Canning
Hot Pepper Paste

Our bountiful harvest of ripe hot peppers continues. Some of the other folks in the Facebook Cured Meats : Charcuterie group have been making pepper paste to use for sausage making. This sounds like a good idea as with pepper paste vs pepper powders, you can get a better bind on the meat in the […]

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Canning
More Fermented Hot Sauce

We have been making fermented hot sauce for a number of years. This has been what we refer to as “Cold Snap” hot sauce as it is made after the first killing frost where we hope for as many ripe peppers as possible. The color of the sauce varies year to year depending on how […]

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3D Printing
Recumbent Tike – Improvements II

If you let an engineer build something and use it, it will get tweaked over time. Now that the new seat is on the trike and I have been riding more, there are some more changes to make: Rear fender Headlight and mount Cyclemeter for my phone and Apple watch along with speed and cadence […]

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Canning
Plum Jam

We have some cherry plum trees that I have grafted larger varieties onto. The yield is highly variable, but this year we have a lot of the smaller plums. So after gorging on plums fo rhte last few weeks, I needed to pick the rest of the plums before they got over-ripe. This yielded about […]

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Biking
Recumbent Trike – New Seat & Improvements

I have had the recumbent trike for a few years now. Returning from a ride and cranking up our steep driveway I heard a cracking noise and with each pedal stroke the seat raised up! Pulling over and checking the welds between the rear fork and longitudinal body tube had cracked. So it was time […]

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House Projects
Garage threshold fix

Our driveway had sunk down in front of the garage doors. In some spots, it was a 2″ rise. This was a trip / fall hazard and did not look good. Most of the driveway is still in good shape, even after 27 years. So, I wanted to try a localized fix rather than re-doing […]

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Woodworking
Dining Table – Completion

Final assembly of the dining table was done in the dining area. It is too big and heavy for Teal and I to move on our own. Assembly “in situ” worked out very well. It is nicer to work on the hardwood floor than on the shop floor and there is more room. The top […]

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Woodworking
Dining Table – Frame and Slides

Some of you may be wondering why there was such a delay in getting to the end. Besides other projects getting in the way, the finishing takes a long time and fills the shop. Finishing schedule: Sand to 220 grit with random orbit and then hand sand 220 grit with the grain to remove any […]

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Cured Meats: Charcuterie
Papa’s Pepperoni

Papa’s pepperoni (or maybe “Paparoni”) is loosely based on a variety of other recipes and adjusted for my taste preference, but it is not too spicy so that Teal and the kids / grandkids will enjoy it as well. I LOVE pepperoni pizza (including cold for breakfast). However, I detest the little pools of grease […]

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Cured Meats: Charcuterie
Drying chamber setup

I was able to purchase a “scratch and dent” wine fridge (Frigidaire Gallery 55 bottle) for use as a proper drying chamber. This means that I will now be able to dry meats and sausages year-round. It also means the Rubbermaid bin drying chamber is being retired. Once it warms up a bit outside, I […]

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