Scotch Eggs

So I saw this recipe on the James Townsend and Sons website where they make it look so easy and decided I gotta try it.  So here we go!  Let’s mince up some ham, country ham and fresh eggs would be better since they don’t require refrigeration.


While four eggs are on to hard boil I started on mincing the ham.  In this case I’m running some packaged city ham through the grinder to create ham mince.  This could be done by hand with knife and mashing tool.  But, today I have solar panels to work on and utilized some tools for shortcuts.   😉

Doesn’t that look nice?  That’s about two cups of minced ham.
I added one egg.  Next time I use city ham with “water added” I’ll be adding two eggs.  The egg is just a binder for holding the ham together.
Now wrap the ham mince around the hard-boiled eggs for a coating of about 1/2 inch or so.
This is the setup, today I’ll be using the rocket stove with the same trivet I use in my Dutch oven.  The trivet raises the pan to help reduce the hot spot in the middle.
Lessons learned here?  Make sure the oil or other cooking medium is up to temp before putting in because you’re gonna be rolling these and setting the ham coating fairly quickly.  Also, take the extra time to be sure your cooking surface is actually level.
There ya go…  Nice brown Scotch Eggs.  I added no salt, pepper or other seasoning.  The ingredients are simply minced ham and eggs.
And here’s what they look like on the plate.
Sorry, close to the last bite.  I hope you enjoyed.

So until we cook and dine again…

GOLD ! ! !

We just got back from another small adventure. And while putting together the pictures from two different cameras I saw these and remembered I didn’t show you our gold expedition.  While it was not a lot to get excitited about it, was relaxing, and fun.  Plus we did find some very fine gold flakes!

Libby and Layla enjoyed the time playing in the creek.

DSCN3774This certainly was a beautiful setting to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Now down to business.  We set up our mini-sluice and got started digging holes.DSCN3765Ok, so digging the holes to try and reach the bedrock where the black sand and gold would be settled was not so relaxing.  Brenda and I took turns digging and processing the raw materials.DSCN3768So the mini-sluice is set and working…  This was the second most cool part.  The first part of course is working down the “concentrates”.  You see that’s what you end up with after it goes through the sluice.

We both wanted to play in the sluice since it was helping to concentrate the “good stuff.”

The outcome???   We found several small flakes of very fine gold and the confidence that we could do this.  We will soon be “penny-aires” at this rate!!!

This was about getting out enjoying each others company in nature and doing things that others have never tried.  How much gold have you found lately, hmm?   We also met some folks that were real helpful with hints and tips.  Which goes to show that there are many communities full of folks that want to share their knowledge and experiences.

This was just a short post, during the same short time we collected geodes in another stream and camped with an old friend in the Cherokee Nat’l Forest.

Now that i’ve posted this back to work on what I was really doing…

Until next time…

“Get out, Be safe, and Go adventure”


Village visit. Historic White Pine Village

I know the blog seems to be stuck back in time.  So, we’re gonna move ahead at least a century.

We paid a visit to the historic White Pine Village in Ludington, Michigan.  The Mission Statement for the historical society listed on their web site is below, and is a link to their home page.

The Mason County Historical Society is a private, non-profit educational organization, formally organized on November 30, 1937. 

Since 1937 this group has been busy preserving the history and heritage of this area of Michigan, specifically Mason County.  This includes a community of 29 buildings that are situated on 23 acres of beautiful lands and gardens.  Sounds like a real estate ad or a travel brochure?  I’m sorry it’s just the truth and the only way I can describe the place.  So here are a lot of Pictures from some of the buildings.

The Burns farmhouse was typical of the times.
The interior of the house looks like most any other, Well except for the pump organ to the right and no electricity.
This plaque points out some things to consider while looking in on this schoolhouse.
Yep, kids to day have it made. writing desks made of wood, slates to write on, and oh yeah no air conditioning.
And this was the only source of heat.  What wear a DUNCE cap if you were to lazy to do your work???

Let’s go see the general store…

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This is a loom that was considered portable in that time period.  There’s one similar to this at the Gladie Visitors Center  at Red river Gorge Ky.
And this is a closeup of the work in progress.  In an earlier time thread made from combed and spun wool would be used to make cloth.  As you can see here old worn out clothes could be re-purposed into other useful items.


I tried to capture the entire inside of the county courthouse in this panorama.  As you can tell it’s rather small, the judge would sit at the table in front of the jurors.  If a jail sentence was pronounced the guilty party would be led through the door next to the woodstove. The county jail was a room dug underground with a ladder that would be lifted out was the incarceration began.

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The slide show above is a typical trappers cabin.  Brenda and I both agreed that we could be very comfortable there.

Of course we had to visit the fire station.
This is where it would begin, central office switchboard would answer the call, then “ring down” the fire department.

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There were several more buildings with all sort of things from that time displayed.  We managed to make it through all of them before we had to move on.

SO, I’m going to close for now as it’s time to head out for the next stop. I’ll let you in on a secret, the next blog post will still be from Michigan.

So until next time…

“Get out, Be safe, and Go adventure”

George Rogers Clark

Another living history lesson…

We step back in time once again with one of the period actors here at Fort Boonesboro.  This time to hear the story of   surrender at the hands of a few, very few, brave Kentuckians….

Yes, it’s true I’m still playing catch up.  It seems that there’s just not enough time between planning, adventuring, and work to share with ya’ll all the cool stuff we find to get into.  Since this video we have been gathering geodes, gold panning, camping in the forest with a friend, hiking at Natural Bridge, visiting a campsite on the Elkhorn Creek, touring Lost Sea Cavern, and that’s all I can remember without Brenda’s help.

So, she’s probably going to post pictures on Instagram @twentyonefeathers and then some on her Facebook page “Stepintothesunlight”.

So until next time…

“Get out, Be safe, and Go adventure”

A little history from Chief Black Hoof

Chief Black Hoof explains the meaning of the word we now say as “Kentucky” as he begins to explain life from the eyes of his people.  It’s interesting to hear history from a different perspective than the narrow view taught to us in school.  As he continues the differences begin to grow less and start to become similarities.He continues to describe the society of his people and it soon becomes clear that perhaps they were more progressive than the white men. He explains how women in his tribe were held in a higher position than even the white man’s women.  Indian women managed the affairs of the family, where to set camp, what to grow, they held all the belongings in the wig-wam, and yes even the wig-wam.  While the women in the white man’s nation had little to say about these things.  He describes  when it came time to go to war how the braves would defer the final veto to the elder women.  Then describes how young men became warriors.  And describes the making of the “scalp lock” and what it meant, along with the adorning of the warriors.  The reasons they fought the early settlers were described in ways that differ from those we learned.  Black Hoof goes on to describe his decisions in dealings with the white men of this new nation. And describes his final days.

Well I hope this has given you a little different perspective of history, it certainly caused me to think a little more about what I ‘knew”.  Brenda and I spent the whole day there just soaking up the atmosphere of the time they portrayed.  So I’ll be posting more videos and pictures to help tell the story we saw.

As always…

“Get out, Be safe, and Go adventure”

Spring Trade Day on May 28, 1782

Ok, maybe this was really just yesterday but it sure felt like 200 or more years ago.   We stopped in at Fort Boonesboro Kentucky to see the period actors and learn a few things.  I’l be posting some videos with music, history, and hopefully telling a story you’ll want to hear.  Those of you more than 400 followers know that I try and make fairly short posts here just so you can pop in to see what we’re doing. SO, to do that there are going to be several posts.   Along with the videos I’ll be adding podcast audio to “Road Noise” on this blog.  So stay tuned and check it out.

Jonathan shows us his two hundred year old lute.
Jonathan shows us his two hundred year old lute.

Today we were entertained by Jonathan Hagee who is known as a Colonial Balladeer.  He’s a “roving musician” who performs at fairs, festivals, schools, and historic sites sharing and talking about life in early America from the 1750-1820 time period.

Here’s a familiar tune with a hidden meaning…

Click this link…   Jonathan Hagee — “John Barley Corn”

To hear the entire video including a beautiful acapella and the description of his 200 year old lute visit: Road Noise on this blog.

To hear more from Jonathan go to his web site at:     or Facebook:

I’ll be sitting still a little more and catching up.

Get Out, Be Safe, and Go Adventure.

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