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  • William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge
    William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge is located in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. it is a refuge wetland and so supports all of the wildlife that you would expect at a wetland. Take a look at the photos in the photo gallery at the bottom of the page or…

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  • Rice + Roasted Mushrooms
    Rice + Roasted Mushrooms Here's a recipe for rice and mushrooms that's quick, easy and delicious. Ingredients: * Rice* Fresh mushrooms (200g)* 2 onions (medium size)* 1 leek rod * 4 large tomatoes* 3 carrots (medium size)* 1 small hot pepper (chili pepper)* Garlic (4 wedges) Preparation: * Slice onions and leek rod; put together in bowl* Slice tomatoes and put in separate bowl* Peel and slice carrots in a D-shape* Grate garlic and…
  • How long can you save seeds and how to store them?
    How long can you save seeds and how to store them? Well it really depends. So, I was wondering about saving seeds and how long you can store them at home and still be able to use them for growing. Do they expire? What is the rule? I recently came across a 75% off seed sale and stocked up for next year’s garden. Some heirloom and organic seeds will go on sale at the end of the growing season for as…
  • The Pen That’s Kindest to the Earth Is from the Past
    The Pen That’s Kindest to the Earth Is from the Past If you are at your desk- scan it. If you are around your kitchen counter, scan it. How many random ballpoint pens can you see? And how many of those did you pick up mindlessly at promotional booths? Even if it’s just one, the answer is too many. According to the EPA, Americans throw away 1.6 billion disposable pens every year. The only proper reaction to that number cannot be…
  • Genetically Modified Foods Top List
    Genetically Modified Foods Top List Genetically Engineered Fruits and Vegetables Do you eat food? If you’re trying to eat healthy, what aisle in the grocery store do you visit most? Like many people you’ll answer fresh fruits and vegetables. After all, they are pillars of health and simplicity. Maybe… If you live in the United States, you might want to rethink your fruit and vegetable choices. Some fruits and vegetables are being genetically engineered (GE).…
  • Birding In My Backyard
    Birding In My Backyard Over the course of a day my mother and I set up a bird watching station in our Long Island New York backyard. We loaded up the bird feeder, put water in the bird bath and enjoyed the weather as well as the birds. Here’s a compilation of photos we were able to take of the various birds found in Long Island backyards. Mockingbird Female Sparrow Female Cardinal with her…
  • Spicy Macaroni With Fine Herbs
    Spicy Macaroni With Fine Herbs MACARONIS WITH FINE HERBS (For 6 persons) Ingredients: * Elbow pasta (500g) * 2 big onions * Green herbs (1 leek rod + 1 stem of celery) * Fine herbs (2 tablespoons) * White pepper (2 teaspoons) * Salt (to taste) Preparation: - Slice the onions and the green herbs and put them together onto a plate. In the meantime, bring a pot of water to boil. Cooking: - Put…
  • Homemade Soy Milk
    Homemade Soy Milk Homemade Soy Milk Soy milk has become a popular choice of milk for health conscious people across the world. It’s a great alternative for those who are lactose intolerant, vegetarian or vegan, since it is a plant-based food and does not include any cow's milk. Soy is a complete protein, which is rare for a plant-based food. It is high in protein and relatively low in fat compared to cow's…
  • Ice Caves Are More Than Icicles
    Ice Caves Are More Than Icicles The term “ice cave” is a little misleading. Two kinds of caves are commonly referred to as ice caves but only one really is. The icicle kind, consisting of ice formed on stone caves of all types (sea, lava, limestone, etc.) and housing ice year-round is an ice cave. The other kind -- mistakenly referred to as an ice cave -- is actually a glacier cave, formed inside of a…
  • Forging Minds and Metal at the John C. Campbell Blacksmith School
    Forging Minds and Metal at the John C. Campbell Blacksmith School On May 1 2015, My wife and I celebrated our eighth wedding anniversary by taking a weekend blacksmithing course at the John C Campbell Folk School. Why blacksmithing? I could say that it was symbolic of forging a stronger relationship or some other romantic notion, but the truth is we both felt that bending metal to our will was just awesome. What we did not know is that it would…