Monday, December 28, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Growing up one of the true signs of the coming autumn was Mom putting up pickles. And not just any pickle - Bread and Butter Pickles! I remember helping, running cukes through the slicer and watching all of the prep work. All for the tastiest pickle that God ever put on this planet.
Evelyn Gibson's Bread & Butter Pickles
1 Gal. Thin Sliced Cukes
8-10 White Onions, Sliced Thin
1 Green Pepper, Sliced in Thin Strips
1 Red Pepper, Sliced in Thin Strips
1/2 Cup Salt
5 Cups Sugar
5 Cups Cider Vinegar
2 Tablespoons Mustard Seed
2 teaspoons Celery Seed
1-1/2 teaspoons Tumeric
Mix Cukes, Onion, Peppers and Salt in large container. Cover over with Ice and let stand for three hours.
Mix remainining ingredients and pour over cuke mixture. Heat to a boil
Place in hot, sterilized canning jars. Seal at once.
Makes 8 pints.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
I remember in elementary school, the early grades in East Burke, making the annual pilgrimage to the Woodmont cemetery in East Burke. We'd walk in single file from the school to the cemetery, cross country at first, from the school, through the field behind a couple of houses and then up the side of Vermont Route 114 a mile to the cemetery. There we would find a number of monuments marked by the seventh and eighth graders with small pieces of yarn taped to the top.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Now that I think about it she has a very valid point. My first post of that day on Facebook involved coffee, pancakes and bacon with regards to their restorative powers. The post she was commenting on had to do with my recent making of some cole slaw to go with that nights fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy.
I'll admit to late night excursions on the net to peruse food porn browsing through a number of foodie blog regulars as well as whatever else I happen to stumble across.
And more and more I find myself in the kitchen cooking not as much for the purpose of feeding the brood as for the relaxing effect it has on me.
I like food. I like preparing food. I like watching others prepare and talk about food. I find entertainment in food. I don't mind eating food either.
This could be a trend.
Since Mary Beth's comment, I've made a number of other food related posts. In response I've had other friends comment on my (could it be?) obsession.
I do follow a couple of foodie blogs from Florida and the West Coast on a very regular basis. I don't ever see myself getting to the point where I start blogging exclusively about food though. Maybe just the ocassional comment or observation. Or maybe I'll just stick with teasing my friends with what has been on my plate or in my cup.
But where will it lead to?
Thursday, February 12, 2009
While I use technology on a day to day basis I find that wherever possible I try to avoid being dependant upon it. Where I can get away with a low tech or no tech solution to a problem that is the path that I prefer to take.
Each and every day I spend hours in front of a computer for work. I send and recieve emails, research using the WEB, publish reports, all in all producing thousands of words of 'work'.
However, to be creative I need to have a pencil in hand. There is something about having a simple wooden pencil in hand and some good toothy paper that just gets my creative juices flowing. I can be abstract with a pencil. I can easily jot down ideas. I can express myself and solve problems.
Pens just don't work the same way for me. I've tried them all; felt tips, ball points, roller points, gels, to no avail. I just cannot express myself in the same way using a pen as I can a pencil.
What is it about pencils that works for me? A pencil is comfortable to the touch. I currently prefer natural finish pencils (Pepermate American Naturals). Pencils invoke a calm, I suppose from the sweet smell of the wood. They invite a leisurly pace to the creative process by forcing you to periodically pause to sharpen and refine the point. Even the sound of a pencil is soothing - the gentle rasp of the graphite against the paper.
And so I find myself coming in a full technological circle. I find that as a programmer I often start the process of planning and designing an application with a pencil in hand. My favorite prototyping tool involves a large wall, post it notes and a pencil. In the development process I will always have several legal pads at hand to record the trivia needed for the development process. Here are my to do lists, my lists of changes to be made, my action items.
And so I find myself heavily reliant on the low tech to complete the high tech. I guess that if the high tech cannot be avoided it should at least be made enjoyable and satisfying which a lowly pencil enables for me.