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We finished up work on the apartment in the Italianate style house a block away.  (Photos to come soon.) The place looks great and I am currently advertising for tenants.  I have had few responses so far,  but people tend not to move in the middle of winter.  My crew are all laid off until further notice except for Josh, who has been helping me reorganize the workshop, and renovate Mark's old bedroom in my house.  The carpet in Mark's room was in poor shape and needed to be torn out.  I had several left-over boxes of pre-finished oak flooring, so we installed it in the room and closet.  Tomorrow we will drywall the walls in the closet.  The walls are poor-quality plaster that has been heavily painted and is now crumbling badly.  Later in the week we will repaint the room.
Josh uses the pneumatic stapler to install the pre-finished oak flooring.

Another project that we did was to build a gate on my stairs to keep Lily out of my bedroom. I would love it if Lily was a calm and peaceful pup who could snuggle up next to me in bed, but so far that has not worked out. Lily gets over-excited when she gets into my bedroom. I can't get her to sit or lay still. She bites and pulls at the bedsheets, molests my pillows, and tries to get me to chase her with whatever piece of dirty or clean laundry she can capture. It is exhausting and doesn't make for a good night's sleep. She doesn't like the gate, but it is effective.
Here she is opening one of her Christmas presents: a vinyl squeaky bear toy.
The stair gate.

Winter weather is a good excuse to stay at home and cook some favorite meals.  Last weekend I made a baked ham ~the classic recipe with the ham topped by pineapple slices, each with a cherry in the center, studded with cloves , and glazed with a brown sugar/pineapple juice mix.  It was wonderful, and provided dinners for the rest of the week, plus made a couple of excellent ham/cheese/onion/mushroom omlets for breakfasts.
This weekend, I used some of the left over ham to make another one of my favorite meals: Ham & Vegetable Quiche.  It turned out amazing!

Here is the recipe (my own creation):
Prepare a pie crust in a 10" pieplate. Rinse and drain 1 cup of frozen corn and 3/4 cup of frozen lima beans and add to the pie crust. Melt a tablespoon of butter in a small frying pan. Chop and sauté 1/4 cup of sweet onion, 1/2 cup of cauliflower, and 1 cup of mushrooms and add to the pie crust. Chop 1/2 pound of ham into small cubes and 1/8 cup of sweet red pepper (for color), sauté lightly, and add to pie crust. Shread 4 ounces of Cheddar cheese and 4 ounces of Swiss cheese, and spread in pie crust. Beat 4 eggs, 1 cup of milk and 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a bowl and pour over cheese in pie crust. Season top with Nutmeg, Basil, & Parsley and bake in 450 degree oven for 10 minutes, then reduce temperature to 350 degrees and bake for another 40 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned on top.

The quiche was wonderful and I finished it off in 2 days. Tonight's dinner was a whole Roast Chicken.
This should make dinners for the rest of the week, and then make a good soup stock next weekend.
The metal frame that the chicken is suspended on is a "Roto-Roaster". It holds the chicken up off the bottom of the roasting pan so that it doesn't sit in all that fat that drips off during cooking. During the late 1940s, my grandfather had a metal-working business that manufactured the Roto-Roaster and a number of other kitchen gadgets like aluminum colanders, boiled-egg slicers, and potato mashers. He marketed the implements to large department stores. He kept the business going for half a dozen years but was never very good at the marketing and advertising aspect. Eventually he gave it up and went to work for someone else. My Roto-Roaster works great, but I doubt that there are many more still in use today.

[Edited 2-1-17] I found and photographed an old advertising flyer for the Roto-Roaster. Driggs Metal Products was my grandfather's business.

After dinner I boiled up the ham bone with the remaining meat on it for soup. I will freeze the ham stock and make my Sixteen Bean Soup in a few weeks. I am looking forward to that!

Date: 2017-01-31 09:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Sounds like Lily needs a doggie Valium before bed time. LOL.......

OMg, can you come live in my kitchen? PLEASE. lol.....
Hugs, Jon

Date: 2017-01-31 03:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
If Lily doesn't get a Valium, then I need one, Jon! LOL

Actually, it would be nice to have someone to cook for. The kind of meals that I like to make are a lot of work and too much food for one person to eat alone.
I try to make relatively healthy food, but often it has too many calories.

Aside from the frustration of dealing with the doctors, how is your shoulder doing? Is the pain decreasing any?

Date: 2017-01-31 03:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The shoulder is fairly status quo.
Although, now that I am off my restrictions and using it more, the achy pain is a little more frequent.

Date: 2017-01-31 01:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The flooring is stapled? Interesting.

Poor Lily!

Date: 2017-01-31 03:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes, Mark, we use staples, but they are made with heavy wire and are 2 inches long. The staples hold down the flooring better than nails, and cause less splitting of the boards. The pneumatic stapler sets them just the right depth through the tongue-edge of the boards at an angle. The process works quickly and efficiently ~until the stapler accidently fires two staples at once and gets jammed.

I really hope that Lily calms down as she ages (she is 3 1/2). :-/

Date: 2017-02-01 02:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Labs usually calm down around 3 or 4. I'm still waiting for mine to, who's about 2.

I love your icon by the way. Was Lily helping?

Date: 2017-02-01 06:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks, Larry. :-)

The icon isn't Lily, though. The icon is from a 10 year old picture of Adam, my previous dog, also a Black Lab. Adam was a wonderful dog, with a sweet and loving disposition. He used to pick up my tools and carry them around. He wasn't playing with them so much as he was trying to be like his Daddy. It was very endearing.

I don't have any icons of Lily yet. She can be very cute, but it is hard to get a picture of her where she is not blurry. Also, she doesn't like my camera when it flashes at her.

Date: 2017-01-31 05:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yep, poor Lily.

And I have to day ... I'm really impressed with your cooking ambition (and skills!). I seldom cook like that anymore, partly because it's less fun when it's just for one, but mostly because I don't have the willpower to portion out the leftovers! I would have eaten that entire quiche in one sitting, and I'm too old for that sort of behavior. :)

That Roto-roaster actually looks pretty clever! Seems like there must still be market for something like that. (Of course I'm not one to talk, since I just buy rotisserie chickens from Costco. :-) I just Googled the term out of curiosity, and the results I got were for a contemporary device that roasts coffee beans.

Date: 2017-02-01 06:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks, Mark. I enjoy cooking ~and eating, of course. Yeah, willpower is not one of my skills either. If it were, I would weigh 100 pounds less! :-/

I found an old flyer for the Roto-roaster and added a picture of it to the post, just for you! It was a clever, and well-made product. My grandfather did not own patents on any of the items he manufactured. I believe they were all "public-domain" when he made them. I don't think he even owned a trademark on the name roto-roaster. If you searched through the home magazines of the late 40s, you could probably find an advertisement for them. There are a variety of similar and more sophisticated devices available on the market today.

Date: 2017-02-01 03:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Very cool ... though the woman roasting that chicken looks dangerous! ;-p

Date: 2017-02-01 03:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
She does!

Maybe that devilish look on her face explains why she can handle a hot roto-roaster without oven mitts! ;-)

Date: 2017-02-02 09:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Nice pics! :)

Handsome Dude...

Cute Pup!!

Awesome Food!!


Date: 2017-02-03 05:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks, Randy!


Date: 2017-02-03 12:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That quiche sounds, and looks, fabulous!

Hey, I'm starting to cook here myself! I made bacon-roasted brussels sprouts with a recipe from Danae's mother and they were really good. I'm eating vegetables!


Date: 2017-02-03 05:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks, Chris! :-)

I am proud of that quiche recipe. It has taken some fine-tuning over the years to get it to turn out just right.

The Brussels sprouts recipe sounds delicious! I grew up on canned veggies that were boiled until mushy. That's probably why I hated vegetables for many years. I have learned that if they are cooked with a little thought and creativity they can be wonderful.

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