Maple syrup vs. Maple candy

Avoid these Mistakes and Get Perfect Maple Syrup Every Time

Last time we chatted, I told you just how easy it is to tap your tree… and it is! Unbelievably easy! Processing your sap into maple syrup can be easy too, BUT there are some things you need to watch out for; mistakes we made that cost us. How to Turn Your Sap in to […]

tapping your tree

Tapping Your Tree: The Free Resource You’re Missing

Imagine sitting down to breakfast on Saturday morning, and pouring some fresh, warm, maple syrup on a big ol’ pile of pancakes. Imagine eating those pancakes, and looking outside at the tree that gave you that maple syrup. The good news is, you don’t have to imagine it! Tapping your tree is literally one of […]

Fall Treats

My Top Fall Treats: Easy Ways to Please Your Family!

The best things about fall are as follows: Apple/ pumpkin picking, cozy sweaters, and yummy desserts. In that order. Sweet apple / pumpkin treats that make you feel cozy are even better! So, without further adieu, here are my top fall treats for you to try! 1. Pumpkin Oat Bread This recipe is a new […]

PF Chang's Cabbage Wraps

Super Easy PF Chang’s Recipe, With a Twist | Cabbage Wraps

Even if you’ve never had them yourself, I’m sure you’ve heard the hype about PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps. They are delicious! On Pinterest there are all kinds of takes on the recipe so I decided to add my own, with one little twist: CABBAGE!! We harvested our very first cabbage this year, and while I […]

5 Easy Ways to Reduce Waste and Increase Self Sufficiency in Your Home

These are 5 EASY ways to reduce waste and increase self sufficiency in your home (plus one bonus!). You can start them all today, and they will make a difference right away! When my husband and I began thinking about homesteading and self-sufficiency, waste reduction was honestly not on the top of my list. I […]

homemade pop tarts

4th of July Recipe: Patriotic Pop Tarts – From Scratch!

Need a quick recipe for that 4th of July brunch you’re hosting? Make these Patriotic Pop Tarts, from scratch! These pop tarts came to fruition after many many requests from my husband to make pop tarts from scratch. I was working on my most recent blog post (10 Reasons to Start Living a Self Sufficient […]

Choereg Armenian Sweet Rolls

Choereg Fail (Part 1) – Making Armenian Easter Bread

If you follow me on Instagram (@sweetgumspot), you know that I do a “From Scratch Adventure” every month; April’s adventure was an Armenian Easter bread called Choereg. My husband Mike is half Armenian, and his family makes this bread every year. My mother-in-law makes it into little rolls and even puts chocolate in the middle. […]