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10 Tips for Better Homemade Cider

One of my most popular posts ever has been my tutorial on Making Hard Cider From Whole Apples (without a press). I love that so many people are giving it a try– it’s so much fun! Now that it’s apple season again, I thought it would be great to provide some more information on making […]

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Homebrewing

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Fermented Rosehip Soda

It’s a great time of year to collect rosehips.  They are all over the place here in England, where my family is living at the moment.  Rosehips are popular wild sources of vitamin C, have numerous herbal benefits, and they have a really nice flavor. The problem is that they can be a bit hard […]

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Homebrewing

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What to Do With Elderberries

This seems to be the year of Elderberry Madness– we have a huge crop over here, and so many people are becoming more attuned to their environments, finding their local elderberries, and wanting to use them.  So I thought it would be fun to share a bunch of ideas about what to do with elderberries– […]

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Foraging

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Making Pontack Sauce (Elderberry Ketchup)

It has been an extraordinary year for elderberries here in England! I have a big batch of Elderberry Wine brewing, I’ve made an Elderberry Soda, Elderberry Winter Tonic, and now also a traditional English condiment– Pontack Sauce, aka Elderberry Ketchup. What I love about this sauce is that it doesn’t have any added sugar, it […]

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Condiments & Sauces

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Top 10 Things to Forage in Autumn

Today I’m excited to share a great guest post from a local foraging expert. I have been enjoying following Matt’s instagram feed, and love that I can tag him in a picture and ask for his help in identifying a plant or fungus while out foraging. This is a wonderful time of year to get […]

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Foraging

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Quick & Easy Plum Wine

If you could describe the essence of this summer for you, what would it look like?  For me this year, it’s drinking plum wine at the beach. We picked some wild plums last month, and quickly turned them into an easy wine.  And on every sunny evening available to us, we have been packing up […]

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Homebrewing

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A Sunday Ramble in Pin Mill

One of my favorite things about living in England is the ease of finding interesting, natural places to visit– and with great walking paths built in.  A place that my family goes back to again and again is Pin Mill.  Pin Mill is a hamlet on the banks of the River Orr, and has a […]

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