Monday, November 24, 2008

water barrel rack instructions...

BJ created a .pdf file in CAD showing a 3D image of the rack along with a list of supplies needed to make it. Unfortunately, we can't figure out how to add .pdf files to blogger. So, if you were interested, add a comment with your e-mail address and I will send you the file.

BJ's words of advice: So I finally put together an illustration of the water barrel rack. In the version I originally built I used a total of 8 support columns and 18 cross beams but the design is basically the same. Make sure you pre-drill your holes with a pilot bit to avoid splitting the wood. I used 4 screws to anchor the support beams to the columns and 2 on each end of every cross beam.

The illustration file is a 3D .pdf document and you will need the latest version of adobe reader to view the file. Once opened click on the main document and you can view the illustration in 3D along with some basic notes.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

BJ's pasta sauce

In large saucepan, add at least 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil. Press 4 cloves garlic into oil. Heat on low, being careful not to brown the garlic. Once the oil starts to bubble around the garlic, add 1 large yellow onion (finely chopped). Cook. Add 1-2 cubes chicken bullion. Once onion is cooked, turn heat off. Mix in 1 lb. raw ground beef and 3 springs finely chopped rosemary. Turn heat back onto medium high and cook hamburger. When, ground beef is almost done, add 1/3 cup red wine. Once meat is completely cooked, add 2 jars Barilla garlic and mushroom sauce and a small jar of green olives (cut into thirds). Simmer on low for as long as you desire. Approx 1/2 hour before serving, add any other vegetables you want (bell pepper, zucchini, etc) and turn heat up to medium low.

To adapt this recipe for canning, just multiply the above recipe as many times as needed. Do not cook additional vegetables at all. They will get cooked in the pressure canner. Process at 15 lbs of pressure for 90 minutes. Your veggies may be slightly overcooked, but the meat will be safe...and that is the important thing.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

I LOVE this blog and can find just about anything I need to know (even things I didnt think I needed to know) on it.

Soup and stew recipies to follow, when I find them:-(