Goals and Reviews

Submitted by Dave on Fri, 01/20/2017 - 09:32

Every corporate job I've had has had some sort of goal setting and review process. At first glance this seems like a great idea. I get to pick some things that I want to accomplish over the next year, come up with some indicators to show that the goals have been accomplished and then at the end of the year I get to review how I've done and if I meet and/or exceed those goals I get a raise, a promotion or both. It looks like a win-win for me and the company.

Getting some exercise

Submitted by Dave on Thu, 01/19/2017 - 09:43

I was fortunate enough to be able to go cross country skiing with my son's class last week. What a great experience! I had forgotten how great it was to just get out and do something. It wasn't too cold and I was over dressed so I sweated profusely, but the exercise got my heart going and I felt great for the rest of the day.

Now I know that exercise is good for me, I went to the gym for an hour every day for 3 months and felt great, however I let that slide when I last changed jobs as I didn't have the old job as a motivation to go to the gym any more.

Ice Cream

Submitted by Dave on Wed, 01/18/2017 - 09:15

I love ice cream, unfortunately I've given up sugar, so I don't buy it any more. But the kids love it so I have been trying my hand a making it myself. I have a mixer with an ice cream maker bowl so that makes it a little easier.

The recipe I use is pretty simple

  • 2.5 cups half and half or whole milk
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 2.5 cups whipping cream
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

The steps are as follows:

Mindfulness

Submitted by Dave on Sat, 01/14/2017 - 14:07

I recently read a book "Where ever you go, There you are".  I love this title, it is a very simple and obvious statement, but at the same time it wraps up so much complexity. Ultimately it means that there is only the present moment, we are where we are, and that we need to deal with the choices and events that we have now, not those in the future or those that happened in the past. It is a book about mindfulness and a guide on getting there.

Bread

Submitted by Dave on Thu, 01/12/2017 - 21:02

Bread is one of our bigger food expenses. We go through at least 3 loaves a week, and at $2.50 - $4.00 per loaf it adds up. I've been trying for years off and on to get a good whole wheat recipe that would come out soft as no one will eat the dense loaves I've made.

I finally did some research and found that Vital Wheat Gluten is the key. I used a recipe I had kicking around and added the gluten for a nice soft loaf!

Values

Submitted by Dave on Thu, 01/12/2017 - 09:51

At times, life seems to be an endless treadmill. I get up, go to work, come home, do chores and go to bed so that I can get up and do the same thing over again. Sure I find time to watch TV, or to take the kids somewhere every now and again, but I can't help feeling that I'm just going in circles. It's not that I hate my job either, the work is interesting, the people are nice, but I always want to be doing something else.

Fruit Leather

Submitted by Dave on Tue, 01/10/2017 - 10:01

I've been experimenting with making fruit leathers and have made a couple thus far.

Basically you take fruit, blend it and spread it on a drying sheet. Since my fruit is mostly frozen from last summer, I bring it to a boil first and boil off some of the excess water

Not wanting to under-dry I've made some pretty tough leather so far, but it still tastes good.

Yorkshire Puddings

Submitted by Dave on Sun, 01/08/2017 - 10:00

It took me a long time to figure out how to make good Yorkshire puddings but thanks to Jamie Oliver I've finally got it right. The secret is in the proportions.  Equal amounts of egg, milk and flour. I like to make these with roast beef, but also to add sausages for an individual "Toad in the Hole" or make it in a 9inch square pan.