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Nicole Alderman wrote:That's some delicious looking bread! I hope it tasted as good as it looked!



It turned out pretty good.. nice crust formation and even middle.. like a big brownie! Still refining the recipe.. it’s missing something.. not sure yet what that is haha
 
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Jen Tuuli wrote:Oh my gosh that cake looks so moist and delicious! And those shirts are a great look on you two.



Yes it turned out quite moist and yummy.. I made a non fruit topping version with the extra batter.. less fruit = more cake!

Thanks for the banana shirts paul!
 
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Sounds like some prime batter for a muffin tin! Tiny, portable cakes.
 
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Thanks for posting your updates Dez! I'm going to be joining the boot this Sunday (coming from california) and I am so excited! Any tips on what I should bring? I packed the obvious stuff like toothbrush, jeans, workgloves and boots.
 
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POST 143 (DAY 150, Thursday, 2021.1.7)
[Evening Entry]

.. paul's generosity surprises me sometimes.. and in a good way.. it leaves me wondering, "if i were in his shoes, would i be as generous?".. well his shoes are pretty big.. but i think the short answer might be yes, i would be generous in giving.. RECEIVING, on the other hand is often times a less familiar feeling.....

STORY TIME: it was a saturday afternoon, in westwood california.. the outskirt of the UCLA campus, where i would later be attending undergrad.. presently i'm in elementary school, 4th or 5th grade.. i'm at the swap meet "helping" my dad direct traffic at our little outdoor shop.. we had the corner booth, vending printed T-shirts and engraved jewelry.. these kinds of booths were really in fashion back in the 90's.. "i'm hungry.. when can we eat?" i asked.. "how about now? what would you like? we can leave the booth for a bit, and you can have anything you want, today!" my dad replies confidently.. i said "mcdonalds.." sheepishly.. you see, i was young, but had it branded in my brain that we were "poor", which meant that mcdonalds was about all we could afford.. staring at the menu, everything seemed just way too expensive, so i picked two items from the value dollar menu.. my dad repeated gently, "you sure? you can have anything you want from the menu.." i gulped and said "yes, i'm sure." "okay.. i'll get those for you.." .. looking back to that time, i think "WHAT WERE YOU THINKING? you should have gotten the big mac or the 20 piece nuggets, which is what you REALLY ACTUALLY wanted..!!!" i never told my dad that i totally lied about wanted nothing else.. i thought it was the right thing to do, at the time.. i'm sure some part of him knew that i was just exercising my modesty.. but at what cost does modesty become a lie?.. had i to do it again, would that pre-teen have picked all the juicy burgers as he saw in his dreams?--of course~! not because i deserve it, but because its okay to receive.. i know that now.. its okay to receive deluxe mcd's burger combo meals.. its okay to receive compliments and attention.. its okay to receive gifts.. its okay..

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BBQ in the city with paul. So good! We played gin rummy. Paul won by a landslide lol.. this time..
BBQ in the city with paul. So good! thanks paul~! We played gin rummy. Paul won by a landslide lol.. this time..
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Song’s neighbor is about to bloom! Finally.. seventh—I’ll name it Sara, in memory of my crush from UCLA. She used to say “banana” in a funny way
Snoh's neighbor is about to bloom! Finally.. seventh—I’ll name it Sara, in memory of my crush from UCLA. She used to say “banana” in a funny way "buh-nuh-nuh"
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That looks like a well driller rig.. hmmmmmm..
That looks like a well driller rig.. hmmmmmm.. hmmmmmmmmmmmm........
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Speaking of bananas..
Speaking of bananas..
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Cool hat dude
Cool hat dude
 
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POST 144 (DAY 151, Friday, 2021.1.8)
[Morning Entry]

.. josiah and jen return from their vacation today.. i hope they had a refreshing time.. and it'll be nice to have them around again..
.. random thought.. i've been called the "nest labor warrior".. as i look around the kitchen in this moment.. i see things that could be tidier; and i somehow actually want to work on making those things tidier.. this was not always the case.. i used to look around my apt (or nest) in seattle, and wish it could remain in a tidier state more consistently.. so i decided to set off on a mission of training my mindset.. i wanted two things: 1) learn to keep a tidy space, 2) get paid to do learn.. so i applied for jobs in restaurants, where the kitchen would be maintained nightly, as well as throughout the day while working.. it worked!.. the principle i gleaned was this--do lazily something i dread 1,000 times and it becomes a less dreadful habit..

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ps.. i feel like i'm starting to get back into rhythm again..
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The first of the second group is blooming.. name suggestions? I was thinking Ophilia..
The first of the second group is blooming.. name suggestions? I was thinking Ophilia..
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I can eat a whole bunch of these little bunnies.. my fav crackery snack!!
I can eat a whole bunch of these little bunnies.. my fav crackery snack!!
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Waldo.. aka Walnut Cake.. waits next to me while I work.. he’s so still that the moss settle on his head and back.. (just kidding, I wanted to see if he’d shake it off.. so patient!!)
Waldo.. aka Walnut Cake.. waits next to me while I work.. he’s so still that the moss settle on his head and back.. (just kidding, I wanted to see if he’d shake it off.. so patient!!)
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A winter view from the road to town yesterday..
A winter view from the road to town yesterday..
 
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chi kim wrote:Thanks for posting your updates Dez! I'm going to be joining the boot this Sunday (coming from california) and I am so excited! Any tips on what I should bring? I packed the obvious stuff like toothbrush, jeans, workgloves and boots.



Winter gear and a smile !! 😊
 
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POST 145 (DAY 152, Saturday, 2021.1.9)
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.. yesterday was "Finishing Friday".. the saw mill logs from the lower paddock are now staged for cutting.. this part took puzzle-solving, tractor time, and chain wielding.. so happy its finished.. the four logs for peeling are also staged, so they can ship then peel or peel then ship to the Lab.. all this to say--what a great feeling to actually finish on a friday..
.. of course there are other parts of this logging operation.. the section next to the lower paddock has logs to be cut, peel and moved.. would like to have that done by this coming friday or sooner.. that way we can get all the logs staged for install or cutting..
.. its been interesting working alone for the past couple weeks.. i didnt know how it would go, but i also wasnt that anxious.. one day at a time, one step at a time, as is the case with any new situation.. no point in spending energy on anxiety or stress.. i did get frustrated on the first couple days though because i hadnt ever really wielded a chain/pulley/snatchbox system to move thousand pound logs with heavy machinery.. in fact for a large chunk of my life, i had vowed never to go near heavy equipment (because of some traumatic events).. here i was doing all of that.. with just me.. how can i drag this log sideways along a incline, so it does not roll down the hill and trample over our nice fence?.. after pondering for some time and trying to hand-roll them, i decided i needed to phone in a friend.. paul.. we did a quick, 5-minute strategy chat session and away it went.. i got the theory of using the snatchbox system with chains and pulleys.. now it was just a matter of actually implementing the thing.. definitely a learning curve.. and some fear factor--was the chain gonna snap and fly toward my face?? i squinted cautiously.. but those things held strong as if to exclaim, "IS THAT ALL YA GOT, LADDO?!" (why a scottish-ish accent? not sure..).. nothing snapped or broke.. in fact, the more i tractored up and down the hill 10-20 feet at a time, with tension in the lines, the tension in my neck seemed to relax more and more.. by the end, i trusted the machines.. maintaining a cautious respect for their sheer power.. much like anything else challenging and worthwhile, i can honestly say that i had fun doing it.. one step at a time..

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A few of the staged thousand pound logs for sawmill..
A few of the staged thousand pound logs for sawmill..
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Eight in bloom.. amazing
Eight in bloom.. amazing
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This mornings breakfast .. eggs, tortilla, salsa, yogurt.. nom
This mornings breakfast .. eggs, tortilla, salsa, yogurt.. nom
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An impromptu walk through the lab yesterday.. because the road was temporarily closed.. such beauty surrounds us here.. every day
An impromptu walk through the lab yesterday.. because the road was temporarily closed.. such beauty surrounds us here.. every day
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A frozen pond
A frozen pond
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Admiring Clayton’s work on a sunny winter day
Admiring Clayton’s work on a sunny winter day
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Pvc going in to 300 feet
Pvc going in to 300 feet
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Burn pile in nearby area (we could totally use that wood to heat our homes.. just a thought..)
Burn pile in nearby area (we could totally use that wood to heat our homes.. just a thought..)
 
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POST 146 (DAY 153, Sunday, 2021.1.10)
[Mid-day Entry]

gluten free pineapple upside down cake..
CAKE:
3-4 cups of oat flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1-2 tsp almond meal (optional, but highly recommend if you have it!)
1 tsp CACAO powder (optional; fyi NOT "cocoa", forget the "cocoa".. its cacao or skip! the difference is that "cocoa" is often mixed with other things, whereas cacao is just the powdered nibs; again this is optional)
1 tsp nutmeg and/or cinnamon (optional)

1 tsp lemon juice
1-2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup coconut milk ("thai" brand is thick, with about 50% fat, this is nice replacement for butter fat)
3-4 egg whites (eggs seem to add a bit of "moisture" and a bit of "bounce" to the texture/feel of the cake)
1 egg yolk
1 cup pineapple juice (i just use the juice from the sliced organic pineapples can, it adds sweetness, pineapple-y-ness, and water, AND it has no added sugars.. marvelous~!)
1 tsp stevia
2 tsp dolcedi (apple syrup, optional sweetening agent)
2 tsp maple syrup (optional sweetening agent)
1/4-1/2 cup rum (optional)
2 tbs maraschino cherry juice/syrup
pineapple slices & maraschino cherries

1) prepare 2 loaf pans by coating inside surface with coconut oil
2) drain and save juice from 1 can of pineapple slices (fresh pineapple is awesome too)
3) mix all dry ingredients together, use a sifter if possible
4) add in the wet ingredients and then mix the batter with paddle or whisker
5) after batter is all mixed, it should be somewhat watery consistency (not thick like bread dough, but thicker than milk.. somewhere in between..)
6) oven 350 degrees, center rack, 45-60 minutes, use poke test.. pokey stick will come out dry when ready.. allow to cool 30 minutes before flipping cake

that's pretty much it.. questions or pictures of your trials are most certainly welcome and desired if takers are bakers..

before bake, i taste a bit of the batter to check sweetness for best results, but this is also optional..

.. WHY RECIPE? .. I baked a gluten free pineapple cake yesterday (saturday afternoon).. happy to report that it is gone as of now (sunday afternoon)..
.. unable to find the kind of recipe that sounds ideal to me, i decided to make my own recipe.. also it seems that the recipes i click on take me to some website that holds the recipe ransom until the reader has perused 3-10 paragraphs of storyline, and X'ed out of multiple advertisement banners.. do i sound bitter?.. i'm not bitter.. okay maybe a little bitter.. i'm just done with those types of websites is all i'm saying.. and to "BE THE CHANGE", i post the recipe then the story--HA!.. i'm such a rebel.. just kidding.. kind of..

enjoy the pics~!
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It feels somewhat wasteful to burn such beauty
It feels somewhat wasteful to burn such beauty
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I’m counting 10 blossoming now
I’m counting 10 blossoming now
 
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It feels somewhat wasteful to burn such beauty

There will always be new beauty showing up in the wood pile. You have not been doing it long enough. Look forward to the time you find a blue tinged one that glows in the dark.
 
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