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Bowling for Hogs and Sausage

Chop-Rite #12 ready to go

Almost a year ago I decided I needed to know how to make homemade  sausage – just because.  You know back in the day sausage was a way to make use of less desirable cuts of meats and the trimmings.  Plus, if it was properly  cured and smoked the  shelf life was substantially increased.  Products like summer sausage are shelf stable with no refrigeration but be advised,  old time ways use simple equipment and plenty of knuckle busting hard labor.

The equipment I decided on was a Chop-Rite #12 grinder which is a Made in the

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Nothing New Under the Sun

It is so very tempting to talk about the news of the last seven days starting with Charlottesville but I will not.  The train to Crazytown has left the station and either you got on board or you didn’t.  Those of us that refused to get on board can read the handwriting on the wall, easily,  without the “help” of social media or the main stream news.  Plan accordingly.

“I am not afraid of dying.  I am afraid of not living.” -a blog I read this week.

“But you can’t make people listen. They have to come round in their own

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Puckerbrush Preps

OK, confession time. Less than a decade ago my pantry was thin and my teeny RV freezer was chock full of Lean Cuisines, Hungry Man dinners,  State Fair Corn Dogs and Heat’n’Eat Hot Wings.  I didn’t own a water bottle because I drank a 12 pack of unleaded Pepsi every day.  A microwave was indispensable because – frozen dinner.  I distinctly remember buying Hungry Man’s  because it screamed out on the package they contained 2.5 lbs of food.  Mebbe not good and healthy food but Jesus H. Christ  -2.5 lbs of food!!!  How could you go wrong? The RV freezer

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My Katrina

Prickly Pear in bloom. McMullen County, South Texas. April 2017

When asked what surprised him most about humanity, the Dalai Lama answered –

“Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then he dies having never really lived.”

A few weeks back I saw some reference to Hurricane Katrina which

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