Thursday, August 6, 2015

Spooner Advocate, Springbrook/Trego Column. August 6, 2015

Good morning. Wow! Those storms that went through the area sure left a lot of rain and hail. I hope people did not have to much damage to their properties. We just got rain here at the farm but it sure was a lot! I just want to remind people to pay attention to the weather. We want you to be safe out there on the lakes. Lets make sure this is a safe vacation season!

Does anyone out there have any old skirts that they no longer need? Or any fabric to make skirts? We are holding a class at the 1st Medicines Conference and are in need of fabric, elastic, or skirts that are no longer wanted. Any sizes would be welcome. Thank you in advance.

August 14,15,16, 2015- WACIPI Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Pow wow.$5 admission for the whole weekend. 10 years and under are free to attend. Admission does include the meal on Saturday. More information  can be found at www.smscwacipi.org

This is coming up fast! If you are attending please make sure to send in your registration. Registration forms can be found on the website. August 19-21, 2015- Return To First Medicines 2nd Annual Gathering. A Gathering for adults and children to learn about Sacred Medicines Growing Traditional Foods and how to care for our environment. This event will will be held at Fortune Bay Resort and Casino. www.indigenouspeoplestf.org

A happy birthday goes out to all the folks with August birthdays! A BIG happy birthday to my daughter Mikhaila who is turning 19! I am so proud of you my lovely daughter! You make being a mom an awesome adventure! I pray the coming year goes well for you at UMD and that you have lots of fun! Happy birthday to my cousin Jason, my girlfriend Marilyn who shares her birthday with my daughter, Roma who just keeps getting younger. Happy Birthday to Mary over at Wembendangig- may this coming year be blessed beyond belief! If you are having a birthday this month remember you are special!
Have a wonderful birthday! We love you!

Over at Wembendangig- The Community Sewing Center, Mary does alterations, patches etc. If you are looking for a class to learn how to sew something let Mary know so she can get it on the calendar. Contact the shop at 715-699-1379.

Put it on your calendar:
  


September 11-13, 2015- Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival,  Jefferson Fair Park, Jefferson, WI. www.wisconsinsheepandwoolfestival.com

September 19, 2015 Knitting and Crocheting Extravaganza- 9-3 pm at Frederic High School. This years speakers are Sue Dodd, Elaine Owens and Carmella Crandell! This is always a great event to go to and I always learn a whole lot. It really is the best event for $20! Questions?  contact Konnie at 715-653-2619 or  www.knittingandcrochetextravaganza.com

October 26-29, 2015 Food Sovereignty Summit in Green Bay, WI. Native Communities learning from one another to promote health, wellness and food sovereignty. Classes in Applied Agriculture, Community Outreach, Products to Market. More information can be found on their website atwww.firstnations.org/summit

I know that there HAS to be some events going on out there! Please let me know!

Please remember that I would like any information from all of you of what is going on! This is your column ! Any garage sales, church functions, raffles etc? Let me know- thank you!

Have a friend or family member that would be interested in the column? Maybe they live out of town? They can access the column on my blog on Thursdays, at www.twogirlsandagarden.blogspot.com .
 

Monday, August 3, 2015

Spooner Advocate- Springbrook/Trego Column, July 30, 2015

Good morning. Sure has been hot out there. Please sure that you drink lots of water and check on the animals. Check on any elders in your area as well.

Does anyone out there have any old skirts that they no longer need? Or any fabric to make skirts? We are holding a class at the 1st Medicines Conference and are in need of fabric, elastic, or skirts that are no longer wanted. Any sizes would be welcome. Thank you in advance.

A happy birthday goes out to all the folks with July birthdays! If you are having a birthday this month remember you are special! There is no one quite like you! Happy Birthday to my lovely niece Felicia who turns 20, have a wonderful day! Happy Birthday to Jason on the 10tt, have a great day! Happy Birthday goes to Hailey Olson, 19 already! Can't believe it, where did the time go?
Have a wonderful birthday! We love you!

Over at Wembendangig- The Community Sewing Center, Mary does alterations, patches etc. If you are looking for a class to learn how to sew something let Mary know so she can get it on the calendar. Contact the shop at 715-699-1379.

Northwind Book and Fiber- 205 Walnut Street in Spooner are hosting some kids craft classes on Thursdays at 2:30 pm, June 25- July 30. Also Yarnapalooza 2 is coming on Sat July 18th! More information at www.northwindbook.com or give them a call at 715-635-6811.

Put it on your calendar:

August 14,15,16, 2015- WACIPI Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Pow wow.$5 admission for the whole weekend. 10 years and under are free to attend. Admission does include the meal on Saturday. More information  can be found at www.smscwacipi.org
  
August 19-21, 2015- Return To First Medicines 2nd Annual Gathering. A Gathering for adults and children to learn about Sacred Medicines Growing Traditional Foods and how to care for our environment. This event will will be held at Fortune Bay Resort and Casino. www.indigenouspeoplestf.org

September 11-13, 2015- Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival,  Jefferson Fair Park, Jefferson, WI. www.wisconsinsheepandwoolfestival.com

September 19, 2015 Knitting and Crocheting Extravaganza- 9-3 pm at Frederic High School. This years speakers are Sue Dodd, Elaine Owens and Carmella Crandell! This is always a great event to go to and I always learn a whole lot. It really is the best event for $20! Questions?  contact Konnie at 715-653-2619 or  www.knittingandcrochetextravaganza.com

I know that there HAS to be some events going on out there! Please let me know!

Please remember that I would like any information from all of you of what is going on! This is your column ! Any garage sales, church functions, raffles etc? Let me know- thank you!

Have a friend or family member that would be interested in the column? Maybe they live out of town? They can access the column on my blog on Thursdays, at www.twogirlsandagarden.blogspot.com .
 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Spooner Advocate- Springbrook/ Trego Column- July 9, 2015

Good morning! I sure hope that everyone had a wonderful 4th of July! Seems like there were a lot of people around the area. Have to say I had a quiet weekend at home, although there sure were alot of fireworks  going off in the neighborhood
 
July 17-19, 2015- 35th Annual Conference and Campout. Where? Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa! If you have not attended this you are missing out!!! Hope to see some of you there!

If you have ever been to the Potter's Shed in Shell Lake you know how fun it can be!  They are a cafe/ coffee shop. Its a great place to take the kids where you can paint in the Creative Area. Occasionally they also have live music! Go check them out at www.thepottersshed.com or call at 715-468-4122

A happy birthday goes out to all the folks with July birthdays! If you are having a birthday this month remember you are special! There is no one quite like you! Happy Birthday to my lovely niece Felicia who turns 20, have a wonderful day! Happy Birthday to Jason on the 10tt, have a great day! Happy Birthday goes to Hailey Olson, 19 already! Can't believe it, where did the time go?
 Have a wonderful birthday! We love you!

 
July 24-25, 2015- Hayward Piecemakers Quilt Show. New location is at the Hayward Wesleyan Church in Hayward. More information- haywardpiecemakers@hotmail.com or call Michelle at 715-661-3575

 Thimbles Quilt Shop 237 Walnut Street, Spooner. Shop number 715-635-6040. Thimbles is having their 10th anniversary on Friday July 10 all day. They are open M-F 10-5 and Sat 10-4. Classes and more information can be found at www.thimblesquiltshop.com

The Spooner Rodeo is right around the corner. July 9- 11. Held at the Spooner Fairgrounds. Thursday July 9th is Coca- Cola Family night! The rodeo is held rain or shine! To get tickets call 800-367-3306 or go check out the website www.spoonerrodeo.com

Have you heard about Hoofbeat Ridge Ranch in Springbrook? They are open 7 days a week for trail rides. They have some great looking horses over there and would love to take you on a guided tour of the area.They are located between Spooner ad Stone Lake on Hwy A, Stop in at W1650 County Hwy A- or give them a call at 715-939-0205.

Northwind Book and Fiber- 205 Walnut Street in Spooner are hosting some kids craft classes on Thursdays at 2:30 pm, June 25- July 30. Also Yarnapalooza 2 is coming on Sat July 18th! More information at www.northwindbook.com or give them a call at 715-635-6811.


Put it on your calendar:
  
August 19-21, 2015- Return To First Medicines 2nd Annual Gathering. A Gathering for adults and children to learn about Sacred Medicines Growing Traditional Foods and how to care for our environment. This event will will be held at Fortune Bay Resort and Casino. www.indigenouspeoplestf.org

September 11-13, 2015- Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival,  Jefferson Fair Park, Jefferson, WI. www.wisconsinsheepandwoolfestival.com

September 19, 2015 Knitting and Crocheting Extravaganza- 9-3 pm at Frederic High School. This years speakers are Sue Dodd, Elaine Owens and Carmella Crandell! This is always a great event to go to and I always learn a whole lot. It really is the best event for $20! Questions?  contact Konnie at 715-653-2619 or  www.knittingandcrochetextravaganza.com

I know that there HAS to be some events going on out there! Please let me know!

Please remember that I would like any information from all of you of what is going on! This is your column ! Any garage sales, church functions, raffles etc? Let me know- thank you!

Have a friend or family member that would be interested in the column? Maybe they live out of town? They can access the column on my blog on Thursdays, at www.twogirlsandagarden.blogspot.com .
 

Friends of the Bird Sanctuary host the Bountiful Barrens Fest on July 15, 2015




Friends Of the Bird Sanctuary

Bountiful Barrens Fest!!!

When: Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

Where: Douglas County Wildlife Area, Just South of Solon
Springs, HWY 53, West on Cty. Hwy M. to Bird Road.

Why: The Barrens are waiting for you to enjoy!

3:10 Kick off: Douglas County Barrens Day Proclamation

3:20-8:00 Hikes into the Barrens With Local Experts: Birds,
Butterflies, Botany and Barrens Section of the NORTH COUNTRY
TRAIL* Hikes Leaving every 45 min.*

3:20-8:00 Presentations: Local History, Native American Culture,
Natural History of the Barrens, Fur Bearers and their Secrets,
Restoring the Barren Landscape in Wisconsin *Presentations and
Demonstrations Throughout the Event*

6:00- 7:30 Trail Riding! Bring your Horse and Ride along through
this remarkable landscape.

5:30- Picnic Supper with Friends and Neighbors. Barrens Burgers,
hotdogs and snacks provided.

9:00: Night Time in the Barrens: Wolf Howling, Star Gazing, Night
Jars

Get to know this Globally Significant Place in the
Northwest Sands of Douglas County, Wisconsin.

Hosted By Friends of the Bird Sanctuary and supported with a grant from
Friends of Wisconsin State Parks www.fotbs.com

Monday, June 29, 2015

Spooner Advocate- Springbrook Column, June 25, 2015

Good morning! It is raining as I write this. Some days I think think it will never end! Does everyone have their garden in? Did everyone have a good Father's Day out there? I hope everyone had a beautiful day and spent it with loved ones. 
 
July 4 & 5, 2015 Quilted Memories Quilt Show at Chetek Community Center, 711 First Street, from 10-4pm. Quilts, Vendors, a parade noon on Saturday. $2 admission.

There are a couple new businesses in the area worth mentioning. Wembendangig (Those who are hopeful) Community Sewing Center has opened! Mary is stocking her shop with fabric, beads, jingles, bells, quilts, handmade items. If you would like to take a quilting class or need help making something Mary is the person to talk too! The shop is located at 14362W County Road K, the shop number is 715-699-1379 and the email wembendangig@yahoo.com If you bring in a pow wow button you can get 10% off your purchase, also tax free with a Tribal ID. Right down the street from this awesome shop is Cloud 9 Coffeehouse- 14392 W County Road K. I have to say I have really enjoyed the panini's that Sandy and Eva have created over there. Its a great place to have an iced coffee, a frappe or one of there other wonderful drinks. Sandy's menu changes as they are always trying something new, right now its BLT panini. The number to cloud 9  is 715-634-0340 o on the web at www.c9ch.com. I hope to see you at one of these great new businesses!

THIS WEEKEND! June 27, 2015 Sawyer County Dairy Breakfast, early morning. Held at the Hayward fairgrounds.

LCO Community College Class schedule for the month of June.  June 24- Beginner Producer Program at the College Farm 5-8pm and Belly dancing from 3:30- 4:30 in Room 500. LCO Farmers Market at the LCO Country Store Parking Lot 4-7 pm. June 26th LCO Farmers Market at the LCO Country Store Parking Lot 10-2 pm. June 27 Shawl Making 9-4 pm in room 305, Lost Creek Falls 10-4 pm Transportation provided.  To register for any of these class please call 715-634-4790 x156 o email Amber at  marlowa@lco.edu. 
 
A happy birthday goes out to all the folks with June birthdays! If you are having a birthday this month remember you are special! There is no one quite like you! Happy Birthday goes out to my sister Donna, a happy belated birthday to Mary Ann Povlitzki. Happy birthday to my cousin Shana! Have a wonderful birthday! We love you!
 

Put it on your calendar:
  

 
July 17-19, 2015- 35th Annual Conference and Campout. Where? Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa! If you have not attended this you are missing out!!! Hope to see some of you there!
 
July 24-25, 2015- Hayward Piecemakers Quilt Show. New location is at the Hayward Wesleyan Church in Hayward. More information- haywardpiecemakers@hotmail.com or call Michelle at 715-661-3575
 
August 19-21,2015- Return To First Medicines 2nd Annual Gathering. A Gathering for adults and children to learn about Sacred Medicines Growing Traditional Foods and how to care for our environment. This event will will be held at Fortune Bay Resort and Casino. www.indigenouspeoplestf.org

September 11-13, 2015- Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival,  Jefferson Fair Park, Jefferson, WI. www.wisconsinsheepandwoolfestival.com

I know that there HAS to be some events going on out there! Please let me know!

Please remember that I would like any information from all of you of what is going on! This is your column ! Any garage sales, church functions, raffles etc? Let me know- thank you!

Have a friend or family member that would be interested in the column? Maybe they live out of town? They can access the column on my blog on Thursdays, at www.twogirlsandagarden.blogspot.com .
 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Christ In You,Why God trusts you more than you trust yourself- by Eric B Johnson





Christ in You: Why God Trusts You More Than You Trust Yourself

At times reading a religious book can be hard. You feel that you don't quite hit the mark. Or you think that you are so  far away from where you should be that you will never make it to the first base of life! Sometimes what we need is a book that is just written so we can read, understand and apply it to our lives.

Reading this book has really brought a lot of questions to mind. I think its good to get out of our comfort zone and really look at ourselves, our religion, what God wants us to be. It is good to questioned what we are suppose to be doing and how we are suppose to do that. 


I found this book to be "real". Something that I wanted to read and work on. Not someone telling me this is how it needs or has to be done. I like that there are questions as it makes me think. Makes me wonder if there might be others ways of living my life, gives me a different perspective.

I would recommend checking out this book. See what it has to offer you. See how things can change in your life.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Chicken of the Woods by Emily M. Stone

I am once again sharing this great article written by Emily Stone over at Cable Natural History Museum. I know there are a lot of people out there into foraging as well as looking for mushrooms!
Enjoy!

By Emily M. Stone 
Naturalist/Education Director 
Cable Natural History Museum

"Did you see that giant chicken!?" exclaimed my co-worker Jayme as she stepped out of her Jeep in my driveway. My puzzled look must have answered her question. "There's a huge chicken of the woods right next to your driveway! It's bright orange. I can't believe you missed it!"

Jayme's excitement was warranted. Chicken of the woods (a.k.a sulphur shelf) are choice edible mushrooms, and she is an enthusiastic mychophagist (mushroom-eater) and wild forager. A little embarrassed that I had missed such a neat find, I joined her and Steve, her partner, on a quick hike back up our long gravel drive. "I won't tell you where it is," she teased, "let's see if you can find it yourself."

Once I was looking, it wasn't hard, but I did discover why I hadn't seen it before. Tucked away up a steep bank, several yards back in a balsam thicket, the cluster glowed orange on the cut stump of a fallen tree. We grabbed baby birch stems and kicked our toes into the dirt, clambering up the near-vertical road cut.

It was impressive. Nearly two feet across, with layer upon layer of rippling brackets giving it a ruffled appearance, the yellow edges and undersides contrasting with rich, orange caps - this mushroom was beautiful.  It is also unmistakable. David Arora, author of "Mushrooms Demystified", includes chicken of the woods in his "foolproof four." Upon closer inspection, we found that the cluster was fresh, clean, and flexible. Just ripe for eating.

We reached into the mass, and gently tugged free a few of the most fresh and tender looking caps. The flesh was cool and moist to the touch, with a texture like fine velvet. Part of this consistency comes from it being a polypore. Unlike stereotypical mushrooms with the umbrella-like cap and radiating gills, polypore mushrooms are composed of many small, vertical tubes. Reproductive spores are produced on the sides of the tubes, and use gravity to disperse out of the bottom opening. From there, the spores use wind and animals to disperse them into a new home, eventually growing more mushrooms.

The pore structure also contributes to the succulent, stringy texture of the caps, which reminds some people of chicken meat. Soon we had tugged free enough caps to share with everyone for dinner.

Cooking mushrooms is extremely important for both safety and nutrition. Heat can denature toxins, kill nematodes, and break down tough cell walls to give our bodies access to nutrients. After wiping off a few specks of "trail spice," we added the orange caps to a warm skillet in a pool of melted butter and garlic. With a lid to help keep in the juices, the "chickens" were soon sizzling merrily.

The first bite was the best: chewy but tender, with a light lemony undertone and a touch of the savory umami flavor, too. Though we wanted to keep eating, each of us tasted only a couple of small pieces. Chicken of the woods causes mild stomach upset in some, and allergic reactions in a very few. With any wild mushroom, it is best to try only a little at first, to gauge how your body will react.

After a comfortable night, I headed back to the stump to collect more. The wood still looked solid, so I suspect that this fungus will be back again next year. Chicken of the woods is a parasite (it kills trees) and saprobe (it decomposes dead trees), most commonly on oaks. After years of decay, it renders the wood - especially the heartwood - into a friable mess of brown cubes. Until then, it may fruit in the same place year after year.

And until then, I will continue making it part of my dinner. As I pulled off more chunks for my skillet, I noticed slugs and flies dotting the yellow undersides of the brackets. In just a few days, its brittle flesh would be riddled with insects, slug trails, and beetle holes. The fungus will die back. The decomposer will decompose.

The tree feeds the fungus. The fungus feeds the animals. Eventually the soil will feed a tree. And somewhere in that cycle, is me.

 
For over 45 years, the Cable Natural History Museum has served to connect you to the Northwoods. Come visit us in Cable, WI! Our new exhibit: "Lake Alive!" opened May 1, 2015, and will remain open until March 2016.

Find us on the web at www.cablemuseum.org to learn more about our exhibits and programs. Discover us on Facebook, or at our blogspot, http://cablemuseumnaturalconnections.blogspot.com.

 
  
I would love to hear your comments, questions, and ideas about this article!
  
 emily@cablemuseum.org
        

The succulent flesh of the beautiful chicken of the woods mushroom tastes surprisingly similar to its clucking namesake. 
Photo by Emily Stone.