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It's a love/hate thing update. 
Jun. 16, 2014 11:33 am 
Updated: Jun. 18, 2014 1:43 pm

Note:  To see the full pictures, please click on them.

Yesterday was our big fundraiser breakfast at the museum next door and after the breakfast, it turns into Sunday Fun Day, which means several adult type beverages and this year I smoked a brisket, which was incredible.   My first shot at a brisket.   Anyways, after a big day like yesterday, Monday becomes Procrastination Day, which is why I'm taking a few minutes to share some pictures.

First the breakfast.   It was a cold, wet and windy day, and the museum is in the country, 5 miles off the blacktop.   So naturally people didn't want to try the bad roads and our attendance was down.   We didn't serve quite 400 this year, where we normally do almost 500.


So anyways, after the breakfast, it's become tradition to gather at my place for the remaining day and evening, and today I'm pooped.   But when I posted the love/hate blog, some of you asked for updates on the pictures of my back yard, so here they are as promised.


We had a late spring, so not much is in bloom yet.


In the above picture, you can see my pit barrel cooker that I made.   This is what I did the brisket in.   It still needs paint but it works great.   The basic design idea came from   I strongly recommend these for no hassle smoking and grilling.   It's a nice companion to my other grills.



Have yourself a nice day.   I better get something done!


Jun. 16, 2014 11:43 am
Looks like a very peaceful and relaxing place to be. Great job!!
Jun. 16, 2014 11:46 am
What a beautiful back yard, duboo! It looks just perfect for kicking back, alone, or with company.
Jun. 16, 2014 12:27 pm
I'm not seeing the smoker but the yard looks great. I am still loving your deck! We should get rid of our wood and switch to composite, beautiful....
Jun. 16, 2014 12:29 pm
What a beautiful yard, looks like a great place to kick back and read a good book..
Jun. 16, 2014 12:35 pm
OK - I had to click on the picture to see the smoker. Very nice! I want one! Thanks for sharing your lovely yard with us.
Jun. 16, 2014 1:02 pm
Ahhh! I relax just looking at those pictures of your beautiful yard! I remember your "the winter that never ends" pictures - it really is hard to remember in January, February (and this year - March and April) that spring will come and we'll soon be complaining about heat and humidity. Thanks for the reminder and the update!
Jun. 16, 2014 1:03 pm
Beautiful yard Duboo. So peaceful looking. Thanks for sharing.
Jun. 16, 2014 1:29 pm
Thanks, BN, now I also can see the smoker!
Jun. 16, 2014 1:54 pm
Looks like a place for a Backyard BBQ! Nice!
Jun. 16, 2014 2:22 pm
Thanks everyone. We do love it here. Our winters are not for most people, but the summers make up for it. The breakfast Sunday gets to be real busy, but usually it is very quiet here with only a few cars a day passing by.
Jun. 16, 2014 3:45 pm
Beautiful - jealous here...
Jun. 17, 2014 5:17 am
Yes emeralds, just to the left of those pictures, we have small lilacs that border the yard. Also that deck shares a wall with the garage, and just around the corner of the garage are a few more lilacs. Unfortunately, I have a large yard to the north west of my house that I have tried for 20 plus years to get trees to grow, but they won't, so while I have a couple of trees in my front yard, I feel bare without the trees in the adjoining yard.
Jun. 17, 2014 8:22 am
I just want to kick back in that beautiful yard while the smell of the smoker lulls me to the dining table :)
Jun. 17, 2014 8:34 am
What a difference the weather makes. I can see why you handle the winters in order to see the spring.
Jun. 17, 2014 8:37 am
Oh, BTW, I wouldn't be without a smoker. Smokers are the outdoor slow cookers, low and slow.
Jun. 17, 2014 8:56 am
That is even prettier than I thought it would be. You have created yourself a beautiful outdoor space.
Jun. 17, 2014 12:04 pm
I agree! It is lovely! I'm envious! :)
Jun. 17, 2014 1:01 pm
a knock-out yard ( in spring!) i still folks in coats. ya are some tough folks! great thing you do for your community jay. i'll be your campaign manager if ya want to run for mayor :)
Jun. 18, 2014 1:43 pm
gderr, I appreciate your vote of confidence, but I already have too danged many non-paying jobs! :)
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Dad of two great girls and husband to one equally great lady.
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I like Italian and Mexican. I enjoy a challenge and tend to move on once I have it mastered.
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Mom taught all of us boys (and girls) to cook. It's always nice when Mom has us over and I get to carve the meat for her.
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My favorite triumphs are cooking twice for my daughters and their friends proms. Both years I served about 15 and stuck with my own Italian recipes. The kids all loved the meals. Now the girls (in college) and their friends try to make a point to come out for my cooking, which usually turns out! I love having them here and the cooking helps! Also once a year I have to make pies for a local fundraiser and last year, the old ladies thought I had bought the cheesecake with the pretty swirls and passed it off as my own. Nope. Sorry ladies!
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Yep, I've left the giblets in the bird once. I also believed the pop-up thermometer one time when I shouldn't have. Yea, and I did a rotisserie chicken in 7 minutes flat. Forgot to turn the grill down from preheating. That wasn't pretty.
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