Happy Holidays 2013

December 25, 2013

Happy holidays!!!!

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Smaug’s Economy

December 24, 2013

This weekend I met my good friend Jenn, and we went and saw the second Hobbit movie, The Desolation of Smaug.  Blah blah, the movie was awesome and also super long. That’s not what I want to go on about here.  Specifically, I want to speak to the amount of gold the dragon, Smaug is hording.

For those that have not read the book, there is a dragon named Smaug, who moved himself into a mountain stronghold that formally belonged to a dwarf nation.  Since he has been living there, he has been hording mass amounts of gold, as is traditional for dragons.  In the 2013 movie, we see the enormity of Smaug’s stash.  There are piles and heaps, and literal mountains of the shiny stuff everywhere.  Smaug is nowhere to be seen, because he is literally, buried in the stuff.

My first though was, dang, Bilbo better be careful he doesn’t drown or get crushed in a gold land slide.  My second thought was, it would take millions of dump truck loads to carry that out of there.  Basically, the enormity of the gold flooding the inside of this mountain, is unfathomable.

My next though was, ‘Well hell, if they liberate even one percent of that gold, and if floods into the market, it is going to rock the economy of middle earth’. Like seriously smash the economy.  Anything gold would be practically worthless.  Men would be building houses out of it because wood and rocks would be more valuable.

Maybe silver would become the new gold? Personally, I prefer silver to gold anyway.

Can you even spot Bilbo running on top of all that gold?

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Yorkshire Pudding FAIL

December 12, 2013

I am trying to get myself back into action on here.

What better to blog about then my failed attempts, multiple failed attempts to make Yorkshire pudding?

I have tried four times to make it and each time I get just a little closer, but still, fail.  Everyone told me how easy it is.  OH its so easy, its only floud, salt, and milk.  just toss it in the oven, so easy.  with a flap of the hand.

I can bake, so why not, right?  Wrong.

I started out thinking it was the pan.  I used the wrong kind and it wasnt hot enough.

nope.

next I tried a different recipe.

nope.

the third time I was sure to spend a good hour plus googling “troubleshooting Yorkshire pudding” first.  I even read “the science of Yorkshire pudding”.

This helped a lot.

I also made sure I checked my experiation dates (not every bag of flour has one), made sure I had full fat milk, and measured exactly.

My fourth attempt I actually added fat to the pan while it was heating up.  Ah, see the science I read explained how the fat heats to a specific temp to make the such and such react and boom, the batter rises.  Luckily I had some left over por roast in the fridge.  And it was really a lucky thing since I rarely make pot roast or anything like it.

so I picked out the few pieces of fat and put it in the pan, put the pan in the oven, and let it heat up.

The I poured the batter into the sizzling hot pan, and stuck it back in the oven.

and awited.

and guess what, it sort of looked less wrong!  Still not correct, but it did rise in a few spots!  Score!  I think on my 5th attempt I need more fat.  (so gross)  Since I never cook meat, it might be a good while before I attempt this again.

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Baby Bunny

Three of these in the neighbors back yard.

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Wifi Names

Wifi Names

July 6, 2013
I was working at the Harrisonburg Farmers Market today and my phone asked me if I wanted to connect to this wifi network.
I laughed for a solid minute.

Grilled Cheese Mania

March 31, 2013

On Friday I went to lunch at Grilled Cheese Mania with some workmates.  It is a quaint little red trailer parked along rt42 on the south side of Harrisonburg, Virginia.  The owner, Kathleen, was working the stand along with Emilie.  Both dressed in yellow polo shirts and brown aprons with big smiles on their faces.  The stand is clean and  appealing to the eye, with some flower boxes around front an attractive logo used liberally.  The happy and enthusiastic workers made the place feel extra welcoming and fun.  

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Between the group of us, we tried an array of items including the Classic Johnny, the Larold, the Triple Lindy, the Suzie Pepper, Cole’s Veggie Chili, Mikey’s Mac & Cheese, and Becca’s Tomato Bisque.  The sweet tea and limeade came in a wide clear cup that makes it surprisingly more appetizing.  Kathleen brought us out a few samples to try, and we thought each item was fantastic.  Grilled to perfection, the sandwiches were all top notch, with crisp bread held together by melted goodness, a true selection of gourmet grilled cheese.  The tomato soup was outstanding, with a strong fresh tomato taste, mixed with a creaminess and perfectly simple selection of herbs and spices.  I am not usually a fan of mac and cheese, but this mac and cheese was really appealing and tastefully original.  It started with large shell noodles, conchiglie I believe, slathered in a white cheese sauce.  Yum.  

Randy – “It’s really good.  I wish it were closer to work.”

Rachel – “I got a classic grilled cheese with tomato soup. When I took my first bite out of my sandwich, I was in grilled cheese heaven. I’m not even big on tomato soup, but this stuff was fantastic.  I think there’s some type of secret ingredient in the food because once everyone started eating, everyone had a smile on their face and it never left.  I’m pretty sure we put this on our list of places to eat at when we go out for lunch!” 

We all left, over stuffed, with the same smiles on our faces that the workers had.    We will certainly be back. 

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