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Wildlands’ Aged & Boozy Eggnog

Four years ago, a friend and I followed this recipe for aged eggnog. We made our batch at Thanksgiving. On Christmas night, we served it to friends and loved ones … Continue reading

December 6, 2015 · 1 Comment

Gluten Free Coconut Cupcakes

I’ve been experimenting with GF baking for a few years now. I tend to lean towards almond flour as a base with other GF flours mixed in. I’ve found mixing … Continue reading

August 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

Wildlands’ “Ouch Ointment” – Homemade Salve for burns, cuts, and scrapes

For Christmas gifts this year, I made a suite of homemade body products. I’ll be blogging about some of them in the near future, but the one I’d love to … Continue reading

February 22, 2015 · 1 Comment

Latest Wildlands Rehab Project

A few years ago a friend gifted me this lovely old dresser. His wife had stripped it of its many layers of paint, but then had lost interest in the … Continue reading

October 26, 2014 · 2 Comments

EASY DIY solar dehydrator

Last night, I harvested the ‘tamed’ wild grapes from the front fence and netted over 10 gallons of grapes. I noticed some grapes had dried on the vine. I tasted … Continue reading

September 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

We did it!

Thanks everyone who shared on social media and/or voted for the photo. The total amount raised from Sully and Sky’s photo (including the $700 prize money) is $1,860 dollars. With … Continue reading

August 5, 2014 · 1 Comment

$1,000 raised by Sully and Sky!

All, Just wanted to share the news – our photo of Sully and Sky has raised $1,053 dollars for the City of Sacramento’s Front Street animal shelter. Voting closes July … Continue reading

July 21, 2014 · 1 Comment

Photo Contest Fundraiser – please consider sharing on social media

All, I’m raising money for the City of Sacramento’s Front Street Animal Shelter. The shelter has organized a photo contest; the winners receive prize money for best category ($200) and overall … Continue reading

July 6, 2014 · 4 Comments

Outta My Trunkin’ Mind

Around my birthday, I purchased three old trunks off Craigslist for $45.00 a piece. I’m going to store camping supplies (in the garage) and linens (under my bed) in them. … Continue reading

July 2, 2014 · 5 Comments

Brandied Apple Coffeecake

I started a new job back in November. Working for a state resource agency is VERY different from working in the private sector. Sure, I don’t make a lot of … Continue reading

February 10, 2014 · 1 Comment

1 year later – Review of LG 10 cu. ft. Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator

It’s been a year since I ordered this fridge for the kitchen remodel. While unpacking groceries today, it occurred to me I should share my thoughts about it. Excuse the … Continue reading

February 3, 2014 · 3 Comments

Knit Night Turkey Empanadas

So, I was going to make a large jack-o-lantern empanada for the Halloween party last weekend, but time got away from me. As I had all the ingredients, I made … Continue reading

October 29, 2013 · 2 Comments

Wildlands’ Kitchen Remodel ($5,000 budget)

It occurred to me tonight that I never got around to posting the final pics of the kitchen. I still have some painting to do and some art to hang, … Continue reading

September 18, 2013 · 4 Comments

Sully – Wildlands’ new addition

I’ve been meaning to blog about Wildlands’ newest addition, little Sullivan. Neal found him and his litter mates back at the end of May and I brought home the solid … Continue reading

September 4, 2013 · 2 Comments

Chicken Corn Chowder Pot Pies

Webster’s online dictionary defines chowder as: chow·der CHoudər/ noun: chowder; plural noun: chowders A thick soup containing fish or shellfish, especially clams, and vegetables, such as potatoes and onions, in … Continue reading

August 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

Simple Pork Vindaloo Recipe

Upon tasting this dish last night, I reminded myself to prepare Indian food more often.  The key, I’ve learned, is to have the whole spices on hand. This is one of … Continue reading

August 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

Care Package for A Homeless Person with Dogs`

I recently posted about a pay-it-forward moment I had a few days ago. As I noted in that post, the homeless man and his two dogs have been on my … Continue reading

August 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

If I Can Inspire ONE Person to Give Back

I shared this on Facebook tonight; I’d like to share it now, to a wider audience with the hope that I can inspire one other person to give back. “It’s … Continue reading

August 23, 2013 · 3 Comments

Carrot Cherry Ice Cream Sandwiches

Tomorrow is the first summer BBQ hosted by dear friends with whom I spend most holidays and share big life (and little too for that matter) events and adventures. I … Continue reading

May 25, 2013 · 2 Comments

Cakes are for the kids, these are for YOU

A few weeks ago, a friend placed an order for birthday treats for a set of twins who were turning 40. We both agreed cupcakes would be less hassle to … Continue reading

May 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Now, that’s good stuff (oregano lemon chicken)

Tomorrow is my 40th birthday. Over the last few months, I’ve been working to widen my cooking repertoire of go-to yummy meals. With the kitchen remodel complete (or nearly so), I’m … Continue reading

May 22, 2013 · 1 Comment

Updated (4.24.13) Dr. Olaf Prufer, I raise a glass in your honor today

Update April 24, 2013: Olaf has been added to the National Forest Service’s page on Hopewell Culture as a historical figure in Hopewell  archaeology. I’m glad that his contribution to Ohio archaeology and … Continue reading

April 24, 2013 · 10 Comments

Yes, “that’s all” I did today

This is part vent and part ‘hey, look what I did today’ post. Not sure why other people’s comments sometimes bother me more than others. That’s the vent part of … Continue reading

April 1, 2013 · 2 Comments

Kitchen update

It’s been another month since I updated and I can say, the punchlist is long but progress has been great. I am hoping to have the major items on the list … Continue reading

March 24, 2013 · 7 Comments

My, What Pretty Chrome You Have

As it’s been a month, I thought I’d provide you all with an update on the kitchen mini-renovation. It’s been a very productive month, though my progress has been hampered … Continue reading

February 23, 2013 · 2 Comments

Chicken Salad Sliders on BP Biscuits

On Sunday I thought I’d put the roast chicken left overs to use by whipping up a batch of chicken salad. As I didn’t have any bread in the house, … Continue reading

January 22, 2013 · 1 Comment

Changes on the Way

One of the nice things about being off work for a short spell, I’ve had time to get organized. It’s amazing how disorganized one can become when they work 60 … Continue reading

January 20, 2013 · 1 Comment

Outwitting and Outfitting an Injured Labrador

When I let Sky out to go to the bathroom Thursday night, she lost her balance on the front stairs and wiped out. Just seconds before, I’d noticed she was … Continue reading

January 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Southwest Roast Chicken with cilantro and chili rub

Okay, folks, let me remind you, I’m a much better baker than I am a cook. However, with some free time on my hands, I’m working to change that. I’m … Continue reading

January 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Little updates to the homestead

I live in a 1923 bungalow. I love my old house, but it is old. As such, I always find something to do around the place. For the last year, … Continue reading

January 10, 2013 · 2 Comments

Wildlands’ Quotes:

Peace begins at home. 2003 JIG

Sleep well. Dream Better. JIG 2005

Curosity doesn't kill the cat, but it has been known to injure the dog. JIG 2006

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own. GD "Eyes of the world"

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