5 Things I’ve Learned This Autumn

Ω November 17th, 2014 Ω Tagged , , , , , Ω 5 Comments

1. MOE turned into a gorilla. An angry gorilla who doesn’t want me to sleep more than 3-4 hours a night.

That smile is just to lure me in.

That smile is just to lure me in.

What? You’re saying that I’m holding a yellow rectangle in the picture above because I copied my cartoon from the butter disaster post of 2012 and then just reversed it? Well … maybe.

2. Despite the giant primate, I can still manage to squeeze in a little fun now and then.

If you are following the THIH Facebook page, you saw this post:

Amidst the case studies and discussions of target markets, it was nice to think about nutrition for approximately 5 minutes and 29 seconds.

3. I miss knitting.

knitting shawl bamboo

A project for my best friend’s new arrival has been languishing on my needles for the past two months (not the one in the picture above). I think I knit one row about three weeks ago before remembering I still had an accounting assignment due before midnight.

4. After a certain age, birthdays don’t mean as much anymore.

dan tat birthday

I won’t tell you how old I am now, but this and this. Also, the Life List is way out of date.

5. Snatch the beautiful moments while you can … even at 3:47 am.

Lunar Eclipse Oct 8 2014

Lunar Eclipse Oct 8 2014 small

During the month of October, we mere mortals on Earth were treated to two celestial phenomena: a total lunar eclipse in the wee hours of October 8th (pictures above) and a partial solar eclipse on October 23rd (pictures below).

Partial Solar Eclipse Oct 23 2014

Partial Solar Eclipse Oct 23 2014 (1)

“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” Carl Sagan

The Five Things Series:
[Five Things I’m Loving Lately]
[Five Thing with which I am Moderately Pleased]

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Get Your Dehydrator On {Recipe Redux}

Ω September 22nd, 2014 Ω Tagged , , , , , Ω 9 Comments


I’ll admit right off the bat – I don’t have a new recipe for you, dear reader. I had visions of a mountain of garden bounty reduced to the size of a teacup and warm coconut macaroons giving off a delightful rich, sweet scent. But then MOE interfered.

What a bummer, especially as I was looking forward to this month’s Recipe Redux:

Whether it’s extra garden bounty or a sale at the supermarket – dehydrating food is a budget-friendly way to stock up for later. You can use a food dehydrator, a low slow oven, or natural sunshine to preserve natural healthfulness. Show us how you like to dehydrate, or a healthy recipe for how you enjoy using dehydrated fruits, veggies or other bounty.

Seeing our dehydrator in this post’s first picture brings back memories of homemade beef jerky sustaining us across the plains of the Midwest while driving between Connecticut and Illinois. It reminds me of wrapping coconut macaroons to snack on while flying to Switzerland. Most of all, the dehydrator reminds me of a young couple sharing their love of food with each other.

Excuse me. I’ve got something in my eye.


As I wrote previously, not only is dehydrating food a great way to preserve excess fruits, veggies, and meat, it also preserves (ha) much of the nutrient content of these foods. The fiber, mineral and calorie content of dried food remains the same, although calorie density will increase with the removal of water. Moderate loss of B-vitamins may occur during drying. Blanching vegetables before drying preserves vitamin A, while decreasing temperature over the course of drying will help maintain vitamin C content in produce.

Since I don’t have a new recipe, I thought I’d share a few ways we’ve used our dehydrator over the years.

Coconut Almond Macaroons (recipe included!)


Empanadas de Mole Amarillo with Dried Chilies (recipe included!)


Figgy Hearts


Looking for other ways to get your dehydrator on without a dehydrator? Try these oven-dried tomatoes!

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