Motherless Fawn Update

Motherless Fawn Update

Do you remember the motherless fawn? It arrived alone one day in mid-November, spent time with a buck after the rut ended, and left with a flood of deer on their way to their winter feeding grounds. I hoped she would leave with the others. With coyotes and bobcats in the area I knew a lone fawn didn’t stay much chance of surviving the winter. I’ve been watching for her since I put the game cameras out last week. It…

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Short-tailed Weasel – Living With Wildlife

Short-tailed Weasel – Living With Wildlife

Wildlife stories galore. I have three updates from the homestead and photos away from the homestead and I don’t know where to start. I’ll start here on the homestead. hmm…how about cute? Let’s go with cute first. Remember Slinky? Another ermine, called a stoat as well as short-tailed weasel when dressed in their summer coats, spent part of the winter slipping into the sun porch to hunt mice. I’ve been feeding her, of course. Two weeks ago she struggled to…

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Self-Reliance Challenge – Intro & Info

Self-Reliance Challenge – Intro & Info

Self-Reliance Challenge – Intro & Info So, here we go! May 1, time to start the self-reliance challenge. I haven’t written in an intro since I first started the blog. I’m Robin. I’m married to Steve and we’re parents to two grown women, Kristin and Taylor. We’re empty nesters now so the amount of work that goes into feeding my family is a lot smaller than when we started homesteading in 1990. I’m a writer, baker and Chef Robin on…

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Hazelnut Crusted Trout – On The Fire

Hazelnut Crusted Trout – On The Fire

Hazelnut Crusted Trout One of the best parts of spring, at least for me, is open-water fishing. The only place we’re finding open water this year in early April is streams and the outlets of lakes and ponds. They’re great places to find brookies and salmon. We like to make the best of cold water fishing now since the salmon will head down to deeper water when the temperature rises. I like trout best but I don’t say no to…

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Deer in April

Deer in April

The deer are back! Even before the food plot we had deer in April. I thought they returned a couple of weeks ago because I noticed damage to the apple trees. Looking at the damage up close, I realized it was old, probably January before they left for their winter feeding grounds. I couldn’t find tracks in the mud, fresh nibbles to the trees or any hair from their winter coats. As always, when I pass a window on the…

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Rhubarb Muffins – On The Fire

Rhubarb Muffins – On The Fire

Rhubarb Muffins I think rhubarb is an under-appreciated vegetable. It’s a vegetable. You knew that, right? Ya…me either for a long time. Here’s an easy way to get folks who don’t like vegetables (I can’t believe that’s even real.) to eat one. Disguise it as a treat. These Rhubarb Muffins are sweet and a nice change from the typical strawberry rhubarb pie or jam. Chop the rhubarb into small pieces, no larger than 1/4″. Rhubarb is bitter. You can minimize…

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Wild Black Ducks – Visitors on the Homestead

Wild Black Ducks – Visitors on the Homestead

Wild Black Ducks I looked out the window this morning to see if the deer might be in the food plot and spotted a pair of wild black ducks. It’s not unusual to have wild ducks here this time of year. There isn’t any open water for them other than flooded spots like our field. Our Khaki Campbells and Runners were in their pen. I took the camera out and sneaked around the shed to get a few shots. Later,…

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Jamaican Vacation – now back to work

Jamaican Vacation – now back to work

Jamaican Vacation For the first time in thirty years, we took a big vacation. A Jamaican vacation at Sandals Ochi. This is what I asked friends who knew to not comment on what we were doing. Leaving the homestead, even with someone here at the house, was a concern. One blog about Jamaica then back to homesteading in Maine. There are seeds germinating, eggs to hatch, a bakery to launch into full time, a lack of spring, freezing rain and…

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Lemon Marinated Feta Cheese – On The Fire

Lemon Marinated Feta Cheese – On The Fire

Lemon Marinated Feta Cheese Kristin brings a wonderful marinated sheep and goat milk cheese to me when she comes to visit. I stretch it out as long as possible by eating only one one-inch cube at a time. I use every drop of the olive oil, usually on Crostini, to get every last bit of goodness. This lemon marinated Feta cheese isn’t the same but it’s just as good in its own way. Preheat the oven to 400°. You’re going…

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Panko Parmesan Crusted Asparagus – On The Fire

Panko Parmesan Crusted Asparagus – On The Fire

Panko Parmesan Crusted Asparagus It isn’t asparagus season here yet, the garden is still covered in snow. I’m grateful that it’s in season somewhere, and I’m overlooking the distance it’s traveling to get to my table. Panko Parmesan Crusted Asparagus is easy to make but more time consuming than other ways I prepare asparagus. Note the temperature – not the usual 350°. Set the oven to 450°. The Panko crumbs and Parmesan cheese will meld together and get crusty in…

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