Good Mornings For a Tuesday (Feb. 26)

*A few things from the last few weeks that didn’t fit into any other posts…Enjoy!

0 Shadow Play

Shadow Play
A rare afternoon of sunshine.
Allegedly, we’re moving into hot, dry season – but it’s pouring rain right now!
And I can’t argue with the breeze that’s blowing…

 1 Personal Capital Christmas Gift

Merry Christmas to Us!  Love, Our Investment Firm
I’m pretty sure the postage to get this here cost more than the mugs.
Hope they’re doing a more responsible job with our money…

2 Slow-Cooker Granola Failure

Slow-Cooker Granola
Another not-so-successful adventure with the slow-cooker.
This appliance has a lower success rate than any other I’ve ever owned.
But I keep trying – because it has the potential to be really, really useful!

3 Ramen Monster Note To Self: Remember to go here one day.
We’re still on the prowl for the Best Ramen in Singapore.
So far, our favorite is Santouka.

5 Peanut Butter

Peanut butter mixing success!!
I’m a huge peanut butter snob, and only eat all-natural varieties.
But of course, getting a brand new jar mixed up is a major pain.
New Method (inspired by Duane B.):
Let jar sit upside down overnight. Shake vigorously. Open. Stir as necessary.

6 Lots of Garlic

There is no such thing as “garlic in moderation” here.
This is the smallest amount I can buy at the grocery store.
I think we have to start roasting more garlic…

7 Library Trip

A mixture of work and play…
I love a trip to the library!
Obviously, my reading selections are rather eclectic these days.
And that’s about all I have for you right now.
Have a great day (or night)!!  🙂

Locals: Where do we get good Ramen?
Anyone: What are you reading these days? Do you recommend it?

[I usually read books on science, running, training, thriller/mystery fiction, travel,
and pretty much anything else that’s well-written and not too stuffy.]

28 thoughts on “Good Mornings For a Tuesday (Feb. 26)

  1. Elena

    Peanut butter corollary: I keep it on top of the refrig or on the countertop and flip it a few times a day. Like, before I leave the house in the morning, give it a flip, flip it again when I come home, flip it before I go to bed, etc and that keeps it decently mixed with minimal effort.

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      I put mine in the fridge. I some people complain that this makes it too think/hard to work with, but just a few minutes on the counter fixes that. So I grab it out when I make my breakfast, and by the time I’m done with breakfast, it’s soft enough to easily spread for a sandwich to make/pack for lunch.

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  2. misszippy1

    The Tao of Twitter–now that would be a fun one! My favorite read last year was Between the Oceans–so good! I’m also a Barbara Kingsolver fan and she has a new one out that is supposed to be great.

    Too bad about the crockpot granola–I like the sounds of it!

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  3. Silas

    Some day, I should send you our chili recipe. We generally used a fair amount of canned things, but we are going to try adapting it to all fresh ingredients in the near future, since I just had some success making a ham and bean soup the other day with dried beans.

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      Funny you should mention it- I’m actually going to give some dried black beans a shot tomorrow! And we CAN buy CANS of some beans…they just cost a little more than in the US. Canned diced tomatoes, though? Their absence and/or considerable expense is KILLING me!!! [Good thing we stocked up before we left! =)]

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  4. torontorunner

    woohooo, I eat peanut butter out the jar with nothing on it. Amazing. haha!
    I totally spotted that running book in your collection. I read ANY and ALL running books. Lately, a lot of yoga/meditation stuff as well because I really want to try and get into meditation!

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      I have to admit, I’ll read anything about running – but I’m never quite as psyched about yoga/meditation books. For those, I always feel like, “Why do I want to READ about it? I just want to DO it!!!” <--Which, I guess, is very un-yoga. *sigh*

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  5. Cecilia @MommiesRUn

    I’ve been “reading” Stephen King’s 11/22/63 for what seems like about a year. It’s a super long book but really good. I just rarely find the time for reading. I highly recommend it though…if you’ve got the time 🙂

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      Thanks for stopping by, Cecilia!

      Hmm…if I take that on, I may have to limit the breadth of my reading for awhile (I have book ADD!). But he does write a compelling story (*ahem* The Green Mile *ahem*), so…I may just have to give that one a shot!

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  6. Kim

    I am one of those odd people that is not allergic but hates peanut butter in most forms. The only time I will eat peanut butter is if it is on a saltine cracker and only when absolutely necessary. I tried making almond butter but failed miserably (didn’t put enough almonds in the processor). I read A LOT of thriller/mysteries. I’m currently deep into a couple of series (I read about 1 book every 2-3 days, and I’ve recently discovered my library has ebooks. I never have to actually go to the library. It’s the greatest thing ever and it’s free!). I’ve just begun the Alex Cross series. I also really enjoy the Women’s Murder Club Series (just finished book 10). I love pretty much anything James Patterson. 🙂

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      When I lived in Rochester, the Wegmans there had a peanut grinding machine…you could actually WATCH your peanuts being mushed into PB!!! I don’t know if they ever put almonds through, though. And – except for one failed attempt in elementary school (I was so ahead of my time), I’ve never tried to make any nut butters myself. It’s always seemed like more work than its worth. Would you try the almonds again??

      Women’s Murder Club Series got me through many a long night in the lab (on audiobook!). I’ve read a few Alex Cross, but never in order. I should get on that. Have you read Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta series?

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      1. Kim

        I have not read that series! I’ll add that to my list 🙂
        I’m trying to get an audiobook now. I tried an audiobook once before, but the voice was annoying and SO SLOW! I couldn’t take it! We’ll see how it goes this time.
        I remember Wegman’s grinding machine. I don’t recall if there was an almond one. It does seem like a lot of hassle to make it myself, but almond butter costs a small fortune. I’ll let you know if I attempt again. I have to weigh out the cost/benefit/time of making vs buying. Supposedly Costco has it pretty cheap, but I’m not sure how I feel about a vat rather than a jar of almond butter.

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        1. Holly KN Post author

          For me, it depends on what I’m doing – I would never have the patience to sit. and. listen. to. an. audiobook. I can totally read faster than that. BUT, if I’m streaking cells, pouring plates, driving, etc – I enjoy listening. Start with something light and easy, and see how it goes. I find that complicated plots iwth lots of characteris are pretty hard to get into/stay focused on as audiobooks. Lighter material is better. [Although I’ll admit that audiobooks aren’t for everyone.] A few easy suggestions to get started: Ellen DeGeneres reading one of her books, or JD Robb’s kinda trashy mysteries (start at the beginning), or even give Patterson a shot.

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  7. Stephanie Gray Edgerton

    Fun post! I’ve never tried oatmeal/granola in the crock pot… so sorry yours wasn’t a success.
    I’ve been meaning to go to the library and check out any of the marathon running/training books that aren’t already checked out. Haven’t done it yet. Maybe next week!
    (www.nowirun.com)

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      I don’t mind making my oatmeal fresh, although I know people who crock-pot it (advice: Line your crockpot first!). Granola is pretty expensive, though, so I wish I could make this one work! May have to keep trying… 🙂

      Are you looking for a marathon training guide, or some running inspiration??

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  8. gracechua (@gracechua)

    How do you make granola in a slow cooker? I make my granola this way: mix oats, nuts, sesame seeds, dried fruit, chocolate chips (in desired proportions), 1/3 cup vegetable oil per cup or so of oats, honey/ maple syrup… spread this out on a greased baking sheet and bake.

    I’m amused because we have exactly the same taste in books: I just read ‘The Great Influenza’ by John Barry; ‘Rambunctious Garden’ by Emma Marris, a bunch of Henning Mankell mysteries; am now getting into Hilary Mantel’s ‘Wolf Hall’, and have Rebecca Skloot’s ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ on deck. Have you read Kristin Armstrong’s essays on running (Mile Markers)?

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      Slow cooker: Mix everything up, throw it in the slow cooker, cook on low stirring every 30-45 minutes or so. A bit harder to burn than in the oven…although mine got just a bit brown and still tasted super burned. And the slow cooker did terrible things to the raisins. Ugh, not a good idea at all. I may just go back to the oven (since we’re lucky enough to have one!)…

      Hmm…only one on that list that I’ve even HEARD of is Henrietta Lacks, which is *also* on my list. I’d better get busy… Thanks for the suggestions!

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  9. Cait the Arty Runnerchick

    okay, so i’m loving ur guns! 🙂 i’m also adoring that ramen place’s logo…will u promise to go there and have a bowl in my honor as well…hehe. as far as reading material, have u read Alberto Salazar’s latest book 14 minutes?

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      Those guns have been honed by shaking many, many jars of peanut butter!! (The BodyPump had nothing to do with it!)

      You *never* have to twist my arm for extra ramen. I’ll TOTALLY have a bowl for you. =)

      Have not read 14 minutes. But I should. Good call!

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  10. Paul

    > 20 replies and not a single Ramen recommendation??

    So here’s one: Ramen Champion. http://www.ramenchampion.com.sg/ with outlets at Bugis+ and Changi Airport.

    The 6 stores have many different varieties of Ramen on offer. I would recommend the following stores at the Bugis+ outlet:

    1) Bario
    2) Menya Iroha
    3) Ikkousha

    You can’t go wrong with the best seller. Ikkousha was the champion in 2011 but I preferred the stronger flavour or Bario.

    Have fun giving it a go!

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      Hahahah! Paul, most of my readership remains in the US, I think… Getting there, though. Getting there. =)

      We actually DID go to Ramen Champion – just once, though. I tried Gantestu, and was rather disappointed – just not that flavorful. But KMN had ramen from Ikkousha, I think (but I can’t quite remember – I know where the stall was physically located in the maze, though – thankfully!) – and his was quite good. We’d been intending to go back to try a few more of the shops – thakns for the reminder! I don’t think they’ll be there much longer, will they?

      Hey – how did your URun 15K go on Sunday? You must be tasting that half-marathon distance now, huh? 🙂

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