, having the time of his life […]

Small Batch Maple Syrup-Making: You Only Need 1 Tree!

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This is our 4th year tapping trees and making our own maple syrup. And I’ll tell you a secret: the most trees we’ve ever, ever tapped is 4! And this year we only tapped 2! When there is still snow on the ground and it is too cold to do most other outdoor projects around the homestead, maple […]

Raspberry Maple Butter Sauce… for Pancakes, Waffles, and Ice cream!

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(paleo-friendly, vegetarian, grain-free, gluten-free) Maple butter sauce is pretty much what it sounds like… maple syrup and butter married together to form something greater than themselves. Smooth, sweet, buttery warm maple syrup. And adding a touch of raspberry makes it near impossible to not eat by the spoonful! We make our own maple syrup every […]

2014 Maple Syruping Update

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Yesterday was “the first day of spring.” So they say…. This will be the fourth year we have harvested sap to make into maple syrup. Like gardening or farming, maple syruping ends up being a (sometimes cruel) game you have to play with Mother Nature. Unpredictable is the name of the game. And this year she […]