Kitchen

Make Your Own Vanilla!

October 30, 2014
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This gets 5 stars for cool!

Beanilla*, which sells extracts and vanilla beans, sells a ‘Make your own’ in the form of the Homemade Vanilla Extract Infusion Kit.

I had to buy one and it arrived yesterday. So after galloping off to the store for a pint of vodka (and a big honking bottle of Myer’s rum), I came back to slit the beans and immerse them in vodka.

The hard part is waiting 8 weeks for the finished product… which means I won’t be able to use it for holiday baking! Oh, well! I also bought almond extract from them and it’s luscious.

Yes, my fingers are covered in vanilla bean.

Yes, my fingers are covered in vanilla bean.

*Nobody is paying me to write this, just thought it was neat.

Family, Flora and Fauna, Garden, Potpourri

Going Over

October 25, 2014
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One of our impossibly tall palms has endured an injury to its trunk and the top portion has tipped over… soon to be falling to the ground, I’m sure. Those suckers had finally gotten to a good height; one that shaded the back in the hot afternoons… and of course lightning had to hit it… or some blight took it. Or bugs. The insects are out of control around here; nearly every plant has something eating it… I’ve tried to be a good environmental steward, spreading no herbicides or pesticides… but the gloves are coming off and soon.

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Family, Technical

A Cautionary Tale of Two Tech Supports

October 23, 2014
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Roughly six months ago the man and I purchased a new computer for his sister. Mostly him. He’s got a heart as big as Texas, y’all.

Though appreciative, she ran wild through the internet without protection, resulting in bots, viruses and hijacking. I had asked her to install and run the various accoutrements needed to remain unburdened by modern vermin, but I live in Florida and she in Texas. You understand.

So yesterday she informs me that she has called Dell and they’re repairing her computer as we talked and a lifetime warranty is only going to cost her $300! For any computer in her house – for life!

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Sims 3

Rainy Spring Day

October 22, 2014
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Just a test of the new theme, really…

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I’m sick of all themes… but this one is pretty noninvasive. Not the right word, but…

Sims 3

The Sims 3: River Oaks

October 19, 2014
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I play The Sims 3, which is no big secret… but I usually don’t post any of it here. Well, we usually don’t have an ebola czar, either.

Though I played Sims 1 and 2, Sims 3 is my favorite and I have no plans to jump to Sims 4. No pets, no weather, no kids? No thank you.

My favorite Sims 3 hood is Meadow Glen by My Sims Realty. Has been for the last couple of years and it remains the only neighborhood I play. The recent updates just made it that much better… though I call it River Oaks. Hey, Houston girl here; gotta go with what I know.

So here are some of my favorite screenshots of the town, which are of course taken during the fall and winter.

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