Here on our little hillside, in WV, we try to live a simple life. One where we can try to make the best decisions in regards to what we feed our family, and where we source our foods. We try to make green decision that are not only good for our family but for our community and planet as well. There is no place I would rather raise a family, than these WV hills! So I guess it is our responsibility to preserve them, and our heritage.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

ice fishing bounty

Around our house, we have four seasons.  Ice fishing, bass fishing, ginseng, and hunting.  That takes us from January to December.  Last year was a huge disappointment when there was no ice.  So far this year it has been on and off, but at least the boys have been able to get out a few times so far.

We love every year when a bunch of people go out and try to catch their limits.  We have a fish fry, with fries, hush puppies, and all the homemade trimmings.  There hasn't been enough ice this year for that but we did manage a few good fish dinners.  We normally make a simple batter and fry them up.  I would offer up a batter recipe, but I still haven't found the perfect one.  So by all means, if you have a good batter recipe, PLEASE share!

There are two local fishing areas that have walleye, perch, and bluegill.  With spring around the corner, I am not sure how many more trips out the boys will make.  At least we had the chance this year.  I guess if it comes down to it, they might have to take a short break from bass fishing to stock up on walleye later in the year.

On a side note, the weather was beautiful today, all the snow melted off, and I got some outside work done, finally!  We got one of the apple trees cut back and the back yard cleared from the debris left from Sandy.  Also got all three porches cleaned and ready for spring, trimmed the Rhododendron that fell in front of the basement door, and started to clear the garden for this year.  It wasn't much but it was a good start, and it was so nice to spend my first full day outside!  Hurry up Spring!!