Apple Blossom Jelly

| April 27, 2015

Of all the things the mighty apple tree brings us, the blossom I feel is the most rewarding. It delicately reminds us of the bountiful crop in Autumn with its lovely pink blush and sweet scented petals. I am in absolute bliss in the Spring under my apple trees. Really, what can beat a sunny […]

Freezing Bread

| July 31, 2014

Here at Sheltering Woods we make all our our own bread. From loaves to tortiallas, we make it. It may seem like a lot of work, but it really only takes a few moments of our time in the long run. The time spent mixing, kneading, rising, and baking can all be done while doing […]

Red Currant Galette

| July 8, 2014

This year is the first time we’ve had a substantial harvest of currants here at Sheltering Woods. We planted our Red Lake currant in 2011. The first season it hardly grew, the second it showed some hope, last year we got a few fruits, but this year we had masses of little red gems in […]

Getting More Out of Your Radishes

| June 29, 2014

Spring is officially over and summer is just starting to come into its own. That means a whole new season of foods are starting to ripen and our lovely spring crops are setting to seed fast. Summer’s hotter and longer days are causing our lettuce, spinach, arugula, and radishes to bolt here at Sheltering Woods. […]

Homemade Apple Pectin

| July 23, 2013

The very first time I heard about making your own pectin from naturally high pectin fruit was in middles school. My family and I had gone east to Michigan to visit relatives. On one of the days we visited we went to Greenfield Village, connected with the Henry Ford museum. The village was quite a […]

Raspberry Lemonade Meringue Pie

| July 19, 2013

In an effort to use up some of our raspberries I decided we needed to make pie. Actually, the inspiration came from my anniversary gift from Jonathan. A book by Ashley English called “A Year of Pies:A Seasonal Tour of Home Baked Pies.” I contemplated the choice of this gift, I mean it seems more […]

Eating Daylilies

| June 28, 2013

While cleaning up from the garden the other day Jonathan remarked at how beautiful the daylilies were. They’ve been blooming for just over a week now and are just starting to really take off. The later varieties are shooting up their scapes and forming a multitude of buds. Quite remarkable really. Before you read anymore […]

Homemade Fruit Leather : Strawberry

| June 20, 2013

With the surplus of strawberries this year, we need to find new ways to preserve the fruit. There’s only so much we can eat until they decide to go bad! We’ve made pie, strawberry shortcake, frozen some, canned 10 pints of jam, and now we’re ready for something new! That new way of preserving is […]

Oat and Quinoa Flour

| May 10, 2013

In the last few years there’s been a huge surge in ‘gluten free’ eating. This is due to the diagnosis of many gluten intolerance. What the reason is, I’m not really sure. I haven’t done the research, but I’m sure it’s partially due to the balance of today’s diets along with the unnatural ‘food’ that […]

Homemade Mayonnaise

| March 9, 2013

I really need to get going on posting more on my blog. My wife and I have really been changing our lifestyles over the last few years and it is something that I believe we should be proud of and should start sharing with the world. Many people are becoming more food conscious and really […]