Tidbits

I said I made a big pot of chili. Chili cheese tots! Half a chili dog! What could be a better use of that old chili?

Why, a chili cheese half-dog with some fermented peppers! With chili cheese fries! More fermented peppers!

Oh, bother! A big limb broke off at the crotch of this Braford pear tree. We planted that tree not long after we took up residence.

We managed to get it cleaned up and deposited onto the brush pile. We try to add new material to the top but it’s getting tall enough that sometimes we slide a bit.

Here’s Ginger Boy

I’m breaking in a new phone, a Galaxy S10. It has the same 2X optical telephoto lens on the back that the S9+ has but in a smaller sized chassis. I used all of that 2X for the Ginger portrait because he gets nervous when I seem to be paying him too much attention. The Samsung interface of the Android OS has been tweaked some making finding certain settings a chore but the lens options are still in the same place.

Yeah, we’re tired of chili, too.

I think we’ll finish off the potato salad today. The three bean salad just grows with new cans of beans added every now and then. I drain the juices and make a new vinaigrette for it at least once a week.

I’m pretty sure they’re not mooning the camera but the tails make that determination difficult, so who knows?

Ginger Boy

Ginger has fit right in with the rest of the crew.  Homer still tries to assert himself over him but they rarely get into anything serious.  The hummers are hitting the feeders heavily now, and will continue to do so through August.  We have five feeders up and refill them nearly everyday.

Tidbits

20161222_174653-1600x1200Moar tacos!  That taco rack is pretty handy, I’ve been brushing oil onto the tortillas and placing them like so and then popping them into a 350 oven with the beans, meat, and cheese.  Warm the tortillas and the fillings in the microwave first because five minutes in the toaster oven is only enough to melt the cheese and give the tortillas a light toasting.  They are easy to dress with the cold toppings while still in the rack before they go to your plate.20161222_171038-1600x1200Top of the world, Ma!  Christmas tree?  Haven’t seen it.  Ginger Boy gets his wildcat on during a walk past the brush pile.ginger-boy-1600x1200Mrs J’s favorite cake is carrot cake.  She mostly begins them with a box mix and is content to add extras like crushed pineapple, fresh grated carrots, nuts, and the like but went with a scratch build this time.  She assembled hers in two 8 inch round pans because that’s what we have.  The canned icing looked so lame she decided to help it out:20161224_101031-1600x1200I think I read somewhere that they’ve fiddled with the icing recipe to eliminate some unhealthy ingredient.  Maybe this particular brand is just not very good.  Dunno.  This one has chopped pecans and toasted coconut to make it more appealing.  The cake tasted great!20161223_163743-1600x1200Took another run at a puff pastry pot pie.  The sheet of dough needed only minor trimming to fit.  Worked well, cooked it in the toaster oven at 375 for about 30 minutes.  Lost track of the total time because I kept adding minutes when it was looking like the top wasn’t brown enough yet.20161223_164248-1600x1200

I gave the dough an egg wash on both sides before covering the dish for baking.  Alton Brown mentioned this in one of his recipes, I think to help keep the gravy from soaking through the dough and not letting it puff.  It worked, I guess.  Sorta.  Maybe not!  Be sure to sprinkle the top with kosher salt before baking.