Moose Nose Stew.

Yes. Moose nose stew. Why would you waste the nose? I am eating many things that I have never imagined before. I am not a fan of anything that comes from water, so I am so excited to be eating more land animals. Friends came by with caribou and moose meat. It is delicious. Caribou sausage in on the menu for dinner tonight. However, this story happened a couple of weeks ago. Someone came to work with moose nose stew. They offered to let me try it. If you eat something different and don’t post it online, did it really happen?

Screen Shot 2016-10-31 at 4.14.29 PM.pngSqueeze your earlobe. It was a little softer than that. And chewy. Marinated in moose snot was the description that I was told after I ate it. 5/10 I would eat it again. Would you try it?

Bacon wrapped, goat cheese stuffed dates.



Holy moly, these are good. We had something like this at In The Red recently.

Step one: Get dates. Costco has the best deals. But you have to remove the seed yourself.Screen shot 2013-04-15 at 1.46.08 PMNext, push as much goat cheese as possible in the center. This is messy and it helps if you like to lick your fingers when you are finished. If not, find a dog that loves cheese. I have one that you can borrow.

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If you are feeling frisky, or want to add something special to these, you can push in some walnuts or almonds. This was supposed to replace the bacon for the vegetarian in the house. Nothing replaces bacon. And she didn’t complain when the bacon grease seeped onto her dates.Screen shot 2013-04-15 at 1.46.50 PM

Wrapping bacon may also attract the attention of the local dog. He seems to know when the cheese or the bacon comes out of the fridge. The dog can be very smart when he wants to be.Screen shot 2013-04-15 at 1.46.57 PM

After cooking the dates, the house smells like delicious bacon and cheese. The most difficult part is waiting until they are cooled enough to eat.Screen shot 2013-04-15 at 1.47.09 PM
Screen shot 2013-04-15 at 1.47.17 PMHe may have gotten some bacon and cheese that night.

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Vertical aquaponic wall garden.

I am damn near finished. There are always small details to fix, but the major stuff is finished. I built a shelf for the fish tank, made a light, and put it all together. The light was my first time playing with electrical things. It felt good to see the light come on without me getting electrocuted. Thanks to for showing me how to save $100 by making my own light. It was about $15 to make the light and another $20 for both light bulbs. Typically, these reflectors are about $100 without the bulbs.

photo 3Here is the light after being mounted to the ceiling.
photo 1Now we need more plants.
photo 2The fish poop and fertilize the plants. I got the idea from other aquaponic companies, but really didn’t want to pay what they were charging for complete setups. Amanda hates all of the wires, so those will be hidden somehow and then I will really be finished… until we work on the next one beside it.

New blogs.

Man, I feel like I have been busy. I started to chronicle my adventures in steelheading. I have been updating Live Aboard in Ballard to show how to cook food on a boat. When it is raining, I like to take the dogs to the beach. Well I would like to, but it is illegal so I can’t. Golden Gardens is a great place for those of you without dogs. There are no good place to take your dogs off leash. All dog parks turn into mud pits as soon as it rains. Guess what, it rains a lot here.

I am working more and more at Orvis. I am trying to finish up the paperwork for the observer job. Blood Knot is coming out with a new issue soon. Things are busy. I am taking the EMT class in January. Well, I am taking the test to try and get into the EMT class. Here are some pictures from Golden Gardens.


>We went to ModMarket for lunch yesterday. Their cups are compostable, but I don’t know exactly how that works. So I took a cup home and put it in our worm bin. We moved the worm bin into the greenhouse. The greenhouse is being used mostly as a storage facility.

The bin in the greenhouse.
Lots of fruits and veggies, and a cup.
Let’s see what happens!

I like ModMarket because it is affordable, delicious, and somewhat healthy. They also use FourSquare and Twitter for marketing. I got a free pizza for having 10 FourSquare checkins.
Now there is another fire that is closer to Boulder than the last one. For now it is smaller, but the winds are howling. Is it bad that I worry how it will affect the fish in Boulder Creek more than anything else?