Friday, May 27, 2016

Work in Progress

I'm working on a granola bar recipe.  Hope to have it perfected soon.  I started with a recipe from Ina, but that one just fell apart.  Intertwined Ina and PW's recipes, but I think I over cooked it and the sunflower seeds gave it a funky taste...although it's still getting consumed pretty quickly.

I'll keep you posted.


Saturday, May 14, 2016

My Lost Blog

I have not been able to access my blog since May 8.  In fact, no one could access it.  It seemed to have just disappeared.  Turns out I needed to fix something with my DNS CNAME settings.


I set this whole blog thing up back in 2009.  I somehow managed to purchase a domain name and get it to work with Blogger.  But that was back in 2009.  That is a long, long time in techno years when you get to be my age.  I have NO memory of what I did back then.  I do remember being quite pleased that I got it to work, but today, it's all a mystery.

Ended up calling technical support and was quickly able to resolve the issue.  Somehow an additional CNAME alias was set up for my www link.  NO FREAKIN' idea how that could have happened since I never touch it.  They had no idea either.

So glad it's all better, but has caused me some significant stress today.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Easy Peel Hardboiled Eggs

I can't tell you how long I have struggled with peeling hard-boiled eggs.'s been a long time.  I have been so frustrated while peeling an egg, as I remove shell bit by tiny bit resulting in a tore up ugly egg with a significant portion of the whites still sticking to the shell.

Every recipe I ever seen has called for starting the eggs in cold water, bring to a boil, turn off heat and cover.  Let the eggs sit for 10-12 minutes.  That is how I have always made my hard-boiled eggs which always resulted in a difficult peeling process.  I pretty sure I even watch Ina make them this way.

In desperation, I reached out to my Facebook community and I got a lot of varied answers.  Add baking soda to the water, put a pin whole in the egg before cooking, don't use fresh eggs, make sure you get them cold quickly in an ice bath.

Finally, finally, finally...with the guidance of my Auntie Mar and the ever helpful Pioneer Woman, I succeeded in making an easy to peel hard-boiled eggs:

Hard-Boiled Eggs

  • Bring a pot of water to boil, making sure you have enough water to cover the eggs.  When the water is boiling, using a slotted spoon to GENTLY place each egg in the water.  Return the eggs to a gentle boil.  Boil for 12-13 minutes

  • Immediately, place each egg in a ice water bath.  Let them cool in the water for 5 minutes.  Remove the eggs from the water, dry them off and cracked the shells to peel.
Perfect eggs.

And here's what I made with my eggs:

Egg Salad

6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and diced
1-2 stalks of celery, diced
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp dry mustard
salt & pepper to taste

Add all the ingredients to a bowl and stir  to combine.   Spread liberally on two pieces of toasted wheat bread (buttered) with some crunchy lettuce and eat yourself happy.  I know I just did.