Some Unusual Things to Share!

On one of my recent walks with my husband, I noticed some unusual mushrooms. I started snapping photos of them to share on my blog. Of course, my husband thinks I am out of my mind because I take photos of everything! Sigh!

Well, if you are a blogger, you probably do the same thing. You will understand the reasoning behind this craziness. For those who don’t blog, the reason is – it is cheaper and safer to use your own photos rather than purchase them online or take them from a “free” site which turns out to be NOT FREE!

So here are my own photos which I copyright for my own use. See if you can identify each one of these fungi.

These last two mushroom above were from my yard between two Rose of Sharon bushes. They are bulbous, large and look mushy. I didn’t want to touch them for that reason. Yuck!

I don’t know much about mushrooms. All I know is there are many varieties of fungi.

Here is what I found on Wikipedia.

A mushroom, or toadstool, is the fleshy, spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus, typically produced above ground on soil or on its foodsource.

The standard for the name “mushroom” is the cultivated white button mushroom, Agaricus bisporus; hence the word “mushroom” is most often applied to those fungi (Basidiomycota, Agaricomycetes) that have a stem (stipe), a cap (pileus), and gills (lamellae, sing. lamella) on the underside of the cap. “Mushroom” also describes a variety of other gilled fungi

Medicinal properties

Some mushrooms are used or studied as possible treatments for diseases, particularly their extracts, including polysaccharides, glycoproteins and proteoglycans.[39] In some countries, extracts of polysaccharide-K, schizophyllan, polysaccharide peptide, or lentinan are government-registered adjuvant cancer therapies,[40][41] even though clinical evidence of efficacy in humans has not been confirmed.[42]Historically in traditional Chinese medicine, mushrooms are believed to have medicinal value,[43]although there is no evidence for such uses.

Other uses

Mushrooms can be used for dyeing wool and other natural fibers. The chromophores of mushroom dyesare organic compounds and produce strong and vivid colors, and all colors of the spectrum can be achieved with mushroom dyes. Before the invention of synthetic dyes, mushrooms were the source of many textile dyes.[44]Some fungi, types of polypores loosely called mushrooms, have been used as fire starters (known as tinder fungi).

Mushrooms and other fungi play a role in the development of new biological remediation techniques (e.g., using mycorrhizae to spur plant growth) and filtration technologies (e.g. using fungi to lower bacterial levels in contaminated water).[45]If you would like to know more about fungi, please go online to Wikipedia or other sources. They have many purposes and have been around longer than us.

Please do not pick mushrooms for consumption unless you know they are edible. There are some fungi that are poisonous. I play it safe and buy all my mushrooms from the supermarket. I love all kinds of mushrooms but usually eat button or white and portobello. I like to stuff my portobello (large) with an easy, delicious stuffing.


4 large portobello mushrooms (Separate stems from mushrooms and chop)

20 – 25 Ritz crackers whole wheat

4 – 6 TBS butter

1/4 C finely chopped onion

garlic powder (few dashes or more)

dash or two of crushed red pepper (more if you like spicy)

1/4 C chopped crabmeat (frozen imitation) or fresh real crabmeat

1/4 C water

1. Saute chopped onion and chopped stems in butter until translucent

2. Add frozen chopped crabmeat, sauté until defrosted

3. Add seasonings to crab and onions while sautéing, and combine well.

4. Take off of heat and set aside.

5. Crush crackers in medium bowl.

6. Add crab mixture to crackers and add a little water at a time until desired thickness is reached.

7. If the mixture is still dry add a little more water and melted butter and combine well. If it is too mushy add more crackers.

8. Using a tablespoon fill cleaned mushroom caps with mixture.

9. Bake covered in foil in 375 degree oven for 35-40 minutes until mushrooms are tender. Last five minutes take off foil and allow stuffing to lightly brown.

Enjoy! I hope you get to try these stuffed mushrooms. I made up the recipe and each time I bring them to someone’s house I am asked for the recipe. Please share your thoughts, if you like them or not.

Thank you for stopping by to read about this post. Please come back again. You never know what I am going to write about next.

I wish I had a mushroom book to share with you but, alas, I haven’t written one. But please check out my middle-grade books, Abby & Holly, and Davey & Derek, for fun ghost stories, magic, mysteries and adventures that your children will love just in time for Halloween!

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About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 42 books: 20 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 7 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 36 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 3 of a YA fantasy series an and book 2 in an angel series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about a dog for ages YA. Her hobbies are crocheting, sewing, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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19 Responses to Some Unusual Things to Share!

  1. I am with you on using my own photographs. Although I went on a mushroom forage in summer I do not recognize any of your specimens. I do like your recipe. 🌼

  2. I am with you on using my own photographs. Although I went on a mushroom forage in summer I do not recognize any of your specimens. However, I do like your recipe. 🌼

  3. Darlene says:

    I take a lot of pictures as well causing my hubby to roll his eyes too. These are very interesting mushrooms. Like you, I buy mine in the store just to be sure.

  4. Mae Clair says:

    I love mushrooms, but there is no way I’d attempt any from the wild. I’m utterly clueless. I do like looking at them though, especially if they form a “fairy ring.”

    At first glance, the top photo to the left almost looks like an animal curled into a ball. That is one odd looking mushroom!

  5. tidalscribe says:

    I photograph absolutely everything, whether for a laugh on Facebook, something interesting on Instagram or for my blogs and as I put flash fiction on my blog the strangest pictures can come in handy! … then I look up and wonder which way Cyberspouse has gone…

  6. Thank you for your post, Janice. We have some mushroom in our garden also. Of course, I have no idea of what kinds they are. We eat mushrooms every day. We watched one documentary film about mushroom and found out that the first antibiotic was made of one kind of mushroom after a long study and experiment. So good fungi could cure bad fungi.
    As far as posting photos, I made a couple posts of some unknown birds and “duck,” and asked bloggers to help me identify them. One blogger told me that the “ducks” were actually Egyptian geese, and another blogger gave me the name of the bird.
    I love this post, Janice! 🙂

  7. My hubby always thinks I’m crazy when I ask him to help me sort photos of random things. Since I’ve been blogging for more than 12 years now, you’d think he’d be used to it. LOL! I’d get photos of more than I do if I could.

  8. Amy Caudill says:

    I sometimes use my own pictures too, Janice, so I understand perfectly where you’re coming from. You definitely have a gift for finding interesting shots, though. Thanks for sharing the recipe, I’ll have to try it over the holidays!

  9. dgkaye says:

    Great piece on mushrooms Janice. And, great advice. One should never eat a random mushroom without knowing what kind it is. After all, there are plenty of poisonous ones. I don’t eat them at all as they don’t agree with my stomach so I won’t have to worry about picking out the good ones, lol. 🙂 ❤

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