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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hokkaido Blue Squash – A Tasty Sapphire

| September 3, 2012

The Amazing Hokkaido Blue Squash Of all the plants that we grew this year, I think my favorite has been the Hokkaido Blue Squash. In fact, growing this delicious squash has solidified in my mind, my favorite type of vegetable to grow – winter squash (of any variety). There is something magical about a winter […]

Preserving Sugar Pumpkin

| August 28, 2012

This year we planted 4 sugar pumpkin plants and got several pumpkins on each vine, despite the problems we had with the heat and bugs. It’s always exciting when you see a female flower form, and then start to produce a pumpkin! Its even more exciting when you pollinate the flower yourself, since the flower […]

Homemade Wild Plum Preserves

| August 20, 2012

This past weekend, my wife and I were hauling some wood to the back of our property when we made a remarkable discovery. The back of our land has a stand of trees on it, along with a bunch of junk that we need to get rid of. We were unloading our wood, when my […]