Monday, March 26, 2012


Welcome to the third day of the
In this delightful forty-six page book Shelby Squirrel learns to rethink, reuse, and recycle our Earth’s precious resources. She meets a distressed, homeless bluebird in need of a friend. See how Shelby uses her newfound knowledge to bring singing back to the forest.

Celebrate Earth Day and join me in exploring what squirrels eat. After all, Shelby must stay strong to make an impact and do her part in saving the earth.
Squirrels eat almost anything but they certainly have preferences. They prefer fruit, nuts, insects and fungi.

In the fall squirrels eat more than usual to get fat, which provides both warmth and energy.

Squirrels have a strong sense of smell and can dig out their stored foods from beneath snow drifts. They don’t find all the nuts they bury, so in the spring new trees sprout up. Therefore, in addition to being cute and fun to watch and an introduction to interest children in wildlife, squirrels help spread new trees, which is an important ecological benefit. Thank you squirrels.

Squirrels are primarily vegetarians but when times get tough they will eat bird eggs and snails. They never eat anything bigger than themselves so coyotes and wolves are safe.

Here’s a dish you and Shelby Squirrel would love to eat. It has nuts and mushrooms in a flavorful vegetarian meatloaf. It is so tasty that you will not miss the meat. Shelby wouldn’t.

Recipe from Vegetarian Kitchen by Sarah Brown

Cashew Mushroom Loaf Recipe                               serves 6-8


1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1 small onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed

8 ounces cashew nuts
4 ounces fresh bread crumbs

3 medium parsnips, cooked and mashed
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon nutritional yeast (optional)
1/2 cup hot water
Salt and pepper
2 Tablespoons butter
8 ounces mushrooms, chopped


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).

  • Heat the oil and fry the onion and garlic until soft. Grind the cashew nuts, then mix with the breadcrumbs.

  • Mix in the mashed parsnips, rosemary, and thyme. Add the onion, being sure to scrape all the juices into the mixture.

  • Dissolve the yeast in the water and mix into the vegetable nut mixture. Season well.

  • Melt the butter in a skillet and fry the chopped mushrooms until soft. Grease a 2-pound loaf pan, then press in half the nut mixture. Cover with a layer of mushrooms and top with the rest of the nut mixture.

  • Press down well. Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour. When cooked, remove the pan and let stand for 10 minutes before turning onto a plate.
  •  Serve hot or cold. Slice loaf to serve. Serve with vegetables or a crisp green salad.

    Yield: 6 to 8 servings depending on how you slice it. But no matter how you slice it you have some good groceries here, Shelby would love it too.

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As a freelance writer and ghostwriter, Kathy Stemke has published over one hundred of articles in directories, magazines and on websites. She is a reviewer for Sylvan Dell Publishing and a former editor for The National Writing for Children Center. As a retired teacher, Kathy has several activities published with Gryphon House Publishing. Stemke is also part of the team at DKV Writing 4 U, a writing services company that includes ghostwriting, copywriting, editing, proofreading, critiquing, and resumes.
Award winning author, Kathy Stemke’s first children’s picture book, Moving Through All Seven Days, was published on Lulu. Her next two picture books, Sh, Sh, Sh Let the Baby Sleep, and Trouble on Earth Day were released in 2011. Both of these books have been awarded the Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval.  Visit her book blog at
Mrs.Stemke offers great teaching tips and children’s book reviews as well as a monthly newsletter titled, MOVEMENT AND RHYTHM, on her blog.
Throughout the book tour visitors will be asked to send their best EARTH photo to to be displayed on the last day of the tour. A winner will be selected and awarded a $10 gift card.


Marian Allen said...

Thanks for this heavenly recipe! I just discovered that I LOVE parsnips, so I am ALL ABOUT this recipe! lol

Marian Allen
Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes

kathy stemke said...


The vegetable was yummy.

My Journey With Candida said...

Sounds like Shelby is one smart Squirrel. I didn't know they had a strong sense of smell. I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks!!

The Cashew Mushroom Loaf sounds GREAT!!

anthony stemke said...

MARIAN ALLEN: Thanks for reinforcing what I believe, I am with you here, will probably not have leftovers for Shelby.

KATHY STEMKE: Hey sweet baby girl, your book is tremendous and will benefit all the children who read it and enjoy the activities.

MY JOURNEY WITH CANDIDA: I have always loved squirrels, watching them scamper, or climb trees or when they sit and eat using their two front paws.
I can attest to the taste of this loaf.

billkirkwrites said...

Hi, Anthony. Nice combo of Earth Day and an earthy recipe. I'm visualizing the result as a dense, high energy snack that could be taken on a backpacking trek. Yum!

Lynda R Young said...

We don't get squirrels here in Oz, we get possums. They have a similar diet though. That cashew mushroom loaf sounds yum. I'm going to try it on the weekend.

anthony stemke said...

BILLKIRKWRITES: Thank you Bill. I don't think it is too dense but you could wrap it well and take it on a hike.

LYNDA R YOUNG: I've seen squirrels "play possum" when discovered by humans, and then they dash off. I love squirrels except when they nest in the attic. cm
I hope you enjoy the cashew mushroom loaf.

The Golden Eagle said...

This sounds really good!

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed learning more about squirrels. Kathy, I hope lots of children get a chance to read this book. It has a wonderful message.


Kalyani said...

thanks for a wonderful recipe .......

anthony stemke said...

THE GOLDEN EAGLE: It is, Thanks.

SUSANNE DRAZIC: I cannot thank you enough for your hospitality concerning Trouble On Earth Day. It is a valuable learning tool.
My best regards to you.

KALYANI: Thanks a lot for saying so,

Swathi Iyer said...

Delicious recipe. Books sounds good for kids sure going to take a look at it.

Radhika said...

First time to your space and thanks for sharing such a good recipe.I'm sure my kids would love it. once again thanks a bunch.

anthony stemke said...

SWATHI IYER: Ask your local library to get "Trouble on Earth Day" Kids love it. The recipe is nice, Thanks for calling.

RADHIKA: I'm glad you like the Cashew Mushroom loaf. Your kids will love the book as well. Thank You for calling.

kathy stemke said...

Thanks to all commenters for participating in my book tour. It's wonderful to see so many people concerned with conservation and the education of our children.

maha said...

really very innovative n healthy recipe..thank u so much

Dawn @Lighten Up! said...

"... squirrels help spread new trees, which is an important ecological benefit. Thank you squirrels."
I did not know this! Thank you, Anthony!

anthony stemke said...

MAHA: Thank you for your kind words.

DAWN@lIGHTEN UP!: You're welcome Dawn. Get comfortable if you are at home.

Missed Periods said...

I can see it now: the new spring 2012 squirrel diet. Sounds delicious, though. Well, maybe not the snails.

anthony stemke said...

MISSED PERIODS: Definatley not the snails, even escargot.

Spice up the Curry said...

nice loaf recipe. love it

Margo Kelly said...

Great post! Book tour and a recipe! ha! Have a great weekend. :)

the Junkie book said...

Happy Earth Day!

There's a lot happening in this post.

Congratulations on spicing up the post with sensible links. And Kathy may find it more as a Valentines gift ;p

Every time I visit your blog I want to take time to flip through most of Kathy's stuff. But it never happens. But I will, sooner or later...because we need to slow down sooner or later.

You come up with fantastic recipes...really, am not kidding!

Torviewtoronto said...

lovely post
happy earth hour
delicious mushroom loaf

Heaven's Garden said...

the recipe looks inviting with the items you have selected... mouthwatering!

Damyanti said...

I love that recipe--copying it to try it out :)

---Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2012

Twitter: @AprilA2Z

kathy stemke said...

Thanks for making my tour a success everyone.

anthony stemke said...

SPICE UP THE CURRY: Thanks, we love it too.

MARGO KELLY: Thank you8 for your complimentary comments Margo. you have a great weekend too.

THE JUNKIE BOOK: On behalf of Kathy, Thank You very much.

TORVIEWTORONTO: Thank You for your kind words. We love that recipe.

HEAVENS GARDEN: Thanks, it is a wonderful recipe, we love it.

DANYANTI: We love it too, Thyanks for commenting.

J.L. Campbell said...

It's wonderful when writers produce useful books like this one that teach children about animals and our environment. That squirrel in the picture is cute. Makes me wish we had them in Jamaica.

Mary Jo Guglielmo said...

I'm going to try the recipe. Thanks.

anthony stemke said...

J.L. CAMPBELL: Yes, I remember when I was a youngster certain books were very important. I grew up in Jamaica, N.Y.
Thank You for calling.

MARY JO GUGLIELMO: You will enjoy the recipe as much as children love "Trouble on Earth Day". said...

Nice Blog, Go for latest Earth Day 2012 Pictures, Images, Photos, Graphics, Pics & Wallpapers

jeremy said...

The world should know. History in the making.

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