Monday, October 6, 2014

Cracking Hickory Nuts

Monday morning and all is fine, including the new kitten. He was up early wanting to be fed and was probably a little lonely too. I'm sure he misses his mama. Poppy came home from hunting around noon. I saw him down on his knees holding his hand out trying to get the kitten to come to him. How sweet is that?

Well, I'm back at the computer. Where has this day gone! Here it is almost 5:00. Poppy has gone back into the woods. I've just put on a pot of chicken chili. It's been cool here all day. Soup sounds good.

Have you ever cracked and eaten a hickory nut? The tallest tree on our property is a hickory tree.






Poppy says this tree is 100 feet tall. This year is the first year the hickory nuts have been fit to eat. But good gracious, is that tiny little morsel of edible meat inside worth the work?



The squirrels are having a feast. Most of the nuts in the pot look like they were dropped by a squirrel from high up in the tree. I was picking up a few nuts when Poppy walked up and asked if I was planning on making a hickory nut pie. Can you imagine?

Growing up, we used to crack hickory nuts with a hammer. Poppy said, "hand me the nut cracker". Yeah right!





Next he said, you might as well add "nut cracker" to the grocery list. :)

Eli is about to outgrow the porch swing...




Speaking of Eli, he has been in with the goats for a while now. Guess I had better go check on him.

Thank you for visiting. Hope to be back soon.

Love,
Henny












19 comments:

  1. We have a hickory tree in our yard. I have never tried to crack on though. Eli is growing up!

    Love ya

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    1. You need to try cracking one. The taste is good but it's a job! Love you!

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  2. What a beautiful tree. I'm so happy to read that the kitten is fine. I'm sure she is very lonely outside by herself but I know you are doing the best that you can. She must be so happy to see you. I can't believe how much she looks like our Audrey as a wee one. I hope Poppy changes his mind soon and lets her be an in-door cat. She would be much safer and I'm sure you would be happier, too. Sending a hug, Deb

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    1. Oh Deb, I rubbed his little head this morning and he rolled over like it felt so good to be touched. I can't wait to hold him. He is starved for attention. I think Poppy want to hold him too.

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  3. That is the biggest hickory tree I've ever seen! Hammer good. I like hickory nutmeats. Ely looks so comfy. Glad kitty is ok.

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    1. It's the tallest one I've seen too. Thank you.

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  4. I did not know hickory trees were so big! Of course they do not grow here and I know nothing about them. We use a hammer to crack filberts ( hazel nuts).
    Kitty will learn to love you very soon and I suspect it will be an indoor/outdoor cat.

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    1. An indoor/outdoor cat would be fine. I can actually touch the kitten already. :)

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  5. Eli looks comfortable. I have never seen a hickory tree apart from in pictures.

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    1. Eli is like a big soft pillow anyway! :)

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  6. Hickory trees are foreign to me, but it is an impressive tree! The nuts remind me a little bit of filberts or hazelnuts.
    Glad things are coming along well with the kitty. Chuckled when you said about Poppy trying to coax him or her out:)

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    1. I know, I smiled too. He really wants to play with that kitten.

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  7. Poppy is a goner. That kitty will be sitting on his lap by the fire in weeks! :-)
    I love hickory nuts and had a laugh over the broken nut cracker. We picked them up by the bushel in the fall as kids and cracked and picked them all winter and my mom made the best banana bread in the world with hickory nuts. Sweet memories.

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    1. I think you're right about Poppy. I make banana nut bread and would love to try it with hickory nuts. I just may pick up more.

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  8. Poppy will have to build Eli a larger swing! Good to hear the kitten with no name yet is doing well. I have never had a Hickory nut..that tree sure is big! :)

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    1. I keep forgetting to name that kitten! :)

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  9. Hickory nuts were my dad's favorite, but he rarely got them since we lived in the city and there were no hickory trees around. My mom's favorite was the black walnut. Both of these are extra hard to crack. We kids spent a lot of time with a hammer and a bucket of nuts to crack. We always had lots of black walnuts since relatives had trees and saved them for us. I even have a couple of these trees in my back yard, but the squirrels get all the nuts.

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    1. Both are hard to crack. There is a black walnut tree downtown. The walnuts are falling into the street and cars running over them. I would love to pick up a few. I could never figure out how to get that outside hull off black walnuts. Squirrels can sure crack anything, can't they?

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  10. I like posts like this one best: a gentle ramble through a day, with a contribution from man and beast and a snippet of information.
    So that’s what hickory nuts look like!

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