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Gail Butler
Heartsease Cottage
As a childhood mud-eater (I don't remember this, but my Mom tells me it was so), I've spent most of my life digging in the dirt - rockhounding, gold prospecting, gardening - and am happiest with my hands in the soil communing with its mysteries.
Interests: Anything "dirt" oriented and writing.
Recent Activity
My home-dehydrated foods are an essential part of my Jeep-camping pantry! I love car camping and exploring! I love my Jeep...and, I love to eat! However, fitting a couple of weeks worth of food into a car - along with all types of additional camping equipment, including a bed, can... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2023 at A New Heartsease...
I've had this ice chest for over 30 years! The egg carton is to show scale as I don't recall how many quarts it is. I've car-camped for years and much of my camping equipment is...old, mostly because it still works and it fits into my 25-year old Jeep just... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2023 at A New Heartsease...
I decided to come up with a protein-rich, low calorie, low-carb snack that had all the zest and savor of red wine vinegar chips, but was better for me and lacked the "guilt" factor...Red Wine and Balsamic Vinegar Pickled Eggs! Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2023 at A New Heartsease...
Jalapeno Pickled Eggs are a nice appetizer with beverages when guests stop by. The resulting "pickle" results in only moderate heat, but a nice savor! If you have extra eggs you need to use up, as I did when I kept chickens, or you simply want to purchase some extra... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2023 at A New Heartsease...
Jalapeno salsa/sauce is delicious on Mexican food, hot dogs, and egg dishes...anywhere you'd like to add some savor and a bit of heat. Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2023 at A New Heartsease...
May all the "eggs" in your 2023 "basket" hatch! Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2022 at A New Heartsease...
May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through! ~Author unknown, 1960s Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2022 at A New Heartsease...
Grilled Shrimp Toast hits all the savory taste elements of its scampi-pasta version! Shrimp, butter, lemon, and Parmesan! Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2022 at A New Heartsease...
Camping at City of Rocks State Park 21 miles outside of Deming, New Mexico. Trailer, RV, van, or car camping? All things considered, my advantage consistently comes back to car camping in my Jeep. I might add a Weathertech bumpstep to my trailer hitch to facilitate easier climbing into the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2022 at A New Heartsease...
Setting up camp at the Bluewater Lake State Park in New Mexico. On this fall trip there was only one other camper in this vast park and he was on the far opposite end of the campground. In this post I'll cover some of the miscellaneous considerations of car camping... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2022 at A New Heartsease...
At my age of 72-years, an added problem is that many seniors - me included - sometimes have to pee in the middle of the night when car or tent camping. Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2022 at A New Heartsease...
With a comfy bed to sleep in and lounge upon and tasty victuals to eat my needs for comfort and remaining well-fed are met while traveling and camping in my Jeep. Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2022 at A New Heartsease...
So why does a 72-year old woman travel and sleep in her Jeep? Certainly not because I have's because I want to! Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2022 at A New Heartsease...
In my next blog post, I'll share "how I roll" when packing the Jeep for a few days of car camping. I'll explain what I take and why, and give some tips for living well - and comfortably - on the a car! Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2022 at A New Heartsease...
The "Silent Forest" in the Deschutes National Park, Oregon No peep, tweet, or squeak Nary a flutter, nor footfall No rustlings or mutterings No wind, breeze, or dust devil No animals, birds, bees, butterflies, or "buzz" a'tall Utter deep silence No comings, goings, echoes, or sounds...but my own... * *... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2022 at A New Heartsease...
Dande-Mocha-Frappuccino! Cooling, rich-tasting, caffeine-free, good for you, and satisfying! What's not to love? There's a couple of ways to make this beverage which I enjoy as my morning choice during the summer season. I make the hot version for cool autumn or cold winter mornings. The simplest way to make... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2022 at A New Heartsease...
..a weed is a plant we have not allowed ourselves to appreciate - rather like the unmet stranger with the potential to become a dear friend or strong ally.. Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2022 at A New Heartsease...
...sugar or honey is added to the berries before they're made into sauce, jelly, or wine because to be palatable to us bi-peds they need to/must be sweetened! Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2022 at A New Heartsease...
By March 29th, my tomatoes are getting tall under their grow light! Each year, early in spring, I start tomatoes from seeds, under a grow light suspended from hooks on a shelf in my office. This year, I'm planning a pot of Tumbling Tom tomatoes - a miniature plant bearing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2021 at A New Heartsease...
Made spicy-to-your-taste, tempered with cooling avocado and a dollop of vegan sour cream or plain dairy-free yogurt, this chilaquila recipe will be the star feature at Sunday brunch! Also, great for lunch or dinner! These Vegan Chilaquiles pass muster with non-vegans, too! And, it's an easy by-the-handful recipe that doesn't... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2021 at A New Heartsease...
Spice - and spike - this "made-from-scratch" Mexican-style hot cocoa-latte as you like! Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2021 at A New Heartsease...
Well, thanks to Covid I haven't been able to get my standard oven I've turned to my toaster oven for most of my baking needs! Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2021 at A New Heartsease...
As soon as men decide that all means are permitted to fight an evil, then their good becomes indistinguishable from the evil that they set out to destroy. — Christopher Dawson, The Judgment of Nations (1942) Regardless of which "side" one identifies with, there are greater, indissoluble truths that transcend... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2021 at A New Heartsease...
A sudden wind gust on a smokey day breaks away part of the top of a large conifer next to my building. On the way down it hits the roof and chimney of my condo unit. My first clue was the sound and tremor passing through the building. The next... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2020 at A New Heartsease...