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Mulled Apple Cider

  Mulled Apple Cider If you were on social media this week you may have seen that I made my first batch of Mulled Cider for the season. It may still be 90 degrees and humid here, but I am thinking fall. Mulled cider is very simple, and you might have all the ingredients around your house. It is steeped apple cider with spices and citrus. It is the perfect drink after a cold day outside and can be made alcoholic with adding your favorite Carmel liquor, yum! Here is the recipe: 8 cups of apple cider 1 orange thinly sliced 2 cinnamon sticks 2 whole star anise 1 teaspoon whole allspice berries 1 teaspoon of whole cloves Directions: In...

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Wafler Nursery and Farms: A Brief Overview

Wafler Farms is a third-generation apple orchard and fruit tree nursery. Started by Fritz and Lois Wafler in 1960 the farm has grown and expanded through the generations to what it is today. Fritz immigrated from Switzerland looking for an area to start a farm. After traveling in Canada and the US, he met and married his wife Lois. After visiting the Sodus Bay area they found a farm and began rebuilding it to suit their needs. After spending his winters reading about fruit tree production at the Cornell University Library, Fritz decided to start budding his own apple trees. Neighboring farms saw the benefits of getting locally grown tree stock, and soon Wafler Nursery was born. The nursery has...

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Skipper's Landing a Sodus Bay Staple

This week I wanted to highlight a Sodus Bay staple. Skipper’s Landing has been owned and run by the Dean family since 1984. For over 30 years the business has been a family affair. You can walk in on any given day and see Eric behind the bar and Lisa escorting guests to their bay view dinner table, among other Dean family members in and out of the kitchen. Skipper’s has a little bit of everything for the perfect day on the water. First off, you can come by water or by land. Across the street from the restaurant is a spacious parking lot on a very low traffic road.  Skipper’s also has its’ own set of docks for boats...

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My Five Favorite Perennials in Zone 6a

 Perennials are a great investment for your garden and landscape because they will continue to come back year after year and produce more blooms. Barn Blooms is located right along Lake Ontario, so we are in warm climate (zone 6a) the farther away from the lake you go the lower the zone. Before purchasing any perennials or plants for your home always check what zone the plant is hardy to. 1. Rudbeckia  Also known as Black Eyed Susan this flower will produce blooms all summer for you. This plant comes in a variety of colors and flower sizes. If you chose to cut the flowers, make sure to cut low in the plant so the return bloom has nice long...

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Famous Food Nanny Bread!

Nothing beats homemade bread. Once you have tried it you will never go back to store made bread. There is just something about taking a piece of warm bread right out of the oven and sitting down to enjoy it with your family. This week I tried a new recipe from Liz at The Food Nanny. She is a hoot to follow on Instagram, and her message is about cooking and baking to bring the family back together. We live in a fast paced society, and her message really resonates with me. So today I thought I would share her famous bread recipe with you. She uses a kamut flour, which is optional. I made the bread with regular bread...

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