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Home & Hearth Last Updated: Apr 16th, 2012 - 18:57:46

Home & Hearth
12 Acres in Ohio


Squirrels, the Cute Little Rodent

Besides our backyard bird feeders, Robin has scattered a few feeders in various “photogenic” spots around our property. She checks them every morning when she walks the dogs. Recently she has been doing some catalog photos for Duncraft, a leading supplier of wild bird feed and feeders, so she was really excited the morning she discovered that all of the Duncraft Peanut Butter “Miracle Mix” had been cleaned out of one of the feeders—she thought maybe the chickadees had finally found it! Hoping to get some photos she went back out with her camera only to discover a fat fox squirrel sitting up in the tree munching the tasty—and expensive—treat.

Squirrels are common, but we don’t see many of them up around our house—they seem to hang out more in the back where the trees are more mature. A few years ago we were entertained by a family of fox squirrels that spent a lot of time playing in our backyard and cleaning out the bird feeders… until one day a gray squirrel moved into the area and took over. The fox squirrel family left and never came back. Shortly after that, the gray squirrel disappeared, too.

Dec 19, 2010, 19:01

Home & Hearth

“Take Two and Butter ‘em while they’re Hot!” is the name of a cook book that boasts of “Heirloom Recipes and Kitchen Wisdom”. The recipes from the 1880’s include such old time favorites as Garden Fresh English Pea Soup, Tipsy Pork Chops, Fried Green Tomatoes, Turkey corn Chowder and Lebkuchen. Bits of kitchen wisdom include, “There’s not a pot so crooked that there isn’t a lid to fit it.”  Another, “A person who gets all wrapped up in themselves makes a mighty small package.”  “Life can only be understood backwards, but must be lived forward.” 

Dec 19, 2010, 18:58

Home & Hearth
Bakin' Bits
Bakin' Bits
By Bonnie Dick

The family cruise was a success, and we're all home safe, sound, and full of sun, sand, and gourmet food.   It was a treat anyway not to have to cook for two weeks, but as those of you who have cruised before know, the food is usually fabulous.
I tried Chilean Sea Bass with Caviar Sauce.  The flavor was out of this world.  Our son Chuck told us that meal would be close to $100 in a good restaurant.  Chuck earned his way through college as a waiter at Real Seafood in Ann Arbor, so he knows good food.    I also had broiled orange roughy which was also an excellent meal. 

Mar 29, 2009, 18:06

Home & Hearth
Retire Smart

                        By Mark Miller

                        The problem lay buried, unspoken, for many years in
the minds of American women. It was a strange stirring, a sense of
dissatisfaction, a yearning that women suffered in the middle of the 20th century in the United States. Each suburban wife struggled with it alone. As she made the beds, shopped for groceries, matched slipcover material, ate peanut butter sandwiches with her children, chauffeured Cub Scouts and Brownies, lay beside her husband at night-she was afraid to ask even of herself the silent question-"Is this all?"

May 24, 2008, 19:34

Home & Hearth
Secrets of Great Chicken Salad

By Wolfgang Puck

No cook wants to make the same dish every day all year long. Sometimes, though, you come up with a recipe that's so good that everyone - whether your family or your customers - keeps asking for it over and over again.

That's what happened to me with chicken salad, a perfect year-round dish that's especially good to serve now as the weather starts warming up.

Apr 25, 2008, 18:41

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