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Bucket List by quornflour

Bucket List (Originally posted on Quornflour.wordpress.com).

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For an upcoming project I need some food safe, water tight buckets.
Now I could go to Home Depot and buy a few Homer Buckets and call it a day: but that seems ridiculous, especially since they don’t need to be orange and I don’t want to pay to advertise for someone. (When I bought my Wrangler I removed all traces of the dealer, even the hitch cover which in hindsight I wished I had just spray painted, but oh well.)
I have a few buckets that I use for my recycling and dog food and kitchen laundry, which I figured I could use in a pinch, but first I figured I’d see about acquiring a few.

Did You Say Free?

Now you can get buckets from lots of restaurant and catering places that order large amounts of food supplies, especially pickles, croutons, protein powder and teriyaki.
I have had the best luck acquiring buckets from sandwich shops.
All you need to do is call (or stop in) and ask, now don’t do this during the lunch or dinner rush or they might stomp ya.
It is a good idea to call first because a lot of places don’t keep around what they don’t need, so you might need to ask them to save them for you. A smaller place may go thru a bucket a week or so, so if you need multiple call around.
Be sure to let them know if you need lids as sometimes they get separated.
I have run into places that charge a small amount for their buckets, if it is a mom and pop type place I am ok with it, if it is a chain, forget about it!

What’s that smell?

It is important to note that these buckets are plastic (not BPA free as far as I know), so they will most likely smell like whatever they were originally used for.
Generally a little time in the sun will remove significant smells and over time the smell will dissipate, so keep this in mind and time things accordingly.

I am super happy about my acquisition and after they sit outside for a day or two I will get some good use out of them!



Clever Quick Tip: Camping Food by quornflour

When camping or traveling, add powdered milk to cereal, when ready to eat, just add water!



Coffee, Coffee, Coffee, Coffee by quornflour

As it turns out, I frequently take pictures of my coffee. Anyone who knows me also knows that I also take pictures of my food before I eat it. Apparently I take pictures of my coffee in various stages of consumption.

Anyway, I am not a huge fan of “perfumed” or flavored coffees, however, recently my friend Sarah came back from Africa and with her brought some cinnamon sticks. Thinking of our coffee breaks one morning recently I dropped a cinnamon stick into the water of my percolator, it made the loveliest cinnamon flavored coffee.

If you don’t have a percolator, soak the stick in a small amount of water and add it to the grinds of your drip maker, or add the water and the stick to your French press (you might have to halve it if it is big).

It is a nice holiday coffee treat without all of the crap that goes into other flavoring.



How to Cut a Pepper by quornflour

I am not sure why everyone does not know this, it is so simple…

  1. Cut the top and the bottom off
  2. Make a slice down the side
  3. Insert knife
  4. Roll pepper cutting along the edges of the pepper

You can pop the stem out of the middle of the top and use the meat as you like. Dry out the seeds and sprout them for your own plants or compost the middle.



Dirty Secret by quornflour

For the most part I have this need to know what is in my food. If I buy something pre-made I like to be able to read each and every ingredient.

The 5 Ingredient Rule

I like to keep the list to around 5 ingredients. Perhaps it is a little nuts, but come on, have you read an ingredient list lately. So often they have a couple of things that you recognize as food, then this huge long list of other things that it takes a special degree just to decipher. If it has more than 5 ingredients and I can read most or all of them, I may let the number slide and go up to 8, or maybe 10. Generally though 5 is my rule.

When I cook things, I add more than 5 things, generally I know what they are.

But sometimes… I go a little off the rails. See sometimes, I eat Beef flavored Ramen noodles. You know the cheap 10c-30c kind in the plastic bag, in a cup or a bowl is getting just too fancy. The beef ones only. I crack the package in half, load the noodles into a large coffee mug, add the crazy flavor pack, add a few shakes of cayenne pepper, pour bowling water over top, cover with a small plate and wait for the noodles to soften.

I do not do this often, but sometimes, when the mood hits, they are a must have.

Then for dessert, I love Donettes, not the super white powdery sugar covered ones: the “frosted” ones, they are the ones with the weird waxy chocolate coating.

Seriously people. It is a sickness. I know… and now you know.

Feels good to let it out.



Bing It On by quornflour

I know, “googling” has become synonymous with doing an internet search. That is fine, whatever.

Personally I use Bing! If you are just gonna hate because that is how you are, fine, keep on keeping on, I will not lose sleep over it.

But did you know that by using Bing you can get free stuff? See they have this thing called Bing Rewards, where you get points for searches that you do, then, when you collect enough points you can redeem them for stuff.

I do not have cable (yes this is relevant); I use Netflix, Hulu Plus and Zune Video (xbox) to support my television habit. Since I can cash in my Bing Rewards points for Hulu+ subscriptions, I have only paid for 1 month of Hulu+ and I have had it for almost a year now. IOW that is 7.99$ for a year of Hulu+ so even if you are a Google fan-boy, I know you like free stuff.

For those who love Social Networking like Facebook you can even connect your search to that to see what your friends are in to.

Anyway, it is an option and a pretty picture every day, well a lot of days it has cute animals, which is why my 84 year old neighbor likes it.



Stuff we Love: Self-Filtering Water Bottles by quornflour

TxK and I both travel a fair amount and we both like to keep hydrated. With all of the post 9/11 regulations, bringing a water bottle into the airport is pretty much impossible. Of course, they then turn-around charge an insane amount for a bottle of water; water in a bottle that is most likely going to end up in a landfill.

There are a few things you can do to prevent this.

  1. Bring a self-filtering water bottle:

    Brita and CamelBak both have versions that TxK and I have tested and liked. Just make sure you empty it before you go into the airport, I have had TSA agents threaten to toss mine a few times, because they can.

    His exact words, “even though that is empty, I can make you throw that away if I want.”

    To which I replied, “of course you can.”

    The bottles filter the water as you drink it, so you can fill it up at a public drinking fountain or bubbler.

  2. Make friends with a short drip:

    Bring a regular water bottle and buy a “short drip” (10oz drip coffee – kids hot chocolate size) or a banana or something at your airport Starbucks.

    Starbucks filters their water to ensure standardized taste for their coffee beverages. As a result the cold water they use for iced drinks is also filtered. In my experience, the stands I have approached in the airport will not always fill my water bottle for free, but they will fill it for a purchase of a beverage.

The earth will thank you.




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