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Apple Pie Oatmeal – Simple Hearty Breakfast

Apple Pie Oatmeal – Simple Hearty Breakfast

 Apple Pie Oatmeal Today on the homestead! I am home all day for the second day in a row. Let’s start with breakfast, my favorite meal of the day. I’ve been filling up on apple pie oatmeal before I go out to work (unless Steve is home, and then he cooks breakfast). It’s delicious, hearty, filling, and it keeps me satisfied until lunch. The desire to snack is gone when I’m full of oatmeal. This works well in a crock…

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Spotted Fawns – How do they lose their spots?

Spotted Fawns – How do they lose their spots?

Spotted Fawns “You know what I’d like to have here,” I asked my husband, Steve. “A food plot. We have the strip in the orchard the deer like but I’d really like to have a small food plot behind the back left corner of the clearing..” He agreed and we went to work cutting down trees, and by “we” I mean I cut a few small trees and he did the rest of the work. In mid-July (2016) a bulldozer…

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Bear Hunting Up a Tree – Opening Week

Bear Hunting Up a Tree – Opening Week

Bear Hunting Up a Tree There isn’t time to write how-to’s and other helpful posts. I’m putting up veggies and herbs from the gardens, we’ve been on vacation, and now I’m hunting. We’ve been tending three bait sites for 33 days now. Monday was opening day and I’ve been bear hunting up a tree. I’m up the tree, not hunting bears that are up a tree. It didn’t take long for my butt and back to remind me of why…

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Late August, After Vacation, Busy Busy Busy

Late August, After Vacation, Busy Busy Busy

Late August Early. I was up early this morning. For the first time in weeks I don’t have anywhere I have to go this morning. No appointments or meetings, of which I’ve had a lot of these days. It’s late August but feels like September already. When I went out at 5:45 am it was 39°. That’s crazy. I’ve been closing the high tunnel at night since Friday to ripen tomatoes before I need to pull the plants to make…

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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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