July 4, 2020
by dhoytt
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Busy Non-Standard 4th of July

I got some things done and still was able to do a cook on my new Traeger Silverton 810 Wifire grill a bit late with some garden side dishes.

Today I intended to get some work done on my C7000 and the rest of my infrastructure like the backend 10gbe network. I didn’t get all my parts in this week plus I couldn’t find someone to fix a busted drawer in my kitchen so I decided to fix the drawer myself. Fixing the drawer was not super hard just a serious unneeded time sync that was needed for other things I need done.

I had decided at first to use finishing nails then started thinking small screws would be great if I countersink the screw heads. Well I bought stuff for each venture so I wouldn’t have to go back and forth to Home Depot got home and decided to use the finishing nails. I also picked up a couple of grill pads one for my new Traeger and one for my Oklahoma Joe stick burner. I cleaned and slid my old grill pads under my Westinghouse gas grill am older Traeger respectively.

Back to the kitchen drawer repair I got the drawer apart put the nails in and then decided I needed to protect the inside of the drawer where it chipped off wood with some wood putty. Gathered plastic wood as wood putty doesn’t seem to be a thing any longer and used that to fill in the parts of the drawer chipped out. Then noticed how chalky the wood plastic was an decided to varnish or apply wood glue. I had wood glue but it was old and one useless blob so I went back to Home Depot found no varnish so got just wood glue and set that up on the drawer and will wait for the 24 hour bonding period but the drawer feels solid and ready for another 14 years of service.

I just did a whole chicken and some chicken thighs since I ended up rushing things today on my new Traeger Silverton 810. Everything turned out ok the cook is a bit different than my old Traeger but still good and the remote Wifire is great!

I also picked a nice crop of cherry tomatoes, yellow pear tomatoes, sweet peppers, a couple of Serranto peppers, basil, Mexican Tarragon, squash and rosemary for side dishes tonight. I saw the start of my first eggplants tonight as well.

Here’s some photos from the day.

June 25, 2020
by dhoytt
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Front Yard Flower Garden Pictures and More Veggies

Just wanted to show my front yard roses and other flowers that grow and beautify every year the past 14 years

My vegetable garden is starting to produce at a very high level. The squash production will be huge since a lot of squash plants came up from squash gone to seed I rototilled into the soil this year. Basil is also coming in from prior years seeds as well as the ever present mint plants.

June 23, 2020
by dhoytt
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Moved C7000 Chassis into Rack

Well I finally managed to get my C7000 in the bottom of my computer rack this evening.

C7000 in rack



Placing this C7000 beast in the rack was no simple chore by myself as it is awkward and weighs a couple of hundred pounds.

I had tried to get a larger rack that would fit this chassis better into my upstairs computer room but size and weight prevented that.

I then ordered the C7000 rail kits (409795-001, 409800-001, 409803-001) which was a bit too long and found they were too long to connect them to the back of the computer cabinet. I tried to find the right extensions for my older computer cabinet that would also work with my rails and came up with “2RU Recessed Rack Adapters”.

I had to flip the Rack Extenders the opposite way they are meant to be used to make them work. I then had to remove the insert pins that normally hold on the cabinet and drill the hole size bigger on the rails so I could get the screws through. I was so trying not to do any fabrication, drilling, rivets, nuts and bolts as I have had to do in the past, well that didn’t work but the drilling was minimal.

I did all of this portion over the weekend but was interrupted by a sprinkler system plumbing issue that had me looking for a part all weekend as my line for my veggie garden in the back had the compression fitting fail near the valve.

So now tonight I removed all of my LAN connections and power from my C7000 and was able to get it in place by rocking back and forth then rolled in place using the furniture dolly I have had it on. Once aligned with the rails I tried to slide on the rails but it was about 1/8th an inch lower than the rails of the computer rack.

I tried getting this beast in place a corner at a time, tried using a car jack, straddled it tried to get that extra 1/8th inch nothing worked. I finally sat there letting the sweat pour off me and decided to get it lined up grab one side of the handles lift and rock and presto the C7000 started sliding in on the rails smoothly and the abruptly stopped.

Looking at the backside of the rails they were pinched in where the universal rack extensions protruded about 1/16th of an inch on each side maybe more towards the inner part of the cabinet and the c7000 chassis needed all that room.

I moved the C7000 chassis up to relieve the pressure off the backend of the rails, flipped the rack extensions around and they still extended too far inward on the computer rack to allow the chassis to slide back all the way.

After drilling to make holes bigger, getting in awkward positions to get the back rails done I decided to heck with it I would take the rack extensions off and let the chassis stay in the rails but protrude out that extra 2-4 inches and rest on the sturdy bottom of the back of the computer rack.

After removing both rack extension adapters keeping side pressure on the computer rails by keeping the chassis partially inserted I then made sure the rails extended and rested on the bottom of the rack on the backside. I slid the chassis back and it was prevented from going over the back of the computer rack by a portion of the chassis that hung down again about 1/8th of an inch. I was stuck again with no way to get leverage to lift the rails and chassis then pull it back.

I then thought if I could lift the rails a couple of inches with a bar or long device I could slide the chassis back. I then remembered I have a nice piece of 2×6 wood in the garage. I cut the wood to a manageable size but long enough so I could get leverage on the 2×6 comfortably. I slid the 2×6 under the rails flat made sure the chassis was forward a bit plus partially on the furniture dolly then turned the 2×6 piece of wood on edge and it lifted the rails about an 1 inch to 2 inches over the back and I angled it to make it sturdy. I then went to the front slid the chassis all the way back so it was over the back of the rack within the rails and let the 2×6 wood down.

That’s how I got that beastie C7000 into my computer rack. Now I just have to get some back ordered CPUs and mezzanine cards. Once I get everything I can transfer and retire 4 more servers and just run my blade servers. I already removed 4 servers out of the rack.

June 21, 2020
by dhoytt
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Garden Hitting Stride and Incorporating More Garden Produce in Breakfast

The garden is starting to produce with all plants getting produce I can harvest. The Husky Red Cherry Tomatoes and Early Girl tomatoes have already been producing like crazy along with my mint, Swiss Chard, Sweet and Thai basil along with rosemary.

Joining in producing now are raspberries, sweet peppers, Havasu peppers and Mexican Tarragon.

Joining the fun in the next days or week are squash, Serrano peppers, Habanero peppers, Yellow Pear tomatoes, and Beef Eater tomatoes.

Late to the party will be the eggplants, Big Boy tomatoes, watermelon and some items I haven’t planted yet like bush beans and mesclun mix of lettuce.

For breakfast I wanted to start thinking of different ways to incorporate my garden vegetables. Without totally breaking breakfast habits I decided to add a side of tomatoes cooked on a higher heat in a skillet almost toasting it with rosemary, tarragon mixed with olive oil topped with Parmesan cheese after cooking with a side of raspberries. I will put squash in the mix later when it starts producing. I still cook the veggies and herbs into my eggs making omelettes when I have them as well. Now I’m not waiting until lunch or dinner to taste items from the garden.

South side of Garden
North Side of garden
Squash starting to grow.
More squash starting growth spurt.
Serranto peppers ready to break out
Nice Havasu pepper
Sweet and Purple basil that came up from prior years seeds. These aren’t the one that have been producing.
Big Boy tomatoes getting started.
You see some rosemary real close as well.
Sweet peppers giving large amounts of produce.
Breakfast with garden vegetables
Dinner last night with garden vegetables

May 30, 2020
by dhoytt
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Garden Produce in Home Made Hamburgers

Here are some pictures of my garden produce I used on some hamburgers today. I used Swiss Chard, basil and tomatoes from my garden along with onions from the store. I warmed the Swiss chard, basil and onions on the grill with ground black peppers, garlic with a dash of butter then sliced the cherry tomatoes and placed them on the burger after everything is cooked.

Swiss Chard in garden.
Cherry Tomatoes on the vine.
Basil plant in garden with smaller purple basil plants coming up from seeds from past years.
Swiss Chard, basil and tomatoes from garden.
Swiss chard, basil, onions ready for the grill.
Hamburgers ready with eggs, Swiss chard, basil onions, Gouda and cheddar cheese.
About to dive into hamburgers!

May 24, 2020
by dhoytt
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Early Morning Gardening Complete

Did some early morning gardening keeping the grasses and weeds in check after I cleaned my grills and threw some meats on the Traeger smoker.

It’s amazing all the little grasses that come up weekly. The grass and weeds most under an inch tall mostly but after I was done today that grass and dirt intertwined in the roots was about half a 5 gallon bucket.

Anyway some items like the Thai basil bush the bees love are producing and other plants like my “husky cherry tomatoes” are thick with ready to turn red fruit.

I have gotten several sweet and purple basil sprouts from seeds mixed in the soil from when I turned and mixed the soil with my rototiller. Also getting some squash and cucumber from seed mixed in the soil from rototilling.

I kept one side of the garden for plants that run and have vines like squash, cucumbers and watermelon plus a couple of rows of peppers. The other garden has tomatoes egg plants, Swiss chard and items like that. I have spices like basil, rosemary, sage, tarragon and mint on both sides in various spots. Plus have my raspberry and grape vines dominating the background.

The side with the running vines and plants doesn’t look as developed but when they start growing they will be all over the place.

Here’s the pictures:

This side of garden has Thai basil, peppers, cucumbers, squash, watermelon and some other herbs.
Another angle of side of garden with vines that run almost forgot about the always present grape vines and raspberry bushes.
This side of the garden has my tomatoes, eggplant, Swiss chard, and one lonely habanero plant along with herbs.
Another angle of tomatoes etc.

I will be adding other items as I get time and moving some of the items once they get to a certain size that came up from seeds mixed to various spots from my turning over the soil from prior years plants. I moved one plant today that had come up to close to a pepper plant that sprouted from a prior years plant.

Can’t wait to start eating from my garden again regularly!

May 22, 2020
by dhoytt
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Quick Wood Fired Wings on Traeger

Had a taste for some wings and didn’t want to trust my satisfaction to a restaurant so as I normally do made my own. I didn’t do my favorite honey flavored hot wings but some garlic Parmesan.

They turned out good and I let them cook a tad bit longer than normal as I wanted the meat to come off easily but not fall off.

I put my personal rib rub I sometimes use on ribs and pork plus a garlic Parmesan sauce after taking them off the grill. Followed with a Beck’s beer and some Jim Beam neat. Turned out okay I had to slow down as I downed about 15 wings very fast.

Here’s the pictures of the process:

Mixing in oils and other liquid enhancements plus some rub.
Ready on the grill after getting the grill warm and smoking
Getting the garlic Parmesan sauce ready.
Wings ready on the grill.
Wings off grill ready for immersion on garlic Parmesan sauce.
In t the bowl awaiting garlic Parmesan sauce.
Garlic Parmesan sauce.

Well after being this I was committed to wing consumption and that was the last photo. Now posting this listening to Snakeice’s House of Beats sipping on whiskey.

May 16, 2020
by dhoytt
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Smoked Salmon

Well I think I have the makings of getting the smoked salmon technique down, I just need to fine tune it a bit. The part I need to fine tune is the rub and washing it fully off before drying the salmon. I did this on my Traeger Pro bbq pellet grill with applewood pellets.

The salmon was a bit salty but I found a good sweet dill sauce recipe to balance the saltiness out. This sweet dill sauce will be my go to salmon sauce as well as a good sauce for some poultry or pork dishes.

I did an Atlantic Salmon along with wild Sockeye Salmon great flavor outside of being a bit salty as I mentioned above. Next I’ll do one with less salt and properly wash the rub off before drying and one with no rub.

I’ll also start posting more of my bbq and smoked delights maybe even go back in time to post some favorites since I did take the pictures already.

Anyway here’s the photos of my smoked salmon this past week along with photos of the process. I’ll link to the recipes later hopefully.

April 19, 2020
by dhoytt
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2020 Vegetable Garden Ready

The 2020 vegetable garden is set and ready to go! There will be some fine tuning as normal, plus additions of plants. This year I started a preliminary type drainage near the back wall for when I’m pressure washing the excess can drain off.

I basically changed the entire soil composition of my soil more than normal this year. I always add top soil and mulch but this year I also added sand and used my rototiller to mix it all together to 2 feet below in depth in stages on various days as  you can see below.

Anyway here’s the latest pictures of my garden more information is coming later.