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.

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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.


Posted in Animals, Daily, Fishing, Gardening

4/16/2018 – 3rd week of Middle Spring

Decided to start the Honey Locust seeds inside this year. So far, about 8 have sprouted out of 36 peat pots. I suspect that I won’t get many since I forgot about the seeds all winter, which means the bugs had a field day. I also potted up the Blackberry seeds that have been stratifying over the winter.

Been working on how the plumbing and HVAC will effect the design of the house. One thing I realized is that the unconventional way I was running the floor joists was going to cause some issues with routing. So I am back to a conventional layout, but need to run the numbers to see if solid lumber or I-joists work out better.

Finally goat a chance to get the Buffaloberry bushes planted. They made two of the radial rows on the East side. Tried making seed balls to seed White Clover and various wildflowers, but they lacked structural integrity. I ended up just broadcasting the clay and seeds.

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4/2/2018 – 1st week of Middle Spring

When I transitioned from a daily to a weekly calendar, I didn’t account for leap weeks instead of leap days. Rather than try to figure it out myself, I borrowed the leap rule from Symmetry454. When I update the Calendar page, I will include the data on how it works.

I got fertilizer for the trees that got pruned this year. Still need to cut down more volunteers. Got the Black Cherry trees planted. Found my honey locust seeds and got them sprouting. Now if the weather and my back will cooperate.

Been getting a lot of work done on the house plans. Trying to figure out plumbing, as this might impact stud an joist placement. Next is HVAC and Electrical. There doesn’t seem to be much good information online on how to size the various pipes and the IRC/IPC don’t quite make sense yet.

Posted in Daily, Gardening, House
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