Author Archives: Dave

First Attempt with the Laser Cutter

We stopped by the Fab Lab today to cut a little steel.  The band saw was inop, so we took the opportunity to learn how to use the laser cutter today.  Just a simple project: coasters with the Monster Hunter International logo.  A touch over 4.5″ diameter, of scrap 1/4″ plywood. We made six so … Continue reading »

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Dog is my Copilot

(As seen at http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=150454)

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Clues

Sometimes the clues to the puzzle are subtle, and not what you might be expecting.  For example, watching a magic show (Penn & Teller: Fool Us), the opening act chose three “random” audience members.  Now, we never saw exactly where the sleight of hand occurred (though we have some theories)…but we did notice that she … Continue reading »

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Snacks

Homemade sourdough banana bread with homemade butter: Yum.  😁

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On Retirement

We were disappointed to learn this morning of the retirement of Frank Deford,  NPR’s Wednesday morning sports commentator, who has decided to hang it up after better than thirty-seven years.  We always enjoyed his program; he was witty, full of interesting trivia and interesting analysis, and always able to provide a unique perspective, both topically … Continue reading »

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Cookies, Revisited

It being Teacher Appreciation Week at Joey’s school, we spent the evening making cookies.  We of course made molasses crinkles (“ginger cookies” to the uninitiated), trying both the Grandma’s Molasses recipe amount of ginger, and our modified version.  It was unanimously agreed that our version was superior (also, we use butter instead of shortening, because … Continue reading »

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

PrintChocolate Chip Cookies Ingredients2 cups Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened 3/4 cup sugar 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed 2 large eggs 2 teaspoons good-quality vanilla extract (not imitation) 2 1/4 cups unsifted flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup pecans 1/3 to 1 tsp ground cayenne pepperInstructionsHeat … Continue reading »

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Creole Seasoning

Having used Tony Chachere’s for years, but always finding it too salty, we embarked upon a project to make our own creole seasoning (largely as a result of watching lots of Kevin Belton).  Here’s where we stand. PrintCreole Seasoning Ingredients 1 tablespoon Paprika 1 tablespoon Garlic Powder 1 tablespoon Onion Powder 1 tablespoon Cayenne Pepper … Continue reading »

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Reuben Sandwich, Improved

Several months ago, we embarked upon a project to perfect the Reuben sandwich.  We think we’re getting close with this: Rye bread.  Walk straight past the bread aisle to the deli.  Get something fresh from the bakery, ideally a small loaf (small loaves are great in that you’ll eat the whole thing before it has … Continue reading »

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