Quote of the Week, Perhaps a Bit Longer

"The biological community is a vast and complicated system for sharing and distributing the energy of the sun among a diversity of life forms." ~Martson Bates


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We speak of disease; if a parasite is causing the disease, it is called a pathogen, from the Greek pathos and gens--a bearer of suffering.


Spring Time, Wildlflower Time!!!

Found these beauties in the Buffalo Hills area north of Pyramid Lake and west of Gerlach, NV.

Sagebrush Buttercup (Ranunculus glaberrimus)

Great Basin Violet (Viola beckwithii)

Yellow Bell (Fritillaria pudica)


Happy Spring!!!

It's official and even since we have had spring-like weather for most of winter, spring is here!  It's my favorite! I can't wait to get out and see more wildflowers and other springy things.  Enjoy!



Yum, Yum Mushroom Soup!!!

Mushroom Soup!

Dan was feeling ill yesterday (Monday), so I thought I would make some soup for dinner, however, I didn't want to make the same old potato leek, or celery root soup that I normally make, so I decided to try mushroom soup.

Although I've heated it out of a can before, I've never actually made mushroom soup before, so I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out. Well, luckily, I am proud to say that my first attempt at mushroom soup turned out delicious.  It had a nice flavor and was warm and soothing for Dan's throat and my soul--cheesy, I know--mmmmmmmmm cheese, this recipe does include cheese, YAY!

Anyway, I highly recommend this recipe!

Oh, and it's super easy and quick to make too!

What you need:
olive oil
1 yellow onion
8 oz white mushrooms
4 oz brown mushrooms 
thyme--I did some fresh some dried since I didn't have much fresh
3 cups chicken broth
Parmesan Cheese--to taste
salt and pepper--to taste

What to do:
In a sauce pan saute onions over medium heat. Once the onions are translucent and soft add the mushrooms and thyme, salt and pepper to taste.  Cook the mushrooms until they are soft and brown.  Add the broth, bring to a boil then turn down heat and simmer for roughly 5 minutes.  Add parmesan cheese and let it melt into soup while stirring.  Let the soup cool a bit then, with an immersion blender (thank you for the Christmas present Dan!), blend soup to the desired smoothness.  Optional, use thinly sliced chives and Greek yogurt to garnish. Oh and since I love cheese I added more Parmesan as garnish too!



Sweetwater Mountains

Up in Sweetwater Canyon
A couple of weeks ago I went down past Wellington Nevada for work. We went to both the sweetwater mountains and the Pine Nut Mountains to look at some possible projects.  I have not spent much time in this area, but it is beautiful.  The road there 338, is gorgeous, it goes right between the two mountain ranges, with the sweetwaters to the west and the pine nuts to the east.  You get a gorgeous view of Bald Mountain the 4th highest mountain in the Pine Nuts. 

Since neither Dan or I have spent much time in that area, we decided to head down and checkout the sweetwaters.  The sweetwaters run north-south with the northwest end in Nevada and the southeast end in California.  We decided to hike up sweetwater canyon, which actually has a road in it, but not a road that our Subaru could handle, although a high clearance 4x4 could easily drive on it.  We were lucky we didn't see anyone out on the road or in the area.

We hiked a ways up the canyon and came to a nice, little use cabin--Nugent Cabin, is its name.  I was very impressed, people really take care of the place.  It has been kept up very well with a lot of love, so if you head up there please, please, please be sure to leave nicer than you find it--it is a great resource that we would hate to see get thrashed and/or closed.

View during the hike
Nugent Cabin
Nugent Cabin

Critter, does anyone know who it is?
Dan and Coco on the hike
Another view during the hike


First Wildflower 2014

I found my first wildflower of 2014 on 2/16/2014, in the Virginia/Flowery Range.  It is a lomatium which is not unusual for our area, in years past it is typically one of the first bloomers I see.

Nevada Biscuitroot (Lomatium nevadense)