Sunday, January 20, 2019

Happenings at the Sprucehaven

This morning we were greeted by 3 wolves. I got some pics (with my phone) and a small video of them. They are about 200 yards from our house so, needless to say, the hound doggies had a conniption fit!

I couldn't get them all in a picture but there were 3 all together. So, for the time being the doggies will be quarantined to the pen only. It's breeding season for the wolves so maybe for the next month or so the doggies will need to stay closer to the house.

I'm not sure what happens when it gets cold but it puts me into hyperspastic cooking mode. I wish it put me more into hyperspastic cleaning mode. Not super helpful with the new eating plan but it will pass.

Biscuits are just 2 cups self rising flour, 1/2 stick butter (cold), and some milk or buttermilk - enough to make the dough.

The bread is a good recipe but I can't link it, I can't find the link anymore. Blogger won't let me upload a pdf file either but it's basically a white bread recipe and then I used lard to oil the pans, generously. It is soft and super good! I made (but forgot to take a picture) Salisbury steak to go with it and green beans. I didn't have a recipe for Salisbury steak, just added what I thought would work.

I bake with recipes but I rarely cook with them. I can remember asking my Mom how to make certain things like how much of this or that to add and her response was, "Until it looks right." - Really? Well, now I'm doing the same thing so I guess it has come full circle.

Here's the thermometer at our place on Saturday morning - Sheesh!

That's air temp - a bit colder with windchill.


  1. Those biscuits looks so delish!!!
    And as for wolves...yikes! They must be beautiful to see though.

  2. I remember the wolves from our time in Alaska - Do you hear them as well? They are amazing, from a distance!

    We have some really cold temps too here in Northern VA, but it doesn't compare to yours! Burrr!!! And on a day like today, there is nothing like fresh baked bread or biscuits, which I made this morning for us too.

    Take care, and stay warm!!

  3. Do you normally see wolves that close to your house? Just curious. I know they are around here, but mainly in the UP. Saw one up close once on Beaver Island, (island chain in N. Lake MI) Would love to see again.

    1. Not typically but occasionally we do and it makes us nervous for the dogs.

  4. Hope you are staying warm. I'm sure it's even colder now than when you posted. I am terribly behind in blogland. Tooooooo much work. The bread looks fabulous. When It's cold here, I feel like snuggling under my puffy quilt with a good book. If it stays this cold for a while, I may just buy a leaf blower and use it for dusting instead of a rag! just kidding I can't even remember temps this cold. Can you?

    1. Well there was 1996...but we're making it. Stay warm and Thanks for stopping by!

    2. Plus, the dust will keep the furniture warm 😊


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