Saturday, August 29, 2009

lost foam figure piece

lost foam figure piece. not a big day because the crucible blew out but got this done first.

Here it is as a bookend with an Ikea clear plastic bookend. Have not attached him yet but might.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Drying Cascade Hops.

My first attempt. Today I harvested 2oz. of cascade cones with the intention of brewing a half gallon of beer this weekend. We will see if this ends up being enough dry weight. I am leaving them on the floor of the oven above the pilot light as suggested by the guy at the homebrew store.

Dry they got down to a little less then an ounce. I put them in with a 1l extraction of maris otter.

unrelated note here is a crazy caterpillar that was attacking the hops

Sunday, August 16, 2009

DIY Pickled Peppers

Reused the pickling juice from banana peppers. Seems like a safe simple way to get the right preservatives.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Sunday, August 9, 2009

what to do with all this zucchini.

giant zucchini
Pulling out some huge zucchini like this 3.5lb beauty.

zucchini lasagna recipe
#1 Zucchini lasagna. per this recipe. one big zuke is all that is needed for a tray. Not exactly healthy but it sure was tasty.

#2 Zucchini kabob.
brush on olive oil mixed with garlic, salt, black pepper, and garlic. Grill. I like to also sprinkle on some Cajun seasoning.

#3 Breaded fried zucchini. Adjusted from this recipe. add crushed red pepper and increase the amount of salt. an alternative is to buy powdered just add water tempura mix. I fry them in Canola. Keep your oil for next time.

#4 Zucchini Parmesean. Amelia's creation. peel slice and then boil a huge zuke. egg and then bread crumbs. baked with mozzarella. Show with hydroponic basil and garden roma caprese. as well as garden beefsteak tomato pasta sauce.

#5Chocolate Zucchini Cake. Discussed in this post. Chocolate zucchini cupcakes with hops. just don't add the hops and put it in a tray.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

reused chopstick business card holder.

collected chopsticks for a while and washed them in the dishwasher. unfortunately most places use different types so only two pairs actually reused in this project.

Drilled with 1/8th" bit in different parts of of each half of the chop sticks.

Threaded with 1/8th" metal dowel.

Cut down chopsticks and metal with dremel cutting wheel.
folding recycled chopstick business card holder stand. with business cards
folding recycled chopstick business card holder stand.

This business card holder can fold down flat or bend up as show in photos.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Very simple casting. No special tools.

Went camping this weekend and I though I would try to cast some aluminum with only the normal things you bring on a camping trip. I used:

an ax.
can that food came in.
BBQ tongs.
a Fire.
Aluminum(three soda cans and some aluminum foil)

Pounded the aluminum sources flat as I could.

put the aluminum in a can in the fire.

poured onto the fire ring.