A Squirrel Eating Squirrels….

They’re cute as can be… I’m not sure if I could shoot one but I can sure cook ’em up!


Hi and welcome to the blog!  I was hoping to get out this week to camp but it never happened.  Things have been busy at work; with the cold / flu season starting it seems there are hours galore.  I don’t mind taking them!

Over the weekend friend Dale and his boys stopped by.  They’d been hunting east of town and brought me a couple of fresh squirrels to eat on.  The animals were completely cleaned.  Squirrel tastes a lot like dark chicken but also has kind of a woody / nutty flavor to it.  There’s not much of a “gamey” flavor.



I decided to make a squirrel stew but not use a recipe, rather just simmer it to taste and use some biscuits for dumplings.  It turned out very tasty and provided 4 meals.  Duke was a big fan!  One could make a similar dish with some chicken breast and a couple of hindquarters.

Here is the recipe below:





Fall is definitely here and there is a chill in the air.  Before long it will be too late in the season for roof repairs.  I’m still tarped up and it is unlikely the home base roof will get fixed until spring.  It’s kind of scary.  I’ve dealt with a number of contractors who don’t want the work.  Either my job is too small or the contractors want to far overbid it.  I’ve seen a lot of people – including a friend – bilked out of thousands of dollars.  It’s stressful, to say the least.


Well, next week the weather looks terrific.  I’m going to try to get down and visit my buddy aka “Little Brother”  Johnnie in Muscatine, Iowa, along the Mississippi River.  We always cook up good food.  Along the way I’m also making a couple of meals in the van that will be themed after pork – it’s ultra cheap, reasonably lean, and extremely versatile.  It should be a fun time!

Don’t forget to set the clocks back on Saturday night and vote on Tuesday!

Thanks for visiting!  Safe and happy camping!

Brad and Jenny and Duke
Jones County, 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"

4 Responses to A Squirrel Eating Squirrels….

  1. my_vantasy says:

    I would be worried about having an unfixed roof over the winter, too. It sounds like you have tried every avenue to get it fixed. That’s a shame some local small contractor won’t jump on a small job to finish out their season. Hope you are able to go camping and visiting next week. It is cold and damp in Ohio.

    • VanTrekker says:

      Hi and sorry that I missed your comments. It’s been crazy around here! I can imagine it pretty cold and damp out that way. We are in the 70s right now. The fishing isn’t the greatest but the sun warms the body and soul. Take care! I woke up at 3AM so it’s a good time to work on a blog post. 🙂 VT

  2. Jo Harmon says:

    That is really crazy that you still havent been able to find someone to fix the roof. Did you try doing a google search for a handyman? If he wants money up front for supplies tell him you will go with him to get them so as you don’t give him any money and never see him again. I got really lucky when I found the guy to fix my outside wall. But now I need a new furnace.@##$$$% Well I knew it was coming so I figured now is the time. Its always something.
    I know you don’t like being on the roof but if theres a hole up there maybe you can at least do a patch job with a piece of plywood caulk the hell out of the edges and then put the tarp back. I don’t know you can’t leave a hole up there in the winter

    • VanTrekker says:

      Hi, Jo! That is all excellent advice. I’ve gone through 10 or 11 contractors (most don’t want to do a mobile home because they are like catching small fish). But this new guy has potential – he’s local. Yeah, I’m going to have to get back up on the roof one more time! After that it might be fixed soon. Sorry to hear about the furnace. I had to have one a few years ago myself. No fun! Take care!

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