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The other day when I was wandering around the backyard looking at the little world out back, I came upon another area where mushrooms were sprouting. The only reason I noticed these is because the soil was being pushed up, and resembled a gopher trail. Looking closer I discovered the mushrooms! Great camouflage if you ask me!

Check it out.

They are hard to see

They are hard to see

Did you see them? There are three.

They really do blend right in, so I felt very lucky to capture these hidden beauties!

Blends right in

Blends right in

Here is the mushroom revealed!

The mushroom revealed

The mushroom revealed

Here are a pair from the side. There is a lot of dirt on top, and if I had not walked around the pushed up soil, I might have missed these!

Pushing up

Pushing up

When they do pop the surface, they are hidden amongst the leaf litter and soil debris, as you can see by this next photo.

Hidden by debris

Hidden by debris

One last shot for you…Here are the gills in a close up.

The gills

The gills

While I tried to identify this mushroom I could not find the name. Do you know what this mushroom is? I would love to hear from you!

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a splendid Saturday! Be well! ^..^

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I have a natural curiosity that always leads me to looking in places that most would not take the time to look at. It is surprising what one can find when you look closely at the miniature world that is right outside the back door! So, with that in mind, I took a stroll out back to look at the tiny world that exists on the two acres we live on!

Here is what I spied:

Sprouting through wood

Sprouting through wood

No longer in the dark

No longer in the dark

Up from the bark

Up from the bark

Renewal

Renewal

Little umbrellas

Little umbrellas

Neat little mushrooms, aren’t they?

Have a terrific Tuesday! Thanks for coming along on my stroll, and be well! ^..^

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We are finally getting some decent rain here in the Sierra Foothills. We have been in a drought for years now, and are truly enjoying the rains! Keep it coming! When it rains, and with the leaves of fall, we end up with a yard full of mushrooms! Walking between the raindrops the other day, I could not believe the number of mushrooms around our yard…Want to see?

A lovely cluster

A lovely cluster

Camouflauge

Camouflauge

One its side

One its side

A line of mushrooms

A line of mushrooms

Pretty patterns

Pretty patterns

One final shot!

Old and wrinkled

Old and wrinkled

How cool is that?

Have a great Wednesday! Thanks for stopping by! Be well! ^..^

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I love cooking, as you know, and I love to find, or come up with new recipes! Over this last weekend I tried two recipes. One that I wanted to try for some time now is a potato recipe that I found from the site Walking on Sunshine. Her recipe: Bacon Cheese Potatoes. I thought that this would pair perfectly with another recipe that I got from my friend Conor Bofin over at One Man’s Meat. His recipe: Steak Frites. Then I added to this my simple recipe: Simple Sauteed Mushrooms!

I prepared the potatoes first as they were to be cooked in the crockpot. This simple recipe consisted of bacon, cheese and potatoes. Slice four red potatoes thinly, grate plenty of cheddar, and dice some bacon. Lois indicates that you can pre-cook the bacon, or not. I did not, but next time I make this I will because of the amount of fat. I used non-stick spray in my crock pot then layered potatoes, then bacon, then cheese. Lois likes to add salt and pepper on top of each layer. Forget the salt as the cheese and bacon add plenty! I was able to knock out three layers, dotted it with butter, and after 6 hours on low here is the finished recipe!

Bacon Cheese Potatoes

Bacon Cheese Potatoes

Now Conor’s steak recipe was a perfect pairing with these potatoes! And, it is a simple recipe too! I purchased two rib eye steaks that were about 3/4″ thick. Taking a big bunch of fresh thyme, I stripped the leaves off the stems and chopped up the thyme and then pressed the steaks into the thyme. The recipe says to get a cast iron pan very hot and then add 1 teaspoon of salt. I forgot this step. After adding the salt you are to place the steaks in the pan. It was at this point that I added the salt. The important thing with this recipe is not to disturb the steaks. I cooked them for 5 minutes then turned them over and cooked another 4 minutes. And, they came out beautiful. Check these out!

The Steaks

The Steaks

I cooked the mushrooms while the steaks were sizzling in the pan. Another easy recipe. Add butter and garlic to a hot pan, and when the aroma of the garlic comes up add the mushrooms and saute. Here they are!

The Mushrooms

The Mushrooms

And here is the finished dinner!

One easy dinner!

One easy dinner!

The flavors of this dinner: Amazing! Worth the time and one that will make your family and friends think you spent hours in the kitchen!

Have a terrific Tuesday! Thanks for stopping in for a bite! Be well! ^..^

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Get a little bit of rain, mix it with a bit of leaf litter, and the mushrooms begin to pop! You can find them everywhere, even in the grass and mossy areas of the yard! Today I wanted to share some of these lovelies with you that I took after our recent rain!

Coming up from leaf litter

Coming up from leaf litter

I discovered this mushroom which reminds me of…well tell me if you agree from the photo description!

The booby mushroom

The booby mushroom

Here is a newie! You can gauge the size of it by the blades of grass that surround it!

Teeny tiny

Teeny tiny

Here is one that has already shed its spores and is fading…

Curling

Curling

Wandering about, I discovered these flat tops!

Flat tops

Flat tops

And, one final shot of a lovely mix of mushrooms…

A lovely mix

A lovely mix

I hope that you enjoyed these mushrooms! Thank you for taking the time to drop on by! Have a spectacular Saturday! Be well! ^..^

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Let me start with saying that today has been a trying day. We have had issues with a router that has kept me from using the internet today until it was fixed. Then, I have been having issues commenting on other peoples blogs that I am trying to work out with WP. To top it all off this annoying little popup box keeps coming up asking for me to enter my network password! This will be fixed shortly.

Now, for today, sorry for the late post! I was recently in an area with birch trees and was amazed to find a huge “mushroom” growing out the side of a dead birch. I had never seen anything like this! It is very different than what we have here locally. Looking it up I discovered that this mushroom, or fungus, is called a Birch Polypore. Check it out!

Birch Polypore

Birch Polypore

They have a smooth brown cap on top and the underside is white. The underside is loaded with spores! And, to give you an idea of how big they are, if you splay your fingers, they are as big as that with your palm included!

Typical brown curved cap

Typical brown curved cap

Interestingly, these are annuals in the world of plants and fungus! Looking up the dead tree, you will see how they cover the tree! The black ones are from a previous season and are dead.

Looking up a tree fully loaded

Looking up a tree fully loaded

They remind me of steps going up the tree.

Steps on a tree

Steps on a tree

I thought they were very pretty!

Pretty!

Pretty!

I hope that you enjoyed these amazing fungi! Have a great day! Be well! ^..^

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Well that title says it all, eh? Have you guessed what this post is about? :) There are so many different ways to cook and eat eggs. They become a component in a lot of recipes. Today I wanted to share with you some of the many different recipes that I have previously posted on eggs!

Slop is one of my favorite egg recipes. Take whatever you have leftover in the kitchen, toss it with scrambled eggs and you have slop! Good for breakfast, lunch or dinner! This is good too when you go camping! Check it out!

Slop is served!

Slop is served!

I love bagels. Having come from the east coast, I find that good bagels are hard to find. I discovered that our local grocery, Raley’s, has authentic bagels cooked in water. Bagels go really great with eggs as a sandwich. Here is what I created in my recipe Fried Eggs on Bagels.

Fried eggs, sausage and bagel is served!

Fried eggs, sausage and bagel is served!

Then there is Joe’s Special! Eggs with spinach, burger and mushrooms: To die for! What do you think?

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

I grew up eating Matzo Brei. There is just something comforting about a breakfast or dinner made with matzo…Add a little jelly and you have a sweet meal!

Serve it up with jelly!

Serve it up with jelly!

Have I made you hungry? I know that I am!

Have an amazing day and thank you for taking the time to visit with me! Be well! ^..^

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