Apple Cider, racked to secondary to clarify before bottling.

Apple Pie Cyser

I first pub­lished  this in early 2013, and it’s been one of my most pop­u­lar recipes. Since we’re mov­ing into fall when cool weather and the hol­i­days make us think of apples and cider, I’m repub­lish­ing for my newer read­ers. Enjoy!

European Recipe White Bread

Daily Bread Made Easy

There is noth­ing bet­ter than freshly-baked bread — espe­cially bread from your own oven. If you’re will­ing to forgo the con­ve­nience of grab­bing a loaf of cheap bread at the store or pay­ing extra for “arti­san bread” from a spe­cialty shop, you’ll find that mak­ing your own bread isn’t that hard — and is very […]


Bottling Wine and Happy Accidents

The Win­ter 2015 batch of Apple Pie Cyser has been bot­tled and is now mov­ing into his­tory.  Unlike 2013 and 2014, there were some unex­pected… events… that affected the final prod­uct. It seemed like a good oppor­tu­nity to talk about adjust­ments I made to the recipe, and a goof that turned out really well. So […]


How to Recycle Wine Bottles

A great way to sim­plify life is to recy­cle in ways that go beyond sep­a­rat­ing your paper, plas­tic, and alu­minum so the city can haul it off where they only recy­cle a small per­cent­age of what they take away. By get­ting more than one use from a prod­uct you’ve paid hard-earned money for, you’re reducing […]

"Live Simple" by Katie Brady (Creative Commons)

Four Rules for Living Simply

I’m not much for mak­ing New Year’s Res­o­lu­tions. They’re too eas­ily for­got­ten or set aside. Why? Often, they’re wishes based on unre­al­is­tic expec­ta­tions, some­thing we know we need to do but have no inten­tion of doing. I use the Christ­mas Sea­son — if you’re not famil­iar with the Chris­t­ian tra­di­tion, it’s 12 days, always end­ing on 6th […]