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Alton Brown is my hero. I've learned a lot of how's and why's in addition to some interesting techniques through Good Eats.
9 months, 1 week ago on Happy Birthday Julia Child
Maybe more handyman/fix-it type things would be good. Although most of the things and gadgets people have are "disposable" or require more technical knowledge to fix than most people have, there are still a lot of relatively simple jobs that can be done pretty easily if you have the right tools. Maybe a "Basic Home Toolbox" article.
I like the idea of digital.home-ec101.com. I'm sure you could get a few contributors to help out with that.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Sink or Swim, State of the Site, Off topic-ish
Connie and I will happily drink the last of the milk, finish off the last tomato and cheer you on
10 months ago on Iron Chef Pantry Clean Out: Tuesday Talk
Maybe just me, but foraging for berries and fishing dinner out of the lake sounds like it would be a pretty good vacation.
10 months, 1 week ago on Dry BBQ Rub for Pork Ribs #DibsonmyRibs Contest, Recipes, and Suggestions
that's pretty genius. i remember filling the tub for my first hurricane near-miss after i first moved here, but i noticed the water slowly leaking out because the stopper thing didn't have a good seal
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Water Storage Solution for Hurricane Preparedness
so much fun :)
when i was that age, my summers were filled with board games, bike riding, hide and seek until 11PM (because at 11PM it's still light out in Edmonton) and lego build sessions. Later it was the occasional camping trip and weekend D&D sessions.
it was always the simpler things i had most fun with. big production events like weddings and receptions my parents would drag me to were the least fun.
11 months, 4 weeks ago on Simple Pleasures, CAMP BONDFIRE, and IGNITE SUMMER MEMORIES
1 year ago on Nifty New Things
@HeatherSolos yes, but this is such a good procrastination tool
1 year, 1 month ago on And We Spin Madly On
i confess that i need to spin more.
gee. all i'm doing is trying to write two papers for my phd qualifier.
i really need to keep my browser closed when i'm trying to write because that internet thing makes me totally ADD
1 year, 2 months ago on A Case of the Mondays When I Should Have Been Doing a Sunday Confessional
well that is disappointing. i hope it doesn't take too long to get resolved. any idea how the renaming/rebranding will affect the purchased app?
1 year, 2 months ago on Spinterest App pulled from Google Play... for now.
1 year, 2 months ago on 5 Years of Home Ec 101 Awesome
I like to do stocks in my slow cooker. dump everything into the slow cooker in the morning, and come back to a great smelling house after work.
in fact, i think i need to make some more soon
1 year, 3 months ago on How Long Should I Cook Chicken Stock?
one of my favourites, especially with a good balsamic vinegar and maybe a drizzle of olive oil
1 year, 4 months ago on Caprese or Sliced Tomato & Mozzarella Salad
i actually have left things outside and/or buried them in a snow pile to cool them down or freeze them quickly :)
it's quite effective especially if you're a little tight on space in the fridge/freezer.
also in the dead of winter, outside is usually a lot colder than the freezer so things cool off really quickly when you set it in a snow pile. if you just want to cool something off, it's a good idea to set a timer or something or you're liable to end up with a frozen something instead.
1 year, 4 months ago on Cooking Homemade Frozen Foods
throw a bay leaf into a pot of rice to add a little bit of flavour
1 year, 4 months ago on The misunderstood herb: How to use Bay Leaves
I used to have a Roomba Discovery which I loved until a power surge took it out. It was always fun watching it work. If you're like me, any time you expect to save having a robot do daily light sweeping/vacuuming will be spent watching it :)
If you have a video camera with night vision, turn the lights off and watch the Roomba through the video camera. You'll see the infrared light that it uses to detect walls, objects and the floor. For some more fun, put some small lights on the roomba, set up a camera on a tripod, turn the lights out and do a long exposure of the Roomba at work. This works best at night or in a room with no windows.
I'm not sure if Roomba's algorithms have become better at this, but it may have problems transitioning to dark surfaces (such as rugs/carpets with dark/black patterns or borders). The floor sensors may interpret the drop in reflected light as no floor and make the Roomba stop and turn around.
Roomba will require regular maintenance to clear the brush area of dust and collected debris like twisted up hair. I used to disassemble it monthly for cleaning.
The virtual walls can be pretty useful for confining Roomba to certain areas.
Roomba might have some problems moving around on thick pile carpet. you're probably better off leaving that to the regular vacuum.
It's pretty easy to train pets to tolerate the Roomba or leave it alone.
1 year, 4 months ago on I’m Considering a Roomba
gee, wish i had more time. i could volunteer as a contributing baker (although my baker-fu is probably a little weak now from being out of practice)
1 year, 5 months ago on Faking It for Christmas
i've got Muppets Christmas Carol and Charlie Brown Christmas on DVD if you want to borrow
so far this is the extent of my Christmas-ing this year