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23' mini-trawler
by Schucker

Janice aboard Seaweed,
living the good life afloat...

Trawler cruising on $14 per day is possible.
I'm doing it and you can too.

Janice Marois, nautical journalist.
Accredited member of Boat Writers International.

Here, I share my views on living aboard a small boat with very limited resources. Hopefully my successes will help others achieve the life. And yes, I'll share the things I did wrong too -- though not everything 'cause a girl's got to have her secrets!


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Date: 16 September 2018. Delicious Deviled Eggs.


I have been told my deviled eggs are something special. I rather suspect that is because so few make them. Basically deviled eggs have been relegated to picnics and potluck dinners. For me however, they are a semi-regular treat. Here are the basics for those who don't want to wait to visit Seaweed for your own batch of delicious deviled eggs.

This is the end result of half and hour in my galley:

On a hot southern day there is something
 rather special about enjoying deviled eggs.

Here is how to make your own deviled eggs:

How-To Primer for eggs: Place eggs and Eggy egg timer in a pan. Cover with water. Put lid on pan. Bring water to a boil. Check Eggy in about ten minutes. It usually takes about fifteen minutes, maybe.

I always forget when I start or should check the eggs. That is precisely why the Eggy is such a blessing for me. I can look at the color and know exactly how done my eggs are.

Side Note: The Eggy has some sort of heat-sensitive paint on the inside. It changes color to match the color of the egg yolk as it cooks.

Hard-boil a batch of eggs. I would cook
just three if I were only fixing for myself.


When I am having company I hard-boil six eggs. I now use the Eggy egg timer described in the Perfect Eggs - Eggy Timer (no reefer advice) article.

egg timer

Blatant plug for the Eggy timer.

Though I love my $3 Eggy from Walmart, a friend named Noel said he found a similar one for a just a buck at the dollar store. Gosh, that is a great price.


He says mine is prettier. Noel stated the one he bought is solid orange color. Like mine it changes to light yellow when the egg is fully cooked.


After the eggs have cooled, I then peel them.


Some days they peel perfectly, especially when I am fixing just for me. Let me prepare for guests and the eggs will all turn out with the egg whites gouged. Such is life when entertaining.

Slice the eggs in half. When you cut the egg in
half the yolk will fall out. Place the yolks in a bowl.

Mash the yolks with a fork. Make them crumbly.

The reason I do this is because sometimes the yolks turn out to have a bit of a green coloring on the outer edge. That happens when the eggs cool too slowly. Though it won't harm me, I don't like the green to show. By mashing the yolks the yellow part supersedes the green. The eggs look more appetizing.

The yolks also mix better/easier when fully mashed.

Add mayonnaise or salad dressing.
Six eggs calls for a heaping tablespoon of mayo.

Salad dressing such as Miracle Whip is to my taste a bit more lemony than mayonnaise. Either can be used in this recipe. Once when I ran out of mayo I substituted Ranch salad dressing. I liked that too.

Stir to thoroughly mix in the mayonnaise.


If you like relish, add some now.
One heaping teaspoon is enough.

Reminder: Add one heaping tablespoon of mayonnaise
 plus one heaping teaspoon of relish to the mashed yolks.

The ratio is 3 mayo to 1 relish. Frankly though if you are not fond of relish eliminate it. It is not necessary. Southerners seem to prefer relish though folks in north that I know do not use relish. My relatives used diced onions instead.

If the deviled eggs are not for sharing I will mince (chop very finely) some onions just for my own batch. Many people do not care for raw onions. That is why I do not add the onions for guests visiting aboard Seaweed.

Add approximately one heaping
teaspoon of the mixture to each egg half.

You've done it. All that is required now is to either
eat the eggs immediately or refrigerate until served.

I prefer my deviled eggs chilled.

Once in a while I get creative and add leftovers from my reefer to the egg yolk mixture. Minced ham and finely grated mozzarella cheese have ended up in my deviled eggs at one time or another. I have also used a smattering of garlic seasoning on occasion.

Now most folks at picnics and such seem to add the spice paprika (the red stuff) to the tops of deviled eggs. Paprika is a type of pepper. I am not fond of the flavor so no paprika is ever used for my eggs.

When cooking/fixing for others I do not add salt. It is always better to err on the side of too little than too much. So many are on restricted diets, therefore I try to be accommodating.

Deviled eggs are a personal favorite. I make them for
 every potluck, and for me too just because I like them.

Here in St. Petersburg the Red Tide has arrived. My eyes are scratchy. Breathing is not easy. I am spending a lot of time in the boat running my air-conditioner. Outside activities are curtailed though I am out there feeding my birds. I worry about them.


Bruce likes his hotdog wafers.

Because of the red tides I have been feeding the night herons and my snowy egrets more of late. I worry about them. Additionally they will stand on the boat and stare at me until I break out the container of hotdog wafers.

One of us is well trained.


So far I am not seeing dead fish here in the canal. We do get an influx of contaminated water on rising tides. It is not pleasant. I don't believe I was nearly sympathetic enough when friends further south were discussing their plight!

For now that's it. Stay happy, breathe well and thank you for reading.

Comments welcome and encouraged on the
Delicious Deviled Eggs page.

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Skipper, First Mate extraordinaire

Of course every boat needs a Deck Swabbie. Mine, born in 2008, is a papillon mix. She weighs in at five pounds.

Coming soon ...


Topics of Interest:
You can achieve a simple satisfying life

Oh, a wondrous bird is the pelican!
His bill holds more than his belican.
He can take in his beak enough food for a week.
But I'm darned if I know how the helican.
(Poem by Dixon Lanier Merritt, 1879-1972.)


For years I've been collecting short pithy statements otherwise known as aphorisms. If you're like me and enjoy the weird, go ahead and CLICK!

These are previously posted at the bottom of each article -- for new, you'll have to come visit again.

Seaweed is in St. Pete right now.

The above chart (#411) can be a wish book of sorts as you look over your domain and wonder where to go next. And yes, I do have the originals (sans red arrow) as jpeg's for download should you desire your own for closer perusal. Enjoy!

The Writer's Block

It's my belief that other folks who boat are some of the most interesting in the world. Inside every boater is a story. Let yours out! I'd love to post short stories, vignettes, or even longer articles that focus on some aspect of our life on or near the water. Suggested topics include:

1. I Remember When...
2. My First Boat
3. Who inspired you to be a boater?
4. Fishing Trips or Tricks
5. Or another subject of your choosing

For the novice, here's how to write: Simply pretend you're sending a letter to a friend. Tell about an event or a memory from years ago that you still recall.

Life has changed so much on the water since I was born aboard. Personally I'd love to hear your memories of life when you were younger. Boats were smaller, narrower, and much slower. Kids were kids and our families often shaped the adult we have become. Here are my two aboard the tow boat my dad ran for a time:

Your pictures would be wonderful too. I posted one of Boot Key Harbor taken in 2001 that has gotten quite a few downloads and really, that's not so terribly long ago... Do you have any photos to share? Email me.

Do you want to help out?

Often an article for the website will be completely written yet lack photographs. I like pictures and am looking for some for up-coming pieces:

  • Pets afloat (include pet and boat name please)

  • Any picture of boats underway or at anchor

  • Photos of people enjoying life in or on the water

Size: a minimum of 1000 pixels across please. If that doesn't make sense think bigger versus resized for emailing. I prefer the full-size version. Also, the name you'd like me to use when I add the copyright stuff to your picture. And thanks bunches!

My email address is janice@janice142.com

23' Schucker mini-trawler, circa 1983.

Thanks for visiting. If you happen to see my boat along the
waterways, give a call on Channel 16. I'm always listening.

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My home is not fancy by any means, however you cannot imagine how wonderful it is to come back to her after an expedition on shore.

If I can live this life, why not you too?

Skipper, First Mate

Aphorism Alert: Begin doing what you want to now. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand, and melting like a snowflake. Marie Beyon Ray.

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