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 … Continue reading Huge flavor in a little tube
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 … Continue reading A vacuum that handles pet hair!
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 … Continue reading Red Squirrel Life at Fox Pines Homestead
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 … Continue reading Singing frogs: Springs comes in with a Chorus!
If you have followed along for a while, you know I love my cast iron skillets and bake ware. My grandmother's and mother's skillets are prized possessions. In fact, you could say I am rather passionate about using cast iron. I also have a penchant for buying magazines and books about cooking in general, but … Continue reading My Favorite Cast Iron Magazine
I thought I would introduce you to Squeeze this week. He is out partially paralyzed cat, who is an inspiration to hope, get up, try again, and never give up. Here's his story: Three years ago in February my husband called me about 10 minutes after he left for work. "Something terrible has happened!" he … Continue reading Meet Squeeze, our Inspiration to never give up
Tonight I was home for dinner by myself. I decided to eat healthy, and a salad was in order. I had romaine lettuce as a base, which I sliced up. Rather than having Caesar salad, which I already made once this past week, I decided to add some vegetables. So I sauteed some orange bell … Continue reading Salad made from leftover veggies
Every day I look for someone or something to champion, to support, to defend, to promote. I don't need to be the prime character, I can just support someone else. Maybe it's another person I admire. Someone I have worked with, or a family member. Perhaps it's a cause, a pet, or just my bird … Continue reading Who do I Champion today?
Spring is the time when animals come out of hibernation, and new life enters the world. From tadpoles come frogs, and from eggs, baby birds. Dogs, horses, cattle, deer, and most other mammals shed out their winter coat, and grow into a sleek new skin for summer. All the animals that hibernate - bears, chipmunks, … Continue reading Shed the winter coat – Spring is time for new resolutions!
One of my friends mentioned the other day how few people seem to pick up after their dog, with dog feces (or let's be less formal, dog poop) being all over in public places and parks. It has prompted me to remind everyone that dog feces are not like cow or horse manure. Dog feces … Continue reading Don’t treat Dog Feces like Manure