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just ship.

just ship.

the “just ship” philosophy is, i believe, an homage to the steve jobs quote, “real artists ship”. it’s mostly seen in tech circles but i like the general philosophy that at end of the day “shipping” is the only thing that matters and it’s a valuable lesson outside tech. when i saw that kellan ( now cto of etsy ) was shipping the shirts originally developed for the etsy engineering shirt, i knew i had to get one.

in retrospect I should have ordered 6 more so I could make it my everyday shirt.

at the time of this writing he’s sold out of men’s sizes but you can pre-order at 50% off! hmmmmm…

recipe: odin’s “Kick in The Asgard” hot sauce.

recipe: odin's "kick in the asgard" hot sauce.

i made several batches of odin’s “Kick in The Asgard” hot sauce using starter fuel from our organic valley garden based on a “green dragon sauce” recipe. i ended up with about a gallon of sauce and will give most of it away to fellow gardeners. not knowing how hot the peppers were, i was happy to find that none of the batches ended up being “melt your face off” hot.

it’s analogous to a tabasco sauce – simple to make and tasty!

in the interest of full disclosure, odin doesn’t actually like hot sauce but i like the punny nature of the name. maybe someday his taste buds will change :-)


20 peppers or so, stems removed, rough chopped (2 1/2 cups)
1 onion, chopped
3 or 4 or 8 cloves of garlic, sliced
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
2 cups water
1 cup white vinegar to taste


combine the peppers, onion, garlic, salt and oil in a saucepan over high heat. saute’ for 3 minutes.
add the water and continue to cook for about 20 minutes. Stir often.
remove from heat and allow to steep until mixture has cooled.
place mixture in food processor and puree until smooth.
with the processor running, pour in the vinegar through the feed tube in a steady stream.
pour into sterilized pint jar and seal.
let age at least 2 weeks before using.
can be stored in the refrigerator up to 6 months.

to can: pour into clean hot jars [no need to sterilize jars if water bathed for at least 10 min. and process in boiling water bath for 10 min.

day 3774: doing drills at a laura stamm power skating clinic.

day 3774: doing drills at a laura stamm power skating clinic. I.

it’s the beginning of hockey regular season so we’re spending more time in hockey arenas. and this weekend we spent even more time than usual as we signed odin up for a laura stamm power skating clinic in baraboo, wisconsin. the well-regarded clinics are taught all over the country and usually cost over $200 but the baraboo youth hockey association subsidizes the cost and it costs just $75 if you’re not part of the association ( $35 if you are a member of the baraboo youth hockey league ). so it’s quite a deal for an intensive 6 hours of skating split over 2 days.

day 3774: doing drills at a laura stamm power skating clinic. II.

drills! drills! drills!

in this drill, the kids skate fast and drop down and alternate sliding on each knee without standing up.

i am certain that i could not do this.

day 3774: doing drills at a laura stamm power skating clinic. III.

lots and lots of drills to improve their skating backwards skills.

day 3774: doing drills at a laura stamm power skating clinic. IV.

and maybe a bit of goofing off with friends who give odin a hard time when his poppi is trying to take pictures :-)

“Life all comes down to a few moments. This is one of them.”


the title is a quote from one of the two characters in my 80s costume mash up. the other character is easy to guess but only a few at work could guess the quote character with suspenders, power tie and a giant cell phone.

in a bit of trivia, the corncob standing next to me is wearing an outfit i wore six years ago in a local parade while i handed out ov milk and string cheese.

i can’t remember if i wore any underwear but i think he’s probably ok either way :-)

recipe: pumpkin pie ice cream!

recipe: pumpkin pie ice cream!

since we’re all drowning in pumpkin spice flavored concoctions that don’t contain any pumpkin leading some to deep understanding jean baudrillard and simulation, i thought i’d try my hand at making a “pumpkin pie” ice cream ( actually a custard ) made with real pumpkin. the results is incredible. it really tastes like a creamy, sweet, frozen pumpkin pie. A++ will make again.

1 cup organic valley half-and-half
6 organic valley egg yolks
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 tsp. pumpkin spice
2 cups organic valley heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 cups canned solid pack pumpkin

whipped topping
1 cup organic valley heavy whipping cream
1T confectioners sugar
1tsp vanilla

nutmeg seeds and fine grater


combine half and half and 1/2C heavy whipping cream and scald in a heavy saucepan.

whisk in yolks, sugar and vanilla in a medium bowl, gradually whisk in the cream and then add the pumpkin spice.

return to a medium pan and stir over medium heat for about 10 minutes until the mixture thickens. do not boil.

remove from heat and whisk in 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream and pumpkin.

chill thoroughly, at least 8 hours.

assemble ice cream maker according to directions.

start up ice cream maker and add mixture slowly.

churn for about 20 minutes until thick, soft-serve consistency is reached.

put in a freezer safe container and store in the freezer.

to make whipped topping combine heavy whipping cream, sugar and vanilla in a mixing bowl and beat until mixture thickens and peaks form. do not over over mix or your whipped topping will become lumpy and buttery!

add a dab of whipped topping to a scoop of ice cream and grate a bit of nutmeg over the topping.