Sunday, September 13, 2020

Labor Day Weekend

We spent Labor Day weekend in one of the best places to fish in the state of Louisiana; Grand Isle.  Such great memories of wonderful times spent at a family member's camp, right on the beach of Grand Isle. The weather was warm and we spent a lot of time on our boat. We explored the Gulf, the Leeville marsh and some Fourchon area marshes.

Anne made sure to take some pictures of some of the camps and scenery to share with you. In Grand Isle, camps can be anywhere from small getaways to large, beautiful showplaces.

Beach View from the Balcony of the Camp


Colorful Camps overlooking Caminada Bay


Three Pastel Colored Camps in a Row



Most camps have unique names. Here are a few:
Sea La Vie
Therapy

Beach Blessing

A couple places to visit would include the local sno-ball stand and the popular restaurant Hurricane Hole.


We caught plenty of fish but many were undersized. Here are some of the types of fish we caught:

Gafftopsail Catfish

Spot Approving of the Release

Undersized Mangrove Snapper

Spotted Seatrout aka Speckled Trout

Ladyfish

Black Drum

Speckled Trout

The Obligatory Shark

One of the mornings we were returning from fishing, there was a huge Trump parade of boats. There were hundreds of boats organized for a ride and it was something we had never experienced. Nearly all were decorated with American and pro-Trump flags.

Trump Boat Parade

A Boat Getting Ready to Join the Parade

Three Ladies about to Join the Parade

Grand Isle is such a wonderful asset to South Louisiana. Here are a few beautiful photos of a coastal sunrise, sunset and some storm clouds on the horizon.

Morning Sunrise from near Fourchon, LA

Sunset from Caminada Bay

Storm Clouds in the Distance from Grand Isle's Caminada Pass




Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Easy Peasy Fried Shrimp

 Last weekend we had some beautiful sunny weather so we took the boat down to Cocodrie, LA and did a little fishing. The fish were biting but unfortunately, all undersized so it was a catch and release kind of day.  On the way home, we stopped and bought some fresh, 16-20 count shrimp to bring home.  Troy loves fried shrimp and I made sure to take pictures of the steps to share with you. It's very easy and tastes great!

First, peel and de-vein the shrimp. You can make quick work of this by removing the heads and then raking the prong of a fork along the back. This step will open the shell and remove the vein all at once. It takes a little practice at first.



Next, prepare your batter (I use the Oak Grove Chicken Fry).  Empty the contents of the mix into a Ziploc or paper bag. Then, whisk 2 eggs with one small can of evaporated milk into a bowl.  Place 10-12 shrimp at a time into the wet mixture then into the dry mix and shake until well coated.  Set aside until all of your shrimp are battered.

Once you have all of your shrimp battered and ready, add peanut oil into your Fry Daddy up to the fill line.  Heat to 350 degrees.  Once the light turns off, your oil is ready for the battered shrimp.  Place 15 shrimp at a time into the hot oil and fry until golden brown. 


The batter is crispy and slightly spicy, just the way we like it. We like to enjoy our fried shrimp with some Dat Ketchup.  Enjoy

In other news, this has been a wild week of storms for South Louisiana. We did not get much from Marco; but, we still are waiting to see what Laura will bring. Praying that everyone in Louisiana and Texas will stay safe!

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Cornhole!

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I realize I haven't been blogging much, lately. Thanks to COVID 19, I have been putting in  more time at work. And, with the new-to-us boat, there has been a lot of upgrading/updating going on with it...stay tuned for more on that subject!

For Father's Day, the kids and Anne gave me a set of regulation size cornhole boards! They were unfinished which gave us the opportunity to "make them ours." We ordered a pair of custom, LSU themed vinyl wraps on Etsy. The wrap application required priming the wood. I applied a water based, semi-gloss clear acrylic over the bare wood. But, I have read where you can also use any basic paint primer like Kilz.

Semi-Gloss Acrylic Prime
Next, Anne helped me lay out the vinyl which required application using a heat gun....which, coincidentally, we had. Use of the heat gun "activates" the adhesive properties of the vinyl decal. Once adhered to the board, I used a metal straight-edge and razor knife to trim the excess vinyl from the edges and adjacent the opening.

Trimming the Excess Vinyl
The next step was protecting the vinyl. That was done by using the water-based, semi-gloss acrylic clear. We used up a full quart which included some light, hand sanding between the last couple of coats using 400 grit sandpaper. I think I will get another quart and add a few more coats in the near future. It still doesn't have that "stick your hand in it" look.

We next purchased four stainless steel window seal latches and installed two on each interior length of the cornhole boards. This allows you to reach inside each hole and secure the two boards together.
Window Seal Latches on the Inside of the Boards
Now that the two are latched together, we needed a convenient way to carry the set as well the individual boards. These cast aluminum drawer pulls with fleur de lis accents were the perfect choice. We used some stainless steel machine screws, washers and nuts to secure them into place; drilling through the side of the cornhole board.

Carry Handles

Finished Set of Boards, Joined Together
We added some stainless steel eye lag screws to the center front of each one where we could hook a small stainless steel snap hook with a length of braided line....where when attached to the eye bolts, places the two boards at their regulation 27 feet apart.
Finished Board with Eye Bolt & Snap Ring
The unfinished cornhole boards were supplied with a set of green & tan colored cornhole bags. That really did not go well with our LSU themed vinyls. Amazon has many color choices and that provided us the option to pick our colors for the cornhole bags. Naturally, we opted for the purple and gold bags filled with corn to regulation size & weight. They came with a nifty sling pack for carrying the bags.


Looking at these photos, I think I'm going to add some decorative stainless steel corner protectors to the opposite side of the handles. This will prevent any scratching/damage on the sides in contact with the ground....or as in the picture....the concrete driveway!

Stay tuned for a future blog about what we have been doing with the boat. I also plan to blog a hunting season primer which will basically be a recap of this past hunting season. Happy Cornholing to everybody!