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Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na BATMAN!

Everyone has a childhood hero. At some point we've had an idol.  Do you ever grow out of either? Nope. Mr. B. is a perfect example of his childhood hero and grown-up idol..... Batman, Batman, Batman, Batman! Batman, Batman, Batman! Batman, Batman, Batman, Batman! Batman, Batman, Batman! Batman, Batman, Batman! Batman, Batman, Batman! Batman, Batman, Batman! Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na Batman! Copyright: Lyrics (c) Original Writer & Publisher Source: The room is a small 10x9 which served many purposes, from our oldest's bedroom, to storage. With the kids leaving, it now serves its purpose as "The Batcave".   It was a fun project, with much toil and sleepless, hungry nights. Nevertheless, I enjoyed seeing all the pieces come together. I worked from hand-drawn plans with minimal tweaks. This goes back to me always saying planning is important

Beef Jerky You Say?

Have you ever tried to create your own beef jerky? I'm sure it was a thought at some point, especially considering the price point on the 'good stuff' out there. I've thought of creating my own for quite some time and had some tender beef fajita meat leftover. So, I decided 'What the heck?'.  This is the result of my beef jerky creation. It turned out pretty good and I will be making it again. The only issue I have is the meat residue getting stuck between the grates of my dehydrator racks. I've been soaking the racks for a few days now.  Try this and let me know how it turned out for you and if you have any variations for your process! If you have questions for me, let me know! INGREDIENTS: MEAT SPICES/ OTHER DIRECTIONS fajita beef black pepper Worcestershire sauce liquid smoke seasoning carefully slice meat as thin as possible add seasonings marinate for 24 hours place strips on dehydrator racks to dry out for 24 ho

Chili Cook-Off

It had been a long while since I made chili. With a $100 prize pot for three categories, I was down for the company turnout.  Silly me, to throw myself in the ranks with what may be some of the best chili concoctions ever- spicy, beefy, chicken...BACON!  I may have my luck wavering in the wind with my chances dwindling. And so goes the saying "darn my luck".  My original batch of chili (cooked for at least 24 hours) did not turn out to my satisfaction because I forgot to NOT use cheap beef. You know the huge black square container or the huge beef-chub tube? It's edible, but not contest-worthy. So, let's try this again.  Thankfully, I had all my ingredients still on-hand but what about meat? I went to the freezer and voila! I had fajita meat and barbacoa! I used the fajita meat in this redo. I would've used the barbacoa as well, but the crock-pot wasn't big enough. The take-away is to always use quality meat in your soups and stews. Living in Texa