Category Archives: 2012

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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

Posted in 2012, November 2012, Thanksgiving Recipes | 1 Comment

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 … Continue reading

Posted in 2012, November 2012 | Leave a comment

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

Posted in 2012, November 2012, Thanksgiving Recipes | 2 Comments

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 … Continue reading

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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  

Posted in 2012, October 2012 | Leave a comment

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 … Continue reading

Posted in 2012, October 2012 | Leave a comment

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 … Continue reading

Posted in 2012, September 2012 | Leave a comment

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.

Posted in 2012, August 2012 | Leave a comment