Best present: windshield wiper blades

Posted in supplies on December 9th, 2007 by stormy – Be the first to comment

Believe me, windshield wiper blades make a great present!  After a tough time driving in the snow yesterday, Frank went out and bought some Bosch ICON wiper blades.  Every time we used them today (which was about 36 times more than we needed to) he would grin and look over at me and go "yeah!" 

I just wish I’d gotten them for his birthday.  He loves them!

Groceries for a week on a boat

Posted in cooking, preparation, supplies on March 21st, 2007 by stormy – Be the first to comment

We’re chartering a sailboat from the Moorings for seven days and we had to order all of groceries ahead of time.  It was hard to plan all of our needs for a week in an environment we aren’t used to.  How much water do you need?  How many cookies?  What to eat for breakfast?  We ended up planning for four meals onboard: cornish game hens, salmon, mahi-mahi and steak.  Frank is planning two of them and our friend Barbara is planning the other two.  Then we planned to eat most of our breakfasts and lunches on board with lots of snacks and appetizers included.  We didn’t skimp on anything and all our food and drinks ended up costing us almost $800 (for five people) from Bobby’s.

We ordered by downloading their spreadsheet, filling out our order, sending it back to them via email and then they sent us a quote.  They will deliver it to our boat at noon on Thursday!  I’ll let you know how it goes!

Smokers & Grills

Posted in cooking, equipment, supplies on December 7th, 2006 by stormy – Be the first to comment

We needed a new grill and Frank really wanted a smoker, so I decided to buy him a smoker grill for his birthday.  (I always feel strange buying "kitchen" stuff for presents since it implies work for the giftee, but in this case it was perfect.  Frank uses his smoker grill almost everyday.)  After lots of research we decided on a Traeger Grill.  All the reviews you will find on the web are fantastic and our experience over the past few months confirm everything we’ve heard.  We’ve yet to make anything on it that’s not delicious.  Some of the reasons Frank liked the Traeger were:

  • automatic pellet feeding,
  • temperature control,
  • temperature span up to 500F,
  • option for a digital thermastat,
  • doesn’t flame up,
  • … everything has that smokey flavor!

We got the Lil ‘Tex – they pretty much told me the only difference in
the residential grills was cosmetic and size.  The Lil’ Tex has had
enough room for everything we’ve done so far and we are smoking a
turkey in it tomorrow.

I ordered our smoker grill directly from The Traeger Store. (You can buy parts and supplies from Amazon.) They included a bunch of extras like pellets and spices and free shipping.  It came on a big FedEx truck and I had them put it in the garage.  I then had to get a step ladder to open up the top of the package to make sure the grill was in good shape!