Saturday, November 27, 2010
We also left a 4lb box of laundry detergent. It should last a while, especially if the water doesn't come back on. Neither of us wanted to carry in a supersize box.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
We all 4 slogged in. I didn't time it, but it seemed forever. Jalapeno and Willy got the best deal, they walked in our tracks.
And when we got here, there was at first no water, then we had water and now we have none. My guess is that we drained the pressure tank but then the pump didn't kick on. It was about 9 degrees last nite, 31 at the car when we arrived at 3pm, which could explain it. Let's hope nothing serious is wrong. I will check the breaker to the pump in the am.
Meanwhile, the snow is beautiful. Still lots on the trees from the Tues night storm. And lots of icicles. And as Lou said, we have heat, light, power, the stove (with soup cooking) and wine. So we are just fine. (And the soft snow outside the kitchen melts easily)
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Throughout the day we ate home made apple butter --from Tam Valley apple trees-- and tons of sour dough pancake-os. We even went for an easy breezy 5 Kilometer run!. Everyone won at settlers, except Kractcher. Perhaps we should let him win tomorrow.
Friday, November 5, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Good thing there were two starts. The other one looks good. We'll see how sourdough pancakes turn out tomorrow. We will make some extra to bring to grandma and grandpa tomorrow afternoon.
1. Put the ground coffee inside the filter:
2. Place filter over the cup:
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
1 Charles Shaw Merlot
2 Edna Valley chardonnay
1 Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc
1 German Spatlase (sweet)
1 split Clairborne & Churchill port
1 cambria Pinot Noir
1 Pinot Grigio
1 Curvee Cabernet
1 Manzanita Creek Chardonnay
1 Elixir Cellars Cabernet
1 Husch Gewurtztraminer
1 Berringer Cellars White Zin
1 Castoro Cellers Cabernet
2 gallons tap water
4 gallons unopened bottled water
1 case small bottles of water
So I hope I can get through the winter without having to lug in wine. Altho I may be desperate before I drink the vintage white zin.
Yet to be done before winter:
- Change the filter in the pumphouse. There is a new one under the stairs.
- Plug in the heater and heat tape in the pumphouse.
- Take the screens off the sliding doors.
And look around and see if there is anything else outside to go inside. I left some chairs on the porch for Jennifer and Ron's visit.
If anyone is here and reconnects the outside hose, please be sure to disconnect it. That is a special, expensive faucet that drains itself but can freeze if a hose is connected.
When I leave I will open the 2 drains in the bedroom closet and leave the faucets open. So don't panic if you walk in and the water is off.
Monday, September 6, 2010
First we drove into the woods and cut branches from the gooseberry bushes and took them to the cabin.
Then we stripped the berries from the branches.
This is the pulp to be taken home to be squeezed through a cloth and made into syrup or jelly. Gooseberry jam with all the stickers is not particularly desirable.
The pulp ready to be squeezed in a good, handy dishtowel.
And now the juice is in the refrigerator waiting to be boiled down to jelly or syrup (with lots of sugar added -- a cup to a cup in fact).
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
By the time we reached Island Lake it was very dark to the east and thunder was getting louder and more frequent, the sun overhead was blocked by clouds and it was cold and windy. No lightening in sight but maybe time to eat lunch down at one of the lower lakes.
Looking west from Island Lake the blue sky was still visible so there was still hope...
Fifteen minutes later down at Upper Dinkey Lake the raindrops are visible on the lake. Intermittent sprinkles followed us all the way to the trailhead. The two young boys in the family we met about 20 minutes from the trailhead as they were hiking up didn't look too happy. We thought they might get more unhappy as their day progressed. The clouds and thunder were continuing to intensify up the trail where they were headed.
Friday, August 6, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Everyone eat up next trip -- and the trips after. We are stocked for a while.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Today's activity was a drive out to Courtright with a stop to walk through the McKinley big trees. We drove to the far side of Courtright across the dam and then hiked on the jeep road and then the trail up the east side of the lake.
Same 5 friends but with the 3 sisters from the other side and Dogtooth Peak on the far right.
There was a lot of water in the streams so we had to rock-hop, or in one case walk a log to get across. There were also mosquitoes but we did ok with lots of bug spray. The bugs weren't was bad as I had feared. And the road is no worse than I remembered.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
We got started early today because we had been told the power would be turned off at 9am until 3pm (which means also no water) but when we got to Dennis's about 2pm we found out they didn't turn it off. So Cal Edison called him last evening to tell him, but didn't call us. The plan was for power off also at Shaver so Dennis thinks they had too many complaints. They will supposedly do it some time when it doesn't inconvenience so many people.
Tomorrow we are headed to Dinkey Lakes. Mosquitoes and all.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
1 lb butter
2 dozen tortillas
1 package tortellini
2 large tenderlion
2 pork chops
1 lb bacon
6 mini baguette
2 lb espresso
Portobello mushroom raviolis
1 frozen lemonade
½ gallon milk
4 crushed garlic cubes
There is also a pound of bacon in the refrigerator that is good until early August.
At one time we didn't have a phone, we still don't have TV, but with DSL and a one-to-one laptop to person ratio, plus an iPad, a Kindle, numerous "smart phones" (but no satellite connection), we were totally connected.
Monday, July 5, 2010
Thank you so much for such a wonderful weekend! Thank you for the delicious dinners, the refreshing beer, the wonderful company, and also thank you for sharing the cabin and making room for all of us.
It was a great long weekend.
All of us
WHEREAS, garlic-rubbed meats are tastier than those not so rubbed; and
WHEREAS, lamb so embrocated and grilled is consumed with the vigor and relish possessed by those individuals strong of mind and empty of stomach; and
WHEREAS, a missive detailing the steps properly taken will facilitate repetition of the below-photographed feast;
BE IT SO DETAILED:
Grilled Rack of Lamb with Chimichurri Sauce
4 small racks of lamb (about 8 ribs per rack), trimmed of most fat and patted dry
Chimichurri Sauce:1. Get a hot fire going in the pit and put the grate on. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
1 c. Italian parsley, rinsed and patted dry
5 cloves garlic, peeled
1/2 c. olive oil
1/4 c. red wine vinegar or other acid (e.g., lime juice)
1 tsp. red pepper flakes (we used a few jalapeno slices instead)
1 tsp. salt
additional olive oil, salt, and pepper for seasoning
Combine the parsley, garlic, olive oil, acid, salt, and red pepper flakes in a food processor or blender; pulse to combine and then blend. The mixture should have the consistency of a loose paste. Save half of the sauce for serving at the table.
2. Rub the racks of lamb with a small amount of oil, salt and pepper, then rub each rack with half of the Chimichurri.
3. Quickly sear the racks of lamb on the grill, about 2-4 minutes per side, until a crust forms. Remove the racks from the fire and put in an oven-safe pan. Brush the racks with a little more Chimichurri.
4. Put the pan in the oven and roast until a meat thermometer reads 120 degrees for medium-rare, 125 degrees for medium.
5. Take the pan from the oven, cover the meat, and allow to rest for 10-15 minutes.
6. Go to freaking town on that delicious sheep.