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Alaska Jim's Comments of the Day #30: Today I am thankful to be a Lumberjock..............

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Blog entry by Jim Bertelson posted 11-25-2010 11:28 PM 1023 reads 0 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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’Tis Thanksgiving…....gotta be thankful.

Just thinking about my activities today….....well….......a lot of lumberjock influence. It has been a very busy day. Got up at 0500hrs and didn’t stop working in the kitchen dining area until 1100hrs. I took off 30 minutes to drink my coffee and check my email. Right now it is a typical Anchorage Thanksgiving….....34 deg, and snow balls are falling from the sky, you know, warm enuf that the flakes clump together.

So what did I do today? Of course, first some family stuff…...er….....flock stuff. Kermit needed his stainless steel palace, you know, the one big enough for the largest of macaws, which he lives on and in much of the day….......cleaned. That took over an hour. It is not a cage, because there has been no door on it for years. Kermit is 20 years old and is very predictable. He is the king of the household, and he has a palace….......and servants, and I am one of them….......(-:

A picture, that will explain the rest of the morning…....taken on the huge granite kitchen island that has a sink, dishwasher and a 6 burner gas stove with oven…......and tends to be piled with a lot of stuff, because it has a lot of space. Who’s rule is that?...........stuff expands to fit the available space…........you know the gist of it. The most significant part of the island is the oven, a flaming hot gas oven, giant thing, that…...............cooks the world’s best pizza.........made by Sherie….......with the worlds best rolling pin.................................

Behind you see the stained glass French doors leading out on to the porch, where the turkey is now at 102 deg on the grill, as you can see, if you squint, on the remote receiver for the electronic oven thermometer.

Here is the case I made last Thanksgiving for the thermometer, Sherie bought it in an emergency to replace my old meat thermometer, she couldn’t find one of the old analog beasts that will survive a pizza oven at a 1000 deg ( well maybe slight exageration by 500 deg or more) so she bought the electronic one….......which is really great….....

.......and the thermometer in the case…..........

I blogged about this last Thanksgiving.

But the important thing to note is…...............my first home made pie crust…....TA DAH.

What brought this to mind was nbeener’s newest box, a product of learning from his mistakes on the previous box…....which is a NIGH UNTO PERFECT BOX.................did I say that right Neil…........(-:

Neil comes to mind, because with my original post, he obviously developed a fetish issue with the case and the thermometer…......if he ever comes to Alaska I will place it in my safe deposit box at the bank.

So the implication is…........my next pie crust will be better, it has to be, because I am using the world’s greatest rolling pin…...........recognize that one anybody?

Next time I will do what my mother did…....make a double recipe for a single crust so you always have enough, and what remains is made into crust cookies covered with sugar and cinnamon….............

The crust is flaky, tastes good, etc., made with good old fashioned Crisco (in stick form). There wasn’t quite enuf to look pretty, but the pumpkin pie is now cooking and looks great.

Now how did I get roped into making a pie crust…........the overall premise is quite reasonable, since those of you who are familiar with Sherie from my other posts…......remember that she has a…........hmmmmmm…....supernatural ability to get her way with me.

We are having a total of 7 people for dinner, including Kermit it is 8. For some reason, everyone seems to buy pre-made pies in this family (not me), and I do believe my mother was a fabulous pie maker in the old tradition. So when I complained about the prospect of store bought pie, Sherie said….....”well I could make the filling…....” whereupon I said, with minimal prompting…......”I will make the crust”

So the pie is nearly done. The turkey, which is filled with stuffing I made from scratch as always, is cooking. I always cook them on the grill (using it as a convection oven), and it is progressing nicely.

So the homemade thermometer box, the special LJ rolling pin, and the pie crust an example of a first effort….....quintesential Lumberjocks….........ain’t it?

So I am happy to be a Lumberjock today, with the activities intertwined with my adventures and friends here on LJ’s.

Happy Thanksgiving, Lumberjocks…..........hope you have as much to be thankful for as I do….......

Alaska Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska



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#1 posted 11-25-2010 11:40 PM

OK, OK, OK…............
Here is the pie cooling…..........see, it turned out alright…...........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#2 posted 11-26-2010 12:07 AM

happy Thank´s giving to you and your fammelie Jim :-)

I was so glad to here about Kermit again so I thought from the first picture
that you have made a new shelfunit for his books and a new round comforteble bed
he cuold watch tv from and that Sherie had ordred you to make him a new dropbomb
for those situations when you not behave yourself …..LOL

and now you have make me hungry again :-(

have a great dinner Jim
and the best thought´s to all from Ærø
Dennis

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#3 posted 11-26-2010 12:10 AM

sounds like a great time…nd i love the rolling pin…where did yo get it…i saw Lou make some like that…am i warm or cold on that….for some reason our pumpkin pie didnt turn out exactly the way it should…sooo…that means i will have to practice and find where the flaw is…my wife made it…and to be honest…she usually doesnt make that pie….so…chef grizz here shall jump in and rescue her…hope you had a great day…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 11-26-2010 12:12 AM

Dennis
Thanks Dennis, hope all is well there in Aero…....I suspect we are having Aero winter weather today, with the snow and just above freezing weather…..0.6C at the moment. Loved your grease box, and the dissection of the plane….....perhaps you should have been a surgeon…........(-:

Looking forward to this long weekend and a little time in the shop.

Best to you and yours….......do you have a holiday anything like our Thanksgiving?

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#5 posted 11-26-2010 12:13 AM

p.s ive never seen kermit or his home…any chance of a picture of that?

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 11-26-2010 12:15 AM

Yumbo Jim.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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#7 posted 11-26-2010 12:19 AM

Grizz
You nailed it…......that is a Lew pin. Don’t ask what I had to go through to get it…........I sold my soul…....but of course the devil in me has become obvious…..............Sherie made me do it…...........yup, she made me bite the forbidden fruit…..........

You will have to split the pie duties like Sherie and me.

I am going to make a crusade about the homemade pie thing in our extended family. My daughter up in Fairbanks already is into it, but I have to get after the rest of the family…...............

It is interesting how much LJ’s was into this day, I realized it after it happened…....

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#8 posted 11-26-2010 12:21 AM

Larry

The pie is easy and disappears fast….....kinda like a bottle of beer…......Alaskan IPA today….........

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#9 posted 11-26-2010 12:39 AM

Jim LOL I´m glad I cuold bring a little smile on some faces
that was the purpose of that post mainly ….and I surgest that we leave it there….undless you
have an emergency amputation under the dinner I shuold cover for you…..LOL

we are well under frezing point in theese days and there is building one of the big blitz up
and will stay over Denmark the next cupple of days , they have talked about 50cm (20 inches) of snow
saturday but we have to see they have been wrong before :-)

no except for the schools Autumn vecation week also called (and was nessesery on the countryland)
the potatovacation we have nothing to be called holydays from spring and to Chrismas except for a half
day the 5th of june the date our (I don´t know how to translate it right ) Groundlaw is signed

I gess you have dreamed about the shop since you realised it….LOL

take care
Dennis

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#10 posted 11-26-2010 12:42 AM

well i thought that i had seen it and was pretty sure who had made it…and that answers my other question, as to what the chances were to get one myself…but im pretty happy to keep my soul…so i guess it wouldnt be prudent to ask lew for a pin…paying for it of coarse…...so its a wet snow day…im thinking that with what your getting today on top of the icy weather you got a few days ago…is a recipe for some big trouble in the back country for sure…avalanche recipe…....hope back country snow machines will be very careful… i would imagine with your back problems….you dont indulge in riding snowmobiles…i love to ride my self…but with my back…i would be in the hospital…well enjoy the day…gobble gobble…......grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#11 posted 11-26-2010 12:56 AM

Hallo wilde Dennis, ik zeggen hallo en ope uw hebben een fantastische dag, ik moest te veel kalkoen om te eten en im ging met pensioen naar mijn bed.. neem zorg mijn vriend

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#12 posted 11-26-2010 01:02 AM

Happy Turducken day er Thanksgiving day Jim. The pie looks good from here, I made an apple pie today. Anyway glad to here you had a good one.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#13 posted 11-26-2010 01:07 AM

Why, Jim, what a lovely rolling pin ;^)

Thanks

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#14 posted 11-26-2010 01:11 AM

Hello there Grizz I didn´t got much out that but a Happy thank´s giving to you and yours too :-)

Dennis

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#15 posted 11-26-2010 01:17 AM

Grizz
OK, I will make it a point to get ol’ Kermit up here. And nope, no snow machines. This snow is welcome down at Girdwood, but because I don’t snow machine, I don’t keep up on the circumstances out there. We hear about it when the roads are closed….....or someone fails to outrun an avalanche…..............

Yes, glad someone else is into making pies. I will report back when we have sampled it.

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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