MyTravels: Jack Daniel’s whiskey tour.

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This is a bottle of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey 90 proof.   We went to Lynchburg, TN.  I wanted to go see how whiskey was made, so we drove there and took the tour.  It was free.  First they show you a movie and then drive you over to this cave.  Inside the cave is the pure water they use.  You just see the opening.  They have it roped off.  There is an amazing breeze blowing out of the opening of the cave, it is so cool.  The cave is a constant 55 degrees.  They also put up a statue of Jack Daniels.  tn park vac 068  They show you the grain they use.  They use corn, rye and barley.  They then show you these giant vats of the mash, bubbling and fermenting mixed with yeast. jackdanialspics006_Full

 They then drip the liquid  through 10 feet of charcoal.  They made the charcoal from a certain wood.  He opened up one of the charcoal lids real quick and it smelled like a strong whiskey.  They put it in barrels that they made and age it for many years.  They have millions of barrels.  The ones we saw were from 2005 and they were still not ready yet.   Some of the barrels were leaking.  I didn’t lick them.  We also saw the bottle process of  the whiskey too.   st_Maturation_pic

They don’t let you take pictures when you are inside but you can take pictures outside.  It is a dry county so they can’t let you taste the whiskey, but they can sell collector bottles of Jack.  I got the one at the top of this post.  It is only sold there.  You register the bottle online and they send you a certificate.  They even took our group picture and put it on their web site to grab.dsc03493_4932

I am over on the left side in the red shirt.  The guide  is in front of me crouching down.  I liked him.  He grew up there and his dad and grandpa worked for Jack Daniel’s and he is even related to Jack Daniel’s.  It is a neat place to tour, if you ever want to go see it.  It was pretty busy, so get there early to get a parking space.

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A use for my Nesco

073I have a popup, or tent trailer.  We went to the beach on Monday and stayed for 5 days.  There was a grocery store about one mile from the campground that we shopped at.  A Piggly Wiggly.  It was a very nice store.  Every day I would buy enough ground sirloin to make hamburgers for dinner.  One night we had hotdogs.  I bought this hotdog cooker, it rolls the hotdogs around and around, like at a convience store.  We checked out a couple of restaurants that served seafood.  The prices were sky high.  This one place wanted $36 for a fish dinner.  I walked away after reading that menu.  I can make a burger for $1, why would I pay for dinner that costs so much.  So we ate in, I cooked each night.  I came home and thought there has to be more options for better meals.  I bought a Nesco roaster last November to cook some turkey in.  Never used it since.  It is a little oven.  I am going to take that with me and cook muffins and pizza.  I tried it out today.  I made some muffins and cooked them in the roaster oven.  They came out perfect.  I then went to K-mart and bought a pan to cook a pizza,or a cake in.   I am going to be eating good, the next time I go camping, which will be in one week.   We are going to a lake in KY.  We are taking our blow up boat and go out on it on the lake and swim and have fun.

The waves scare me.

089We just got back from Myrtle Beach, well actually Huntington Beach, South Carolina, it is 15 miles from Myrtle Beach.  The water was so warm.  It was a little wavy.  One day I got up enough courage to go stand in the waves.  These people were using these body boards to ride the waves.  I went out far enough and just floated and got the big idea to float in on the wave on my stomach.  Wrong thing to do.  I jumped into the wave and it pushed me down, went over the top of me and just rolled me around.  It was strong and it just kind of pushed me down for a while.  I decided not to do that again.  We then went a bought a body board.  After getting dragged around by the waves, I didn’t really want to go back into the water.  I was standing in the water, letting the waves go by.  They are really strong.  You have to stand sideways to keep your balance.  I saw this really heavy woman standing in the water, letting the waves hit her.  She was a little further out than I was.  A really big wave came by and it hit her.  I bet she weighed around 300 pounds, maybe more.  The wave knocked her over and she fell into the water.  The wave washed over her.  She then could not get up and the waves just kept going over her.  She would try to get up, but each wave just kept knocking her down.  She would look and hold her nose as each wave washed over her.  She was floundering around on her belly, trying to get up but she couldn’t.  Then her friend that was with her, came out to her and grabbed her arm, trying to help her up.  She could not pull her up because she was so heavy.  It took a few tries but the woman finally stood up as her friend pulled and pulled on her.  She then went back to her beach chair and just sat there and did not go back into the water. 

My husband and son did the body board pretty good.  My husband made me use it.  I did not want to.  He drug me out to where the waves were breaking.  I was scared.  I just kept thinking that a shark could eat me.  When a big wave came, he let go and there I was going across the water.  Then it stopped and then another wave hit me and I was in the shallow water and my knee was scraping the sand.  It was like rubbing my knee with sand paper.  I didn’t do it again. 

I just stood there and watched them use the board.   084

Growth

012This is really tiny, but it is the start of a cucumber.  I have a lot of these on my plants I planted.  They are growing fast.  We have had a lot of rain so the plants are growing and growing.

009This is on my squash plants.  It is a beautiful yellow flower.  There are a lot of them ready to open up.  I can’t wait to see them grow.016

The green beans are growing.  This plant didn’t take long to start growing  beans. 

 Last week I went to the back of my yard and planted some seeds to grow cantalope, watermelon and a pumpkin.  I don’t know if they will grow, I hope so.  I planted a pumpkin plant last year and it didn’t do too well. 

So far only a few onions are growing.  Most of them are not.  I think it got too wet from all the rain. 

Oh yeah, I wanted to tell everyone.  Campbells soup is giving away tomato seeds.  just visit

HelpGrowYourSoup.com/seeds            You go there and enter a code from a can of soup and they will send you seeds. I did it so I have the seeds for next year.  They also send them to schools too.  I love Campbell’s tomato soup.  I think it is neat that they are giving away their seeds. 

I often go sit out by my garden and just look at it.  My favorite color is green, so looking at all the green plants growing makes me happy.  I love how the cucumber wraps itself around the wire.  013

Red steam.

I don’t want to put a title to my post because when I start typing, stuff just pours out of my head and my fingers type it.  Or I have lots to say and when I start to type, the stuff does not seem so interesting as it did in my head. 

beets-001I did take a picture of the beets we canned.  I don’t know why they call it canning when it is jarring. 

That was a process.  Hubby weighted the beets.  They weighed 19.8 pounds.  Some were really big.  You have to wash them and then put them in a pot of water and cook them till they are tender.  We had four pots going.  It took forever to cook because the beets were so big they didn’t get tender.  I put some in my pressure cooker and they cooked pretty good.  I could only get 6 beets in the cooker.  The thing is though, that the water turns RED. 

When you let the steam out of the pressure cooker, the steam is Red.  I had to take it outside to let the steam out.  It was raining outside at the time.  I am in the doorway of my garage,  I have the pot just outside of the doorway.  I press the thing on top to let out the hot, hot steam.  Pssssssssssssssssssss.  It is spewing like a geyser.  Red liquid steam is shooting all over me and the porch and the pot and the garage floor.  I stop it and grab some paper towels and kind of cover the spray.  The only thing is though that it gets soaked and it is hot.  So I finally get the steam out of the pot and then have to wipe off the pot, which is still hot.  I wipe off the floor and the door jam and my arms.  I take it back inside and take out the hot beets and put in more beets in the pot.  I take it back outside and plug it in and start that one cooking.  Meanwhile the beets in the house and bubbling away on the stove and boil over and cover the stove in red and then it burns onto the white glass-top stove that I have.  We finally got them all cooked.  Then you have to peel the skin off, while they are hot.  Then you cut them up into bite size pieces.  You get the jars washed and put them in this giant pot on the stove to get hot.  Make the liquid for the beets and cook it and put in the beets and cook that some more and then put them into the jars and then clean up the giant mess all over thbeets-014e place.

Today we went and bought a big, big pot to cook them in next time.  We also ordered a 23 qt pressure canner cooker.  I am going to do beans when they grow.  I hope they grow.  The seeds started to come up yesterday.  My beets sprouted.  We have had rain for 4 days now and the garden is loving it.

My garden is done.

002I bought over 100 bags of top soil for my garden.  We have red clay dirt here.  It is hard like a brick.  I bought good dirt.  Those are 40 pound bags and they do not go very far.  I would go to Ace Hardware and get 12 bags put in the back of my vehicle and drive them home.  Hubby would unload them and send me back for 12 more.  I did get 20 bags at Wal-Mart but the dirt was not that good of stuff.  It was more clay in it so I didn’t buy any more from them.  Towards then end of when I was going, the guys that load it in my vehicle would not come out to put it in my car.  The last trip , no one came out to help me.  I had to go back in to get someone to put it in my car.  When you buy it at the cash register the cashier says into a little microphone to get someone out to count it out and put it in your vehicle.  They probably just ignored it the last time.  I told one guy “I have bought a lot of this soil from your store.”  He was nice once he came out but it took him a long time to come out.  One time I went and I didn’t count the bags and they only gave me 9 bags instead of 12.  I called the store and they added on 3 more bags that they shorted me, on the next trip.  I am glad it is done.  I was getting tired of making the trip.  I planted it and that took a couple of days.  It was so hot out when I was doing it.  It was 90 degrees.  My plants didn’t like the heat, they looked wilted.  My husband put in a pipe to the water and we bought a 75 foot soaker hose for it.  Now all I have to do is turn it on and it will water my whole garden.  001                                                                                                                                             This is my gardenplanted.  This is before the soaker hose.  It has been raining all day so I didn’t take a picture of it yet. 

I planted pole beans, beets, onions, tomatoes, zuccinni, squash and Acorn squash.  Oh and Brussels Sprouts.  I love those fresh grown.  I don’t really like them frozen.

My one pole bean was really tall.  It fell over and broke because of the heat. 

I also got another tomato cage yesterday.  I now have 5 tomato plants.  I do love tomatoes. 

My neighbors across the street were planting those upside down tomatoes.  I don’t know how those will do.  You just buy regular tomato plants and put them in this green plastic bag and hang them upside down.  I will have to ask her how they are doing in a month.  I am curious.

Stuff for my garden

My garden from last year was  pretty good.  I only grew tomatoes and peppers and onions.  I want to grow more this year so my husband made my garden area twice as big.  I dug up all the old dirt and raked it around the entire area.  I needed a lot more soil.  I went to Ace hardware and bought 17 bags of top soil and hubby poured it out of the bags and raked it around.  We then went to Wal-mart and bought 20 bags of their top soil.  Hubby raked it around.  The Wal-mart soil is not that great compared to the Ace Hardware top soil and the Ace soil is only 4 cents more.  I then went back to Ace and bought 24 more bags.  It covered it pretty good, but I still need more.  I am going to buy some good garden soil, the Miracle Grow one and rake it around the whole garden too.   My seeds that I planted are really starting to grow good.  The pole beans are just growing crazy.  I just planted one of them in a bigger pot and put a stake in it.  I just looked and it has wrapped itself around the stick and is growing longer than the stick in just a couple of hours. 

0051 I need a longer stake.  

The tomato seed I planted were growing slowly.  I just went in the 0073room they are in to take a picture and the tomato plants looked like they got bigger too.  I just looked at them around 5 but they grew a lot since then.  See —->

I saw a tomato plant at Wal-Mart and bought it because I didn’t think they were going to do that good.  Maybe they decided to kick it up a notch because I brought the new guy home and put him on the table.  He said to them “Hey I am bigger than you, so I rule.”  They must have said “Well we will show him and they doubled in size.  Those little plants are starting to impress me.  They even grew fuzzies  on their stem.  0031

<—See fuzzies.  This is on a bigger tomato plant that I am growing.  He is doing Great. 

I even bought 2 pepper plants today, because my pepper plants that I planted did’nt look too great but tonight they are starting to do better too.