Pickled Fiddleheads Recipe – Foraging in Spring

Pickled Fiddleheads Recipe – Foraging in Spring

Pickled Fiddleheads Recipe Fiddleheads are the first wild plant food we forage each year. They break through the duff in wet spots along river and stream banks.

Hummingbirds & Apple Blossoms

Hummingbirds & Apple Blossoms

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds & Apple Blossoms I’m working on an entry about covering the high tunnel. Yes! It’s covered! The photos have been taken and resized. I’ve even uploaded them. Until that’s ready, enjoy a couple of ruby-throated hummingbirds (Archilochus colubrisat) apple blossoms. These little tornadoes are taking on every bird that comes to the feeding station. There are three females this year, up from the usual two. I’m not sure how many males are here because they’re too busy trying…

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Oyster Mushroom Recipe – With Sage and Garlic

Oyster Mushroom Recipe – With Sage and Garlic

Oyster Mushroom Recipe Oyster mushrooms are one of the first mushrooms we pick. Steve can spot them 15 feet up a birch tree when he’s driving 50 mph down Route 6. I’m not that good. I’m usually too busy bobble-heading for wildlife and anything else I can find. I forget about the mushrooms. Such is life. I’m better at finding them when I’m on foot, and then I bring home enough to make this oyster mushroom recipe. Fresh mushrooms, butter,…

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Good Morning Mrs. Moose

Good Morning Mrs. Moose

Good Morning, Ms. Moose Good morning, Ms. Moose. Thanks for strolling through. It’s good to see you looking ever so pregnant and healthy. Ava started woofing her “there’s something here” woof early this morning. We haven’t seen signs of a bear yet but that’s what I was hoping for. I followed Ave though the backyard, to the high tunnel, to the woods, to the food plot where I pulled the camera cards, and back to the edge of the woods….

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Dandelion Greens Salad Recipe

Dandelion Greens Salad Recipe

Dandelion Greens Salad Recipe Today, my all-time favorite dandelion greens salad! I love this recipe. Not a fan of dandelion greens? Give me a chance. Follow my tips for harvesting the greens and how to prepare them and you might just change your mind. If you’re on the fence about dandelion greens you can use one-half cup of greens and a half-cup of another green such as baby spinach or Swiss chard. If you’d like to change it up a…

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Leucistic White-Throated Sparrow

Leucistic White-Throated Sparrow

Leucistic White-Throated Sparrow A puffy white face caught my attention early Monday morning. I couldn’t get a good look at the bird through the branches of the hydrangea tree in the few seconds before it disappeared. It took until from Monday to Thursday to get a good look and determine that the bird is a leucistic white-throated sparrow. This morning, now that he’s comfortable being here, I was able to stand on the sun porch and take a few photos…

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Peter O’Neil Brook – May 7, 2017

Peter O’Neil Brook – May 7, 2017

Peter O’Neil Brook I took a walk to Peter O’Neil Brook today. The water is rushing but we didn’t get the four to five inches of rain predicted. The brook isn’t full. Two inches of rain wasn’t a problem. The sun is in and out today, a nice surprise. Any time the sun is out between now and May 18, according to the current forecast, will be a surprise. Life on the homestead is still quiet because of the weatherso…

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Coleslaw Recipe – 10 Ways to Change Up the Basic Recipe

Coleslaw Recipe – 10 Ways to Change Up the Basic Recipe

Coleslaw Recipe What’s a picnic without coleslaw! I think of this coleslaw recipe in the spring and summer, and then again in the fall and winter. This really is an all-season side dish that suits a lot of meals. This spring we’re packing this in the cooler to take with us when we’re picnicking on the bank of a stream we’ve been fly fishing, and while we’re scouting for turkeys as the season is about to open. It’s always a…

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Bison – Yearlings, Sparring & Hey, Don’t Get Too Close

Bison – Yearlings, Sparring & Hey, Don’t Get Too Close

Bison Steve and I went out last night for our second Woodcock Singing Ground Survey of theĀ  year. We ran the Danforth survey and when in Danforth, I want to see the red stag and bison. Seeing the bison is a rare thing, it’s happened only twice. We’ve been out past the farm that raises these animals dozens of times and until last night, the bison were near the road only once. “The smaller red stag are over here,” I…

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Ham Salad – Basic Recipe & Ways to Mix it Up

Ham Salad – Basic Recipe & Ways to Mix it Up

Ham Salad Cooking a huge Rosemary Mustard Crusted ham for two people on Easter weekend gave us a lot of leftovers. I chose a large ham so we could have ham for breakfast and summer as well as to make ham salad. I start the salad with this basic recipe and then add to it to give it a lot of variety. Traditionally, ham is ground before mayo is added. I’m not a fan of that texture, and I think…

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