Animals, Doing Things Differently, Food, Hmm..., Pets, Philip

Adventures in Eating

When I was at Copper Creek Mercantile the other day buying cat food, Jen told me that they had something new. When she showed it to me I knew I had to get a can for Philip to try.

Can you imagine?

Here is what the food looks like:

Pretty normal looking pâté-style cat food.

Now, I don’t know if Philip’s mama kitty ever brought him a mouse to eat when they were still living outside, but Philip didn’t want this. He would barely even get near it. He jumped down and went away until I got out some of his regular, non-pâté food. He likes his food to have chunks, like real chicken or fish, and he has never been a fan of the pâté style. There really isn’t any way of knowing whether he rejected it because of the mouse, other ingredients, or the style of the food, but Philip says no, thank you.

Animals, Food, Fun, Life

State Fair

Today Marnie and I went to the opening day of the Oregon State Fair. I enjoy the Fair but The Hubs isn’t all that interested, so I asked Marnie to go with me.

Fair selfie in the Forestry Service area

The last few times I’ve been to the Fair we’ve gone toward the end of its run of 11 days, and this time I really wanted to go at the beginning when everything is fresh. I think we might have been too early though, because it looked like some of the animals hadn’t arrived yet.

We entered through the blue gate where the livestock barns are (after accidentally pulling into the handicapped parking and having to exit over a curb) and went to see the animals. We were looking especially for alpacas. There were many kinds of sheep, cows, and a couple of Belgian horses. I didn’t get any photos of regular cows, but here are sheep and one of the big horses:

Katahdin Hair Sheep
Have you ever heard of this kind of sheep? They have hair instead of wool, and they shed instead of being sheared.
Kids showing sheep.
Belgian Horse. His name is Maverick.

We saw these Longhorns in a pen in a different part of the Fair. Every time we went to take a photo they would turn away, ha. I finally got this one:

Look at those horns!

But could only get the back end of this one:

We should have asked the people to learn more about them, but we spent too much time trying to photograph them!

We watched a little bit of a horse showing — we missed the announcement but it looked like the horse was being judged on how well it was trained. In the livestock pavilion we saw this pony and a couple of others. This one also didn’t want her photo taken:

No photos, please.
We appreciate the sign, although we aren’t in the habit of feeding our fingers to horses.

The horse event barn.
Horses and people getting ready to show at a different barn.

Here are some other critters we saw (the bunnies came on a different day, and there were no chickens in the poultry barn either):

American Roller pigeon.
Western painted turtle, native to Oregon. There were other turtles who are not native and illegal to have.
Chinook salmon

Me pretending to be a Western Pond Turtle. You can see my arm trying to hold myself up, it was a very low turtle.

This was a fun thing, I’m always fascinated by how Slinkies go down stairs:

Ohmigosh, but my FACE! I have like 15 chins! I was concentrating on getting an action photo of the Slinky, but Marnie got a better photo of it going down the stairs and the letters on the stairs.

We toured some very nice RVs:

This one had massage chairs!

Then we went into the Creative Living building and saw a lot of fun exhibits:

My favorite exhibit of the Fair, someone’s Nancy Drew collection!
I had never seen a Nancy Drew book with this style of cover.
A collection of juicers.
I have one of these “plaid” juicers, but mine is just clear, not green or pink.
Cakes
Decorated Cakes — this one was my favorite. It won the Judge’s Choice ribbon.
Some of the table settings had a Route 66 theme. This one was my fave.
A pretty princess dress. How fun would this be to make?
State Flowers quilt.
Felted wool picture using an old window for a frame.

There were wood carvers, spinners/weavers, and authors showing off their work. One of the authors was William Sullivan, who has written many books about hiking in Oregon. I resisted the urge to tell him that his hike ratings are inaccurate!

Cute bear made out of wood.

We walked through the vendor building and the outside vendors, but didn’t see anything to buy that we couldn’t live without. We got hungry and decided to get some lunch, and corn dogs were on the menu. I won’t say how much the food cost because it was a painful amount.

We also got garlic fries.

A show was starting just as we finished lunch, so we went over to see what it was all about. The “Nerveless Nocks” do a daredevil show. They don’t use any safety devices so had to do a disclaimer by telling the kids in the audience to “not try this at home”. Here is Michaelangelo Nock balancing on four chairs.

He makes it look easy, but he also had to climb up there.

Here is Angelina Nock and her aerial act:

Here is Angelina standing in the metal ball while a young Venezuelan man rides a motorcycle around and around. It was hard to get a good photo of this.

She did flinch once.

Someday I will try one of these deep-fried delicacies. They actually have deep-fried Kool-Aid. That flummoxed us! I got a jumbo bag of cotton candy and we chomped on some of that as we walked. I brought the rest home and was going to take a photo of it, but I forgot and eated it all up instead.

I’m squinting because the sun was in my eyes and I forgot my sunglasses in the car.

And then there’s always this food booth:

Mmmm…tentaclessss…

As we were heading back to the car we saw an alpaca go by near the livestock barns, and hurried after it. We missed when it went in though, and never did find the alpacas. We did, however, find llamas.

They all had their own rugs.

And I will leave you with this:

Lovely Llama.
Backpacking, Food, Gear, hiking, PCT

So. Much. Food.

Hey, remember how I was talking here about how much food I have and how I need to organize it before I go hiking? Well, looky here at the food that was in the resupply boxes in my office.

Each box contained at least 5 days of food, and various other supplies.

Here is a large pile of assorted snacks:

Probably more snacks than necessary…

Let’s just look at it from another angle, shall we?

Yeeks.

Wish me luck!

Just keep walking!

~Ninja

Backpacking, Food, Gear, hiking, PCT

Hike Prep

Since we leave for the Oregon/California border of the Pacific Crest Trail in a few short weeks, I have started to prepare for various aspects of the hike. This means ordering assorted gear and attempting to organize food for the trip. The most recent order that arrived for the hike is this “vet” tape, or self-adhesive first aid tape. It can be used to affix a piece of gauze (or a ladies’ panty liner) for a bandage in case you fall and skin your knee and most of your shin, like I did a couple of years ago. The vet tape sticks only to itself instead of pulling off all your hair and 6 layers of skin like regular paper first aid tape will. Also, it comes in all sorts of nifty colors for fun.

Vet tape

When you order it on Amazon it comes in bulk, but I got all this for just $5.99. I obviously will not be bringing all of this tape with me on our hike, probably just one roll (pink), but what a deal, right? And there is plenty to give some to my friends who might like it to put in their first aid kits as well, with enough left over to have some in the home first aid basket and have plenty for next year’s hiking.

The food organization is another thing entirely. I am not a foodie, I don’t know how to food, in fact I stopped eating dinner because I was just tired of trying to figure out how to food. I like to eat food, I just don’t really like to deal with it.

This is 90% food.

Do you see all of this? This is my bedroom corner full of food. It is all food that I bought to fill resupply boxes for me to send myself on trail when we thought we were going to hike the whole PCT. There are also five large flat rate USPS mailing boxes in my office full of food, each box filled with five days’ worth of food. This week I need to go through all of the food, and figure out what I need for meals and snacks to fill boxes to send to the places we will be stopping where there is no food. We often carry too much food, since we aren’t usually very hungry the first couple weeks of hiking. Can you tell that I find this the least fun part of organizing the trip?

I absolutely love putting together my lighterpack.com gear list (which I will share upon request) with links, photos, and weights. I enjoy making the list of things to take on the hike so I don’t forget anything. I like making lists of things I need to buy. I am tickled to death to put together cute little “calling cards” for my friends and me to carry with us, and labels for our gear. Writing up emergency instructions and filling a file full of photos of me, my friends, and all my gear in case something happens to me and they can’t find me just makes me happy as a clam. But food? Nope. Do not enjoy, do not love, don’t like, not tickled, and not happy. It is certainly high up there on the importance list, but it is a chore. Your prayers for me as I organize my food are much appreciated!

Just keep walking!

~Ninja

Food

Zucchini for Lunch

I made this low carb Easy Cheesy Zucchini Bake today. It is meant to be a side dish, but I’m having it as my main lunch. It was indeed easy, but not as cheesy as it could be. Next time I will add more cheese (mozzarella and parmesan), and thus add more protein. You just slice all the things, mix everything together, and toss it in a baking dish to bake at 350F.

The recipe calls for thyme, which I couldn’t find in my spice cupboard, so there was no thyme added. It also calls for “salt and pepper to taste” so I liberally salted and peppered, but I think I was too heavy on the pepper as it tastes spicier than I’d like.

While a bit funny-looking, it is very tasty and makes a great warm lunch on this rainy day. I think I’ll have another helping!

Cool Stuff, Food, Holidays, Uncategorized

Mom’s Applesauce Fruitcake

It’s so good that before you think to get a photo, you’ve eaten half of it!

By popular demand, here is Mom’s Applesauce Fruitcake recipe, taken from a long ago edition of the Farm Journal. Note: We like these best baked in cupcake size. If you bake some, let me know in the comments!

3 cups        thick applesauce
1 cup         shortening
2 cups        sugar

1 lb            dates, pitted and chopped
1 lb            raisins
1 lb            walnuts (4 cups), chopped
¾ lb           candied fruit (red and green cherries, pineapple), chopped
Save some whole walnuts and cherries to decorate tops of fruitcakes.

4 ½ cups      flour
4 tsp          baking soda
1 tsp          nutmeg
½ tsp         ground cloves
1 tsp          salt

*Boil applesauce, shortening, and sugar together five minutes, stirring occasionally.  Be careful, it will pop out of pot.  Let stand until cool.

*Line pans with waxed paper or grease and flour.

*Mix fruit and nuts together.  Mix dry ingredients together and mix with fruit and nuts until each piece of fruit is coated.

*Stir in cooled applesauce mixture.  Spoon into pans. 

*Bake at 250˚ in loaf pans for 2 hours (less for small or cupcake pans) until wooden pick comes out clean. 

*Peel off paper while cakes are still warm (or it won’t want to come off at all).  Cool on racks.  Pour glaze over cold cakes (recipe below).  Store in plastic bags for two weeks to mellow. (Or gobble them up right now, they’re just as good either way!)

Fruitcake Glaze
*Bring to a boil:
½ cup   light corn syrup
¼ cup   water

Cool to lukewarm, pour over cold cakes for a shiny glaze.  Decorate immediately with whole candied fruit and whole nuts.

Baffled, Do Not Want, Food, Reviews

Sea Veggies?

So, the other day I was shopping for ingredients to make my own laundry soap (see how to do it on the Sugar Pie Farmhouse blog).  As I was searching all over the store for what I needed, I happened to see these natural Sea Veggies snacks.  They were expensive but sounded interesting, so I thought, “Why not?”

This is what they look like:

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I’m trying to eat more healthfully.  These are full of vitamins and all sorts of wonderful things!  You get 12 of these little sheets of snack in the bag, and all of them together are only 35 calories!  Hooray!

 

 

This is what I looked like after I ate 3 little sheets:

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Image from www.grumpycats.com

 

Blargh.  It tastes like you got a mouthful of ocean by accident when you didn’t want to.  And so does the aftertaste, that won’t go away even after half a cup of coffee.  Not nice at all.  I’m sorry, people who make Sea Veggies.  I’m sure you have the best of intentions and all the vitamins and nutrients are super good for me.  If you made them taste like nothing at all, I would seriously gobble them up because the texture is nice and light and crunchy, so you’ve got that going for you.  And I suppose they might go well with sushi for those who like that sort of thing.  But no…no thank you.

Do Not Want, Food, Home and Garden, People, Thursday Things, Want

Thursday Thoughts

Do Not Want:

~Those high barstool-type chairs.  My legs dangle and fall asleep.
~A table at my favorite laptopping place with no electrical outlet nearby.  My laptop battery only lasts 40 minutes, which is not enough time to do anything.
~Ridiculous amounts of traffic at 3:30 in the afternoon.
~Itchiness.  Allergies are so distracting.

Want:

~Fun people at the coffee shop:  A little girl at the table across from me was trying to put her hand in her mom’s water glass.  When Mom told her to stop, she said, “But I just wanted an iceberg!”
Also, a gentleman came in and found I was sitting at his favorite table.  He sat down anyway and we had a nice conversation while he ate his breakfast.  He works for the Oregon Department of Transportation in their IT office and knows someone who used to work in my dad’s office, and he has an Australian Shepherd.
~Nice staff at the coffee shop.  I like being able to leave my table to go to the ladies’ room without worrying about someone running off with my stuff.
~Big Train chai.  It is the best.
~Hilarious vegetables from our garden!
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