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Breakfast is our favorite meal of the day. Don’t be fooled by the camp stove in the background we just set it there to take the picture. We’re getting this cooking with wood coals figured out!

First we fried up a couple of strips of bacon and then we used the grease to pan fry some taters. Next we added some green pepper and onions. We cracked a few eggs and put the dutch oven (DO) lid back on to let them cook. Cast iron cooking is so easy. We just took the DO off the wood coals and waited until the eggs were just about done and then added some cheese and let it melt.

This is a breakfast that will stick to your ribs! Is your mouth watering yet?

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Persimmons

More tree identification today. We have persimmons! We tasted a couple of the ones that seemed to be ripe. They tasted ok but had a slightly unpleasant aftertaste. Bob seems to remember that persimmons are better if you harvest them after the first frost.

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Anybody have good persimmon recipes to share?

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We pretty much know that we have a lot of hickory (duh!) and oak trees but now it’s time to start figuring out the other trees we have on the property. Using our tree identification books, Trees of North America by Alan Mitchell and The Trees of North America and Europe by Roger Phillips we think we‘ve identified the tree below as a Hybrid Catalpa Tree. The 2 books sound very similar but it took both of them to (hopefully) correctly identify the tree.

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Please feel free to post a comment one way or the other (we’re right or we’re wrong). Thanks!

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I thought that some of you (especially the women) might be interested in seeing our kitchen set up. Bob and I have always enjoyed camping as a low-stress activity. Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall —  the season didn’t matter. Good thing, huh!

As you can see we have quite of bit of outdoor kitchen equipment. We didn’t purchase anything new (or used) in order to start homesteading. As the weather gets cooler we’ll hang some more tarps as side walls to block the wind.

Even after the tipi is set up, this “outdoor kitchen” will continue to be used for most of our meals. We’ll only cook inside the tipi on the days when the weather is REALLY bad.

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Like most kitchens it’s always in a state of change 🙂

Bob has been cooking with cast iron for several years now. Please note the "workhorse" 10" and our cute little 8" dutch ovens stacked under the camp kitchen shelves. Up until now he's mostly cooked with charcoal briquettes but now he’s having to learn how to use wood coals.

We usually cook the main part of our meal in the dutches but we do have the good ol' Coleman stove as a back up. Mostly we use the propane stove to heat water for washing dishes.

This morning we had one of our favorites — Baked Apple Pancake. It didn’t brown up as well as when we cooked in our gas oven at our old home but boy, oh boy, it was mmmmm-mmmmm good!

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Waste Not, Want Not

The weather has been very rainy here and, as any good homesteader knows, since water is precious we adjusted the canopy tarp to create a low spot and started collected rain water in our barrel. Not a perfect solution but this will work until we can get the storage shed with the roof surface and guttering built.

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Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for looking!

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Mushrooms

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Found these unusual mushrooms while we were clearing out the old wood pile.

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Cleaning Up

As I said in an earlier post, our homestead is about 25% cleared and 75% timber. A good portion of the cleared area was bush-hogged some time ago and at that time the previous owners pushed some of the smaller trees over to the edge of the clearing.

Unfortunately most of this wood is too old and rotten to use for cooking or heating so today Bob and I started to clean it up because this is very close to where we‘ve decided to set up our tipi. We’ll salvage what we can and have a good old bonfire with the rest.

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Bring on the hot dogs and marshmallows!

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Everything looks so different here. Where our land is "cleared" is like a woodland meadow. Quite different from the suburban lawn we left behind. It’s not like Bob and I have the “perfect” lawn or anything but nothing like this.

Our “yard” is now full of wild flowers, some are in bloom and some not, and small trees. Unfortunately they all have to go in the immediate area to make room for our tipi, gardens, and livestock. Eventually the goats will be a big help in keeping it cleared off.

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