Monday, November 18, 2013

Meat Loaf sandwich

Help me name this. It truly needs a title more appropriate to it's rightful throne.

Starting in the middle (as you do) pan fried meat loaf. Not any old meat loaf, but meat loaf lovingly prepared by Stacie last night from a combination of deer and pork that I processed this week.

That is topped by a single fried egg (free-range from my chickens of course). I am not a real big egg person, but if I don't put them on everything the bounty overwhelms us.

I figured the sandwich needed a binder to hold it all together, thats where the provolone comes in. Put all of that on toasted multi-grain bread.

I attribute most of the goodness to the meat loaf that was made using an America's Test Kitchen recipe (a PBS show).

Sunday, November 17, 2013


I thought by now you would be able to create extensions for mobile web browsers, but it turns out you can't. I found an alternative to extensions that does what we need and works in mobile browsers too.

They are called Bookmarklets. They are chunks of JavaScript code that can alter a page. You save the JavaScript in a bookmark and anytime you click the bookmark it runs your code. Once set up this worked on every browser I tested.

Create a new bookmark or edit an existing one. Change the name to something you can remember (I recommend InStock) and replace the URL with:

That's all there is to it. Now when you see

Just click your new bookmark and...bam!


Enough Said!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Got a Deer today

Sorry no pictures, everyone knows what a deer looks like. Besides I prefer the pictures where they are upright and in their environment.

The weather was comfortable and next week gun season starts. The deer walked in almost exactly were I thought it would be. I could tell it could sense my presence, It was stomping. My heart was racing, and it was moving through the area faster than I thought it would. I probably shouldn't have taken the shot, I was sitting and I didn't know how far it was. Slow your breathing, steady your bow, thats about 35-40 all happens in slow motion but slipping away from your control, like in a dream. I let the arrow fly and heard a hearty thud sound, you know it when it hits like that. Now the work they say.

Home Made Laundry Powder

There are a ton of recipes out there and they are all very similar. Washing Soda, Borax, and a bar of soap (Fels-Naptha or Ivory). I just have to add a little accumulated knowledge on the subject.

We prefer to keep it as a powder. Making a liquid takes more effort, more space, and it likes to separate. We probably use a little more soap in the end but it is more convenient.

Washing soda is basically dehydrated baking soda. This can be really useful to know if you cant find it. I don't think the price difference is that great, but just in case. To make it yourself just bake a thin layer of Baking Soda at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes. Look for the texture to change from shiny crystals to a flat (as in not shiny) powder.

You can in fact use this powder in an High Efficiency (HE) washing machine. This soap is not overly sudsy, which is the main issue with HE washers. In fact the amount I tell you to use below is based on my experience using an HE washer, you may need to add more soap for a traditional washing machine or if your water is extremely hard.


Here it is. 1 Cup of Washing Soda, 1Cup of Borax, and one Bar of Fels-Naptha. I heat up the Fels-Naptha in the microwave for about 30 seconds to soften it a little (which make the house smell awesome), then grate it using a cheese grater. Add all that to a food processor and viola, Laundry Detergent.

You can add all kinds of other stuff if you want, but I think they are all gimmicky to be honest. Oils are the least gimmicky. Five or so drops of essential lavender oil is supposed to make it smell like Tide. My wife loves the smell of Tide, so if you find a perfect recipe let me know.

Just put 1-2 Tablespoons of detergent in the front (with the clothes). Balance the amount of detergent to the load size.