Calvatia Gigantea: The Giant Puffball!

IMG_1519
Behold! The giant puffball (and my shoes).

I’ve stumbled across a few giant puffball mushrooms before, but had never bothered picking one since you often hear the warnings about those poisonous look-alikes and I’ve grown slightly fond of breathing over the years. 😉

Well, after reading some helpful info on properly identifying edible giant puffball mushrooms, we decided to chance it by plucking up this bad boy we found on my mom and dad’s property. Here’s my mom plucking it up. Say “Hi” Mama Moth! 😛

IMG_1522 (2)

After my mom picked it out of the ground we brought it inside and prepared to cut it open. The guides we read said you wanted a pure white center in the mushroom, and no gills and whatnot, so we were pretty pleased to cut it up and see that snowy center. 🙂

IMG_1544

We’ve still gotta cook it up, but we’re excited to try it. If I suddenly stop posting after this, well, I guess our mushroom identifying skills were not quite as up to snuff as we’d hoped. Wish us luck!

Do you ever hunt/cook mushrooms? Any experience with puffballs? Lemme know! I’d love to hear about it. 🙂

Advertisements

Haircuts, Mushrooms, Baby Birds and a New Job

I feel like it’s been too long since I last posted, but I am super sleepy, so this is just gonna be a random update post full of Blah Blah Blahs.

Blah #1: I finally decided it was time for a change when it came to my long hair and I went and got 10 inches of it chopped off. It’s the shortest I’ve ever had it before, and I love it! ❤ I went to a beauty school and got it done by a student which was kind of scary, but she did a great job though and I’m absolutely loving it. 🙂

Blah #2: I got to try morel mushrooms for the first time just recently. They might not be much to look at, but once they’re cooked they’re delicious!

IMG_1360
Morel mushrooms: hideous to look at, tasty to nom.

Blah #3: There’s a nest with a couple little baby robins in it out back. I got to see them today while the mama robin was out and about. I kept a good distance so as not to disturb them but it was really cool to finally get to see the little guys. 🙂

Blah #4: I’m in the works of getting a new job! I’m pretty excited about it. Part of me is nervous since I’m always a little nervous about change, but I’m really looking forward to it and I know it will be a good thing. 🙂 It even has the hours I was really hoping for.

That’s it for the blah blah blahs right about now. I can barely keep my eyes open at the moment, so it’s off to bed for me and Bailey.

b8
Bailey, the beast that dwells beneath the blankets. Disturb her slumber at your own peril.

 

Seconds: A Review

Full Disclaimer: I had no idea what to expect when reading this other than that it was by Bryan Lee O’Malley and thus required reading.

774f08364da4adb47da43f9f76ea8cbc

He did not let me down!

This was a charming story that used old folklore but gave it a modern and fun spin.
The artwork is adorable and the characters and their interactions were great.

fs8bjjeriaaq0kkdjwi6
Most of the characters in front of the titular restaurant. Hazel (the girl on the far left) is by far my favorite, but I liked the others as well.


I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all had days we wish we could just re-do and pretend never happened. Well, for Katie, our sassy and career-driven protagonist (the girl with the red spiky hair pictured above), this becomes a totally feasible option thanks to some magic mushrooms (no, not THOSE kind of magic mushrooms), a notepad, and some old magic involving her home/workplace. But sometimes quick fixes are all too easy to abuse and Katie’s tale winds up taking a darker tumble down the rabbit hole than we expected.
The further you get into the story the more eager you find yourself flipping to the next page and the next page and so on.

bryan-lee-omalley-graphic-novel-seconds-2014