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Hunkering Down Update & Graham County NC

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As the Yoshino Cherry blossoms fade, the Kwanzan's are in full bloom and Romeo loves to help me mow. We have now completed our first 10 days of staying put and we are only interfacing regularly with our close neighbors but we have had two carefully controlled visitors from the outside.   We are getting some things done around the place including fertilizing the lawn and planting some new grass.   According to the reaction of my new hip muscles, I overdid it one day pushing the lawn spreader around, but I was happy to be able to do it – obviously continued home therapy is in order. As you can tell from my recent posts, we have been eating well and can continue to do so for many more weeks so we’re okay with the new federal guidelines to stay put another month even though we will run out of some things.  A recent meal, enjoyed on the patio, of grilled salmon and steak for SIL, Pat (not a salmon eater) along with fresh hot homemade bread. Several of you have posted shots of your well

A Tennessee Summer Meal

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This is one of our favorite summertime meals, all from local farmers – no garden for me this year. I thought I should post the recipes for you non-Southerners J Fried Okra Sliced okra Cornmeal S&P to taste Crisco for frying (no substitute) Fry until golden brown, turning often Fried Corn Corn, cut from the cob S&P to taste Butter for frying Cook until warmer through, turning often Green beans Beans of your choice, this was a mixture Country ham hocks Chopped onion and garlic S&P to taste Water to cover Cook until beans are soft – Bev used the pressure cooker Watermelon for dessert It was delicious and the previous night we had boiled new potatoes, corn on the cob, and green beans.  It’s not gourmet, but plain ole food is darned hard to beat – we may eat some meat tomorrow. Photos can be enlarged by clicking on them. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South. Larry 7/5/15 event date

Almost Heaven South & Mobile Photos

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Kathy and her three daughters are here from Texas for their annual visit and she decided to take some photos to show her friends back home where she goes every year, so I decided to put them on here as well. This first shot is while she is laying in bed in the downstairs sun room which is the bottom left of the second shot. Than she walked around the yard and got some of the house and plant life. She went up on the neighbors hill and shot this one of the whole place then the second one through the trees at the road. One of the things she wanted the Texans to see was what real trees look like - of course the folks from California Redwood Country might say the same thing about ours. This shot is of the Mobile Almost Heaven South - it's being prepped for our upcoming trip.  So far it has gotten a power surge protector, an upgraded fan in the bathroom and several little odds and ends items fixed on the coach and the front end was aligned.  What remains is having the chassis and generat

Chile/Salsa Verde

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While consolidating from two to one freezer - yep, no need for two without the BBQ business - I discovered a piece of Hawaiian pork roast from our blogger party in 2013.  We had been wanting to make green chile so I went in search of a Chile Verde recipe and found one that sounded good at food.com and matched the ingredients we had on hand, or at least thought we did.  You can click on the link to check out the original recipe but below is what we made. We decided we wanted to have some salsa verde on hand so we made an entire recipe of the sauce then added some to the diced pork to make the chile verde.  In the freezer, I had discovered what I believed was a bag of roasted chiles but they turned out to be roasted red sweet peppers.  So we ended up using them for in place of the yellow bell pepper and we used canned chiles for that part - I also grilled the tomatillos to char and soften them a little.  We started with only three quarts of chicken broth knowing we could add more as nee

2015 Western Trip Planning

One of the places in the country I've been to but never spent much tourist time is the Pacific Northwest and so it is on the docket for this years RV journey - this may be my dream trip.  The plan I've put together involves angling from home up into the area with a few stops along the way then coming home as we see fit at the time - if we do my full plan as laid out, it will be 10 weeks. One of the hard parts of living in the East and going west is just getting out of this area and into where we want to go and that will take us several days with the only multi-day stop in North Platte, NE so this rail fan can visit the giant Union Pacific rail yard. From there we will continue toward the northwest with 4-7 day stops in the following places: 1. Cody, WY - to see the town, the scenic mountain drives and the east side of Yellowstone, 2. Coeur D'Alene, ID - to see the town, the surrounding area, Spokane, WA 3. Ellensberg, WA - to see wine country, Bonneville dam, Lake Chelan, L

Drive In The Correct Lane

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One of my pet peeves is what I call left laners, or middle laners for that matter.  When I was learning to drive, you only moved from the right lane to pass someone and now, it is the lane with the least traffic, especially on roads with three or more lanes.  So I was very happy to see this signage form Rhode Island. Click on the shot to enlarge. Traffic moves better and it is safer if everyone would abide by this - there would be a whole lot less darting form lane to lane - think about it. Thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South and hope you've had a great Memorial Day weekend. Larry

Two Rivers Landing RV Park - Low Country Boil

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Our RV club had it’s May rally at the Two Rivers RV Resort  in Sevierville, TN but we were unable to attend due to a previous commitment.  We were available on Sunday and the rally hosts invited us to come up for the day for a repeat of the low country boil we made at last year’s rally in the Charleston, SC area. Before discussing the meal, here’s a little about the park beginning with a shot from Google Earth. As you can see, it sits on the French Broad River with 55 sites – 25 pull-ins on the river and 30 back-ins with a river view – so all of the coach fronts face the river.  They had such good photos on their website, I decided to use them rather than take my own This is such a nice place, I hate we missed out camping here, especially in that end site  parallel to the river.  For comparison, the nightly rate for the riverfront sites here is $65, the highest rate at Anchor Down is $69 and the rate for the   KOA in Mt. Pleasant, SC  is $70. I guess it's all about location, compe