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Author: Robin

Pulled Chicken

Pulled Chicken

Pulled Chicken It’s nice to have the makings of easy meals tucked away in the fridge, cupboards and pantry. There are days I look forward to having a pot of chicken soup simmering on the back corner of the wood stove and a loaf of bread rising in the cold corner of this old farmhouse’s kitchen. And then there are days I don’t want to cook. Maybe I’ve been working on the book and forgotten to take meat out of…

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Sweet & Savory Apple Spice Turkey Brine

Sweet & Savory Apple Spice Turkey Brine

Sweet & Savory Apple Spice Turkey Brine Brining a turkey seemed to me like a lot of time and unnecessary ingredients. What’s wrong with normal turkey? We either raise or buy our turkeys locally. I like the flavor of a pastured, fresh, home-grown turkey. Turns out there’s nothing wrong with plain turkey at all but it really can be even better. I love apple spice turkey brine. It’s sweet and savory, adds a bit of salt to the flavor, and…

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Cranberry Nut Bread Recipe – On The Fire

Cranberry Nut Bread Recipe – On The Fire

Cranberry Nut Bread When I walked into the grocery store and saw big, beautiful fresh oranges on display my first thought was “Time to get out my favorite cranberry nut bread recipe.” That’s what everyone thinks of when they see oranges, right? Cranberry nut bread without orange zest and juice lacks flavor. Fresh squeezed orange juice and zest make all the difference. I double this recipe so I can share a loaf or keep one in the freezer for later….

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Garden Thoughts on a Frigid January Day

Garden Thoughts on a Frigid January Day

Garden Thoughts It’s January 7 and today’s high was 2°F. There isn’t a lot to do outside because of the loss of the high tunnel plants. It’s easy to sit down with lovely garden thoughts, a cup of coffee, paper, order form, and grand ideas of what the vegetable garden will be like this year. It is going to be different. We didn’t grow anything outside of the tunnel this year other than the perennials already planted. I’d planned to…

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January 5 2018 – Eggs, Blizzard

January 5 2018 – Eggs, Blizzard

January 5 2018 Let’s do the awwwww first. All together now – awwwwwwww! If  you’re new to my blog or are a little behind, this is a motherless whitetail fawn, a beautiful little doe. She’s been without a mother since November. Eggs! We’ve had chickens for 2o years but I still get excited about the first eggs. First pullet egg, first duck egg, first egg after molt – first eggs make me smile. I wasn’t expecting the pullets to start…

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January 1 2018 – Sappy New Year!

January 1 2018 – Sappy New Year!

Sappy New Year! So…It’s not really a secret that I can be a big sap but I don’t show that very often. It’s usually about kids or animals that my sap starts showing. I’m going to be a bit sappy for a minute. January 1 2018 – a fresh start. I’ve thought a lot in the past six months about the people, things, opportunities and such that I’m grateful to have in my life. You’re all included in the list….

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December 29, 2017 – A Life In The Wild

December 29, 2017 – A Life In The Wild

December 29 2017 I’m ready for 2017 to end. It’s been a rough, dull, productive, fun, rewarding year. We’ve crossed some long-time to-do list projects off the list and not added more. I’m thinking about resolutions for 2018. I haven’t made them in years. And my word for year, haven’t thought about that until just now. It’s only December 29…I have time. 😉 Yesterday’s high was -1°F but it’s warmed up to a balmy 7°F today. The door to the…

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Motherless – Fawn Alone

Motherless – Fawn Alone

Motherless She showed up alone one night. I didn’t think much of it because does and fawns don’t stay close together all the time. Her mother was simply in another part of the food plot or out by the pond I imagined. It was November and there weren’t a lot of deer in the plot. A doe with twins came to the plot one day, just one day. She had bobcat scratches from her nose down the side of her…

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Chicken Pot Pie & Homestead Chicken Stock

Chicken Pot Pie & Homestead Chicken Stock

Chicken Pot Pie & Homestead Chicken Stock My new cooking friend Holly is home from college and wants to cook. She’s going to make this for her three best friends while they’re home together on break. Holly doesn’t cook, or so she says, but she’s going to be a cook by the time she’s done. We chose a simple and inexpensive dish. There’s very little room for error in chicken pot pie. To save money, Holly is making chicken stock…

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Life and Death in the Woods

Life and Death in the Woods

Life and Death in the Woods – Boo Boo Deer (Upsetting but please read until the end.) The best thing about having the food plot is watching and learning about the wildlife, especially the deer. The worst thing about having the food plot is watching and learning about the wildlife, especially the dying deer. Life and death in the woods can be sad to watch. We don’t – can’t – interfere. Putting food out for a deer that’s clearly starving…

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