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Window fashions - installed! - Tactical Ninja

May. 10th, 2012

09:24 am - Window fashions - installed!

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Dear NZ government, please let me suggest that you investigate subsidising this*, and not just for beneficiaries either. It's a long-term, safe male contraceptive that's no more invasive than having an IUD fitted, is reversible quickly and easily, and is in the third stage of clinical testing for widespread use. As usual, stuff all people have heard about it because the pharmaceutical companies think there's no money in it. On that page there's a petition you can fill in to encourage the companies to fund it by showing them how many people are interested in decent, safe, long-acting contraception for men. Ladies, a warning: the petition assumes you're a man - apparently only men are interested in contraception for men. Bit of a joke, that, given the hooha that's been going down about contraception in NZ the last few days eh?

* That page links to further information for the interested.


Our winter styling:


Kitchen



Lounge


The photos are kind of crappy because I'm still getting used to my new camera phone thing, but you get the idea. I think they're neat, and they definitely keep the heat in. Last night I had bare arms for most of the evening, and only started to get cold after I turned off the crock pot. Yep, our well-insulated slow cooker heated the entire upstairs by itself.

Speaking of which, I didn't take photos of it, but my first foray into slow cooking went swimmingly with a lamb and eggplant thingummy with tomatoes and onion and garlic and thyme and paprika and some other things that I can't remember, that ended up being labelled The Glop. We had it with crusty bread and steamed green leafy vegies (spinach, home grown silverbeet, spring onions and sweetgrass), and it was NOM.


I like this slow cooker thing. You throw stuff in, turn it on, and a few hours later there's food! Now I just have to figure out how to make it automatically turn on while I'm at work and we're all good. Also, we had unexpected but most welcome company last night, which always makes a meal taste better.

I have bruises on my wrists from climbing all over Tom the other night. I'm used to keeping my wrists as straight as possible to avoid injury when climbing, shearing and weightlifting. With acro you have to allow your wrists to flex backwards and use your palms as a platform against the other person's hands. I'm having trouble training myself out of the straight-wrist thing and thus Tom is having to grip my wrists really hard to avoid dropping me. He's very obliging like that. Otherwise, though, nothing really hurts. Maybe all this weight training is coming in handy. I did 550 toe-hops on Tuesday night and my calves don't even hurt! PH3AR MY CALVES OF STEEL!

The other night I dreamed about sheep. My sheep. It made me want to run off to the country and raise sheep again. *sigh* One day...

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From:t_c_da
Date:May 9th, 2012 10:09 pm (UTC)
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A relatively cheap timer switch could be set up to turn it on at whatever time you desire adn even turn it off at a suitable time, just in case your arrival home is delayed for whatever reason...

Although my limited experience with slow cookers would imply that the duration of the cooking time isn't all that critical anyway - give or take a couple of hours doesn't seem to matter all that much - so switching it on as you leave in the morning is probably good enough for most dishes...
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From:bekitty
Date:May 9th, 2012 10:55 pm (UTC)
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Yeah. Switch it on "low" just before you leave for work. What type of slow cooker is it?

Here's my favourite slow cooker recipe: mulled apple cider, USA-style.

2 litres apple juice (pressed is best, don't bother with the "from concentrate" bollocks)
3 tablespoons honey
about 3 tablespoons of ground cinnamon, liberally sprinkled
pinch ground cloves

Put all ingredients in the slow cooker and cook on high for 2-2 1/2 hours, or until the cider is about as warm as a good cup of coffee or tea. Stir occasionally.

Drink in big thick mugs, preferably accompanied by a big plate of homemade cookies. Nom nom nom.

I like making this when it's cold and/or raining outside.
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From:tatjna
Date:May 9th, 2012 11:11 pm (UTC)
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I don't recall the make, it has three settings - low, high, and auto. I'm pretty sure the auto setting is a timer or a sensor of some kind, and when I get to reading the manual it will give me the info I need to work it, I suspect. ;-)

I thought cider was an alcoholic beverage.
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From:bekitty
Date:May 10th, 2012 08:44 am (UTC)
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It is if you're from... anywhere but the US, I think. And maybe Canada. I learned how to make it when I was in Tennessee.

Apparently, what we call cider is what they call "hard cider". They also have hard lemonade. o.0
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From:tieke
Date:May 10th, 2012 12:04 am (UTC)
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I can confirm that this is yummy :)
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From:tatjna
Date:May 10th, 2012 12:08 am (UTC)
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At this point I am mostly getting recipes off the internet based on what I have in the house to cook. Seems to be working for me. ;-)

I suspect that the auto thing is a timer type function, but in my usual style I went ahead and cooked something without reading the manual. I shall remedy this and find out what that button does tonight.
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From:bekitty
Date:May 10th, 2012 08:46 am (UTC)
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If it's anything like my old cooker, "auto" will cook things slightly faster than "high". So, yeah, definitely read the manual.
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From:rivet
Date:May 12th, 2012 10:17 am (UTC)
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As you know, I have an almost unhealthy obsession with my slowcooker :)
For turning it on/off, grab a cheap lamp timer from the hardware aisle-- works a treat!

The whatacrock LJ community sometime has good recipes, but it's hit and miss; http://crockpot365.blogspot.com is one of my favourite slow cooker archives. Check it out!

Edited at 2012-05-12 10:20 am (UTC)
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From:thatgirljj
Date:May 10th, 2012 03:01 pm (UTC)
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Can you guys get pork butt? (I assume you can but it might be called something else.) Pork butt is ideal for throwing in the slow cooker with a sweet-ish sauce and then shredding up into a mass of yummy piggy goodness and picking at for a few days. It approximates southern US BBQ but with far less work.

Also, I have a good pot roast recipe here... if you do it on hot for 30 minutes in the morning, you can just switch the slow cooker to low and leave it there while you're away from the house, it's got plenty of stew juices to keep it moist.

Oh and handstands. Good for ye olde wrist position.
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From:tatjna
Date:May 10th, 2012 08:13 pm (UTC)
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So I googled pork butt and the first hit was one of those question sites asking "What is pork butt if you don't live in America?" And Lo! there was the answer. Yes, you can get that here but it's usually sold as a roast or cut into chops. However I know I've seen something that would do the job on the shelves. I suspect you could probably replace it with just about anything anyway..

And yeah, handstands. *sigh*
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