Tuesday, May 31, 2011

hot boiled peanuts

Southerns might offer you something that sounds like "bald peanuts" but they're actually Hot Boiled Peanuts. It's almost season for peanuts in the deep south and Lord how we love those goobers! I've always loved boiled peanuts, and the best ones are found at roadside stands and served fresh from the pot. If you want to try cooking your own, here's a simple recipe from Paula Dean peanuts + salt + water

Monday, May 30, 2011

Tough Times: make yer own dry rub

1/2 cup paprika
3 tablespoons cayenne pepper
5 tablespoons ground black pepper
5 tablespoons garlic powder
3 tablespoons onion powder
5 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons dried oregano
2 tablespoons dried thyme

Dry rubs can be applied to meats prior to cooking to enhance the flavors and mix with the juices for some savory meals! You can save money by developing your own rub mixture, instead of purchasing the ready-made containers at the supermarket.

TOUGH TIMES is a series of articles for thifty ideas to save you some money. Follow EDGE OF THE WILDWOOD and 'enjoy' some tough times:)

Saturday, May 28, 2011

CATurday is looking up

. . . from up here I can see everything

Friday, May 27, 2011

Birding in Tennessee: Cedar Waxwing

Named for it's red tipped wings that look as though they were dipped in wax, the Cedar Waxwing seems to prefer eating the small blueberry-like cones of the cedar tree. The travel mostly in flocks, moving from area to area in search of berries and insects. Sometimes characterized as a "glutton," or "intensive forager," Cedar Waxwings have been reported to devour an entire fruit crop of red cedars over a 2-day period!

Cedar waxwings spend most of their time in the tops of trees, with the nests that resemble a cup. They prefers forest edges or open woodlands as their habitat. More than half of nest sites have been shown to occur in maple or cedar trees. They produce 1-2 broods per year with 4-6 eggs. After they hatch, the male and female will feed and protect their young for about 18 days.

After one year, the birds develop the bandit-like black mask. The rich, red waxy tips on their wings will appear after 2 years. Cedar Waxwings have a pointed crest and bright yellow at the tip of their tail.

These delightful birds make a "sreeee" chirp and enjoy constant chatter

BIRDING is a special wildlife series from Edge of the Wildwood. Visit wildwood again to learn about more birds and their habitats.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

oops I did it again

Back in 2004 I injured the palm of my left hand in an unfortunate cooking accident: I was trying to seperate frozen sausage patties and thought a pointy steak knife might be a useful tool. I was wrong. I knew it was a serious wound when it didn't hurt - I had cut a nerve to my 'pointing' finger. My doctor performed surgery and I slowly healed.

the "Z" shaped scar

Fast forward to 2011, in my workshop I'm working with a metal scraper. A wooden sign I'm working on needed some attention, so I put on vinyl gloves and cranked up the music and off I went. All was well for the most part, although the surface was giving me resistance - oops. One slip of the tool and my left hand took another hit. I actually didn't realize that I'd sliced my hand until a few minutes later when the glove starting feeling wet.

To my great fortune, this wound required only a few stitches. About 2 weeks later and I'm able to have full function of my hand.

Of all the power tools and sharp, hot objects in my workshop that can be a serious safety concern. I should've considered my own actions as the real danger. Take heed:)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

wordless wednesday

Monday, May 23, 2011

Amen, and pass the biscuits

Get your hot biscuit fix over at SOUTHERN AS BISCUITS blog!

Kristi is known as jivetalk on Etsy, and she loves to put together special collections to accompany her articles. For National Buttermilk Biscuit Day she posted some adorable finds, along with delightful biscuit recipes.

Big thank you to Kristi for featuring my woodburned rolling pin in her post.

How do you like your biscuits? jelly...honey...figs...preserves?

Monday, May 09, 2011

be warned Brood XIX is a biggie

Has it been 13 years? Apparently, the cicadas never miss a 13 year emergence, and 2011 is shaping up to be enourmous! Millions of cicadas will come out of hibernation (and day now) and invade our area. They only live a few weeks, but they are noisy and active during their time with us.

For those who might not have a firsthand experience with cicadas... check out this website for loads of info on the CICADA MANIA

The cicadas massive numbers are part of it's survival strategy, and the loud chirps are calls for mating. About 14 states will see their large black bodies, paper wings, red-orange eyes and bright orange coloring.

Sure they're pesky and sometimes frightening, but they're also a fascinating species! Get your cameras and take some photos, after all it'll be 2024 before they appear again:)

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Honor Thy Mother

"Honor thy father and thy mother, as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee,"
Deuteronomy 5:16

Saturday, May 07, 2011

CATurday is for cats

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

who knew, new do

oh, what a big boost a new hair style can give! I'm so glad I took the plunge.

here's a BEFORE pic

and here's my AFTER

it's hard to believe these photographs were taken on the same day, but they were!

I don't know what took me so long to get it cut,

but I'm sure glad I did

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

simple sauce recipe

1 24 oz. can crushed tomatoes
2 14 oz. can diced tomatoes
2 tbs. olive oil
2 garlic cloves
2 tbs. sweet basil dried
(or 1/4 c. chopped fresh basil)

heat olive oil on med-high. add garlic and stir for one minute to release flavors. add tomatoes and basil. simmer for 20 minutes.

1/2 lbs. ground turkey
1/2 lbs. ground beef
1 egg

mix ingredients and shape into small balls. brown in skillet turning often (about 10 minutes). add to spaghetti sauce for the last 10 minutes of cooking.

*special thanks to Mama for providing this simple spaghetti sauce recipe
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