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Preserving the Harvest – English Peas

Peas on the Vine

Peas on the Vine

Along the Front Range of Colorado English Peas are getting ready to come off the vine. Those little bites of sunshine are something I want to savor all year long.

I find that the best way to preserve English Peas is to freeze them. First you get to spend a leisurely few hours shelling the peas. You want to do this fairly promptly after harvesting or purchasing them as extra moisture in the pile of unshelled peas can quickly make the whole batch go bad fast. A bushel of peas in the pods will yield a couple of good sized bows of peas to freeze.

I rinse them a few cupsful at a time to get any extra leave or other things off.

Bring a large pot of water to boil. I also set my tea kettle to boil too as you will likely need to replace some water during the process of par boiling the peas. I have a sieve that hooks on to the top of my pan. A cup or two at a time is about all you want to par boil because you want the peas to have room to move around. After adding the peas wait for the water to come back to a rolling boil and in 90 seconds they are parboiled. Then drop them into a colander submerged in ice water to stop the cooking process. This method helps keep the bright green color.

Add water as needed to keep plenty there for the peas to boil in. The ice water bath will need additional ice cubes as you work.

These beauties will provide a bit of summer all winter when froxen

These beauties will provide a bit of summer all winter when frozen.

I dry them on a tea towel or paper towels to get the excess moisture off. At this point some people like to lay them out on a cookie sheet and flash freeze them before bagging them for the freezer. I find that just bagging them works well for me. I like to get as much air out as possible without squashing the peas. When using them I may need to whack the bag on the counter a few times to loosen the peas before cooking.

Be sure to label your bags with the contents and the date. It is amazing how peas and chopped green pepper can look very similar when you are in a hurry!

 

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 38 – On Fire

View near the final

TEAM_CSG’s quest to fill in month/day combinations where we have never found a geocache. Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS)receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, anywhere in the world. (Source: Wikipedia)

On Fire – Today was a very warm day to geocache.  Not my record high temperature (114 degrees Fahrenheit in Scottsdale, AZ a few years ago), but warn none the less.  A lunchtime walk from downtown Denver to the nearby Lower Highlands (LoHI) neighborhood.  This is a cache for weekday hunting as the final location can be busy on the weekends.  A break now until the end of the month, and hopefully cooler weather.

 

Trackables Visited

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

blue racer

Cachemobile

Three Little Pigs

 

 

Next date to complete – July 29, 2014

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View from the Fence Post – Beauty Box 5 Bonus

Bonus Box yields full sized products

Bonus Box yields full sized products

I received my first subscription box from Beauty Box 5. I signed up for a full year and was offered a special box in addition for an additional $35 that promised value of over $100. It is the $35 box that arrived today. I am very pleased.

It included five full sized products four of which are upscale. The first is a Bobby Brown lipstick in a beautiful Red called ‘Old Hollywood’. It is a $25 value.

The second is a drugstore product. It is the Revlon Grow Luscious Plumping Mascara in Blackened Brown. It is valued at $7.99.

The third item is Elizabeth Arden’s Color Intrigue Eyeshadow Quad. It is a power shadow quad that includes a brush. The colors are pale lilac, warm yellow, golden brown and charcoal. They are lovely. The retail value is $30.

The Lancome Le Stylo waterproof eyeliner is number four in the box. The color is Café Noir a nice brownish black. It is a fine line felt tip with a blending tip included. This Retails at $27.

The final item is Lancome’s Le Crayon Lip Contour in Cherry. It is a nice match for the Bobby Brown Lipstick in this cache. It retails for $25.

I am very pleased with the selection in this box. If you choose to purchase a subscription to Beauty Box 5 do consider the add-on offer if you have the opportunity. The total retail value of the products in this box is $114.99.

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The Falling Skies Podcast S4E4 – Evolve or Die

fallingskiespopeunboundMira Sorvino joins the cast as a female Pope.  Nothing good can come from this.  The cancellation of the show was announced this week.  At least it will get a conclusion, many shows are not as lucky.

With 18 episodes remaining in the series, the question now is: “Who will make it to the end?”  We are glad to see Hal get past his wimpy phase.  We say good-bye to Jeannie.  How will Weaver react over the next few episodes. Was it just Art off on a tangent, or is Lexi going to evolve into something that no one can control? Thanks to our listeners for their feedback this week.

 

Peter Shinkoda (Dai) has major recurring role on Daredevil

Falling Skies has been renewed for a fifth and final season.

 

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View from the Fence Post – The Dollar Shave Club – July 2014

Membership is important

Membership is important

We are ordering in. Well sort of, we are getting several subscription boxes in our home now.

The latest addition is the Dollar Shave Club. My Husband subscribed after deciding that the refills for his Gillette razor were getting to pricy. He chose the Executive version at $9 a month including shipping. Included with the first shipment is the handle and 4 six blade cartridges. It has a lubricating strip with Aloe, Vitamin E and Lavender. Art notes that the handle is a bit slippery when wet, something to remember if you shave in the shower.

Also included was a sample of Dr. Carver’s Easy Shave Butter. A large enough sample for several shaves. A full sized 6 oz. tube runs $8 and can be added to your order. He likes it enough that it will likely be a purchase in a future order.

Shave Butter for a better Shave

Shave Butter for a better Shave.

Also included is a collection of trivia called The Bathroom Minutes. I know issue 6 has added to our household.

The Dollar Shave Club bills monthly based on when you signed up. The first shipment came very quickly, in less than a week.

If this sounds like something you want to try tell them over at The Dollar Shave Club that Art sent you.

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 37

TEAM_CSG’s quest to fill in month/day combinations where we have never found a geocache. Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS)receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, anywhere in the world. (Source: Wikipedia)

1st Base on Blake Street. – Coors Field, where dreams of post-season baseball go to die.  Today’s find is near the first base entrance to the annual attempt of a local major league baseball club to try to build a winning season.  A well hidden micro, this cache should only be attempted when there is no home game.  The neighborhood is pretty deserted at that time.

 

Trackables Visited

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

blue racer

Cachemobile

Three Little Pigs

 

 

Next date to complete – July 21, 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 36

TEAM_CSG’s quest to fill in month/day combinations where we have never found a geocache. Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS)receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, anywhere in the world. (Source: Wikipedia)

Home and Love – I had the afternoon off for a Doctor’s appointment.  Post appointment, I drove to the nearby Crown Hill Open Space Park. It was one mile round trip to the cache from the parking lot as you are walking around a lake.  This is a different type of tribute cache in honor of a poem by Robert Service.  I found the cache in short order once I made ground zero.  The perfect end to a nice July afternoon.

 

Trackables Visited

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

blue racer

Cachemobile

Three Little Pigs

 

 

Next date to complete – July 16, 2014

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The Falling Skies Podcast S4E3 – Exodus

FallingSkiesExodusFrom the last scene in this episode, will we be seeing the new Skitters this week? Will Matt be rescued before Cochise can save him? What will become of Lexi now that Anne has found her?  How many episodes will go by before Tom and Pope are at each others throats? Another scene this week with a full moon.  Glad to see ‘Evil Karen’ had a cameo this week.

Listener feedback this week from a variety of sources.

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The Falling Skies Podcast S4E2 – The Eye

fallingskiesmattuniformArt and Karen review this weeks episode of Falling Skies titled “The Eye”.  We discuss the upcoming conflicts.  With Hal staring at the full moon, Art reinforces his theory that the moon will be blown up by season end.  We begin to handicap which female characters will meet their demise. (…and missing Crazy Lee).  We meet creepy blond boy. Matt has a girlfriend. We learn the origins of the giant wasps,  Is it just us, but is the upcoming relationship between Ben and Maggie just creepy?  Dr. Kadar make his return.

 

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70 days of Geocaching – Day 35

TEAM_CSG’s quest to fill in month/day combinations where we have never found a geocache. Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS)receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, anywhere in the world. (Source: Wikipedia)

Can you Hear Me Now – in our last full day in the Dallas area, we picked up this lamp post cache in a mega shopping area.  The last time we were in this part of Texas was 22 years ago.  The area was nothing but farms and fields. Now any form of retail you can imagine dots the landscape.  My how things have changed. However as a bonus, we had lunch at an In-N-Out Burger.

 

Trackables Visited

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

blue racer

Talia

 

 

Next date to complete – July 14, 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching- Day 34

TEAM_CSG’s quest to fill in month/day combinations where we have never found a geocache. Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS)receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, anywhere in the world. (Source: Wikipedia)

Today found us with an overnight stay in Amarillo, TX  Before we left town, we stopped at the famous Cadillac Ranch and picked up a few caches.  We then started off to Dallas

I got 99 Problems, but a bench ain’t one of them – A boneyard of old bus stop benches in a field by the interstate. A bit of searching in tall grass and a field loaded with the most ugliest caterpillars you ever seen made this an interesting find.

The Cadillac Ranch Travel Bug Hotel – A shot trip down the frontage road Brought us to this small size cache.  Easy find and a reminder of another tourest attraction ten miles down the road.  We dropped, Odell State Tag here.

 

 

 

cadillac ranchCadillac Ranch – the last one was a virtual cache at the famous Cadillac Ranch.  A series of old Cadillacs, nose buried in the ground.  We visited here 20 years ago.  We returned at the new location a few miles further west.  The years of spray paint on the cars have taken its toll, and the cars are almost unrecognizable.

 

Trackables Visited

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

 

 

Next date to complete – July 1, 2014

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The Falling Skies Podcast S4E1 – Ghost In The Machine

fallingskieslexiThis episode attracted 4.7 million viewers on Sunday

Greg Beeman’s Blog - backstory on this episode

Well, you just can’t trust the Volm.  You have the enemy on the ropes and they abandon you.  With the adult Lexi, is there a chance that she is part Evil Karen.  Why didn’t Ben have a catheter if he was in a coma for two months?  We lose another cast member in the first few minutes of this episode.  He needed a better agent.

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 33

TEAM_CSG’s quest to fill in month/day combinations where we have never found a geocache. Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS)receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, anywhere in the world. (Source: Wikipedia)

I LOVE MY MOMMY – Tonight’s journey brought me and our geodaughter to Independence Park in Arvada for this regular size cache.  Another find for us that is a tribute cache.  One for the mother of the cache owner, who passed from MS.  We were able to find the cache quickly as thunderstorms were brewing in the area.

Trackables Visited

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

Odell State Tag

Cachemobile

Next date to complete – June 29, 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 32

View from near ground zero

TEAM_CSG’s quest to fill in month/day combinations where we have never found a geocache. Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS)receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, anywhere in the world. (Source: Wikipedia)

Pattridge Park 2 – Back in the country, and with additional stronger antibiotics, I headed out west of town visiting an open space that has several caches. Walking the trails in a quiet part of Arvada, I was at peace.  I plan on returning at a later date as the solution to a puzzle cache is located in the same park, but I did not have the coordinates with me today. The payoff was a large container and a trackable that we will be taking on an upcoming trip.

Trackables Visited

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

Trackable Grabbed – Odell State Tag

 

Next date to complete – June 24, 2014

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70 Days of Geocaching – Day 31

TEAM_CSG’s quest to fill in month/day combinations where we have never found a geocache. Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS)receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, anywhere in the world. (Source: Wikipedia)

Commuter Cache #3: Parking Rates are HIGH – Today found me on a journey to what is becoming my home away from home, Calgary. This cache had a bit of a challenge as I’m still recovering from an ear infection, so my search was a bit labored.  One of the nice things about caching in downtown Calgary is that the hint with the cache will always direct you to the final location.  I guess hiders in downtown Calgary feel sorry for us. Now back to rest and good drugs from the Doctor.

Trackables Visited

Founder’s Pirate Tag – Art’s Key Ring

Trackable Dropped eawayteam Canada Keys – Key 2 of 3 into cache Welcome to Calgary

 

Next date to complete – June 20, 2014

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