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On YouTube: 31 rolls of film from a WW2 soldier are discovered and processed. And the results are breathtaking.

March 15th, 2017 No comments
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On YouTube: 31 rolls of film from a WW2 soldier are discovered and processed. And the results are breathtaking

March 15th, 2017 No comments

Get this “Sicilian Summer Evening” Notebook and Much More!

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Look back in the garden

March 15th, 2017 No comments

Greek Theater, Siracusa, Sicily, Italy

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Get these “Red and Yellow Bells – Abutilon Flowers” on Totes, bags, laptop sleeves and more!

March 14th, 2017 No comments

In the garden in Black and White

March 14th, 2017 No comments

Small Victories: Recipes, Advice + Hundreds of Ideas for Home-Cooking Triumphs by Julia Turshen [Book]

March 13th, 2017 No comments

Small Victories
Recipes, Advice + Hundreds of Ideas for Home-Cooking Triumphs
Julia Turshen

When reading a cookbook I don’t tend to make grand proclamations that this book is good and that book is bad. Cookbooks are all about what you take away from the book and one person’s favorite is another’s failure. For me, my like or dislike of a cookbook directly relates to how well it works for me. Does its message resonate? Are the recipes actually something I would consider making? Can I put my new found knowledge to immediate use? With those criteria in mind, Small Victories certainly worked for me on a variety of levels.

First, even though I am a bit of a fussy eater, I found many recipes I want to try out as soon as possible. Each recipe is well described and also includes several variations you might want to try. Turshen includes old standards like her take on biscuits (Everything Biscuits), roast chicken (Roast Chicken with Fennel, Rosemary + Lemon) and desserts (Berry + Buttermilk Cobbler) while also exploring further afield with Roasted Salmon with Maple + Soy, Jennie’s Chicken Pelau, and Crisply Hominy + Cheddar Fritters.

In Small Victories, you’ll find sections dedicated to Breakfast, Soups + Salads, Vegetables, (maybe even a few that I would eat) (LAUGH), Grains, Beans + Pasta, Meat + Poultry, Shellfish + Fish, Desserts, A Few Drinks + Some Things To Keep On Hand and Seven Lists — which gives some great ideas on small bites to serve with drinks, 7 Things To Do With Pizza Dough, Leftover Roast Chicken and more.

Another reason I found Small Victories so enjoyable are the excellent stories attached to each recipe. Even when I wasn’t particularly interested in a recipe, I still made a point of reading each of these descriptions almost like I would read a regular book. These descriptions also contain the “Small Victories” which are the namesake of the book. These are small tips and hints are a great addition to the cookbook and provide yet another level of value.

As Turshen writes, “Think of small victories as the corners of the puzzle, the pieces that help us become inspired, relax cooks who know how to fill in the rest.

I found my copy of Small Victories at my local library and you might find it there, too. It’s always a great place to start when looking for new books in your life. However you get your hands on Small Victories, I highly recommend you do. I think you’ll find some interesting recipes, tips and maybe even the next step in your cooking adventures.

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On YouTube: Arduino Control Flow

March 13th, 2017 No comments

Get started with Arduino programming in this quick and clear video on how programs work — Douglas

On YouTube: Arduino Control Flow

Watch YouTube: Arduino Control Flow

I liked this video and think you might find it interesting, too!


Learn more about Arduino Programming with these books

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Camellia with raindrops

March 13th, 2017 No comments

Camellia with raindrops

Camellia with raindrops

A black and white scene of a raindrop decorated camellia in Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge, California

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