Great Apples for the Home Orchard

Great Apples for the Home Orchard {10}

I’ve been tending to my young orchard for about 8 years now, and I’m eager to share with you some of my favorite apple varieties. Sometimes it takes a tree several years to establish itself and begin to produce fruit, so I’m pretty confident the following varieties are winners both in vigor, taste and culinary(…)

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Ten Life Lessons from September

Ten Life Lessons from September {8}

Good morning friends, school’s back in session, and as part of my continuing education (and unrepentant need to show off), I’m eager to share everything I learned from summer’s most contemplative month, September. And unlike summer’s other three months, September takes its tutorials seriously. Fail to pay attention and the ruler of a less sympathetic season may just(…)

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Farm to Photo: My First Photography Show

Farm to Photo: My First Photography Show {27}

On the first Friday of each month, Vashon folk and a carload or two of intrepid off-islanders descend upon our small town to take in the latest art offerings. And this month, my friend Natalie, owner of Cafe Luna, was kind enough to grant me a wall or two in her establishment for a photography show. Was the Vashon art world abuzz?(…)

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Making Jam: How to Tell When Jam Is Set

Making Jam: How to Tell When Jam Is Set {1}

A simple “spoon test’ is indispensable when making jam. It reveals the moment when fruit and sugar become a deliciously thick jam. Related links: My Five Favorite Jam Recipes (for now) Preserving Tips: How to Thicken Jam How to Make Apple Jelly

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