Delicious Frozen Yogurt Bark with Nuts, Berries and Chocolate Chips

frozen yogurt bark
Vanilla Frozen Yogurt Bark. (c) Debra Roinestad, The Comfy Cabin, 2024
Frozen Yogurt Bark. (c) Debra Roinestad, The Comfy Cabin, 2024
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One of my favorite desserts I enjoy making during the hot summer days is frozen yogurt bark. The frozen yogurt bark is easy to make! This frozen yogurt bark requires five simple ingredients: your favorite yogurt, maple syrup, berries, nuts, and chocolate chips.

Ingredients

(c) All photos by Debra Roinestad, The Comfy Cabin, 2024

Instructions

Add 1/4 cup of maple syrup into the yogurt container and stir.

Line parchment paper on a baking sheet.

Spread the yogurt onto the parchment paper using a spatula.

Add all the topping ingredients. (Frozen Berries or fresh berries, almonds, and chocolate chips). Make sure to sprinkle the toppings evenly.

frozen yogurt bark

Freeze for three hours or overnight. Enjoy! 🙂 *Tip: Remove from freezer for one minute to defrost.

strawberry frozen yogurt bark
Strawberry Frozen Yogurt Bark

Also, I made a strawberry frozen yogurt bark. I just used strawberry yogurt. I just switched the toppings: strawberries, almonds, and chocolate chips. This dessert is high in protein and the possibilities are endless!

Debra Roinestad
Debra Roinestad

Delicious Frozen Yogurt Bark

Debra Roinestad (The Comfy Cabin)
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup frozen berries or fresh berries
  • 1/4 salted almonds (chopped)
  • 1/4 chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • Add ¼ cup of maple syrup to yogurt container and stir.
  • Line parchment paper on a baking sheet.
  • Spread the yogurt onto the parchment paper using a spatula.
  • Add all the topping ingredients: frozen berries, almonds, and chocolate chips. Make sure to sprinkle the toppings evenly.
  • Freeze for 3 hours or overnight. Enjoy! *Tip: Remove from freezer for 1 minute to defrost.
Keyword yogurt, dessert

Amazing Wild Boars & Other Wildlife Trail Cam Videos

wild boar and bear art
Photo Collage Art by Debra Roinestad, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2024

Oh my goodness, several wild boars have been passing by the back of our cabin. There’s been an entire family that lives in the back of the woods! I’m excited that the trail camera captured this moment as they passed through for shelter from the heavy rainstorms we received earlier this month.

Plus, a young cub was set free by their mother last year. When a mother bear has too many cubs she may release one and go hunting for food. She had four total…so perhaps she could only handle three. Read more about bears from the ‘Bear Wise’ blog here. Fortunately, this little independent fella thrived and is enjoying his freedom and getting into many adventures. There is always something to eat for bears that live here – berries, ants, and other tasty treats from visitors’ picnic baskets. Also, you’ll see the young cub playing with our trail camera and wondering if it’s a tasty treat. 😂

As always, relax and enjoy the nine-minute trail cam video footage I spliced together.

Have a fantastic summer!
Debra Roinestad

Debra Roinestad nature blogger
boar illustration

Amazing Wild Boars & Other Wildlife Trail Cam Videos

Trail Cam Videos by Debra Roinestad, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2024.
two boars on trail cam
Two Boars, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2024.
wild boar art
Wild boar, Sus scrofa (1596-1610) by Anselmus Boëtius de Boodt. Original from the Rijks museum.
wild boar painting
Wild Boar (1575-1580) painting in high resolution by Joris Hoefnagel. Original from The National Gallery of Art.
brown bear lithograph
A brown bear walks past a buzzard eating its prey and an adder hissing at the buzzard. Color lithograph.
Original in the public domain. Image from Wellcome Collection.

Discover the Wildlife of Summer 2024: Bear Cubs and More

Black Bear Cub with Wildflowers. Image In the Public Domain.

We have seen a few cubs enjoying the warm weather. Bears are active in spring and summer in the early morning and late evening hours. Also, the deer and ravens have been hanging around the back of the cabin.

I spliced together 30 pieces of trail cam footage along with deer and ravens into one video. Enjoy and unwind with the adorable bear cub that will melt your heart. Watch as this playful cub explores its surroundings and showcases its cuteness!

Warm Wishes,
Debra Roinestad

Trail Cam Video by Debra Roinestad, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2024.
“Wait For It…” by Debra Roinestad, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2024.
Karhuemo poikasineen, Louis Moe. Image in the public domain.
Original from Finnish National Gallery
Maternal love by A.F. Tait, N.Y., 1868 (1870) illustrated by William Harring. Original in the public domain.
Little bears hand-drawn clipart. Art in the public domain.

Fascinating Bears & Other Wildlife of South Carolina Video

Bear art wildlife painting. Image In the public domain.

Hello friends,

There have been so many bears in the woods this Spring season! During my late afternoon walk, I heard loud and heavy footsteps. I quickly turned around and saw a large bear peeking through the trees across from me. The bear was frightened and so was I.
I quickly turned and retreated into the cabin. One of the many exciting adventures of living in the woods!

A few days ago, I encountered a large black rat snake on my front porch. Luckily, our trail camera captured many of these fascinating critters.

Warm Regards,
Debra Roinestad

Trail Cam Videos by Debra Roinestad, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2024

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.”

—Frank Lloyd Wright

The three bears. Original in the public domain.

Barn Owl, Tyto alba (1596-1610) by Anselmus Boëtius de Boodt. Original from the Rijks museum.

Wonderful Wildlife In Spring: Trail Cam Videos 2024

Photo by John Thomas

Hello Friends,

Black bears are awake and active this Spring as well as other adorable creatures. Our trail cam has captured footage of opossums, deer, and even raccoons.

We have had lots of rain this spring in the woods of South Carolina. I feel there is a romantic quality to seeing deer walking around in the rain.

As always, enjoy the 42 mini trail cam clips that I spliced into one video.

Happy Spring!
Debra Roinestad

(c) Debra Roinestad, The Comfy Cabin, 2024
The American stag or round-horned elk – Cervus Canadensis (1872), vintage wild animal illustration.
Original in the public domain.
Cerfs from L’animal dans la décoration (1897) illustrated by Maurice Pillard Verneuil.
Original from The New York Public Library. Image in the public domain.

The Many Moods of Table Rock Mountain S.C. Photo Gallery

Pink Moon over Table Rock Mountain
Pink Moon Over Table Rock Mountain by Debra Roinestad

Table Rock has so many moods, with the mountainscape changing ever so rapidly. This beloved monolith is located on the very southern edge of the Appalachian Mountains.

Here is a gallery of photos where I have captured Table Rock throughout the year.

All Photos by Debra Roinestad, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2024

Video Short: The Many Moods of Table Rock Mountain, (c) Debra Roinestad, The Comfy Cabin, 2024

More Information About Table Rock Mountain

Hiking Table Rock by Kayak 7 Seas

Table Rock Mountain Aireal Views by South Carolina ETV

Discover South Carolina: Table Rock Mountain
https://discoversouthcarolina.com/table-rock

Debra Roinestad

Cicada Apocalypse in the United States 2024

Cicada on a daisy
Photo by Wren Meinberg. Original in the public domain.

Since ancient times, the cicada has been seen as a symbol of resurrection. The newly hatched insects burrow into the ground and nourish themselves on tree roots for 17 years before emerging into the sunlight.

The earliest documented example of cicada folklore came from China. There is a stone carving of the bug dated 1500 BC. Even now, the cicada is celebrated as fine jewelry.

illustartion cicada on a tree
Cicada on tree (1900 – 1936) by Ohara Koson (1877-1945). Original from The Rijks museum.
cicada stone carving
Cicada stone carving.
Susan Shaw Cicada Earrings
Susan Shaw Cicada Earrings.

To purchase Susan Shaw Earrings click here

We are currently about to experience the cicada apocalypse here in South Carolina. It has been 17 years and all nature lovers are getting their cameras ready to photograph this fascinating insect.

Cicada on a branch
Photo by Jason Weingardt. Original in the public domain.

The last time the cicada apocalypse happened was in 1803. This is the first time since the 19th century that two broods of cicadas will merge at the same time. They will be looking for partners. The males will be singing extremely loud to attract the females. They are as loud as 110 decibels which is almost as loud as a chainsaw.

Cicadas
Photo by Ashley Riedel/USFWS. Original in the public domain.

They have a short life span so they need to find an ideal mate quickly. Some cicadas have a 13-year life cycle (Brood XIX) while others have a 17-year life cycle (Brood XIII). What makes this year so special is that both broods will be meeting. The dual emergence aligns every 221 years!

Cicadas: Why Do They Make the Sound They Do?

Interesting Fact: How Do Cicadas Make Their Sounds?

Many scientists and biologists want to study this unique event. You can download a free app called, ‘Cicada Safari’ and track this fascinating event. Plus, your tracking contributions will help many biologists and scientists understand this wonderful creature.

For more information visit https://cicadasafari.org/

FOX 5, Cicada Safari App.

Gian cicuda (Cicada speciosa) illustrated by Charles Dessalines D’ Orbigny (1806-1876).
Digitally enhanced from our own 1892 edition of Dictionnaire Universel D’histoire Naturelle.

Exploring the Vibrant Wildlife of Spring in South Carolina

Turkeys & Other Wildlife on Trail Cam

The warm weather has finally arrived here in South Carolina. All the wildlife are active now. Last night, we saw a black bear on our BLINK camera looking for food. 

First Bear of the season looking for food. (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2024

Plus, there are many wild turkeys looking for food and simply being social. I’m very excited that our trail cameras captured this! I usually see them in my late morning walks crossing from one side of the woods to the other. I compiled 40 trail cam videos of turkeys, ravens and deer for your enjoyment.

Kind Regards,
Debra Roinestad 

Trail Cam Videos (c) Debra Roinestad, The Comfy Cabin, 2024

Some fun facts about wild turkeys

Turkeys are quite active during spring in South Carolina. They are looking for acorns and seeds that dropped last fall under leaves and debris. Turkeys can run up to 25 miles per hour and fly as fast as 55 miles per hour. Also, turkeys will roost in trees overnight to protect themselves from predators. Read more here.

Brush turkey (Talegalla Lathamii) illustrated by Elizabeth Gould (1804-1841) for John Gould’s (1804-1881)
Birds of Australia (1972 Edition, 8 volumes).

A little bit of humor: Guy Raises Wild Turkeys

via GIPHY

Unraveling the Mystery of the Celtic Bird: The Raven

Raven Celtic Bird
Raven (1835), vintage bird illustration by Wilhelm von Wright. Image in the public domain.

Everyone is a little Irish on St. Patrick’s Day and the same holds true for the raven.

There has been much Irish Folklore about the raven. In Celtic mythology and legend, ravens were linked to death and dying.

Raven Antique Art
The Raven by Felix Bracquemond. Original in the public domain.

Folklore of the Raven

 The Celtic war goddess, Morrígan often took the form of a raven on the battlefield and carried away carrion. She was a cunning shapeshifter in Irish mythology and would seduce many men.

 Although ravens have a historical association with death and dying or ill omens, their symbolism is very complex. Ravens have been used as symbols for healing, prophecy and insights. There have been stories of ravens as psychopomp (spirit creatures) escorting newly deceased souls to the afterlife.  Ravens are considered magical and can represent both good and evil. 

Raven Rattle
Raven Rattle. Image in the public domain.

Historically, ravens have been guardians of the famous Tower of London.

The Ravens at the Tower of London

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day I am paying homage to the raven.  Ravens are intelligent birds with their own personality. They can mimics sounds, play games, and solve problems.

The Raven: Smartest Bird

Raven Cartoon

Here are 40 mini trail cam videos of this mysterious and mystical bird.

Trail Cam Videos (c) Debra Roinestad, The Comfy Cabin, 2024

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Debra Roinestad

Debra Roinestad

Delicious Sweet and Tangy Oven-Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

roasted cherry tomatoes
Oven-Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, (c) Debra Roinestad,
The Comfy Cabin, 2024

Discover the secret to making the perfect oven-roasted cherry tomatoes! They are quick and easy to prepare and will amplify any of your meals.

Roasted cherry tomatoes can be used in pasta dishes and salads. You can use roasted cherry tomatoes on avocado toast for an extra yummy breakfast, or pair it with an omelet. The possibilities are endless!

Store the leftovers in an air-tight jar in the refrigerator, and they will last for a week.

Ingredients

  • 2 pints Cherry tomatoes
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Olive Oil
cherry tomatoes
salt and pepper
olive oil

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Wash the cherry tomatoes and slice them in half.

Toss the tomatoes in a sheet pan with olive oil, about 4 tablespoons. Sprinkle salt and pepper generously.

Place the sheet pan on the bottom of your oven. Roast for 20 minutes or until tomatoes are soft. Note: I prefer using the bottom rack because the tomatoes will be crispy on the edges.

tomatoes in oven

Transfer the tomatoes on a serving plate and sprinkle extra salt and pepper. Add any of your favorite toppings if desired. Store left-overs in an air tight container for up to 1 week in the refrigerator.

Topping Suggestions:

Basil, garlic powder, rosemary, balsamic vinegar.

Oven-Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Debra Roinestad -The Comfy Cabin
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pints Cherry tomatoes
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Olive Oil

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Wash the cherry tomatoes and slice them in half.
  • Toss the tomatoes in a sheet pan with olive oil, about 4 tablespoons. Sprinkle salt and pepper generously.
  • Place the sheet pan on the bottom of your oven. Roast for 20 minutes or until tomatoes are soft. Note: I prefer using the bottom rack because the tomatoes will be crispy on the edges.
  • Transfer the tomatoes on a serving plate and sprinkle extra salt and pepper. Add any of your favorite toppings if desired. Store left-overs in an air tight container for up to 1 week in the refrigerator.
Keyword tomatoes
ripe red tomatoes poster
Ripe red tomatoes poster. Image in the public domain.
Debra Roinestad