Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Text to MP3

Instead of reading the text of the history of Englewood, I looked for a solution that would convert it to an audiobook so I can listen to it during some downtime.  It turns out that my familiar friend Zamzar has that capability, as shown below.  Of course, the output sounds more like a computer than a human, but for my purpose, that's just fine. 


Friday, April 16, 2021

Parsnip Gratin with Gruyere and Thyme

My wife and I are a big fan of parsnips and this recipe delivered a big flavorful punch.  Layers of thinly sliced parsnips, shredded gruyere cheese, onion, and thyme are drowned in a brought-to-a-simmer bath of heavy whipping cream, garlic, flour, nutmeg, more thyme, salt, and pepper, then baked for an hour or so before cooling so it thickens up a bit.  Make a big batch and enjoy the reheated leftovers! 


Tuesday, April 13, 2021


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Tuesday, April 6, 2021


I've pronated (ankles collapse inward) my entire life and it's a major cause of wearing out my shoes, particularly sneakers.  I noticed my new pair was starting to show the same signs, so my wife gave me some moleskin, I cut out a couple of small strips and adhered them as shown below.  The moleskin is thin enough not to bother my feet (and I have very sensitive feet), so it's unnoticeable.  Time will tell if the moleskin also starts to wear out, but even if it does, it will be simple to remove it and repeat the process.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Cutting Ceiling Tiles

I watched a few YouTube videos on measuring and cutting ceiling tiles to fit, both along an edge and recreate the notch that sits in the track.  The video at the link below was the easiest and most useful, although this guy makes the cutting look like a walk in the park.  It's also brief, clocking in at under two minutes.


Friday, April 2, 2021

Ahi Tuna Tacos

The Ahi Tuna taco shown below is from our second visit to Nokomo's Sunset Hut in Nokomis, Florida.  On the first trip, we had their Grouper tacos which were the best we've ever eaten, apparently so good that I forgot to take a picture of them.  Assuming we can find a place nearby to spend a month or two next winter, Nokomo's will be our go-to restaurant.