Building Arduinos

by Peggy on July 28, 2015

Tonight was Sam’s second time to go to North Branch Library and their meet-up group for Arduino. Sam says there’s a lot to explain about Arduino. “The possibilities are endless,” he says. “You can build drones. But today, it was mostly about building electronic musical instruments.”

For example, he built this little theremin today.

He calls it a light theremin because it changes its sound frequency based on different levels of light.

He also built this little keyboard. “It’s not exactly a keyboard,” Sam says. “It’s just buttons.”

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Summer Slushie

by Peggy on July 27, 2015

So refreshing! My dad made these for us once years ago. When I realized I had both strawberries and watermelon in the kitchen, I tried to remember what he did. After I was finished, I recalled that he tossed in a few ice cubes to help the blender along, but I didn’t do that today.

(When you have fruit this way — so concentrated — its doubly important that you use organically grown.)

Summer Slushie
1 quart strawberries
1/2 small seedless watermelon
1 T. sugar (optional)

Top the strawberries and rinse lightly. Place on a cookie sheet and freeze for at least 2 hours.
Remove from freezer and let thaw slightly as you cut the watermelon in chunks. Put both in blender and pulse until a smooth slush. Taste and sweeten with more sugar, if desired.

Serves 4.

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Blueberry Pie

July 9, 2015

Rita Pooler won a wild blueberry pie contest in Maine with this recipe. I pulled it off the Martha Stewart website in the 1990s. It’s still there, if you search “Rita’s Simply Blueberry Pie” there or on just about every other major foodie web site. We don’t have wild blueberries in North Texas, but every […]

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PDG Caramel Ice Cream

June 16, 2015

When an etude or solo went well in my weekly lesson, my music teacher at the Eastman School, Cherry Beauregard, would so clearly enunciate his compliment — “that was pretty damn good” — I’d almost not notice how inappropriate it was. Of course, times were a little different then, too. Mark had never been a student of […]

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Random Thoughts on the Crazy Coyote Trail Run

June 6, 2015

Texas is crazy hot. You can drink water at the aid station, but you may also find it’s better applied directly to your head. Water bottles dropped on the trail can be used as cooling devices. A still-warm-in-its-wrapper bacon McMuffin dropped on the trail likely makes the strangest item you’ll ever turn into the lost-and-found […]

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Overheard in the Wolfe House #296

June 6, 2015

Peggy: How was work? Long day? Sam: I’m taking a nap. If I had a ‘do not disturb’ sign, I would hang it on my door right now.  

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I Really Want to Like The Kitchen

May 24, 2015

Trouble started the day we realized my best baking sheet wouldn’t fit into the oven. An old shop on the Denton Square, Country Kitchen City Cooks, carried the Doughmakers brand. I don’t remember which baking pan I bought first, but it impressed me. I collected a pizza pan, a sheet cake pan, round cake pans, a […]

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Overheard in the Wolfe House #295

May 22, 2015

Sam (to the dog, on the anxiety triggered by aging eyesight): Gus, you’re a ‘shadow of a doubt’ dog now.

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Overheard in the Wolfe House #294

May 5, 2015

Peggy (in the new house, having a childhood flashback): Do you think this laundry room would be scary to little kids? Sam: Yes. Most all of them. 

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Tale of two clocks

April 29, 2015

It’s been long enough in the new house that the second bill for internet service arrived in the mail this week. I count it a personal achievement that I have left work brain-drained and exhausted more than once these past four weeks and never pointed the truck the wrong way home. That’s 20 years of driving […]

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