New Displays at the VTA Light Rail!

The old screens were pretty good. The times from around the world really gave the station a nice international feel. They didn’t show when the train was going to come, but at 87:59pm you shouldn’t be expecting the train to come anyway.
But the new screens are even better! Wow that high-resolution display looks great!

Banana Bread recipe

The recipe for the banana bread seen in J’s previous post is from the Cook’s Illustrated cookbook (not sure what year, but it’s kinda old).

Banana Bread

2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup toasted, coarsely chopped walnuts

3 very ripe, soft, darkly speckled large bananas, mashed well

1/4 cup plain yoghurt

2 large eggs

6 Tb butter, melted

1 tsp vanilla extract

Mix dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking soda, walnuts). Mix wet ingredients (banana, yoghurt, eggs, butter, vanilla). Mix wet and dry ingredients together until just combined. Batter should be thick.

Bake for ~55 min (knife inserted into center should come out clean) at 350°F in greased loaf pan.


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Dinner Rolls

We made dinner rolls following N’s secret family recipe. We baked them for too long, but the texture was very good. Super fluffy!

You start by drawing a circle.
Then you fold it into this shape.
And then you’re done! Just three simple steps!


We really like the selection of bulk goods at our local Whole Foods. This time around, we got everything in a reusable container except for the butter. Whole Foods needs bulk butter…

The bags contain: whole wheat flour, popcorn, chocolate chips, and mochi. The jar contains almond butter.
The bulk mochi was really good! The cashier seemed quite surprised that we put it in a cloth bag though.

Garbology Book Review

I recently finished Garbology by Edward Humes. Basically, it talks about some interesting stuff, but has problems staying on topic. The book jumps back and forth as if it forgot to add some important detail before. The different sections don’t connect well and don’t build on each other. The author never really reaches a conclusion (what are we supposed to do about this problem?).

Additionally, the author doesn’t use that many citations (certainly much fewer than I expected, considering how many claims he makes), and I saw one incorrect statistic which made me doubt the veracity of the others.

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Sewing at the library

On Saturday, I went to sewing hour at my local library. (There are sewing machines available for public use!) There are always more projects to work on, and items to repair!

I’ve been modifying a shirt I made a few months ago. The collar was a little short, and I had forgotten to trim the seam allowance to make room for the collar buttonhole. I’ve been reading Shirtmaking by David Coffin, which spurred me to try to make improvements.

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