Monday, July 8, 2013

Hello Summer!



I don’t think I’ve ever seen the truck outside temperature indicator go this high, and unless I have just hit it with the hose and it tries to convince me that the temp is only 75F for the next hour or so, when it very obviously isn’t, this thing is generally very accurate. Matching radio broadcast weather and the weather app on my phone, etc. This photo was after arriving back from the store today. 121F … phew!

What was a lie was the weather app calling the weather “partly cloudy” … no. Grey skies caused by blowing sand and dust is not “partly cloudy”. Nice try. Also a lie is the orange “Check Engine Soon” light shining there. It’s been telling us that since 2005. Even the dealer couldn’t figure it out. It’s an old truck and allowed to have it’s quirks I suppose… especially as it got me home again before the ice cream melted, and has an AC that still kicks out the icy air!

Monday, July 1, 2013

How to do laundry with cats

Today’s lesson – How to do the laundry with cat assistance.

First – NEVER wash the cats in the washing machine. No matter how hard they try to convince you otherwise, even if they separate the red cats from the tan cats. It will never work well…

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Remove cats, then wash and dry laundry as normal.

Carefully spread laundry to fold on the bed in neat organized piles.

Find cat cutely asleep

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When you rub the belly and try to gently convince cat to relocate, receive this look…

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Last step. Give up on laundry and go do something else.

Done, and you’re welcome!

Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ve been meaning to post this recipe for awhile. It’s a good one and I don’t want to lose it! Thanks to some new friends, who I promised the recipes to, I finally typed it up. I do not remember where I got the recipe, so can’t give proper credit, but below is the original with my changes. Enjoy!


Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup butter, softened

1 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

3 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

2 tsp hot water

1/2 tsp salt

2 cup chocolate chips

1 cup nuts

The above are the original ingredients. I usually do not add the nuts, and for the flour, instead of 3 cups flour, I substitute a mix 3-4 cups of almost half and half flour and coconut. This works well with the coconut we get here. It's drier. I haven't tried it with very fresh coconut.

Preheat oven to 350F

Cream together the butter and sugars. Add vanilla (powder or extract)

Beat in the eggs. (local eggs can be smaller than US eggs, adding a third is ok)

Dissolve baking powder in the water and add to the batter with the salt.

Stir in the flour mix.

Add chocolate chips.

Drop by the spoonful on ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake about 10 minutes.