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Wild Rose Hips

This post will help identify Rose Hips growing in the wild. From everything from their tiny little rose buds, to their thorny branches, and finally their blooming flowers.

Rose Hips do have several different varieties and colors of the flowers and fruit can vary. The following photos are of the main variety of Rose Hip that grows in the wild on our Northern Idaho property.

First here is photo of a pink blooming Rose Hip and a tiny rose bud.

First always look for thorn-filled branches and you will know that this is truly a Rose Hip bush. Also take notice of the leaves and their shape.

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Thorny little buds starting to grow in this photo.

Another blooming Rose Hip photo.

And finally a Rose Hip formed and growing.

I hope you have found these Rose Hips photos useful in your search of them in the wild. They grow freely all around our property and there are many uses for this natural fruit. Rose Hips have many medicinal uses and are a good wild source for vitamin C, make an excellent tea and herbal throat reliever just to name a few things.

Just remember to always remove the skins from the seeds and other materials inside. The seeds and little fibers inside are an irritating, hairy-looking substance you do not want. You must remove all of the insides and rinse Continue Reading →

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Leftover Turkey Soup

I had some leftover turkey from last Christmas in the freezer. I cut it all up which resulted in over a cup of nice meat to add to my soup mix.

Auguson Soup MixI used about 2 cups of Auguson hearty vegetable chicken soup mix along with 7 cups of water for my soup base. I then added salt, pepper and a few splashes of Worcestershire sauce all into my Crockpot.

If you haven’t used Auguson storage foods before, let me just say they are good product at a value price. I have made this soup mix before and it is very tasty.

Here is a picture after everything was in the Crockpot. Continue Reading →

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Feeding the Deer Naturally

Just a fun photo to share on how we are feeding the deer on our property naturally. We recently had to cut down a tree that was hanging dangerous over the house. After limbing the tree there were all these branches on the ground with tons of witch’s hair on them.

Well it didn’t take long for all of these does to come munch on the treats. The dried material often misrepresented as moss is really Lichens. The formal name is Alectoria sarmentosa or witch’s hair and is sometimes classified as a fungus.

Anyway the deer love witch’s hair from the limbs which provides an outstanding food source for deer and other animals. I should also mention that witch’s hair is a good firestarter. Just find some dried stuff under branches if you are in the woods and in need of some tinder for a fire. It works great and is usually easy to find hanging from tree limbs.

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Cooking on the Woodstove

I love cooking on the woodstove. It is a wonderful stove top and saves on running the conventional range-top burner. I have a step-top woodstove and after some testing, I have found the heat levels for cooking on it. If I have a gentle fire going as shown in the photo, the lower level is medium to high heat temperature. This is a good location for starting a pot of soup or stew to get it boiling. Check your pot often as the heat can be very hot and you don’t want to burn your food or boil over the pot.

Once I have my pot of soup hot, I move it up on top for low heat cooking. I can leave my pot of soup simming here for hours. Do check the heat if you build up your fire as it can still get pretty hot on this top shelf of a woodstove.

I find if my soup pot gets too cold, I can always move the pot to the lower level to get the pot hot again and I do this also before serving the soup.

All woodstoves vary and cooking on them takes some time and testing to perfect your skills. My main advice is to Continue Reading →

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Split Pea Ham Soup

After a recent potluck at work, there was a leftover ham bone with lots of meat on it. I asked and no one seemed to want it so I cut off the leftover ham from the bone. The result was about 2 cups of cut up ham perfect for making split pea ham soup. Here is just half of the ham I saved from the potluck

My homemade split pea ham soup recipe is very basic and easy. Here is my recipe.

One large pot filled with 8 cups of water
Add 1 cup or more of cut up ham leftovers
Add 1/2 lb of split peas which have been washed and sorted
Add 1 small diced onion
Add 1 carrot diced (about 1/2 cup)
Add one peeled potato
Add salt and pepper as desired and more as it cooks as needed

Bring to light boil and then cook for 2-3+ hours on low-medium heat. I actually put the covered pot on top of my woodstove to let it sim for hours before I served it. My recipe makes about 4+ large bowls of finished soup.

Soup just starting with all the ingredients added.

Soup cooking and you can see my potato got so tender that it split in half. Continue Reading →

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Recycled Christmas Decorations

Here are some useful ways to recycle and reuse old Christmas cards. One idea to reuse Christmas cards is to craft them into new Christmas ornaments. I love to take the old cards and crochet around the edges with yarn. Here are a few examples of recycled Christmas ornaments.

Here is the tutorial with step by step instructions how to make your own recycled ornaments from old Christmas cards.

If you don’t want to crochet around the edges, you can always just stitch around the edges with a needle and thread such as this ornament.

Another idea is to make gift tags from the old cards. You can either use a template to cut out the tags using scissors or use a store-bought tag maker to punch out the tags. Here are some gift tags I punched out using a tag maker.

Here are more examples of recycled Christmas ornaments made from old cards. Continue Reading →

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