Hiking Dundee Falls

My brother came from Louisiana for a weekend visit after a 4-day business trip, and being a part of this family means that you were raised with a love and need for the outdoors, so he needed his “fix”. We live in Northeast Ohio where there is a beautiful State Park that few people are aware of called Dundee Falls.

On a crisp, but sunny, Saturday morning we headed over for the hike through the woods to see the Big Falls and the Little Falls. Beautiful as always, we hiked for 5 hours total, and were tired (in a good way), feeling peaceful, and refreshed at the end of the day.

I hope you enjoy this small pictorial tour.

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Looking down on the little Falls – those rocks are 3ft-5ft Boulders. A person can stand with 6 feet of head room in the cave underneath.

Grapevines still make great swings!

Grapevines still make great swings!

Hubby and bro contemplating a climb.

Hubby and bro contemplating a climb.

Me and Little Bro at the Big Falls

Me and Little Bro at the Big Falls

Spray-painting graffiti in a place like this is very upsetting. Someone else used sidewalk chalk, which will wash off in the next rain, a much more acceptable practice if you must leave your mark.

Spray-painting graffiti in a place like this is very upsetting. Someone else used sidewalk chalk, which will wash off in the next rain, a much more acceptable practice if you must leave your mark.

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What’s in your Closet? Some of my favorite Camo and Animal Prints

In my closet it’s my collection of Camo and Animal Prints. Mossy Oak Breakup in Pink and White, Naked North Snow and Naked North Pink, Mossy Oak Duck Blind, King’s Desert Shadow, Backland West, Realtree AP, Advantage Max 1, Realtree AP Blaze, Realtree AP Snow, True Timber Snow, True Timber Pink, the list is as long as my Face Book Friends list. And, just like my Friends list is always expanding, so is my collection of camo. The newest colors are as gorgeous as the snow on a quiet and untouched winter morning, and the autumn  leaves at the peak of Fall in the northeast.

Lingerie and Loungewear on Hangers
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Coats and Purses on Hangers
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Bow Tote, Tennis Tote, Flip Flops and Boots on the Floor
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Rolling Duffel on the Floor
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KNJ Rifle Cases on the Shelf
The range of colors and patterns of Animal Prints are just as vast as that of camo, and they are beautiful, as all nature lovers will admit. Pink, purple, leopard, zebra, cheetah, Python and Rattlesnake, the list is infinite, and is only limited by the imagination.
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Cook your own Meat! Venison Pot Roast

Cook your own Meat! Venison Pot Roast

It’s hunting season and more deer meat is going into my freezer! I’m almost out of deer roast so I’ll have my deer cut into roasts, steaks (love the back strap), burger, and sausage.

We’ve got a big birthday party for 18 people in October (4 birthdays) so I’ll fix (2) 4-lb roasts, a nice tossed salad, some corn, broccoli, mashed potatoes and gravy, cake and ice cream. Yum!

I came up with this recipe myself many years ago when I first got married. Hope you enjoy!

­­SUPER TENDER VENISON POT ROAST – Great cooked in the oven or the crock pot.

  • 4-5 LB VENISON ROAST
  • 4-5 BEEF BOUILLON CUBES
  • 2 T PARSLEY
  • 2 T THYME
  • 2 T BLACK PEPPER
  • 2 T CAJUN SEASONING
  • LARGE ONION, CARROTS, ANY VEGGIES YOU LIKE TO ADD TO YOUR BEEF POT ROAST

Place thawed roast in large pot.  Cover roast with water to 1/8 inch below top surface. Add bouillon cubes, parsley, thyme, black pepper and Cajun seasoning all around roast. Cover and cook for 5-6 hours at 350 degrees, adding water if necessary (for gravy) in the last hour.

Use that good juice with drippings for your flour gravy.

Dribble some of the gravy over top of the roast when you plate it just to keep it moist and hot.

My family gobbles this up, but if you have leftovers you can make stupendous pulled venison or add barbecue sauce for sandwiches!

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