Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Secret to Enjoying EVERY Season (Yes, even winter!)

Autumn is in full swing and winter is just around the corner, and many of us are dreading the long cold months ahead, but does it really have to be this way? 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

For Those Who Hate Weeding

There are no guarantees in life except death and taxes, and if you’re a gardener, weeding. Some enjoy it, some hate it, most simply just don’t have enough time to do it.  If you are already a weed destroying machine, hellbent on obliterating every weed on the planet, you might want to take the time you would have spent reading this post to chill out a little. The rest of you, follow me. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Foraging for Chicken of The Woods

Here chicky chicky chicky! You had better bring  your egg basket with you on your next hike because it’s chicken of the woods season! 

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Foraging for Honey Mushrooms

Honey mushrooms, Armillaria mellea, are one of those highly underutilized wild edibles. In fact, many foragers don’t even know about them, sticking with the more well known and sought after species, such as chicken of the woods, oyster, and chanterelle mushrooms. Up until a couple of days ago I had heard of them, I’m sure I had probably even seen them, but I had never harvested any until I went out mushroom hunting with my new friend, Andrew, who works here at Hawk Circle with Zak. He’s a pretty hard core mycology fan and shared a lot of new information with us. Between the three of us, we ended up finding and harvesting 7 different edible or medicinal varieties of mushrooms in three hours, including mostly honey mushrooms, lions mane, chicken of the woods, chaga (harvested for hand drill fires), reishi, hedgehog, and puffball mushrooms. This bounty, combined with some massive veggies from the garden covered our entire kitchen table, and almost all of it went into a massive stir fry later that night. 

Friday, October 7, 2016

How to Turn All of Those Giant Zucchinis Into Apple Pie

It’s harvest season! And if you’re like most gardeners, I’m sure that you are so sick of zucchini at this point that you’ve just stopped picking them and they’ve gotten huge in your garden. Don’t let them rot! Tanya Kelley calls them the most versatile fruit in her garden because they are so bland that you can season them in any way and easily trick anyone into thinking you are feeding them lemon pie filling, apple pie filling, or even pineapple, like I wrote about in my post 6 Food Preservation Recipes for Garden Failures

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

We Moved Our Homestead… Again! or Is it Really Homesteading if You Don’t Own Property?

After graduating from college six months ago, Zak and I packed up everything we owned and moved all the way from Vermont to West Virginia. We had never lived in the South before and I had never even visited West Virginia, so we really had no idea what we were getting ourselves into, but seeing as we had no money and no place to stay, we cautiously agreed to come when some friends invited us to help start their homestead.