Dehydrating food: Mushrooms

I had some stew beef that I canned last winter that I wanted to use up, so on the way home from work yesterday I stopped and got a few things to make beef stroganoff. My local grocer had several packs of sliced shiitake mushrooms on sale for stupid cheap. Thankfully I have my dehydrator…

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Workshop Wednesday—I’m not going to Mars

Lately I’ve been listening to a ton of podcasts and audiobooks due to lots of solo time at work. One subject I’m stuck on, not surprising to anyone who knows me well, is space and space travel. Today I was working on some back episodes of StarTalk and listened to an interview with Dr. Mae…

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Moving forward

About two weeks ago I went to New Orleans for an Ingress Anomaly. I’d planned to stop and visit with Ranger and Halo’s breeder, but Mother Nature decided it would be better to rain on her place and make it impossible to have any real fun or allow the dogs to play around. So instead…

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Drying food: Banana “jerky”

Over the years I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t like raw bananas. Put them in bread and you’re on. I also don’t like the fried-then-dried ones from the store. Then I found the dried mini bananas at Trader Joe’s. The only problem is the price. So I figured out my own version of…

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Ottawa Sands

This summer I worked for the local county parks system doing various things along the west Michigan lakeshore. The county stumbled into an opportunity to purchase a section of land that will make a single protected corridor of public land from the Kitchel Lindquist Dunes Preserve in Grand Haven, MI , through North Ottawa Dunes and…

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I still have stories to tell

I wanted to tell this story at The Moth in Detroit but, given my current financial situation with the seasonal job and uncertainty for employment after, I couldn’t justify the gas to get there and back. The theme for the night was: PROGRESS: Prepare a five-minute story about baby steps or giant leaps. Fixing what…

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Piecing things back together

My oldest brother recently told me about Kintsugi, the Japanese method of fixing broken pottery with gold. The method celebrates the item’s history by emphasizing the cracks and breaks instead of hiding them. Sometimes the repaired piece is more beautiful than the original, revitalizing it and giving it new life. I’m pretty broken right now…

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Changes

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” ― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of…

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As long as we remember him.

There once was a little puppy.   And he liked peanuts.   And playing with his brothers and sisters.   And he was happy.   And silly. And polite.   He loved life.   He loved his friends.   He loved naps   And fuzzy blankets   He loved car rides   And ice cream…

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