Peppers and More Peppers

I’m upto about 40 different kinds of peppers now. Why I’m unsure but I think it’s some type of addiction. I’ve not harvested the first pepper yet but I bet I’ve bought $150 worth of pepper seeds. Most of the are of the hotter types, Scorpions, Carolina Reaper, Habaneros (orange, red, yellow, white), Ghost Peppers, Scotch Bonnet, Devils Tongue, Birds eye, Thai, Vietnamese, Tepins, Santaka,  Jamaican Hots, Serrano, Hot Wax, Fatali, Cayenne, Tabasco, Yellow Scorpions, etc. I really do have over 40 types not counting the bell peppers. I guess I’m going to be a pepper growing fool this year so if anyone wants to bring the beer over and eat some peppers let me know…


That is some Trinidad Scorpions – HOTTEST IN THE WORLD! About 1,463,700 Scoville … which mean they will smoke your ass! Well the Carolina Reaper has tested at an AVERAGE Scoville Heat Units of 1,569,000 and had a High Testing of 2,200,000  Scoville Heat Units. (even hotter)

Internet is Being Blocked!

We locked down everyone’s internet at the office. No more screwing off on Facebook, porn sites, google+, etc. It’s not that anyone actually cared, it is just that it was being abused. I mean to check Facebook occasionally is one thing but to leave the screen open and up on your monitor is something else. So now everyone but a few of us are totally locked out of the internet, except for selected sites.

Everyone hates being an asshole but what else are you supposed to do? They know it’s looked down upon and they don’t care, they continue to do it, well not anymore. The gates have been shut. Not by solid doors but with port holes in them to see out of. Personal stuff stays at home and work at work. If we’d ask them to answer a question from home they’d have a heart attack.

Well for now that’s simply how it is. Maybe later on we can add some sites back in and maybe there won’t be the abuse of the privileges.

Cuban White Rice

or at least she was Cuban who told me how to do this?

White Rice:

What you need:

1 1/4 cup water (per cup 1 1/2 of rice)
1 teaspoon kosher salt (may be a little less)
1 1/2 cup mahatma extra long grain rice
3 tablespoons canola oil

  1. Start by boiling water and adding salt
  2. When the water begins to boil, add the rice and lower the heat to low. Cover the pot after it begins to boil.
  3. Wait 20 minutes, and then add 3 tablespoons of canola oil. Stir the rice well and make sure it’s not sticking to the sides.
  4. Then cover the rice again and leave on low heat until you’re ready to serve

Cooking tips:

After adding salt, taste water to make sure it isn’t too salty & a Hitachi rice cooker is best!


Cuban-Style Chicken

A nice Cuban girl gave me this recipe… it’s Awesome!

Cuban-Style Chicken:

What you need:

One package of drum sticks
One package of breasts
Complete seasoning
Onion powder
Garlic powder
Tin foil
Casserole dish
Line pan with tin foil to avoid a mess

Pre-heat overn to 350 degrees

Clean the chicken well, but do not remove skin

Marinate the chicken with complete seasoning, mojo, and cumin. Cover all of the chicken with the seasonings, but make sure to go easy on the cumin.

Let marinate for at least one hour (2 is even better)

When you place the chicken in the pan add some of the mojo from the marinade on to each piece of chicken.

Cover the chicken with foil, and let cook for 50 minutes. If the chicken still isn’t cooked after 50 minutes, set the oven to broil for 5-10 minutes

Cooking tips:

A 9×13 pan works well for this dish. Glass pans are preferable.
Remove immediately after it’s done to avoid chicken drying out.


I’m an Arborist

Ok… I started a new tree section on the website, “Arborist”. I decided to document and photograph all the trees that I’m planting and trying to raise. It will be a continuation of the tree growth so it’s not going to be extremely exciting or anything. But I will take photos of the seeds, where they came from, when I planted them, when they sprout, where I chose to plant them and then a yearly update of their progress.

You can only imagine how exciting it is to grow trees. You have to be extremely patient and be prepared for disappointment after watching a tree grow from seed and overnight freeze in a cold spell and there is nothing you can do.

I’m here is sunny Florida, so if anyone is out there who wants to send me a few seeds to grow and follow their progress let me know. If you’d like me to gather some home grown seeds and send them to you let me know. It’s amazing how you can take seeds from India and ship them to me and I’ll grow the seed here in the U.S. We used to have birds do the work for us, now we have the USPS to do it for them. Unfortunately some trees are so invasive that they kill out native trees, like Mimosa and Chinese Tallow (popcorn trees), and those damn ficus trees…KILL THEM ALL!

Please send me seeds of any unique trees you may have… email me for my address.


My Eye!

I awoke up today for the second day in a row where I could barely see anything.

meI guess I have an eye infection and it kept getting worse… quasi-motto!


Obsession with Trees

Yes I’ll admit I have an obsession with trees. But it’s cheap enough and so far I probably have only spent maybe $125 or so. I have all the seeds I want and really are buying them to bonsai.  I will make my money back from them, even if I have to sell some at the flea market or on the side of the road. If all goes well maybe even on ebay and craigslist. But my wife is right I need to slow down on the trees.

Right now it’s not really trees it’s seeds. I still have plenty of places to plant some and I want a variety. I realize by the time they are big enough to really be beautiful I’ll be headed toward the grave but what a nice legacy to leave my wife and kids. They’ll be able to look back and know I planted those and enjoy their beauty. Then again they may get out the chainsaw and cut every one of them down…argh…!

But I will stop buying seeds for the time being. I want some Golden Royal Poinciana seeds and maybe some Kentucky Coffee Tree seeds, then I’m done… yea right~

Trees – Trees – and More Trees

Bri1_FIXYes, that is what my family is saying to me about now. I had ordered about 6 Japanese Red Maple trees, which gave me the idea of growing some of them. Well they have Japanese red, green, blood, painted, trident, and a few others maple trees. So I ordered a bunch of seeds, alot cheaper. lol

I also grabbed a couple of seedling maple trees from my sisters house. Then while on ebay I saw a guy that I had bought from years ago and ordered, 2 fringe trees, 4 sweetgum trees, and 2 Japanese green maples. My wife went to my mother-in-laws and out of my old seed bed brings back 4 magnolia trees, 2 camphor trees, and I think 1 chinese elm ( I’m not 100% sure on that one) I also found a guy in the area that sold trees and bought 6 Cassia Trees. So while I’m planting and potting all the trees I decided to put my “Paperbark Maple” in the ground. I’ve been babying it for 5 years or so.

I decided to rejoin the national arbitrator society so now I have 10 river birch, 10 bald cypress, 5 white dogwoods, and 5 redbuds on their way in November. You join and get so many free trees.

A few days ago I saw some red “Royal Poinciana” pretty cheap so I bought two of them as well. Today the guy emailed me and asked if I’d like some yellow “Royal Poinciana” … sure what is another two trees. He then said, well for $7.50 I can throw in another orange “Royal Poinciana”? What the hell just 5 more trees right… oh boy.

I had emailed a guy about a small paperbark maple tree that I might bonsai. I also asked him to work a deal on a Katsura Tree … just two more huh. Oh and I have a Brazilian Raintree (Bonsai) and a Hawaiian umbrella tree (Bonsai) on their way.

Now I didn’t even touch on how many trees I have planted in pots, another paperbark maple, 3 golden rain trees, 2 dogwoods, 2 redbuds, Dwarf Royal Poinciana, 2 dawn redwoods, 2 pine trees, Ginkgo biloba, and a pecan tree. I’m sure I have missed some and never mentioned what I already have in the ground.

I think I have a problem with trees… no more… STOP! (Maybe) OH and my brother-in-law told me he had a few nice big magnolia trees for me.

Dixie Land

dixieDaniel Emmett, the composer of “Dixie” was not only from the North, but he was also a loyal Unionist. He was disgusted by the song’s popularity in the South. Lincoln claimed that it was one of “the best tunes I ever heard”.

by Daniel Decatur Emmett of Mount Vernon, Ohio

Oh, I wish I was in the land of cotton,
Old times there are not forgotten, (Alt Original: Cinnamon seed and sandy bottom,)
Look away, look away, look away Dixie Land.

In Dixie Land, where I was born in,
early on one frosty mornin’,
Look away, look away, look away Dixie Land.

I wish I was in Dixie, Hooray! Hooray!
In Dixie Land I’ll take my stand
to live and die in Dixie.

Away, away, away down south in Dixie.
Away, away, away down south in Dixie

Optional Verses

Ole Missus marry “Will the weaver”
Willum was a gay deceiver
Look away! Look away! Look away!
Dixie Land

But when he put his arm around ‘er,
He smiled fierce as a forty pounder,
Look away! Look away! Look away!
Dixie Land

His face was sharp as a butcher’s cleaver
But that did not seem to grieve ‘er
Look away! Look away! Look away!
Dixie Land

Ole Missus acted the foolish part
And died for a man that broke her heart
Look away! Look away! Look away!
Dixie Land

Now here’s a health to the next ole Missus
An’ all the gals that want to kiss us;
Look away! Look away! Look away!
Dixie Land

But if you want to drive ‘way sorrow
Come and hear this song tomorrow
Look away! Look away! Look away!
Dixie Land

There’s buckwheat cakes and Injun batter,
Makes you fat or a little fatter
Look away! Look away! Look away!
Dixie Land

Then hoe it down and scratch your gravel,
To Dixie’s Land I’m bound to travel,
Look away! Look away! Look away!
Dixie Land

Top Ten Similarities between Abe Lincoln and Jefferson Davis

1. Both were born in Kentucky, less than one hundred miles and one year apart. They remain the only presidents born in Kentucky.
2. Both served during the Black Hawk War (1832).
3. Both suffered from depression.
4. Both lost sons before and during their presidencies.
5. Both served in the U.S. Congress.
6. Neither regarded African Americans as equal to whites
7. Neither asked to be nominated as president. Neither man chose his vice-president.
8. Both condemned John Brown’s Raid.
9. Both were political moderates.
10. Both had worn a dress as a disguise.