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Wild Deer Loosing Antlers
Deer (and other ungulates, like elk) shed their antlers every year, then grow a completely new set. This shedding procedure takes two to three weeks to complete, while the regeneration takes an entire summer to complete — before the cycle starts all over again. Bucks shed their antlers between January and April, depending upon many factors including the animal’s age and the latitude at which it lives, after the mating season concludes.

Antlers are made up of a honeycombed bone-like tissue. The mounting points on the heads of deer from which the antlers grow are called pedicles. The antlers break off (are shed) from these pedicles. Pedicles appear on a young deer's forehead during his first year. The next year, he will develop small shafts, and by year three the first "branch" will appear. As the deer matures, the antlers will lengthen and thicken and often develop additional branches. While in the growth phase, the antlers are covered in a soft membrane referred to as "velvet," a layer of skin that supplies the growing antlers with the nutrients needed to build the bone mass. This velvet contains many substances such as amino acids, minerals, proteins and Growth Factor-1 (a protein hormone similar in molecular structure to insulin).
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One of the best things about homemade ice cream is having the freedom to make whatever flavor you want. I love key lime anything, so ice cream was bound to happen. More like ice dream, it's that cr...
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Longtime readers of this blog might be feeling a little deja vu.  This Chicken Taquito recipe is one of the all-time most popular recipes on Our Best Bites.  The story behind it is interesting, too.  I was actually making something entirely different that I planned on entering into a recipe contest.  That recipe was somewhat of a flop, but the filling I came up with was amazing and I thought it would make an incredible filling for a crispy taquit...
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Today I’m visiting an incredible blogger friend Sarah of Sarah Bakes Gluten-Free and I really wanted to make her an ultra-special treat. What better way to spread baking cheer than with homemade gluten-free vegan Oatmeal Cream Pies? I knew that you would agree. I’m surprised it has taken me this long to recreate Oatmeal Cream Pies. ProbablyContinue…
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A veggie-rich, chicken stew that is a signature dish from The Ivory Coast that is shaken and not stirred.
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This is my most favorite drink. Ever. Maybe I’d feel differently if I drank (as in alcohol), but there is nothing I love more than a warm, breezy afternoon and a pitcher of Brazilian lemonade. I didn’t try it for a long, long time because I was very put off by putting sweetened condensed milk in with citrus fruit. It seemed very wrong. And then I had some at Tucano’s and my life has not been the same since. I’ve …
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"American pioneer in Essex", according to one cab driver--about as good a description as any. ;) A little of this, and a little of that. Mostly enjoying life.
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Essex, United Kingdom - Radford, Virginia - Bluefield, West Virginia

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  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    German/pre-med, 1994 - 1997
  • New River Community College
    You've heard of poor students? Yeah., 1993 - 1994
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