Beef, Vegetable & Barley Soup – Another Hearty Soup from On The Fire

Beef, Vegetable & Barley Soup – Another Hearty Soup from On The Fire

Beef  Vegetable Barley Soup Beef Vegetable Barley soup is one of my favorite soups. I like to make it on a Friday morning, store it in the fridge, and serve it as a hearty, easy dinner at the end of a busy week. This soup stores well in the fridge for three or four days, long enough to keep you well fed over a weekend or during a long week. If you don’t have stew beef on hand you could…

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Tip for New Deer Hunters – Opening Day 2017

Tip for New Deer Hunters – Opening Day 2017

 Opening Day of Deer Season Saturday morning, opening day of deer season, and we were not up and out before dawn. We weren’t sitting in tree stands or ground blinds or in the bushes in hopes of shooting ten point, 250 pound bucks. When reality isn’t productive it’s best to stay in bed, comfy cozy, and go out later on.  I have a tip for new deer hunters to share, one that’s done well for me, and two more equally…

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Unrealistic To Do Lists

Unrealistic To Do Lists

Unrealistic To Do Lists I bet most of us have them – unrealistic to do lists that make us feel bad, lazy, inferior, unworthy, incapable, blah blah blah. Sleep and I aren’t getting along these days. I’m running on four hours and a few catnaps a night. It’s a great time to run through the to do list, over and over again. I add to it, scribble things out while I organize the list, add more, decide something doesn’t really…

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And the Rain Came – Drought’s Probably Over

And the Rain Came – Drought’s Probably Over

And the rain came The beavers have been unemployed in the “Flood Robin & Steve’s Woodlot” project since early summer. We breached their series of small dams until the rain stopped. A few natural springs kept a two foot wide low spot in front of the lodge damp but the rest of the water was gone. Over the summer the soil started to recover. Plants grew and eventually filled in all but the worst spots. Deer and bear visited to…

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Big Rain Coming – Preparing Poultry for the Storm

Big Rain Coming – Preparing Poultry for the Storm

Big Rain Coming There’s a bit of relief from drought coming. There’s a big rain coming and it’s forecast to bring upwards of four inches between this evening and Thursday night. I hope it’s a long, slow, steady rain rather than on and off deluges but that isn’t likely. I’m not sure how much rain we need to bring us out of the moderate drought. The meat chickens and pullets are still in the chicken tractor. I booted them out…

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Coming Home-stead: Regrounding, Importance & Thoughts

Coming Home-stead: Regrounding, Importance & Thoughts

Coming Home-stead Vermont. October. Gorgeous. Foliage. Some of the most wonderful people I’ve met. Reconnecting with a friend. Sometimes I have to get away from something to better appreciate it, and other times I need to be away from it to see how detrimental it is to my quality of life. Coming home-stead after the weekend away was an experience in regrounding, importance and some thoughts on society today. If you follow me there and want to be sure you…

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Frosty Mornings – Take a Walk on the Homestead

Frosty Mornings – Take a Walk on the Homestead

Frosty Mornings Brrrr  We’ve had frosty mornings for a few weeks but after a break from the cold morning temps, this morning seems a little colder. Last I looked it was 28°. I’m wasn’t looking forward to stepping into the high tunnel to take a look at the rosemary. I’m sure it doesn’t appreciate this cold but it looks just fine. It’s going to warm up for a few more days so the tunnel will be warm enough to keep…

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Equipping the Bakery – Food Processor Recommendations

Equipping the Bakery – Food Processor Recommendations

It’s a lazy, overcast, uncomfortably damp and warm Sunday morning. Steve has been hunting up north with friends since Thursday so it’s quiet here. I’ve been out for a walk with the dogs, checked card cameras (doe and doe with fawns, no bear), and ate. I made a breakfast of rustic white bread that I toasted on cast iron and topped with two duck eggs over medium. It’s one of my favorite breakfasts. I’m restless. The kitchen still needs to…

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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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