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What am I sappy cat blogging?

August 18, 2017

(Whiskas cat food ad)

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What am I sappy cat blogging?

August 11, 2017

from Daily Timewaster

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What am I celebrating?

August 10, 2017

Today is S’mores Day.  I loved s’mores as a child, but I must admit they are too, too sweet for me now.  However, this version, with bourbon flavored marshmallows, may be worth a second look.

Campfire S’mores

Bourbon-Vanilla Marshmallows

(Makes 1 sheet tray)

17½ ounces water
49 ounces sugar
26½ ounces egg whites
25 gelatin leaves
8 vanilla pods, seeds scraped
¼ ounce bourbon

Take sugar and water to 140 degrees Celsius, monitored with a candy thermometer. Add to egg whites. Then add gelatin and whisk until cool. Spread onto greased silicon paper. Top with silicon paper and allow to set. Portion and dust with cornflower or an icing sugar mix.

Graham Crackers

1½ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for working
1 cup whole wheat flour
½ cup untoasted wheat germ
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
2 tablespoons honey

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk flours, wheat germ, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon in a medium bowl; set aside.

Put butter, brown sugar, and honey into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, 2 – 3 minutes, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Reduce speed to low. Add the flour mixture, and mix until combined. Turn out dough onto a floured surface, and divide into quarters.  Roll out each piece between 2 sheets of floured parchment paper into rectangles a bit larger than 9 by 6 inches, about ⅛-inch thick.

Using a pizza cutter, trim the outermost edges of each rectangle, and divide into 3 6-by-3-inch rectangles. Pressing lightly, so as not to cut all the way through, score each piece in half lengthwise and crosswise, to form 4 3-by-1½-inch crackers. Stack parchment and dough on a backing sheet and chill in the freezer until firm, about 20 minutes.

Remove 2 sheets of dough from freezer. Pierce crackers using the tines of a fork. Transfer to large baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake, rotating halfway through, until dark golden brown, 8 – 9 minutes. Repeat with remaining dough. Let cool on sheet 5 minutes; transfer crackers to wire racks to cool completely.


For more information on The Stella and its Campfire restaurant, visit the hotel’s website.

 This recipe is from Cowboys and Indians magazine.  Photo credit Sarah Jacober Spitzer
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What am I sappy water bear blogging?

August 4, 2017

credit: SciSource

When I was studying biology, we knew them as water bears, however . . “the tiny tardigrade has been named the world’s most indestructible species after scientists discovered it is the only creature that will survive until the Sun dies.

Although cockroaches are traditionally seen as Earth’s most resilient species, the eight-legged microbeasts are actually far hardier and will continue to thrive for around 10 billion years, come hell or high water, Oxford University has found.

Tardigrades, which are also known as space bears or moss piglets, are able to survive for up to 30 years without food or water and endure temperature extremes of up to 150 degrees celsius, the deep sea and the frozen vacuum of space.

credit: SciSource

Researchers from Oxford and Harvard University, found that their astonishing abilities would protect them from calamities which would wipe out all life on Earth. In fact the only forces capable of harming tardigrades, such as a gigantic asteroid, an exploding star or a deadly gammar ray burst will not happen before our own Sun dies.

Not only does it suggest that tardigrades will survive long after humans have died out, but it gives hope that life could exist on even the most barren and hostile planets.

“Life on this planet can continue long after humans are gone,” said Dr Rafael Alves Batista,  of the Department of Physics at Oxford University.

“Tardigrades are as close to indestructible as it gets on Earth, but it is possible that there are other resilient species examples elsewhere in the universe.

“In this context there is a real case for looking for life on Mars and in other areas of the solar system in general. If Tardigrades are earth’s most resilient species, who knows what else is out there.”

Story from The Telegraph: Science

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What am I Lego loving?

August 3, 2017

“Author, illustrator, photographer, and LEGO aficionado Chris McVeigh has added new retro technology kits to his cache of minimalist models, sets which include several decade-specific desktop set-ups and a boombox with multiple lego tapes. McVeigh even attempts to make each desk’s contents comply with the decade of its corresponding computer, like the version above which includes floppy disks which can be inserted into the computer, and a stack of computer manuals.” – reblogged from Colossal

all photos:  Chris McVeigh

 

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Why am I grabbing my Prismacolors?

August 2, 2017

Today is Coloring Book Day

Grab your crayons, pens, markers, inks or colored pencils and have a good time.

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What am I celebrating today?

August 1, 2017

Today is Lammas, or “loaf mass.”  Traditionally, it is the first harvest festival of the season, marking the beginning of the wheat harvest and is celebrated, naturally, by baking bread.  On this day in the Anglo-Saxon tradition, it was customary to bring to church a loaf of bread made from wheat from the new crop.

So, it is August 1 – go bake some bread and don’t forget to say “rabbit, rabbit.”

It is also tattoo Tuesday: