Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wild Turkey Platter

I was driving over the hill the other day and saw seven wild turkey so I came home and made a wild turkey platter. Over the years I've seen a lot of wild turkey but I've never seen one with it's tail feathers on display. Perhaps I need to see them during the mating season.

The other day we got our propane delivery and just in time. A few days later it got down to 38 F. It's gone back up in temperatures again but we're ready if any more cold snaps happen. The fireplace has a thermostat so it goes on and off automatically. For many years we heated with fire wood; it's nice not to have to carry in wood not to mention all the chopping and splitting. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Spiced Candy Roaster

Remember the North Georgia Candy Roaster winter squash I purchased several weeks ago? I finally got around to cutting it up and cooking it.

I used cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, honey, brown sugar, and a drizzle of olive oil. I baked it at 400 F for about half an hour or until a fork could be easily inserted. It was delicious. I see why folks use this squash instead of pumpkin for making pies.

First I peeled the squash, all two and a half feet of it. Then I sliced it in one inch slices and cut those in half. I removed the seeds and pith and saved the seeds. I chopped the slices of squash in bite sized pieces. This squash is easier to clean than a pumpkin since the pith isn't as stringy and the seeds easily separate from the pith. I'm drying the seeds and saving them to plant next summer. But wait a minute I might have to eat a few of the, read on.

I'm assuming the health benefits of candy roaster squash are similar to eating pumpkin. Check out this article in the Huffington Post about health benefits of eating the squash and seeds. It boosts your immune system, has more potassium than a banana, the seeds are good for the heart because they lower bad cholesterol, it helps you loose weight, has mega amounts of vitamin A good for eyesight, reduces cancer risk, protects your skin from wrinkles, eating the seeds boosts production of seratonin which helps your mood. With all those benefits I should eat it every day.

After cooking a large baking dish full of squash I still have a huge bowl of cut up squash. I plan to parboil the remaining squash. Then I'll freeze some and make a soup with some of the squash. I highly recommend growing and eating this squash. It stores well. I wish I had bought more of these North Georgia Candy Roasters. I could be eating fresh squash all winter long. Now I know how valuable a root cellar was to folks before refrigeration. Thanks for reading and for all  your comments.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Rooster Platter and a Freeze Plug

Like I said yesterday, roosters seem to be popping up everywhere around here. Here's a rooster platter I made. On the ground under his feet I added a few kernels of chicken feed for him.

Yesterday I was talking to Gary about my rooster bank. He asked what I was going to plug the lower hole with. I said I'll plug it with a cork or wooden or rubber stopper. He said what if you used a freeze plug that expands as it's inserted. I may look into these rubber freeze plugs for my banks. Clay and auto parts combined, who knew. OK I just looked at the price of these, maybe I'll stick with a cork. Ha.

When I came upstairs and glanced out the window I saw a beautiful sunset. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Big Rooster Bank

Yesterday I had an inspiration to make a rooster bank. The rooster is about 12 inches tall and the body is about 6 by 8 inches wide. Lots of coins could be saved in a bank this size. There's a slot in the top to insert coins and a hole in the bottom to retrieve the savings. I'll plug the bottom hole with a cork or a wooden or rubber stopper.

I started with a sketch of my idea. Later I made a paper template for the body shape.

Then I wondered how in the world I could construct the piece. I decided to form a makeshift form to hold up the body of the rooster. A plaster mold would be much better. I'll have to think about that for the future. Sometimes it isn't easy being self taught. I wish I could afford to take sculpture class. Maybe one of these days.

As I made the rooster I was thinking rooster banks would be a wonderful addition to my pottery repertoire. But after all the makeshift contraptions and clay gyrations I went through yesterday I wasn't sure I ever wanted to make another. It took me almost four hours to make, The head and tail feathers are precarious. I made them flat but now I wish I'd made them three dimensional. I hope this piece makes it through the firings.

Remember the chickens I saw camping, they're popping up all over the place in my clay work. Oh look at the feet in my sketch, they seem like a cross between human and chicken feet. I wish I'd made the feet that way; I think they'd be a fine addition, very folk artish. This morning I'm thinking one of these roosters, slightly modified, would make a nice cookie jar. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.