Monday, June 23, 2014

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Sunday Potluck


Each Sunday there is a potluck dinner here at the resort. If one brings something, the potluck dinner is free, if one is unable to bring anything then the dinner is $6.00 so one does not have to feel guilty.

This Sunday I made Hot Wings. My special homemade rub was applied Saturday night and the wings sat in the refrigerator overnight.

IMG_0541 Wings after sitting in refrigerator overnight

On Sunday, I smoked the wings with apple pellets for two hours at 180 degrees and then cooked them in the smoker at 350 degrees for forty minutes.


Cooked Wings

After the wings were cooked, I placed them in a crockpot set on warm and added the hot sauce. The wings are served directly from the crockpot.

Rub recipe:

2 tablespoons smoked paprika
1 tablespoon plus I teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons vinegar powder
1 & 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon tomato powder
1 teaspoon hickory smoke powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Place four pounds of wings in a gallon Zip lock bag. Distribute about one half of the rub throughout the wings in the bag. Seal the bag and rotate the bag until the wings are evenly coated. Place the bag of wings in the refrigerator overnight and the next day until smoking / cooking time. Rotate the bag before retiring for the night and several times the next day.

Left over rub can be stored in a jar with a tight lid.

Hot Sauce recipe:

4 tablespoons butter (1/2 a stick)
1/2 cup Louisiana-style hot sauce. Hotness selected by your degree of hot.
1/4 cup of honey
1 to 2 tablespoons of Kirkland mince garlic in olive oil or similar brand / several garlic cloves

Heat the above in a sauce pan and bring to a slow boil.

Place the smoked / cooked wings in a crockpot and pour the sauce over the wings.

Set the crockpot on warm for at least 1/2 hour. The wings can be left in the crockpot on warm for up to an hour.   



Sunday, June 22, 2014

Koko’s First Haircut


The folks here at the resort, were staying that Koko looked more like a bear club then a poodle. Both his and Strider’s coats were getting to be quite long and both were overdue for a grooming.

Koko did not get his first rabbi’s shot until two days before we left for the summer and since most groomers will not take a dog without a rabbi’s certificate, we had to put off his first grooming until after we got here.

Thursday we headed to St. Maries where he had Strider groomed last year. We were prepared for Strider to throw up as he does not take to traveling curvy roads very well whereas Koko has never thrown up when traveling. Well to our surprise Koko threw up first. I guess that the road to St. Maries is a little too much for either dog.

Anyway we made it there a little clean up and both pups got their summer haircuts.


Koko now looks like a poodle instead of a bear club



Strider’s summer hair cut

As you may remember from last year, St. Maries is a little short on barber shops, there is only one groomer but they do have two grocery stores and over the Fourth of July St. Maries boasts having the World’s largest topless bar.

At any rate while the pups were being groomed, we had lunch at Zips (a hamburger joint) and did our grocery shopping.

Returning from the ice run

The lady said that Koko behaved well while he was being groomed so as a reward, Friday Koko and I biked the Coeur D’Alene trail from the marina to Harrison for ice cream. I had my usual; huckleberry ice cream in a waffle cone and Koko had a half a scoop of vanilla.


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Rainy & Chilly but better weather is promised


The last several days here, since Friday have been on the chilly side. It has rained steady since yesterday and has not gotten above 50. Up until now the weather has been great, mid-forties at night and high to mid-seventies in the afternoons. The forecast for Friday is sunny and the mid-seventies so hopefully Koko and I will be able to do the bike ride to Harrison for huckleberry ice cream.

For our anniversary Raija baked a huckleberry pie so all has not been lost on the huckleberry front.

Strider and Koko will be groomed this Thursday at the one and only groomer in St. Maries, ID. It will be Koko’s first grooming. It appears that Koko is finally house trained. It has been over a week now with no inside accidents. He has learned to go to the coach door when he needs to do his business.

Look for pictures of Strider and Koko after Thursday, once they are groomed.

I have my weather link up. You can view it at You may have to try several times as it will only be there if my computer is on. You can select "MAP" and then "Satellite". By zooming in you will see the coach and H3 at my RV site.