LA Dodger Clock

My grandson, Gunner, is a LA Dodger fan – so I decided to try my hand at making a wood clock for him. It actually turned out pretty good – for my first shot at this.

I started out with 2 small pieces of Poplar wood, planed the edges smooth, and glued them together with some biscuit joints.

Then, I laided out the LA letters and traced them onto the Poplar. Then, with a jigsaw, I cut the pieces out. Through a combination of machine and hand sanding, I got it sanded smooth, and drilled a hole through the center of the “A” . Then, I marked out, and routered out the space in the back of the clock for the clock mechanism.

Then I stained the clock with a color called “Gunstock.” We have previously made a shelf for Gunner ‘s room with the same stain.

I tried painting the black space in the middle of the “A” – but that didn’t work well, so I cut a piece of black vinyl to go on there.

Then I applied a single “heavy” coat of polyurethane over the entire front of the clock – including the vinyl and the numbers. Then I put the clock mechanism in, put the hands on, and put a battery in it to make sure it works. It worked perfectly. Gunner really liked the clock.

Homemade Meatballs and Alfredo Sauce

Tonight, I made some homemade Meatballs stuffed with Colby/Jack cheese. The Meatballs are made with ground beef, bread crumbs, Oregano, Milk, Ketchup, an Egg, and Colby/Jack Cheese, and salt and pepper. I wisked the seasonings, the egg, the Ketchup, and the milk together – then mixed in the ground beef. I formed 11 meatballs out of this mix, and rolled the ground beef mixture around the cheese cube.

Then I drizzled Olive Oil over the Meatballs and rub it over the Meatballs – then cooked in the Air Fryer at 390 degrees for 13 minutes.

Then I made some Rigatoni pasta and some homemade Alfredo Sauce. I started by putting some heavy whipping creme and some butter in a saucepan and simmering for 2 minutes. Then, I added some Garlic Powder, Italian Seasoning, and salt and pepper. I let that simmer for a minute, then added the shredded Parmesan Cheese and kept on the heat until the cheese was melted.

Once the cheese was melted, I poured the Alfredo Sauce into the Rigatoni, and stirred. Here is the finished products:

Then, I served the Rigatoni Alfredo and the Meatballs with some Whole Kernel Corn – an very good meal.

Skirt Steak (Caveman Style), Veggies, and Corn

So, I saw this show an Food Network, and they cooked the Skirt Steak “Caveman Style” – another words – I cooked the steaks directly on the coals. I used Apple wood wood chunks – and burned them down to the coals. I cooked them for a very short time, flipped them, and wrapped them in foil and let them rest. We sliced the Skirt Steak against the grain – so that it was not tough to eat.

Then, we (me and Jesse) cut up Veggies (potatoes, mushrooms, onions, green bell peppers, red bell peppers, yellow bell peppers, broccoli, and zucchini), and Corn on the cob.

I added some butter and some Montreal Steak Seasoning and wrapped them tightly.

Here is the final picture – with everything plated – except for the veggies that I don’t like, lol.

It was a very good meal – everyone enjoyed it very much. The steak was tender – and the veggies were absolutely amazing!

Homemade Sloppy Joe’s and Homemade Air Fryer French Fries

Tonight, I wanted a simple supper, so I made some homemade Sloppy Joe’s and some homemade Air Fryer French Fries. I started with 2 pounds of Ground Beef and boiled it, then drained, and put in a skillet. Then I added some salt and pepper, about 6 ounces of Chili Sauce, about the same of BBQ Sauce, and some Ketchup – until it is to the consistency that I want. My granddaughter, Leana, helped me prepare the meal.

Now, for the French Fries – I started by washing and slicing the potatoes, then soak them in cold water for 30 – 60 minutes – to get some of the starch removed. Then we put the sliced potatoes on some paper towels and patted them dry.

Then we put the potatoes in a pan with about 1 Tbls of Olive Oil, some Salt, Pepper, and some Seasoning Salt – and tossed until coated well. Then we cooked them in the Air Fryer at 380 degrees for 20 minutes – then transferred to a bowl.

Then, we got to assemble the sandwich, and enjoy it. I put some American Cheese on the bun, then scooped on some of the Sloppy Joe mix, and put some French Fries on the plate – and it was a very good – yet simple supper.

Super Bowl Brisket

Today, for the football get together at our church – I decided to smoke a 16 pound Brisket on a Traeger grill – and it came out amazing. I have always cooked them in the oven, so this was a new experience for me. I seasoned the Brisket with a mixture of Brown Sugar, Cummin, Salt, Pepper, Cayenne, Smoked Paprika, Oregano, Onion Powder, and Garlic Powder.

Then I put it on the Traeger grill at 225 degrees, for 7 hours, then I wrapped it in foil and left it for 3 more hours.

Then I sliced it with my electric knife – and, at first, I was eating it as fast as I could cut it. Lol. And I saved the juices to put the sliced Brisket in – absolutely the right decision. As you can see in the pan, it went over very well.

And, here is the rest of the spread at our get together.

Homemade Hot Wings

As I learn more about this Air Fryer, I like it more and more. Tonight, for the “FRYDAY” – I decided to make some Hot Wings in the Air Fryer – and they were amazing.

I started with mixing my ingredients for the batter – 2 eggs, Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, Crushed Red Peppers, Black Pepper, and Cayenne Pepper – then wicked them together.

Then I took 3 1/2 pounds of fresh Chicken Wings, rinsed them with cold water, then dipped them in the batter, then put them in a tub with flour, and shook it real good. Then I put as many wings as possible (about 12) in the basket of the Air Fryer. I fried them at 400 degrees for 20 minutes – stopping half way through to shake them.

After 20 minutes, I removed the Hot Wings from the Air Fryer and put them on a plate – some of the Hot Wings were served dry:

And some were served “wet” – after being tossed in some Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Sauce.

Whether you like your Hot Wings Wet or Dry – these Hot Wings were the Bomb! For a final thought – the Hot Wings served Dry were mildly hot – while the Hot Wings tossed in the Buffalo Sauce were much hotter.

The more that I use this Hot Air Fryer – the more I like it!

Homemade Lasagna

I am on a roll today – the Blooming earlier, and homemade Lasagna tonight. This also my first try at making homemade Lasagna – and it was a resounding success!

I started with browning about 1 1/2 pounds of Ground Beef, and mixing it with 36 ounces of spaghetti sauce and simmered for a while.

Then I mixed some eggs, Ricotta Cheese, Cottage Cheese, and Parmesan Cheese. Also, I grated 2 pounds of Mozzarella Cheese, and boiled 9 Lasagna Noodles.

Then I put some of the the Meat Sauce in the pan, then started layering everything into the pan, layer by layer – Noodles, then Cheese mixture, then Mozzarella, then Meat Sauce – and finishing with Mozzarella Cheese.

Then I cooked it at 375 degrees for a total of 70 minutes – 50 minutes covered, and 20 minutes uncovered. Then we served it with Whole Kernel Corn.

This was a great way to end the Sunday evening – everybody went back for seconds – a very good meal.