Category Archives: Food

How I Harvest Hickory Nuts

hickory tree

This is how you harvest hickory nuts. You have to a hickory nut tree. The bark is jaggedy and there are many lobed leaves on each branch.

ripe hickory nut

This is how you know the nuts are ripe: it has to be brown and also green. When it’s hickory nut season you let them fall down and pick them up off the ground.

Lil using bench vice

You have to have a vice to crack them. It’s hard to crack the shell open. Squirrels crack the shells open with their teeth.

After the squirrels drop the nuts, they can hit the roof of the garage or the ground. It gets the ground kind of messy so watch out for that.

inside of hickory nut

The meat is ripe when it is light brown. It tastes kind of like pecans. I usually eat them raw.

hickory nut meat

I like doing hickory nuts because the inside is yummy.

Reposted from my mama’s blog, Hounds in the Kitchen.

The Squirrel Parts

squirrel parts illustrationHow we saw the inside of the squirrel is that Papa hunted a squirrel. We took apart the body. I was grossed out a little. I touched it with gloves. It had humungous teeth. We were also surprised in it because it had a lot of fat in it. It had fat all around the kidneys.

And Papa cut open the liver and the heart and the stomach. It had stored seeds in its belly for the winter I think.

We kept the meat to eat.

I wrote this picture because I was just really interested in the squirrel.

Lil Making Cherry Pictures and Jam

cherry picturesI love making cherry pictures. They’re my favorite.

First we grab a cherry pitter. Then we hold it over different pieces of paper. Then we squeezed the pitter and then it makes cherry juice.

My first all berry jam was the best jam and the first jam I’ve ever made.

The berries that were in it they were currant, blackberries, and raspberries. And there was sugar and pectin.

That’s the end of our story.