Sunday, October 4, 2009

Some Doings Here in the Ozarks and Tree Frogs and Persimmons

Started out pretty cool and cloudy this morning, but by 1 in the afternoon the sun was in and out, not alot of wind, and temps in the upper 60s. A beautiful autumn afternoon here.

Larry spotted a couple fun little creatures today. In the morning he said he saw the brightest green grasshopper he had seen in awhile, and it had bright red eyes too.

In the afternoon, I am outside on a project and he says "come you gotta see this really cool little frog." Neither of us had ever seen this little guy before. I looked him up on the conservation site and discovered he is a grey tree frog. The article also indicated he was very common here in Missouri-so will keep a look out for more of these little guys. He was really cute, and wow can he jump far for a little frog. Here is a link-scroll down til you find grey tree frog-you can also click on his sound http://mdc.mo.gov/nathis/herpetol/frog/id.htm a very nice link.

Here is a photo of the little tree frog, and a photo of me with Autumn.

HPIM2517-1.jpg picture by kathyinozarks

HPIM2525-1.jpg picture by kathyinozarks

HPIM2531-1.jpg picture by kathyinozarks

Have any of you eaten a persimmon? I am yet to find a wild tree of them here in our woods. I also planted some when we first bought our property but they didn't make it. This is the time of year to start looking for them, an article here from conservation about the persimmon http://mdc.mo.gov/nathis/plantpage/flora/motrees/p49.htm

I would like to share a recipe I found in their (Missouri conservation) magazine this month

Persimmon Bread

2 cups persimmon pulp

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon lemon juice

3 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon allspice

1 1/2 cups raisins

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

4 eggs

2 2/3 cups sugar

2/3 cups vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup chopped walnuts

Mix persimmon pulp, baking soda, and lemon juice in a large bowl. set aside

Sift together flour, salt baking powder, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg set aside

beat eggs until slightly thickened. beat in sugar, then oil and vanilla. add flour and persimmon mixtures. stir in walnuts and raisins.

Pour into two greased loaf pans and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

I close with a photo I took as you drive into our driveway( 2006)

699e.jpg flag along our driveway 2006 picture by kathyinozarks

Have a fabulous new week!

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