Recipes for Pie

Recipes for Pie

This post is for me. That’s right. I’m putting the recipes for each of the pies I’ve learned to bake right here on my web site, so I know where to find them the next time I need them. This will also make them easier to share. Most of these...
Europe 2014 - Pantheon, Palace And Art

Europe 2014 – Pantheon, Palace And Art

Paris, Saturday July 12 The main objective today was to visit the Palace of Versailles – a day trip outside of Paris. The RER C would carry us out to the town of Versailles, southwest of Paris. From there, we would walk to the palace. On the way to the...
Europe 2014 – A Walk from Notre Dame to the Arc

Europe 2014 – A Walk from Notre Dame to the Arc

Paris, Friday July 11 Given the 6 hour time difference, we didn’t wake up until late. The Mouffetard market was already bustling with shoppers as we went in search of breakfast…pastries and coffee being the easiest to ask for. Our best efforts at pronouncing other items in French were often...
Europe 2014 - Paris via Reykjavik

Europe 2014 – Paris via Reykjavik

Wednesday July 9 Icelandair Flight FI 644 was initially reported as delayed but boarded and departed on time. By 2058 the Boeing 757-200 turned north on the way to Reykjavik. It was lights-out for me. I intended to sleep as much as possible until we arrived. Thursday July 10 Having...
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The Cupola

The Cupola

A year ago, I had the idea of adding a cupola to the garage, the least attractive  building on the property. Adding a cupola, punctuated by a wind vane, would significantly improve its appearance. Reasonably priced cupolas are available online, in several styles and sizes.  Costing between $200 and $850, they come complete with copper roof and wind...
The Big Crane

The Big Crane

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Eggs On-Time

Eggs On-Time

“Chicken or eggs?” This was not a philosophical debate about which came first.  It was a question about the outcome of our chicken project. I set out tools to do some finish work on the bird run, and then checked the nesting boxes.  Nothing. Would we ever have any eggs? In October, we acquired 10 Rhode...

Birdhouse Extraordinaire

Oh, the satisfaction of designing and building things. This simple looking structure is the result of a transformational process – taking abstract ideas and converting them into a usable and effective product.  A series of challenges overcome through the application of innovative…(sigh) Okay…it’s a chicken coop.  But it’s a really good chicken coop. My vacation...
Sweet Potato Epilogue

Sweet Potato Epilogue

What do you do with a sweet potato surplus?  Certainly share them with friends and neighbors, explore new recipes for preparing them…could even sell some.  But an imaginative person would find a way to do something worthy. My wife Melanie came up with an idea – sell raffle tickets to win sweet potatoes.  That’ s...

The Birdhouse

The egg & poultry project is moving forward, and the chickens are getting bigger.  Soon they will outgrow the dog crate in which they have been living. Since my vacation is almost over, I’m hurrying to build a house for the birds. After studying a variety of designs, I came up with one of my...
Sweet Potato Harvest

Sweet Potato Harvest

Ah, the sweet potato harvest again.  Since starting my garden (2008), I’ve tried growing several kinds of vegetables and fruit, with mixed success.  But sweet potatoes have been my fail-safe staple crop.  And this vegetable is one of the most nutritious things you can eat. The sweet potato is a source of complex carbohydrates and...

Operation E&P

For a long time we’ve talked about getting chickens for the farm, and we almost did get some this past spring.  The feed store had a nice selection too – Barred Rocks, White Sussex, Rhode Island Reds, and more. But spring and summer went by, and we still had no chickens. Well, during a routine trip...
Mount Vernon - 2011

Mount Vernon – 2011

George Washington’s Mount Vernon is an interesting destination, no matter how you get there. For a bit of variety, we decided to bike to the historic residence, along the Mount Vernon Trail from Olde Town Alexandria.
Barn Cabinets Installed

Barn Cabinets Installed

After all four cabinets were completely assembled, there was enough lumber remaining to build a fifth.  So building one more unit gave me a chance to time a complete iteration of the entire process – start-to-finish . All the cutting, gluing and clamping required 5.25 hours.  Then the unit had to dry overnight.   These first steps...

Barn Cabinets Assembled

The third phase of this project has been the most time consuming.  Parts had to be glued, clamped and allowed to dry – several hours minimum. A bottle neck resulted from an acute shortage of clamps.  I only have two.  Ideally, each 41-inch door would be held together with three clamps each.  But with the...

Cabinets for the Barn

Barn owners invest a great deal of time and attention in their animals, facilities and equipment. The price of that dedication is often a cluttered house with mud-tracked floors.  A cluttered barn, on the other hand, will not to be borne. Our barn aisle is swept clean daily, tack suspended neatly from hooks along both...