Maple Chocolate Chip Cookies, Version 1

What to do with one gallon of maple syrup? Well maple chocolate chip cookies comes to mind.

Maple Chocolate Chip Cookies
Maple Chocolate Chip Cookies


It’s early February and the maple sap will be flowing before we know it. Tap the tree, collect the sap, and boil it down to syrup. Sounds easy enough, right? We’ll be tapping a maple tree or two soon, but for now we need to figure out what to do with the one gallon of maple syrup we have left from last year. It’s not from our trees, but it is pure New York State maple syrup.

So anyway I’m sitting here working on categorizing the thousands of photos I have, thinking about tapping those trees, and munching on a chocolate chip cookie when Read more

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

An incredibly tasty roasted butternut squash soup

roasted butternut squash
Delicious and easy to make


At Clean Slate Farm we grow the Waltham variety of butternut squash, an heirloom variety that produces a lot of squash on each plant. If you have a four person family two plants would do just fine but for the two of us one plant provides all the squash we need, one plant giving us up to twelve big squash. Read more

Farewell, Mr. Bird, our love bird

It is so quiet in here.

Mr. Bird


Mr. Bird, the last of our two love birds, died last night. He was 15 years old, maybe older. He was a peach-faced turquoise. They are commonly from Namibia. Western Africa and were orphans from the CNYSPCA when we adopted them.

As a pet friend, Mr. Bird was the most entertaining little guy. He could be totally quiet all day long and as soon as Read more