12 Fun Trail Cam Videos Featuring Bears

Bear Necessities

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According to SCDNR, now that we are having warmer weather in SC, black bears are becoming more active. During this time bears are looking for easy food left around.

So far, there have been five different bear sightings here at the cabin. Plus, many more sightings in the woods behind our home.

Bears at the cabin, S.C. – May 23, 2023 at 12:08 pm
Photos by Debra Roinestad

Here are 12 recent trail cam videos featuring bears.

Enjoy the videos! πŸ™‚


Debra Roinestad

12 Fun Trail Cam Videos Featuring Bears

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10 Beautiful Upstate South Carolina Mountains

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There is magic in the mountains. Every season has an alluring mood with vibrant colors that highlight the beauty of the hills. Here is a list of ten lovely mountains in upstate South Carolina. Plus, a photo gallery of nature and wildlife in the woods.

With Gratitude,

Debra Roinestad

(c) The Comfy Cabin, Kurt & Debra

10 Mountains of Upstate South Carolina

  1. Piney Mountain
  2. The Stool
  3. Table Rock Mountain
  4. Rock Mountain
  5. Hickorynut Mountain
  6. Rocky Mountain
  7. Buzzard Mountain
  8. Reedy Mountain
  9. Battered Rock Mountain
  10. Coldbranch Mountain

Let’s take our hearts for a walk in the woods and listen to the magic whispers of old trees. ~Unknown.

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Mediterranean Baked Salmon

Mediterranean Baked Salmon. (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2023.

Mediterranean baked salmon is an easy and healthy recipe to make. It is tender, moist, and packed with many delicious flavors. Serve it with white rice, salad, or your favorite side dish. I love serving my salmon with white rice and black beans.

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Mediterranean Baked Salmon with Rice and Black Beans. (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2023.

Preheat the oven to 400Β°F. Place the salmon on a well-oiled baking dish. Add salt, paprika, garlic powder, cumin, and dill on the salmon. Chop the cherry tomatoes, onions, sun-dried tomatoes and black olives. Add to the baking dish with the seasoned salmon.

Add the capers and sprinkle more olive oil. Add 3 tablespoons of red wine vinegar. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes. Thicker cuts of salmon may require 30 minutes. Optional: Top salmon with 1 tablespoon of blue cheese and serve immediately. 

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Mediterranean Baked Salmon

Debra Roinestad (The Comfy Cabin)
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 salmon fillet
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • ΒΌ salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dill (dried or fresh)
  • 1 small onion (sliced thinly)
  • ΒΌ cup cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • ΒΌ cup sun-dried tomatoes (halved)
  • ΒΌ cup black olives (halved)
  • Β½ cup capers
  • 1 tablespoon blue cheese (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400Β° F
  • Place the salmon on a well-oiled baking dish. Add salt, paprika, garlic powder, cumin, and dill on the salmon.
  • Chop the cherry tomatoes, onions, sun-dried tomatoes and black olives. Add to the baking dish with seasoned salmon.
  • Add the capers and sprinkle more olive oil. Add 3 tablespoons of red wine vinegar.
  • Bake in the oven for 25 minutes. Thicker cuts of salmon may require 30 minutes.
  • Optional: Top salmon with 1 tablespoon of blue cheese and serve immediately.
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Black Bear Visiting The Cabin In South Carolina

Photo by Peter Nuij

Hello Friends,

It’s been super busy here! I have been working on a new recipe, Mediterranean Salmon which I will post soon. In the meantime, I had a black bear visit the cabin in the late morning. According to the South Carolina DNC, black bears are more active in the month of May here in the Carolina woods.

Read more here about black bears in South Carolina.

Plus, the squirrels are not shy to peek into the windows to say, ‘hello.’

Enjoy the videos!

Lots of Love,

Debra Roinestad

Black Bear Visiting The Cabin, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2023.
Squirrel Visiting The Cabin, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2023.

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5 Fascinating Snakes in The Woods of South Carolina

Art Design by Debra Roinestad. (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2023.

Throughout history snakesΒ  have been a symbol of medicine, love, rebirth, wisdom, good, and evil. Snakes will seek shelter in any place that is hidden. They burrow under rocks, logs, tree stumps, and bushes. Snakes are frightened of humans and are not prone to strike unless they feel threatened. It’s best to keep a good distance, and they will mosey on by.Β 

Tuberculosis must be conquered like the most evil of reptiles (1918) poster by GΓ©o Dorival. Original public domain image from the Library of Congress.
Less dangerous than careless talk. Don’t discuss troop movements, ship sailings, war equipment.

Here are 5 fascinating snakes that I encountered in the woods of South Carolina.

1) Corn Snake

Corn Snake. Courtesy of WWF, (World Wide Fund for Nature).
Corn Snake. Photo by Debra Roinestad. (c) The Comfy cabin, 2023.

Corn snakes are generally docile and non-venomous. The corn snake has colors of orange and brown with patterns that resemble a β€˜corn on the cob.’ 

It is easy to confuse corn snakes with venomous copperhead snakes. Corn snakes have brighter colors and are of a more slender build than copperheads. Corn snakes are also an excellent choice as a pet snake according to experts.Β  Read more here.

Video by Debra Roinestad, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2023.

2) Copperhead

Photo by Grayson Smith. Original in the public domain.

Copperhead under wood pile. Photo by Kurt Roinestad.
(c) The Comfy Cabin, 2023.

Copperheads are the most common venomous snake you will find in South Carolina. They are reddish-brown, long, and wide snakes with a diamond shape pattern on their backs. Copperheads try to avoid humans and often hide under fallen leaves. Most copperhead bites occur when an unsuspecting human steps on the snake. Read more about the copperhead here.

3) King Snake

King Snake. Image in the public domain.

The king snake has a black body with yellow patterns. King snakes dislike copperheads. King snakes do not have venom. They kill their prey by wrapping themselves around the prey and squeezing it to death.Β 

King Snake eating Copperhead in our backyard. Photo by Kurt Roinestad. (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2023.
King Snake eating Copperhead in our backyard. Video by Kurt Roinestad.
Editing & Design by Debra Roinestad. (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2023.

4) Black Snake

Black snake. Image in the public domain image.

Black snakes are not venomous nor aggressive. If they feel threatened, they may bite as a last resort. The black snake can reach up to 8 feet in length.Β  Black snakes eat large amounts of rats and mice. They are especially handy to have around when you are growing a vegetable garden.

Black Snake in our backyard. Video by Kurt Roinestad.
Editing & Design by Debra Roinestad. (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2023.

5) Eastern Milk Snake

Eastern Milk Snake. Image in the public domain.

Historically, the eastern milk snake got it’s name from a silly belief that it would drink milk from a cow. The eastern milk snake is not venomous. People confuse the eastern milk snake with the venomous coral snake. Experts have suggested learning the following rhyme in order to differentiate the two snakes: β€œRed on yellow kills a fellow. Red on black, friend of Jack.”

Eastern Milk Snake in our backyard. Video by Kurt Roinestad.
Editing & Design by Debra Roinestad. (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2023.

According to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, there are 38 different species of snakes in South Carolina.

You can read more here.

Many people have a natural fear of snakes including, myself. Experts have studied this reaction and have discovered that we usually are not born with the fear of snakes. The fear of snakes is a learned behavior. Β 

Read more here.

After encountering many snakes here in the woods, my fear of snakes has diminished, and I have developed a great admiration and respect for these magical creatures.

Warm Wishes,

Debra Roinestad

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Spring Wildlife on Trail Cam

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Hey Everyone! 

April is an exciting time to see wildlife in the woods. All the animals are active this month. Black bears are emerging from their dens and showing up around the neighborhood. I spotted a black bear and her cubs a few miles from my home and captured a short video. 

Read more about the black bears here

Plus, the coyotes are roaming around at night, and the raccoons are busy socailizing and searching for food.

As always, enjoy the trail cam videos!

Warm Wishes,

Debra Roinestad

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Blue Cheese and Fig Pizza with Prosciutto

One of my favorite pizzas for the warm weather is blue cheese pizza with prosciutto. Blue cheese and fig pizzas are easy to make. You can purchase a premade pizza crust and it will be ready in just a few minutes. It’s crunchy, salty, and sweet. Plus, drizzle a little bit of balsamic vinegar for extra flavor. Serve it with a salad or your favorite side dish.

Enjoy!

Debra Roinestad

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Basic Ingredients

β€’ Pizza Crust Choose your favorite pizza crust. I used a gluten-free premade pizza crust.
β€’ Blue Cheese & Figs The perfect combination of sweet and salty.
β€’ Fig Preserves Fig preserves for spreading onto the pizza crust. 
β€’ Prosciutto Fresh prosciutto for a bit of crunch on your pizza. 

Note: You can also use bacon in place of prosciutto or vegan bacon as another option.  It's all up to you and your taste buds. πŸ™‚ πŸ‘
β€’ Small Yellow Onion Use a small yellow thinly diced onion.  
β€’ Sherry Wine Use sherry wine for deglazing and caramelizing the onions.
β€’ Maple Syrup Use maple syrup for caramelizing the onions.

Instructions

Preheat a medium pan with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Thinly dice a yellow onion. Add the onions and cook for 5 minutes stirring often, until the onions begin to wilt. Season with salt, pepper, and stir. Reduce the heat and add 1 tablespoon of sherry cooking wine. Add 2 tablespoons of maple syrup and stir for another 10 minutes. Turn off heat and set onions aside to cool.

Now its time to bake the prosciutto. Turn on the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet pan with parchment paper. Place the entire packet of prosciutto onto the baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and transfer to a bowl. Allow to cool.

Slice 3/4 cup of figs in half and place into a small bowl. Set aside.

Now it’s time to assemble the pizza. Again, set the oven to 400 degrees F. Use a round pizza tray and add a small amount of oil to the pizza tray. Place the pizza crust onto the pizza tray and spread the fig preserves to your liking. I used 2 tablespoons of fig preserves. Crumble the baked prosciutto into small pieces evenly onto the pizza. Add the cooked onions and sliced figs.

Add the blue cheese as desired. I added about 3/4 cup.

Bake for about 10-12 minutes. Drizzle a little bit of balsamic vinegar for extra flavor. Serve the blue cheese and fig pizza with a salad or your favorite side dish.

Blue Cheese & Fig Pizza With Prosciutto

Debra Roinestad (The Comfy Cabin)
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion (diced)
  • 1 pizza crust
  • ΒΎ cup blue cheese (crumbled)
  • ΒΎ cup figs (slice in half)
  • 2 tablespoons fig preserve
  • 1 pack prosciutto
  • 1 tablespoon sherry cooking wine
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • salt & pepper
  • optional: balsamic vinegar

Instructions
 

  • Preheat a medium pan with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Thinly dice a yellow onion. Add the onions and cook for 5 minutes stirring often, until the onions begin to wilt. Season with salt, pepper, and stir. Reduce the heat and add 1 tablespoon of sherry cooking wine. Add 2 tablespoons of maple syrup and stir for another 10 minutes. Turn off heat and set onions aside to cool.
  • Turn on the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet pan with parchment paper. Place the entire packet of prosciutto onto the baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and transfer to a bowl. Allow to cool.
  • Slice 3/4 cup of figs in half and place into a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Set the oven to 400 degrees F. Use a round pizza tray and add a small amount of oil to the pizza tray. Place the pizza crust onto the pizza tray and spread the fig preserves to your liking. I used 2 tablespoons of fig preserves. Crumble the baked prosciutto into small pieces evenly onto the pizza. Add the cooked onions and sliced figs.
  • Add the blue cheese as desired. I added about 3/4 cup.
  • Bake for about 10-12 minutes.
    Optional: Drizzle a little bit of balsamic vinegar for extra flavor.
    Serve the blue cheese and fig pizza with a salad or your favorite side dish.
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10 Beauty Products for the Warm Weather

The weather gets scorching hot here in the South Carolina mountains. I try to maintain a simple beauty regime. I enjoy the natural no-makeup look that is hassle-free yet put together. Here are my ten favorite beauty products for the spring and summer months.

  • 1- Versed Dew Point – Daily Lightweight Gel Face Moisturizer for Hydrated, Bouncy Skin. A non-greasy and lightweight gel moisturizer with green tea and aloe that keeps the face hydrated all day.
  • 2- Flower Beauty– Powder blush that is smooth and silky. It gives your complexion a natural and lovely rosy glow.

  • 3- Olay Body Wash– This body wash is packed with vitamin B3 that leaves your skin soft, hydrated, and silky.

  • 4-Clinique High Impact Water Proof Mascara– A perfect mascara that won’t smear in the heat and gives your lashes extra length and fullness.

  • 5-Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer– A rich combination of lipgloss and lipstick all-in-one. Protects and hydrates your lips with a hint of color.

  • 6- It Cosmetics CC– Full coverage hydrating serum with SPF 50 sunscreen. Protects your face and covers any imperfection leaving your face with a dewy and sparking glow.

  • 7- Degree Ultra Clear Deodorant– This antiperspirant deodorant protects you for 72 hours and leaves your clothes stain free. Plus, it has a delicate powdery scent that is not overwhelming.

  • 8- Moroccan Oil Hydrating Shampoo– This has been my favorite shampoo for many years. It restores dryness, adds shine, and leaves your hair silky. Plus, the argan oil scent is spellbinding.

  • 9-Moroccan Oil Hydrating Conditioner– The heat can do a lot of damage to your hair. Moroccan hydrating conditioner is sulfate free which is perfect for color treated hair. It leaves your hair soft and manageable.

  • 10- R+Co Cool Wind pH Perfect Air Dry Cream You can leave the blow dryer alone during the hot weather. This is the perfect air dryer hair cream when you are in a rush. Also, the cream keeps your frizz at bay and maintains your hair style.

Warm Wishes,
Debra Roinestad

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Ravishing Ravens on Trail Cam

I am raving about ravens. The weather is great now for raven watching. According to wildlife experts, many have admired the ravens’s intelligence and confidence as they strut around. Ravens are not usually as social like crows, but sometimes they hang around in pairs. 

Read more here about ravens.

Our trail cam captured 174 raven videos! I narrowed down the trail cam videos and picked out the most enjoyable footage.

To view past trail cam videos of ravens click here. And here.

Wishing everyone a lovely spring.

All the best!

Debra Roinestad

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Cilantro Chutney

Photos: (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2023

Cilantro chutney is a lovely combination of tangy and sweet. You can use cilantro chutney on sandwiches, grilled meats, salads, and dips. I enjoy using the chutney as a dip for sweet potato fries. Cilantro chutney is easy to prepare. In a food processor, add cilantro, mayo, garlic, sherry cooking wine, maple syrup, sour cream, ground coriander, salt, and pepper, and blend until smooth.

Refrigerate the cilantro chutney in a storage jar. Cilantro chutney will be good for one week in the refrigerator. Also, you can freeze the remainder of the cilantro chutney in a plastic zip-lock bag for future usage.

Enjoy!
Debra Roinestad


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Basic Ingredients

Wash can cut the bottom stems of the cilantro and peel one garlic clove.

Add the cilantro, garlic, sherry cooking wine, maple syrup, mayo, sour cream, ground coriander, salt and pepper in a food processor. Note: If you do not have a food processor you can use a blender.

Pulse the ingredients until smooth and creamy.

Pour the cilantro chutney into a storage jar. The cilantro chutney is ready to serve. Cilantro chutney will be good for one week in the refrigerator.

Cilantro Chutney

The Comfy Cabin
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Indian
Servings 9 people

Equipment

  • 1 food processor or blender
  • 1 storage jar

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups fresh cilantro
  • Β½ cup mayo
  • ΒΌ cup sour cream Note: I used dairy free sour cream. You can use regular sour cream.
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ΒΌ cup sherry cooking wine
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • Β½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • Β½ teaspoon salt
  • Β½ black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Wash the cilantro and trim off the bottom stems. Peel the garlic clove.
  • Add the cilantro, garlic, sherry cooking wine, maple syrup, mayo, sour cream, ground coriander, salt, and pepper in a food processor. NOTE: If you do not have a food processor you can use a blender.
  • Pulse the ingredients until smooth and creamy.
  • Pour the cilantro dressing in a storage jar. The cilantro chutney is ready to serve. Cilantro chutney will be good for one week in the refrigerator.
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