The raw sweetcorn in this salad was processed with one of those donut shaped gadgets that Amazon Prime was selling as an add-on item for under $5 shipped. It cored the apple nicely, too. Other ingredients include grated carrot, grated cheddar, finely diced onion, and iceberg lettuce.
To make this salad more rubust and flavorful, I raided my AeroGarden planter, harvesting a generous basket of the following herbal greens:
I did not add any of my new favorite, Malabar "Spinach" which you can see HERE.
When my brothers were big enough to hang out with RC Airplane guys in the park, I was kept away from this activity by parents who did not believe that a little girl had any business flying model airplanes. OK, maybe I was not just a girl at the time, but also too young to participate in such a hobby.
Not any more!
This generation of electric planes rocks! The two models hanging from my ceiling are styrofoam planes that come RTF (Ready to Fly) and that means you have everything you need in the box. The little HobbyZone Sport Cub is only about 2' wide, so I can take it just about anywhere. Like it's big brother the Super Cub, it has SAFE technology. This means that it can fly itself for a little while if the pilot gets confused or distracted.
My friend's plane, a Sportsman S+ not only has the SAFE technology, but also creates a virtual fence which prevents it from flying farther than he can see, and an auto land feature, which if set up correctly lets him push one button and the airplane returns to the runway and lands in the same place it took off.
If you are interested in learning to fly a model airplane, it is a very good idea to buy a flight simulator first. I use Real Flight 7.5 which is not exactly like flying the planes for real, but it lets me crash a thousand times without hurting my toys. It is also a good idea to start out with a foamy because you can make a lot of mistakes and it is kind of hard to break the Styrofoam even if you crash. If it does break, you can patch it up with scotch tape and hot glue most of the time.
The flight simulator costs about $150 and a small plane with SAFE costs between $100 and $400. Membership in the AMA, required for membership in most RC clubs costs $70/year and club memberships vary from $40-$75 where I live. So it is not a cheap hobby, but is now more affordable at entry level than it used to be, and much, much cleaner and easier to learn.
Thanks in part to this odd little device that fits nicely in the palm of my hand, I am having a wonderful and "connected" vacation out here in the Mohave Desert, where I love to spend birthdays and Christmas and New Years every year.
Called Karma Go it brings unlimited wireless to up to 3 devices at a time as long as I don't download faster than 5 mbps. That is fast enough to stream Netflix movies, so not only am I happy, but so is my film-addicted houseguest. The service I am using to publish this is called neverstop, but when I am not traveling I can scale back to the less expensive prepaid service using the same device. I love it. It is what I have been looking for all my life.
When I think of gyros I think of lamb or kid roasting on a spit, but several online recipes point out that a reasonable facsimile can be made with ground beef in a rectangular pan under the broiler. Since my freezer contained an eye of round roast that I could not imagine getting tender any other way, I decided to try it in my NuWave countertop oven.
I ground cubes of the fresh round in a Ninja, added seasonings, and then kneaded the whole thing together with a handful of crumbled Sourdough bread. One recipe said that kneading was an important step. After packing it into a mold spread with bacon grease, I baked it for 15 minutes and then left it in my NuWave oven while I went shopping. Upon my return I sliced the wonderfully brown meat thin and tried some. I like it and now know what to do with a tough cut of meat.
I cringe when I see containers of ready made tapioca pudding in the market, but I haven't made any at home lately. But one of my favorite scratch and dent stores (Big!Lots) had a whole aisle of healthy baking things on sale and I bought chia seeds (yes, they grind up fluffy and delicious for adding to baked goods or smoothies!), amaranth seeds, coconut flour, flax seeds, and more, including a pound of tapioca pearls.
I sort of ground up the pearls with the flat blade of a NuWave blender and used a 1:6 ratio of tapioca:milk. In this case, 1/2 cup of the tapioca "grits" and 3 cups milk which I heated up slowly, stirring from time to time. When it started to thicken I added 1/3 cup organic birch sugar (natural xylitol) and continue cooking. When quite thick, I tempered in 2 eggs (mixing a little hot pudding into the bowl of beaten eggs at a time while continuously stirring so that they blend in smoothly, and then adding that back to the pan)
I continued simmering the pudding mix while stirring until the eggs were cooked and then stirred in 2 tsp butter, and finally 1/2 tsp vanilla.
My thought on Instant Tapioca? Although the soy lecithin added to this convenience food is probably a good source of choline, I am pretty sure it is genetically modified, so I prefer to use the pearls, which are prettier to store, and just as convenient. I don't soak them because the "grits" cook up quickly.
As I am learning about plants over a lifetime, whenever I can find the time I take pictures and comment on plants I have seen or grown. Links to my grow logs and blog posts are in a page called "Glossary" which is a link near the top of each of my blogs and here.
Happily, I made time to add two entries to this glossary today. One was for the ponytail palm a neighbor kindly gave me, and the other was about orchids.
I had always been intimidated by orchids, but it turns out that some are easier to grow than others. One orchid plant that I pulled out of the garbage lived in water with no care except that I infrequently replaced the water as it evaporated. When, after two years of utter neglect, this plant decided to bear a flower I was astonished. It is sort of an ugly flower compared to some orchid species, but it is my first orchid baby so I love it:
If anyone knows what kind of orchid this is, please tell me, as I am clueless.
This recipe was tasty but it turned out more like a casserole than a pizza. I started with chopped cauliflower, pepper jack, a bit of sweet red pepper and a little pecorino (romano cheese) and an egg. I pulsed this in my new Nutri Ninja Auto IQ. It would have pulsed just as well in my old Ninja blender, but Nutri Ninja has wider cups, so it is easier to get the pulsed food out.
I baked the "crust" in the NuWave countertop oven (since that is the only oven I ever use for anything). After baking one side, I flipped it and baked the other side too.
Toppings shown above were Meunster cheese covered with fresh tomatoes, sliced spinach, alfredo sauce, red onions, portabella mushrooms, and cilantro.
This is Bob and his 4-legged baby Roxy, a very sweet and well behaved little dog.
Bob's wife Linda is a Superhost on the AirBnB site which matches travelers up with people willing to rent out rooms in their private homes for a unique bed and breakfast experience.
Breakfast was not listed as an amenity at this location, but Linda served it anyway. If you are counting on meals, though, be sure to arrange that in advance. On our last stay, Bob heated tortillas over an open flame while Linda dished up scrambled eggs, potatoes, bacon, and salsa roja. Did I mention bacon? YUMS!
At Casa Benavides there is no skimping on the servings!
Although their home was enroute the first time we stayed with them, I drove 50 miles out of my way to book our second stay with Linda and Bob. They are both great hosts and a great family.
Their attractive home is on a large corner lot with plenty of guest parking. The neighborhood is quiet and safe. They have an appealing living room with a large screen TV that they graciously share with guests. The bedroom was comfortable and although the bathroom is "shared" when both rooms are rented, it was clean and spacious and sharing was not a problem for us.
I will definitely stay here again, and would recommend it to anyone who needs an affordable room when they are passing through or near to Barstow, CA. If you have never booked a room through AirBnB, hosts like these give you a reason to try it.