AG Barr Ain’t Done Covering Trump’s Ass

Mueller should tell him to pound salt:

Justice Department officials have communicated to Robert Mueller that the department expects him to limit his congressional testimony this week to the public findings of his 448-page report, according to one current and one former U.S. official familiar with the preparations.

In extensive discussions since the former special counsel was subpoenaed to testify on June 25, department officials have emphasized that they consider any evidence he gathered throughout the course of his investigation to be “presumptively privileged” and shielded from public disclosure.

In the future, the reports showing the lengths McConnell and Barr went to protect this man are going to be mind-boggling.








And Now We Wait for it to Rot

Chopped up the five heads of cabbage, weighed it, measured out the salt, and threw it all in the crock:

As you can see, I just cut it by hand because I like a variety in the size, and my expensive food processor I bought a decade ago died last year and I never replaced it because it’s just easier to do things by hand with a knife or a mandolin and cleaning the damned thing was more of a pain in the ass than anything else. Plus, I just like using a knife. Then we kneaded, mashed, pounded (I had fun punching it, tbh), macerated, and rotated the cabbage until the salt did its magic and pulled out the moisture:

It’s about halfway through the process of here, and when it is finished with a plate on top and weighed down, there should be a good bunch of liquid covering it:

Two quick tips- make sure you don’t use too much salt. I don’t do anything exotic, we just made it with cabbage and salt when I was a kid, so there is none of that juniper berries or caraway seed or other horseshit those soft Germans in Bavaria do. Fuck you with your sugar in sauerkraut. But too much salt can kill the fermentation process, so make sure you measure carefully.

Second, I found doing all five heads of cabbage at once to be unwieldy, so I used a 2 gallon crock to prep and the then dumped it in the 5 gallon crock to ferment, then just repeated. Also, the five gallon crock was the right size for a dinner plate to push down the kraut and keep it submerged with the stone.

We’ll see how this turns out in a few weeks.








Saturday Night Open Thread

Busy day- processed a bunch more summer apples into applesauce (got 4 quarts out them), rubbed down a brisket and got it in the fridge for tomorrow, processed a couple more gallon bags full of tomatoes and got them in the freezer (gonna make sauce all in one day when my basil is ready), got the fermenting crock cleaned so I can make sauerkraut tomorrow, planted beets, put in a last four tomato plants that I found just shriveling up and dying at a greenhouse (so I said what the hell, might as well give them a chance and maybe I will get some late, late fruit), got in a bunch of cucumber plants underneath the tomatoes that are currently fruiting that will be done in a week so I can start to trellis them, and got the beets planted.

Tomorrow I am smoking the brisket (I got it already marked down in a buy one get one free deal, so it was only 12 buck for ten pounds!!!), pickling the first run of okra, and making the sauerkraut. Really excited with how much I am able to get out of a few beds- next year I want to try to plan it a little better and maybe put in two more beds.

Also, I was able to reach Scotian, and we chatted via text for a bit, and will talk tomorrow about setting up a gofundme. Which means that you all can STOP EMAILING ME, FACEBOOK MESSAGING ME, TAGGING ME IN FACEBOOK POSTS, TEXTING ME, AND CALLING ME FER THE LOVE OF CHRIST YOU PEOPLE. You all are so good. Just decent people. Well, a couple of you suck. You know who you are

Baud/Cole 2020.








Countertops Are In – Open Thread

The kitchen is functional again. The only thing that has to be done is that the drawer under the cooktop needs to be cut down a half-inch or so. I think I can talk a friend into doing that. The kitties and I are taking the day easy.

Before:

After:

And a helper in between:

Open thread!








Samantha’s Awkward Moment

This is Samantha getting a bath:

She looks adorable, right?

Why is Samantha getting a bath at 11pm on a Friday night? Because sometimes Samantha accidentally eats one of Tammy’s two foot long hairs, and when she goes to do her business, it turns into something like those edible strings of candy, but with poop, and they follow her around the house and you only notice them when she does something like jump up on the ottoman with a six inch strand of poop hair attached to her.

How is your evening.