Monday, July 20, 2009

Deadline schmeadline

So, I didn't make my deadline on the ol' fix-up-the-tent-trailer-by-Saturday, which is why there are no before and after pictures to share today... but we did have a pretty great party so we'll call it even, deal?

Tomorrow we are off for adventure on the open road with the new trailer. Wish us luck!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Shout out!

HAPPY HAPPY 30th Birthday to Justin!

Justin enjoys fishing, kayaking, glassblowing, talking about glassblowing, and Hales Cream Stout. He loves canadian bacon and pineapple pizza and his all time favorite dessert is Rice Krispies Treats. He's teaching himself to play the banjo and just built his first fence. When he grows up he wants to be: relaxed.

Justin's superpower: he ages backwards.

Monday, July 13, 2009

LoveDog Mobile

This just in: LoveDog Ranch hits the road in the new LoveDog Mobile! And by new, I mean 1989. But don't you worry. The plan is to gussy up this gem and hit the American highways and campgrounds.

I came up with the idea to buy a tent trailer after pondering the conundrum of living 16 hours from the California homestead; owning a dog, but hating the quality of dog friendly hotels; and wanting a comfortable place to stay without putting anybody out. I also had fond memories of my grandparents, who would roll up with their tent trailer and set up camp in our driveway for a visit. We're excited to use it this summer and even into the fall, because with a tent trailer, a little rain is nothing to fear. And with weather in the PNW being what it is, rain is always likely.

The grand makeover is currently in process so I will save the interior shots for the "before and after" reveal, but I'm hoping to have most of it done by Saturday. (I'm all about bold deadlines).

In unrelated news, the porch garden is looking great. We ate the first zucchini this weekend, and are still waiting for the tomatoes to turn red (we'll even take red-ish) but there are tons of them. Worst case scenario I am making fried green tomatoes. We had one of the jalapenos but it had little to no heat. Does anyone know what affects the heat of a jalapeno?
1) Zucchini. 2) Tomatoes in the corners, marigolds in the middle, cucumbers in front.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Makin moonshine

When life gives you lemons, make lemon liqueur! (and forget all about those problems...)

Make a simple syrup by bringing sugar and water to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly to prevent scorching. When clear, remove from heat and let stand until just warm. Pour into clean 2-quart jar with tight fitting lid. (I always sanitize mine in the dishwasher before use). Add lemon zest, lemon juice, vodka, and food coloring. Cover and let stand in a cool, dark place for 1 month. Rack or filter liqueur into final container such as wine bottle, jar, or decanter. Yield: Approx 1 quart.
Notes: Takes about 2 large lemons for enough zest and juice. Zest the whole lemon first--then cut and juice--it's easier to hold onto that way. You can use cheap vodka--it doesn't make much of a difference due to the sweet and rich lemon flavor. Double the recipe by making two batches separately and pouring into the same jar, rather than trying to make the simple sugar in a large batch. (Double batch in picture below). Recipe from "Cordials from Your Kitchen" by P. Vargas, R. Gulling.