Category Archives: DIY

Home Curing Olives

Last fall, my wife (Daphne) and I discovered an industrial park near our home that used dozens of olive trees in their landscaping. Looking up into the trees we could see thousands of green olives there. I mentioned to Daphne … Continue reading

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Time for more Bacon…

Well, Fall is almost here and I just cooked up that last of my bacon stash over the weekend… time to make some bacon. I went back to my local grocery store (Vallarta) to see if they had any pork … Continue reading

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Growing Lotus from Seed

This year we  have been working on a backyard pond. It is not a huge pond… (8′ x 15′) but it is a nice place to sit and unwind after a long , hot day. Right now we have 9 … Continue reading

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Cinnamon Dipped Ice Cream

Well, I had a nice Fathers Day on Sunday with my Dad (who is visiting from Kansas) and my brother Don. It is great when we can all get together. For dessert I made up some cinnamon magic shell and … Continue reading

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CastIronDan is 1 Year Old!

It’s hard to believe that one year has already passed since I started by first blog! It has been a fun year – I have made 35 posts, which have been viewed 4800+ times from 33 countries, had 55 people … Continue reading

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Homemade Pepperoni

Well, now that the holidays are over and the house starts to empty, it’s time to post one of the recipes that I have been working on! It was great having the family together – visiting and cooking, I hate … Continue reading

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Pomegranate Jelly

A few years back I was out looking for a fruit tree that would actually thrive out here in the Mojave Desert. I have tried Cherry, Apricot, Pear and Apple with some limited success, but they just never did well. … Continue reading

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Home Cured Bacon

With all the posts that I have done over the summer about curing meat, (Pastrami, Smoked Turkey and Canadian Bacon) I think that there is no way I can move on without doing American style Bacon! When fall arrives, a … Continue reading

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Homemade Lye Soap (Guest Post #2)

Here is another guest post from my friend Loretta from the Pacific Northwest! This is a great post and another stepping stone toward her own blog someday! Cold Process for Homemade Soap Equipment: 1-2 quart Pyrex or glass bowl 4-6 … Continue reading

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Guest Post! Pizza Dough Recipe

Today’s guest post comes from a longtime friend of mine – Loretta. She and her family have a farm in the Pacific Northwest that is amazing.  Beef, Pork, a great Garden, lots of homemade stuff!  I have been telling her … Continue reading

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