As usual my permanent Jack 'O Lanterns are used again this year.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
As usual my permanent Jack 'O Lanterns are used again this year.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Hmmm- wonder if a kid would want a copy of Living Like Ed or the Raintree nursery catalog???
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Think bottled water is bottled at the sources like Alaska or Yosemite? Well Penn & Teller take their show "Bullshit" to the level of the Bottled water- showing how bottled water is just a Madison Avenue gimmick.
I understand that there is a need for bottled water, people traveling through the desert- maybe. Of course If I am going through a desert on a horse with no name I choose to take a water jug, but that's just me and how I roll.
Bottled Water?- pretty much it's all BULLSHIT!
Fake Plastic Fish has a great interview with Jackson Browne and some great links to you tube on Bottled water
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Have you been watching "The 100 Mile Challenge" on Planet Green? Now this is what reality TV should be. Bascially, The good citizens of Mission B.C. have taken on a 100 mile food challenge, started by James MacKinnon and Alisa Smith, who write on their experiences doing the 100 food mile challenge themselves for one year on a blog and a book. Their book "Plenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Robust Year of Eating Locally" Is available now.
The show is enjoyable. You see the fails. The successes, the "cheats". Done in a great documentary reality style. I have only seen the first two episodes and I must say that I am hooked. And let me tell you, they mean 100 local miles for everything, oil, wheat (which includes flour) vinegar- even salt and pepper (I was laughing at the St. Cyr familie's quest for salt- they ended up going to the beach and boiling down Ocean Water!And I was equally amazed- (it worked!) That and the search for flour or wheat.
This show makes you question- What's In Your Pantry?
It is amazing to see what folks will do when based with a big challenge. And these folks are doing it for themselves- no money or prizes! I would give this show 4 green thumbs
Sunday, October 25, 2009
1. Plant something: Started some sprouts in my fancy new fangled sprouter
2. Harvest something: Carrots, Tomatoes, Kale, Chard, Acorn Squash, Summer squash, Onions, Beets
3. Preserve something: Froze the homemade dog food I made Romeo; Processing pumpkins, saving seeds for roasting and growing
4. Reduce Waste (recycle, reuse, reduce, repair or compost something) -Reused and brought out of retirement an old 1 cup coffee brewer instead of buying a new brewer at work;
5. Preparation and Storage: Made some homemade Dog Food for Romeo and froze it, Bought some Mason Jars at the thrift store; Working on cleaning out the freezer in the garage in prep for the new one; Cooked potato sausages, boiled the game hens to make dog/cat food, roasted turkey thigh!
6. Build Community Food Systems: Took 5 pounds of tomatoes that I was ripening from the community garden to the food bank
7. Eat the Food (cook or eat something new): Roasted Carrots, Beets and onions, Veggie Soup: Made some bean burritos with shredded Chard and onions on them,
Melinda’s Growing Challenge: Nothing new to report - except processing pumpkins and saving some of the seeds
Meat Free Mondays: At a muffin and coffee for Breakfast. Soup and salad for lunch. Bean burritos for dinner
Ditch The Disposables -This weeks DTD FAILS: I got some soup at work cafeteria, as I had a Gift chip from there, and used a plastic soup spoon. That and the Styrofoam bowl. But got right back up on the horse again. I forgot Muggsly when I went for a coffee- Couldn’t drink coffee there, so they made it in a paper cup, I didn’t put a lid on it and took the cup home for reuse (I use the cups in my vertical garden and for seed starting)
Buy Hand challenge: Made a Soap pedestal for my mom
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
2 pounds hamburger,browned
½ cup cooked brown rice
½ cup boiled mixed vegetables ( I used carrots and peas)
3 to 4 Tbsp unsalted chicken broth
Stir together and serve at room temperature. A good doggy multivitamin/mineral supplement may be added for good measure. Be sure to store unused portions in a covered container in the refrigerator and discard remains after 3 days. Or just freeze and thaw.
Find more recipes for dog food at Suite 101
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Thanks to Beth and Lisa at The Salvage Studio
2.) Pass the award along to 6 brilliantly over the top blogs (blogs you love!) Alert them so they know to receive the award.
3.) Copy and paste this quiz... Change the answers, ONE word only!!
I am so sorry, but one word just is not going to happen.
1-Where is your cell phone? In my watch pocket
2- Your hair? Missing in Action
3-Your mother? Darlene or Big Nurse or Nurse Crachett
4-Your father? Elwood “Gump” Johnson
5-Your favorite food? Right now- Coq Au Vin
6-Your favorite drink? Coffee
7-Your dream last night? Did not dream last night that I remember
8-Your dream/goal? Make it to 55 and RETIRE
9-What room are you in? Office at work
10-Your hobby? Finding new uses for old stuff
11-Your fear? Not making it to 55 and not being able to retire
12-Where do you want to be in 6 years? Retired, own a little shop
13-Where were you last night? Living Room
14-Something that you aren't? Devilishly Handsome
15-Muffin? Morning Glory
16-Wish list item? A new grinder
17-Where did you grow up? Burien, Washington
18-Last thing you did? Tripped tested a dry sprinkler system
19-What are you wearing? Jeans and a t-shirt
20-Your TV? A big Flat Screen Vizio
21-Your pets? Romeo Dawg and Sammy Cat
22-Friends? Are like coins you have them for awhile and then *POOF* they’re gone
23- Your life? Pretty good dontcha know
24-Your mood? Happy
25-Missing someone? Dad
26-Vehicle? Which one? '95 Suzuki Swift, '07 Toyota Tacoma, '66 Plymouth Valiant, '79 MGB, '67 Vespa, 2001 Honda Elite
27-Something you aren't wearing? *BLUSHES*
28-Your favorite store? IKEA, REI
29-Favorite color? RED
30-When was the last time you laughed? A few minutes ago, having a smoke break
31-Last time you cried? Crap- I dunno- probably my cousin Dwight’s Funeral last month
32-Your best friend? Martin
33-One place you go to over and over? BIAS, Burien
34-One person who emails you regularly? To many to mention
35-Favorite place to eat? Hey Paison Deli
Okay so I signed up for a program. Seattle City Light is going to come and take the garage reefer away. I use the reefer for the freezer- just big enough for my household. But I looked at the electric usage for my old reefer- Using the EPA calculator- it costs about $100 TO RUN IT A YEAR! or $8.13 a month
Now look at the energy info on the freezers I am looking at: one 5.0cubic foot model I am looking at cost approx. $26 a year to run( or $2.17 per month), using 240 kWh per year, the other a 7.0 CF model runs about $30 per year to run uses 277kWh of power, The only Energy Star qualified unit I can find in my range is 14.0 cubic foot model and runs $36 a year to run(or $3.00 per month, using 957 kWh of power.
Now of course the energy star model is twice the size of the other two, but do I need to freeze that much food? Then address the factor that two 7.0 cf models would run $60 a year to run, compared with $36 a year for the Energy Star model. The there is the costs of each model the small one (5.0 cf) is $158, the 7.0 cf is $198 and the 14.0 Cf model is $398.
I know someone who has the 5.0 model - my mom. She loves it. And give into the fact that a Chest freezer is more efficient than an upright (Gravity helps keep the door sealed) they are all winners, But I have to look at costs VS. capacity. If the 2 cubic foot freezer on the old reefer was just about right, albeit a bit small, then running the 14.8 cf model would be wasteful. The nice thing about the old reefer was it kept pop cold as well and held my jams and jellies. But food preservation is the main object here- and looking at my needs I think I am leaning towards the 5.0 cf model- more than big enough, doesn’t take up too much room, cheaper to run than my current situation, cheapest price. AAACK modern problems!
1. What is your favorite thing to snack on while you’re blogging? Cheese and crackers
2. What is one thing you wouldn’t want to live without? My dog romeo and cat sammy - wait that’s two things- okay My pets
3. Beach, Mountains or Farm? Hmm… I like were I am at- maybe a bit more if I could buy the house next door (for the land, rent the house out)and have a total urban farm
4. What’s your least favorite chore/household duty? Yes.
5. Who do people say you remind them of? John Belushi or Tony Soprano. Don’I have a clue why.
6. Prefer parties and socializing or staying at home with the fam? I party like its 1999.
7. What’s your all time favorite movie? I am the guy who watches Chick Flicks- Steel Magnolias would probably be #1, followed by Terms of Endearment. Yes I always cry at the sad parts. Very embarrassing.
8. Do you sleep in your make up or remove it like a good girl every night? I don’t wear make up. Am a boy. Sometimes I shower before bed.
9. Do you have a hidden talent or a deep desire to learn something that you’ve never had a chance to learn? What is it? Acting. I once was very interested in it.
10. What’s one strange thing you’re really good at? Deep frying turkeys.
11. What first attracted you to your spouse? Good sense of humor. That and if they don’t laugh the first time they see me naked.
12. What is something you love to smell? Fresh baked sugar cookies. Or the smell of a pork roast cooking.
13. Tell something about you that you know irritates people. As much as I work to irritate people I am always surprised when I am successful.
14. When you have extra money (HA!) what’s the first thing you think to do with it? One word- Vegas
15. Are you a silent laugher or a loud laugher? Loud.
16. Where is your favorite place to shop? Ikea. REI
17. What’s one thing you’d do more often if you had more time? Travel
18. Are you a big spender or frugal? While I am frugal I love Vegas.
19. Who is your favorite character of all time (from a movie or book)? (Can’t be real) Hard to say- Noxema Jackson from To Wong Foo, Many Thanks, Julie Newmar (yup- old Rob wants to be a very tall, black drag queen)
20. Would you want to be famous? Sure, why not. If in this world Emeril can be famous, why not I?
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Been a cold rainy week here in Burien. I gave up on my green house project- need to go back to the drawing board, on that one, Bought Romeo a Dog pack, and made some Apple Cider Jelly using Abbie’s Recipe Used the low sugar recipe. Snaps to Abbie for this recipe. Like having a fresh apple on my toast! Still processing pumpkins
Sharon's Independence Days Challenge- Year two, week 23
1. Plant something: Transplanted a honeysuckle vine in my yard that had out grown a pot at my mom’s
2. Harvest something: Tomatoes and onions for the food bank.
3. Preserve something: Apple Cider Jelly- thanks to Abbie for the recipe
4. Reduce Waste (recycle, reuse, reduce, repair or compost something): Made some poop bag holders out of prescription medicine bottles. Maybe sell them if I get a booth at next season’s Farmer’s Market.
5. Preparation and Storage: Bought Romeo a Dog Pack. He’s a working dog now! He can help carry some groceries and such.
6. Build Community Food Systems: Getting ready for to say goodbye to the community gardens at the BIAS by joining in on the Night of 1000 pumpkins/Day of the dead celebration on November 1st. Bought ½ gallon of Local Apple Cider at Eat Local store to make Cider Cinnamon Jelly
7. Eat the Food (cook or eat something new): Apple Cider Cinnamon Jelly, Roasted pumpkin seeds,
Melinda’s Growing Challenge: Nothing new to report
Meat Free Mondays: Breakfast muffin and coffee, Lunch- TVP Chik’n patty, mac and cheese, Lunch at work- Cheese and Rye Crackers, dinner Omelet
Ditch The Disposables -Still going strong. Nothing to report.
Buy Hand challenge: Finished the Popcorn movie bags. Getting started on the rest of my clocks.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Sammy cat already has a job- he is the chief mouser and de-ratter in the house. Romi also does Rat duty-outdoors, but he tends to want to play with the little buggers- they remind him of chihuahuas.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Wondering what to do about that pumpkin your little angels (or you) just carved? Well according to Jeff Yeager, who writes the green cheapskate blog on Daily Green - Use it All- he claims you can use it to make pie (puree) or make a casserole out of the parts you cut out of the pumpkin for the eyes nose and mouth, pickled pumpkin rinds and of course seeds. Recipes on his blog If you still aren’t convinced and want to find a more sustainable way to dispose of your Jack O’ Lantern , and you live in the Seattle Area, you can take it to the Night of 1,000- pumpkins Celebration at the Burien Interim Art Space (B/IAS) across from the Town Square Park in Downtown Burien. Remember to bring a candle to light your pumpkin and become a willing participant in an outdoor art project. They will gladly compost it for you, too.
The community Garden members will also be there to say goodbye to the garden. We don’t know if there will be a spot for the garden elsewhere in the city, the parks department is working hard on it. I am hoping for it. It has been a fun year. More about that in another post soon!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
1. Plant something: Started some basil, chives and parsley seeds indoors for a windowsill herb garden
2. Harvest something: Thai Peppers, Kohl Rabi, Corn Salad Greens, Mesclun Greens, Chard, and Lettuce;From the Community Garden: Basil, Tomatoes, beets; Swiss chard
3. Preserve something: Processed and froze pumpkins, Roasted and stored pumpkin seeds;
4. Reduce Waste (recycle, reuse, reduce, repair or compost something): Repaired my favorite winter Jacket for work- sewed new buttons, repaired tear in sleeves
5. Preparation and Storage: Found out my Big plastic bag for the greenhouse isn’t big enough, going to use 10 foot wide plastic sheeting- but will keep large bag for another winter gardening project already in my mind.
6. Build Community Food Systems: Did my volunteer day at the community garden; took harvested veggies to the food bank
7. Eat the Food (cook or eat something new): Pumpkin seeds, ate Swiss Chard, Corn Salad greens, Mesclun greens and Lettuce in a salad;
Melinda’s Growing Challenge: Saved some gourd seeds and saved some pumpkin seeds that I did not roast
Meat Free Mondays: Breakfast muffin and coffee, Lunch- TVP Chik’n patties, potato salad, orange, Lunch at work- Cheese and Rye Crackers, dinner Almond Butter and Banana stuffed pita French toast
Ditch The Disposables -Still going strong. Guy at work notice I used my fancy hankie made out of a T-shirt- told him they are the best snot rags! One problem I had this week- Even though not a part of my personal DTD challenge-I forgot my shopping bags at the Farmers Market- so used the plastic produce bags- one vendor was reusing old plastic shopping bags Since I was buying gourds and a few pumpkins, I told him the small sugar pumpkin would fit in with the gourds, saving a bag- all the bags will be reused or recycled. Another problem I had this week was I ate at a teriyaki place, while the food on my plate was an actual plate- they only offered plastic cutlery or chopsticks- not having brought my own I opted for chopsticks- while not plastic, they are made from bamboo, I took them home with me as chopsticks have 101 uses. Julia Child and I beat our omelets with them.
Buy Hand challenge: Made a clock- actually, I changed the face of one for my friends at the coffee shop; making same for my uncle(did not buy a new clock for it- using one I already had), and one for martin(an alarm clock bought from the as-is at Ikea). Made charging cradles for I-phones and blackberries.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Her bedroom bathroom (Master bath has ceramic pulls)
Friday, October 9, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
So maybe I will wait until getting my new phone-
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
I made a clock for my friends at Burien Press. I just took a clock bought from Ikea, and printed burien press' logo on glossy photo paper, inserted it into the clock, put the plastic cover back on- basically you use the clock as a frame! I am also making my Uncle a clock this year. Sorry about the crappy pics- used my cell phone camera! Here are the instructions from my DIY site. And if you have any of these plastic clocks hanging around this is a great re-use for them as well. The clock I am making for my uncle is an old clock that is just lying around!
Monday, October 5, 2009
About a year ago I ranted about schools sending kids out to sell crap. Well this year, I am raving about the boy scouts. Has Rob softened in his old age?
I have a different opinion between schools selling crap because (in this levy state) we don't give the schools enough money to fund arts and sports programs. But the Boy Scouts (and Girl Scouts) are a different matter- they are a private organization who do some good in the world. While not a big fan of the Boy Scouts of America per say ( I think they are a fascist group, who discriminate with the blessing of the Supreme Court) I do admire the boys that go through it.
I was coming out of Lowe's today, and here is this little guy, who stopped me and asked if I would like to buy some Boy Scout Popcorn. Before I could say no, This little salesman went in to his selling spiel- and Ron Popeil and Billy Mays would have been proud of this little tyke- the kid even had samples of the chocolate covered caramel corn! Needless to say I bought a box of Microwave popcorn- The popcorn will go into the movie bags for Christmas- and the Boy Scouts of America get $10.50 of the $15 I spent. Not in the spirit of the Buy Hand challenge, but hey a Two-fer is a Two-fer! And I am putting the bags together, myself. (There is a justification for ya)
Anyway, I am glad part of my Christmas goes to support charities, while giving to others, some of who wouldn't spend a nickle to give to any charitable organization. Hee Hee.
It's like peeing in your pants in a dark suit, Kinda gives you a warm feeling, and nobody really notices!
Sunday, October 4, 2009
2. Nettle tea Nope- don’t have a clue of what part of a nettle to use
3. Huevos rancheros- Si
4. Steak tartare- No way Jose
5. Crocodile-Yup and Alligator, too
6. Black pudding- Assumming I know what it is, I would say yes- (Blood Sausage is a Norwegian Delicacy
7. Cheese fondue- Oh Yeah
8. Carp- Nope- too bony
9. Borscht- Yes I love Borsht
10. Baba ghanoush- yep
11. Calamari- Love Calamari
12. Pho- Phraid Not Funny considering the amount of Pho restaraunts in the area
13. PB&J sandwich- Yes but never had a PB And Fluff sandwich until I was 48
14. Aloo gobi- Nope – don’t know what it is
15. Hot dog from a street cart- Oh yeah baby-I love to live dangerously
16. Epoisses-See Aloo gobi
17. Black truffle- Never had one- the pig ate them all
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes- Are you kidding? I was a teenager in the 70’s Boone’s Farm and Annie Green Springs where good friends of mine
19. Steamed pork buns – Hum Bow? Yup
20. Pistachio ice cream- Love Pistachio Ice Cream, Yes
21. Heirloom tomatoes-Yup
22. Fresh wild berries Wineberries- Berries-Yes Wineberries! Don’t know what wineberries are
23. Foie gras No fattened goose livers for me. Put it in the same class as veal- don’t like how it is raised.
24. Rice and beans- Rice and beans? Si senor
25. Brawn, or head cheese – Yup My grandma made the best Head Cheese – it was like Spam
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper- Yup
27. Dulce de leche- Usually after eating Raw scotch bonnet pepper
28. Oysters- Yup fried okay- raw no way
29. Baklava- Yes! My Auntie made this- very good
30. Bagna cauda -No Idea
31. Wasabi peas- One of my favorate snack items
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl- Not sure the bread bowl was sourdough but have had it in a bread bowl!
33. Salted lassi- Lassie? I never eat dog (not sure what it is)
34. Sauerkraut -Ja boldt
35. Root beer float -Still do
36. Cognac with a fat cigar -Of course when I am feeling continental back when I was a drinker
37. Clotted cream tea- Must admit to it
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O- Never downed Vodka Jello Shots
39. Gumbo -May Oui!
40. Oxtail -Poor ox needs his tail- no
41. Curried goat- - Never have eaten goat
42. Whole insects -Hell No (well not when I was awake)
43. Phaal -see Pho
44. Goat’s milk- Yes in fact I think there is half a bottle in my fridge as we speak
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or- more Probably have
46. Fugu -Excuse me? Fugu No
47. Chicken tikka masala- Believe it or not yes
48. Eel- Nope looks too much like a snake
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut- Yup Love em.
50. Sea urchin -Nope
51. Prickly pear-Yes
52. Umeboshi- Nope
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal- Oh yeah
56. Spaetzle- Ja Jeg ar Norse
57. Dirty gin martini Back in the drinking days
58. Beer above 8% ABV- Back in the drinking days
59. Poutine Nope
60. Carob chips Yep
61. S’mores- While was never a girl scout, Abby, Yes I have
62. Sweetbreads -tasted do not like
64. Currywurst - nope
65. Durian- nope
66. Frogs’ legs- One big Hell No My dad use to eat those things. Yeeeuck
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake- at the risk of sounding like Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally- yes yes yes yes
68. Haggis- No. Just say no to sheep stomaches
69. Fried plantain- Yes
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette -yes. My name is rob and I have eaten chittlings
71. Gazpacho- Yup
72. Caviar and blini- Never have tried Caviar
73. Louche absinthe- no absinthe even in the drinking days
74. Gjetost, or brunost- Yu Yes I believe I have[
75. Roadkill -Nope
76. Baijiu- Nope
77. Hostess Fruit Pie- Hell yes- What country do y’all think I am from?
78. Snail- Hell No What country do y’all think I am from?
79. Lapsang souchong.- No no lap food for me
80. Bellini- Nope
81. Tom yum- Nope
82. Eggs Benedict- Tried them once. At the Revolving restaurant at the Space Needle- I got sicker than a dog. Have not been able to eat them since
83. Pocky- Those little candy sticks? Yup
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant- Never been to a three star Michelin Restaurant.
85. Kobe beef- Yep
86. Hare- Givve me a head with hare, Long beautiful Hare- What? Oh not the Cowsill’s song Bunnies?Yup
87. Goulash- Yup
89. Horse- Never—well there was this one time.. so yes!!!
90. Criollo- chocolate Yup
91. Spam -Are you kidding me? The son of Mid Westeners? Yes
92. Soft shell crab- Yup
93. Rose harissa- Nope
94. Catfish- Yup
95. Mole poblano -Yup
96. Bagel and lox- Yup and love them
97. Lobster Thermidor- Nope
98. Polenta- Not a big fan but yes
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee -Yes but I don’t understand the big deal, there are sumutra blends I would rather have considering the price
100. Snake- I have never been that hungry. Damn you would think Chile made this list… and trying to guilt me into eating rodents, snakes (OK Admittedly Hare is a rodent not a song by the cowsills).
62 out of a hunnert- not bad. LOL 38 things left to try and then I will be a complete man (or some guy who has ate a lot of strange things)
1. Plant something: nothing
2. Harvest something: Tomatoes, basil; From the Community Garden: Some basil, some tomatoes, wax peppers, Tomatoes, chard, basil, lettuce, chives; Corn
3. Preserve something: nothing
4. Reduce Waste (recycle, reuse, reduce, repair or compost something):
5. Preparation and Storage: Got started on my “greenhouse”- used a large plastic bag for the roof, 1X2’s for the frame for door; prepped the ground for it!
6. Build Community Food Systems: took latest donation from Community Garden to the Food Bank- now over 40 pounds of produce donated!
7. Eat the Food (cook or eat something new): Ate some of the Hungarian wax peppers I pickled
Melinda’s Growing Challenge: Got started on my “greenhouse”- using a large plastic bag for the roof, 1X2’s for the frame for door; prepped the ground for it! No seeds saved this week.
Meat Free Mondays: Had the obligatory muffin and coffee for breakfast; Grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup for lunch; TVP “Pulled Chicken” on some rice tortillas at work, and Almond Butter/ Banana stuffed French Toast when I got home
Ditch The Disposables - Still doing good- no plastic cutlery used this week, happily wiping my snotty nose in nice soft hankies made from old t-shirts
Buy Hand challenge: I bought Romeo a new poop bag holder and didn’t forget about Sammy Cat - he got a new homemade catnip mouse. Bought at the Oktoberfest and Handmade by Gourmet Pet treats.net- She sells home made cat and dog treats and toys, as well as Dog breed cookie cutters, manufactured and made locally, She sells at local craft shows and on the internet, and a portion of her sales go to the rescue, care, spay and neuter and placement of abandoned and feral animals in Fort Lewis, WA. Hooray! A TWO-FER! Also took advantage of those Halloween sales and got candy to add to the Movie Gift bags I am putting together. And don’t worry I am picking candies like Good and Plenty and Nerds that are packed in a little cardboard box, not plastic. Also thinking about visiting the Bulk Bin at the grocery (the only thing sold in bulk in these parts!) and buying candy in bulk; added candies to the Movie Bags;