Monday, June 30, 2014

Basset Hound on the loose.

Sunday afternoon, after we got off from work, we went into Detroit Lakes for a few groceries,  On the way back we saw this little basset hound with a cone on his head, walking toward us on Highway 26.

He could pass a Fred's cousin. 

John stopped and picked him up to get him off the road.  One of the Tamarac employees lives up the street from where we found the dog so John stopped and asked her if she knew who the dog belonged to.  Luckily the dog lives less than half a mile away on that same road.  We took him back to his driveway and dropped him off.  No one appeared to be home so we hope he stayed. 

Today John worked with Kurt cutting fallen trees throughout the refuge.  This gives John more training towards a Class A certification.  He will need to be observed again by one more person to be signed off.  I accompanied Judy on the Loon Survey.  We were assigned eight lakes but due to weather conditions we were only able to complete two small ones today.  While we here out we checked the other lakes to see if we would need to bring along some loppers to cut a trail to our survey sites.  It looks like we will have to cut a trail or two.  

As usual there is always something to photograph. Today we saw lots of wildflowers. 

Tonight I tried a new chicken recipe I found on facebook.  Some of the ones I have tried in the past haven't been that tasty but this one certainly was. 

 It is called Cheryl's Fancy Pants Chicken.   If you like chicken, spinach, mushrooms and mozzarella you will love this.  John said this one is a keeper. 

Cheryl's Fancy Pants Chicken

You'll need 2 packages of THIN chicken breasts
a few slices of prosciutto
a half bag of fresh spinach
an 8 oz package of fresh sliced mushrooms
1 envelope Lipton Recipe Secret's Savory Herb and Garlic
1/2C White Wine
1/4C Olive oil
8oz shredded mozzarella

Preheat oven to 375
spray a 13/9" pan with pam
put 2 layers of chicken in pan,
cover with proscuitto,
top with spinach, sprinkle with a little kosher salt and coarse black pepper
top with mushrooms
whisk together olive oil, wine and savory herb envelope
pour over everything.
Lay a piece of foil over (not tight)
bake for 30 minutes
top with cheese and bake for 5 minutes more.

After dinner we went for a ride in the refuge.  It is interesting what you see at different times of the day.  On our way out of the maintenance road we saw a buck and a doe hanging out by the gate.   This is the first buck I have seen since we have been here. 

So nice of him to pose for a picture. 

We ventured over to the East entrance of Tamarac and found the White Lady Slippers I wanted to get a picture of.  I just love these flowers.

Tomorrow will be another work day.  The weather will dictate if I will be at the Visitor Center or working with Judy on the Loon Survey.   John may or may not be mowing tomorrow.  The weather forecast is showing some rain, wind and lower temperatures so we will see. 

Laugh everyday.  Happy trails.  Stay safe. 

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