Fishing Article #3

If you love ice-fishing but are worried about accidentally driving your mega-ton SUV to the bottom of a partly-frozen lake, then the Wilcraft could be your 500lb answer. Not only is it lighter than an SUV, it’s amphibious, highly maneuverable, can carry a 600lb payload (that’s a lot of fish), gets around 20mpg and has a top speed of 20mph. In other words, it makes ice fishing fun, not frightening. The Wilcraft gets its name from its amphibious characteristics – Water, Ice, Land. Inventor Tom Roering has developed the vehicle for the icy outdoors. Or for the hunters, there’s a ‘camo’ version that is more suitable.

 

The Wilcraft has a 305cc powerplant and a two-speed gearbox, while traction is delivered via a locking differential. But it’s more than just a means of transport to a fishing hole or hunting blind. Once your holes have been augured (an augur mount is an accessory), the Wilcraft becomes a great portable fishing shack. The canvas enclosure and 2″ insulated floor are designed to keep occupants warm and dry.

 

And when it’s time to move, simply pull up your lines or collect your hunting decoys and be on your way to your next location in roughly five seconds.

 

Fishing safety

 

In worse case scenarios, should you bite off more than you chew and accidentally break through the ice surface, while traveling or stationary … the Wilcraft floats. Something else an SUV doesn’t do well.

 

Buckets with rubber gaskets seal the fishing holes, the rest of the hull is water tight with all control lines entering hull above the water line. Also, the large tires provide additional flotation. (Buckets double as storage for bait, tackle, catch, beverages, etc).

 

The Wilcraft has endless uses including ice fishing and hunting or even an ice rescue vehicle. As an Ice Fishing Vehicle, the Wilcraft offers great mobility, comfort and safety. As a hunting vehicle, the Wilcraft brings you and your decoys closer to the geese. As a rescue vehicle, the Wilcraft offers excellent stability on water, ice and land.

 

Hunting

 

The Wilcraft provides easy transition from land to water, can travel through tall grass and, with the wheels in the up position, propulsion is provided via a paddle wheel method. The Quick Top provides an instant hunting blind. Another available option is the dog perch.

 

The Wilcraft has strategically designed weight placement, a long wheel base, wide footprint deliver a safe and stable ride. This wide stance results in only 1.811 lbs/in2 of ground pressure requiring ice of only walkable thickness. Add 11 inches of ground clearance and a smooth bottom and the vehicle is suitable to most terrain fishermen will encounter.

 

Should you experience thin ice, the manufacturers say the Wilcraft is easy to extract.

 

Wilcrafts are cheap to run and are claimed to get 20mpg (depending on load and conditions). The manufacturers say that 98% of the time users travel fewer than 10 miles for a full day of fishing. With the one-gallon tank the gas stays fresh and weight is kept to a minimum down.

If you’re truly adventurous, Wilcraft has an optional track system for those extreme adventures.

Tasso’s Leg of Lamb

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Originally posted on fox4kc.com:

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Tasso’s Leg of Lamb

Ingredients:

4 to 5 lbs (bone in) Imported New Zealand Leg of Lamb
3 Garlic Cloves
2 tbsp. Butter
2 tbsp. Margarine
1 tbsp. Salt
½ tbsp. Black Pepper
1 tbsp. Oregano
3 tbsp. Olive Oil
Kasseri Cheese

Preparation:

Rinse lamb with cold water; pat dry with a clean cloth or paper towels. With a small knife, make three slits on the leg lamb and insert garlic cloves, butter, and Kasseri Cheese.  Rub lamb with margarine and sprinkle salt, black pepper and oregano over the lamb. Place leg of lamb into a 4 inch stainless steel pan.  Fill pan with 2 inches of water, cover with foil and poke holes in foil.

Bake at 350 degrees for 3 hours and 15 minutes.  Uncover Lamb and brown for 20 minutes before removing. Remove and serve. Serves 7 to 8 people.

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Patriots Defense Needs Big Game Against Broncos In AFC Championship Game

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By Gregory Hunt

For the first time since the 2006 season, quarterbacks Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will face each other in the AFC Championship Game when the New England Patriots face the Denver Broncos at 3 p.m. ET Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The legendary QBs have met in the playoffs three times before, and each time the winner of that game has gone on to win the Super Bowl. 

Season Record

The Broncos earned the number one seed in the AFC playoffs by virtue of a 13-3 record, one game ahead of the number two Patriots. The teams met in the regular season on Nov. 24 at Gillette Stadium when the Patriots overcame a 24-point deficit at halftime to earn a 34-31 victory in overtime. The Broncos/Patriots rivalry dates back to the inaugural game of the American Football League on Sept. 9, 1960, when the Broncos defeated the…

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Chocolate Pudding

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Chocolate Pudding

NUTS

1/3 cup pistachios, unsalted, shelled, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup walnuts, chopped
Vanilla bean seeds scraped from ½ of a vanilla bean
½ teaspoon cinnamon, ground
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

PUDDING

1-1/2 cups evaporated cane sugar
1 cup cocoa powder
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons cornstarch
3-1/2 cups soymilk, unsweetened, divided
9 ounces dark chocolate, organic, at least 70%

DIRECTIONS:

For the nuts, in a bowl add pistachios, walnuts, vanilla bean seeds, cinnamon, and vanilla.  Gently toss until well combined.  Set aside.

For the pudding, fill a large bowl with ice water and set aside.  In a saucepan add sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch and ½ of the soymilk.  Whisk together until a smooth paste is formed.  Add the remaining soymilk and whisk to combine.

Place the pan over medium high heat and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly until thickened.  Remove from heat and add chocolate.  Whisk until…

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Mini Birthday Pancakes!

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Originally posted on {love+cupcakes} Blog:

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Guess what guys? It’s my birthday!! And in celebration of, I made you mini birthday pancakes!

Remember funfetti cake? (of course you do) All of those sprinkles and moist white cake and creamy frosting? It was simply the best and one of my childhood favorites. Well, I took this childhood favorite and combined it with a current obsession of mine…pancakes! Dessert for breakfast? Yes, please! How awesome would it be to wake up to these colorful  bite-sized treats on your b-day? Mini makes everything better, if you ask me. I love indulgences but I never feel good when I go overboard so mini versions of the real thing make me a happy gal.  These silver dollar sized griddle cakes are the perfect serving of dessert for breakfast. The glaze topping makes them taste just like sprinkle donuts – which, let’s face it, are the best donuts ever!

These cheerful little…

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Golden Officials Keep Eye On Creek After Ice Dam Break Causes A Scare

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Originally posted on CBS Denver:

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GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4) – Residents in a Golden neighborhood along Clear Creek are relieved that a surge of water that came down the creek after the burst of an ice dam didn’t cause any significant problems.

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Clear Creek on Wednesday morning (credit: CBS)

Officials sent some flood warnings out and ordered an evacuation at the Clear Creek RV Park at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday after the ice dam broke.

“It was a little unnerving. They said that there was a five foot wall of water coming down from Idaho Springs, so we didn’t really know what to expect,” said Chris Vidrine, who was among those who had to evacuate.

By 10:30 p.m. those evacuations were lifted after it was determined that there was no major flooding, only some minor issues. One bike trail next to the creek iced over when water flooded onto it and…

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