Thursday, June 25, 2009

Whiskey Path Farms

When we get to the point of having everything we (or I) want, the name will be Whiskey Path Farms.  As you know we are getting the chickens, I am working on our organic Shitake mushroom logs, and now our garden.

Melissa comes out to lend support, but with her feet swelling due to the pregnancy, it is mostly moral support and I will take it!

We are looking to have organic tomatoes, peppers, lettuce mix, carrots, zucchini, summer squash, pumpkins, watermelons, cantaloupe, corn, onions and potatoes.  If we have room I will plant peas and beans but it looks like the 25'x25' garden is a bit small for all of it.

Next year we hope to have a bigger garden, more mushrooms, a couple goats and two bee hives.

We will see how it goes with the new addition as to how fast we progress


It's contagious!!!

Chicken Update

We are getting the chickens this weekend!  We wanted to get them sooner but we also wanted to feed them organic food.  Since there is not a feed store that carries (or will even order) organic food we went with a company out of Virginia.  Countryside Natural Products shipped the feed to the house this week and now we are ready.

I am sure as soon as we get a chance we will post photos of the new members of The Whiskey Path family.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


The Pens and Some Paint

Since the Pittsburgh Penguins started their Playoff run in April, I have been painting every room in the house.  Seems not everyone (Melissa) is as drawn to beige as I am.  I knew the Pens were going to the Cup since I still had the baby room yet to paint.  I am just posting some before and after pictures so I don't pull a muscle patting myself on the back.


I will post more after we finish rehabing some furniture and getting rooms fully decorated.

Tis' The Season

I found and old cast iron Dutch Oven buy an outbuilding at my parents place.  The thing looked like something that should been thrown away, but I decided to try my hand at seasoning the old thing.
I had read an article how easy it was to season cast iron.  I in my novice state took a bit longer in doing so.  I used 4 steel wool pads (and a couple beer) to get all the rust off.  Then after doing so I poured Coke over the entire thing and let it dry.  After it dried I rubbed it with Crisco while the oven preheated.

I preheated the oven to 425 and lined the racks with foil so the Crisco didn't create another thing for me to clean. Left in in there for about 3 hours (which is how long it took me to clean the kitchen).

After the time had expired I left it in the oven until the next day.  I think it turned out better than expected and since we have more time than money it was well worth it.

Missing Sam's Uptown!

As usual, I haven't posted in awhile, so tonight I am going to put a few on just to show what has been going on at the Whiskey Path.

Every now and again Melissa and I both miss Charleston in a bad way.  Even though Melissa gets to Charleston for work we do not get to see our friends as much as we would like.  We can keep up with everyone on Facebook, but it just isn't the same as sitting at Sam's have a beer and BBQ Fries (or as they are called now "PG Fries") catching up with everyone.

One day about a month ago I tried to create the tasty concoction here.  I used BBQ Deer meat and organic frozen french fries.  Topping it off with cheese, jalapeno peppers, tons of onion and an ice cold IC Light.

It was good just not the same, and can not wait to get back down to Charleston to see everyone and have the real thing.