Catching Up. Where did September go?

Catching Up. Where did September go?

Share12 +11 Stumble1 Pin Tweet Share FlipShares 14Catching Up Oh my goodness did September ever get away from me. I feel like nothing got done even though I’m on the move from the time I get out of bed until I fall back in, worn out but excited for the next day. Hunting seasons are all-consuming. Most everything I normally do still has to be done, and done in considerably less time. I have a little catching up to do….

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Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup

Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup

Share17 Pin11 Yum9 Share3 +11 Stumble1 Tweet FlipShares 42Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup Creamy wild mushroom soup is one of my comfort foods. You don’t have to have to pick wild mushrooms to make this recipe. You can find mushrooms in the produce section of most groceries and sometimes at Farmers Market. I like to add a variety of mushrooms to one batch. Portobello, Lobster, Porcini, Coral, Shiitake, Cremini, and Oyster are varieties I think work very well. Lobster is a…

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Deer Blowing, Skunk Waddling, No Bear

Deer Blowing, Skunk Waddling, No Bear

Share8 Pin6 +11 Stumble1 Tweet Share FlipShares 16Deer Blowing It was a good day to be seated in a mini chair behind the pile of trees I use as a ground blind. After sitting in the rain at two sites on Wednesday my boots were soaking wet, and I’d forgotten to dry them in the sun and breeze. A middle-aged brain cramp left me sitting in the shade, in a breeze, with cold, wet feet. Cold feet make the rest…

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Tree Stand Life – what happens around me

Tree Stand Life – what happens around me

Share21 Pin3 Stumble1 Tweet +1 Share FlipShares 25Tree Stand Life Bear hunting isn’t going well. Remember when I had so many bears coming to the barrel? Except for one bear, they are gone. Blackberries are abundant but starting to dwindle as they ripen and fall off, are picked by people, and eaten by the bears and other animals. There were substantially more mushrooms than usual after decent rain in September. If hyperphagia has started the bears aren’t coming to our…

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Catch a Snapping Turtle Using Only Two Tools

Catch a Snapping Turtle Using Only Two Tools

Stumble22 Pin12 Share6 Tweet +1 Share FlipShares 40Taylor caught a small snapping turtle in the pond while fishing one early summer day in 2000. She reeled him in but half way up the steep bank, he got away. He was small, maybe 5″ from one end of his shell to the other. We threw lines out for him the entire summer but didn’t see him again until the following year. We wondered how to catch a snapping turtle but didn’t…

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Bear Bait Barrel

Bear Bait Barrel

Pin Share Tweet +1 Share Stumble FlipShares 0How to Make a Bear Bait Barrel Making a bear bait barrel isn’t difficult. I’m using an old plastic barrel the girls had for barrel racing their horses and pony. Steve cut a hole in it with the chainsaw. The size of the hole isn’t particularly important to me. I’ve seen large holes bears can stick their heads into and small holes they have to reach into with a paw. One doesn’t seem…

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September Gardening Tips & To Do’s

September Gardening Tips & To Do’s

Pin74 Share11 +11 Share1 Stumble1 Tweet FlipShares 88September Gardening Tips & To Do’s September gardening lists are long. There’s as much to do now as there was in at the height of spring planting and summer harvesting. The work you do in the garden this month helps insure a productive garden next year. While the list is long the temperature and humidity here have dropped making gardening a pleasure again rather than a chore. Catch up on everything you didn’t…

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Blackberry Bourbon Dessert Sauce

Blackberry Bourbon Dessert Sauce

Blackberry Bourbon Dessert sauce jazzes up ice cream, cheesecake and other ingredients. Change it up with peaches, cherries, blueberries and other fresh fruits.. Thicken the sauce a little more than the recipes calls for by stirring in confectionery sugar and you have a sweet and savory glaze for donuts, cookies and quick breads. This is fantastic over a lemon pound cake, muffins and sugar cookies.

Blueberry Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Blueberry Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Pin100 Share10 Yum8 +11 Share1 Stumble1 Tweet FlipShares 121Blueberry Bourbon BBQ Sauce I’m a barbecue sauce snob and have no problem admitting so. At the same time, I’m not a bourbon snob. I don’t even love bourbon. Truth be told, I barely like it. So why blueberry bourbon BBQ sauce? Bourbon is a small portion of the recipe. It adds a lot to the flavor without being overwhelming. DISCLAIMER: I don’t know that all of the alcohol will dissipate while…

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Busy Kitchen Times – Putting Food Up

Busy Kitchen Times – Putting Food Up

Share18 Pin14 +11 Stumble1 Tweet Share FlipShares 34Busy Kitchen Times – Putting Food Up This is the start of the busiest time of year on the homestead and the busy kitchen looks like someone had a food fight off and on throughout the day. The garden is in all its glory and producing more food than I can keep up with. Steve goes out the door in the morning with bags of cucumbers, zucchini and tomatoes to share. Friends go…

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