How to use Reverse Osmosis for Maple Syrup

How to use Reverse Osmosis for Maple Syrup

Making maple syrup is a labor of love, especially for a hobby sugaring operation with small equipment. Reverse osmosis is a process that can speed up syrup production by removing a significant amount of water from the sap before you put it in your evaporator.  

How to Clean Maple Sap Buckets

How to Clean Maple Sap Buckets

Cleaning maple sap buckets after you collect sap, or in preparation for this year’s collection, is essential for food safety. Clean sap buckets ensure that you are not introducing any pathogens or bacteria into the sap that you are collecting to make maple syrup. Cleaning 

Acts of Kindness for 2020

Acts of Kindness for 2020

Looking for a kindness list that is safe for social distancing? We see a lot of lists of acts of kindness come out during the holiday season, but in 2020 there are many that don’t apply. We can’t as easily give hugs, visit a local 

How to Build a Bean Teepee

How to Build a Bean Teepee

Bean teepees are a vertical gardening option for growing pole means. These bean towers are an awesome addition to your garden for many reasons.  First, they are a great example of vertical gardening – going up with your garden can help save space and allow you 

How to Make a Borax Ant Trap

How to Make a Borax Ant Trap

A borax ant trap is a simple solution for getting rid of ants. It is easy to make and use. Many households will already have the ingredients on hand. They are also pretty cheap. You can get a whole box of Borax (which you can 

How to Upcycle a Flannel Shirt: Six Simple Sewing Projects

How to Upcycle a Flannel Shirt: Six Simple Sewing Projects

With one flannel shirt, you can make up to 6 sewing projects ranging from clothing to gifts to practical items!

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 (and why) to Build a Top-Down Fire

How (and why) to Build a Top-Down Fire

A top-down fire is a great strategy for a wood stove, fireplace, outdoor oven, or campfire. The process is just like it sounds – you build a fire with the largest pieces on the bottom and the kindling on top, instead of the other way 

How to Build a Removable Interior Storm Window

How to Build a Removable Interior Storm Window

Add these simple instructions for building removable interior storm windows (or “window insert”) to your energy efficiency checklist this winter! One of the best things you can do to improve the efficiency of your home and save costs on heating is to improve the insulation 

How to Build a Log Cutting Rack

How to Build a Log Cutting Rack

A log cutting rack makes it easy to cut firewood into log-length pieces.