Sunday, May 15, 2016

Sunday Randomness #301 : "This Is Only a Drill"

Daisy and I volunteered to be patients for a disaster preparedness drill earlier this month at the Utah Air National Guard Base.  There was an article from the Deseret News and a picture!  We are picture number 10 on the slideshow.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865653514/This-is-only-a-drill-Guardsmen-train-for-a-major-emergency.html?pg=all

They were going to have more volunteers but that didn't work out so we got to do several scenario runs.  Daisy got to play a number of wounded individuals and she did a great job!  We split up after the first couple and on her third stint she was in the red line with a crowd of people around her based on her "injuries".  She said they took very good care of her and she felt like she was in capable hands. It was a fun learning experience in a safe setting and we'd be happy to volunteer again!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Sunday Randomness #478: Jack with suggestions on how to spend a Sunday afternoon


Take up a position of power on Sunday morning:  "What do you mean you want to play the piano?"


Avail yourself of the opportunity to move you mind with some of the available books just lying around: "Just a bit of lite afternoon reading..."


Now time for a siesta!   A soft fuzzy blanket and a plush robe on the upholstered chair should provide enough for maximum snuggle value.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Sunday Randomness #169: A Swimming PSA

A Public Service Announcement for swimming touting the health benefits of swimming.  Thank you to my local pool for posting this infographic.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Sunday Randomness #143: the remnants of a loaf of stollen

 Ingrid's Stollen.  Simply delicious.  Made some in December, still eating it in February.  Ingrid always said it stored well for months if kept in a cool, dry place.
Cherries, other fruits and nuts, and a homemade marzipan center (long since devoured-it didn't go through the whole loaf) made this one of the best batches of stollen I've ever made and eaten.  I'm so glad I got to see Ingrid make her stollen both at her home and with our old ward.  She was always so generous and gracious in sharing her cooking and baking talents.  She passed away this last winter but I'll always remember her through her recipes.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Sunday Randomness #38 Nutty Squash and Cereal Exclusivity

 Kabocha is also known as Japanese Pumpkin.
 It has a very hard rind and was tough to cut open to get out the seeds.
 We did one half with butter, pepper and salt and the other half with butter and cinnamon
 It turned out very well.  It has a nutty taste and is quite sweet on its own.  Next time we will probably use a baking dish and add some water and tent the dish while baking to help retain moisture.

Toasted Pumpkin Loops from Sprouts and Pumpkin O's from Trader Joe's.  Both claim to exclusively manufactured.  Both are made in Canada and they have the exact same nutrition information as well as ingredient list.  Trader Joe's Pumpkin O's look like they have more air holes and more glaze on the cereal but otherwise they look identical.  I bought them separately, hoping for two distinct pumpkin cereals but alas, they are like long lost twins.  So much for the exclusivity of the contract for manufacture.  I guess the very, very slight difference in air and glaze meets the terms for a possible non-compete clause.  In either case, the cereals are both good if a bit much on the sweet side with a distinct pumpkin taste along with mild spices.  We will probably look for them again next year but I don't know which brand we will buy since they are so similar.