homemade bread

Making Cast Iron White Bread

Seems like almost every magazine in the couple years features an article about  bread made in 5 minute a day, rising slowly overnight, and baked the following day, often in a cast iron pot.  I like making yeast breads .  I like the calm repetitive motions of kneading bread dough, and the small of bread [...]

Cat Aggression with other Pets and People

There are two major categories of cat aggression – aggression against people and aggression against other cats Aggression with People Cats may demonstrate aggression toward people for a couple of reason.  One is the they have not been socialized well.  If they are afraid of being handles and touched, they may react out of fear [...]

Deaf dog

How to deal with a Deaf Pet

Our male Border Collie Speck is deaf.  Never having had a deaf pet before, it took me a bit of time to figure it out. For starters he seemed very stubborn as a puppy.  He never listened to me.   Occasionally my husband's deep and louder voice would get his attention.  He seemed willing to learn, [...]

huckleberries

How to Blueberry (Huckleberry) in the Adirondacks

July and August means wild blueberries - what my mother would call huckleberries- and here in the Adirondacks where our soil is sandy and acidic, blueberries love it. We have these wild bushes all over our property.  I took an hour yesterday to go gather a quart. Only a quart in an hour, you say? [...]

Senior Pets for Senior Citizens

I caught this story on line - what a great idea.  I can only hope more places would "adopt" the idea.  Pets give a senior citizen a reason to get up in the morning, to have a purpose, namely to care for another leaving being. Older pets have shorter lifespan, and so a senior person [...]

buying in large quantities

13 Things to Buy in Bulk

I only go to a big box store or Walmart a few times a year, and when I do I stock up in bulk on some items.  I also have found I can order some things on Amazon  Prime cheaper in bulk, then buying from my local market.  And I don't even spend money on [...]

12 Kitchen Safety Tips for Handling Poultry

It's summer and barbecue time, and let's face it, chicken goes on the grill right behind hamburgers and hot dogs.  Chicken, however, is not as safe to handle as beef (although beef certainly can carry bacteria as well, and most of the same rules apply to other eat besides chicken).  So here are some tips [...]