Bertha’s New Bedroom, 2012

This Summer it’s been hot all over the globe, and nowhere has it been worse than here in central Kentucky.  I’ve mentioned the Summer heat a few times in past posts, I’m sure!  The worse thing is that Bertha (my truck camper) has been sitting in the hot Summer sun since I arrived back here in Kentucky in late May.  I have been wanting to build a roof over the old girl for a few years and the heat this year made me act!  I know that getting some shade over the camper will significantly reduce the temperature inside during the Summer months!  So that’s just what I’m doing!  The shade will help keep me and Bertha cooler and help protect her from the sun’s harmful Summer rays and the ocassional hail storm!  In addition to the roof over the camper, I added a gate and about 30 feet of horse fence to the entrance to my property!  I have really enjoyed the building projects… they help keep me sane!

Below, Bertha the Truck Camper gets a new bedroom, at least a roof anyways!

Below, the new gate and section of horse fence on the old farm!

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Let’s Talk About Fresh Baby…. Fresh Tomatoes that is…

I just ate some of the best tomatoes I have ever eaten.  It’s kind of a tie between some tomatoes I ate in Crete in 1994 and the ones I ate a few days ago on the farm…. the tie breaker would have to go to the Kentucky tomatoes because I grew them ….  Man they were good, and talk about fresh, they were on the vine one minute and on my plate the next!  I love fresh tomatoes!

Below, a few pictures of the fresh tomatoes I grew and then consumed this Summer!

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Kentucky Rubber Tramp Rendezvous 2012

I hosted a small “Rubber Tramp Rendezvous” on my property this weekend!  For those not familiar with the term “Rubber Tramp,” it’s someone who travels by vehicle!  Just like a “Leather Tramp” is someone who travels by foot!  As a member of the “Cheapliving” internet forum, I have met others who enjoy life on the road and are eager to share their knowledge!  It was great to finally met some of the members I have chatted with for the past few years only knowing them by their pseudonyms until this weekend!  The Rendezvous was a great experience and I hope to host another one soon!

Above, some of the Kentucky Rubber Tramp Rendezvous 2012 crew!

   

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A Small Harvest

I have grown a 1/2 dozen different vegetables this year.  I’m trying to learn as much as possible about organic gardening before next Spring when I plan to plant enough for canning!  It’s amazing how much information is available on numerous blogs concerning organic gardening.  There are plenty of people eager to share their knowledge with others!  I planted a pretty good size pumpkin patch a few weeks ago and hope to have them ready before Halloween!

Above, a small harvest from my garden!

Above and Below, preparing the pumpkin patch!

Above and Below, as you cam see, after a few weeks of sunshine and little bit of rain the pumpkins are a jumping!

Above, a regular visitor to my farm!  So far I’m lucky she hasn’t eaten any of my vegetables! 

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Secret Weapon Salsa

I don’t consider myself a great cook… yet… but I have been trying to improve my culinary skills over the last few years.  It’s funny that when I lived in a multi-100-thousand dollar home with a nice big kitchen I didn’t cook very often.  But now residing in a small RV, I have really gotten more excited about trying to learn to cook!  One doesn’t need to be a great cook to eat healthy foods!  I have been eating pretty well in 2012.  The proof is in the 30+ pound weight loss since Christmas 2011!  I’m trying to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and eat less sugar and simple carbs!  I feel a lot better!

One of my weaknesses is “chips and salsa.”  I know tortilla chips are not the best food on the planet but boy do they taste good with the right salsa!  This week I made some fresh salsa with ingredients from my garden.  I grew the tomatoes, onions, jalapeños, thai peppers and cilantro.  I bought the lime juice, garlic, olive oil and sea-salt.  My secret weapon for the salsa is the thai hot pepper!  Just a few add a nice kick to the typical salsa!  You know that good tongue and lip tingle that the right amount of spice adds to the appropriate dishes?  That’s what the thai hot peppers do to my salsa, they add a great hot kick….very tasty!

Above, some of the fresh ingredients assembled for the “Secret Weapon Salsa!”

Below, the “Magic-Bullet” works great to blend ingredients!

Above and below, some of the ingredients of my “Secret Weapon Salsa” just minutes before being ready to eat!  Talk about fresh… on the vine at 10:00 AM and then ready to eat at 10:10 AM!

Below, “Secret Weapon Salsa” ready to eat!

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Bean Curry in a Thermal Cooker

I love curry!  Anyone who has followed the blog knows I have posted a few times before about curry dishes I have made.  Today I made a vegetarian bean curry on the single burner camp stove and after the contents reached a rolling boil I moved them to the thermal cooker for a few hours.

Vegetarian Bean Curry,

Ingredients;

-olive oil, 2 tablespoons
-1 large white onion
-1/2 cup dry lentils
-2 cloves garlic minced
-3 tablespoons of curry powder
-1 teaspoon ground cumin
-1 pinch of cayenne pepper
-1 can crushed tomatoes (28 oz)
-1 can garbanzo beans (15 oz)
-1 can kidney beans (8 oz)
-1/2 cup rasins
-salt and pepper

Cook the onion in the olive oil, add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a rolling boil.  Then place the pot into the thermal cooker and let cook another 2 hours.

Above, the assembled ingredients for the Vegetarian Bean Curry Dish.

Below, sauté the onion first, then add the rest of the ingredients.

Above, the rest of the ingredients being brought to a rolling boil, then into the thermal cooker for a few hours!

Below, the finished product ready for consumption!  Very tasty!

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Burley in the Barn

Here in Anderson County Kentucky burley tobacco has a long history dating back to the mid-1800s!  Burley Tobacco is a light air-cured variety primarily used in the production of cigarettes.
70% of the burley production in the US is grown right here in the state of Kentucky.  I often drive the backroads of the county looking for photographic opportunities, tobacco and tobacco barns are plentiful subjects!

Above, a barn in Anderson County Kentucky holds burley tobacco.  The leaves will cure / dry for about 30 days then they get stripped and are sent off to the market!

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A Creek Runs Through It…

My property has a seasonal creek that marks the boundary on 2 sides.  Much of the year the creek has water in it, but the recent drought has left it dry for the last few months… that was until last weekends storm!  We got about 2′ of rain in 2 hours!  We really needed the rain!  The grass has again come alive and the wildlife have really enjoyed the new growth!

As you can see below, the creek currently has a steady flow of water!

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