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Osprey on a Crane

Osprey on a Crane

We’ve been watching osprey on a crane since they returned this past spring. The pair chose the P&H Crane at Woodland Pulp, LLC as their new home and set about the work of building a nest. One weekend we watched an osprey swoop down to pick up a four foot branch from the road in a wood yard at the mill. It grabbed the branch and flew away as though it were a toothpick. Impressive. The osprey add to the…

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Garlic – and then plans changed

Garlic – and then plans changed

Last fall I planted 700 cloves of four varieties of garlic. And then plans changed. I’m not at farmers market as planned this year because the market was dismal. This morning looked as good as it’s going to get for garlic harvesting. It hasn’t rained for a few days but it’s going to later today or maybe tomorrow. I got busy and pulled 700 heads of garlic. Garlic is like magic. Drop 20ish pounds into fertile soil, cover it, water…

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Bear Site 1 – Two Days Later

Bear Site 1 – Two Days Later

Bear Site 1 – Two Days Later It didn’t take long. I’ve had time to look up pictures from 2017 and make some comparisons. I believe this bear is the one I didn’t get a shot at last year. That makes him the bear that stole the Foriflex pan not long after I put it out as a watering dish for the wildlife. This is the third bear on the game camera this year. They wanted through one at a…

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Setting up Bear Bait Sites – Bear Hunting 2018

Setting up Bear Bait Sites – Bear Hunting 2018

Setting up Bear Bait Sites Look! This isn’t a recipe. It’s a minor miracle, right? 😉 I’ve been absent for a long time. Sometimes we need down time to figure out what we’re doing, how we’re doing it, why we’re doing, who we are and want to be, and simply be. I’ve been busy but not with writing here. We started setting up bear bait sites on Saturday. This is a good time to learn about why we hunt. What…

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Strawberry Rhubarb Cookie Bars – On The Fire

Strawberry Rhubarb Cookie Bars – On The Fire

Strawberry Rhubarb Cookie Bars Early summer, the magical time when strawberries and rhubarb are ready to be picked at the same time. It’s a short window here on the homestead. Rhubarb pops up as soon as the ground thaws but strawberries are much later in breaking dormancy. Rhubarb starts to go to seed when the strawberries are starting to show a faint blush of red. Garden tip: Cut the seed stem off to keep the rhubarb going a while longer….

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Ranch Dressing Recipe – On The Fire

Ranch Dressing Recipe – On The Fire

Ranch Dressing Recipe This Ranch Dressing recipe is the other half of an episode of On The Fire. Rather than try to put two recipes with a long list of ingredients together on one entry I decided to separate them. Simple is good. Ranch dressing is great on salad and as a dip. I like a little on baked potatoes. Do you love a fresh tomato or cucumber sandwich? Try this dressing instead of mayo. You’re welcome. Really. It’s that…

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Italian Dressing Recipe – On The Fire

Italian Dressing Recipe – On The Fire

Italian Dressing Recipe Tis the season of salads! This is my standard Italian Dressing recipe. Of course it’s great for a veggie salad but I also use it in pasta salad and as a marinade for chicken. You can use this as soon as you’re done mixing it up or let it sit a while so the flavors from the dried herbs are at their best. This dressing stores well in a Mason jar in the fridge for about a…

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Self Reliance Challenge – Thoughts

Self Reliance Challenge – Thoughts

Self Reliance Challenge – Thoughts I lost track of time this week and didn’t wrap up the Self Reliance Challenge. I was busy being self reliant, the number one reason I don’t write here more often these days. With so many projects going at once it’s hard to think through what I’ll write about, take pics and get them resized, and sit down to do the work. It’s a lot more fun being outside pulling rhubarb, creating recipes for On…

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Grilled Stuffed Mushrooms – On The Fire

Grilled Stuffed Mushrooms – On The Fire

Grilled Stuffed Mushrooms Have you ever grilled stuffed mushrooms? I used to always put them in the oven but since buying a grill that has a thermometer – in the grill they go. They get the little bit of smokey flavor from meat juices dripping on the heat, giving them a little extra oomph in flavor. While I do love mushrooms, this recipe uses button mushrooms because of their sturdy, empty caps, and I don’t think they have a lot…

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Seasoned Stuffed Cheeseburgers – On The Fire

Seasoned Stuffed Cheeseburgers – On The Fire

Seasoned Stuffed Cheeseburgers Well seasoned stuffed cheeseburgers are one of my favorite summer meals. I could live on cheeseburgers and pizza. Stuffing cheese in the burger and adding fresh tomato, lettuce and onion, maybe a pickle, and how about crispy bacon – perfection! Cheddar and Blue cheeses are my favorite. Choose whatever you like! You can add this seasoning to the meat before forming the burgers, or sprinkle it liberally on both sides. One batch of seasoning will season one…

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