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Home On The Plateau

September 8th, 2010

We are currently in middle Tennessee visiting my parents. We hadn’t seen them since we met up in Alaska last summer. Their house is about as close to a home base as it gets for us. It’s nice to be “home”. While we are here, we are going to do some work on our truck (F350 7.3 4×4 Dually).

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Rain (14wks old) herding her food bowl

Here’s the to do list so far:
1. New front tires
2. An alignment
3. New ball joints
4. New U-joints
5. New front wheel bearings assembly
6. Rebuild the turbo
7. Rebuild the the fuel filter housing
8. Get a new transmission

1,2, and 8 will be done by a mechanic. We will attempt to do the rest ourselves.

The new tires are needed because of improper tire wear which is most likely due to 3 and 5. Since we are going to pay over $300 for two tires, might as well get an alignment to help prevent future uneven wear.

We have known about the turbo for a long time, but haven’t really been anywhere we felt comfortable tackling it. Hopefully, once it’s done, we will have more power and better fuel mileage.

Speaking of power… we don’t have any in reverse. Hopefully, we wont actually need a whole new tranny, but that’s what I am anticipating.

* Why is there a picture of a dog in a post that has nothing to do with dogs? Well, our readers love pictures and I love my dog!

Happy Birthday Anniversary Jenn!

February 7th, 2009

Today, Jenn is celebrating the *CENSORED* anniversary of her 24th birthday! Somebody help me light all these candles. Sorry for the late post hun, I’ll get in the kitchen and burn you a birthday dinner right away to make up for it.

Update

January 4th, 2009

Well, we have been sitting in the same place so long I think I have a root or two starting. We need start moving before that root makes contact with the soil. The two main reasons  we have been here so long are my new web page and the fabulous hospitality of my Aunt and Uncle. And, well a little lack of motivation on my part compounded with being sick.

Being with family has been great. It was nice to be able to spend the holidays with loved ones. What is Christmas w/o excited little children ripping open presents? My relatives provided that and much more. Roasted lamb, spiced eggnog, rum cake, holiday cheer, and much more. We have had some nice times while we have been here and really appreciate their concern and hospitality. We will miss them for sure. But, now its time to ramble.

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A few family recipes

November 27th, 2008

This will probably be our last week in Tennessee before we head out for warmer climes sometime next week. Jenn’s aunt and uncle have invited us to Thanksgiving dinner, and there’s no way we can refuse, considering the spread they put out. In the spirit of traditional Thanksgivings, we figured we’d share a few more homemade recipes: my grandmother’s chocolate pie recipe and Jenn’s uncle’s recipe for limoncello.

Grandma’s Chocolate Pie

  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 6 teaspoons of cocoa
  • 1/2 cup of corn starch
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 cups of milk
  • 1 stick of butter (or margarine if you insist)
  • dash of salt
  • 1 8 ounce container of Cool Whip (thawed)
  • 2 baked pie crusts
  • Grab a medium sized pot and toss in everything but the pie crusts (duh!), Cool Whip and butter. Set your stove to medium or medium high heat and begin mixing it together. Once the mixture seems to be warming up a bit, toss the stick of butter in and keep stirring. You’re going to do a lot of stirring. Basically, you want to keep stirring until it achieves the consistency of a thick pudding. I recommend a whisk for this… or even a small hand mixer if you can keep it from splashing all over.

    Once the mixture thickens up, remove it from heat and pour into a couple of pie shells. Personally, I like Oreo or graham cracker pie crusts, but it’s pretty hard to ruin this pie by picking the wrong crust. Next, I like to leave the pies sitting out under a paper towel so that the steam doesn’t form condensation and make the crust soggy. About an hour should do it. Once they’ve cooled a bit, toss them in the fridge or freezer to cool further. Before serving, cover them with Cool Whip and grab your own fork and plate so as to be sure of getting a slice.

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    Fun with the Folks. part 1: Food, food, and more food

    August 18th, 2008

    Fun with the Folks. Part 1:Food, food, and more food

    Before we headed to Karst-O-Rama, yet after our time in Gatlinburg, we spent a good deal of time hanging out at my parents place in Tennessee. We had only planned on spending a few days there, but those few days turned into a month. I was having such a great time that the days were passing as quickly as hours. If it had not been for Wormfest, Johnny would probably still be trying to think of a gentle way to coax me out of my parent’s yard.

    Its been a long time since I have been able to spend more than a couple days with my parents. We have lived pretty far apart for the last 10 years. The first part of that was because I was getting my career together in a far away city, then they semi-retired and started traveling around. They did end up settling down and getting a home base, but they can’t seem to stay there for more than 2 months at a time. So, the majority of the time we saw each other was a quick 3 day weekend once or twice a year and Christmas every other year. That’s just not enough!

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