Author Archives: taidinnan

Spring in the Back Yard

Spring has finally sprung in Vermont!  We had a beautiful warm weekend to spend in the yard discovering signs of spring and cleaning up remnants of fall and winter.  Plants and animals are emerging after a long cold winter.

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Make your own Butter

We love good butter in our household.  We’ve believed in the benefits of eating butter from grass-fed cows for some time, and now the mainstream media is now slowly catching on.  Both NPR and The New York Times reported on … Continue reading

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Spring Projects with Kids

It’s still pretty white around here.  With warming temperatures come the wet and muddy conditions that define Vermont’s mud season.  Here are some things we’re doing to remind us that the flowers and fresh green leaves of spring will be coming … Continue reading

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Nourishing Chili and Cornbread

Though the sun does seem to be getting warmer and days are certainly longer, it’s been unseasonably cold this spring.  There’s nothing like chili and cornbread to bring some heat and comfort to a cold raw week.  The recipes below include … Continue reading

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Is it Spring yet?

I’ll admit it: I loved getting one more big snow storm before spring.  And it transformed into great packing snow, allowing us to build forts and snow creatures when temperatures rose above freezing.  What a lot of building material we … Continue reading

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Maple Sugaring from Scratch: Sumac Spiles

Last year I had a lot of fun experimenting with maple sap in the kitchen.  We made sap tea, sap beer, sap poached sweet potatoes, sap soda, and maple baked beans… mmm!  I had borrowed buckets and spiles from neighbors … Continue reading

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Marmalade Season

It’s getting to be the end of citrus season, so I made a point of fitting a marmalade canning session into my February vacation schedule.  My dad’s family has been making marmalade since the 50s, as proven by the old … Continue reading

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No-Knead Crusty “Artisan” Bread

I don’t eat much bread and consider myself more of a cook than a baker, so I’ve left baking duties to my dad for the past few years.  Yesterday was a cold grey day.  I was craving a kitchen project … Continue reading

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Summer Planning: Sign up for Camp!

There are signs around our house that we are coming to the end of winter: garden seeds have arrived in the mail, days are getting longer, and summer camp brochures are printed and on the counter.  My summer programming schedule … Continue reading

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Winter Exploration

Two weeks ago we had the rare chance to skate across Lake Champlain on black ice.  Sub-zero temperatures and a lack of precipitation were not so fun for those of us who love playing in the snow, but they were … Continue reading

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