Thursday, March 16, 2017

Home Grown: Spring Lawn Mower Maintenance.

Longer days. Birdsong. Growing Grass. These are all indicators that it's time to pull out the lawn mower and get it ready for another season.

It has been sitting in the back of the garage or shed all winter - maybe even under a pile of rags — collecting dust and moisture. There is probably some rust on the metal parts and caked debris underneath.

Of course, all we think we need to do is just top it off with gas and crank it up. We're ready to attack the jungle of grass blades..

Continued in... Spring Lawn Mower Maintenance

Home Grown
Lawn Mowers
Home and Garden Center
Artwork: Lawn Mower


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Contests: Ranch Out Sweepstakes


Hidden Valley is inviting Ranch dressing lovers to show how they dip, dunk and drizzle their food with Hidden Valley Ranch in its Ranch Out Sweepstakes.

The Grand Prize in the sweepstakes is a weekend for 4 at an all-inclusive "Ranch Resort." Weekly prizes include a year’s worth of Hidden Valley® Ranch, tees, hoodies, tote bags and more.

Participants earn an entry to the Sweeps by posting a photo of their food with Ranch on Instagram or Twitter with #RanchOutSweepstakes.

The Sweepstakes begins on March 8, 2017 and ends on April 19, 2017, with six weekly entry periods.

Ranch Out Sweepstakes

Artwork: Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing
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Contests: 2017 Discover Duck Recipe Contest

“Legs, Legs, Legs,” is the theme of the Maple Leaf Farms annual chef recipe contest challenging professional chefs and culinary students to create a dish which showcases duck legs or duck leg meat as the main ingredient. More than $20,000 in prize money is being offered.

The 2017 Discover Duck Recipe Contest is open to professional chefs and culinary students who are enrolled in a professional culinary school. Recipe entries must include a Maple Leaf Farms duck leg product and will be judged according to creativity/originality, accuracy of the recipe and flavor. Professional and student chef recipes will be judged in separate categories, each with their own cash prizes. Entries will be accepted March 1 through June 4, 2017.

Professional chefs will vie for a $10,000 grand prize and four additional finalist prizes of $1,000 each. The top student chef will win $5,000 with $500 awards going to four additional finalists. In addition, each student finalist will receive a chef’s knife set.

All entries must be postmarked or submitted online no later than June 4, 2017.

2017 Discover Duck Recipe Contest

Artwork: Bone Duck Leg Confit

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Here's How to... Make a Moccasin

Moccasins, are a type of traditional North American footwear. The word moccasin, which has language origins with Eastern North American tribes, traditionally referred to a shoe with a puckered u-shaped 'vamp' over the instep.

The name of the Great Lakes Ojibway tribe means 'people of the puckered moccasin'. The southern New England Narragansett word for shoe is 'Mocussinass' or 'Mockussinchass'.

Today the word moccasin, still with innumerable spellings, generally refers to all types of hard and soft soled shoes, with and without puckered toes.

continued at... Make a Moccasin

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Artwork: Native Heritage Moccasin Kit


Friday, February 10, 2017

Rural Delivery: Country Auction

by Michael Hofferber. Copyright © 1998. All rights reserved.

Driving down almost any rural lane it's not uncommon to come across a sudden gathering of pickup trucks parked this way and that along the shoulders. Unless there's smoke rising from some burning barn, chances are there's an auction in progress.

Step outside and, sure enough, there's a cry of "Eight-five, five, five. I have eighty-five. Ninety, give me ninety," wafting across a fallow field.

Move up closer and you'll find old plows and roller harrows and cultipackers lined up on display along with cardboard boxes filled with bolts, drill bits and other assorted items. A crowd of bidders follows the auctioneer up and down rows of tractors and corrugators and shop tools, hovering over each item just long enough to determine whose bid will buy it and then moving on.

Continued at... Country Auction

Rural Delivery
Out of the Past
Farm Supply
Artwork: Country Auction by Ken Zylla

Bites: Choose Dark Chocolate for Valentine's Day


Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a gift of dark chocolate and its heart-healthy advantages. Dark chocolate contains high levels of flavonoids, which are antioxidants that protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can alter and weaken cells, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

Research has found that flavanols, which are the main type of flavonoid found in cocoa and chocolate, have potential influences on vascular health, including lowering blood pressure, improving blood flow to the brain and heart, and making blood platelets less sticky and able to clot.

Milk chocolate, on the other hand, doesn’t provide the same health benefits. Generally speaking, dark chocolate has more cocoa than milk chocolate. Dark chocolate also has fewer unhealthy sugars and saturated fats than milk chocolate. Researchers at Harvard University Medical School suggest choosing chocolate that has at least 70 percent cocoa or more.

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The Gift Shop
Artwork: Valentine's Day Gift Heart

Friday, January 20, 2017

Rural Delivery: In The Quiet

by Michael Hofferber. Copyright © 1998. All rights reserved.

Out here in the country things are different. There is still room for silence. Step away from the TV and the radio and the cell phone, and you often find something rarely found in the city: stillness. Rural places have their share of noise, to be sure. A combine in a field or a hungry herd in the feedlot produces plenty of decibels. Neighbors can be heard revving engines or pounding nails or taking target practice from miles away. And the passing freight trains wail at every crossing up and down the valley.

But these are singular sounds, like simple sentences on a page with lots of white space around them, and they aren't heard all the time, night and day.

Continued at... In The Quiet

Rural Delivery
The Nature Pages
Artwork: The Road To The Farm Saint-Simeon In Winter, 1867 by Claude Monet