Pileated Woodpeckers Hammer

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I have been watching the Pileated Woodpeckers hammer this tree for a few days now. This tree is nearly rotten and appears to be full of beetles. They continue to whittle this tree to eat the beetles.

base of tree pileated woodpeckers

I have seen two Pileated Woodpeckers on this time at the same time, male and female. Every time I try to sneak up to take pictures of them on this tree they fly away. All of my pictures were blurry so I don’t have a picture to share with you.

You can see a previous post I did on the Pileated Woodpecker last year, click this link Pileated Woodpecker 🙂 Below is a picture that I took last year.

beautiful pileated woodpecker

The pileated woodpecker is the largest woodpecker and is very beautiful!

pileated woodpeckers destroy tree

They can really destroy a tree in no time at all.

Enjoy your weekend!

 

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Walnut Slabs

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I had time today to check a few boards for nails. After cutting a couple boards to shorter lengths I ran them thru the planner. A couple passes thru the planner on each side was all I needed to do to get the boards planned.

If you missed my previous post about this walnut, check out the before pictures in my previous post from yesterday, Wood Gloat and now the after pictures in this post.

live edge walnut

I was very happy to see what I had, great color, light and dark browns, a little black streaking and red streaking with cream color running down the edges. Beautiful colors, grain and character too!

live edge walnut

I wiped a little of tung oil on one of the boards to bring out the colors, I can only believe that the remaining boards will be just as good or better. I am very pleased and super happy with what I found, just excellent!! This walnut will be excellent for a nice piece of furniture.

My wife took one look at the walnut and also thought is was very beautiful and then asked me to make her a new stepping stool. I made her a stepping stool many years ago using red oak which she uses in the kitchen all the time. So my first project will be making my wife Debbie a new stool. This afternoon I sketched out three designs for her to look at but she is having a hard time deciding which one she likes the best.

So, I’ve decided that I will post my process of making the stepping stool from start to finish which will be in multiple post. My first post will be coming soon!

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Ok, I’m not generally one to gloat but my chances to gloat are very far and few between. Plus this is too good not to share. Who would drive two hours one way for a board? I would! I did and I am glad I did! I managed to score 200+ board feet of air dried walnut. Boards are all 5/4 inch thick, and are 8 inches to over 16 inches wide.

Anyways…I just wanted to share a few shots of the live edge slabs of walnut I brought home yesterday.

walnut lumber slabs

Once I check the boards for nails I will run them through the planner. All of this walnut lumber will be dark brown in color with pretty grain quality and nice figuring. There are a couple pieces that have a nice crotch with a lot of figuring.

live edge walnut slabs

Next project will be to run these though the planner. I can’t wait to get started and see what comes of these beautiful boards! I will post again soon with pictures after getting a couple boards thru the planner.

See a few of these boards that were ran thru the planner, Walnut Slabs

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Beautiful Sunset Sky

 

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February 25, 2014 sunset

Good morning y’all

It’s a beautiful morning with temperatures at 43 degrees F and is suppose to warm today to the low 50’s. Could spring be around the corner?

Enjoy your day!!

 

Best Ever Strawberry Pie

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My Strawberry Pie!!! …. absolutely delicious!!

When strawberries are fresh, it’s time to make a Strawberry Pie! A fresh strawberry pie is one of my favorites. As a child, our family would eat at Shoney’s and I loved their strawberry pie but this recipe is much better. During the strawberry season I will make nearly 20 or more of these pie’s for family, friends and don’t forget myself. They are easy to make and oh so delicious!:-)

fresh strawberry pie

This is a simple southern strawberry pie recipe.

Ingredients:
Pie Crust
1 – large deep dish pie crust baked
3 oz cream cheese
1/4 cup granulated sugar

The cream cheese will help keep the crust from getting soft.
Note: if you are having a party consider making mini-strawberry pies!

Filling
1 lb. Strawberries, more if  you like to have a full pie and plan to eat a few!
1 –cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup water
3 tablespoons corn starch

Add to above filling after it has boiled.
3 tablespoons of strawberry Jello (less than 3 oz box)

If you increase the strawberries you will need to increase your mixture.

Place pie crust on a cookie sheet in the oven and bake according to the instructions on the package, usually 400 degrees F for 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown. Watch the crust so that it doesn’t over bake. While the crust is baking, mix the cream cheese and sugar. If you don’t like cream cheese you can skip this process. Leave at room temperature for now to make it easy to spread in your pie crust.

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I usually buy 2 lbs. of strawberries and add extra. I like to have the pie over flowing with strawberries. I will double the filling recipe when adding extra strawberries or better yet make two pies. If you make two pies at the same time, triple the recipe and you will have plenty of filling. If the berries are really sweet this also gives me plenty to eat plain! Wash and clean your strawberries, I like to leave my strawberries whole. If you slice the berries you will need more than 1 lb.

Once the crust is done and cooled, spread the cream cheese mixture on the bottom of the baked pie crust. Be careful not to break your crust! Add the strawberries to the pie crust.

homemade strawberry pie

Sugar, salt, water and corn starch combined and starting to boil.

Start the filling by measuring and adding to your heavy pot the corn starch, sugar, salt and water.  Stir to get everything mixed together. Place on medium heat and stir, I stir almost constantly. When it starts to boil, it will thicken, be sure to stir the entire time it is boiling. Boil for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and add the strawberry jello and stir until completely mixed.

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Strawberry pie filling after adding the strawberry jello.

best ever strawberry pie recipe

Pie crust with one layer of strawberries, almost ready for the filling!

Let the filling cool for a no more than a couple minutes. Don’t wait too long or it will harden and you won’t be able to spoon over strawberries. After pouring on the filling over the first layer of strawberries, I stack n more strawberries and pour on more filling!!!  *** ALERT:  You will be tempted to stick your finger into the strawberry jelly, please don’t, it’s HOT and you will burn your finger. Don’t lick the spoon either while it is hot! My kids love to have a spoon full once it has cooled!

strawberry pie

The pie is ready to go into the fridge for at least 3-4 hours before serving. Use Reddi Wip cream when you serve!

This recipe can be used with peaches and other fruit as well!

Enjoy!!

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First Night

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Yesterday afternoon I decided to move my Reconyx trail camera further into the woods along a trail where I had spotted a Red Fox just last week. I set out two stadium cup full of whole corn and a cup of birdseed.

The first night at this location I ended up with over 100 pictures. I picked out a few pictures to share, two different Red Fox and a huge Coyote! 🙂 Notice the time stamp on all the pictures!

red fox trail cam

There were two different Red Fox last night. Notice that the first three pictures are the same red fox, this one does not have any black on his legs.

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red fox trail camera picture

The next three pictures are of a Coyote, he came by two hours after the first red fox. Notice the time on all the pictures.

coyote night trail camera picture

Typical of coyotes, he has a bushy, black-tipped tail, yellow eyes,  long pointed ears and a long muzzle.

coyote picture

coyote picture

The last couple pictures is of another red fox, notice that this one has a lot of black on his legs. He also appears to be smaller in size.

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red fox

After this fox, there was nothing buy raccoons the rest of the night.

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Sloppy Joe

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My children love Sloppy Joe’s because they are delicious! As they were growing up they would ask for them all the time. My son would eat 3-4 of these things plus a plate full of fries!

These Sloppy Joe’s are these best ever and are easy to make. You can spice them up if you like, add peppers, hot sauce, etc. I also use this recipe to make stuff bell peppers and then bake them at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Ingredients:
1-1/2 lbs hamburger
1 small onion, chopped to large pieces
1 cup Hines ketchup
2-3 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
3/4 cup water
1 teaspoon salt
pepper to taste

Brown your hamburger meat along with the chopped onions. When cooked, remove from the pan and drain all the fat. Add the cooked hamburger and onion mixture back to your pan, turn to medium heat and then add Hines ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, water, salt. Stir all ingredients together and cover. Be sure to stir often until the heat gets to medium and begins to bubble. Then turn down the heat to simmer, let simmer for 20 to 30 minutes covered and continue to stir often.

sloppy joe's

It doesn’t take long for all of the ingredients to combine and the water evaporates. Don’t forget to stir all along the way as it cooks.

easy sloppy joe's

I t will be time to eat before you know it! So easy to make and oh so delicious! 🙂

Enjoy your weekend!

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