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Suspended Pot Flower Box

Posted by on April 13, 2014 in Housewares, Woodworking | 0 Comments

Suspended Pot Flower Box

I built a traditional flower box at my old house. Over the seven years I lived there, I had to mend it at least three times. By the time we moved, it was so rotten that I simply threw it away. I wanted to make a new kind of flower box that would segregate the organic matter from the lumber. I’ve always liked the look of my front porch planter boxes, so I decided to build something similar for the window box. The design is not so different from the pot rack that I built to hang over the...

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DIY Electric Candle Sconces

Posted by on April 2, 2014 in Crafts, Housewares, Remodeling, Woodworking | 0 Comments

DIY Electric Candle Sconces

The wife and I recently moved to a new house in the same neighborhood. As part of the remodeling process, we made some changes to the front porch. The porch has an overhead light, but no sconces by the doorway. I’ve already spent enough money on electrical work (only half of the wiring in the house was updated at the time of purchase), so I didn’t want to spend more than necessary to get a little more light and decoration outside. As a work-around, I built a set of electric sconces...

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Homemade Pastrami

Posted by on March 25, 2014 in Cooking, Grilling, Recipes | 0 Comments

Homemade Pastrami

I’m a huge fan of corned beef and pastrami. Most people don’t realize that pastrami is just corned beef that has been rubbed and smoked. My problem with grocery store deli pastrami is that the meat is mushy, the fat at the edges is chewy like a rubber band, and the spice rub is pretty bland. So I decided to make my own. In a recent post, I detailed how to make corned beef from scratch. Now I’ll cover the process of turning corned beef into great pastrami. I used the point cut...

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Homemade Corned Beef Hash

Posted by on March 20, 2014 in Cooking, Recipes | 0 Comments

Homemade Corned Beef Hash

I recently experimented with making my own corned beef from scratch. The main reason I did it was to make good corned beef hash. I even made a big batch of corned beef and cabbage just to boil the potatoes to use later in the hash. If you’ve only ever had the canned variety of corned beef hash with the cubed, cat-food-like morsels, you owe it to yourself to try the real thing. It’s rare for diners and restaurants to cook corned beef hash from scratch. Almost everyone griddles...

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Homemade Corned Beef & Cabbage

Posted by on March 19, 2014 in Cooking, Recipes | 0 Comments

Homemade Corned Beef & Cabbage

I recently experimented with making my own corned beef from scratch. In honor of Saint Patrick’s Day, I used the fresh corned beef to make traditional corned beef and cabbage. It was easily the best corned beef and cabbage I’ve ever had. It was also the only corned beef and cabbage I’ve ever had. Cooking corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day is more of an Irish-American tradition than an Irish one. There’s not much to making the dish. You gently simmer some...

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Homemade Corned Beef

Posted by on March 18, 2014 in Cooking, Recipes | 1 Comment

Homemade Corned Beef

As I’ve mentioned before, I have a fridge in my new basement that I’ve dedicated to curing and aging meats. As part of that hobby, I thought I’d make some corned beef. I prepared it according to the instructions at AmazingRibs.com, which is a great resource for learning the hows and whys of properly cooked meats. They have especially good tips about barbecuing and meat preparation in general, although I must admit that I prefer my own processes for southern-style pulled pork...

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DIY Charcuterie

Posted by on February 27, 2014 in Cooking | 0 Comments

DIY Charcuterie

One of my favorite meals to eat is the meat and cheese sampler from The Lazy Goat in Greenville, SC. I love well-prepared charcuterie and antipasti. What I don’t love is the price. What makes the cured/dried versions of otherwise affordable meats so expensive is the skill it takes to prep them and time it takes to cure. I have plenty of time. I just need the skills. I’ve kept an extra refrigerator in my garage for years, but I never got around to using it for much more than overflow...

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DIY Bathtub Tray

Posted by on February 20, 2014 in Woodworking | 0 Comments

DIY Bathtub Tray

In a previous post, I showed off some pictures of the basement workshop in my new house. To test out my new set-up, I did the inaugural bit of woodworking last weekend. The new house has a whirlpool in the main bathroom. We laughed at first at how outdated a jacuzzi is, but the wife likes the fact that it has a high basin, fills deeply with water, and reclines back to the wall. So for a Valentine’s Day gift, I made her a bathtub tray so she can soak in the tub with a glass of wine while...

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My New Workshop

Posted by on February 19, 2014 in Announcement, Woodworking | 0 Comments

My New Workshop

*Note to email subscribers—this post will only render properly on my website. As I mentioned a few months ago, the wife and I sold our house last August. We couldn’t find anything we liked during our closing period, so we moved most of our stuff into storage and rented a tiny, one-bedroom apartment. I looked at countless houses before finally finding the right one. Here’s a sampling of the frustration I endured: I'm a pretty handy guy. I see a lot of potential in derelict...

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Scott Towers Imploding

Posted by on January 21, 2014 in Greenville | 0 Comments

Scott Towers Imploding

On Sunday morning, a high rise in downtown Greenville was demolished. The city used the event as a training exercise for emergency services and invited the public to watch from a safe distance. The explosives were set to go off at 9:30 am. The wife and I parked off Church Street at 9:25 and walked onto the bridge for a good vantage point. We're all on the Church Street Bridge waiting to watch Scott Towers (on the hill in the distance) implode. pic.twitter.com/nMmJenCvub — Chad...

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