November 17th, 2007

king arthur flour has a new whole grain baking cookbook

I pulled the banana muffin recipe out and did my usual modification. That is, rather than cream butter and sugar, I emulsify oil and eggs and more or less proceed from there (with the mix wet, add dry philosophy being the dominant theme). Other than that (ha! For me, this is a minor change), I actually followed the recipe (okay, we jacked the cinnamon and vanilla and eliminated the nutmeg, but that doesn't count). And wow! These muffins have way better structure than any of my whole grain muffins. Taste good, too. I'll need to update the online cookbook to reflect this change. Dunno which part mattered (possibly the honey).

playset update

I think we kept it under $10K, but only if you count R.'s efforts as free, which isn't exactly fair.

R. took the trees down with a chainsaw he already owned; buying a replacement helmet with integral ear protection was minimal. I bought him a chipper (~$1500) as a present and it isn't used up, altho it has required some ongoing repairs and maintenance already. Our neighbor supplied a small bobcat to move the logs. We hired someone to remove stumps for ~$1000, but some of those stumps were unrelated to this project. Landscapers (BH Labrie, who also cut our lawn and do our fall and spring cleanup) leveled the ground and put in the sand and pea stone, surrounded by flexible pipe filled with same, about $1200. Playset from CedarWorks, $4650.

This is the point at which the MasterCard commercial would be saying priceless. However, I will merely note that the playset is a ton of fun not only for T., but also for R., me, the neighbor kids and probably a number of other people (juvenile and adult) who will encounter it in the future. One of the swings is adult-safe.

I'm very happy about this.