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  1. First game in the IS-2. I know it will get worse from here, but I'll enjoy this one while I can.
  2. First game in the black prince. Not too shabby. Wish a had a replay, it was me versus 3 at the end. Had to sit on the cap to draw out the 13 57.
  3. So my wife and I just built our new house. I say just, but it's been about 18 months now. My wife is a massive eco nerd, so we built very "green". We have ICF (Insulated Concrete Form) walls from the footings to the rafters. My house looks normal (siding on the outside, drywall on the inside), except the walls are almost 14" thick with a 6" solid concrete core all the way up. Sound proof, weather proof, insect proof, rodent proof, and super efficient. We've also got geothermal heat/cooling, so that's also super efficient. On to why I mention this here. When we built, we put 100% LED lights into the house. The only standard bulb in our house is in the oven. Even the refrigerator/freezer/range hood are all LED lights. We put in almost entirely "puck" lights. From the outside they look exactly like standard recessed lights. However they're really almost completely flat and are installed in a standard light box in the ceiling. They're incredibly bright, but only use ~6 watts each. Housing and everything they cost less than $15 each. Compared to actually recessed lighting where the housing itself costs ~$20 each, they're a great deal.
  4. ScHwErV

    Smokin on the 4th

    That was right after it went on, it browned up very nicely in the end. The kids keep asking me when I'm going to make it again.
  5. Full recipe here, so prepare for a lot. Just after father's day, my wife and I got a Green Mountain Grill. It's a pellet grill/smoker. I had hours (weeks) of research into the different grills and this is the one I wanted. I traveled all over to look at many grills, and this is the one that stuck. I got it on Saturday, then went on vacation for a week starting that Tuesday, so I only had a chance to grill ham steaks and brats. During vacation in St Louis, we went to a smoke house and it just got me wanting to get home to smoke something. So I hatched a plan to do a big smoke fest on the 4th and invite family over. Here is how it went down. 1pm - break venison out of the fridge. Into a tote with Zesty Italian dressing. I also used my injector to inject some zesty into the big tenderloin. 3:00pm - fire up the smoker. Set to 200 and watch the smoke roll. 3:15pm - tenderloin goes on the smoke. While it's smoking, prep mini-bella mushrooms and put into ziplock with some more zesty. 4:15pm - shrooms and pork steaks hit the smoker (Canadian steak seasoning only). Still at 200, just letting it roll. While that goes, make cornbread batter and put in pan. Also slice up a couple onions. 5:15pm - everyone out of the pool. All the meat and shrooms go inside. Turn the grill up to 500 and let it get smoking hot. 5:30pm - cornbread goes on the grill, along with all the meat. While that cooks (turning occasionally), into a pan goes butter, onions, and quartered shrooms fresh off the smoker. To add more insanity, add some Founders All Day IPA (beer) to the shroom/onion combo. 6:00pm - Everyone off the grill. Time to eat. Somewhere along the way, the wife made some salady-type stuff. The shrooms weren't the only one gifted with more Founders All Day IPA as I enjoyed a couple. The tenderloin was the very best I've ever made. You can see the smoke ring in the attached photo. It was a little more done than I usually like, but it was the tastiest, juiciest, and most tender steak I've ever made. The smoke in the shrooms was heavenly. The cornbread was buttery and awesome. I heard the pork was great, but there was venison, so I can't speak from experience. Who else smoked on the 4th and what did ya have?
  6. I'm new here so I'm a couple months late, however this is the slow cooker pork carnita recipe that I love. I've made it a bunch of times and it's fantastic. Do not skip the final step of crisping up the meat in the frying pan after cooking. It only takes a few minutes and it's SO worth it. I also make a homemade guacamole to go with it. It's a huge hit with the family. http://www.recipetineats.com/pork-carnitas-mexican-slow-cooker-pulled-pork/ http://www.foodndrinkrecipes.com/guacamole-recipe/ If you make it, report back.
  7. Ok, posted my intro. Didn't realize at first it was in a general discussion forum, so I went back and removed all the WOT related stuff. I'm currently in a clan, but I'm thinking about switching to a more active (or at least more social) clan. The guys in my current clan are awesome, but it's pretty much either strongholds or solo grinding. There's no middle ground. I much prefer to be social and play in platoons or at least chat with people while playing. I have many of the meta tier 6 and 8 tanks for strongholds. I have 2 tier 10 tanks right now, but have 2 others unlocked and have several other tier 9s that I'm working on. I'm looking for a clan that's not full of kids (I have 2 of my own and work in a school, kids are great, but my Tank time is my time) and is active with platoons, strongholds, tournaments, clan wars, or some combination of those. I don't like clan hoppers, so I don't plan to leave my current clan until I find a new home. Is it ok to hop on the TS server and hang out with some of the DHO clans to see where I'd best fit before making any moves?
  8. Greetings folks, I'm Eric, but I go by ScHwErV pretty much everywhere online. So, about me. I'm a dad of 2 boys (currently 6 and 10) and I"m extremely proud of both of them. I'm still happily married to their mom and hope to keep it that way. What else - I'm 41, I brew beer and hard cider, I have a big homemade smoker that I love to use, I play World of Tanks standing behind a desk that I made while looking at a 12' projected screen in my basement, I'm a technology director for a school, I'm former US Army, I hunt and fish religiously, I live in Michigan, and I have 6 chickens, a rabbit, a cat, 3 fish, and during the summer we raise turkeys for Thanksgiving.
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