Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies – Autumn’s Favorite Cookie

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies – Autumn’s Favorite Cookie

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies I think Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies are a tad bit fussy at the baking stage but they are worth it! Preheat your oven to 325Ā°, lower than usual for cookies. And, lay a sheet of parchment paper on your cookie sheet. That’s it, the fussy part. The rest is “normal.” Pumpkin Snickerdoodles are an awesome autumn treat with a cup of hot tea, coffee or chocolate! They pack up well to take on the road because they’re soft…

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Pressure on the Trigger – Bear Hunting

Pressure on the Trigger – Bear Hunting

A Bear in My Sights We’re at the end of the bear over bait hunting season. Until last night we hadn’t seen a bear with our own eyes. We have some interesting things going on but we see these things only by camera. Steve’s site has three sows with a total of six cubs, a first. They’re sometimes in the area at the same time but not at the barrel together. They keep themselves and their cubs separated. Site two,…

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Creamy Tomato Soup Recipe – On The Fire

Creamy Tomato Soup Recipe – On The Fire

Creamy Tomato Soup Recipe After a long day of housework, bakery work, gardening and hunting, one of my favorite things to eat is a mug of Creamy Tomato Soup and a grilled cheese sandwich. This time of year there are ripe tomatoes to use up – they need to be eaten fresh, cooked into a recipe, canned or frozen. This soup recipe is simple and doesn’t require a lot of attention. You man use fresh or canned paste tomatoes (or…

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Chick Identification – New Laying Chicks

Chick Identification – New Laying Chicks

Chick Identification – New Laying Chicks These are two of the chicks we got two weeks ago and am still not positive of their breeds. I need a bit of help in the chicken identification department. What do you think? I’m guessing the darker bird is a Rhode Island Red and the lighter (younger) one is a Red Star. We have two of the darker chicks, four of the lighter, and two Barred Rocks to expand our flock.

Bear Hunting Update – Story Time

Bear Hunting Update – Story Time

Bear Hunting Update What a year. I hoped, as always, that the next bear hunting update would include a picture of me sitting with a dead bear, a photo taken moments after pulling the trigger. Moments before field dressing and heading off to the tagging station and the butcher. Sows & Cubs Sows and cubs – at all three sites. We have a small sow with twins behind the house, one with tripletsĀ  and another with twins at the first…

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When Raccoons Fight – My day started at 1:40 am

When Raccoons Fight – My day started at 1:40 am

When Raccoons Fight My day started at 1:40 am with growling, hissing, snarling and a noise so eerie it creeped me out. We’re having a problem with a bobcat hanging around. That’s unusual, they’re not normally close to the house until February of bad winters. Bobcat came to mind first as I leaped out of bed and went to the window to listen. “I think the cat got a fawn…” I yelled a couple of times, “Hey!” and temporarily silenced…

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Italian Herb Vinegar Recipe – On The Fire

Italian Herb Vinegar Recipe – On The Fire

Italian Herb Vinegar Disclaimer: I don’t always follow recipes. This recipe for Italian Herb Vinegar is great but feel free to use it as a starter if you’ve never made herbal vinegar. If you’ve got fresh herbs that go well together, mix them up to suit your tastes. Italian Herb Vinegar is a nice addition to holiday baskets or as a hostess gift. You can make the bottle look nice by dipping the neck of the bottle in melted paraffin…

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Zucchini Soup – Warm or Chilled, Delicious!

Zucchini Soup – Warm or Chilled, Delicious!

Zucchini Soup It’s still early in the summer growing season so there probably aren’t a lot of caveman-club sized zucchini hiding in the garden. We usually save the oversized zucchini for bread or soup, or to dry in the dehydrator for winter soups. Let’s make a summer soup with smaller zucchini. The texture is smoother, the flavor is better, and the seeds are tiny and tender. Let’s make my cousin Mimi’s Zucchini Soup. You can serve Zucchini Soup hot or…

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Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers (low heat option)

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers (low heat option)

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers The Jalapeno peppers started producing fast and furious all of a sudden. There are plenty in the freezer for winter (you don’t need to blanch peppers before freezing) and more dehydrated. I had some free time one afternoon so I started experimenting with cream cheese filling for Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers. Plain cream cheese is fine. It doesn’t overpower the flavor of bacon and it smooths over some of the heat of Jalapeno, but we like…

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Laying Chicks – Unexpected Additions

Laying Chicks – Unexpected Additions

Laying Chicks Oops. We went to Tractor Supply for a part and came out with laying chicks. Peeping surprised me. I didn’t know they sold chicks in late summer/early autumn. Three bins worth of chicks peeped “take us home, take us home.” One bin contained Cornish Cross that looked great. Had I known this was an option I’d have purchased them at Tractor Supply instead of online. Now I know. A second bin had a mix of yellow/orange-ish and two…

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