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Cajun fried cabbage

I don’t know about other regions of the United States and elsewhere, but in the deep South Gulf states, it is a New Year’s Day tradition to eat a meal of cornbread, cabbage, and black-eyed peas. There is a story that the eating of these particular vitands will […]

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Huevos Rancheros improvisor

This could have been one of those cooking show challenges where they give you a bunch of stupid random ingredients but specify that you have to fix this particular, amazing dish!   We woke up late last weekend and Elise popped up and said, “You ought to fix huevos […]

7 best exercises to stay fit for canoeing

Some of my really die-hard canoeing buddies don’t hesitate to venture out onto the water in a canoe throughout the year – even during the winter!  Certainly, our Canadian pioneers and their Haudenosaunee predecessors couldn’t avoid canoeing in chilly water. But for us less exuberant, fair-weather paddlers, October is […]

Sycamores add Autumn color

One of the great joys of Autumn is feeling a breath of cool, fresh air after a long, stifling summer and a wildly unpredictable Indian summer.  About the time that we get our first freeze or two, Autumn treats us to another spectacle – fall colors. Around much […]

Too old for a hike!?

Good news for folks that think hiking in the mountains might be fun but also feel like maybe their chance has passed them by.  You are probably not too old to hike in mountainous terrain if you want to! When Elise and I climbed Kilimanjaro she was in […]

Peanut butter fat bombs

You can’t get quicker or easier than these classic delicious keto-friendly craving-busters! Ingredients: cocoa powder instant coffee or cinnamon (optional) olive oil or MCT oil monk fruit or stevia sweetener peanut butter – look at the ingredients and make sure there is no added sugar unsweetened coconut flakes […]

Identifying large predator tracks

Everyone is concerned with bears and how to deal with bears, and that is a respectable concern for hikers, but throughout most of North America, your most likely large mammal encounter is going to be feline or canine. and you’re far more likely to encounter tracks than the actual […]