Monthly Archives: January 2011

Project of the day: Awesome-ifying Facebook

Based on this instructible, I made the new photo thumbnails in facebook way much more awesomer! Probably ought to use a clearer photo, but I was in a hurry.

Bad idea of the day: alcoholic fun dip

Fun Dip was made for dipping in vodka, triple sec, and lemon juice.

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Tonight’s dinner: mushroom and tofu pot pie

Sauteed mushrooms and tofu with parmesan and ricotta cheese. Topped with Swiss and wrapped in homemade pie crust. This is way better than the words ‘pot pie’ can convey.

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Shopping coordination

It was an odd shopping day. The strangest thing was the manager at Marc’s whose vibrant purple shirt and tie blended perfectly with the rack full of vibrant purple luggage. I just had to snap a photo.

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Tonight’s dinner: cheddar cheese pie

High-calorie homemade pie crust filled with sharp cheddar cheese – yum!

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New flash fiction

Keeping cadence with the breeze, she sways off the corner of the front porch, holding the post lightly to keep from falling. Her feet swivel on the edge of the floor boards a few inches above the cracked earth. Morning sunlight filters through her dark, ribbon-bound curls. The warmth hasn’t left the early autumn air.

She swings forward, lightly depositing a kiss on my forehead, then my lips. She loiters there.

“Don’t worry about the harvest, Love. Things will work out.”

Her lilac fragrance becomes her. She deserves more than a dusty front porch and a bottle of perfume. The boys race off to the barn while my barefoot moppet trundles past with her rag dolly.

I dread sending them east. Winters are so harsh.

Today’s project: mini whammy bar

My Strat needed a whammy bar in order to produce the proper surf guitar sound. After fooling around with crappy plastic doodads, I came up with this. It’s a bent 10/32 bolt coxcombed with itty braided twine and 1/8″ mason line and capped with a 5×3 turk’s head knot. I am pleased with the results.

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Today’s project: true lover’s knot ring

This is a prototype of a set of rings I plan to make in silver. This one is made out of 14 guage copper as a test. Probably should make mistakes on cheap base metal instead of the precious stuff. I’m happy with how it came out. The solder joint was easier than expected, but I’ll definitely need to use a gentler hand with the pliers. There are some tools and supplies I need to shop for now.

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Tonight’s dinner – sweet potato and pear soup

This is a favorite at our house. Here’s my recipe:

3 pears
3 largeish sweet potatoes
1 medium onion
1-3 cloves of garlic
Tbsp. Butter
A box of veggie broth (or 2 cans)
1-2 cups cream or whole milk
Salt and pepper to taste
Sour cream
Cilantro or spearmint leaves to garnish (optional)

Dice the onions. Crush the garlic. Brown in a pan with the butter. Peel and chunk up the sweet potatoes in 3/4″-1″ pieces. Core, peel, and chunk up the pears. Once the onions are clear, add the sweet potatoes and pears. Mix and simmer for a couple of minutes.

Add the contents of the pan to a pot and cover with veggie broth. Bring to boil for 20 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are soft. Allow to cool a bit and process in the food processor or blender until smooth. Add the milk or cream. Reheat soup but don’t allow to boil. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and chopped cilantro or spearmint.

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Today’s project: groovy wall light

Okay, actually this is from last week. Everyone was sad to see the holiday decorations go – especially the tree lights. So we made a trip to Lowe’s for PVC pipe & fittings, led net lights, and blinky icicle lights. I sewed up a white bedsheet to cover the frame and attached the lights with zip ties. The whole thing cost maybe $12 and took around 2 hours to make. It’s quite groovy to stare at with a couple of glasses of wine.

Note: This is my first video upload. Hopefully it will work.

Edit: Nope, didn’t work. I’m uploading to YouTube and will embed it soon.

Edit: Successful on the YouTube upload.