Cinnamon Burls

I love these burls. One day I told my kids I was making cinnamon swirls…and they said “cinnamon burls??” and the name stuck! Look- I love a cinnamon bun as much as the next person. The problem is, they’re LOADED … Continue reading Cinnamon Burls

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Maple Syrup Snow Candy

In our family, we have cold weather traditions. This makes the winter days not quite so long. Really blizzardy day? Seven Brides for Seven Brothers! First day below -30C? Maple syrup snow candy! Most recipes I’ve seen call for a cup of maple syrup but I find for 5 kids and two adults (my niece and nephew are usually here for it), half a cup means everyone gets a treat without it being excessive or too expensive. Maple syrup ain’t cheap yo! Continue reading Maple Syrup Snow Candy

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Make Your Own Tallow Balm {Best all purpose salve and body butter EVER}

The fats in tallow are so close to the make-up of fats below the skin on our body, making Tallow Balm so nourishing and absorbable to our parched skin. In winter our hands get so chapped and dry we can’t live without it. In summer, the dirt from the garden dries out our feet and hands, often making cracks in our feet, ouch! I use Tallow Balm as a baby bum cream, for chapped cheeks, lip balm, cuts, you name it! My aunt gave up steroid cream for eczema after trying this and her hands have never been happier. I hope you enjoy our all purpose balm. Continue reading Make Your Own Tallow Balm {Best all purpose salve and body butter EVER}

Butchering Deer: The Front Quarters and Backstraps

Last year I managed to take photos of *most* of the process of butchering a deer. Butchering doesn’t include the hanging, skinning, gutting, that’s all done before and I’m usually at home with the boys while he does that. Mac has expressed interest in helping with it this coming fall which is neat as he’s always had a healthy fear of large animals, even when they’re dead. Continue reading Butchering Deer: The Front Quarters and Backstraps