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04/05/09 03:03 - 44ºF - ID#48299

Chicken Pho

Yesterday was a rainy cold day so it seemed like a perfect time to finally attempt chicken pho soup.

I spent yesterday afternoon buying the ingredients. And in the evening I put together the broth for the basis of the soup.

I couldn't find chicken necks/backs/etc... so I bought 2 chickens. One I chopped up to make the stock and one was cooked to make the chicken meat for the soup. The one that made the stock was falling apart tender at the end, and it's waiting in the freezer to be transformed into chicken noodle soup or egg noodles and chicken.

Today I finished off the broth by skimming the fat and pouring it through a sieve to strain off all the spices and what nots added for seasoning.

Then I put together the bowls of soup. Rice noodles in the bowl. Top with chicken, cilantro, diced scallions, and pepper. Pour 2 cups of broth in the bowl. Basil, mint, limes, diced chili peppers, fish sauce, and chili garlic sauce on the side to add as desired. Yum.


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04/05/09 01:37 - 42ºF - ID#48298

Shopping Tip

Ever go to Wegmans looking for fresh herbs and wonder at the cost of them?

Go to An Chau International Market, a Vietnamese grocer, on Niagara St.

Get a large clump of basil in a baggie for $1.00.

Get a large clump of mint in a baggie for $1.00.

Get a bag with 20-25 thai serrano hot peppers for southeast asian cooking for less than $1.00.
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Category: sims

04/04/09 10:47 - 34ºF - ID#48280

New Sims Family

I started a new family and I acted with slightly more moderation.

I had my Lady Sim, Sienna, procreate twins, which are still a lot of work since they tend to want to be fed, played with and diapered both at the same time. So I forced a new person to move in with us to be the twins care taker. My house is a gigantic gothic house complete with attic. So the twins' nanny lives up stairs in the attic.

I still needed some extra help around the house so I called for the Maid service. Then I made the maid a permanent addition to my house so she does all the cleaning up and meal preparation. I moved her up into the servants quarters as well.

Having servants isn't all I thought it would be. It's actually quite demanding to boss them around all day. You have to constantly stay on top of them. The maid isn't very self directed so I have to direct her in her cleaning all day. And I swear that nanny just leaves the babies lying around wherever. I even have to remind them to use their designated bathroom/shower instead of the good bathrooms and to take their meals and their rest after the family is taken care of.

It's hard life for Sims rolling in the Simoleons.

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04/03/09 08:42 - 56ºF - ID#48271

Babies falling from the skies

6 babies is 6 too many in the Sims world.

The problem with conjuring 6 Sims babies with the cheat code is they are all named "baby girl" or "baby boy". They all look like the same wriggling lump of Sims baby flesh, so it's difficult to remember what you did for which baby.

I bought a gigantic new space to house all the babies. And I had three adults to take care of the babies. Three adults were not sufficient to take care of the babies. The babies all cried for attention at the same time; needed fed at the same time; and needed diapers changed at the same time. By the time you got through the cycle of care, it was time to do it all over again. With maybe a few split seconds to run to the bathroom or stuff your face in the fridge.

It only took a few minutes for the cries of 6 babies to irritate me. So I scrapped that family.
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03/30/09 08:34 - 32ºF - ID#48234


My experiment with large Sims Families just got a lot more interesting. I LOVE CHEAT CODES.

I just discovered how to make new babies without even having a pregnancy. You do the cheat code and a new baby just shows up on the floor. So, as you might imagine, I quickly conjured up 6 new babies for my family of mom, dad, and 4 kids for a whopping total of 10 family members.

I also used cheat codes to force my oldest daughter to grow into an adult early. That's what happens in large families, right? The oldest grow up quickly to help take care of the youngest.

Then I used the cheat code to give myself $350,000. Normally, I don't care for using money cheats. I like to earn money the old fashioned SIMS working. But as you might imagine, the house was busting at its seams with babies. I need space for 6 cribs. I'm thinking the social workers will take the babies away if I just let them lie on the floor. I guess there is only one way to find out though!
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03/22/09 02:56 - 38ºF - ID#48154

On my way... and back....

On my way and back from my short hiking trip (see my last post) I drove through rural NY and I saw...

A camel
A home that looked inhabitable in which someone was actually living.
Two homes with graveyards in the backyard. I mean, they could open up their back door and touch a grave stone.
Pussy Willows which might be of interest to those planning on celebrating Dyngus day.
An all you could eat Pancake Breakfast at a VFW Hall at which point I almost stopped.
And Greek news coverage of Greek politics, American politics, Venezuelan politics and a general interest story about someone who puts blankets of lights on on all the sheeps in the herd and then trains them to perform a routine...sort of like a marching band.
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03/22/09 02:41 - 38ºF - ID#48153

Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge

I bundled up this morning and went hiking at Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge. It's a small wildlife preserve about 45 minutes from Buffalo. East on I90 and north on rural route 77.

I planned on hiking the Swallow Hollow trail followed by the Onondoga trail. Finding the Swallow Hollow trailhead was incredibly easy as it was well marked with signs.

The trail is about 1.3 miles long and takes you through a marsh area. Part of the trail is on a wide, well maintained gravel path and part of the trail is on a well maintained wooden boardwalk right above the marsh. The trail takes you directly through marsh land with an incredible variety of bird calls filling the air. Followed by marsh is a small section of pine followed by a small section of hardwood trees. Then you walk along a dike that takes you around a small marshy pond. Along the way, there is a clearing in the woods for a terrific view across the marshy pond. Standing for a few minutes I saw seagulls, hawks, blackbirds, and canadian geese. Further along the marshy pond signs indicated that you could see snapping turtles and woodland ducks, but my guess is that I would have to come back later in the spring for those sights.

It was an easy walk allowing for no illusions of trail blazing or adventure. It's a good trail for someone who wants to see nature but doesn't want to work very hard or get dirty. Good for little kids too, I would think. Possibly good for someone in a wheel chair. Not a lot of incline or decline and there is a ramp at the trail head that allows wheel chair access down to the path. I would go again just for the wild life viewing opportunities.

I tried going to the Onondaga trail to give that a try but the road to the trailhead is closed between December 1st and April 1st. I was a little disappointed that they didn't post that information on the website.
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03/14/09 09:34 - 22ºF - ID#48047

SIMS model experiment

So the experiment quickly took a nose dive.

The family that was supposed to be rapidly procreating was doing it by adoption. It hit a snag however. Adoption in the SIM world, just like in the real world, requires a set amount of finances. I managed to sell furniture and other possessions to adopt the first two, but by the third adoption it was just impossible. So I decided to have the third baby the natural way.

While pregnant with the third baby, mom was a little sleepy quite a bit of the time and didn't understand the real dangers of hypothermia. The oldest boy was out playing in the snow in the afternoon too long. He came in the house after getting too cold, but mom didn't know to gently warm him up.

Next thing I know, there's a social worker at the door.... and well... you know the rest of the worker takes the kid. She even came back after mom had the baby and took the baby too.

So I started over with a pre-made SIMS family with mom, dad, teenager, child and toddler. And immediately set mom and dad to work on having a baby. I think this is cheating though, because usually by the time you have a teenager it gets a lot easier because they are a third adult to help around the house. But we will see if the teenager will help or if they will rebel and runaway to college.
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03/12/09 11:14 - 22ºF - ID#48026

Barreling over Niagara Falls

Last night (e:Drew) was reading me the story about the dude who went over the Falls and miraculously survived. This news story led to an argument as to wether or not it was safer to just jump into the falls or use a barrel.

(e:Drew) said the barrels were safer and I argued that surely one could break their neck or other bones in the course of the fall if inside a barrel. (e:Drew) countered that people could be packed in the barrels and I imagined curling up inside a barrel and having styrofoam peanuts stuffed in around me so I wouldn't bump around and break.

So today I found a link that explains the different daredevils who have barreled over the falls and the techniques/equipment they used and the results. I think the most interesting barrel story is the guy in a barrel who survived the fall, but the barrel was trapped behind the falls for 14 hours where no one could reach him and he died from suffocation:

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03/07/09 09:08 - 38ºF - ID#47979


I went to Talking Leaves tonight to buy a book with a gift certificate some people so thoughtfully purchased for me for my birthday.

I browsed the store for nearly an hour.

Fiction versus non-fiction. Standard literature versus classical literature. US author versus a foreign author translated into English. Travel book or food book or travel-food book. Book of Local Interest. Book I'll read again versus book I'll only read once. Number of pages of book versus cost of book.

I found myself overwhelmed at all the books and was unable to select one.

I had to leave book-less.

I'm such a dork.

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