Dryad’s Saddle – A Mushroom Find

Mushroom 2aHello and welcome to the blog!

Everything is going great out here in the country.  I’ve been learning to live more frugally, eating healthier, and living a slower pace.  It’s relaxing.

Serena is adapting well to a more outdoorsy lifestyle, too.  She seems to be enjoying herself.

Today the weather was unsettled.  It was warm and muggy with showers and thunderstorms every couple of hours.  In between batches of rain, I had time to do a little mushroom hunting.  There were no morels to be found, but I did find some relatively young Dryad’s Saddle mushrooms.  Some mushroom hunters dismiss them as unappetizing but others claim this variety is tasty.  I will find out tomorrow!

Ree Ree FlowersOver the weekend, there was a birthday party for a friend’s nine year old son.  The family and I spent the day fishing and grilling out at Robins Lake in Cedar Rapids.  No fish were caught but it doesn’t matter.  We enjoyed ourselves!

Serena came along and spent nearly five hours outside sleeping in the shade next to this tree or snuggled against the pavilion where we ate.  She had a blast, too.

The employment search continues but there is comfort in knowing that this next gig will not be for very long – the plan is still to move north later this summer.  But for now, the living arrangement is comfortable and the stress level is low.  That’s a good thing!

Trout Almondine2

Trout Almondine

In other news, I’m getting close to completing the recipe collection project and submitted a PDF copy to my sister to review.  She liked the format and the dishes selected to share.  It’s such a time consuming project but I am looking forward to sharing it soon!

The picture to the left, “Trout Almondine” was cooked at the farm where I am living.  It’s one of the recipes in the collection.  No surprise, right?  Stay tuned for more details!

That’s about all for now.  Take care and have a terrific week!

Brad and Serena, Vandwelling in Eastern Iowa.

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About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"

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