Pizza for a School Project

Pizza for a School Project

Introduction This post is a school project in making pizza for the kids.  The assignment was to do some comparison shopping on items from various local grocery stores.  My kids regularly shop with me and know that not only do I look for good prices, but also take into account time and gas required to shop.  I’ve explained to them that it doesn’t make much sense to spend more in gas to drive to another store to save a few…

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Maple Cinnamon Cheesecake with Apple Crisp Topping

Maple Cinnamon Cheesecake with Apple Crisp Topping

Now is the time of year I start baking things to test out for going onto the Thanksgiving Day table.  Today’s test is a cheesecake, but not just any cheesecake.  This one has a cinnamon graham cracker crust, maple syrup/cinnamon cake with an apple crisp topping. The Crust 2 packages Honeymaid Cinnamon Graham Crackers 1 1/2 Sticks Butter Melted Put the graham crackers into a food processor and pulse until you have a good combination of fine crumbs and larger…

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A Major Award for Apple Pie

A Major Award for Apple Pie

Yesterday I entered a homemade apple pie in the Albatwich (Al-ba-twitch) festival in Columbia, PA, put on by the Columbia Creative Factory.  It was a tight competition when the judges needed to find another judge to settle a tie breaker between 2nd and 3rd Place.  After much discussion and several tastings, I was eventually declared the first place winner.  With that comes all the honors and privileges of being a local Apple Pie Contest Winner. The winning pie was actually…

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Homemade Fish Bat

Homemade Fish Bat

After seeing how well the chiseling mallets turned out, I thought I’d make something a little larger, like a Fish Bat.  If you fish for larger fish then you’d keep you know what this is.  If not, this is a method of quickly dispatching large fish, a quick thunk on the head and the fish dies instantly.  This method makes it safe to bring large fish on board that have a tendency to thrash about and injure or kill fishermen….

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Chiseling Mallet

Chiseling Mallet

I turned this chiseling mallet today.  My brother gave me a whole pile of nice wood that’s just perfect for working with on the lathe.  He told me that he was watching a video the other day on wood carving and he saw a guy using one of these.  He just didn’t know what it was called.  I thought that was funny because I had been thinking about making one anyway. This is 11″ long with a head diameter of…

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Handmade Kitchen Mallet

Handmade Kitchen Mallet

If you do a lot of cooking like I do, I’m sure you know the importance of having a good heavy kitchen mallet.  Unfortunately what I’ve seen available in stores lately in the way of mallets just don’t seem to work.  They’re too light, with a long handle to make up for the weight.  They don’t have a large enough surface area, meaning it takes a lot of hits to get the meat flattened. I happened to have a pile…

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Dewalt 7730 Radial Arm Saw

Dewalt 7730 Radial Arm Saw

I found this Dewalt 7730 Radial Arm Saw on Craigslist a few years ago, guy was selling it for $40, with a cheap no-name miter saw for free.  It worked, was in decent shape, and even came with a nice Jacob’s drill chuck on the backside.  Like my vintage Lathe, this was also built right here in Lancaster county. I’ve actually had this sitting around for a couple of years. It needed a new table when I brought it home…

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Vacuum Bag Dispenser & Storage

Vacuum Bag Dispenser & Storage

We’ve had a Foodsaver Vacuum Sealer for several years now, picked it up at Costco and have used it fairly regular for years.  So far, it’s been working well.  If you have a Foodsaver brand sealer, I’m sure you’ve looked at the prices of their brand of bags and were surprised at the costs.  The past few years we’ve been buying large rolls of bags from Amazon for far less than the Foodsaver name bags. This creates a problem of…

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Automatic Drain for Craftsman Compressor

Automatic Drain for Craftsman Compressor

I’ve had a 33 gallon Craftsman Compressor for quite some time and it’s been a great addition to the workshop.  I had picked up an Automatic Drain kit for it several years ago on clearance at Harbor Freight for around $4, then I promptly misplaced it.  I found it again a few days ago and realized that I’ve never drained the compressor since I got it.  Ugh.  Sure enough draining it we found there was at least a gallon of…

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Home Made Ice Cream

Home Made Ice Cream

I was watching an episode of Triple D the other night and got a hankerin’ to venture into Home Made Ice Cream.  I have an old 1 Gallon ice cream maker that my mom bought when we were kids.  Probably from someplace like Monkey Wards (Montgomery Wards).  It’s probably 30+ years old and possibly traveled back and forth across the country, twice. First thing I wanted to make was the old standby of chocolate.  Everyone loves chocolate ice cream.  I…

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