Sunday, August 29, 2010
Jennifer made lentil soup...
...and stored it in handy, lunch-size jars:
She also baked some squash....
...that Steve then pureed in preparation for a squash-millet pot-pie scheduled to be made later in the week:
Friday, August 27, 2010
We use David Wagner's Caterpillars of Eastern North America all the time for identifying caterpillars and cross referencing food plants. If we don't know a caterpillar, but know the food plant we look up the food plant in Wagner's book and see what caterpillars use that plant as a host plant. It's worked very well for us thus far.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Jen & Beth checking out the caterpillars...
Early in the spicebush caterpillar's life they look like bird droppings; pictured is a 3rd or 4th instar....
The 5th instar looks like a snake! How cool is this guy? The "eyes" are not really eyes and are used as a defensive mechanism against birds. The real head is up top and tucked under a bit.
Another view of a 4th instar caterpillar. Once we found one, we found many others!
And finally, the caterpillar that caught Beth's attention, a prepupal caterpillar. Before the caterpillar wanders and finds a place to pupate (turn into a chrysalis) the body changes from green to yellowish orange. WOW!
We hiked the Dyer's Mill trail at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park and found many other caterpillars on this same hike...that's part 2!
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Steve's Trail Mix Cookies (alterations are in Blue Font):
3/4 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup each of white flour, whole-wheat flour, flaxseed meal and wheat bran
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup canola oil
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup each of carob chips, sunflower seeds, pepitas and cranberries
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat 2 baking sheets with cooking spray.
2. Grind oats in a blender or food processor. Transfer to a medium bowl and stir in flour, baking soda and salt. Beat butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add oil, granulated sugar, brown sugar, egg and vanilla; beat until smooth and creamy. With the mixer running, add the dry ingredients, beating on low speed until just combined. Stir in carob chips, sunflower seeds, pepitas and cranberries.
3. Drop the dough by heaping teaspoonfuls, at least 1 inch apart, onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake cookies, 1 sheet at a time, until firm around the edges and golden on top, about 15 minutes.
And up close:
Even Bobcat loves 'em!
Friday, August 13, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
Teasel (left) and Queen Anne's Lace:
Common Wood Nymph:
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail:
Jagged Ambush Bug:
Flower (morning glory family):
Red-Spotted Purple on Boneset:
Silver-Spotted Skipper on Teasel:
A couple of cool fungi we came across while in the woods:
Jennifer got this great shot with a beautiful sky and a Tiger Swallowtail in flight: