The Eagle has Landed……

If you have never brined a turkey in a buttermilk brine, you’ve got to try it.  I can’t think of any other reason that a 42 pound turkey would have a chance of being as moist and delicious as this one was.  We have so many leftovers, I’m going to be coming up with new…

Happy Thanksgiving

It’s almost 10:00 in the morning and I’ve finally got a chance to sit down for  a few minutes. …..and so the saga of the Giant Turkey (42 pounds) began…… 6:30 am:  rolled out dough for pumpkin pie, blind baked, messed up, started again 7:30 am: pumpkin pie redone, apple pie rolled out, filled and…

A Honey of a Store in Gladstone

Today I found a great shop in Gladstone selling honey and bee supplies.  Ruhl Bee Supply also carries wax, oils, candle-making and soap-making supplies.  I picked up some almond oil along with a Columbia Gorge Wildflower Honey to make my first batch of lip balm. 2 T beeswax pastilles 3 T sweet almond oil .5…

Thanksgiving: T-18 hours

Turkey: Tonight we brined the turkey (more like a pterodactyl).  We made a brine with brown sugar, salt, juniper berries, bay leaves, pepper, red peppers, star anise, garlic and ginger.  After heating to dissolve the sugar and salt, we let it cool and this evening, added it to a gallon of buttermilk, and put the…

Thanksgiving: T-46 Hours

Oh boy, Thanksgiving and Christmas, this year’s turkeys came in at 22 and 42 pounds. Researching the Brine 2 2/3 cups Morton’s kosher salt 1 cup brown sugar 1 tablespoon whole peppercorns 1 teaspoon whole allspice berries 1 teaspoon dried juniper berries 4 bay leaves 5 stems fresh thyme 3 stems fresh sage 2 tablespoons…

Planning a Thanksgiving Supper

This year we have somewhere between 7 and 15 people coming for supper.  My oldest son will be home from the University and I told him to bring along some strays that need a Thanksgiving supper.  He’s not sure how many that will be, but the more the merrier – I’ll just throw on more…

Sports Gear at a Discount

Here is the link if you would like it.  I’ve purchased a couple of items there at pretty good prices. Link  

Deja Vu?

This weekend felt like I’d done it before……painting, Hawthorn jelly, cooking, mowing.  It wasn’t very exciting, but I looking back, I did seem to get quite a bit done. I made a 2 gallon batch of plum wine with some windfall Italian prunes. I made a 1 gallon batch of “backyard grape” wine with 13…

Hedgerow Weekend

This Weekend was dry again so the house painting that has consumed or free time continues.  I did opt out for a while and gather some of the ripe bounty of our hedgerow. Italian Prunes – We have several old trees along the road which are leftover from the days when this property was a…

Turkey update

Christmas, the turkey, is getting big (and protective).  He fluffs up when we come down to the coop for a visit as Thanksgiving, his mate, barks at everyone.  They’re quite lovely.