Recipe – Spring Soup (Carrot/Pea/Potato)


  • 3 carrots, diced (about 2 c)
  • 2 medium potatoes, diced (about 3 c)
  • 1 lb dried peas (split or whole, yellow or green)
  • 2 t vegetable bullion
  • 4 c water (plus more as needed)
  • 1/2 lb bacon, diced
  • 1 large onion, diced or 1-1/2 c chopped or 6 T flakes
  • 2 t garlic, minced or flake
  • 1/2 t dried oregano or Italian seasoning
  • 1 t black pepper
  • 1/4 c red cooking wine
  • 2 T vinegar

Slow cooker

  1. Put carrots, potatoes, 1/2 of the peas, bullion, and water in the slow cooker. Set on high and cook for 60 minutes.
  2. Cook bacon in a skillet on medium low. Note, bacon will not be crispy.Once bacon is cooked add onions, garlic, and spices and increase heat to medium high. Finally, deglaze pan with wine and remove from heat.
  3. Add bacon, remaining peas, and any additional water to slow cooker. Continue to cook on high for an hour or until peas are tender. Finish with vinegar.
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Week of September 16th

Gathered sunflower and purslane seeds. Finished processing the Ground Cherry seeds.

Found maps online for the local lakes. They are much nicer than what I am used to. Besides being based off of Satellite images (instead of hand drawn) the include bathymetric information.

Also researched bait recipes.

Posted in Daily, Fishing, Gardening

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.

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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

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Recipe – Swedish Pancakes


  • 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)


  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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

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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
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