Category Archives: Wild Critters
I snapped this one from the front door the other day with my cell phone. The scene is lit from behind me by the porch light and from the side by a security lamp mounted on the front of the garage. I like the textures in the photo. Lots of grain from the high ISO number the camera chose due to the relatively low light level.We see the (probably) same fox from last week, this time at night. He’s in a different spot this time but not that far from where the other camera is set up. It’s sniffing at the spot where Mrs J dumps corn, no doubt drawn by the scent left by mice and squirrels.Polenta is something we’ve begun to make and use in lieu of pasta. It’s a nice change of pace. These slices have been fried in olive oil and served under a meat sauce made with Italian sausage and tomatoes. Tasty!Here’s a nice kitteh. She’s 5 months old, named Macy and is ready to go.We tried a pressure cooker recipe for some BBQed ribs the other day and didn’t give them enough time. I abandoned the recipe and made stock with the rack, boiling it all day with assorted veggies after washing the sauce off. Frugal! These pork noodles were the result. I’ve plated them with roasted sprouts and sweet potatoes.Moar kittehs! These guys are exhausted from a play session and are in the middle of a lap nap.Mrs J’s Famous Blueberry Pie! In a rather ill advised move, we tried out a dump cake made with frozen berries, white cake mix, and a can of diet 7-Up. We salvaged the berries and the pie is the result. Tasty!
I had friends over this fall, fishing both of my stocked ponds. One fellow left me with some cleaned fillets as a thank you. I vacuum sealed a few and promptly forgot them after filing them away in a freezer. Found fish taste the best! These were floured, dipped in a milk/egg mixture, and dredged in panko. Yum!
A nice looking red fox, captured yesterday by one of our wildlife cameras. It’s probably the same fox I saw Katie chase from the yard the other day. I saw her tearing after something and caught just a glimpse of red fur and matchstick leg disappearing into the trees north of the house. Kate came prancing back, proud of herself, beaming, head high and stub tail erect. Guardian of the pack.
Ginger taste tests the doggies’ chow. Mrs J has a recipe she’s been using to add a little flavor to the regular dry fare.I’ve always liked this photo of a cardinal and her wingman swooping by a feeder on a bright day against a snowy background.Here are those pressure cooker baked beans. I’ve added some bbq sauce and ketchup because the original beans were a tad dry. They accompany a sammich of ham salad on dark rye.Here’s a whole flock of cardinals, attracted by a pile of seed on the ground.And several bluejays take their turn.A pretty good tasting chicken noodle soup I made up today to use up a few chicken thighs I did up in a confit the other day. Mrs J tells me she likes hominy so there is some in there today.Here are those chicken thighs I mentioned, with yellow rice and steamed broccoli. I have the legs quarters and breast of a medium sized turkey salted down, I’ll do a confit with them tomorrow. All the rest of that turkey is simmering in my stockpot this afternoon.Moar bluejays!
I suppose I should open with the Christmas Dinner – the rib roast worked out nicely for us and I’m tickled because it was my first time doing one. We followed, loosely, the Serious Eats recipe, including the ox tail in red wine for the jus. I’m a little bummed, I made a nice dressing to go with this and left it, forgotten, in the basement fridge until too late.I went ahead today and cooked it, I’ll portion it out and freeze it, then vacuum seal it for later. It, too, is a recipe from the Serious Eats folks. I had even used my own patio grown sage for the seasoning:I picked a paper sack full of leaves from the container plant and let them dry atop the freezer, a nice out of the way spot that stays warm due to the heat exchange system built into the walls of the box. The food processor made short work of them, reducing the sackful to the not-quite-powder that they label as “rubbed sage” in the retailer’s spice rack.Mrs J took a snap of Ginger this afternoon, and it got me to searching for the pictures we took of him and his siblings right after they had been dumped at the neighbor’s house:This was taken in October of 2013, they are Ginger’s litter mates but Ginger isn’t among them, we didn’t capture him until 3 or 4 days later – he had evaded the initial round-up. Mrs J took him to our vet for an evaluation and the vet tech said he hadn’t had anything but grass and leaves to eat for a while. Here’s a ham and Swiss on rye, lightly grilled. I have a nice beef top round brining in the basement and I wanted to try a couple of rye bread recipes in the machine. This was a light rye with caraway seeds. Should be perfect for the corned beef-to-be.I mentioned in a post this spring that a neighbor bought a couple of swans they were going to raise along with the goats they’ve been keeping. I was driving past their place when I looked out the window at the goats browsing on their pond dam and had to do a double take – those swans are nearly as big as the goats!Here’s a different angle on that rib platter. Mrs J is wishing we had bought another one to put back, this one was so good.
It’s close to opening day for deer hunting season and this fine fellow will need all of his wiles to make it through. We don’t hunt but the neighbors do and his wanderings will take him onto them. We’ve just moved this camera into its present position, strapped to a crab apple tree along the entrance drive. The deer are eating the fallen fruit.
The green box is an automatic feeder, we have it filled with corn. It’s set to deliver a spread of seed mornings and evenings. We had it overlooking the back pond for years, it’s been here for a few weeks now and the critters are getting used to it and the associated bounty.The feeder used to be here – Mrs J carries corn with her on her dogwalks and leaves a small pile on the ground. This hawk has some sort of small prey pinned down. I can’t tell what it is from this low res image but I would guess it’s a mouse or a chipmunk foraging for any corn the the raccoons and deer have overlooked.
This popped up in my Facebook “memories” today, so I went searching for the original post (from Nov 2013) and decided I needed to repost it. Because it’s Friday and it’s Fall.
Stumbled across this photo that led me to the Daily Mail and this:
Frolicking in the autumn leaves, this little lion cub is having the time of her life as she excitedly plays in her enclosure.
Tiny cub Karis proved she’s not too dissimilar to human children as she threw herself into the pile of golden leaves carefully collected by her keepers, even ending up with a pile on her head.
Staff at the Blair Drummond Safari Park, near Stirling, Scotland, had been raking up the leaves to keep the attraction tidy, when Karis’s keeper Brian Reid realised that his little charge might enjoy playing in them and moved the pile into her enclosure.Autumn days: Karis, an 11 week old lion cub, plays in fallen leaves brushed up by keepers in her enclosure at Blair Drummond Safari Park, near Stirling, central ScotlandAdventure: Tiny cub Karis proved that she’s not too dissimilar from human children as she threw herself into the pile of golden leaves carefully collected by her keepersPlaytime: Staff at the park had been raking up leaves, when Karis’s keeper David Reid realised that his little charge might enjoy playing in them, and moved the pile into her enclosure
==================Happy: Karis almost seems to have a smile on her face as she poses in the pile of leaves
=============Lion Queen: Karis appears to be working on an almighty roar as she leaps through the leaves
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