Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Before leaving we wanted to have a nice card printed with our contact information and web address; something better than a scrap of paper to leave with friends, neighbors and acquaintances. So, with Greg's help, we created the "Good Bye" card you see here.
I got the cards printed at this print shop in the Bronx. Note the used car dealer next door with the razor wire fence. Ten years ago I wouldn't have gotten out of my car in a neighborhood like this. Today, after working in the city for 12 years, I walk almost daily in neighborhoods like these. This is just two blocks from where Greg was stopped by an NYPD cruiser last week. The police just wanted to see if he knew where he was and whether he understood that this was a bad neighborhood. I guess he stood out from the crowd with his large backpack making him look like a college student ready for a trek across Europe.
Monday, August 16, 2010
While I am generally pleased with layout and design of our motorhome I think the kitchen drawer arrangement could be better. As you can see in the photo above there are four kitchen drawers; all of them very deep. While these drawers are good for pots and pans, where does your silverware or cutlery go?
To provide a place for silverware I added a divided tray that slides left and right on two wood tracks I installed. The divided tray is just a common plastic drawer insert to which I added a wood frame. Now the drawer is doing double duty!
To the bottom drawer I added a J. A. Henckels cutlery holder I already had. This just needed to be cut down a little so that it now fits perfectly on the two tracks I added to the drawer.
To make the peninsula drawer more functional I added a sliding tray to hold a few desk items we use daily. A ream of printer paper fit perfectly below the tray.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
When I built a new fire pit at our campsite I sized it to fit a Weber replacement grill we got at Walmart. Anxious to try it out, I soaked some fresh corn in water for 30 minutes and placed it over some hot coals along with some oysters. I cooked the corn for 20 minutes turning it every so often. It came out just perfect! It seems to have more flavor and is juicier as well. Since then we have cooked it at home over the gas grill with the same results. Martha sez: It was better at the campsite because we didn't get corn silk and burnt husks all over the kitchen floor!
When you cook the corn with the husk on you also get an additional bonus; a built in handle. Late summer corn is soooooo good!