Simple Roast Chicken

A roasted chicken is a simple yet totally satisfying meal. Just a bout everyone likes chicken.  And you can do so much with it - leftovers can make another whole meal or just  a sandwich, or use the carcass for soup or stock. Freeze left over meat for potpie, hot sandwiches,  or taco's. I decided [...]

25 things to do for your cat

Equal  time this column for cats!  We addressed dogs last time. Cats are a bit harder, because they are much more used to being alone, and doing things on their own terms.  Still, you can do some good beyond the basic needs of shelter, food and water. Cats like to investigate, crawl into things, and [...]

25 good things to do for your dog

For many of us, our pets are a vital part of the family, almost (or really) like children.  And while we may met their basic needs of shelter, food and water, I think there are a lot more things that might elevate their lifestyle. Most dogs breeds were invented for a reason, and usually that [...]

Can You Ignore Technology?

My last column dealt with enjoying nature - getting outside and really listening and looking at your surroundings. My husband sparked another thought this week when he said "It doesn't matter where I go, I see kids and many adults on their phones typing away, even when they are walking".  Technology has taken over our [...]

A life lesson – Get out & Enjoy Nature

  Today was a beautiful early spring day – bright sun, warmer temperatures that earlier in the week, the rain is gone, and nature was at its best outside the back door.  I watched a news broadcast earlier in the morning, where they interviewed people who would go into parks and wildness just to hear [...]

Make your own Fruit Nut Bread

I love bread.  Quick bread, that comes together in an hour or less, and yeast bread that can take hours to let rise and develop.  My family always had bread with meals, but usually the white stuff from the store.  I try to make healthier versions, so I don't feel like I am eating junk.  [...]

Huge flavor in a little tube

I have a secret weapon I use for flavor - anchovy paste !  Now before you say you hate anchovies, I will tell you nothing tastes fishy, and you won't even know it's in there.  You'll only know the food tastes good.  I often buy it by the dozen just to get the best price [...]

A vacuum that handles pet hair!

I haven't done a product review before, but I just have to tell you about the new vacuum I bought.  Exciting, I know... so some basic facts first. I have two long haired Border collies, 4 cats, and a husband who works in construction and outside in general.  So it doesn't take much imagination to [...]

Red Squirrel Life at Fox Pines Homestead

Our squirrels have it made.  Lots of tall red pines to live in, and sunflower seeds galore that fall or are pushed from the bird feeders, as well as our "cabana" where we pile seed just for them.  Stone walls for cover and caches. American red squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) are year round residents, who are [...]

Singing frogs: Springs comes in with a Chorus!

Spring has arrived when the swamp, ponds, and wetlands break into sound.   The peepers are awake!  It never fails to make me smile when I hear the first spring song from them.  It's another of life's lessons - show your joy to the world, and sing when you are happy. These little chorus frogs have a [...]