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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Homemade Squash Hashbrowns - YUM!

Squash grated with our Bosch
A friend at work gifted us some rather large squash. We've made noodles with them in the past and had them kind of like spaghetti noodles. This time we thought we try them out as pseudo-hashbrowns.

Here's the recipe from AllRecipes.com:
  • PREP
    5 mins
  • COOK
    50 mins
  • READY IN
    1 hr 10 mins

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Place spaghetti squash onto prepared baking sheet with cut sides down.
  3. Bake until squash is tender, about 45 minutes.
  4. Scrape strands of flesh from the squash with a fork and place in a large bowl. Mix flour and Parmesan cheese into squash strands.
  5. Melt butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Spoon 1/4 cup of the spaghetti squash mixture into the skillet and pat and press to form squash into a patty about 1 inch thick. Cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes per side. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Serve patties topped with a dollop of sour cream. 

We cheated a little and threw our into the Bosch and grated it like cheese. Then threw that into the skillet. We opted out of the patty shaping and just cooked them loose.

YUM!

~OJD

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

10 Mini Bantams for One Silver Coin!

Three Banty sisters all crammed in the corner atop 7 chicks
Another terrific CraigsList find (in my opinion.) The ad said:

"Baby Bantam Chickens

I have seven one day old chicks but the rest of my flock is attacking the hens. Looking for good home for three hens and seven chicks. Barter or trade."

I emailed the poster and offered a pure silver coin in trade and he agreed. He also sent me home with two dozen of the eggs. Not a bad deal for one silver coin with a spot price around $19.

They are a beautiful solid black and BOY are they broody. I brought them home in a cardboard box and you can't even see the chicks. The hens won't get off of them!

I put two chicks back after my girls held them.
I read online that Bantys are terrifically broody and I'm looking to experiment with putting my Barred Rock and Wyandotte eggs in the Bantys cage.

The guy I got them from says Banty Roosters are really fiesty. He also said that the hens can be too. I have no experience with this breed.

What do you guys out there know about mini Bantys?

Of course, the girls LOVE them!


~OJD

Monday, September 15, 2014

What year is this truck?

Stumbled upon a REALLY COOL truck this morning as I drove into town. It was sitting outside of the local mechanic shop. I thought it looked like some kind of old Willys pickup truck but the hood is stamped DODGE.

This is the kind of truck I could drive for the rest of my days. Anybody have more details on it?

I should have gotten more pictures of it but I was running late on an errand. I think it is still sitting out there.  Looks like it might have been a forest service vehicle or something? See the winch on the front?



Sunday, September 14, 2014

Guys Day Out - Guns Galore

Me using the "lead sled" completed w/ sandbags for elevation.
It is my one year anniversary at my job this month and I felt it high time us fellas got together and did some shootin'.  A quick Google search for some "Turkey Shoot" images and I had a flyer ready to hang at work.

"1st Annual Turkey Shoot" and "Guys Day Out" were the title and subtitle. It garnered much attention upon hanging and I knew it was going to be a fun event. A day of men sharing weaponry knowledge and blasting things to smitherines.  I remembered an old wall sign: The worse day fishing is still better than the best day working. I think the same applies to shooting.

Nothing says "freedom" like proudly flying the Gadsen flag.
There were handguns and battle rifles, plinkers and war cannons. We even had a few black powder guns and a compound bow. I brought along three metal plate targets and a case of clay pigeons. A homemade "lead sled" was set up to hold rifles on a table for steady long range shooting. Now THAT is some homesteading ingenuity right thar! I thoroughly enjoyed shooting on that.

A good friend of mine shared an old Sheriff's Office shooting range that was officially abandoned but still used somewhat regularly by those "in the know." There were signs of recent activity with all the brass scattered about. Most likely, I'll end up back out there with the little ones to scavenge. They love picking up brass and I love letting them! I'm getting a hankerin' for smelting metal at home. Any excuse to build a homemade foundry and I'm in.

The Goodfellas
As with any endeavor, we made sure to leave the place in better shape than what we found it. Responsible stewardship is paramount to enjoying the outdoors and I have yet to meet a shooter (that I hang out with anyway) who doesn't agree. It's usually not even something that has to be spoken. Everyone just starts cleaning up when the ammo is gone.

 All-in-all, we had a terrific time and shot a lot of different weapons. The waffle donuts that were brought took me to a new level of sugary heaven. They will be on my next grocery run for sure.

~OJD

This will probably land us on "the list..."


Already ate the chocolate covered...

Friday, September 12, 2014

No 9/11 Activity a Pleasant Surprise to Me

I have to admit I was a little leery yesterday. With the dozen or so airplanes that went missing recently I thought there might be a terrorist threat on our nation to mark the anniversary of 9/11. I kept a watchful eye on the DrudgeReport throughout the day.

Wifey and I watched a documentary last night called "102 Minutes That Changed America" which detailed minute by minute what happened on 9/11/2001 with actual footage. There were several times that my arm hair stood up as I remembered that fateful day.

Here we are the next morning and I breathe a sigh of relief that nothing too eventful happened. Despite what the terrorists' motives are, I'll continue on with my routine and keep a watchful eye.

~OJD