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Week of September 9th

Re-rigged all of poles. The zebco 33 is configured for panfish on an old Daiwa pole with 6lb mono. The zebco 202 is configured for panfish (and kids) on a zebco 1245 pole with 8lb line. And the zebco 404s are both configured for carp/catfish on zebco 1545 poles with 12lb line. I still need to snell some hooks for the carp/catfish.

Started working on the baby mittens again. Really struggled with getting the cast-on started.

Pretty quiet otherwise.

Posted in Daily, Fishing, knitting

Week of September 2nd

Starting to get things ready for fishing once the weather starts to cool. Need to inspect and re-rig several poles/rods and toss what isn’t useable. Having trouble finding my tackle box. Also need to get some equipment specifically for catfish.

Took some time this weekend to go to the State Fair with one of the grandkids. Didn’t get to see everything, but had fun. I need to try and get tickets in advance to reduce cost.

Finally started to prune the Red Cedars. They were interfering with mowing and generally being a nuisance. I will most likely just leave most of the branches in the rows. Also, need to look into plants that can tolerate being planted under the Red Cedars

Posted in Daily, Fishing, Gardening

Recipe – Swedish Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 1-1/4 c milk
  • 3/4 c flour, all-purpose (plus more as needed)
  • 1 T sugar
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 T oil
  • Dash of cinnamon (optional)
  • Dash of vanilla (optional)

Instructions

  1. Beat eggs. Then add sugar and salt and mix. Next add milk, vanilla, and cinnamon. Finally, add flour and mix.
  2. If possible, let sit for half an hour and mix again. Can sit overnight in refrigerator. Final consistency should be slightly thinner than paint.
  3. Heat cast-iron skillet over medium heat. DO NOT OIL. Drop by 1/4 cup onto skillet. Tilt pan to coat as much of the bottom as possible.
  4. Once topside isn’t glossy anymore, carefully start working spatula around edges to loosen. Flip over and cook until bottom is slightly spotted brown.
  5. Lift onto plate and lightly butter. Roll into a tube.

Tips

  • You must use cast-iron pans. Don’t oil them.
  • Use two skillets to make. A smaller one set slightly hotter to cook side one and a larger one to cook side two.
  • Create an assembly line before starting: batter bowl, skillet one, skillet two, serving plate.
  • The process is: pour batter into first pan, check to see if second pan is done, move pancake from second pan to plate and butter it/roll it, check to see if first pan is done, move pancake from first pan to second, repeat from beginning.
  • If pancakes stick, you are trying to turn them to early. Don’t oil the pans.
  • When trying to lift the edges and flip the first side, flip the spatula upside down to help scrape the bottom of the pan.
  • Scrape up any of the pancake bits that stay in either pan and add them to the first pan before adding batter.

Sources

  • Better Homes and Garden Cookbook
  • Measure for Pleasure Cookbook
  • Mormor and Moster
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Week of August 26th

Work finally slowed down again. Should pick up in a few weeks, but hopefully not as bad.

Finished up the baby booties. Will post the instructions and photos. Started working on the larger baby mittens, but wasn’t happy with the dimensions. Will rework the instructions and try again.

Trying a new soup recipe with beans, Copes corn, zucchini/summer squash, and tomatoes. First batch is so-so, but much better than what it is replacing.

Posted in Cooking, Daily, knitting

Week of August 12th

Couldn’t get a photo to confirm identity, but I think I saw a roadrunner in the hedgerow. I know that they occasionally are seen in Kansas, but this was the first time I have seen one this far north.

Cooked down Sand Plums into juice. Plan is to make jelly in the fall when the weather is cooler. Still a lot of Sand Plums and Plums ripening, but I am not sure if I will be able to harvest much of them. Suspect that the longer harvest may be due to it being (relatively) cool and wet this year.

Gathered what I think are ground-cherries that I noticed while mowing. If they are, then I will have to add them to the seed collection. Also snapped photos of a couple of other mystery plants to identify.

Started trying a different way of mapping the property, this time using a spreadsheet as if it was graph paper. Still some bugs to work out, but it should be better at providing a rough map.

Posted in Daily, Foraging, Gardening

Week of August 5th

Gathered more Sand Plums (about a quart). Plan is to process this and what we already have in to juice and then jelly.

Finished washcloth and started working on larger baby booties. Proportions seemed wrong on the first attempt of the bootie, so undid it and recalculated the instructions. So far the proportions seem better, but I won’t be certain until I finish sewing the seam.

Started reading “Stalking the Wild Asparagus” by Euell Gibbons. Besides being an interesting read, it also described a rig for catching Bluegill that I hadn’t heard of before. Basically it’s a long, unweighted leader attached to the fishing line via a bobber. The long leader and lack of weight allows the bait to sink in a more natural fashion, while the weight of the bobber allows for casting. I will have to look into riging one of poles like this.

Posted in Daily, Fishing, Foraging, knitting, Uncategorized

Week of July 22nd

Finished knitting the baby mittens. Taking a break before starting the next set of booties/mittens and making more washcloths.

Gathered Sumac seeds and more apple and pear seeds. Trying to broaden my knowledge and learnto identify field greens. Not much luck so far.

Started laying out beds for next year’s garden. The only thing I will probably be able to to do next year will be perennials, but it will be something. Not sure if it’s possible to only tend a garden every other week.

Posted in Gardening, Uncategorized
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