Sunday, October 15, 2017

What A Slimy Creature

With all the rain my area has over the summer. It has brought out an abundance of wildlife. I walked out my front door one time to find this slimy creature. A “Great Grey Slug”. Also known as a “Leopard slug”.

My oldest boy said I should pour salt on them when I see them. You can find them by following their slime trails. So, I started to do a little research about them.

The good thing about slugs, many creatures like to eat them. Besides bigger slugs eating the smaller ones. Snakes, birds, chickens, ducks, owls, hedgehogs, and toads love to dine on the slimy creatures.

This is what I have learned :

1. These type of slugs are not native to North America. They are native to Europe and parts of Africa.
2. The slug was introduced to the United States of America back in 1867 when they were found in cellars. This slug was an original stow away on ships to immigrate to America.
3. The slugs can grow anywhere from 4 – 8 inches in length.
4. They come in a variety of colors.
5. Slugs can be found wherever humans dwell in. Such as : gardens, flower beds, compost piles or other damp areas.
6. They prefer to feed at night. As they are nocturnal.
7. Food – dead plants, fungi, and other slugs. They also eat crops faster than they can move.
8. Slugs lay eggs in a cluster. Size of an egg is 6×4.5mm. That’s tiny.
9. Eggs hatch within a month. It takes 2 years to reach maturity.
10. Slugs are considerate hermaphrodites. They will court for several hours. By circling and licking each other. Both will lay hundreds of eggs later.

Have you ever been slimmed by a slug?

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Crockpot Broccoli And Mushroom Soup

I love making homemade broccoli and mushroom soup in my crock pot. I had a late start making today. As I had to go to the school and discuss with the resource teacher, class teachers, and counselors about my daughter's failing grades and what we can do about it.
I really don't think the meeting was a success. As we discussed my daughter is already grounded from everything in the home except her chrome book that is provided by the school. I was asked how long that will last. I said that depends on her. If she doesn't want to do her chores or keeps yelling at me. It will be permanent. As I am not going to be talked to or treated like that. 
We did discuss that my daughter is capable of doing the work, that she is smart. We discussed her controlling her anger and taking it out on the wrong people. We discussed ways she can deal with the bullies. Same stuff that happens every year. Nothing gets accomplished, just confirms the same stuff is happening at home as it is at the school. Until my daughter decides to do it, nothing will happen.
After I got home from the school, we went to McDonald’s. I know it seems like a reward, but I had not eaten all day. I needed to get something small and quick. As I don't keep anything like that at home. It was almost 4 pm. Being a diabetic type two. I control my diet by what I eat. I needed something to eat quick. 

It doesn't help that child support was only $12 and some odd cents. Which gets paid every two weeks. That hurts but I understand with the hurricane that happened in Florida, everything was shut down. That puts us in a bind up here in Ohio, as I have no way to make that extra cash up. No biggie I need to make it to the local food banks when I do not have some type of appointments. I hate relying on food banks and making meals from cans or boxes. Compared to homemade and fresh. But it is what it is. At this point in life, food is food.
Back to making the soup, I made it a bit different this time. As I was out of chicken stock. Plus, I no longer add onions to any of the meals I make. Due to health reasons, I ended up picking up two small boxes of “Swanson cream starter” over the weekend for $1.00 a piece. As they were marked down for quick sale. Something I have not tried yet.
I started slicing up a package of white mushrooms and a package of broccoli. I took the broccoli stalk and shredded it up with my metal grater. Some people will throw the broccoli stalk out. Not me, I use every bit of the broccoli stalk. I shredded the Irish white cheddar cheese. I added the Swanson cream starter milk and spices. Then started making the rue (recipe below) to make the soup a little thicker. Once I made the rue, I added it to the mixture.
Swanson cream starter is already made in the box and does not need anything added to it. It is great to make gravies and creamy soups.

Crockpot Broccoli And Mushroom Soup 


1 package shredded broccoli

1 package sliced mushrooms
2 small boxes of Swanson cream starter
2 cups shredded Irish white cheddar cheese
1 cup Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper

I placed all vegetables and cheese in crockpot. I poured both boxes of the Swanson cream starter over the ingredients in the crockpot. I filled the rest of the crockpot with milk. I mixed everything together. Turned on high for 3 to 4 hours.
Rue is a thickener for soups and gravies. To make my rue I add flour to a skillet till it is light brown. I add two tablespoons of butter. I let the butter melt. Mix together with a whisk. It should be the thickness of a gravy. If not I add more butter too I get it. If it is too thin I add more flour. I added rue because when I added the milk. The soup did not have a creamy thickness anymore.
Photo of soup taken by and copyright belongs to me, Sandy KS aka rusty2rusty. The photo of the broccoli came from Pixabay, a free use photo sharing website. 

Monday, October 2, 2017

6 Things That I Fear

I thought this month would be the perfect time to write about what I fear. Since October seems to bring out the fear when many of the traditions are celebrated.

I fear death. I think it is because I know I am a sinner. I believe in heaven and hell. I don’t know which place I will go when I die. I know I have sinned a lot. I have asked for forgiveness when I know I have committed a sin. Some sins I seem to have a habit and haven't been able to break them. I do try my best. As I fear what will happen to my children once I am gone. Especially my daughter who has issues.

I am afraid of heights. Once I look down. I freeze while fear grips me. My heart starts beating a mile a minute. I feel like I am going to faint. I get dizzy.

I fear the dark. As I can’t see what is in front of me. I blame that on watching too many horror movies as a child. My siblings always like jumping out and scaring me. Now d my teenage son like to jump out of nowhere and scare me. I am partially blind. I fear one day it will be complete. Where my world will be colorless.

I detest spiders. I was bitten on the back of the hand while living in Florida.  (I wrote about it in the blog titles Spiders are taking over my house.)The spider bite was very painful. It made me feel like I was on fire from my fingertips to my shoulder. It took three days before the medicine the antibiotics kicked in. I had a reaction to a nonpoisonous spider. 

Snakes are another animal that scares me. I am not sure why. I do enjoy looking at them from afar. I don’t want any to come up close enough to touch me.

I fear of being alone. I am alone many hours during the day. Many times I enjoy the quiet time. I fear the time when the day turns dark. I hate being alone in the dark. I have also been very unlucky in love to the point where I fear being with anyone. That I fear I will wind alone.

Challenge:  Write about your fears.