Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Yum Yum Food Report

Hello everybody! This is The Daily Bone Special Yum Yum Food Report. I'm your salivating doggie reporter Chester L. W. Spaniel. Today I'm featuring some local Western New York favorites.

I'm not wasting any time. Let's get right down to business. Here is a delicious, sweet, juicy pear. Along with it we have a grilled sandwich with Swiss cheese, tuna, and roasted red peppers. (Ghostwriter stole this recipe from Fox's Deli, except she used Pain de Champagne bread from Wegmans instead of rye bread.)

Next we have a wonderful dinner with a grilled Zweigle's red hot (a WNY favorite!) with locally grown corn on the cob from Gro-Moore Farm, and steamed vegetables. 

Here's a mouth-watering grilled pork chop that has been marinated in State Fair Spedie sauce, with spanakopitas, and a salad with dolmades (stuffed grape leaves) feta cheese, tomatoes, and Greek salad dressing. 

On Sunday we had a family dinner. Ryan was quite happy to be eating a piece of Pizza Corner pizza with lots of crunchy, fresh vegetables, and a plate of pickles. There were also Buffalo style chicken wings with bleu cheese dressing on the side. 

Ghostwriter tried out a new recipe for the pears from our tree, but she didn't want to do any baking. These are going to be caramelized pears. She dipped the cut sides in a mixture of sugar and cinnamon and cooked them face down in a big pot. When the sugar started to brown, she added a little water and let them steam a bit. Yummy! 

Most of the pears from our back yard tree got ripe super fast. Ghostwriter simply peeled them and poached them with a little sugar and cinnamon. Now we can store them in the fridge.

Sweet yummy dreams everyone!

Here's some information for locavores: 

Fox's Deli is in Rochester, NY.

Wegmans supermarket is based in Rochester NY

Zweigle's hot dogs are made in Rochester NY.

Gro-Moore Farm is in Henrietta NY

State Fair Spiedie sauce is from Binghamton NY. 

Buffalo style chicken wings originated at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo NY (of course!) 

Pizza Corner is in Henrietta NY, only a short way from my house from my house! 

Fresh pears courtesy of Joey's pear tree in our back yard. 
He would have been proud of this year's crop! 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

They're Baaaaaaack …

Greetings fellow doggies. This is a TDB fast breaking news story, and I'm your trusty doggie reporter Chester L. W. Spaniel. 

The Evil Squirrel Cartel is back!!! My humans have not filled the birdie feeders for the last month in an effort to keep the Evil Squirrel Cartel out of the yard and protect our pear tree from their depredations. Well now that the pears are almost gone, my humans decided it was time to feed the birdies again. After all, they have to get good and fat before the winter comes. However, as you doggies well know, the Evil Squirrel Cartel can detect birdie seeds from miles away and will stop at nothing to steal some! Look! There's one now!

I was not amused.

I'm pretty sure this is alias Twinkletoes, the rude squirrel that says we owe him a peanut butter sandwich. I think some neighbors have been feeding him, because he didn't run away when he saw us looking out the window. In fact, he just hopped over to the pear tree and started eating a pear! 

I soon ran out and disillusioned him!  


I'm sure more operatives from the Evil Squirrel Cartel will be arriving soon. So now I'm going to have to maintain heightened vigilance at my drive through barking window. I'll be sure to provide updates as they occur. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Flowers and Creepy Crawlies

This is a TDB Special Report and I'm your faithful doggie commentator Chester L. W. Spaniel. 

Today is Flower Friday. But I also have some great bugs and creepy crawlies to show you! 
First up: a woolly bear caterpillar.   

I looked up some information about woolly bears. Did you know that they can freeze solid through the entire winter? In Spring they pupate and then become moths.


Here is a tussock moth caterpillar. 

If you thought only monarch butterfly caterpillars feed on milkweed plants, guess again. These guys eat it too! Take a look at the big hole this one made in a milkweed leaf! 

Too bad we haven't seen any monarch caterpillars yet.

Look out!

Here come the stinkbugs! They're looking for a place to hide for the winter, and love to get into your house any way they can. Doggies beware! I have had numerous epic battles with stinkbugs, and know for a fact, they're called stinkbugs for a reason. 

But that doesn't stop me from trying!

A-hah! There's another one!

Blah blah blah! Yucky! Ptooey!


The end of summer is spider time here in WNY! As long time readers will know, I live in a house full of science geeks. We all like spiders and think they're fascinating.

So without further ado, I'm going to show you a few interesting spiders we found in the garden today. Here's a beautiful daddy long legs. I found out that these spiders actually do not have venom, and they eat lots of different things. They're more closely related to scorpions than to regular spiders, and they've been around for as long as 305 million years!

Here's a slender spider that showed up on the side of the house. (I almost caught that one!)

And we finally found an elegant orb weaver spider! She's a bit small for this time of year, but hopefully she'll catch lots of annoying flies and mosquitoes and get much fatter before winter.

Don't worry. This is our last spider picture. Here's our old funnel web spider friend who built his web between the milkweed pods. Today he's feasting on a fly.

Here's a link to web site (haha! A web site! hahaha!) about spiders in NY if you want to know more:

spiders R us

OK. Enough spiders! And now it's time for the flower section of my report.

It seems the stone crop flowers are the big stars right now. All the bees just love them.

The last bug we found today was this lovely crane fly resting on a milkweed leaf in the last light of the setting sun.

Well, it's been a busy day of bug hunting and flower sniffing. Time for a nap.

Good night.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Still at Large

This is The Daily Bone. Welcome! I'm your hard-working doggie reporter
Special Agent Chester L. W. Spaniel. 

Operatives from the Secretive Bunny Militia are still at large, making raids into my back yard, and targeting the pear tree. They always find the biggest most perfect pears too. This morning there must have been a dozen pears on the ground all with bites taken out! We have no problem with them eating the pears that have fallen down by themselves. There are plenty to share.

Half-eaten pear.

At least they're not actively cutting pears down like the Evil Squirrel Cartel does. But these bunnies are leaving behind piles of their poopies everywhere! 

Stinky bunnies! Pfffft!

I've  been on several extensive reconnaissance missions, but still haven't been able to locate their secret hide-away. 

Compost pile.

Wood pile


This is the root end of the spruce tree that got blown over in a storm last winter. (Yes, the neighbor still hasn't cleaned it up! There are thistles and queen Anne's lace growing on it now.) I suspect this might be a good place for a bunny to hide under. So I made a loud speech here to tell the Secretive Bunny Militia that I'm watching for them, and put out an APB to all the other doggies in the vicinity.

I'm pretty sure the bunnies are getting into my yard next to the gate here. I'm going to maintain vigilance. Sooner or later, I'm going to catch one of those bunnies!

In the meantime, check out all the pears we picked today! Yum!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Our Summer

Hello friends and fans. This is The Daily Bone and I'm your diligent doggie reporter 
Chester L. W. Spaniel.

Today I'm joining the Blogville blog hop called "How I Spent My Summer Vacation." 

We really didn't do anything special for a vacation. But a lot of things happened.

It seems there was a thunderstorm every few days this summer.

But those storms would often be followed by an amazing sunset. 

Or a rainbow!

We saw lots of birdies on our window feeder.

We saw baby robins.

We watched a baby cowbird grow up in a chipping sparrow nest.

A huge polyphemus moth hatched from a cocoon that Dad found under the birch tree. 

There were lots of flowers blooming all summer long.

Our big hydrangea bush was blooming like crazy this year! 

We saw the solar eclipse! 

Joey's pear tree has lots of nice pears growing this summer! Wow! 

Ryan had a big announcement to make! 

Unfortunately our dear Oma had to go to a nursing home because she kept falling down in her house. But she was able to visit us for her 91st birthday!

I got a new kitty cat cousin named Hannibal.

And finally, after Hurricane Irma, my Florida associate Miss Charlee and her humans Jessy and Dan in Boca Raton were safe. They spent the weekend at a friend's house that was built to withstand hurricane winds. By Monday morning, Miss Charlee was very glad to be able to go home to her own house that sustained only a minor amount of damage. 

I think that was a pretty busy summer without going anywhere!

And that's my report. Good night.

To get to see more Blogville summer vacation posts start by visiting the idaho pug ranch . There will be more links at the bottom of that post.