Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Return of the Fishing Bracelet and Soup!

Just a quick post here tonight, well this morning. Wow!  I need to go to bed.  I lost track of time sitting on the couch tonight working on a new fishing bracelet?  What is a fishing bracelet you ask?  Well, its a survival bracelet, made from 550 paracord, that contains some fishing line and a few hooks inside it.  Other than some of the wrapped line showing through the holes in the cobra weave bracelet, you would never know that it contained 25 feet of 50 pound test line and two number 10 hooks.

In other news I have been eating more soup than you can shake a stick at these last few days.  Soup?  When it is 95 degrees out still and 100% humidity in the great state of Virginia?  Yep!  Taco Soup.  Seriously, go get these ingredients.  A single batch cost me $13 at the grocery store.  It easily fed my entire family, with enough left over for my wife to take in her lunch and my son to eat as his "snack" before going to bed last night.  The recipe is deceptively easy but the result is amazing.  Quick!  Go make some!


1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 oz.) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 (14.5 oz.) can petite diced tomatoes, drained
1 (15.25 oz.) can sweet corn, drained
1 (12.5 oz.) can white chicken breast, drained
1 (10.75 oz.) can cream of chicken soup
1 (10 oz.) can green enchilada sauce
1 (14 oz.) can chicken broth
1 packet taco seasoning

Mix all ingredients together in a large pot.
Heat until warm, stirring occasionally.
Serve with tortilla chips.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Oatmeal Spoon and a trip to the beach

I just got back from the beach.  Well, I got back this past Friday, but then the holiday weekend kicked in, and before I knew what was happening I woke up this morning and it was Tuesday.  I was able to spend some time with my brother and his family last week, catching up, doing a little fishing, and of course, spending a little time carving a few spoons.  It was a beautiful week, lots of sun, nice temps, and was just what I needed after a few weeks of traveling for work.

I worked on a spoon while I was down at the beach, well two spoons I guess, but one is still a long way from being finished.  I've been pondering what to do with it, and then today, on a walk with my dog, it hit me.  Oatmeal!  I've been trying to get back into the habit of eating oatmeal for breakfast again.  Not only is it pretty tasty, but it also seems to stick with me for a while during the day and I am not starving so badly at lunch.  I spent a little time today thinning out the bowl and I left it with a knife finish, I'm happy with it.  Now it just needs a coat of oil and I'll be good to go.

Oh, that thing that it is laying on?  Just another project for another post.  More on that later.  I need to get my leather working tools out.  Thanks for reading.  Go make something with your hands, maybe even a spoon for oatmeal.  Its a great feeling.