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Sloppy Joes / Mac and Cheese

It is a curious wonder to me about the nature of folks.  I try my damnedest to steer clear of politics and religion here on the blog;  any one of ya’s that has been readin’ me for awhile knows I am of a decidedly conservative bent.  No big revelation there.  Every once in awhile My Other Bro Tittlemouse will drop in and visit for a bit and when it comes to politics, religion and the over all sorry state of general going’s on; you ain’t gonna shut him up…….. and so it was with my previous post.  Guarantee ya I get accused of everything from having a personal hole in the ozone right above me because of my prodigious carbon footprint to being illiterate and unwashed to causing earthquakes in Dallas when I run a post like that.  Generally runs the gamut it does and folks rail and rave at me; unsubscribe from my RSS feed and fervently assure me they will never darken my door EVER AGAIN.  Pfffffft I say.  Be gone.  Don’t let the door hit ya in the ass.    Since some folks are still walking around here with a case of butt hurt mebbe, just mebbe I ought to write a post about my exciting life down here in the South Texas Puckerbrush.  Yeah, that’s the ticket.

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Another good window gone

Another good window gone

Popped my head out the door the other morning to wave one of the Operators out the gate and I saw chiclets of tempered glass all over the ground!  Dammittohellanyway!  Musta been the vac truck that left earlier and skittered a caliche rock up against the window. This window had been attacked previous and lost the lower pane.   The passenger side of the NO Princess Palace is pocked with all sorts of little rock dings if you look just right when the light favors the view.  I guess I count myself lucky they haven’t taken out the big picture window (yet). I don’t know if I have enough Alabama Chrome on board  to fix that one or not. One of the perils of gate guarding all you noobs so make yourselves a note.

On the positive side, these windows are too small to accommodate a decent window shaker AC and I had made up my mind I was not going to hassle with the portable AC unit this year.  Problem solved!   I will just massage that now empty window frame and hang me a window shaker in there about April.  Funny how things work out ain’t it?

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Y’all all know I am a crazy man about potable water.  I actually drink the water my service fella brings me while most don’t.  For some time we got by with water out of one of those square translucent totes.   Besides the fact they would grow a good crop of algae between daylight and dark in the High Summer, I was pretty satisfied with the water quality.

Sterasyl filter looking rough

Sterasyl filter looking rough

This new outfit brought out a 650 gallon black tank for potable water and that was just fine too as we had used them before with no problems. I got around to changing all the filters out the other day as I generally due when the water flow slows to a #2 pencil size trickle.

The final filter before the water goes into my onboard tank is a Doulton Sterasyl Ceramic Filter and it has 5 filters in line before the water gets to it. Keep that fact in mind.  When I pulled that filter it was black as you can see in the pic.  This Sterasyl is the cat’s ass if you are serious about filtering your water.  I filters down to 0.9 microns and catches all sortsa bad buggies and such. Best thing is when it gets all mucked up like in the picture you just take a stainless steel scrubbie and clean it right up.

 

 

Sterasyl cleaned up and ready for action again

Sterasyl cleaned up and ready for action again

The only thing I can figure is all that black on the filter came from that black potable water tank which is no bueno para verdad.  If the black plastic of that tank is leaching out into the water supply I am an unhappy camper.   What else could it be since I have never seen that residue before on the ceramic filter?   Once the water goes into the onboard tank, the water I use for drinking and such goes through another  Sterasyl Ceramic,  a 1 micron carbon filter and a UV light assembly so I still feel safe drinking the water but still yet……….

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I am still struggling with the extended run fuel tank for Baby Blue , the Yamaha EF2000iS 2,000 Watt Portable Inverter Generator. I finally fixed the fuel leak problem and ran it most of the day Friday and thought I had the problem licked.  Ummmm, not so fast.  The Yamaha has several advantages over the Honda 2000 generator but the fuel delivery system is not one of them.  The Honda has a fuel pump and the Baby Blue does not.  I am trying to engineer a 100% reliable gravity fed extended run system and it is proving to be very finicky and totally unsatisfactory.  Gotta be 100% functional for my use and I am a good ways from that reality.  Looks like I am going to have to figure out some kind of system that includes a fuel pump.  You know, I preach all the time about getting some experience in on items you buy.  Don’t just stack them in the corner until a need develops!  In this case, what I put together should have worked the first time according to all the internet commandos. Yeah, right.  I am on the third or fourth iteration and it still ain’t right.

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Lodge 12" cast iron skillet + hungryman omelet

Lodge 12″ cast iron skillet + hungryman omelet

I thought I had all my ducks lined up to get a supply run in to that HEB on the Monday before Thanksgiving.  I really had a taste for some smoked turkey breast done up on the Masterbuilt Propane Smoker. Well, it didn’t work out that way. Didn’t work out at all as a matter of fact.  I went back and looked in my book and the last time I got supplies was 10/17; almost 6 weeks. No wonder things were looking slim.  Not to worry. Me and Tuco the Dog fixed up some sloppy joes and some mac and cheese. She thought it was just dandy and I got my belly full.  It is what it is.

I resolved the start of this year that I was going to learn how to cook better than just throwing it in the microwave and I have been working diligently after it.  I pick up some cooking stuff as the need presents itself.  The most recent addition was a Lodge 12″ cast iron skillet. I got tired of cooking up bacon in that 10″ skillet and having to lay it in up the sides of the skillet ’cause it was too long.

Before anybody thinks I am having a pity party here let me tell ya it just ain’t so!

Remember me talking about Scott Hams the other week? and I had a taste for some country ham, scrambled eggs, red eye gravy and cat head biscuits?  I ordered a ham and another side of bacon Monday.  UPS Charlie showed up with the goods Friday.  Check it out!

Scott country bacon - full slab

Scott country bacon – full slab

Scott country ham

Scott country ham

Scott Hams

Scott Hams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now friends and neighbors, if that don’t make your mouth water I don’t know what will.  I got plans to cook some up Sunday or Monday.  For those of you that don’t realize it, both these products are shelf stable and require no refrigeration until you cut them up.  After all,  curing meat was a means of preservation back in the day before every home had a Fridgidaire in the kitchen.

Part of my Subscribe and Save order

Part of my Subscribe and Save order

Been a month or a little more since my fill in girl picked up the mail at the Post Office box in Cotulla.  I knew I had  multiple Amazon Subscribe and Save items there and she had quite a load in her Yukon.  I have been doing the Subscribe and Save for almost a year now…  15% off and free shipping if you are an Amazon Prime member.  It has proven to be a wonderful way for me to keep the pantry fully stocked and put some back for lean times.

Folks ask me what I get in my order and I tell ’em I get stuff I eat on a regular basis.  Canned corn, green beans, sweet peas, tuna fish, peanut butter, Pace Picante, Hatch green chilies,  virgin olive oil, spices, Rotel, toilet paper, Wolf brand chili—  you get the idea.  Some of the stuff is automatically ordered every month, some every 2 or 3 months; you set that up in your subscription.  I dig it.

It is a good feeling to know I can get by pretty danged good for better than a month with just the supplies I might happen to have on hand.

Oh, just about forgot.  Monday,  December 1 is Cyber Monday and Amazon is going to have some smokin’ online deals.  If y’all don’t mind I would appreciate you clicking one of my Amazon links like the one at the top of the page before you head out for some shopping.  Every little bit helps and I sure do appreciate it!

 

End Note:  Sunset Boulevard by Charlie Robinson from the Life of the Party album.  Charlie sorta dropped out of  sight when the Dixie Chick left.  Last time I saw him at Billy Bob’s it was mostly drunken cacophony.    Maybe the bottle got the best of him.  All the sadder.

This youtube video is particularly good- 2 years post divorce….  The downward slide has commenced.

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8 comments to Sloppy Joes / Mac and Cheese

  • Joe

    Just an idea, and one that you likely have already considered.

    The gravity fuel problem could be solved with a siphon AND a carburetor type float/needle valve on the low end. Fuel level drops, float drops, needle valve opens and the siphon flows. Fuel fills up, float rises, needle valve closes again.

    A suggestion worth the price you paid for it.

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  • Joel

    So when you do head out for groceries, who covers for you now?

    Or do they just beam stuff in like on Star Treck?

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    • Andrew

      Joel,

      There is a gal in Cotulla who is licensed but only does fill in work. She comes out and sits on the gate for $10/hr. Sometimes when Tuco gets dropped off I get groceries delivered; sometimes not. Usually I try to go 4 weeks between trips to the store. It will be 6+ this time. Please keep in mind I have the RV fridge, a residential fridge and a chest freezer.

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  • Wallace

    Regarding the fuel tank problem of your yama-hammer generator: time to think outside the box. Instead of attempting to augment the existing fuel tank, how about doing what dirtbikers do: buy/build a bigger fuel tank. Yeah?

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    • Andrew

      Hi Wallace

      One of the things I am resisting is modifying the generator in any way other than swapping out the fuel cap. I also want a extended fuel system that will simultaneously fuel the 2 generators running in tandem. That is the configuration for 6 months out of the year here in South Texas as AC is required to survive comfortably. I have over a dozen of the jerry cans and also require their use as part of the fuel system.

      Not going to be an easy task as I am finding out.

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  • Jim

    I know you don’t want to modify the fuel system beyond the gas cap, but a Chinese clone I had had an on/off valve in line from the tank to the carb, this system was gravity fed, but what folks did was put a TEE in the line with another valve and ran the boat size tank that way. Shut off the onboard tank, open the external, wal-la log term fuel. You could do a set-up like-
    5 gallon can with a 3/8 hose
    Tee- 3/8 to 1/4 to 1/4
    Have a valve on each 1/4 line to shut the fuel supply off if not needed
    Your boat engine style connector
    Your secondary fuel intake line that has been Tee’d into the main gravity feed line with shut off valve.

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    • Andrew

      Thanks Jim

      The Yamaha has a fuel shut off as well which the Honda does not. I may look into this.

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  • Jim

    http://www.bottomlinetrading.com/BOLIY.html

    Scroll half way down the page or so for their setup- Selector valve, hose connection etc

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