Category Archives: Wild Critters
We were making a fast pass through the farmer’s market but these were worth slowing down for a quick pic, a nice pair of standard poodles that the handler had under good control. They were listening closely to her commands and obeying them without fuss.This array of mushrooms caught my eye, those closest are oyster mushrooms, I think those at the far end are Shiitakes, and a Google search leads me to believe that those in the middle are pink oysters.Our main aim was to bring out some nice tomatoes and cucumbers for the summer salad that we’ve become addicted to. I just put this one together with seasoned rice vinegar for a dressing. We really like the flavor it adds. These will be much better tomorrow and even better the next day.I brought home a few zucchinis and some yellow squash, thinking they would be tasty with a quick saute and a drizzle of balsamic glaze. Google tells me that shaved squash is a thing – who knew? These have a dressing of 3 tablespoons each of olive oil and fresh lemon juice, a couple of crushed cloves of garlic, and a little chopped mint, chives, and parsley. Salt the shaved veggies down and let them rest for a while, then rinse the salt off, drain on paper towels, and add the dressing. A brief nibble told me that they were tasty enough to be worth the effort. I imagine they, too, will be better on the morrow.Pizza! This one has Andouille, hot coppa, pepperoni, olives, dried tomatoes, and onion jam.More kittehs! Here are three litter mates, five months old and ready for adoption. The one in the middle is a runt from another litter that is finally gaining some weight after a shaky start.Don’t start nothing and nothing will get started.Not much chance of these two starting any trouble, at least until after nap time.
Some pictures taken by a wildlife camera we have in what we call the north yard. Here is a coyote coming……and going. We see coyotes fairly often and since they have been reported to take cats as midnight snacks we try our best to gather all our critters before dark.This is from a few days later. It’s early morning and there is some light from a not yet fully risen sun but not enough to trigger the camera’s switch from night to day settings.
It’s a day later in the afternoon when these turkeys browse their way past. They eat pretty much whatever they can find or catch.
I’ve mentioned the turkey we cooked the other day. We really didn’t have any particular aim for the meat so I had a big ziplock bag full in the fridge waiting for me to do something. Turkey salad sounded like a good way to move some of that along. I have fun putting these salads together, chicken and turkey are pretty much interchangeable. This one has a dressing of sour cream and mayo, in a 1:1 ratio. I like to add cheese to mine and I usually have partial bags of shredded cheese laying about. This one got a little cheddar and Monterey jack, and a substantial amount of Parmesan. I can recommend Parmesan as being a particularly good addition after tasting this batch. Also mixed in – pickle relish, chopped celery, a smallish Vidalia onion, a half cup or so of red bell pepper, a few minced cloves of garlic, and a tablespoon of well chopped fresh parsley.More wildlife! Not all that random, Mrs J adds corn and sunflower seeds to that pile daily and the local deer know to stop by.Mrs J discovered a coupon app from her favorite store, she exercises it weekly. Pork chops cooked in mushroom soup for a fantastic gravy and one of my all time favorite comfort foods. I nearly ruined the box mix rice, it was all set to go in the rice cooker when I grabbed the rice vinegar bottle instead of the olive oil and gave it a good dose. I dumped it out through a sieve and added it back to the cooker with fresh water. It came out fine!Here’s an oldie but goody of Toby. Caption contest!I’m getting better at shaping the buns. I’ve standardized on 8 buns per recipe, they make fair sized buns, not too big or too small.I had to ask Mrs J how this momma-to-be cat got so dirty but she assures me that it’s natural coloration.Here’s a handsome boy! Ringo has some pretty blue eyes, he’s five months old and is ready to go out the door. Hurry, he won’t be waiting long!