Sunday, September 26, 2021

SOUP MIX - COOL TATTOO - CONTAINERS - GRILLED STEAKS AND SHRIMP - FREEDOM FOR THE CATS - COVID REPORT

 


From Carmie's Kitchen. 

Found these soup mixes over a year ago. Tried the chili mix and found it quick, easy and guest worthy. Would let it simmer awhile and set a few hours before serving. The Chicken Enchilada mix has been in a box this past year and decided to give it try for lunch. Excellent.

Boiled a couple leg quarters and used the broth instead of the water the mix called for. Used the best of the meat from the boiled chicken. Followed directions.

This mix is open to your personal likes also. But the basic mix is also guest worthy. 

No kickbacks from Carmie's here. Just sharing.

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COOL TATTOO


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CONTAINERS STACKED IN LOCAL WALLY WORLD PARKING LOT



Have never seen this before. Seemed odd and out of sorts. But worker-bees told us all empty and normal. Apparently this particular store fills these for further distribution. 

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IT'S ALWAYS SOMETHING!


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$35 BUTCHER BLOCK COOKING ISLAND (garage sale)


Repaired, sanded and two coats of mineral oil.


Second season crop of green peppers.


A year and a half later, the patio has a roof, a grill and cooking island.






First test meal last night. Yep, as much fun as I had anticipated. $8 rib eyes and a few Gulf shrimp. Served both Saturday night dinner and Sunday night dinner.  
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FREE CATS


Long awaited day of freedom for the sister cats. They have grown big, full of piss and vinegar and oh so ready for their freedom. Opened the door and they were giddy with freedom. Backs arched, side jumping and checking out everything in the shop and car port. 

Sister cat is hidden behind clay pots.

Her and I worked outside most of the day projecting. The cats stayed near and were a joy to watch as they played in their new found freedom.  


Stealthy.
 
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He still has approval ratings. 

Below found on Raconteur Report.

 Take the time to read this for your own knowledge and understandings.


Musicians from around the world can make music like this. Cool.

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October coming this week. 

Nine months of political upheaval behind us, likely more to come.  

Times, they are a-changin!!

Heads up, knees bent and stay away from crowds. 

Thanks for the visit this week.



Monday, September 20, 2021

FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS - PHOTOS

 


Elbow grease costs little.  These are great times to get outside and apply elbow grease and a little TLC to our yards. 


Another harvesting of our 4 basil plants. Time consuming, but saving what we grow is part of the program. Sitting and snipping leaves brings with it good use of my time and satisfaction. This particular harvest of basil was rinsing, chopping and stuffing into an ice cube tray. Frozen cubes of basil zip locked and ready for soups/stews simmering on the stove. 

A quiet week. First world problems from gardening, yardwork, computer work, lunch out with visiting family and the general comings and goings. Hard to turn a blind eye to worldly chaos, but staying busy with chores and outings helps.

From American Digest.   "If I were the Devil." by Paul Harvey. 

I have heard this a few times over the years. But listening to this in today's climate is chilling. 

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Instrument panel of OH-13  Army training helicopter at Ft. Wolters Texas, 1966.


Running the tides, San Juan Islands, 1986.


Hughes 500 in confined area




 Early morning; DeHavilland DH-2 Beaver, Ketchikan, Alaska


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Short post this week. Appreciate the visit.


 

Monday, September 13, 2021

TIME RUNNING OUT - P-38 - VACCINE MANDATE - YOU HAVE THE RIGHT

Sept 10, 2021


Time is running out. At least it feels like this to me in these crazy crazy days of our lives. 

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GOVERNMENT VACCINE MANDATES are officially laid out for all Americans this week. Push has come to shove. Pushback is coming to shove. 

Stay grey if you can. Little to no time left to stock shelves. If you are not ready, shame on you. No one is coming to save any of us. No one! You have seen and heard this before.

Get to $ stores. Local stores. Chain stores. Gas tanks full. Extra gas. Have plans. Have coms. Plan with no coms available. Plus a dozen things more directly affecting you and yours. Add full blown first aid kits. Help others.


It's whats for dinner!!


Dawn of a new era.


Quite often it is the presentation.



OOPS!

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Weakest Link from Bustednuckles with other assorted stuff.

The number 52 from  American Digest


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Will leave you this week with fresh refrigerator bread and butter pickles and pickled (from cans) beets. 



Quiet week. Heat and humidity down and comfortable east Texas summer going into fall weather finally here.

Appreciate the visit this week. 




Sunday, September 5, 2021

CAN I BORROW YOUR BULLDOZER? - FOUNDATION PREP - GARDEN FLOWERS - FOOD PORN - BEEFY MEX SOUP - QUIET WEEK

Borrowing a bulldozer.  


Protecting back roads by crossing on old tires. Works perfectly. Those tracks never touched the road.



Digging a large hole next to a pond to find a leak. Apparently, a tree left in the dike years ago had rotted and was wicking water out of the pond. 

Tree dug up, removed and the large hole filled back up.  All within a few hours work. Helps to have the bulldozer, "driving skillset!"

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FOUNDATION PREPARATION


Slab foundation preparation. All plumbing in place, extra cement beam support channels dug, moisture barrier and re-bar installed. Just about ready for cement pour. 

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BRAZILIAN ROCK ROSE

ANGEL TRUMPET IN BLOOM

See the Praying Mantis?

Photos from neighbor's garden. 

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FROM FOOD PORN ON TWITTER

HT to Ace of Spaces.

I could not stop watching. Maybe it was her accent. I thought of turning it off, but could not. My bet is that any guy that opens this clip, will watch to the end. Actually kinda fun. If she did indeed cook this steak, my bet is her phone is a constant  buzz. 

FROM KNUCKLEDRAGGIN MY LIFE AWAY

Watch the expression on her face. Good for the heart.

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BEEFY MEXICAN SOUP


I was gifted one bowl of this soup. A test try. Looked good and I did take a photo. In my exuberance to share with you, I deleted it. Can't get it back due to lack of tech knowledge. Looked through deleted, not there. Damn, it was one of the better food pics I have taken. Yes, the soup was excellent. Demanded some early bread dipping. 

Key to the recipe is Hamburger Helper. There is a lot of room to fine tune this to individual preferences. A quick meal and full of flavor. May need a little more water, longer simmer; may not. 

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QUIET WEEK

Heat and humidity still a factor limiting outdoor activity, at least for us. Her and I have spent some time harvesting more basil and making a few small jars of pesto. Found a special on rib eye steaks BOGO and took advantage of the price.

 Tucked a couple away in the freezer. Have also tested and are finding that one steak, split in half for dinner, is enough. A side of salad or baked potato makes a wonderful meal. 

Both her and I agreed that there was a time where we both could have each easily eaten a steak apiece, like the one below, without issue. 

Green peppers and cherry tomatoes making a comeback and producing another crop. Chili peppers turning red hot on the vines. Drying the first harvest in the sun and will keep this up through the plants' producing season. These are the peppers, when dehydrated, that become the pepper flakes seasoning found on the grocery store shelves. 

We have dehydrated basil, thyme and rosemary. Each a small glass jar on the shelf next to the kitchen stove. 

A few months back her discovered small bags of dehydrated tomatoes at local $$stores. Again, she took advantage of the availability and price. We enjoy them in salads, soups, stews and just yesterday, her put the contents of two bags in a medium jar with olive oil, garlic and dried basil leaves. 

Now another condiment option for salads or put on toasted french bread with fresh basil leaf and piece of fresh mozzarella. New flavors that pop and add to lunches and dinners. 

Quiet week in east Texas. Appreciate the visit. 

 


Sunday, August 29, 2021

LIVING TODAY READY FOR TOMORROW - VISITOR - PESTO - PLANDEMIC - CHRISTMAS PRESENTS NOW? - GAZPACHO - Lt. DAN


LIVING TODAY/READY FOR TOMORROW 

Chicken wings on the cook.

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VISITOR


Grumpy frog.
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PESTO

Harvested one full basil plant and realized again why we planted 6 plants. 

Making pesto takes a lot of basil leaves. Her made just two jars from that one plant this past week. 

The flavor kills. She did not even take the time to toast the bread. 



None goes to waste.

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Maybe how all of this is referred to behind closed doors? 


Hints of things to come?


Short feel good video!
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HOMEMADE GAZPACHO AND PESTO WITH GARLIC TOAST

It's whats for dinner......


Learning to grow a productive garden comes with making sure we are using what we grow. Gazpacho and pesto have been in the plan. 

Toasted garlic bread completes. 

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I often hear and read of an "October surprise." Also more hints and mention of false flag(s) event. 

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We are entering a second planting season. I think we can plant year around here in east Texas and getting used to that idea is still sinking in. I will start planting beets, spinach and lettuce this next week. Will implement two week planting intervals for longer harvest. Notes on the calendar a must. 

If successful, we will improve the garden feeding us for longer periods of time. More important these days than ever before. Exchange of garden foods with neighbors added bonus. 

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We put in a few boxes of water-only pancake mix this past week. Her made a test batch this morning and they were quite good; butter, honey drizzle and syrup. Crisp edges and fluffy middles.  

Her mentioned all we need is a few gallons of cooking oil on the higher shelves. We both remembered and told stories of our grandparents kitchen container of bacon grease that was dipped into daily. We do not eat that much bacon, but often save left over bacon grease out of habit. Maybe a small dedicated container in the fridge ought to be considered. 

Frying most anything in bacon grease comes with extra flavor. 

Your visit this week helps kick "The After" over 100K visits. A small milestone for me. Happy with that number over the years of publishing this blog.

Appreciate you stopping by again. Heads up this coming week, as always.  


Sunday, August 22, 2021

GOING TO SEED - PEPPERS - FOX - DR. ANNE McCLOSKEY - SNAKES ON A DOCK - HEEBIE-JEEBIES

Garlic chives going to seed.


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WELCOMED RAIN

 
Early morning August rain welcome.


Peppers packed in a left over jar.  Apple cider vinegar heated to an initial boil then spooned over the peppers. Let set at least a month and the broth will then serve as a hot pepper sauce as wanted. Local recipe. We'll see.

Speaking of peppers:



Other hot peppers from seed. I enjoy growing these for the fun. Here in East Texas things grow. Add some Texas rain from time to time and everything explodes. Magic dust me thinks. 

I should find a use, though. 
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SKINNY FOX


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ITS WHATS FOR BREAKFAST


Fresh out of the fields. Sun warm. Mouth watering.

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From Dr. Anne McCloskey

Informative and easy to listen to. You may or may not agree. Take the time. Five minutes. 

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STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN REMAKE

These musicians make all of this look and sound so easy. Fun video and good music.

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SNAKES ON A DOCK

Local east Texas lake swollen during June rains. I was told that the lake rose two feet. The picture below shows this person's dock under water.

Same person, same dock, same lake. I was told these are mean snakes. I always assume that. But this is a swimming, diving, water skiing, jet skiing and so forth lake. Crazy busy on the weekends. 


"Come on honey, lets go for a dip. Water's fine." Dock not so much!

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Seems every day is a week now. "Sailing into the fog." The Heebie-Jeebies. 

Saw this headline and realized I have not used this saying for a long long time. The heebie-jeebies well describes this past week. The above statements and article shows me I am not alone in this constantly looking over my shoulder. 

Just saw another one of many photos of empty shelves in grocery stores. Have not seen any of this here yet. 

I am  seeing a lot of push back from forced "vaccinations." Blanket walk outs and quitting of career jobs. Being forced into a world wide test pool of experimental mass drugging does not set well with a large population. No matter how all of this pans out, it is for sure a one way ticket. 

Government and corporations are doubling down. Hard to run any kind of business though w/o employees. This directly affects all of us now!

Prepping anyone?

Thanks for the visit this week. 

Sunday, August 15, 2021

CURDS and WHEY - KLATSCOS recipe - MOTHERS MILK - ORNAMENTAL PEPPERS - CROSS POLLINATION

"Little Miss Muffet
Sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey,
There came a big spider
Who sat down beside her,
And frightened Miss Muffet away."


Her picked up dairy farm cottage cheese this past week. The farm makes this from their Jersey cows. One of their many products. 

Her knows I like cottage cheese and brought it home as a gift. We both like visiting foods from our past. This cottage cheese is indeed curds and whey. "Whey" being the broth from the curing curds. 

I opened the container and started saying the nursery rhyme shown at the top of the page. 

I had to give a few moments thought to bring forth the entire rhyme with her helping. 

The photo does not accurately show the whey being the color of butter. Very rich. A spoonful taste did not bring with it my decades of eating processed cottage cheese. 

My first reaction was, "not so much." Her told me to let the bite set in my mouth a moment. "Taste the butter." I did. 

I realized I was being treated to a food common to my weekends spent on the ranch. A family dairy farm. Over six decades ago. 

These curds and whey have a very different taste and texture from the processed cottage cheese found in markets. Day and night.

The whey is thinner and curds are a texture like feta cheese. Not as crumbly though. Close to the chewing of small cheese pieces. Combine the buttery flavor of the whey with all of that. 

We tasted several times giving this all its due. It is different. Not displeasing. But different. Flavor and texture. A good different. This find from our past  will replace many years of eating processed cottage from grocery store shelves.

Cottage cheese and peaches. A marriage of flavor for me for many years. I added some peach juice to a helping of these curds and whey. A half slice peach on top. Bingo!!

We have found a second dairy farm to shop at now. An hour away. Call ahead ordering required.  

OK! from my external hard drive. I knew I had this somewhere.

KLATSCOS (Pierogi) From the old country; Central/Eastern European influence

Grandfather immigrated from Russia and grandmother from Lithuania. 

This is my grandmother Rose's dish. We had this often during weekend visits to the ranch in Raymond. All the ingredients were raised/made on the farm. I learned to eat these and then eventually learned to love them. I think it was the noodle and butter parts that appealed to my taste buds. The very best way to eat these is the next day. Cut each Klatscos into 3/8” wide strips and lightly brown in butter.

3 sm eggs

½ to ¾ cups of milk

3 ½ cups of flour approximate to make a rubber-like dough. Salt to taste

This makes a large batch of dough.

Use low calorie cottage cheese curds and squeeze dry or use any cc curds available. Set dry cc curds aside. Curds must be dry!!! (curds and whey were used on the dairy farm and always mandated by grandma and mom)

Add 1 whole egg plus 1 egg yoke., a little salt and mix well.

Pinch off chunks of dough and flatten evenly in the palm of your hand.

Add a spoon full of cc to the middle of the dough.

Fold dough over cc and pinch edges together to seal in the mixture. I remember laying down the filled dough and finishing the pinching with the front tongs of a fork. It is most important for the cc to be completely sealed inside the dough.

Makes about 15-16 Klatscos.

Place completed Klatscos into boiling water for 15 -20 minutes. Add a little salt to the water for flavor. Serve with sour cream. 

Klatscos can also be spaced in a baking dish and put in the oven covered with a little butter over it. Lightly grease or butter the bottom of the pan first.

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My grandmother could barely read and always wrote phonetically. Some of her old documents have to be said out loud to try to know the content of records she was keeping.

I cannot find the word Klatscos on the net. 

I have memories of this dish early on and always the hearing name in conjunction of the making/serving of the dish. My grandmother, my mother and her sister sharing part of the kitchen, making these round noodles filled with curds. 

The spelling is directly from my mothers hand writing. BUT, my guess is that it is a close written representation of grandma's broken English pronunciation. 

It is a pierogi, but I sure would like to find history of the name originating in central Europe. 

My wife's research found this. The photos are exactly what these look like.

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25% BUTTERFAT 


I shared this photo on the last post. Maybe the one earlier. 

While visiting with the wife of the dairy farmer this past week, her found out that this 25% butterfat milk product, only made from Jersey cows, best approximates mother's milk in richness, ease of digestion and nutrition. 

We learned something new last week. 

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SPLASH OF COLOR


Her wanted me to take her and the truck to a nearby nursery early in the week. After lunch, temperature 95 degrees; muggy. She quickly added that they have pepper plants. Showed me a picture. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh, she had me at peppers.

A half dozen pampas grass, hanging baskets of pepper plants and huge Black-eyed Susans quickly filled the truck bed. 

The above ornamental peppers owned me from the get go. I had them hanging within an hour. They thrive in the hot Texas sun. 

Her laughed at me when I told her to look at the carport. Said something to the fact how surprising it is that things you want to do, seem to get done instantly. 

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HEAVY, DRENCHED, MESSY, SPITTIN' SEEDS, FLAVOR, LOCAL, MORNING


Sampled often! 
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CROSS POLLINATION

From neighbor's garden.


"Look at the pollen on this plant. The bumblebee picked up the pollen off of my sunflower and came over this bloom and crawled over the bloom. Cross pollination great example."

Neighbor also sent a wonderful video of the bumble bee walking over the sun flower and all the pollen what was accumulating on the bee's legs. 

But it is an Apple video and I have not a clue how to download and share. W10 wants nothing to do with any of it. 

Regardless, Mother Nature continues to garner my attention.

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Up at 0400. Blogs read, temperature of the world discussed with her, Rice Chex with half a peach for breakfast and outside by 06:00 re-potting a few basil plants.

Her has watered everything from the road front to the flower garden devouring the front porch. Family due at 1100 from the west. Gonna lunch and visit. 

Hot and humid rules the month.

I appreciate the visit this week. Never ever too late to stock up. Too many stories of shortages and crop failures; worldwide. Add shipping problems, C19 and a world run a muck. 

God bless us all.