Apple season is upon us, and a few years ago Dave and I tried apple pressing for the first time, using a press we borrowed from a friend. We quickly came to enjoy not only the taste of freshly pressed cider, but also the process of making it, so we bought our own apple crusher and press — and the rest is history!

Since there’s nothing like seeing it first-hand, this weekend we put together a little video summarizing the process from start to finish. Hope you enjoy it!

I’m often surprised when I mention our mason bees to friends and family members, and they look at me blankly and ask, “What are mason bees?”

Unlike honeybees, mason bees don’t produce honey, and they rarely sting.* But they are amazing pollinators, making them an important part of our ecosystem.

Exploring our creative sides with monthly arts and crafts subscriptions

A few weeks into the stay-at-home order, I realized I was going to need other forms of entertainment beyond TV and reading. Like many people, we now have regular virtual dinner parties, game nights and happy hours. …

Barbara Roos

Homesteader, traveler & foodie

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