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How to Make Beeswax Leather Conditioner & Shoe Polish

How to Make Beeswax Leather Conditioner & Shoe Polish

This recipe creates a beeswax balm that both conditions and polishes leather, such as boots, purses, and other items. As an avid thrift store shopper, I have seen so many pairs of perfectly good leather boots given away by their owners because of some scratches […]

How to Substitute Ground Flax Seed for Egg

How to Substitute Ground Flax Seed for Egg

There comes a time in every baker’s life when comfort baking is needed, but the egg carton is empty. In more extreme times, we may need sustenance for our family but have to conserve eggs. Or, perhaps you have a vegan friend coming to dinner. […]

How to Start Seeds Indoors – Part 4: When to Plant

How to Start Seeds Indoors – Part 4: When to Plant

Excited to start vegetable seeds indoors to get a head start on your garden? Great! But don’t plant everything at once. Each vegetable variety grows at a different rate, and has a different suggested planting time based on the date when you’ll transplant it to […]

How to Boil Sap more Efficiently

How to Boil Sap more Efficiently

Over years of experimentation with maple sugaring methods, we’ve learned a few important tips for boiling more efficiently.

How to Make Quick Berry Jam

How to Make Quick Berry Jam

Quick jam, also sometimes called refrigerator jam, is basically an easy to make jam that can be made in small batches. Quick jam can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a few weeks, or in the freezer for a few months. Because it […]

How to Start Seeds Indoors – Part 3: Planting & Caring for your Seedlings

How to Start Seeds Indoors – Part 3: Planting & Caring for your Seedlings

You’ve got all of your seed starting supplies, and you have decided what seeds you want to start inside, so now it’s time to plant your seeds. In some ways, planting seeds is as easy as soil + water + light, but there are some […]

How to Boil Sap to make Maple Syrup

How to Boil Sap to make Maple Syrup

This article is the third in a series on backyard sugaring in partnership with the Vermont Evaporator Company. We appreciate their partnership in helping us to test out the process and share with our readers! You’ve tapped your trees, and in your sugar woods is […]

How to Start Seeds Indoors: Part 2 – Choosing which Veggies to Start Inside

How to Start Seeds Indoors: Part 2 – Choosing which Veggies to Start Inside

Starting seeds indoors is an outstanding way to decrease the costs of home vegable gardening, and to get a jump start on the season. With just a few supplies to get you started, you can grow your own vegetables from seed for just a fraction […]

How to Start Seeds Indoors – Part 1: Supplies

How to Start Seeds Indoors – Part 1: Supplies

If you have a vegetable garden of any considerable size, starting seeds indoors is well worth the effort. Starting your own seeds allows you to choose from many more varieties of your favorite vegetables. Seedstarting is also less expensive, after an initial investment. You can […]

How to Collect & Store Sap for Maple Syrup

How to Collect & Store Sap for Maple Syrup

This article is part of a series on Backyard Sugaring in partnership with the Vermont Evaporator Company. Check out the first article – How to Tap a Maple Tree for Syrup – and then use this one to get you to the next step in […]