Restless Morning

Restless Morning

There is a break in the rain. The moon is full behind the clouds. The owls are raising a ruckus. Roosters are crowing, frogs are croaking. There seems to be a lot going on for 430 in the morning.
Atomic Lighter – Rechargeable Plasma lighter

Atomic Lighter – Rechargeable Plasma lighter

I bought this for a fly and camp outing last year. I wanted a reliable ignition source which was safe to carry on an airplane. This is also wind proof and really nice for cold weather, when butane lighters become unreliable. It recharges with a USB charger. I wrapped...
Blanching Stinging Nettles

Blanching Stinging Nettles

To blanch, scald nettles by stirring in boiling salted water for 2 minutes then, using tongs, move nettles to bath of ice water. Allow to cool before draining. The hot water will have removed the sting and you can safely handle the nettles now.
Nettle Soup

Nettle Soup

Stinging Nettles are a nutritious early season foraged food which can be found throughout the United States. Gloves and garden nippers and a little care make it possible to harvest them without getting stung. Drying or boiling the plant neutralizes the stingers,...
Stinging Nettles (Urtica dioica)

Stinging Nettles (Urtica dioica)

Stinging nettles (Urtica dioica), have serrate leaves resembling mint, arranged opposite on a square stem. Nettles can grow well over 6 feet tall. They are common along streams and rivers and damp, fertile ground throughout the United States. Probably the most...