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Viking Blood Mead – What’s the Big Deal?

So what is Viking Blood anyway? It’s cherry mead, or cherry melomel. That’s all. This is a VERY old concept and not to be confused with Dansk Mjod “Viking Blod”, which is from the 1700’s and is hibiscus mead that is hopped and fortified with neutral spirits (yep, they do that, really). True Viking Blood Mead is from somewhere around the 1300’s, and the details […]

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What is Mead?

Easy. Mead is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented honey. Some call it honey wine, which is sort of redundant. There. That’s what mead is. We’re done here, and you can go about your business as usual. Or… are we? Bear with me here. Mead is fairly simple when viewed from the outside, but it becomes an onion or ogre as you delve deeper. It’s […]

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Companion Planting

Companion Planting is a favorite gardening technique of mine. Not only do I enjoy the benefits of growing many different varieties of plants in a small space, but I REALLY enjoy utilizing the different properties that many herbs and flowering plants (such as pest control and pollinator attraction) bring to my gardens. Here is a list of suggested companion planting pairings for specific plants. Friends […]

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Vegetable Beef Bolognese Recipe

My recipe for making Vegetable Bolognese Sauce for Pasta. (It’s a fancy way of saying MEAT sauce!)

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My MEAD is too DRY or SWEET

I’m hearing this a lot lately so I thought, “Why not do a little article on dry and sweet meads?”. Then, I started thinking about it more, and it’s become somewhat of a rabbit hole, no, a dark hole. It’s sucking up everything and shooting it into the Gamma Quadrant. This topic is larger than it would seem yet, on the surface so simple. I […]

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Noodle Soup!

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Caramel Apple Bochet

How to make Mead. The Caramel Apple Bochet. Bit more going on in this mead than usual. We have caramelized honey, regular honey, cooked apples, and spices! A bochet is a cooked honey mead. so this qualifies. Then we have the Cyser portion, which is an apple mead, so this mead can have a really really long name. We decided Caramel Apple Bochet worked best […]

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Container Gardening Vegetables for Beginners

In this companion article to our video on City Steading Garden and Grow we will talk about container gardening. The specifics on how to choose and prepare containers for your garden as well as some other helpful tips and tricks will be covered. How to choose the right container Size- In this case, yes size does matter. Most often, the bigger the better. You want […]

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Whole Wheat Bread

I make a lot of bread and pasta. As in… we haven’t bought bread or pasta in years. Personally, I feel that homemade is best made, but, I know not everyone works from home or has time to do it. You should try it every now and then though, even if you can’t do it all the time. But… most of my bread is white […]

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All these Apples….

So we ordered apples for a new mead video we’re working on. Problem is, I don’t really have the right fermenter for it. So… we ordered some and now we’re waiting (wasn’t through Amazon). While we wait, those apples are… reaching their peak and beyond if you get my drift. What to do? Well… we decided on apple pie and waiting a couple more days. […]

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