Yellowstone 2020

Driving: The overall trip, not including driving about 50 miles per day inside of Yellowstone Park was 2,278 miles, (37 hours). Day 1: Home to Chaimberlain SD (we actually stopped at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD just for fun) 6 h 57 min (471 mi) We stayed at the AmericInn by Wyndham Chamberlain Conference… Continue reading Yellowstone 2020

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Travel Media System

General Description: I have digital backups of all the DVDs I own and I have used a Raspberry Pi DLNA server for years to stream them to devices throughout my home. I also like to take them with me when I travel so I can watch them on my laptop. Travel Media System Version 1:… Continue reading Travel Media System

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How to Chop an Onion

Check out this video tutorial I made on how to chop an onion without crying your eyes out.

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Ground Meat – Browning

I think I have found the very best way to brown meat in bulk. I just browned 20 lbs of hamburger in about an hour with very little effort and no grease splatter. The following recipe does 5 pounds in one tray but I can fit 2 or 3 trays in my home oven at… Continue reading Ground Meat – Browning

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Fixing Hard Brown Sugar

Dianne decided to make cookies tonight and all the brown sugar was hard as a rock. She was ready to go to the store to buy more when I puffed up my chest and said, “I can fix it!” “I know stuff!” I spread the chunks out on a foil lined jelly-roll pan. I preheated… Continue reading Fixing Hard Brown Sugar

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Pressure Cookers

I Totally Messed Up a Pressure Cooker Recipe Today Pressure Cookers and Instant Pots need steam to seal and to work. If you don’t have enough liquid (meaning your mixture is too thick) it cannot create enough steam to seal the cooker. I messed this up today. In addition, a pressure cooker will burn on… Continue reading Pressure Cookers

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Wedding Checklist

Key statistics:   We had about 50 people at the rehearsal dinner. We served mostly pre-made margaritas at the rehearsal dinner so it didn’t draw down the bar stock (much). We had about 200 people at the wedding. We only bought champagne for the head table and the wedding guests just toasted with whatever they were… Continue reading Wedding Checklist

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Catering – DIY

These are just random notes and lists I use when serving food to a large (more than 5 people) group. How much do People Eat: We served a taco bar for about 120 people at a wedding. The average person at 15 ounces of food (including meat and sides). The Quarter Pounder Rule: Just like… Continue reading Catering – DIY

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Travel Essentials

My Experience: I have traveled for work and leisure for 35+ years. I have travelled to multiple climates and multiple countries. I have owned expensive luggage. I have owned cheap luggage. I have made my own travel gear. I can’t forget the Boy Scout Motto (“Be Prepared!”). I have a lot of opinions, right or… Continue reading Travel Essentials

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Tallow – DIY

WHY MAKE YOUR OWN BEEF TALLOW? It is easy. It is frugal.  Why waste a natural by-product of our barbecue, smoker, or ground meat project?  Store-bought tallow costs about 40x as much as the same quantity of gasoline. It is great for frying.  It has a smoke point of 420 degrees so you can fry… Continue reading Tallow – DIY

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