Tonight for dinner I’m grilling a simple skin on the bone-in chicken breast. I like leaving the skin on and bone in so that the chicken is really moist. We’re at our Ironworks cabin so we almost always grill.  The spice I use is Boswell’s Blends – Fowl-n-Feather Seasoning.  I bought it at one of those home shows in Phoenix AZ and use it all the time.  The ingredients in case you want to try something similar are: salt dehydrated garlic dehydrated onion other spices (the secret ingredients) sugar dehydrated red bell pepper dehydrated parsley Rub the spices into the chicken breast & spray withRead More →

The original picture was taken at the Cabin Called Ironworks in the early morning just after a light overnight rain.  This rain was more pleasant that the previous downpours we had been experiencing in and around Prescott, Arizona.  I loved how the drops lingered on the edge of the pine branches and formed minute globes of reflective light. These two images have been submitted to Visual Venturing ABFriday – Week 18 and will be live on 9/18/2014.  I’ve continued to explore post processing in Lightroom using tips from several Blogs in WordPress.  One tip came from M.Funk Photography’s Blog in a tutorial video on “Retouch an Underexposed Sunrise”. Read More →

We have a feed trough made out of the top of an old industrial clothing press at our cabin that is used to feed many of the semi-wild animals that pass through looking for food. We turned the press upside down and anchored it to the ground. This havalina gent is one of a pair of stragglers that visit us often. We also get a larger group of fifteen or so havalina with their young that pass through plus an occasional fox. We, along with several neighbors feed the havalina so they are not as aggressive as one might think. They know where the kitchenRead More →

While sitting in our dining room enjoying dinner at the cabin we spotted a deer crossing the lower forest area along the east side of our land. We enjoy three acres of land so there is ample area for the wildlife to attempt to sneak across unnoticed. I couldn’t resist and had to jump up from the table and desert our company to go try to capture a picture. I’m not sure why this image is so grainy as I had the camera set to Camera Raw trying to get more vivid images. Anyway, it was dinner hour and it was getting darker to the eastRead More →

At the last moment we decided to spend Thanksgiving at the Cabin and all the fixings for dinner were done in the Two Butt Kitchen.  It took a little more imagination and timing as I only had one oven instead of my three ovens at home.  I know… oh poor me only three ovens.  I do love my kitchen at home but the cabin was a real treat too.   It did get a little crowded in my little two butt kitchen when we added the third while Gus was carving the turkey but all survived the last minute timing to get the Turkey andRead More →

Here at Ironworks, winter is approaching so it is time to finalize the garden before the first early frost.  First, I thought it would be important to give you the recipe and directions for planting an industrial garden. Ingredients for a Bird / Bat-House: 1 Potty mouth wife 1 Testosterone infused husband 1 Kubota tractor 1 – 15′ tall Bat-House Pole 1 – 3′ deep hole wedging blocks chopped into bits Concrete Directions: As we are moving the pole from the truck to the planting area  Gus is driving the Kubota tractor and I’m guiding the heavy pole towards certain tragedy.  Gus, the Greek, is plowing along like Green Acres withRead More →

Before, during and after building the kitchen for Iron Works. Building and creating a compact two butt kitchen for the cabin was a challenging experience with multiple mind-boggling puzzles to solve.  The best laid plans can sometimes have minor quirks and ours had several.  More importantly, though, every headache was worth the end result. One of the most unusual obstacles centered around the stove and placement of the stove. First, image how to get a 36″ stove into the kitchen opening after the granite counters have been put into place when the opening is only 34″.   Two inches too small to just slide the oven or easily carry the ovenRead More →