July 2006 Archives

fruit that flies has no wings

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Every year they return. Every year I have them "done in". And every year I publish the secret recipe so you can take charge of your kitchen fruit, too. I'm talking about fruit flies. I have heard some pretty amazing things about these tiny little buggers, but I don't really care. I just want them gone. So here's what I do, and it works. Fill a small shallow dish (1/2 cup maybe) with about 1 tablespoon red wine or plain vinegar. If using vinegar, I add a big pinch brown sugar. Add one drop dishwashing detergent. Swirl to blend and set it out someplace where you won't forget it. A windowsill near the peaches is good. You should see results within hours, or the next morning. The flies go in for a drink and get stuck because the soap coats their wings, or drowns them, or something like that. We caught hundreds last week at the Moose. I used white vinegar, brown sugar, and oxy type dish detergent. I set out 4 bowls. They preferred one much more than the others, but we had immediate success. Good luck. Now you've found something useful to do with the last bit of wine in your bottle.

cat & glove?

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Tiggr takes beanie babies. This scoundrel takes gloves. He is pretty bad to have made it on the Toledo news (he lives downstate NY!!).

Our Tiggr better not get wind of it or he might turn the heat up on his nightly prowling through our house. We often wake up to find a dozen of his "babies" piled at the bottom of the stairs. He goes into the tween's room to rescue them, or maybe they are his virtual midnight snacks. Somtimes there are a few socks in the pile, and he has begun teaching Hobo his trick, too. I found her arriving at the bottom of the stairs with a full sheet of paper in her mouth the other evening. She had snatched it from the desk, where it had been folded in half. Man, these creatures can be puzzling. But we love them just the same. I just entered Hobo's best kitten photo in the kittenwar website. Wish her luck.

Shipping & Handling

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A good mother makes sure everyone in her family sleeps on nice clean sheets. Many things can get in the way of this precept. But a good mother keeps on trying. I consider myself a good mother. So here begins the drama. We travel annually to an island retreat where we are required to provide our own towels and bedding. I actually applaud this idea, due to personal phobias as well as simple management concepts for the property owners. During the "high" season, this place is rented chock-full for months on end. Who could do laundry from afar without live-in help? Most of these homeowners live in another state.

This year we chose a different property, about a dozen doors down the beachfront from the one we got to know and love during the last decade. One of the bags that gets packed first for our trip is stuffed to the gills with sheets and towels. Complete matching sets, allbeit old and weathered, but lovely and loved just the same. (Here's a freaky note for you predestiny believers out there...the first time we entered the two main bedrooms each queen-sized bed had only comforters on them. Each of those comforters EXACTLY matched sets of sheets I had 1000 miles away at home! You can bet I brought those sheets every year thereafter...I still don't believe it was coincidence)

So this trip, in addition to expecting to discover new decorating styles and (hopefully) better equipment in the chef's kitchen, we do not know what to expect for blankets/quilts on the beds. And therein lies the problem. This place has a king bed. I don't, so I had to find myself a set of king sheets. They are about as expensive as a set of tires for an SUV. Plus I did not want to drive around the shopping malls, wasting precious expensive-tired SUV gasoline, to find nice sheets (high thread-count) at I'll-use-them-once-a-year prices.

BBQ anything

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I recently stumbled upon a really neat set of recipes for great bbq. It requires a bbq flavored brine or marinade, a dry rub, and a sauce. I make the brine/marinade and I keep it in a big jug in the back of the fridge. Then I dump some on top of whatever meat I want to grill THE NEXT DAY in a zip bag, seal the bag, and stuff it back in the fridge. I turn it every so often. When I use the dry rub, it goes on right before putting the meat on the prepared grill. Throw out the marinade, pat the meat dry, and rub-a-dub-dub. A bbq sauce is used for passing and pouring at the table. I have finally given up on covering meat in bbq sauce and then grilling it to a black crispy terrible crust, all in the name of laziness and ignorance. You choose your favorite bottled (or homemade) bbq sauce at the table.This recipe is great either way!

Make the marinade:

  • 2qts. apple juice
  • 1c Worcestershire
  • 1c orange juice
  • 1c brown sugar
  • 1/2c olive oil
  • 1/2c lemon juice
  • 2tbsp. hot sauce
  • 1/2c apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2c salt
  • Put it all in a pot, bring to a boil, whisk a couple times, let cool & store in a jug in your fridge. That's the marinade. You will pour it on the meat you choose, cover (or seal if using a zip bag) and chill for a few hours or overnight. We had it with chicken legs that were soaked in it for 2 days and the meat almost fell off the bones. Try it with something you like to grill and see what you think.

    in the news

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    I have arrived. So-to-speak. Jsw4.net has just published a press release affirming, or announcing my technology foray with them. I have been doing much of the same sort of computer tech work I did for the school: workstation repairs & upgrades, and such, but the new brain drain for me has been the learning of html. (More about that in another entry...) I also sell our web hosting. you know, blogs, websites & such. This multi-tiered arrangement is keeping me quite busy at times, and also gives me room for family or kitchen time, at other points when I need it.

    Really, for me, this last stretch of 20 months has tossed many hurdles in my way (death of my mother/best friend, death of my favourite Aunt, death of my mother-in-law, and, most recently, inconcievable murder of a co-worker from the school where I worked for 5 years, Carolyn Lynch. This one's for you, Kristy. ugh. Here are three links to local news reports. I'm still in shock about this. NIMBY).

    I am all about finding a balance these days, (maybe to keep from just falling right over!!!) and the chocolate feeds one need while the computers feed another. I think I could like this! So I am able to "work for chocolate" at The Chocolate Moose occasionally just for fun while thinking very hard about the computer stuff. I am looking forward to getting that Moose website all shined up and sparkling very soon. All in all, this seems like some sort of workable balance, and it's stacking up as a great summer, especially since the real summer weather has arrived alongside me!