September 17, 2014
This time of year at our house is all about brilliant orange and yellow squash from the gardens, raking leaf piles for the little ones to lose themselves in, cool evening bonfires, and crisp, juicy apples from the family orchards.Feast your eyes on this visual recap of our recent apple cider pressing, and then visit your local apple orchard to get some for yourself!
Freshly picked from the family's organic orchard"...Give me spots on my apples, but leave me the birds and the bees. Please!" - Joni Mitchell
We send the apples through a garbage disposal fashioned just for this purpose (Maybe it's cheating a bit not to grind by hand, but it's much easier on the muscles and the end result is just as good)
Crushed apples go first into a cheesecloth bag and then into our 40+ year-oldwooden cider press
And out comes the good stuff
Heating to prepare for canning
Then into quart jars for canning
Home-pressed apple cider in abundance
November 15, 2017
This is where we bring your keepsake toys to life! Our wood shop. It's the heartbeat of Smiling Tree. The place where Justin spends endless hours planning and making and dreaming.
September 28, 2017
December 30, 2016