The Pig Roast Part I: How to Get Started

July 10, 2012

Last November, Dave and I were driving to a friend’s house for dinner when we started talking about pig roasts. I’d never been to a pig roast and it had been years and years since Dave had been to one. Since there didn’t seem to be any invitations coming anytime soon, we started thinking of hosting our own.

So here is an account of how we hosted a pig roast. We’re not saying it’s the *right way* but it’s the way we did it. If you’re going to undertake it yourself, we would suggest doing as much research as possible and taking the necessary safety precautions.

To start, we obtained a 55 gallon metal drum from a friend who had the hook up from a bakery. The drum had been the home of corn syrup and needed a really good cleaning before we could do anything with it. Dave took one for the team and cleaned it out with a good dose of PBW from his beer making stash.

This is the drum:
The Drum

We then took the drum over to Dave’s younger brother, Patrick’s house. Patrick works on cars in his garage and had all the tools, including welding tools, to turn our ordinary drum into a pig roaster. Here’s how they did it:

1. They cut the drum in half length-wise using a Sawzall.
Saw It

Be smarter than we were – wear safety glasses and ear protection. Laziness like ours is not an excuse.

Not the smartest plan

2. We admired their hard work. Dave then began sanding all of the sharp edges down using an electric sander.
Half the drum


3. Meanwhile, Patrick cut 4 long pieces of scrap metal to be fitted into the bottom of the pig roaster. Dave sanded off the paint to weld the metal to the inside of the bottom half. He also sanded the edges of the scrap metal to clean off the rust. *A note on this step: we placed the scrap metal pieces halfway down the bottom of the pig roaster. We should have placed them higher to make room for the charcoal. This would bite us in the ass later. Don’t be like us, place the metal at ¾ of the bottom of the pig roaster.


4. And then the welding began! Patrick welded all the long pieces into the bottom section of the pig roast to create support for the grill. He also found a piece of pipe and welded it to the top section to create a handle.

Almost done

5. While Patrick was slaving over the welding, Dave and I ran to Home Depot where we bought three hinges and chicken wire. When we got back, Patrick welded the hinges onto both halves to connect them. And while Dave and I were contemplating how exactly we would stand up a round pig roaster, Patrick was busy cutting more scrap metal and welding away. Like magic, he created four sturdy legs for our roaster.

(Pig roaster says “FEED ME PIGS!”)

*Not pictured is the chicken wire we cut to fit the drum. We laid this across the support bars to create a grilling surface.
Stay tuned for The Pig Roast Part II – this one will contain graphic pictures of our pig before and after it was cooked. Beware.


Meet our newest family member

June 25, 2012

I would like to introduce our newest family member, Clover:


Many of you know that we’ve been trying to adopt a dog for a while without good luck. All that changed yesterday when we went to Pet-A-Palooza, an adoption event at the Palace in Auburn Hills. We got there and half an hour later we left with Clover, whom we had fallen in love with at first sight.

Clover is a 2-year-old, Basenji mix. She’s about 40 pounds. Here’s what else we know: She is spayed now, but gave birth in May to 9 puppies! She walks with a little limp because somewhere down the line she was shot. The high caliber bullet lodged itself in her shoulder muscle and the vet can’t remove it. She’s not in pain and she can still run; it’s just not the prettiest run you’ve ever seen.

And finally, she’s a cuddle monster. Our cuddle monster 🙂

Here’s Clover with Dave about two hours after we brought her home. Being adopted is hard work!




June 2, 2012

And the winner (per random number generator) is:


#9: Lori!


Thanks to everyone who entered. Lori, I’ll contact you for your address and get that quilt out to you 🙂


Quilt Giveaway!!

May 24, 2012

Ok, here’s the deal my few but loyal, lovely readers. I am hosting a giveaway. You could win this:


That’s right, I’ve made you this lap quilt (approximately 48″ x 62″), which I would be more than happy to ship to you, should you win the giveaway (and yes, I will ship internationally).

How to enter:

1. First entry if you leave a comment on this post.

2. Second, bonus entry if you leave a comment that you follow my blog.


I’ll pick a random winner on June 1st, so be sure to check back then.


Did I mention thanks for reading my blog? Because, thanks for reading my blog!


Still playing catch up

May 19, 2012

I feel like I’m always playing catch up on here. I suppose that’s better than never posting at all though.

My big news is that I can check another thing off my 30 by 30!

#1 Graduate

I’ve officially graduated with my MBA…. diploma and everything. 🙂 And, I was surprised at work by my coworkers who decorated my desk and threw me a party. It’s hard to talk about how much some of them annoy me when they do nice things like that!

In other news, last week my mom and my two cousins, Megan and Lindsey, and I planted potatoes in pots (Megan and Lindsey pictured below):



And at only a week into our potato experiment, we have growth!


I’ve also been quilting up a storm. Stay tuned for a GIVEAWAY (yay!). Here’s a hint (please forgive the Jelly in the picture):



Finishing some projects and No. 21

May 7, 2012

I turned in my last bit of coursework for my degree a couple weeks ago. It still feels a little unreal. Part of that feeling is actually having some free time. Free time in which I have done the following:

Checked off #21 from my list of 30 by 30 – Finish a quilt project. This is the quilt before I finished it – I thought this picture was more interesting than the finished product because it has Jelly and her scary, evil eyes 🙂


I also made a tote bag:


Made some butter for fun:


And finished this quilt top:


That’s it for now. I’m hoping to get some more projects done before I run out of steam 🙂


Weekend Canning

March 18, 2012

From left to right: Three Citrus Marmalade, Pickled Red Onions, and Cherry, Pineapple, Orange Marmalade.

I spent a little time last weekend and a little time this weekend working on canning… and I’m officially smitten with canning. There is nothing as satisfying as that little ping of the seal and the way the food looks so bright and pretty through the glass.

And now for the official checking off the 30 by 30 list:
7. Make jam or jelly – check! I’m going with marmalade totally counts.
8. Can jam or jelly – check!

Two in one weekend! Woohoo! Although, it’s definitely a case of doing the easy ones first… I haven’t even thought seriously of organizing the craft room….