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    We use to publish a monthly newsletter but decided to step up and do a blog instead. Just like our newsletter we will update this "newsletter" about once a month.
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    Ken and Marilyn

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Happy Halloween



Happy Halloween and may all your goblins be little ones. We anticipate about fifty little monsters to come begging at our door. It’s always fun to see the little kids all dressed up in their costumes.
Well our late Summer ended and the Autumn leaves have really begun to fall. Our big crabapple tree has lost all its leaves and all the deciduous trees are looking really pretty. We’ve already had one pretty good storm roll through and we’re sure there will be many more on the way.
We try to stay away from political conversations on our blog so we’ll just say this, VOTE! Many people say that they would like to see “Term Limits”, well here’s your chance. If you want to change something or someone you don’t care for VOTE! If you don’t vote then don’t complain, and that’s all we’ll say about that.
The second month of retirement for Ken was even better than the first. During the month of October he spent a lot of time in the woodshop, puttering around the house and went to school (see What’s New). We took some little jaunts around the area and look forward to doing more. An example is yesterday we went to Golden Glen Creamery in Bow, Washington, www.goldenglencreamery.com/, to see how they make cheese.

Being a little late in the year they were not staffed for tours but we sure did get some good cheese, butter and eggnog, yum.
While we were out we also stopped by Rosabella’s Garden Bakery, www.rosabellasgarden.com/index.php, which has all locally grown jams, jellies, sauces, wines, baked goods and much more. We loaded up on some more yummy stuff there and got a goofy picture of Ken in their “photo bus”.

One last stop at Bay View State Park and we were on our way back home. Bay View State Park, www.5starcampgrounds.com/bay-view-state-park/, is a beautiful park with trailer and tent spaces and some really nice cabins for rent. If you are ever in the area we’d highly recommend it as a place to stay for a few nights.

What’s New?

Ken took a Marquetry class at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking. Marquetry had been described as “painting with wood”. You find a picture or item that you want to make a picture of and cut out tiny pieces of wood to make it.
Here’s a bird that I made. It’s only my forth piece so don’t be too critical.
The school was great and Tim Swanberg from Montana was our instructor. He has been doing Marquetry for many years and was an excellent teacher sharing many of his life experiences. I plan to make many more pieces and improve my skills as time goes on.
To read about our class and see pictures of it go to www.ptwoodschool.blogspot.com/2010/10/beginning-marquetry-october-2010.html. The pictures are a little slow loading but I think it’s well worth the wait.
The Port Townsend School of Woodworking is located at the old Fort Warden power plant in Port Townsend. For me it was a ferry boat ride and a bus ride to class. There are accommodations around the area for people who come from further away. They teach all types of woodworking from beginning to advanced. Cabinetry, furniture making, basics of woodworking for new woodworkers, project and technique classes for intermediate and advanced woodworkers, master classes, woodworking for women, and a kids woodworking program. If you are interested in learning woodworking or improving you existing skills I’d highly recommend looking into some of their one and two week courses, www.ptwoodschool.com/Home.html.

Site of the Month

Last year we got a Weber Smoker and have made some really good meals cooked with smoke. There’s a real art to it and one of our favorite sites to help us is www.smoking-meat.com/index.html. Jeff’s Smoking Meat has many tips for smoking meat and lots of great recipes. He also publishes a monthly newsletter that always features cooking a meat that is perfect for the season. His last newsletter was for cooking Turkey Breast’s, very appropriate with Thanksgiving on the way.
If you’ve ever thought about slow smoke cooking of meats this is a great place to start.

Marilyn’s Corner

Candy Kiss Turkey

These cute little Thanksgiving favors are fun to make and really look great. They came from Susie and we really appreciate the idea. These are fun to make with your children so be sure to include them in this project. You should help them with scissors so they don’t hurt themselves.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Gold foil chocolate candy kisses
  • A small 1/4″ wood bead
  • A small silk maple leaf
  • Orange felt
  • Fluffy feather pieces
  • Tacky glue
  • Black felt tip pen
Cut out two legs and a bill out of orange felt.
Glue some fluffy feather pieces into one hole of the bead.
Glue the beak onto the side of the bead and draw on two eyes.
Glue the leaf to the back of the candy kiss.
Glue the legs on the bottom of the candy kiss.
Glue the bead on the pointy end of the candy kiss and you are ready to go.
Set up a little assembly line with your children and make lots of them. They look great on your Thanksgiving table and around the house.

Joke of the Month

This month’s joke came from Ken’s brother Ron, www.walkingfortbragg.com and since we grew up on a farm in Nebraska it’s quite understandable for us.
The North Dakota Department of Labor claimed a small Bismarck farmer was not paying proper wages to his help and sent an agent out to investigate him.
Department of Labor employee: I need a list of your employees and how much you pay them.
Farmer: Well, there’s my farm hand that’s been with me for 3 years. I pay him $200 a week plus free room and board.
Then there’s the mentally challenged worker. He works about 18 hours every day and does about 90% of all the work around here. He makes about $10 per week, pays his own room and board, and I buy him a bottle of bourbon every Saturday night so he can cope with life. He also sleeps with my wife occasionally.
NCDL employee: That’s the guy I want to talk to…the mentally challenged one.
Farmer: That would be me.

Recipe of the Month

Creamy Potato Soup w/Roasted Garlic

Ah, there is nothing like a good hearty soup to warm up those chilly fall days. We think this is really a great soup that your whole family will love.
• 1 Head Garlic
• 4 Russet Potatoes, cooked and cubed
• 2 Medium Leeks, chopped
• 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
• 1 Tablespoon Butter
• 4 Stalks Celery, chopped
• 1 Small Onion, chopped
• 1/2 teaspoon Thyme
• Salt
• Pepper
• Cayenne Pepper
• 2 Cans Chicken Broth
• 1 Cup Water
• 1 Cup Whipping Cream
Cut about 1/4″ off the top of the Garlic. Wrap the Garlic in foil and bake at 350 degrees F for 45-60 minutes.
Squeeze out the Garlic into a bowl and let cool.
Sauté the Onions, Leeks, and Celery in Butter and Olive Oil in a soup kettle.
Add Garlic, Thyme, Salt, Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, and Chicken Broth.
Add Potatoes to the soup.
Bring to a boil and then simmer for 30 minutes.
Add Cream.
A nice way to serve this soup is to put the soup kettle on the table and let everyone scoop out what they want.

Woodworking Project

Coat Rack

Our new fifth wheel trailer is really nice and well appointed but it didn’t have a coat rack. Inspired by a similar coat rack we saw at a restaurant I set out to make one. This is not a simple project but when complete it’s well worth the effort.
A couple of comments about this project:
This project uses a number of power tools in awkward positions so extreme caution must be used if you decide to make the project. A good knowledge of working with power tools and knowing their limits will help. If it doesn’t feel right DON’T DO IT! We will not be responsible if anything happens to you while following these directions.
The dimensions are approximate. Due to the type of handles you find for the hooks they could be different.
I do not know how heavy of a coat these hooks will support. Use your best discretion in selecting the hooks.
If I were to hang a heavier coat on these hooks I’d use the loop on the coat and slide it to the base of the hook.
Creativity in making the fixtures I used is a plus.
Having said that this project is very doable and is a really cool looking coat rack.
To see the complete project go to www.runnerduck.com/coat_rack/coat_rack.htm

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One Response

  1. Great job on the marquetry!

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