Jay and Chuck

The Blue Jay and I were sitting around the farm having the longest conversation the other day about how we believe Chuck the Squirrel is a hoarder. We couldn’t help but notice Chuck’s constant obsession with collecting and hiding acorns in every nook and cranny. It seems like his hoarding behavior has reached an extreme level, as we often find acorns stashed even in the most unexpected places. 

Chuck likes to come down from the trees on the property and quickly gather as many black walnuts as he can fit into his big little mouth. I am always afraid he is going to choke, and it also scares me because I could do nothing to save dear Chuck if this were to happen. I mean, how do you perform the Heimlich on a squirrel?

Jay and I were pointing out that Chuck has been at this for many months now, and as time has passed, his hoarding behavior has intensified. We even saw the little squirrels out there with him on Sunday morning before squirrel church, running to and fro and putting the black walnuts into a pile so Chuck could gather and move them on. Jay thought it was rude to make the kids work so hard, and he was telling them all about it very loudly as they worked.

Once I let the dogs out into the yard, Chuck quickly scurried up a large walnut tree and proceeded to tell me about how unhappy he was that I interrupted his activities.  As Jay continued to express his disapproval, the kids ignored him and focused on their task, determined to finish it efficiently. Chuck, on the other hand, seemed unbothered by the commotion and continued to chatter away about his grievances from his perch in the walnut tree. 

Jay, whom I thought was my friend, also came down a few branches and proceeded to yell at the dogs.  

You know, I never did get the Blue Jay’s name. 

AboutLong Ears Farm

My passion for life is baking and creating in the kitchen.
From canning fresh produce and fruit each summer and fall with my grown children to
Flipping thru magazines and trying those impossible dishes.
However I always know that I can rely on the old family tried and true recipes.

I have written many cookbooks over the years, you can order them directly at https://wordpress.com/view/longearsfarm.org, The cookbooks have reminded me that I always go back to finding my true self in the kitchen, when I am covered in flour, lost in baking or making the biggest mess ever in the kitchen.
Sometimes my kitchen looks like a tornado hit it! And I have a really small space lol.

Now that the kitchen and i have finally found our groove we are able to further the journey with sharing my recipes, thoughts, and kitchen wisdom with the world!
Gone are the days of rushing into the house after a long day at work, and trying to beat Betty Crocker at her own game , tirelessly trying to whip up a nutritious and delicious meal for the family, making it look effortless and taste good too!
Many a night was spent in my work coat cooking dinner, as I had not taken the time to take it off.
Straight to the kitchen , a glass of wine and my favorite casserole dish I went.
This is partly the product of being brought up on a salad, main entrée, with a ton of side dishes, and of course a home baked dessert!

However it was survival of the fittest for my kids as they grew up.
You had one chance to eat dinner, and if you chose to sit there and pout over the broccoli on your plate, many nights when dinner was over, you went hungry.
Ahhh those were the days, the days when parenting was free spirited and fun!

I hope you enjoy what I share with you, and if you ever find yourself looking for a little bit of those tried and true recipes feel free to check out my cookbook, there's something in them for everyone!

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