Nov

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    Since receiving my online book order from Chapters, I have made two batches of fermented foods by following the Wild Fermentation book.  The first was a small batch of sauerkraut using good old green cabbage.  It went so well after only a week that we had to get more produce (green cabbage, red cabbage, rutabaga, & beets) for a second batch.  The second batch jars are still fermenting (one week in), but I might let it go for 2 weeks before tasting to see if an extra week makes a good / noticeable difference.  I also made sure to pickup some wide-mouth mason jars, which make caring for the veggies much easier than the regular jars.

    The Practical Paleo book is a fantastic intro book, I highly recommend it as an initial book to read for its easy to understand approach, light details, and excellent meal plans and recipes.  The Paleo Solution is a natural second book to read; good for those that like to know the deeper details, as well as additional topics like exercise and sleep.

    I picked up Well Fed 2 as a recipe filler, and was glad I did as it has a great selection of "condiments" and other spicy dishes.

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    In truth, it does take a bit of a change in your habits when cooking on Cast Iron; scrub immediately with water, no soap, and keep the curing process going by applying more oil.

    Having made the switch however, I can say that I will never go back to non-stick or metal cookware; i enjoy cooking with lower heat settings while these puppies keep all the heat locked in and evenly spread out.

    You can follow the link I provided in my Return of Cooking on Cast Iron post to learn the main reasons behind the switch.

  • Howie Mandel Tonight was Howie Mandel's comedy show at the Club Regent Event Centre. The show started with an annoying video that kept looping over-and-over for what must have been 15 minutes. It was part of the show and meant to get people annoyed and then relieved that the show was starting. The opening act was good, but Howie was fantastic. He had such energy on stage that you knew he loved his career. I could tell that many of his jokes were inspired by the moment (adlib), and my sister-in-law pointed out that all of his shows aren’t scripted...which made it all the more impressive of a show. Excellent job Howie! We were rolling in our seats and had a great time.
  • After only eight months of marriage (thanks to twelve months of eating Paleo), I have had to resort to switching my wedding band over to my right hand.  Apparently within the 100+ pounds I lost, there must have been a rather significant lost from my fingers as well, because the ring can now easily fall off my finger.

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    I've visited a few local jewelers  over the past couple weeks, and none can size the ring without creating a seam in its design; something I'd prefer to avoid.  They are giving me options like springs and soldering in bars or blobs of gold... all of which would make it lopsided.  I'm no goldsmith, but it sure sounds simple (coming out of my mouth anyway) to ask that one lay a nice even layer of gold inside the ring to convert it to my new size.  I've gone from a size 12.5 down to a 10.25, and can envision a simple mathematical equation to figure out the delta in the radius of the before and after circles... which should indicate how thick the new gold layer needs to be.

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    Does anyone know of any goldsmiths that believe like me that adding a layer of gold onto my ring should be straight forward to do?  If so, please reach out and let me know.

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    Went to see the MTC (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre) production of The Heart of Robin Hood tonight with my wife and sister-in-law.  While I'm generally not a fan of musical-type plays, I did rather enjoy this production in its entirety.

    Only thing that didn't quite click with me was the reasoning behind choosing a hill-billy band to play with the theme of Robin Hood, but it was quite entertaining nonetheless.

  • Inspired by Joseph Campbell's The Power of Myth video series, I've been finding myself drawn more and more to investigating various forms of spiritualism.  I guess you could say that I'm on a journey to "find my bliss", as Joe would say (among other notable quotes).

    Over the last month or more, my wife has been attending some spiritual-based courses/workshops with Kristel at Divine Clarity, and tonight's open house was the perfect opportunity to see what synergies there may be for me.

    What I found myself connecting with were the (core) spiritual and Shamanic based workshops, as well as the class to make my own drum!  I'd been looking to buy a drum, and found that it was cheaper to make my own in Darcy's (Kristel's husband) class than it was to buy one... paying for the knowledge, experience, and walking away with a drum for less!

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