Sunday, December 21, 2014

Waiting on Santa as we speak,,,

Looks like we won't be having any snow round these parts again this holiday season. And if you think I am bummed, you are sorely mistaken!
Business has picked up and we are looking at another good season. Now we just need someone to buy.

My cast iron skillets have an excelant seasoning to them as I use them daily. I wish I had made the switch to them 30 years ago.
And as a bonus, if anyone gives me crap whilst cooking, I can konk them on the head with one and that should be the end of that!

Look at this Porterhouse steak I cooked up last night. That's a 10.25 inch skillet! It served both of us and Tweener got the bone.
These new steaks just found their way to our hood and I am told they fly out of the freezers fast. They are vacum pack so I just let them sit in the fridge and age for a week or more. Very fuck'in good,,, for Belizean beef for sure!
Got one more we may break out next week some time.

We really miss our buddy, Scurvy. Accidently call Tweener Scurvy, always thinking about the little goof.
But it will pass as she has become a great dog in her own right.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

No, the fat lady has not sung yet,,,

Miss me?
Well, I cannot really explain the absence, but I assume I just needed a break.
I saw where my post were getting fewer and fewer in-between to the point they just stopped.
So I took a break.
Mrs. Barn has been buggin me so I am going to try and get back at it. So here we go.

We have had a few big changes take place since you last heard. The biggest was also the saddest.
Scurvy had gone on to the great dog beach in the sky, or where ever they go when they die. Actually he is buried on the property.

He had been not feeling well and with his age, 12-13 he was not responding to vet visits either. So when he got real bad we could see it in his eyes, he was ready.
So we took him for his last car ride to Hopkins. Wholey shit do they have a nice vet facility!
And that is where he took his last doggie breath.
We miss him very much as you should know.
We have Tweener who took over his duty as Master at Arms and the swearing in ceremony will be tonite.
So everyone raise their drink in Scurvy’s name and give your nuts a scratch while you’re at it! Maybe piss on a car tire too.

The next big deal is Barnacle Bill’s is for sale.
Yep, after 16 years we need another change. Neither of us has ever had a job this long and it is kinda weird. We won’t be leaving the area and we are looking for somewhere to buy and build right now, but we feel now is the time.
We put out some adds on facebook and set up a sign out front FOR SALE BY OWNER as we know how to do this and do not need an agent to do it for us.
Well guess who has come by the most? FUCKIN REAL ESTATE AGENTS.
I can’t decide if they are so greedy they have blinders on or if they are so stupid they can’t read the by owner part. Either way, they stop by and ask when they can bring over their contract.
Well they can all phuck right off as there is no way in hell I will give one of them 5-10% of the sale for doing a small amount of leg work!

The season has begun and it is getting busy. Holiday season too and that means DRINKING whoo hoo!
Oh, and ham and turkey too.
And cinnamon rolls.

We just had the 3rd end of the world marathon and I will get some photos up soon, can’t rush into this all at once!

So hang with me,, I ain’t dead yet!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Food blog?

Who’s hungry? Who ain’t, right.
I have had a renewed pleasure in my cooking lately, with the total replacement of my pots and pans.
I made the switch to cast iron and am loving it!
I had a couple skillets in the past but did not use them much. I think we just left them in the camper to use on outings, but dammed if I can remember.
Anyway, my old stuff was about 25 years old, Mrs Barn bought it for me a long time ago and it was showing some real age.
I found an old CI skillet we brought down here with us, made in the 1920's,  and it got me thinking I should switch everything to CI.
So I did.
Last trip to Denver I picked up my new gear, 27 lbs of it!
Since then I have been on a cooking extravaganza!
To say the least, I really enjoy using these skillets.

These two guys better not slow down or they could end up in the skillets too.

Here is a bacon maple doughnut, sent to me from the MBH. I made my own version of these I called the Elvis awhile back and these were just as good if not better.

You can make killer deep dish pizza in this CI skillet. It rolled outa there like it was on ball bearings.

Or some really nice Mac& Cheese. Yes that is broccoli and beef hotdogs you see hiding in there.

Tonight it is a chicken pot pie!
I’m getting wood just thinking about it!

And for dessert,,,,,

Thursday, July 10, 2014

When in Denver,,,,

Got back from a Denver visit. As you may remember mom is living in an assisted living facility which to me is somewhat unusual.
She is in a private residence that has been turned into a home for the elderly.
It is a very nice, big house with a nice deck as well. The staff, owners and management are all Japanese, possibly all related as well.
Wheelchair access, fire alarm hooked up to fire dept, sprinklers, nurses on staff, home cooked meals, ect.
I feel better after seeing it first hand.
We packed her up and took her out on the town a few times, and as hard as it is to get her in and out of the car, she really enjoys it.
Mrs. Barn has not gotten to go shopping for a few years and she went NUTS! I kinda enjoyed going with her for the first few days but found myself increasingly looking for the bored husband lounge. One with a bar of course. She bought 4 pair of shoes at one place! She had fun.
We stayed at a real nice hotel with 2 big screens, 3 sinks, a fridge, microwave, coffee pot, laundry and a king fucking size bed!
That bed was sooo nice, at one point she started snoring but she was so far away it didn’t bother me. And I could not reach her to give her a shake either.
Only drawback was their no smoking in the room rule.
When in Colorado you should visit a pot store. I went just out of couriosity while Mrs. Barn was on a mission.
I later found myself partaking as well. It was fun!
That's a 'pre-rolled' you can buy for 16 bucks. At a couple hits a time, it lasts awhile.
They apply a 22% tax on the recreational pot! Claim it is going to the schools but some folks doubt it.

So, we did the usual pre-shopping and sent a shit-load of stuff to a friends house. Among these items was my new cast iron cook set.
I like to cook, because I like to eat, because I like to shit, so I will love this stuff. Our last skillets were 20+ years on and this will be the last set I ever buy I have one skillet that was made in 1920 and it is one of the best I own!
Only problem with this was checking it onto the plane, 27 lbs worth of cast iron!
But it worked out just fine.
One serious problem I ran into, I ran my passport thru the laundry while in Denver.
Yep, forgot it was in the pocket of my shorts and away it went.
It came out somewhat OK, but I was very nervous about getting home as it looked like it may raise some eyebrows at immigration checks.
But I made it with only a couple stink-eye’s from the officials.
But, once here, the humidity is raising hell with it. The corners are all curled up and there is not much chance I want to try to use it again. So off to the embassy I go.
Then,, today I had to renew my drivers license. They don’t have any at the moment so they give you a receipt to use till the 2nd Tuesday in August when they are suppose to come in. Trouble is, if for some reason I have to go to Denver for an emergency, I could not rent a car with this receipt, not even a Hyundai Scrotum!
So let’s hope nothing hits the fan till then.

So I feel like things may be somewhat back to normal, as much as it can be. Hopefully more posts soon!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Whew,, maybe things are getting back to NORMAL?

OK,, I’m back.
Been a rough few weeks/months around ‘Chez barnacle. Mostly the stress of dealing with my mom’s affairs while being 3,222 miles away. (I found a post card I wrote back in ’98 saying that was how far we drove to get here)
A bit of an update is suppose is due.
Back in November she was all settled into her independent living apartment and things were going OK. Then she began falling and doing some other things she should not be doing.
And soon she finds her way back into the hospital. And upon discharge she is sent back to re-hab, which is a real bleak and creepy place. This was last March.
I fly back to help out with what I can, while they decide if she can go back to her apartment or not. They decided she cannot go back there so I had to empty the place and put all her stuff into a storage facility. But she has nowhere to go yet so she ends up in another bleak creepy place till we can get her set up somewhere nice.
Now the fun begins!
I have an uncle who insisted on being in charge of finding her a new home so I said sure, knock yourself out. He found a ‘home for the bewildered’, some Alzheimer’s place.
Looked like she was going there but something went wrong, not sure what, but the uncle got fired from that job.
The new girl in charge heard mom wanted a more home like atmosphere and she found her a home.
I have not seen it yet but I am told mom now lives with a Japanese family! In their home!! And she loves it!!!
A 95 year old grandma and a small granddaughter are there as well. All her meals and everything is included in her rent, and so far she seems happy
She has made quite a few weird statements along the way. She was seeing all her dead brothers for a while, even talking to them. She was, and still is pissed that my dad got remarried a few months back, pissed that I got married and did not invite her, thinks my sister is living in the same facility, thinks she needs 3,000 dollars in her pocket.
Just to name a few.
Anyway, things seem to be calming down now and maybe things will get back to the normal level we all like!
Normal as in cooking up some of this! Not sure what it is yet, but I had to have it!