Sunday, November 25, 2018
Sunday, November 18, 2018
I am still deer hunting. So far I have seen gaggles of geese, flocks of ducks, a bald eagle, two little beavers working on a lodge, a three legged buck, and a buck that had a huge wad of baling twine tangled in his antlers. I probably should have taken the baling twine buck. By the time I realized what the green gob that was coming towards me was and that it was attached to a buck it was too late. Despite a few cold mornings I wouldn't trade a day watching nature with anything. My job is a constant stream of emergencies and dealing with people. It is such a blessing to just sit quietly and just watch the world go by. Sometimes I just need some peace and quiet.
I am forever in awe of the colors nature can provide. I took the photos below from our deck. Could we be luckier? I was happy the camera captured the colors as well as it did.
There isn't much else going on in our little corner of the woods. I still have a few more days of hunting. Maybe I'll get something and maybe I won't. I will still have some great memories and tales to tell. Also I will be refreshed from a little peace and quiet. Where do you find your peace?
Sunday, November 11, 2018
Today the wind was blowing snow everywhere. It was the perfect day to stay in the house and bake. There were several Pinterest recipes I wanted to try. This morning I made Scottish Pancakes. I've wanted to try making them for sometime. They were perfect. Sorry, no pictures. I'm not the most astute in the mornings. You can find the recipe at diethood.com.
Mix 1 Mix 2
1 c. flour 1 egg
2 t. baking powder 3/4 c. 2 T. milk
1/2 t. cinnamon 1 t. vanilla
2 T. sugar
1/4 t. salt
Blend mix 1 and mix 2 together. Heat griddle and coat with a thin layer of oil. Drop batter by 1/4 cup. Wait until the top bubbles and flip. Then heat until golden brown. Delicious.
Next was some Raspberry Chocolate Chip Biscotti. I found this recipe at thebakermama.com
Raspberry Choclolate Biscotti
1/2 c. butter 3 c. flour 3/4 c. frozen raspberries
1 c. sugar 3 t. baking powder 3/4 c. mini chocolate chips
2 eggs 1/4 t. salt
1 t. vanilla
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Beat butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Slowly add dry ingredients. Gently fold in raspberries and chocolate chips. Divide dough in half and shape into rectangular loaves. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes then cut into slices. Flip slices on the sides and bake for 15 more minutes. Flip again and bake an additional 10 minutes. Enjoy with coffee.
Cinnamon Spice Sugar Cookies
Mix 1 Mix 2 Frosting
2 3/4 c. flour 3/4 c. butter 2 c. powdered sugar
1 t. baking powder 1 c. sugar 1/2 t. vanilla
1 t. salt 2 eggs 1/4 c. milk
2 t. cinnamon 2 t. vanilla 1/4 t. cinnamon
1. t nutmeg
1 t. ginger
Blend the dry and butter mixtures together. Chill for 1 hour. Roll out and cut into shapes. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes. Top with frosting. You can find the recipe at houseofyumm.com
Not only did I get the baking done, but I cleaned my closet and the junk drawers. Yesterday was the opening of hunting season. I spent the day out at our prairie property. I saw lots of deer. I even saw a 3 legged buck that seemed to get around just fine. There is nothing better than a day outdoors observing nature. The ducks and geese were everywhere. The sounds of their quacks and honks filling the fall air. I didn't see anything I wanted to shoot. I have a few more weeks. Do you see the doe in the background of the photo below? He's looking for love in all the wrong places.
I am a lucky person that I can spend one day outdoors enjoying nature and the next in a cozy cabin baking like crazy. How did you spend your weekend? When was the last time you tried a new recipe? I have to say all three of mine were a thumbs up.
A huge thank you to all of the Veterans out there. I appreciate your service. I understand that freedom is not free.
Sunday, November 4, 2018
As you can see, our route has beautiful views. I'm lucky we can go out the front door and just run. Ella is a great partner and always stays right with me. Today was fun because there was a light dusting of snow. We saw coyote tracks, deer tracks, and even a set of lion tracks. I was going to take photos of the tracks, but the snow was so blinding I didn't get very good pictures. It is funny how my opinion of running has changed. I enjoy the feeling I get from running. I believe they call it a runner's high. Hopefully, the snow will keep at bay for a while and I won't have to change my running shoes to snow shoes.
We had a wonderful visit talking about history, hunting, and food. She also found a photo of her, her brother and my mom, with her brothers and sister, riding in an old hay cart. It is just like the one my husband restored. They talked about how Sonny would push them all over in that cart. I cannot believe no one lost a hand or finger in those wheels. It is a great photo.
It was a good week. Great company and the weather has been holding. We had snow yesterday, but this morning was a beautiful day for a run. I hope you all enjoyed your weekend. What is something you started doing after 40? Do you have a photo of an old hay cart?