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Old 08-26-2020, 04:15 PM   #1541
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Just got the “all clear” text from the sheriff’s office. Quick action from both ground and air crews contained the nearby wildfire. The alert for potential evacuations has been lifted.
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Old 08-26-2020, 04:41 PM   #1542
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Another fun smoking experiment at home. I had some duck breasts in the freezer and decided to try smoking them. I had a couple with skins, and more without. I brined them overnight and then smoked them at 225. They cooked really quickly - just a little over an hour.

I also threw on some sausages. We had some duck Bratwurst fully cooked that was too boring. The smoke really improved the taste plus somehow really brought out the herbs in the sausage. These cooked fast too.

I have to say this is by far the easiest way to cook duck breast.

Oh, the snack is some of the smoked duck breast plus a little Foie Gras. Very French!
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Old 08-26-2020, 04:44 PM   #1543
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I'll have to try that. I've never had good luck with duck.
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Old 08-26-2020, 05:17 PM   #1544
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Took my wife to an early doctor's appointment, got home and had another cup of coffee.

After the sun went around to the back of the house, I finished painting the frame of the front door, then primed the front door itself.
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Today I processed the onions from my garden. I had pulled them up a month ago and they have been drying on a rack in front of a fan in the garage ever since. Today I snipped the now dessicated leaves off, rubbed off the outermost dirt encrusted skin layer, and put the onions in mesh bags. They are now hanging in storage with the similarly processed shallots and garlic.
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I gave notice and will have my last day at work tomorrow, August 28.
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Nice. Now what will you do all day?
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I'll have to try that. I've never had good luck with duck.
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I just found two small duck breasts in the freezer I'd forgotten about. I think DH would prefer them smoked, so I'll give it a try, although I'll have to wait until the weather cools down - when it's 100 outside, I can't keep the temp on the gas grill below 275 even with just one burner on lowest setting.
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Mowed the front & side yards, took an hour break, then mowed the back. I was going to resume tilling a bad bare spot near the shed but every time I walked outside raindrops began falling so after three times of that I gave up. The grass has never grown well there at all and I attributed it to the sunlight reflecting off the white siding in addition to the normal dose of sunlight. But now I think it may be because of the volume of large rocks I keep pulling up from just below the surface to a few inches below. I'll find out when the project is done.
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Went on a long hike in the hill this morning. Trying to spot some mule deer for archery opener.
Came home had lunch and went to the ranch and did some fishing then loaded the canoe and brought it home. I plan on floating river next week with a friend.
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Cut down my apple tree that was given to us from the bank when I built my home 36 years ago. It was been failing and not a health tree so I decided to take it down and dig up stump and axe it out.
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We made and canned a couple pints of salsa and a pint of pickled okra. Yesterday, we made and canned 9 one-quarter pint jars of rhubarb jelly.
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Made a half gallon of cider. The apple trees are going nutz this year and the only way to use the apples is for cider - you can only eat so many. I use this little cider press - looks like a toy but works great.
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Donated blood today. Our local donation center started doing Covid antibody testing, so I'm looking forward to getting that result. Got a can of V8 from the canteen fridge afterwards, and was happy to spot a bottle of Tabasco sauce there for spicing it up.
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Just finished a 'phone consultation' with our doctor - been experiencing what my online research suggests is osteoarthritis in my right hip.....he's arranging for X-Rays, should hear from the lab in a day or so.

I've lived with bone-on-bone osteoarthritis in both knees for the better part of fifty years without surgery, so if the hip is confirmed I'll have to learn how to manage it.......but probably not for fifty years.
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Donated blood today. Our local donation center started doing Covid antibody testing, so I'm looking forward to getting that result. Got a can of V8 from the canteen fridge afterwards, and was happy to spot a bottle of Tabasco sauce there for spicing it up.
With regard to the antibody test, be aware that, if you did have COVID, your body typically only produces antibodies that last about 2 months, maybe 3 months at most. So, if you get a negative test result, it basically only means that you have not had COVID within the last few months - not that you never had it. I was not aware of that when I had the test done.
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