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Black Bear in the Food Plot – Often

Black Bear in the Food Plot – Often

Black Bear in the Food Plot This bear. He’s quite a character. I saw he though I don’t know this to be true, it could be a sow for all I really know. We’ll see if “he” comes back with cubs next year. I watched this bear on the next to last night I sat over bait. There were trees between us until it got to be too dark to make an ethical shot. I snapped a twig to scare…

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I Could Live in October

I Could Live in October

I could live in October Perfect weather, even an inch of rain! I could live in October with its warm 65° days that lack high humidity and its nights that are cool, sometimes downright cold. I’ve knocked ice out of the ducks’ water a few mornings. The night sky is crystal clear in October and stays that way until late winter. The days are too short for me but at the same time it’s nice to have the poultry put…

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Dutch Apple Pie – Streusel Topping

Dutch Apple Pie – Streusel Topping

Dutch Apple Pie Dutch Apple Pie was known as Sour Cream Apple Pie in my house when I was growing up. It was a once-a-year treat, always at Thanksgiving. Pies in general, unless it was pumpkin pie, were a holiday treat. This might have made Dutch Apple Pie special in one way but the decadent, somewhat old fashioned, filling, deliciousness of this pie would have kept it special if we’d had it every week. It’s hearty, not overly sweet (cut…

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Warm Spicy Apple Cider – On The Fire

Warm Spicy Apple Cider – On The Fire

Warm Spicy Apple Cider If you like a warm drink on a cool autumn or downright cold winter day, this Warm Spicy Apple Cider is for you. It’s great for tailgating, around the campfire and great with apple cider or molasses donuts. I can think of a dozen ways to enjoy this drink. Fill a Thermos to take apple picking, foraging, fishing or hunting. Turn it into an adult beverage with a shot and relax on a rainy evening or…

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Is It Really Almost October?

Is It Really Almost October?

Ava and Zoey hadn’t been out much yesterday so I took them for a sunset walk. It’s too bad those apples have already fallen, I thought, and then I remembered that it is almost October. Ash leaves are orange and gold and falling and the elm leaves black and crunchy. The stream up the road is still from lack of rain and our pond is lower than ever. It was 73° when I mistook a flash of lightening for a…

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Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies – Autumn’s Favorite Cookie

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies – Autumn’s Favorite Cookie

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies I think Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies are a tad bit fussy at the baking stage but they are worth it! Preheat your oven to 325°, lower than usual for cookies. And, lay a sheet of parchment paper on your cookie sheet. That’s it, the fussy part. The rest is “normal.” Pumpkin Snickerdoodles are an awesome autumn treat with a cup of hot tea, coffee or chocolate! They pack up well to take on the road because they’re soft…

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Pressure on the Trigger – Bear Hunting

Pressure on the Trigger – Bear Hunting

A Bear in My Sights We’re at the end of the bear over bait hunting season. Until last night we hadn’t seen a bear with our own eyes. We have some interesting things going on but we see these things only by camera. Steve’s site has three sows with a total of six cubs, a first. They’re sometimes in the area at the same time but not at the barrel together. They keep themselves and their cubs separated. Site two,…

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Creamy Tomato Soup Recipe – On The Fire

Creamy Tomato Soup Recipe – On The Fire

Creamy Tomato Soup Recipe After a long day of housework, bakery work, gardening and hunting, one of my favorite things to eat is a mug of Creamy Tomato Soup and a grilled cheese sandwich. This time of year there are ripe tomatoes to use up – they need to be eaten fresh, cooked into a recipe, canned or frozen. This soup recipe is simple and doesn’t require a lot of attention. You man use fresh or canned paste tomatoes (or…

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Chick Identification – New Laying Chicks

Chick Identification – New Laying Chicks

Chick Identification – New Laying Chicks These are two of the chicks we got two weeks ago and am still not positive of their breeds. I need a bit of help in the chicken identification department. What do you think? I’m guessing the darker bird is a Rhode Island Red and the lighter (younger) one is a Red Star. We have two of the darker chicks, four of the lighter, and two Barred Rocks to expand our flock.