1-A-Week: Week 4: old Prius Wheels

Jan 27, 2011 by

This weeks 1-A-Week is a set of old Prius tires and it comes with a lesson.

The lesson is rotate your tires people!

Apparently my Prius eats through front tires if you don’t rotate them.  So I replaced all 4 but kept the back two because they were still in very good shape and I could sell them on craigslist.  So thats what I’m doing.  If I can make 50 bucks, or 20 bucks or anything it will be something.

So the tires are up on Craigslist and will be out of my garage soon.

What is your 1AW this week?

Ben…

Previous 1AW:

Week 2
Week 3

also if you buy your tires at Costco they will rotate them for free every 5k miles.  So yeah, I’ll be doing that.

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Super Simple Sesame & Shrimp Noodles

Jan 25, 2011 by

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Was inspired by this recipe over at PioneerWoman.com and wanted to make a nice simple lunch today so I put tweaked it a bit, threw in some shrimp and voila.  It was so tasty, and super easy to make.

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There are not a lot to this recipe, but it does require a bit of Asian flavors that you may not have around in your kitchen.  Luckily I do like to do a fair bit of Asian cooking so I had what I needed on hand and just had to get some shrimp to make this happen.  You can find all of these things on the Asian isle of any grocery store.

Stuff you’ll need (Ingredients):

  • Noodles – any will work.  I used a wholewheat spaghetti noodle
  • Shrimp
  • Garlic – 3 or 4 cloves
  • Green onion
  • Soy Sauce
  • Sesame Oil
  • Chili Oil – I used Mongolian Fire Oil
  • Canola Oil
  • Sesame Seeds

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Start boiling the noodles while you make your sauce

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In a bowl add 1/4 cup soy sauce

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3 tablespoons white sugar…this brings the sweet to the savory

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mince up 3-4 garlic cloves

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throw that in the sauce mixture

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add 2 tablespoons of rice vinegar.  I used a roasted garlic rice vinegar.  I love garlic.

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2-3 tablespoons of sesame oil now.  This stuff is awesome

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now for the Mongolian fire oil.  Start with a 1/2 teaspoon and add more if needed.  A little of this stuff goes a long way but its oh so tasty.

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now 4-5 tablespoons of canola oil to balance it out and give it some volume.

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also grab a couple tablespoons of hot water from your boiling noodles and throw that in and whisk it all up.

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take your green onion and chop it up

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set that aside for later

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Now when the noodles are done, drain and set aside, but keep them warm.  I cut all the tails off the shrimp because my wife doesn’t like them.

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I wanted to add some shrimp to this recipe, so I did.   I added about a pound.

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Throw the shrimp in a pan on high and add a little bit of the sauce you just created.  Stir the shrimp around for a minute or two

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While the shrimp are cooking add the remaining sauce to the noodles

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yummy

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then add the shrimp into the nooodles

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and stir stir stir.   Mix all those flavors together

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garnish with the green onion and some sesame seeds and enjoy

This was a very easy and quick little lunch to make and everyone enjoyed it.  I also now have a lot of leftovers, which is awesome and I’ll definitely be making this one again.

Ben…

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National Swap Day

Jan 22, 2011 by

Did you know today is National Swap Day?  This is a great idea to get rid of some old stuff you don’t need or want and maybe pick up something new for yourself as well

from the site:

Say out with the old and in with the new, make new friends, and join a mini-army of social shoppers across the country who are passionate about making 2011 the year that shows the world swapping really is the new shopping.

Check out the site to find a local swap near you.

Ben…

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1-A-Week: Week 3: Broken Subwoofer

Jan 20, 2011 by

** UPDATE ** Less than an hour later it was picked up.  I love Craigslist so much.

This weeks One-A-Week is an old Subwoofer I’ve had sitting around for way too long.  It stopped working some time ago and I’ve tried fixing it multiple times to no avail, so finally its getting out of my house.

This weeks method of removal is the good ole “curb alert” on craigslist.  Simply put your item you are giving away out on the curb and post it on craiglist of when they can pick it up.  Super easy.  Just be nice and remove your craigslist posting when the item(s) are taken.

Craigslist tips for Curb Alerts

  • don’t put your phone number – you’ll get calls all day
  • for free stuff like this you don’t even need an email, just put your address
  • Take the post down as soon as the item is taken

What item are you getting rid of this week for your 1AW?

Ben…

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One thing we can never do in San Diego

Jan 19, 2011 by

More on the fun with snow videos.

This is the type of fun we can never have in San Diego.

Its strange to think that while its -22 degrees in Canada its 85 here in San Diego.  That is over 100 degrees difference!

Ben…

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