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Candied Bacon Brussels Sprouts

Posted: January 9, 2018 in General



24 Brussels sprouts
kosher salt
12 sliced bacon
1/4 c. maple syrup
2 tbsp. brown sugar
Pinch cayenne


Preheat oven to 400° and line a large baking sheet with foil. Trim the ends of Brussels sprouts and remove any tough outer leaves.
2 In a small bowl, whisk together maple syrup, brown sugar and cayenne. Cut bacon in half crosswise, then brush bacon with syrup mixture.
3 Wrap a slice of bacon around each brussels sprout, placing the brussels sprout seam side down on the baking sheet. Brush the tops of the again with the syrup mixture. Bake until the bacon is crispy and the brussels sprouts are crispy, about 20 minutes.
4 Serve warm.


Cooking hacks of the day

Posted: January 4, 2018 in General

You can quickly ripen bananas by baking them.


This works best if you’re planning on using the bananas for cooking (so, for instance, if you’re overcome with a sudden hankering for banana bread). Put the fruit on a lined baking sheet, then load it in a 300 degree oven. The bananas will ripen quickly, and they’ll start to turn black—ideal for banana bread—around the 40-minute mark.

The oven trick also works on avocados.


Take a hard, unripe avocado, cover it in foil, and put it into a 200 degree oven. You’ll need to leave the avocado in the oven for about an hour. The avocado will taste a bit different (not worse, but different), so you’re better off using it as a last resort when you’ve got some urgent guacamole to make.

Another way to quickly ripen an avocado is to put it in a drink cozy overnight. The cozy traps in the ethylene gas that ripens the avocado, speeding up the process.

My dog Cracker

Posted: January 31, 2017 in General

photostudio_1469452472338I’m a bit brain dead today so I’m just going to brag a bit about my dog Cracker which is a Chinese Crested breed, Cracker can be hyper at times and loves to play even if your not in the mood to play he will pester you until you play with him, he is a needy type dog but you can’t help but love him.

Oldest Gorilla in the US Dies in Sleep

Posted: January 20, 2017 in General, What's new

coloGoodnight, Colo!

The world’s oldest known gorilla has died peacefully in her sleep, just a month after celebrating her 60th birthday. Colo was born at the Columbus Zoo on Dec. 22, 1956, at a time when little was known about keeping and raising western lowland gorillas in captivity. She was born a preemie, and a zookeeper found her still in her amniotic sac in a zoo enclosure, after having been abandoned by her mother. Thanks to 24/7 attention by her human caregivers, she survived and thrived. Colo was briefly called "Cuddles," but after a naming contest, was given her current moniker, a combination of "Columbus" and "Ohio."

Windows Essentials is gone

Posted: January 11, 2017 in General


Windows Essentials 2012 suite reached end of support on January 10, 2017

Late breaking or other information about Windows Essentials 2012.

Q: Will Windows Essentials 2012 still be available for download?
A: Windows Essentials 2012 is no longer available for download.

Q: What happens to my already installed Windows Essentials 2012 applications?
A: Already installed applications will continue to work as they do today. There is an increased security risk associated with use of unsupported products past their end of support date.

Can I still use Windows Live Mail?
Yes. Though, some email service providers have moved to newer email protocols for improved security and reliability not supported by Windows Live Mail. These email service providers may no longer work.

Are there any recommended alternatives?
•Mail is available as a free built-in application for Windows 8.1 and above.
•Photos is available as a free built-in application for Windows 8.1 and above.
•Live Writer is available as an open-source solution.
•One Drive is an inbox feature for Windows 8.1 and above.
•Family Safety is an inbox feature for Windows 8.1 and above.


Already installed applications will continue to work as they do today. However, there is an increased security risk associated with use of unsupported products past their end of support date.

December festive Sangria

Posted: December 30, 2016 in General
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December: Vanilla, Starfruit and Champagne Sangria

Lillet Blanc, an aromatic French aperitif wine, enhances the delicate starfruit in this festive sangria. Made with Champagne and vanilla bean syrup, it’s ideal for the holiday entertaining season and also works for wedding showers, birthdays or anytime you want to add a bit of sparkle to the party.


3/4 cup granulated suga
1 vanilla bean
2 cups Lillet Blanc aperitif wine
1 cup soda water
2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 pound starfruit, cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices (about 2 medium)
One 750-milliliter bottle champagne or sparkling white wine, chilled
Gold sanding sugar, for serving
  • Bring the granulated sugar and 1/2 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Halve the vanilla bean lengthwise, scrape out the seeds with a knife, then add the seeds and pod to the saucepan. Boil the syrup for 1 minute more. Let cool, then transfer the syrup to a 3-quart pitcher.

  • Add the Lillet, soda water and 2 tablespoons of the lemon juice to the pitcher, and stir to combine. Add the starfruit, and cover the pitcher with plastic wrap. Refrigerate the sangria to chill, at least 4 hours up to overnight.

  • When ready to serve, put the remaining 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice on a saucer. Put some sanding sugar on another saucer. Dip the rims of 8 glasses in the lemon juice, then in the sugar. Add the champagne to the pitcher, and stir gently to combine. Fill each glass halfway with ice, then pour sangria and starfruit into each glass.

* Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Fluffy Japanese Pancakes

Posted: December 29, 2016 in General
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Servings: 4

2 egg yolks
¼ cup sugar
½ cup milk
¾ cup pancake mix
4 egg whites
Butter, to serve
Syrup, to serve
Assorted berries, to serve



1. Mix together the egg yolks, sugar, milk, and pancake mix in a very large bowl until it is smooth with no large lumps.
2. In another large bowl, beat the egg whites with a hand mixer until stiff peaks form when lifted.
3. Carefully fold the egg whites into the pancake batter, until just incorporated, making sure not to deflate the batter.
4. Grease two 3.5-inch metal ring molds and set them in the middle of a pan over the lowest heat possible. Fill the molds about ¾ of the way full with the batter, then cover the pan and cook for about 10 minutes, until the center of the pancakes are slightly jiggly.
5. Release the pancakes from the bottom of the pan with a spatula, then carefully flip them over, making sure not to spill any batter inside.
6. Cover and cook for another 5 minutes, then serve with butter, syrup, and berries.
7. Enjoy!

I forgot where I found this recipe I’ve had it for a long while, but this is one of my favorites for breakfast or a late night dinner