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Learning to Fly Fish in PA –Part 1 – The Journey begins..

For years I’ve wanted to try Fly Fishing but never had the chance. Finding time to get out on the water and do ANY kind of fishing has become a challenge! Now I find that I’ve some time to fill up and I think it’s time to learn Fly Fishing. The first thing I did was to do some research. I wanted to find a couple of good books to read on the subject. I found:   Book: The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide by Tom Rosenbauer Book: Trout Streams of Pennsylvania by Dwight Landis   Together, these two books cover just … Continue reading

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Last WWI veteran, a woman, dies at 110

Last WWI veteran, a woman, dies at 110   The last known surviving veteran of World War I has died. Florence Green, 110, was a waitress in Britain’s Royal Air Force. “In a way, that the last veteran should be a lady and someone who served on the home front is something that reminds me that warfare is not confined to the trenches,” Retired Air Vice-Marshal Peter Dye told Time. [Read More]

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Beer Review: Samuel Adams Alpine Spring

The following is from Sam’s Site: Flavor: Crisp and slightly sweet with bright citrus and spicy hop notes Color: Hazy Golden / 9 SRM Original Gravity: 14.2 Plato Alcohol by Vol/Wt: 5.5%ABV – 4.3%ABW Calories/12 oz.: 186 IBUs: 19 Malt Varieties: Two-row Harrington, Metcalfe, and Copeland pale malts, Honey malt Hop Varieties: Tettnang Tettnanger Noble hops Yeast Strain: Samuel Adams lager yeast Availability: Seasonal (January – March) in six-packs, 12-packs and on draft. It is also available in the Samuel Adams Brewer’s Choice Variety 12-Pack First Brewed: 2012 Well, Its Malty.  Real Malty.  The hops do come forward, eventually.  Boy are they citrusy! WOW.  I think that the brewers … Continue reading

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Swiss Chard: A Great Early Season Crop

  Plant Specifics Name: Swiss Chard Zones: Any Height: 18 to 24 inches Soil Type: Almost Any, but likes a lot of humus PH Range: 6.0 – 7.5 Preferences: Sun or Shade, Spring, Summer, and Fall.   Planting Guide I always plant Swiss Chard directly in the garden bed.  Some gardeners pre-soak the seeds but I’ve never had any luck with that.  I put them right into the garden about 1/2 inch deep and spaced 6 inches all around. Swiss Chard requires a good bit of water.  I start watering once a week in the Spring and Early Summer and … Continue reading

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Beer Review: River Horse Special Ale

All of my Homebrewing Equipment was in the basement during our latest mini-flood.  It is all still safe and intact but is in need of a very thorough cleaning and sanitization process.  I simply haven’t had the time to clean it yet. So, Instead of the usual how-to type post, I though a review of a micro-brew would be fun. River Horse Brewing Co. located in Lambertville, NJ right on the Banks of the Delaware River is a very small brewery apparently owned and operated by a couple of ex beancounters, Uh I mean Accountants.  🙂 Anyway, Here’s what the … Continue reading

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Time for a new plant in my Garden: Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana)

I First tasted this when a friend of mine had a plant in a pot on their front porch.  She used the leaves to sweeten her ‘Sun Tea’ and I had just happened to get a leaf in my glass.  I asked about it and she replied: “Chew the leaf a bit, You’ll be surprised.” Boy was I surprised!  It just kept getting sweeter as I chewed.  The stuff is really amazing!  I’m going to put some in my Garden this year as an Annual (I’m in Zone 6) for some fun. If you like sweets but want to limit … Continue reading

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Yup, We’re all as safe as can be….

TSA discovery prompts New York bomb scare – six hours later By Mike M. Ahlers, CNN January 31, 2012 — Updated 0619 GMT (1419 HKT) (CNN) — A New York airport screener who removed two pipes from a traveler’s bag and set them aside Monday morning prompted a security scare six hours later when the next shift saw the pipes and feared they might be pipe bombs, local and federal officials said.

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Roasted Chicken with Vegetables

Roasted Chicken with Vegetables

  Ingredients 6-7lb Whole Roasting chicken 4 Medium Sweet Onions 6 Large Carrots 1 Bunch Celery  2 Cups White or Blush Wine (semi-sweet)  3 TBSP Thyme (dry)  3 TBSP Rosemary (dry)  1 TBSP Ground Sage  Salt & Freshly Ground Pepper  Olive Oil  1 Cup White Rice  2 Cups Water  ¼ Cup Milk  2 TBSP Flour Directions   1.> Preheat oven to 425° F. 2.> Roughly cut Onion, Celery,Carrots into bottom of a roasting pan. 3.> Place Chicken on a roasting rack in the roasting pan. (very important! It must drain into the Pan) 4.> Rub the Thyme, Rosemary, Sage, Salt, and … Continue reading

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Firearm Storage

Firearm Storage is a subject that seems to be discussed all of the time, yet never receives the attention it should.  There are several different way to store a Firearm, usually determined by the intended function. A function of Time…… If a Firearm is relied upon Daily, it would need to be stored differently than a Firearm that you want your Grand-kids to learn to use a decade from now. Safety This MUST be the primary concern!  Store your Firearms in a safe place: Safe from unauthorized use, Safe from Theft, Safe from a house fire..etc.. This can be accomplished … Continue reading

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OK…Who the hell is going to embark for this discount?

I think I’ll pass on this one, Thanks! Costa Concordia: ‘insulting’ cruise offer to survivors   The owners of the Costa Concordia are offering survivors of the disaster a 30 per cent discount off future cruises as they battle to stave off law suits expected to cost hundreds of millions of pounds. [more}

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