The Velvet Headphones of a Snowy Day

Well, as predicted, the storm was a comin’, and everything is largely shut down. School is cancelled, meaning we have a house full of stir-crazy children while adult obligations persist unfettered. In my youth, the snow day was a cherished event, an unscheduled reprieve from the monotony of school. An entire day to play outside,Continue reading “The Velvet Headphones of a Snowy Day”

Orange Pecan Granola

#RecipeUpTop (details below): 3 cups oats; 1.5 cups shredded coconut; 1.5 cups pecan halves; 2 egg whites; 1/4 cup vegetable oil; 1/4 cup brown sugar; 1/4 cup honey; Orange zest (to taste); Ground cinnamon (to taste); Salt (to taste); Chia/flax mix (optional) In a large mixing bowl, beat the egg whites until foamy. Add theContinue reading “Orange Pecan Granola”

Mountainside Water Bagels

#RecipeUpTop (details follow): 100% bread flour;60% water;10% vegetable oil;2% salt;1% active dry yeast Combine ingredients and kneed until the dough passes the window-pane test. Let rise until doubled in size, then shape into bagels and proof for 20 minutes. Simmer in water laced with molasses for 2 minutes per side. Top with desired seasoning, andContinue reading “Mountainside Water Bagels”

The Intersection of Hobbies

Part of living in rural Maine and staying sane involves an application of alcohol. Now, before you cast temperance-flavored aspersions, understand that even our state government sponsors television advertising suggesting that, hey, you there, you might need a drink about now. (If you think I’m joking, please fall down the rabbit hole of Maine SpiritsContinue reading “The Intersection of Hobbies”