Saturday, May 29, 2010


Webster dictionary defines bartering as: to trade by exchanging one commodity for another.

What man doesn't love his own craft. At my house it's my blacksmith. He loves to make iron items. He makes some fine functional items. At work, it's my co-worker Tim, his craft is
BBQing. He occasionally uses us, his co-workers, to taste test his products. We don't mind.

So this week the blacksmith made a steak turner for Tim the BBQer. I took it to work on Friday and asked Tim if he was up to a barter. "Sure" he said. "I saw you carry a steak turner in."

The blacksmith was willing to trade the BBQer a turner for some BBQed pork.

Saturday evening, just as I was beginning to think what I could make for dinner, Tim called. He wanted to know if we would be home, he had some BBQ pork for us.

This is the grilled, smoked pork butt he brought.

And it was heavenly! I made a salad with fresh lettuce from the garden, added some mandarin oranges and celery to it, opened a bag of chips, warmed up some sour dough bread and voilĂ ! dinner was ready. Oh, plus a nice cold 1554 Enlightened Black Ale for the blacksmith, and a Smirnoff Cranberry and lime for me.

Dinner on the deck, free food from a great co-worker/friend/husband of our children's grade school teacher, it doesn't get any better than that!

Thanks guys hope you two work out a barter again!


Anonymous said...

Awwwwwwwww, cranberry smirnoff with lime!!!!! YUMMO!

Deanna said...

That BBQ looks so good! Jim barters all the time. I'm going to have to check out those cranberry smirnoffs!

katie said...

Looks like a good barter to me.
Sounds heavenly.

Janet said...

Looks yummy! And a good trade- but maybe you are the barterer in the family!

Nancy said...

what a great trade!! bartering should happen more often..

Flat Creek Farm said...

I love a good barter. These blacksmiths really know how to strike a good deal, eh?

Yummy BBQ, but alcohol is the devil (don't ask me why I say this.. lol)

Rural Revival said...

What a great trade off. It sure would be nice to see more of this in the world.

Hope you're enjoying your holiday!


Jenny said...

You can find more trades like this on pages like and Co. Even people in your own area can be localized.

Sara said...

Sounds perfect to me! I knew you'd have something delicious to post about this weekend :)

Steaks on the grill, beers with funny names for Mark (Dead Guy Ale or somesuch? was one of them,) and me thinking of when I'll have a cranberry and vodka again...Summer is on its way!

Missouri Gal Nicole said...

YUMMY!!!! Oh and thank him for making me my pry bar. It worked like a charm at the Mine. I even had people borrow it! My pry bar was a hit out there!

Dandy said...

B loves that kind of barter and I say that was a really good trade!

Mel said...

You live the GOOD life!! ENJOY!!