It’s “Becoming an Outdoors-Woman” Time of Year!

It’s that time of year again. Just 3 weeks away from the Alabama – Becoming an Outdoors-Woman weekend event. Twice a year the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) sponsored event takes place at the 4-H Center near Columbiana, Ala. This year I get to go free, on a scholarship that I won at the event in March. This will be my 4th trip and each time I love it! If you want to know more please visit this LINK and start planning for March 2017. Each event is limited to about 125 like minded women who enjoy the outdoors.
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Archery

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From Field to Freezer

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Fishing

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Sticks to Staffs

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1800 Frontier Skills – Fire Starting – Flint and Steel

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Rock Wall Climbing

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Frontier Skills – Tomahawk Throwing

This year I’m planning on taking my little 2 person backpacking tent and sleeping under the stars on Saturday night. It’s always good to get in a little practice when your planning a backpacking trip!

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Garden Stuff – Feed Bag Planters

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The area we live in makes it a little difficult to garden. With all the red dirt and clay our garden has always been some type of raised bed or in planters. This year I’m trying something new with the feed bags that I save when ever I buy chicken feed. I cut a small hole in the bottom and hammered in a tomato stake. The stake goes into the ground about 6 or 8 inches. Then I fill with a garden soil compost mixture. The stake helps support the planter bag and it will also help support the vegetables. We’ll see how this goes…I have about eight more to put together.


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Chicken Tractor Build Complete!

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Chicken Tractor Build is done!  We started this adventure on Labor Day and worked on it pretty much on weekends and occasionally during the weeks.
Next, chickens!  No roosters though.  Stay tuned!

If you want to see more from the build I have an album of photos here: Chicken Tractor Build 2015
Are you are interested in how I came up with the design? It’s based on the Kerr Center Chicken Tractor design, but I did make several modifications along the way. http://kerrcenter.com/publication/kerr-center-chicken-tractor-1-0-description-parts-list/

Can Cooking! – Conecuh Sausage and Veggies

Easy sausage and vegetable recipe for home, camping or tailgating! This easy recipe was completed by using a CanCooker Jr.  A CanCooker cooks things fast and there is only one pot to wash when dinner is ready.  Not sure what a CanCooker is?  Check here:

Ingredients: Spray the inside of the can with a non stick spray. Place 14oz water into the bottom of the cooker. Cut up vegetables into 1 inch chunks.

Red potatoes, carrots, Vidalia onion and sausage. Top with salt, pepper and Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing.

Red potatoes, carrots, Vidalia onion and sausage. Top with salt, pepper and Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing.

I used: Red skin potato (skin on), carrots, Vidalia onion. Cut up one link sausage (i.e. Conecuh if you can get it) and place on top of the veggies. Salt and pepper everything in the cooker. Pour over veggies and meat: 1/2 bottle Basic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing.

Put the cooker on the heat source (stove top, camp fire, etc). Heat until liquid is boiling and steam is coming out of the vent on the cooker. Reduce to med/high heat and let steam for 30 minutes.

CanCooker! Carefully open the cooker and watch for any steam that may want to escape.

CanCooker! Carefully open the cooker and watch for any steam that may want to escape.

Toss the veggies and sausage in the liquid that remained in the cooker.

Toss the veggies and sausage in the liquid that remained in the bottom of the cooker.

After 30 minutes remove from heat, and let stand for 5 minutes. Carefully open, and beware of any steam still in the cooker. Enjoy!

Quick and easy! Less mess!

Quick and easy! Less mess!

Just think. Now you can do all the veggie chopping at home before you head out for a weekend of camping. Bag everything up and when it’s time to prepare dinner just dump everything in the CanCooker, top with the dressing, add liquid of your choice to the bottom of the cooker and cook! Enjoy!

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Every Angle

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Alabama Confederate Monument - carved in 1898 by Alexander Doyle out of Russellville limestone, granite, and with bronze sculptures sitting on a Russellville limestone base.

Alabama Confederate Monument – carved in 1898 by Alexander Doyle out of Russellville limestone, granite, and with bronze sculptures on Russellville limestone base.


From Every Angle
This weeks photo challenge is “from every angle”. In photography, literature, news and all types of media there is always another “angle”. Some stories or photos may provide a single meaning to one person and a totally different meaning to another. Some photos or images may stir up perceived feelings of conflict and others may see history and heritage in the same image. Those of us here today can not fathom what our ancestors were thinking or doing some 150+ years ago. We can do research and try to piece together a broad idea of what our great grand parents may have been doing during this time. If you were asked to protect your family and your way of life, would you hide in the shadows? My great grandfather did join the cause and fight for the confederacy. I do not know what his reasons were for joining. Census shows that he was only 19, single and a farmer. Maybe he wanted to protect his family, way of life and livelihood or maybe he didn’t have a choice…

In 2015 the Governor of Alabama made a choice to remove the Confederate state flags from around this monument. History is history and we should remember what has happened in the past…those who choose to ignore the past tend to repeat past mistakes.