Sunday, February 28, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
We told the teenager that there is to be no use of power tools without a grown up. She's doing online school from home for 8th grade (it's long story that starts with bullying...) She obeyed the No Power Tools rule, and decided to do some whittling/wood carving instead.
She emailed me at 4 and said her thumb hurts but the bleeding has almost stopped.
That's when my heart stopped.
Since Frank is a chef who is oh-too-familiar with first aid (sharp knives and hot oven doors) I told her to have him examine the slice and gouge, and so I'm at work waiting to hear the news from "Dr. Dad" on whether I should go home or meet them at Urgent care for stitches.
*sigh* Yay, good times.
PS: Score one for Google. She Googled "first aid" and learned to clean the wound, apply pressure, and hold it above her head to make the bleeding stop.
I think that's when she said she then went back to whittling and turned the slice into a gouge.
...which is probably why it wouldn't stop bleeding the second time.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
This batch above (#4) is made with mixed nuts.
The varying nut flavors are unexpected and fabulous.
And yes, they were made in the microwave. Would you like the recipe?
Monday, February 8, 2010
Saturday, February 6, 2010
There is no law against putting butter on top of a bacon biscuit, so I have not committed any crime here.
3c all purpose flour
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp cream of tartar
3/4 c fat - most recipes call for shortening or butter; I used only bacon fat
1 1/4 c buttermilk
Sift the dry ingredients together. Cut in fat with a pastry blender until the mixture has a coarse sandy texture. Add the liquid and stir with a fork until just moistened.
Turn out onto floured surface (will be very sticky) and knead only about 3 or 4 times until mixture holds together.
Use a rolling pin and roll to about 1 inch thick. Cut into rounds with biscuit cutter or large drinking glass. Try to cut as many rounds as possible from the dough because biscuits made from the second rolling will not be as tender or flaky. You want to handle the dough as little as possible.
Place cut rounds onto flat, ungreased baking pan and bake in a hot oven (450F) for about 10 minutes.
Try them split, spread with butter, and drizzled with pancake syrup.
Go ahead, it's not illegal... yet.
Monday, February 1, 2010
Did you even know your gasket is not permanently attached to your coffee lid? It's just snapped on like a big silicone rubber band.
Since it's not glued on, whatever is in the cup can seep under the gasket. Even if your cup is not leaky, your gasket probably has a nice build up of black gunk underneath it.
And since the contents of your cup can seep under the gasket, whatever is under the gasket will mix with the beverage in your cup...
You should be able to pry the gasket out of the groove with your fingernail or the tip of a spoon.
After you peel out the gasket you may be surprised or shocked or just plain grossed out to see what kind of gunk is in the groove of your coffee lid. Scrub your gasket and scrub the groove.
You can even soak it in bleach water if it makes you feel better.
When it's dry, just pop it back on like a rubber band. Just make sure the gasket doesn't twist or you'll end up with a dribble glass. Not so fun if you're drinking coffee in the car on your way to work.
(Kind of fun if you loan the cup to someone else to drink out of... Use your best judgement, though, and don't blame me if they get a little testy about coffee drips down the front of their shirt.)
Got other car coffee mugs? If one's dirty, they're all dirty. Pull the gasket off all your mug lids and give the gasket and channel a good scrub.
Brace yourself. It's gonna be gross.
And you were drinking out of these mugs! Eeeeew.