Hot Pepper Wine Jelly – Appetizers

Hot Pepper Wine Jelly – Appetizers

Hot Pepper Wine Jelly Hot Pepper Wine Jelly, also know as Christmas Jelly because of it’s beautiful red and green peppers, is my favorite holiday party appetizer. It’s also my favorite Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and curled up on the couch watching a movie during a nor’easter appetizer. The zing from the peppers combined with the sweet sugar and the richness of sour cream is awesome. How Hot? You can adjust the heat level with your choice…

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Snow Cover – last day of November

Snow Cover – last day of November

Snow Cover Enough snow fell last night to bring out the plow and sand truck. We were going to get up at 3 am to drive to Molunkus Stream Camps, hunt our way to the blind at Big Field, and wait for deer. I’ve had a feeling of gloom and doom for five days and willed the alarm to remain silent. And it did, through no fault of mine. Steve woke at 6 am, unusually late for us. We got…

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Cutting Back and Refocusing

Cutting Back and Refocusing

Cutting Back November lull – I love it or dread it depending on the moment. There’s little going on now that hunting seasons are just about over. The chickens, a duck and the turkeys have been butchered and frozen. The garden is done and the pile of topsoil moved to the edge of the high tunnel. There’s some “oh-my-gawd it’s going to snow and I haven’t cleaned up the lawn” work to do. I want to top off the firewood…

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Coffee Bean Knitting SALE! Save 25% with this Code

Coffee Bean Knitting SALE! Save 25% with this Code

Coffee Bean Knitting Coffee Bean Knitting is a supporter of A Life In The Wild. Owned by our daughter Kristin, I can speak personally about her talent and skill. Kristin learned to knit and cross stitch at her Nana’s knee when she was four. Her love of knitting has always been strong. She knit her way through college, knits in the dark, knits while she’s reading, and in the rare instance that she makes a mistake, she rips everything out…

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Squash Soup – Turning Leftovers to a Main Course

Squash Soup – Turning Leftovers to a Main Course

Squash Soup Squash soup is another favorite way to use Thanksgiving leftovers. Did you see the recipe for Potato Pancakes? Squash soup and a potato pancake with a little sour cream on both would be really good right now! For vegetarian and vegan recipe, skip this step. To add a little heat and hardiness to this soup I like to slice a quarter-pound of Linguica or Chorizo sausage into 1/4″ thick pieces. Saute the sausage in a small pan to…

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Potato Pancakes Recipe – Thanksgiving Leftovers

Potato Pancakes Recipe – Thanksgiving Leftovers

Potato Pancakes I’ve adjusted the ingredient measurements for these Thanksgiving leftovers recipes. They’re a little more solid than the recipes I gave in this week’s On The Fire on air – but there’s still a lot of wiggle room. The moisture content in your mashed potatoes will determine whether or not you need to use an extra egg or add all-purpose flour in your potato pancakes mix. You’ll find another Thanksgiving leftovers recipe in Squash Soup. Thanksgiving leftovers are one…

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Mincemeat Cookies – Mincemeat and Cookie Recipes

Mincemeat Cookies – Mincemeat and Cookie Recipes

Mincemeat Cookies Mincemeat cookies? Really? ohh…no, thanks. I don’t really like mincemeat. “You’ll like these,” Erin Merrill said as she nudged the plate across the table a few inches. I resisted for a while. Erin looked from me to the cookies and back again several times, nudging them now and then. “They’re gooood.” Erin’s convincing, and as mom to my favorite little guy, she’s kind of hard to resist. She was right. These cookies are fantastic. There isn’t a lot…

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Frosty Morning to be Out ‘n About

Frosty Morning to be Out ‘n About

Frosty Morning It’s a frosty morning to be out ‘n about. My routine change is still working itself out. It’s a long process, it is. I was out this frost morning to tend to nine chickens and eight ducks and nothing more. It took ten minutes to fill a bucket with warm water, fill their water pans, let them out and collect one egg. Now that the bully turkeys are gone they might start laying well again. I hope so….

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A Day of Killing – Putting Food on the Homestead Table

A Day of Killing – Putting Food on the Homestead Table

A Day of Killing Sunday was a day of killing. Like last weekend, we killed and butchered birds we raised to feed us. Last weekend it was the Cornish Cross chickens. Yesterday we processed the broad breasted white turkeys, two older roosters, and a drake Khaki Campbell x Fawn and White Indian Runner duck. We intentionally raise turkeys for meat. The older roosters are from the first Buff Bantam Silkies that started our flock. They were older, four and a…

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Salted Caramel Apple Pie Recipe

Salted Caramel Apple Pie Recipe

Salted Caramel Apple Pie Recipe Salted caramel apple pie is my new go-to pie for potluck suppers, Thanksgiving dinner, having guests over, and girlfriends’ lunch when it’s my turn to host here on the homestead. Steve takes it to office luncheons.  This pie is rich, sweet and immensely satisfying so you might consider a smaller-than-usual slice. Hahaha…no. Eat the pie. Enjou the pie. I am all for kids in the kitchen. Mine started cooking when they were three or four…

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