Wild Yarrow

Yarrow is a useful healing herb that grows wild. It is know as Soldier’s Woundwort and Knight’s Milfoil as it was used on the battlefield to stop bleeding and encourage healing. The scientific name for the herb is Achillea millefolium named after Achilles from the ancient Greek Trojan war legend.

The herb has been used for everything from controlling bleeding of wounds and nosebleeds to chewing it for toothaches. Tea can be made from the wild herb to help with sleeplessness and is a helpful fever reducer.

A tincture can be made from the plant by chopping up the flowers and leaves. Continue Reading →


Vintage Vinegar Egg Tip

I recently posted a tip for easier peeling of hard boiled eggs that I personally found useful. It makes the shells softer and the peeling of the hard-boiled egg much easier.

I was pleasantly surprised to come across a vintage Gallaher cigarette tip card that was promoting the same handy idea that I posted. Gallaher brand cigarettes included a type of trading card which included tips which even today seem timeless.

Vinegar Egg Tip Card

These early trading cards not only included useful tips but cigarette cards were known to depicted actors, military heros, sports figures, and other famous people. The cards were very collectible Continue Reading →


Ice Bucket Method for Cooling

Here is a simple but useful idea for cooling if you do not have air conditioning. Place a bag of ice inside a metal bucket as shown. Cover the bucket with a small towel to cover just the top of the bucket. Place a fan behind the bucket and turn it on high. The bucket will begin to get cold and give off cooling air to the room.

This maybe a redneck air conditioning idea but it does help. Change out the ice Continue Reading →


A Thumping Grouse

Are you hearing a repeating thumping noise in or around your home and not sure what is causing it? Are you having a plumbing problem or just what is causing that thumping sound? For those who may not live in the woods or where wildlife like grouse inhabit, let me tell you about this unique thumping sound a ruffed grouse makes.

Male grouse make a drumming sound to attract mates which starts with a rapid, wing-beating display that creates a low frequency sound, starting slow and speeding up (thump…thump…thump…thump-thump-thump-thump). Even in thick woods the drumming sound can be heard for a quarter mile if not further. Grouse also drum to announce and establish their territory to all.

Grouse like to find an old log to make their drumming sound. The beating of their wings resonates through the log making the thumping sounds carry quite a distance. Grouse are known to thump repeatedly every few minutes and can continue for hours.

Here is a photo of a grouse in a mid-thumping action. It was difficult to get a photo of the grouse in action so this is the best picture I was able to capture.
Thumping Grouse

Here is one more photo Continue Reading →


Making Wild Sourdough Starter

Did you know that you can make sourdough starter from the air around you? After reading about capturing wild yeast from the air I set out to make my own natural sourdough yeast starter.

I was so excited to know that if you couldn’t buy yeast that one could still make breads and other products from natural yeast in the air. While it may sound unbelievable, it’s true and I am here to tell you that it is possible.

It is so simple and the results are so amazing. Just take 2 cups of flour and cover it with 2 cups of water. Now you can use white flour, whole wheat flour or other grains but make sure your water is non-chlorinated. I am on a private water well that is not chlorinated so I just use my tap water. If you are on a public water system that is chlorinated, either filter, boil or leave your water out for 24 hours on the counter so the chlorine is gone from your water.

The next step is to feed and stir the yeast starter. Continue Reading →


Merriam Turkeys

Merriam turkeys are very plentiful in our area. Wild turkeys are everywhere in the Northwest mountains this time of year. While I have seen many tom turkeys all puffed up, I had never seen one so close as this guy who was just outside my window. I was able to snap a few pictures of this very handsome tom showing off to the nearby hens.

Here are a few of the hens that the big tom is trying to court. Continue Reading →