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What’s for Dinner?

Grilling with Probe Dinner is Served

A few weeks ago, our local butcher concession in the supermarket had a sale on whole beef tenderloins. I bought a smallish one for far less money than one would usually expect to pay. After bringing it home, I carved it into steaks and roasts, one of which was a small Chateaubriand. We stored the meat in our garage freezer.

We grilled the Chateaubriand outdoors today using a temperature probe to get the desired “doneness” of medium rare. The Better Half prepared the sides of mashed potatoes with gravy and a medley of snow peas and carrots. It was quite a delicious meal, even if we do say so ourselves.

There is still quite a bit of beef left in the freezer for future use. We have been known to use tenderloin cuts for such dishes as Beef Stroganoff, Philly Cheese-steak Sandwiches, Burritos and so forth. All good.

As a bonus, here is how to prepare Tofu:

  1. Unwrap the product
  2. Throw it into the garbage being careful to properly recycle the wrapper
  3. Grill up a couple of Beef Steaks
  4. Enjoy!

You’re welcome.

Idle RV - Waiting for the September Road Trip

Idle RV

It is just over a couple of weeks until we will be taking what has to come to be our annual road trip to visit our Kalifornistan Kin. This trip will include a somewhat grand tour of scenic places in Arizona, Utah and Nevada before venturing into the Peoples Republic of K’Stan. The actual trip log will appear on the other blog when we get underway.

We take these trips to see sisters, brothers, in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, grandkids and great grandkid (1). It is worth it to us to obey the very stupid K’Stan restrictions on the second amendment in order to be with the ones we love.

The only silver lining is that they have not yet stripped out the “Castle Doctrine” out there, so we can still have campground defense. That is, until one of their unconstitutional ass-hat gun grabbers short circuits that. Fortunately, we will be in places where our CCW is honored ninety percent of the trip.

Testing the Runoff Creek

Runoff Creek

The runoff creek that The Better Half and I reinforced with rocks this spring got its first real test of the monsoon season last night. This morning, I went out to assess the performance after a pretty serious amount of rainfall late last evening.

The creek worked as expected. The runoff from behind the back wall flows toward the west side of the wall and into the head end of our little creek. It was pretty clear to see where the water had gone while remaining confined to the reinforced creek bed.

We still have some work to do on the rock and cactus garden that the creek runs through, There are some red landscaping rocks that need to be redistributed to cover the bare ground next to the RV drive. We will get to that this fall when the weather cools off a bit.

Out in the Desert Today

End of the Road

The Better Half and I ran a couple of small errands today and decided, while we were out and about, to take a little drive out to Constellation Park on a nice day. This place in the photo is only about four miles east from our place, but at this point on Constellation Road, the pavement ends at the Maricopa/Yavapai County line.

TBH took the (clickable) image of the warning sign and we were disappointed to see bullet holes in it. I expected our locals to have more class than that. Ironically, this point is also only a half mile from the Wickenburg Sportsmen’s Club which has several shooting ranges with berms downrange for safety.

Needless to say, this behavior can only have an adverse effect on our Second Amendment by virtue of public perception of reckless shooters out among us. C’mon guys, this is not helping.

Throwback Thursday

Trimming Creosote Bush May 2011

From May, 2011. Working in the extended garden west of the house. OOPS! I seem to have exposed my normally-concealed Glock 26 while bending over to gather up some trimmed branches of a creosote bush. Clickable image taken by The Better Half.

Future Limoncello

Future Limoncello

Despite having once been ravaged by Javelina, our lemon tree continues to thrive in the “orchard” between the RV drive and the courtyard. This year it looks like we’re going to get more lemons than ever since there are many small lemons, like the one depicted in the clickable image above (courtesy The Better Half). This lemon is about a half inch along its longest dimension and there are still lemon blossoms that should produce more lemons.

Most of the lemons we will pick this fall will be devoted to producing the 2017 batch of Limoncello. The rest we give to a local senior care center or to our local neighbors and friends. As for the limoncello product, we can’t ship it (USPS No-No) and the other carriers require some kind of bond and license arrangement beyond our means. SO, we have some for you, if you stop by our place in Wickenburg or you happen to visit us while we are camped somewhere near your abode. We will have several bottles of it in the Motorhome whenever we’re on the road.

We generally will publish our itinerary when we’re on the road, either here or on the other blog. It will be good to see y’all, if we can hook up.

Progress on the Lower Runoff Creek

When we had our retention walls built in 2015, the first monsoon afterward was a doozy and was classified as a Millennial event, dumping some five inches in an hour and a half. In the aftermath, we saw where the runoff from the little wash behind the rear retention wall wanted to go. The flow carved out a little creek bed below the wall.

This spring, it is our intention to prepare the lower creek to be able to withstand a similar monsoon (not highly likely, but certainly possible) and to confine the runoff to within the lower creek. To that end, The Better Half and I have been working on the creek (on and off) this spring to shore up the banks with rocks which will (hopefully) prevent the flow from messing up the rock and cactus garden on the west side of the lot.

TBH and I worked for less than an hour today (the temperature was in the 90’s) on the lower part of the creek. Most of the upper creek is complete with rock-lined banks, but the bottom end still needed some work. Our progress can be seen in the image above (click to alternate between before and after). We still have some more rocks to gather and fill at the very bottom which we will do on another session.

You can see the full sized images by clicking the before and after links.

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