Saturday, August 27, 2005

Homemade Peach Ice Cream

Late August in Colorado means fresh peaches from our two peach trees. One year, we got a couple of hundred peaches, but this year was more typical and it was a few dozen. The birds and bugs like 'em as much as we do, so by time they get super ripe and sweet, they are often picked over a bit as can be seen here:

But while they look gnarly, these work just fine for homemade peach ice cream and the end result got a big thumbs up from my son Dirk and brother Myke.

P.S. I added a stamped concrete cam so that those interested can actually see the (slow) progress being made and will be able to see the concrete pour which I really hope will happen next week.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Gone Fishin' with Captain Crudd in Seward, Alaska

My family pulled off a surprise 40th birthday on me when they all showed up and we scaled Longs Peak, Colorado ... so turnabout was fair play a few years later for my younger brother Kurt - aka Captain Crudd! ;-)

So we surprised him on a Seward Alaska fishing charter. This was a ton of fun and we basically "limited" on Silver Salmon, Halibut, and Cod - was over 400 pounds of fish! Like most fisherman, Kurt is superstitious - so he always wears his Captain Crudd fishing shirt which not only helps catch fish, but is good for beer drinking.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Mongo Deck - Part 2

This is proceeding a little slower than I had hoped, but the deck demolition derby is all done and they are putting in the concrete forms per my deck design plans which includes some really cool patio landscape lighting. Because of the expanded size, two of the three shade trees that I put in back in 2002 had to be removed. I had grandiose plans of some type of overhead shade structure that woulda cost a buncha bucks - instead, my wife picked up a pair of patio umbrellas for $119 apiece at Home Depot! ;-)