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Thoughts on Disney World

The family was able to take a vacation to Disney World, staying seven days. We took 2-1/2 days for Magic Kingdom, two for Epcot, one for Hollywood Studios and one for Animal Kingdom.

Even staying as long as we did, it was clear that we had to abandon any hope of seeing and doing everything at WDW. I’m not sure if even Vacation Club members could.

The weather was perfect, and I hadn’t seen such direct sunlight since my time in Cairo. Sunscreen was a must even with all the indoor time.

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Bobsledding at Canada Olympic Park

Thursday

Having already been to Banff and Sulphur Mountain, and having visited the various farmers’ markets around Calgary the last couple of times I was here, I wanted something new to do for the weekend.

“You could do the luge!” Teri, my co-worker, suggested.

I was a little concerned — my coordination is nothing an athlete would envy — but I was certainly interested.

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Going to One-Arm Pushups

A couple of months ago a friend recommended adding push-ups to my workout regiment. I found an app, Pushups 0 to 100, that puts the user on a schedule to increase the amount of push-ups performed every other day.

Once I got to 100 in a session, though, that was it. If I continued to do 100, it wouldn’t add those extra 100s to the total amount of push-ups I was doing.

I’m getting more life out of the app by switching to one-arm push-ups.

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Blackberry Compote

We had about three cups of blackberries from our food cooperative. I had seen blackberry compote used as a topping for pancakes, and so I thought I would give it a whirl. This was a bit of a risk, because changing breakfast in the past had met with mixed reviews.

I used the recipe from Epicurious. This worked well, but the tea infuser I planned to use as a strainer bridged off way too quickly and made filtering much too slow. I found a small strainer with larger holes, which let some of the seeds through, but with repeated straining I got most of the seeds out.

Check out the color of this stuff, and the flavor is wonderful. I would like to put it with some pork loin or other savory meat in the near future.

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Interactive Lunch

We participate in a co-op that lets us have fresh fruits and vegetables delivered to the house. Today a new bunch of food was coming, so I needed to make room in the fridge. I find it a little fun to take the “secret ingredients” and do something creative with them.

Chimp conversation

Chimp conversation

Pictures in Chimp

Pictures in Chimp

As I was considering what to do, I decided to be a little social about it. I had created a chat room on ADN, #ADNCooks, and I thought this might be a great opportunity to use it. I used the Chimp application to upload pictures and interact with viewers. Chimp was ideal because it let me upload pictures straight into the ADN Patter chat room.

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Recipe for Corn Smokies

Several people loved the picture of the mini corn dogs (corn puppies? corn smokies?) that I posted on the social networks last night, and they asked for the recipe. The Mrs. had forwarded me an email with the procedure but didn’t happen to give me a name; I will add it if I get it.

The recipe is gluten-free and can be made casein-free for those who don’t want to use milk. It makes a lot of batter, so I would recommend this for a party.

Corn smokiesBob’s Red Mill cornbread mix
2 c. milk ( box calls for 1 1/2 )
1/3 c. oil (used coconut oil because I hate almost empty containers :) )
2 eggs

Smokies (I used 2 small pkgs)

Small pot about 1″-1 1/2″ deep of canola oil on stove, 6 or 7 on electric stove

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