When making this yummy turkey I used a Fresh Young Turkey at 22 pounds. It was so juicy and tender. There was no need to add butter if it already is pre-basted.  For a super tasty bird brine it overnight first. 22  pound Turkey 1/8 teaspoon Basil 1/2 teaspoon Poultry Seasoning Paprika 1/4 cup Salt; I prefer Kosher Sea Salt 1 1/2 cups Chicken broth; For basting Turkey 1/8 teaspoon Oregano 1  cube butter; Optional for basting Turkey… I love it any way I can get it.  It does have to be cooked first thought.  This one is ready to go into the oven and thenRead More →

Here we are at the Pavilion Car Show in Scottsdale AZ. This car show has been running for more than 20 years. Gus and I came to this same car show on our second date in an unnamed number of years ago. It’s still one of our favorite date spots. The purple car below is a custom 1989 Corvette with a super charger, custom body kit and disconnected nitrous. He would get too many tickets if it were connected.Read More →

To the west of downtown Cabo San Lucas, Mexico there is a secluded beach where groupings of large rocks and boulders jut from beneath the sand.  The surf breaks on the beach with such force that it’s almost impossible to walk a shallow surf.  No swimming allowed especially for  a swimmer such as me! A fisherman balances on the largest of the boulders in hopes of a catch.  The only footprints on the sand are those of ours as we take a tranquil morning walk.Read More →

Little Horned Buck at the Ramsey Canyon Park near Tucson Arizona posed for several pictures just like a model.  It was amazing to see so many young wildlife basking in the cool morning sun in late December.  This little lopsided horned buck was giving himself a quick morning spit bath.  If you are able to get to this area the photo opportunities abound as the wildlife feels very safe in the Canyon Park and seem to just go on for several poses.  The only challenge was trying to find them in full sunlight and they tended to sleep in shaded areas.Read 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 →