Tiny transforming apartments

May 16, 2011 by

These tiny apartments are amazing.  See what these brilliant designs in architecture can do with a small space.

I love the lego-style transformation of this one.

Those things always inspire me and I thought I’d share. If you know of a cool space like this please let me know.

Ben…

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Wild West Salsa Competition – Year 2

May 15, 2011 by

It was that time of year again for the Carlsbad Wild West Fest and time to make some salsa for the salsa competition.

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And so I whipped up some TrulySimple salsa and it was pretty darn tasty.

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First thing, I headed out to the garden to grab some ingredients.  Here are some chives

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My garlic is AWESOME.  First time I’ve harvested it, and it is SO fresh and garlic-y

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My cilantro rules.  I love growing this stuff.

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And some onions.

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I cleaned up all the veggies with the help of my friends Joe and Sophie-Helen

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Here’s all the ingredients laid out.  I grabbed some corn and tomatoes from the store as the ones in my garden are not ready yet.  Also some black beans from trader joes.

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Starting out with a tomato base.   Chop them up.

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Throw them into a big bowl.

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Cilantro next.  rinse it off.

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Chop up a bunch into smaller pieces.

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throw it in with the tomatoes.

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Next the chives.   Chop them up and throw them in.

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Now for the onion.  Chopped up a couple of onions.

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and throw them in the mix.

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Ok, you want to get your corn blackening at this point.  Fire up the grill on high and just lay them on it.

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Turn them every 3-4 minutes or so until you get the nice blackened color all around.   Then set them aside and let it cool down a bit.

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Now the garlic.  This is the first harvest of my garlic and it is so good.

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It tastes so fresh and amazing.   I grabbed 4 cloves and diced them up

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once its all minced up, throw it in the mix.

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OK, when the corn is cooled down cut if off the cob with your knife

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also grab a couple of cans of black beans and rinse and drain them.

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and we throw it all in the mix and stir

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add lime juice from half a large lime

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and add salt and pepper to taste.  It didn’t need much.

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And now for the competition.    Setting my my presentation here.

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YES, I have an iPad as part of my multimedia presentation.  YES I’m a huge nerd.  But everyone really liked that and I got compliments on it and my photos, so that was nice.  Thanks to my wife for letting me steal borrow her iPad.

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Here are some other tables.  Very nice layout.

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I liked this framed Grandma’s salsa

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Here was another salsa that was very unique and really tasty.   I liked this one a lot.   Very spicy, but very good.  I”m going to make this.

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The wild west fest has some great characters

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and some fun entertainment

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I got a lot of votes from the various tasters coming through, but right as I ran out of salsa (it was very popular), someone came by and told me, “oh your out of salsa?  Did you save any for the judges?”

WHAT???  Doh!

That did not bode well for my strategy, and thus I did not win this year.

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But I had a fun time.  Much like this kid who is so happy with with his cotton candy.

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and this kid was enjoying chasing the peacocks around.

Overall it was a fun event, and next year I will be back to own this salsa competition.

Ben…

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Why the internet awesome

May 10, 2011 by

The internet is pure awesomeness.  It really is.

As part of my 1-A-Week program where I’m getting rid of something I don’t need/want/use anymore I was selling my old broken Canon Powershot on eBay.  I loved that camera and it took THE best photos ever, but it was also many years old, had traveled the world (and it showed) and just didn’t work.  That model camera however, was fetching very high prices on eBay for some reason I didn’t know at the time.

I put the camera up for auction and immediately received several inquiries asking to buy it now for some decent amounts for a broken camera.  Then I got a very nice email from someone on eBay telling me that Canon would fix my camera for free as it had some defective sensor that they knew about.

So I removed the auction,  clicked on the link that the nice eBay member sent me, and filled out the form on the Canon website.  I then sent my camera off to them and low and behold today I received a package in the mail with my camera in it.

Well… not my old camera, but rather a new PowerShot SD980 IS!!!

How awesome is that?  How awesome is Canon?!  How awesome is that nice eBay shopper who took the time to send me that link?!

Thats why the internet is awesome.   Not only is it letting me get rid of stuff I don’t need/want/use and even make some money doing it, but it allows nice people to make these small connections help out one another.  And thats what its all about.

So now I have a new camera that I’m going to get rid of again for this weeks’ 1AW as I don’t need another camera.  I already replaced the old one with another small Canon PowerShot.  I really do love Canon cameras.

So this one will go to my sister for her birthday, as she needs a new camera.  Happy Birthday Sis if you are reading this!

Also I’m behind posting my 1AW for a few weeks as I was updating my site.  So for the last 2 weeks I got rid of some clothes to Amvets and some old computer parts/cables on Craigslist.

Ben…

1AW is a project by which I’m getting rid of at least 1 thing each week that I do not need, want, or use anymore.  Doing at least one thing per week helps me reduce the clutter in my life and make room for what is truly important.

What item can you get rid of this week that you don’t need/want/use anymore?

 

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A little Muppet fun…

May 9, 2011 by

I’m a HUGE fan of the Muppets.  I grew up with all of those great characters and loved every episode of The Muppet Show.

This guy however is a genius with way too much time on his hands.  He built by hand the original Muppet Show stage with amazing detail.

This thing is truly remarkable in its detail and function

You simply must check out the work of .  Its very cool and I dig it.

Also, here is a Muppet movie I would totally watch.  Henson’s 11

Ben…

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Momma Jane’s bread recipe

May 8, 2011 by

Happy Mothers day to my wonderful mom and to all mothers out there!

I have the best mom in the world.   I really do.  And she makes THE best bread in the world.  She really does.

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Growing up all my friends used to come over to my house after school, church, whatever just to to eat my moms food and especially her bread and jam.  THIS is the THAT bread recipe.

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So when my mom came down for a visit we spent an entire weekend just cooking and baking and I got to sit back and just take pictures.  Brilliant! Actually I also got to eat all of the amazing food as well.   I mean  just look at those rolls!  oh yum.

You will want to make these rolls, nay, you will NEED to make these rolls.

Behold!  THIS is Mama Jane’s famous bread recipe

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