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Ten Minute Salsa – It’s Too Hot to Cook

Ten Minute Salsa – It’s Too Hot to Cook

Ten Minute Salsa It’s too hot to cook. When it comes to food this time of year I want to head to the high tunnel before the sun heats it up, pick what we’ll have for supper and whatever else is ready to be put up, and be done with it. If we cook meat it happens on the grill. Sometimes all I want after a long hot day of work is this Ten Minute Salsa and some chips. Go…

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Salmon Cakes Recipe – Use Fresh or Canned Salmon

Salmon Cakes Recipe – Use Fresh or Canned Salmon

Salmon Cakes Recipe My Salmon Cakes recipe makes a salmon cake that’s excellent as a main dish or an appetizer. I’m quite happy to have a salmon cake and a salad for lunch or supper. You may use your fresh-caught, a filet, or two cans of salmon. Cans are quick and simple and since they don’t require refrigeration you can take them camping. I like to use a red, orange or yellow Bell pepper to add a little color to…

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Bear Hunting 2017 – Putting Meat on the Table

Bear Hunting 2017 – Putting Meat on the Table

Bear Hunting 2017 Soooo…here we go. Don’t leave! I’ll handle this topic as honestly and sensitively as possible. Bear hunting. This is an old-time skill that was on the decline for many years. The number of women who hunt is increasing and we’re teaching this skill to children. For many of us, we know too much about factory farming, wildlife conservation (population management, for example) and eating a natural diet. We are, after all, animals. We’re animals. We’re part of…

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Fresh Cherry Almond Crisp – No Artificial Sugar Added

Fresh Cherry Almond Crisp – No Artificial Sugar Added

Fresh Cherry Almond Crisp Picking cherries is a labor of love. Our trees are wild so we don’t know what they are, and they are not a variety we’d have chosen. The fruits aren’t close together in a convenient group so it’s a lot of up and down the ladder to get the three cups I need for Fresh Cherry Almond Crisp. It’s worth it. I love cherries and this recipe is so quick and simple it can be made…

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Painted Turtles – Living With Wildlife

Painted Turtles – Living With Wildlife

This is an article on painted turtles I wrote for Focus On Wildlife, my column for Maine Woodland Owners. Painted Turtles Painted turtles seem to be everywhere in May and June. We see them in and on the sides of the road often in June while females are digging nests and laying eggs. They’re the most wide-spread native turtle in the United States, and the four sub-species cover the country. The painted turtle is a pond turtle with a 15-million-year…

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Become More Self-Sufficient – Modern Times

Become More Self-Sufficient – Modern Times

Become More Self-Sufficient Take note – this is not about becoming self-sufficient. This is a list of tips to help you become more self-sufficient. There aren’t many of us in this world who are truly self-sufficient. Don’t set yourself up for disappointment. Do what you can as you can and make the best of it. Enjoy the process and usually the work, and be proud of what you can do for yourself. Did you know most grocery stores carry less…

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Weekend Work – Late July on the Homestead

Weekend Work – Late July on the Homestead

Weekend Work Great weekend! Not that it was fun though we got a lot done. We’re sacrificing a lot of time this year for weekend work. The list of things that need to be done is long but we’re knocking items off at a steady rate. My favorite part of the work was harvesting garlic. So excited about the garlic! We set up two of the three bear baits on Saturday. Steve’s is the hardest. It’s a rough, uneven, bramble-filled,…

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July 28 2017 – In My Garden – Holy Corn

July 28 2017 – In My Garden – Holy Corn

July 28 2017 Holy cow corn! What a difference a week and fish make for the corn. I came home from New York to broom and sweet corns that are growing against the poly in the high tunnel. They’re loving the white perch offal from a fishing trip a few weeks ago the extra warmth in the high tunnel. Here’s what’s in my garden on July 28 2017. The sweet corn is tasseling. I have to pollinate it by hand…

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Rainy Day on the Homestead – Welcome Rain

Rainy Day on the Homestead – Welcome Rain

Rainy Day Gratitude – it’s a rainy day. It’s been so long since we’ve had a rainy day that the ground is arid. I spent a short time on the tractor Monday morning, tilling the new perennial garden site, and had to shower right after to wash away the dust. The outlet of East Musquash lake isn’t running because the water is so low. Friends had to take their boats off the water last  year because of the lack of…

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