How we clean the beeswax before we render it for projects

Fall has arrived!  I’m loving today…enjoying the cool breeze through the windows, doing a little cleaning, baking Oatmeal Craisin White Chocolate Chip Cookies  and whipping up a batch of Creamy Butternut Squash soup (recipes coming soon!)  Ed cleaned up the garden, let our chickens roam around there a while eating bugs and tomatoes, and then he set out the honey coated… Read More

Eden’s Blackberry Raspberry Pie

This evening, exhausted from a day of canning 28 jars of Peach Vanilla Honey Jam, having a lot of family over to visit for the afternoon and for dinner, and cleaning the kitchen at least 5 times, we spent the evening picking ripe raspberries and blackberries from our gardens.  Feeling a bit “jammed out,” I decided to use the freshly… Read More

Beekeeping…How We Started

Ed and I first got interested in beekeeping in the winter of 2012.  We found a class offered by our local Beekeeper’s Club, BONS, Beekeepers of the Northern Shenandoah, and signed up for a class that began in February.  It lasted about eight weeks and consisted of one, two-hour class a week.  I was a little reluctant because I’m not… Read More

Drying Hydrangea Blossoms

I dearly love hydrangeas.  They invoke an old fashioned, timeless beauty in any garden and to me there is no other shrub that can top the loveliness of their deep green, thick leaves and their unbelievably beautiful, complicated and romantic blossoms.  Last year, we revamped our gardens on the north side of our house by pulling out old spindly shrubs… Read More