Jun 11 2009

Family Photos


I’ve neglected my blog lately, what with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and something else called “real life”. Erin and I have been keeping ourselves busy: Decemberists concert, Great America roller coasters, the Makers Faire, Marin Home and Garden Show, Farmers’ Markets and visiting friends. And this weekend we have some big choices: a weiner dog race, town fair, italian street painting festival and/or a civil war reenactment where you can “learn how to be a field surgeon”. Whew!

Anyhow, I wanted to pop online real quick to bring back a family photo album I originally put online several years ago. My folks have some family visiting from Texas this weekend and my mom thought it’d be nice to have these up to share. And so, without further adieu, HERE‘s the album! Enjoy :)

Nov 29 2008

Gobbledy Guck

Happy Thanksgiving!

I tried a little experiment this year. I gave up my fave garlicky mashed tators for a root veggie stew (turnips, celery root, butternut squash, wild rice, cranberries) rolled up in crispy, flakey, lightly browned filo dough. Sounds delicious, no?

OOPS! Filo dough needs to thaw for eight freaking hours. OOPS! Filo dough needs come to room temperature for two hours after thawing. OOPS! It’s hypersensitive to overcooking. OOPS! I forgot to put the turkey day spices in the root veggie stew until near the end. That all added up to a fairly tastey if strong stew concoction inside a completely inedible rubber shell of filo. Sigh…

As for the rest of the meal it was lovely. Let’s see if this activates the salivary glands of you omnivores:

Mycoprotein veggie Quorn loaf in lieu of turkey. Mmmm… No, seriously. It was really good. I think I liked it as much as Tofurkey except that Tofurkey gives you more leftovers. I also made a tasty fruit stuffing with pecans, cranberries, apricots and toasted wheat bread. Last but not least, I made some gravy which I’m going to add to my year-round cooking. It’s crazy tasty and would go awesomely with smoked tempeh. Oh! And of course, I finished up dinner with store-bought vegan Apple Streusal Crunch pie and some Boulder Vanilla ice cream.

Anyhow, that’s my story. The meal literally took me from 3pm from prep to 8pm eatin’ time due mainly to being a one-man job and having only one oven to work with.

The rest of my weekend has been very mellow. I can’t believe tomorrow is Sunday already. I can’t wait for Christmas break to visit friends and family! My brain has already switched off at work; don’t tell the boss. Cheers all and Happy Thanksgiving! The full recipes I used are after the jump… Continue reading

Jun 9 2008


No, this entry’s title doesn’t refer to any sci-fi movie stuff… it’s actually my cousin Vicky’s job title at the place she’s been volunteering. Even cooler, the Oregonian recently wrote an article about her work there. Volunteer Vicky the TechnoHost! Awesome! Congrats on the buzz, cuz!

Oh, and if anyone’s still looking for something sci-fi in this post, here you go:


I hear these guys have a killer library. Trying to volunteering there is futile, though, as they only accept permanent positions.

Jun 2 2008

New puppy in the family


Erin’s folks just rustled themselves up a pup. She’s a cute little tike. Does this mean Everett’s not the baby in the family anymore?