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Holunderbl├╝tensirup

Posted in food, homesteading

In Switzerland, syrups are not just for mixed drinks. Most Swiss households will have a bottle or two of different flavored syrups to mix with water. Flavoring water seems like a strange custom to me in a place where fresh alpine waters are so easily accessible from every tap and fountain, but thanks to this strange …

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A Plunge Into Alcoholic Alchemy

Posted in food, homesteading

I have wanted to explore the world of brewing for a long time. Not because I’m some kind of wine connoisseur, or have a large appetite for alcohol or anything, but because it always seemed like the ultimate chemistry project. Not knowing much about the process itself, I always imagined it to be a sort of …

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Fiori di Zucca Fritti

Posted in food, gardening

This year, Michael and I made a new bed in the garden. By “made a new bed” what I really mean is that we haphazardly dumped half-finished, quite stinky, “failed experiment” compost on top of a layer of cardboard arranged in the shape of a rectangle on the lawn, covered everything with a thick layer of straw, and plopped …

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Trust Issues

Posted in gardening

  Those that know me, truly know me, know that I. Don’t. Like. Chipmunks. The ones in Bar Harbor are coddled & cooed over so much that they are now ballsy enough to try to take food right off of the plate in front of me! I don’t believe in feeding a wild animal just because its …

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