0 In Maker

Thank You, Mailman!

I can actually use that politically incorrect term since my mail person is in fact, a man. Booyah!

I come from an old-timey neighborhood in the Mid-West, where someone walks up to your mailbox at your house and delivers your mail through some slot or box. In these neighborhoods, it’s customary to leave something small for your mail person who trudges through the sleet and snow to deliver your mail during the holidays.

Being in sunny Southern California now, I guess that custom has not really developed since it hardly snows here, but now that we’ve moved to a place where mail is hand delivered again, I’m super stoked to prepare a holiday surprise for my mail person. …The dog treats are for his dog. Obviously. 🙄

As much as some people feel that it’s their job as a mail person, it’s never too much to thank someone for doing a good job. I mean, he or she picks up your mail as well as delivers it to you. So don’t forget to thank all the people in your life this season who keep things going for you!

Anyone remember that one commercial about what would happen if the mailman didn’t deliver mail? Spoiler: THE WORLD FALLS APART.

(And just for reference, I know this isn’t completely weird because the USPS posts their gift restrictions on their website.)

Employee Tipping and Gift-Receiving Policy

All postal employees, including carriers, must comply with the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Exec­utive Branch. Under these federal regulations, carriers are permitted to accept a gift worth $20 or less from a customer per occasion, such as Christmas. However, cash and cash equivalents, such as checks or gift cards that can be exchanged for cash, must never be accepted in any amount. Furthermore, no employee may accept more than $50 worth of gifts from any one customer in any one calendar year period.

0 In Food

Steel Cut Oatmeal w/Egg & Sausage

I’m trying to be a little better about putting breakfast on the table before work for my hubby (his picture has the runny egg). For this week’s commitment, I chose to make some steel cut oatmeal. Next week… Chia Pudding!


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Steel Cut Oatmeal w/Egg & Sausage
Course Entrée
Cuisine American, Breakfast
Cook Time 1 hour
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Course Entrée
Cuisine American, Breakfast
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. add oatmeal, water, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon to rice cooker
  2. cook on Oatmeal or Porridge setting (about 1 hour)
  3. using fry pan, cook sausage links (low to no oil, low heat) until cooked
  4. using same pan with oils from sausage, make fried egg (low heat if less burn preferred)
Recipe Notes

We don't typically season things extra (for health reasons), but feel free to add salt and pepper to this recipe.

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This was made in the Tiger 5.5 cup Induction Heating Rice Cooker with Tacook.

If you don’t mind poached egg over fried egg, you can use this rice cooker’s Synchro-Cook feature with the basket!

0 In Food

Clay Pot Rice w/Ham & Mushroom

Grandma L had graciously provided our Thanksgiving stuffing recipe this year – sticky rice! This is a variance of that recipe using various items from the pantry. Feel free to substitute chicken for turkey broth, and ham for chicken or pork. The rice seasoning I added was from the company Seto Fumi Furikaki, found in the glass containers!

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Clay Pot Rice w/Ham & Mushroom
Course Entrée
Cuisine Chinese
Cook Time 40 minutes
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Course Entrée
Cuisine Chinese
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. add rice to pot, cover with turkey broth
  2. add mushrooms & ham, stir occasionally
  3. let simmer for 30-40 minutes until risotto or desired consistency
Recipe Notes

Adding more broth will allow this recipe to be more congee-like. Less cook time yields more of a soup.

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0 In Maker

Home Renovation Project: Average Joe’s Gym

Scroll through the gallery to see all the pictures! Shot on a Sony α6000. (Yes, still a newb.)

Ever since moving to our new place in October, we have been picking out different projects to complete. This wasn’t a total fixer upper, but it was a good place to start and tweak things to be how we wanted.

I had originally wanted a guest bedroom, but after further thought, we decided it was probably better if people didn’t stay over so much. Not only that, the room would have been mostly unused. That would have been a waste for us, considering we don’t get many guests anyway.

We ultimately decided to convert one of the bedrooms into a home gym!

  • Paint: Behr Premium Plus in Moth Grey (Home Depot)
  • Crown Moulding: R531 Painted MDF (Reel Lumber Service)
  • Flooring: Traffic Master High Impact Rubber Tiles, Blue Specks
  • Windows: Artscape Etched Glass Window Film

Equipment:

  • Bowflex Adjustable Dumbbells
  • push-up bars
  • ETHOS Power Rack 1.0
  • Fitness Gear 300# Olympic Weight Set
  • Powerline Olympic Weight Tree
  • Valor Fitness Bench (Adjustable Incline)
  • CAP 150# Rubber Hex Dumbbell Weight Set (5-25#)
  • Manduka Yoga Mat Pro Lite (cork blocks, belt, cushion)
  • Champion Sports Stability Ball (55 cm)
  • Everlast Leather Jump Rope
  • Ultimate Ears BOOM Bluetooth Speakers (Pair)
  • Double Window Fan for sweaty workouts…
0 In Food

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

My friend Esther L. made us some Christmas cookies for our Blocks. I had to get the recipe, of course… And share it with you guys.


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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Raisins are sometimes masquerading as chocolate chips. Luckily for this recipe, it uses the real deal. The oatmeal makes you feel less guilty.. And heart healthy! If you eat enough cookies... Not that you'll need help with that.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dessert
Cook Time 12 minutes
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Ingredients
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dessert
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings
cookies
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. cream butter with sugars
  2. add egg and vanilla extract, beat
  3. slowly add in dry ingredients - flour, baking soda, salt, oats, cinnamon
  4. fold in chocolate chips
  5. form into balls onto cookie sheet
  6. bake at 325°F for ~12 minutes
  7. let cool and rest for at least 24 hours if you can manage to wait
  8. test for santa claus
Recipe Notes

For wider cookies, bake at a lower temperature for longer.

Originally adapted from AllRecipes.

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New toys of note since our last meet:

  • KitchenAid Artisan 4.5 quart Mixer (Costco, $189.99USD)
  • Breville Smart Oven Air (Best Buy, $319.99USD)
1 In Life

Hello, Again.

Christmas Decorations – Shot in poor lighting on an iPhone 7+.

After the decision to shut down MintyBanana earlier this year in January, I spent the year away from any kind of journaling or social media to recollect myself and regroup. The world has been sorta crazy since then, lots of things have happened, a lot of which I wish I had collected. Maybe not publicly, but definitely in some sort of prettier way.

I had gotten a notice a few weeks ago that my domain was going to be released into the wild (expire), and after much thought, here we are, back again, alive and kicking. If you know me from many a yesteryear, you would know. I can’t stay away that long. Under the warm blanket of a rain water shower last night, I remembered why I had begun blogging in the first place. I had wanted the chance to have some kind of remanent of myself, from my own words. I wanted people to know who I was if I died. …Maybe I’ve seen too many re-runs of V for Vendetta… But sometimes maybe just to write about how my day was, or what I did, or even what I ate. Sometimes the monotony of life is what helps us remember what to be grateful for. And we certainly all need a little bit more of that in our lives.

I’ve reincarnated this blog as a hybrid private/public one. In January it was sort of brought to my attention if you will, that I should keep some thoughts to myself, so, despite needing to share my thoughts with the world, I shall keep some mystery from you. It’s probably for the better anyway. Free speech and free will and all that. Some posts will be password protected, available to my family members if they wish to see a more private world of mine. But everything else, from food to crafting, tips and tricks, all yours for the devouring. Like usual.

Welcome back!