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By Dave Patty, September 2, 2009 7:31 pm

@BambiBlue – Cumin, chili powder, salt and black pepper along with the ingredients you have listed.

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By Dave Patty, Dave Patty, August 17, 2009 11:11 pm

Installing a kitchen table light. Just one of the many long overdue projects that need doing around here.

Still recuperating from the well pump/well work this weekend. After pain meds can move the hands enough to type again so some better.

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Dozer along with pieces and bits are loaded, gone and out of my life. And I didn\’t get stung!

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By Dave Patty, Dave Patty, July 26, 2009 12:40 am

Just finished bush hogging a couple of acres of the easy to cut stuff. Now comes clearing crap out of tall brush so I can cut the rest.

Seem to have lost about half my followers today. Including my SO. Guess I need to switch deodorant or something…

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By Dave Patty, Dave Patty, July 22, 2009 6:46 pm

@BambiBlue They had a recent update due to some sites not upgrading right. I\’m using it on 3 and it works great on all of them. Just FYI.

@BambiBlue That\’s why I use the wp auto upgrade plugin.

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By Dave Patty, Dave Patty, July 14, 2009 2:34 pm

@hangfirebooks – Congratulations!!! May the roof above you never fall in and may you both never fall out.

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By Dave Patty, July 13, 2009 9:32 pm

Glad Monday is about done. Was up most of the night with thunderstorms and have been worthless all day today.

@BambiBlue It\’s back up but took a while to load in the theme. Which may be your host or something in the pipe from there to here.

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By Dave Patty, July 12, 2009 11:13 pm

Back from picking up the computer desk and the worst of the thunderstorm has passed so am back on the desktop machine.

Well unloaded the wood from the truck instead. Am going to go pick up a new (to us) computer desk. Back in a bit…

Done with laying the brick floor around the radial arm saw table. At least until I add more roof to the back porch. Now to cool off some.

Spicy Tomato Shrimp with Creamy Polenta

Spicy Tomato Shrimp with Creamy Polenta (Serves 2)

I’m copying the recipe here as I want to modify it for my own use. For really nice pictures of each step and some additional verbiage please go the the link above where the original recipe came from.

I’m planning to use grits in place of the polenta and make a few other changes here and there which I will note when I make this.


* 14 Large shrimp, deveined and peeled.
* 16 grape tomatoes
* 2 cloves garlic, sliced
* 1/2 small red onion
* 2 Tbs tomato paste
* 1/4 tsp kosher salt
* 1/4 tsp ground pepper
* 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
* 2 Tbs olive oil, divided


* 1/2 box instant polenta (about 3/4 cup)
* 2 1/2 cups chicken stock
* 3 cloves garlic
* 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Thinly slice 2 cloves of garlic.

Cut 16 grape tomatoes in half.

Dice 1/2 small red onion.

Season shrimp with 1/4 tsp of kosher salt

1/4 tsp of ground pepper,

1 Tbs of olive oil.

1/4 tsp of crush red pepper.

In a pan, heat 1 Tbs of olive oil at a medium-high heat. Add onions, garlic and tomato paste, stir breaking up the tomato paste. If you like you can add 2 Tbs of water or chicken stock to thin it. Once the paste has broken up and the onions are starting to get tender add you tomatoes.

Stir in the tomatoes. Cook until tender, about 5 minutes.

Add season shrimp. Cook until the shrimp is a light pink and begins to curl. Shrimp cook very quickly, usually in 3 to 7 minutes. Don’t overcook them because it makes them a little rubbery. As soon as they are done remove from heat.

To prepare polenta:

I used a box of instant polenta. I used only half of the box since I was making dinner for only two. I followed the directions on the back but I substituted chicken stock for the water. I added garlic to the chicken stock. When the polenta was thick I stirred in the 1 Tbs of butter and 1/3 cup of shredded Parmesan. If your polenta is a little too think just keep some warm chicken stock near by and add it little by little, until you have the consistency you want.

Serve shrimp over polenta. Garnish with torn fresh basil and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.

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By Dave Patty, Dave Patty, July 11, 2009 11:02 pm

@ScionBoo Have you checked to see if air is blowing out the vent? I\’ve had dust build up in the vent tube and keep the air from coming out.

Time to make a Wally World run for weekend foodstuffs. 13 minutes to nearest one and 11 minutes to next nearest. Stupid speed limits…

Just finished frying up 20+ tortillas and waiting for the leftovers gumbo to finish simmering then lunch time!

Have had a major brainfart on the trailer/camper design I am trying to work out. Now faster, better, stronger, and MUCH harder to build…

@bookpatrol – I like \’ream\’ better than any of the others listed. \’Chapter\’ sounds like only one. I think \’index\’ would work too.

@bookn3rd – I am jealous! So wish I was there to see and partake in the festivities!

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Back from the daily PO run and feeling like crap. Think it\’s nap time.

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By David Patty, David Patty, June 26, 2009 4:27 pm

Roof is now painted. And I am about done in. Quick trip to the PO and store and I\’m gonna call it a day…

Took a break and came down before I fell off. Gonna try to finish it soon as I get cooled off a bit.

Decided to go on and paint the wall first. Looks better anyway. Got all but 4 sections of the roof painted before getting dizzy from heat.

Guess I\’ll paint the roof in the morning and work on the wall after the sun gets off it tomorrow afternoon.

Just down from starting to caulk the east second floor wall. However, looks like it needs a new layer of plywood before I paint it.

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By David Patty, June 25, 2009 6:07 pm

UPS just ran. Got 300 grams of D-Ribose delivered to the door for less than I\’ve been paying for 250 grams AND driving to Gadsden to get.

Well, found the rollers, covers, pans, and one trim brush. No idea where my wide brushes are. Too hot now, will paint early tomorrow.

And it\’s already about too hot to try to paint the roof anyway. Guess I\’ll keep looking and get all the bits lined up for early tomorrow.

It\’s gonna be one of those days. Found the 5 gal bucket of paint, but can\’t find the brushes or rollers. Only 3 buildings left to check…

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By David Patty, David Patty, June 20, 2009 6:18 pm

Gonna try to get stuff moved from room to room here at home this afternoon and tonight. For now am going to take a break with a book.

Was going to go to Cat\’s mom\’s house in Calcis today but time and heat caused the trip to be put off till tomorrow.

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By David Patty, David Patty, June 17, 2009 6:20 pm

@BambiBlue Glad you got loose. Sounds like it would make a good show… :-)

Just back from the auction. Got 4 20/75 watt cf light bulbs for $6.60 which is a bit better than store prices. Was quite a show tonight!

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By David Patty, David Patty, June 16, 2009 10:41 pm

Trying to decide if I have enough energy and feel good enough to go to the auction tonight.

Cut back some of the brush along the entry drive. Showered and gonna take a siesta now.

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By David Patty, David Patty, June 15, 2009 2:38 am

To bed, to read, then sleep, perchance to dream. Till tomorrow all…

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By David Patty, June 14, 2009 6:10 pm

Back from the flea market earlier than planned. Rain moved in quicker than anticipated. Got packed and loaded just before it hit.

Though it looks like it could be wet again today am gonna try for the flea market. Almost packed and fixing to head out.

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By David Patty, David Patty, June 13, 2009 5:14 pm

Got about a dozen boxes of glass and ceramic stuff unpacked and on shelving. Heading to the school to get more in a few.

Well, rain killed the flea market this morning. Guess we\’ll shoot for tomorrow. Hoping to get the inside room ready soon.

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