Welcome to MY ADVENTURE OF DAILY LIFE. I have long since wanted and been encouraged to document the plethora of items I work on, learn, and in general tinker with. I travel and experience new things far and wide and love to share what I gain from them. Here I am sharing with you not just the amazing but the every day as well. They may not fall under the category of "daring adventure" but I am usually having a blast doing them. Enjoy!
As soon as Mr. Brawny gets a few days off in a row, we pack up as much as we can into the truck and trailer and head west to the homestead. Luckily the ship schedule turned out to allow Thanksgiving and Black Friday off so when he got home from work on Wednesday, we hit the open road.
This trip we took with us his Harley Davidson motorcycles which will give us some much needed room in the Norfolk garage. Along with various other garage and home stuffs, we brought 6 magnolia saplings that had managed to survive where a crew was clear cutting vines and unwanted trees. I myself brought some of my Kentucky specific decorations that one day will be mounted in my office building/guest house. Also I brought Polish Softneck garlic cloves and Egyptian Walking Onion bunches for planting. We certainly can't leave ourselves open to vampire invasion now can we?
I had planted a few last minute cold weather crops before leaving the last visit but between not enough time to prepare the soil and the bugs, not a whole lot made it. But what did is impressive. I am always astounded at how hardy some plants are through the cold and snow.
Here is some of our kale that is growing right along despite the conditions I gave it. Also among the survivors are parsley, brussel sprouts, mustard greens, and parsnips. I hope to have a wider variety next year and a much larger amount of each planted. Enough to feed us through the winter with produce with the maximum nutrition right out of the ground. Next year I will be present to monitor what's being eaten by what and coordinate a group effort to save our food.
Thanksgiving meal was wonderful with all the fixins. I am still holding on to my gluten & potato free eating habits and made mashed potatoes from cauliflower and stuffing from cornbread. I tried making substitute biscuits from coconut flour. They turned out tasty but dry so I will have to play with that recipe some. We also took spinach and sauteed it up with garlic and olive oil. With the turkey and the cranberry sauce our meal was complete.
I am reminded all year how much I have to be thankful for but this time of year really makes it hit home. I know many people who have more than I have as well as many people who have much much less. My life is just perfect for what I want and need right now, with the opportunity to grow and succeed each day. That in its self is a blessing.
So, as you’ve been reading, the barn / shop, needs a lot of work, just like everything else on the property. When we put the new roof on, only 2 of the fluorescent shop lights worked. As we’ve made trips to the property, we’ve replaced a few lights every trip, to help defray the cost of all new lights and the installation time.
You may be wondering why not just put new bulbs in the old lights? Because they are rusted out from the leaking roof, the paint that helps reflect light down from the fixture is actually coming off the lights in shreds, and most of the lights probably have a faulty ballast by now. So out with the old and in with the new! The basic 48” shop light is about $12 at your home repair store and another $7 for a 2 pack of bulbs, bringing your total to about $20 per light.
As you can see from the pics, The lights we installed were totally incorrectly installed, but we are working with what we have. Each light was hung by the chains provided from the finishing nails in the upstairs floor joists that used to hold up the old lights. And tied into the existing wiring with new wire nuts. We simply turned off the lights, disconnected the old light from the circuit by removing the old wire nuts, and unhooking the hanging chains from the floor joists. He new lights were assembled, (chains and bulbs) and hung in the place of the old lights. We then cut the plug off the light cord, stripped back the insulation, and tied the two outside conductors into the existing wiring, and capped with a new wire nut.
I know that this installation is wrong on all levels, but until I can replace the rotted floorboards, re-run new 14-2 wire and install boxes for each light, insulate and sheetrock, and then reinstall the lights correctly, this will have to do. At least now we have light and a place to work out of the weather.
Mr. Brawny loves to pick on me about my crusade love for gluten free living. Yes, some of my favorites still call to me like the sourdough soup bowls, filled with clam corn chowder at my favorite local bread shop. The extra weight around the middle, the acne, and other issues that cleared up when I changed my diet are decidedly NOT missed. The joke is really on Mr. Brawny because there are a lot of wheat free items that I make that he can't get enough of. Here is the newest one to be added to my rotation of favorite foods.
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin pie filling
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 5 eggs, beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- coconut oil for greasing muffin tins
- Preheat oven to 350 F
- In a bowl, combine, butter, eggs, vanilla, pumpkin and honey. Whisk until thoroughly mixed.
- Stir together coconut flour, salt and baking soda. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Whisk to combine.
- Let sit for 5 minutes to allow the coconut flour to absorb the wet ingredients. I use this time to coat the muffin tin with coconut oil.
- Fill muffin tins until almost full.
- Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Allow muffins to cool for a few minutes then run a butter knife around the edges and pop them out.
I personally can't get them out of the tin fast enough for the crowd around here!