The cold weather and the sniffles had me craving soup today, but I didn't have any meat thawed and I did not want to go to the store for chicken or beef. I dug around in my freezer and found a tube of hot seasoned sausage and saw that I had a few potatoes, and … Continue reading Spicy Sausage and Potato Soup
I spent an afternoon last week sauntering with my shotgun through the woods. It was a windy day on the nearby prairie but in the woods it was still and calm. White-crowned sparrows flitted in the underbrush, and yellow-bellied sapsuckers called from the oaky over-story as they flitted from trunk to trunk, but nary a … Continue reading A fall walk in the woods
The great thing about venison is that it is very similar to beef and can replace it in just about any recipe. The first time I harvested a deer my kids told me there was no way they would ever eat venison. So I started by combining the venison with beef, about half and half, … Continue reading Venison Nachos
Its fitting that National Public Lands Day falls on the opening day of duck season. I did not duck hunt today, but I did spend the day hunting for grouse and squirrels, all within the boundaries and outskirts of public lands owned by the State of Wisconsin and Burnett County. I saw lots of vehicles … Continue reading Happy Public Lands Day!
I'm lying on my cot inside my little one-pole tent this evening resting and listening to all the sounds of the Goose Creek Rendezvous around me. A thunderstorm had finally passed, and people are settling in for the evening, gathered under damp canvas awnings in front of canvas tents. Voices carry from all directions around … Continue reading A Good Day
I'm spending the weekend at the Goose Creek Rendezvous in Harris MN. Tonight was the candlelight shoot, where each competitor took two shots at lit candles with muzzleloaders shooting round ball with black powder. The shot must not only put out the candle, but it also must hit the wick without hitting the candle itself. … Continue reading Candlelight Shoot
One nice side-effect of a rainy September is the abundance of mushrooms and other fungi that spring forth on the forest floor. I took a brief stroll through a favorite spot full of fond memories this afternoon and was treated to a dozen or more different species. I was especially thrilled to find the elfin … Continue reading September Showers Bring… Fungi!
Technology has made it to the rice beds! I have a mapping app on my phone to track my bike rides, and I recently put it to use to show how we move through the rice beds. This was about 2 hours the other day, covering about 2 miles. I forgot to start it when … Continue reading Ricing App?
My friend Kathy and I went out into the rice beds today to check out the rice. It is starting to drop and got better as the day went along. It's still early, but it looks like it will be another good harvest this year! This American Dagger moth caterpillar went along for the ride, … Continue reading The beginning of an epic harvest?
When I started learning and teaching others about the native prairie wildflowers and other plants found in my area, I discovered two plants that stand out because of their aroma. These are ones that are readily identified by sight but are especially remembered by my students because I would pick a few leaves from the … Continue reading Wild Edible Aromatics