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Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Cornmeal Cheddar Muffins

After over four years of eating gluten free you'd think I'd have this baking thing down pat.  But no, it still feels experimental and I still make the occasional thing that is only good for the compost pile.  Then there are days like today when I bake and it turns out much better than expected.

The recipe comes from the book Gluten-Free Baking by Richard Coppedge. I bought the book very soon after changing my diet to eliminate gluten. I remeber being very frustrated with the system of flour blends that they use, and the fact that some of the ingredients were almost impossible to find. The book ended up unused on the shelf. Now, almost five years later, I'm a bit more relaxed about the flour blends; I'm pretty comfortable making substitutions.  Judging by how these turned out, I should probably give Mr. Coppedge's cookbook another chance.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

It's good

I found this un-published blog post.  Well... it was just a photo.  I decided it was worth posting.  The photo was taken a while back; there's no kayaking going on around here yet, but those days are coming back again soon.  I can't wait.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Sugar Overload

We had a book themed shower at our house over the weekend.  Can you guess the book?

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Can I have a cabin to go with this lamp?

I've been taking a beginner woodworking class.  It's also a stepping stone to being able to use the shop in the future for personal projects.  That's an important detail for me.  I expected to have to make a fairly easy project that everyone else would make too.  If I was lucky maybe there would be two or three projects to choose from.  I was surprised when, after getting the "everything is scary, you could loose a hand" talk we were told to design and build a lamp of our choosing. I went home and ranted about how that wasn't a good way to teach woodworking to beginners, but I also dug out the sketch book and made a plan.  My objectives were to use as many of the power tools in the shop and to keep my design simple enough that I could get it done in the time allotted.  After one class our instructor asked three questions: Did you try something new? Did you learn something? Did you have fun?  I answered yes to all those questions.  He said that's all that matters.

I began to truly appreciate that he prodded us to use our creativity and not simply do a cookie cutter project.  I have to admit that "just do it" attitude is a bit out of my comfort zone.  I needed the push.  I think I did ok this time and if the final products of my classmates are any indication, I think the whole class was a success.

It's a marbleous lamp.

Someonelse said it looked like it belonged in a cabin.  I agreed.  Can I have the cabin now?