I am always surprised that this blog receives any hits. Since I am mostly just trying to keep a garden record, most of the entries are short, dry, and boring. If there is anything you would like to see covered, please comment here and I will look into.

Thank you for your visit.

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9/3/2018 – 1st week of Early Fall

Really struggling to keep up with the journal right now, but am uncertain why. Quit my old job (of 15 years) a few months ago and started working for a new company. Not sure how I feel about the new job yet, but the old job had gotten to be too much.

Since then, I have been working on a few small projects. The first has been learning how to process the bamboo that grows in the backyard. The biggest issue I am running into is getting it to split straight. The second project is developing my fishing and camping gear. My final project has been to develop easy meals (that I like) for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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7/2/2018 – 1st week of Middle Summer

Had a relatively quiet Fourth of July. Just some smoke bombs and poppers during the day and some fountains during the night. One of the neighbors had a nice mortar, so we watched that also. The granddaughter was terrified of some off the fireworks at first, but seemed to enjoy them after a while.

Finished planting the last of the Honey Locust seedlings. In the future I think I will just plant seeds and avoid growing seedlings. This year I requested White Pines from the Arbor Day Foundation. They will take a little more care than the Eastern Red Cedars, but the needles can be used to make a tea that is high in vitamin C.

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6/18/2018 – 3rd week of Early Summer

Really been hurting for rain. Finally got a little this week. Not enough to save the Buffaloberry, but it should help the Black Cherry and Honey Locust I have planted this year. Found some Black Locust saplings on a family member’s property that I need to transplant.

Spent a couple of days last week rebuilding the back porch. It’s smaller than before, but has steps now.

Started spraying 2,4-D on the Canadian Thistle. The last couple years efforts seem to be having some effect. Still a long way to go before eradicating them.

Posted in Daily, Gardening, House

Recipe – Marinades


  • 1/4 c honey
  • 1/4 c soy sauce
  • 1/2 c ketchup
  • 1/2 T red pepper flakes

Honey Ginger

  • 1/3 c Soy sauce
  • 1/3 c Honey
  • 2 T Ginger
  • 2 cloves (or t) Garlic


  • 1 can Mango nectar
  • 1/4 c Spiced rum
  • 1/8 c Oil
  • 2 caps Jamaican jerk seasoning


  • 1/ 2 c soy sauce
  • 1/2 c zesty Italian dressing

Garam Marsala

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 to 2 T garam Marsala


  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 limes (or 4 tablespoons bottled lime juice)
  • 4 teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • 9 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons basil


  1. Combine ingredients and mix well.
  2. Divide 2 to 3 lbs meat into freezer bags and split marinade between them.
  3. Seal and freeze for up to 4 months


  1. Completely thaw.
  2. Heat marinade in pan until boiling.
  3. Place meat in baking dish and cover with marinade.
  4. Bake at 350 until meat is completely cooked.

Adapted from wife’s recipes and “Frozen Assets” by Deborah Taylor-Hough

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Recipe – Microwave “Souffle”

Not exactly sure what you would call this. In other places I have seen them called brownies or cakes (when sweet). Hopefully, Julia Child will forgive me for calling them souffles. They do puff up while cooking, so maybe that helps.

Plain eggs tend to bother my stomach, but buffering them with flour (like Swedish Pancakes) seems to work.

I have no idea if the cook time is safe, but it is the same time called out in other recipes for cooking eggs in the microwave. Caveat emptor

Serves 1


  • 2 T oil (or melted butter)
  • 2 T flour (white, wheat, rye, etc)
  • 1 T milk (or milk substitute)
  • 2 medium to large eggs
  • Salt and pepper as needed
  1. In a regular, straight sided coffee cup, combine oil and flour (this is a roux).
  2. Cook in the microwave for 45 seconds. You want to cook the roux until it loses its “flour” taste.
  3. Add milk, eggs, salt, pepper and stir well. The roux tends to not want to combine well.
  4. Cook in the microwave for 60 seconds. The souffle will look like it’s going to overflow the coffee cup, but it will hold together and typically rise at least an inch above the rim.
  5. The souffle will need to cool a little and will continue to cook during that time. Adjust the cooking time in 5 second increments each time you make until you find the right duration for your preference (shorter if too dry or rubbery, longer if too moist or underdone)


Onion – add a tsp of dried onion and a dash of powdered garlic in step 1 and worcestershire sauce in step 3.

Cheese – add a handful of grated cheese in step 3

Sweet – TBD

Chocolate – TBD

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5/21/2018 – 3rd week of Late Spring

I unexpectedly find myself with a lot more free time. Not something I am used to.

Working on the house plans will have to go on hold for awhile until I can get a computer and software. It’s also become a lower priority.

The few Honey Locust seeds that sprouted are growing well. Next on the list to sprout are Russian Olive and Autumn Olive. The AO are easy to source, this may be my last batch of RO as I won’t be traveling anytime soon. Hopefully, Sheffield’s will still be able to sell them.

Mulberries have just started ripening. Currently the birds and the grandkids are in a race to see who can eat them first. If there are any left, I may try to make jam/compote.

Posted in Daily, Foraging, Gardening

5/13/2018 – 1st week of Late Spring

Hurt myself a few weeks ago and I still slowly recuperating. The spirit is strong, but the flesh is week.

So far the cuttings are a mixed bag. Almost all of the Washington Hawthorn cuttings have died while a handful of Mulberry and Honeylocust are putting out leaves. The Hawthorns were doing really good up until recently. The only thing I can think of is that either the cuttings were two small in diameter or there was too much direct exposure to sunlight. I have moved the remaining cuttings to the north side of the house and continue to observe.

Chickens are doing pretty well. None of the hens has decided to use the nest boxes, but they all use a pretty clean corner of the coop. I need to clean their bedding out and dust them for mites. Also trying to decide if I want to start a second flock of Easter Eggers.

Most of the Black Cherry seedlings I planted out seem to be doing well, not sure about the Buffaloberry. Most of the Honeylocust I planted last year seem to have survived, but I haven’t been able to determine if any of the Green Ash, Black Ash, or Osage Orange have survived. Not certain, but it looks like at least one of the hazelnuts has sprouted. Its looking to be dry this year, so I will need to start looking into watering everything.

This years big present was a bagger for the Riding Mower. Most of the clippings will go to to mulching the garden beds, but I did come up with another use for them. Previously I have marked the hedge row by just not mowing them. Now I am putting down about 6 to 12 inches of grass clippings. Besides helping the trees to grow better, I am hopping that they will act as mini-dams or swales and help increase the amount of water that infiltrates.

Trying to sell the canoe and find something smaller and lighter. I like the Grumman, but it is more than I can handle getting on and off the van. In addition, I need to find a better fishing spot.

Working on a couple of recipes for healthier breakfast choices.


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