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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Rosemary Herb Meatloaf on: June 14, 2019 02:34:53 PM
This is my wife's favorite dish that I make (that's not a dessert).  Grin

  • 2 lb.s ground hamburger (leaner the better)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 medium size ciabatta crumbled and dried overnight.
  • 1/4 c. chopped green onions
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder (best for spreading flavor throughout the meatloaf)
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Parsley
  • 1/2 tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary.
  • 1/4 tsp finely chopped fresh sage (We do not tell the wife this is in it)
  • Salt and pepper

The next ingredients are what I'd add to it if I was allowed to, heh.
  • 1/4 c. chopped green peppers
  • 2 tsp.s Worcestershire Sauce.

Ketchup for topping.

Blend all ingredients together, and place into a baking dish of your choice.

Place in 350 degree heated oven.

For 2 inch meatloaf, between 35 and 45 minutes.
For 3 to 4 inch meatloaf, between 45 and 1 hour and 30 minutes (Longer time because I use my toaster oven which I prefer as it doesn't burn the bottom of the meatloaf).
Anyway, bake til 165 degree internal temperature, or 145 degrees if you're lucky enough to have a butcher shop close by.

Smear ketchup over the top after the first 25 minutes of baking time. (I really have no idea why I stopped putting the ketchup on before putting it in the oven, but this is what I do now).

Best served with poached corn and fresh baked dinner rolls.

2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Making fern leaves on: May 20, 2019 10:28:56 AM
Ok! This has been on the burner, but just recently came up with an axiom that may be of use for some people who have a desire to create their own leaves.

1. Get a feel for the leaf

The very first thing I do is search up images and get a feel for the leaves by drawing the veins first, then the leaves around those veins. The larger drawings are generic, and not to scale, where as the smaller drawings are far more accurate and aid me in designing "unique" leaves.
Now, if I were to make these leaves to scale, there'd be a lot more detail, but since I am working on making these at 1:12 scale, I am not overly worried about "detail", heh.
Species I'm working on: Doryopteris, either pedata or palmata, or a blending of the two. (Haven't narrowed them down as of yet).

Edit 1:
With these two species of ferns, the sterile leaves are very very similar to certain species of ivy. So, there's a dual purpose for those particular leaves. After thinking about it, even the larger leaves could be used for generic palms, perhaps even a Philodendron.



Edit 2:
Just recently I had read an article about using clay and a cookie cutter for a paper cutter. Which gave me an idea for these leaves. What I do, is I find a tray small enough for our toaster oven that we use specifically for the polymer clays, and I put a piece of parchment paper on it. Then I cut out the shapes I want fairly thick, and bake them. Then I peel off the paper and use them as guides to cut around.  However, I have found a device called the Sizzix Sidekick, and after some time, once I feel I can afford it (the chronic pains have been horrible lately), I'm going to contact the company and see if they can make dies for it.  If so, then I'll go that route, but until then, the clay templates work just fine. Plus, they're easy to mold into whatever shapes I so desire.


3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Planters with plants for necklace charms. on: May 13, 2019 11:19:15 AM


Here's the link for the planter charms that I'll be working on.  After my pains subside enough and I finish preparing my garden I'll start a tutorial, as I really don't use that many things for making these.
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Gouda Spinich Sauce on: April 30, 2019 09:01:28 PM
This is something I just whipped up today just seeing how it might taste, and it was pretty darn...gouda.

  • 1. c milk
  • 2 Tbs. Cream butter
  • 2 Tbs. Flour
  • 2 oz. gouda (for this I used Great Value brand to save money).
  • 3 chopped garlic cloves
  • 1/4 c. chopped green onions (chives should be fine)
  • 2 hand fulls of spinach chopped
  • 2 Tbs. chopped parsley
  • Crushed croutons and parmesan for topping

White sauce: Over high heat, melt the butter then whisk in the flour, stir constantly until the mixture is mustard seed brown. Then whisk in the milk.  Once thickened, blend in the gouda til it is all melted. Set aside.

In another pan, melt 1 Tbs butter and saute the garlic. Then wilt the spinach, green onions, and parsley. Remove from heat, Blend in the gouda sauce, add a dash of pepper and salt to taste.

Mix in noodles of your choice (I prefer linguini or angelhair), if some was cooled while making portions of this, heat the entire mixture until everything is warm. Then serve and top with crushed croutons and parmesan.

Next task is to try this with a good brand of gouda. (Hmm! I wonder if a smoked gouda sauce would be a good topping for my Cheddar, Broccoli, chicken, rice & vermicelli recipe).

Edit 2: I've been thinking about this since last night. I like my sauces fairly thick, so maybe others would like it a bit thinner. Just modify the first part of this recipe with 1 Tbsp. butter and 1 Tbsp. flour, instead of 2.  That will thin it up quite a bit.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Miniature Coffee & End tables on: April 28, 2019 08:07:57 PM
https://i.imgur.com/sOHuOsJ.jpg (Measurements in image are to actual size. They'll be shrunk down once I start working on it)

My next task, whilst I work upon my itty bitty wall hanging Platycerium,  is an itty bitty 1:12 scale coffee table.  I used our couch as measurements, but considering the type of tables I'm making, I don't think size will be a problem.  Plus, they could be used as decoration in front of a double pain window.  

The real tricky part, will be testing the mulberry to ensure it's dry enough to use for this project, but I should not have any issues with gluing the mulberry to the Russian olive that I'll use as an inlay.  One thing I have been wondering about, what to do with the top of the coffee table chest.  Hinge it, or make it where it is just inserted onto the chest.  I think for sanity's sake I'll just make it as an insert.  I do plan on making the Russian olive insert off center, as I think that would yield the best look.  Either way, I'm kind of interested in seeing what the final product looks like.

Edit: After thinking about it, I do still have some cedar laying around, and that would probably look better with the mulberry.  So I'll test the two different kinds of woods.

Edit 2: Well, I can see the planks are going to be a bit difficult to pull off, considering some of my tools are a little worn.  Meh, I'll get it.  It'll just take a bit of time.

Edit 3: https://i.imgur.com/e5BVsVK.jpg Well, the experiment was a bust.  It does look good, but it's definitely not flat.  Hmm! I think the sanding by hand bowed it out.  I'll have to try a few things out.  Anyway, this is going to look quite nifty, I think.

Edit 4: Ok! I've decided to put that off and just build them out of veneer or 1/8th in. plywood.  My table saw is in need of upgrading, and my chronic pains plus memory issues are just too much for me to be alert enough. So for safety's sake, I better put off using logs for anything other than my mini lathe.  So this might take me a while to get done, as I don't have the funds to go out and buy wood (trying to see a doctor so I can get back to work, heh).  Anyway, I'll post links to some things I've seen that would aid me in doing this if by some miracle I can get these pains and mental issues under control...

https://youtu.be/zVh0zfkvlhc Mill lumber with a table saw.
https://youtu.be/XebIOAaPhhU Build a tablesaw sled. (This is a little overblown, but the general concept is sound).
https://youtu.be/bGxskWwOYeE Make a thin strip ripping jig.  Although, the last link would be well enough, this is still something that I might look into later.

Edit 5: https://i.imgur.com/H1WTfKO.jpg Well, since I was bored, and did have some pieces already cut, I went ahead and slapped them together. So, using the cedar as a trim instead of an inlay, this is what the lid of the chest would look like.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Miniature Cat Trees, ferns and pots. on: April 20, 2019 10:04:10 PM
https://imgur.com/a/IXZLINC

Just ignore the crummy camera pictures, but I had finished these over the past few days.  I have more information under each picture in the link.

Anyhoo, I have a few ideas on the backburner. Since I'm a pteridomaniac (fern nut), of course most of my ideas are going to be along that line. If I can figure out the type of material to use, I'm definitely going to make some Platycerium (staghorn) ferns for hanging on dollhouse walls. Another would be the Asplenium nidus, perhaps even A. antiquum, too.  Unfortunately, my favorite species, Adiantum, would be almost impossible at such a small scale. Meh, I can live with Platycerium, Pellaea, Asplenium, and generic species for the moment, and maybe I can even figure out a way to make a few miniatures of Cybotium, Dicksonia, and Blechnum (Blechnum being the much easier of the three). Ooh! I bet I could get Angiopteris evecta done. Though, they're so huge that it'd almost look like a normal sized fern even for a miniature, heh.

One thing that I do know I need to do, is find some other wood for the pots.  The Russian olive is nice and all, but I need something to add more color to them.  Maybe buy some Cherry, osage orange, etc online, or find some locust, mulberry, and whatnot that's easy (enough) to find around this half desert.  Unfortunately, elm and cottonwood (which are native around here) are just way too fragile and irksome to mess with on this mini lathe.

Anyway, this is what I've done and still more work to do to make these better than this time.

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Duplicating wood carving shapes? on: March 21, 2019 08:12:04 PM
Images for some of the things I've worked on can be found at imgur.com/a/NfICiVh.

Anyhoo, I'm just curious what kinds of methods you all might have in duplicating wood carvings.  Now I know I could create small metal stencils that would function quite well with this mini lathe, but I'm not planning on duplicating hundreds or thousands of them, heh. Now I know a caliper would work, too, but I'm not allowed to buy any more tools at the moment, HAH! So just getting a few ideas.

Thanks! Wado (Cherokee)! Kolaval (Tzotzil)!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Fern burnt gourds. on: March 13, 2019 08:13:41 AM
Hello! Yaw! (Quechua) Osiyo! (Cherokee) K'u xi (Tzotzil)

Just registered today, and have a few doohickeys I made, so first order of business (or more approximately, first curious question I have, heh), what style would these kinds of things be called?  Huh

(Can't post a pic yet, so see the link below).

The link with a few descriptions is up on Imgur, and is located at https://imgur.com/a/aVKuivy.

Also, I'm not very wordy at the moment. I've been very out of it for quite some time and just not good with words, and my biggest goal is just getting creative again and I believe I found something I really really like (burnt images of ferns on gourds, heh).
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