Category Archives: Around the House

I’m blue (da ba dee da ba die)

First of all, I’m not turning into a Smurf or a Na’vi or anything. Secondly, no, I have no idea why I’m turning blue. Yesterday I was doing my usual exercise after work (walking fast uphill on a treadmill) when suddenly my finger felt funny. Looking at it, I noticed it was kind of swollen, but I figured that maybe I hadn’t had enough water or something. I slowed down, drank some water and waited… no change. We finished, went home, and I decided I’d cook dinner (had a Chicken Alfredo of sorts planned). I tossed the chicken in the microwave to finish defrosting it and started chopping some broccoli. Well, I guess I should make that tried to start chopping broccoli. Continue reading

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Garden ’10: Weeks 1 – 4

Tomorrow will be the fourth week since attempting my garden this year. All I have going so far are peppers, but I plan to get a few other things going here in the future. During my first gardening attempt last year, I bought 99% of my plants already as seedlings and while that worked out pretty well, I had a problem doing that this year. You see, while Omaha had a ton of plant nurseries, this area of Florida doesn’t. Really… I’ve looked. This means I get to really garden this year, meaning that most everything I grow will be from seed. The main issue with that is simply that I have absolutely no idea how to grow things from seed. Oh well, guess it’s time to learn, huh? Continue reading

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Let’s get moving!

In just a few weeks this blogger will be posting live from sunny Florida, rather than snowy Nebraska. What a change in scenery, no?

This move will be a challenge for me, though, as Northwestern Florida isn’t known for its food scene. In fact, I don’t think it has one. Continue reading

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Show time is slow time

This weekend I had to work a trade show for my company. A hair trade show. Yes, really. This has had a lot of unfortunate side effects, sadly.

Among other things, I wasn’t able to plan my shopping or really cook at all this week, so I’m sorry for the minor delay in delicious looking things! Continue reading

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RIP: Camera Lens

Well, I finally somehow broke my camera lens. Don’t know how it happened, but I first noticed it while Jess and I were out taking some photos in the woods and it wouldn’t focus.

Looks like one of the pieces of the lens shutter was stuck open, causing many issues. Now I need a new one… any suggestions? Continue reading

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Garden ‘09: Week 10

It’s been two and a half months since I started my modest little balcony garden and it has now gotten to the point that I can barely walk around out there.

Unfortunately there has been a lot more rain than sun this season, but with a little luck I will have some tomatoes and peppers to eat soon. Fingers crossed, people! Continue reading

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An open letter to a bird.

I didn’t plan to have to battle another creature for control of my garden. I didn’t plan it, and I don’t want to continue this war. The strawberries are mine, so I say to you, Mr. Bird, get off my balcony! Continue reading

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Garden ’09: Week 4

Has it only been a month? My plants have started growing like there is no tomorrow! At this rate I’ll be harvesting much sooner than I thought… it’s amazing! I also finally have my warm-weather growers… whoo!

I really can’t wait to start cooking with these guys… nothing like fresh-picked flavor! Continue reading

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Garden ‘09: Week 2

The thing about gardens is that it is a lot of waiting. It’s kind of funny, plants have been around for millions of years, but for some reason I seem to think that if I’m not here to watch over them they won’t last.

Anyway, so far I’m two weeks in and the garden is looking great! I can’t wait to start cooking with it all! Continue reading

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Garden ’09: Week 0

Winter is finally over, the grass is starting to turn green and the birds are back singing overhead. What does this mean? It means Spring has Sprung and it is finally time to start planting!

This is my second year attempting a small garden so let’s see if I can top last year’s experience! It is time for Garden 2009!! Continue reading

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A close cawl

I’m a fan of soup… it’s filling, it tastes good, and it lasts forever. I decided to try and make a classic Welsh dish this week called “Cawl.” Unfortunately I ended up grabbing some wrong ingredients and having to substitute others, so the dish wasn’t so classic. Not every mistake is bad, you know… in fact, this dish was very tasty and had a lovely red color to it. Perhaps it’s time for people to try Red Cawl. Continue reading

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Do you CSA?

Back in January I was messing around on the internet, and I stumbled across something I had never heard before: CSA. Now, I knew what a Farmer’s Market was, but I had never heard of this concept. For those of you who were like me and have no idea what it is, CSA simply stands for Community-Supported Agriculture. This cool program allows […] Continue reading

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