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visual comparison of Sept and Dec

Elderberry Liquer

I felt the urge to forage when elderberries were ripe.. You may have seen my photograph earlier this year. Inspired by this recipe, I decided to try my hand at elderberry liquer. Here’s how I did it. Dress in black. I like my clothes, without stains. Gather your supplies. I have my elderberry tincture, a…

Mulberry syrup revisited

I decided to make our year’s supply of mulberry syrup with the chinois this year. I started with some berry picking: I used the chinois for juicing this year. I ended up with some seeds going through the holes, but I feel that the chinois gave better results than a squeezing…

Busy as a bee this summer

In addition to working a day job and maintaining standards at home, like a home-cooked dinner and swept floors and clean toilet bowls (all quite mundane), I have had a few adventures this year. We went to Iowa’s first state park, Backbone. I’d wanted to visit for years because it was highly recommended. Several…