Tonight's weather..

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We're looking to have about a foot of snow in total by this time tomorrow. When we get up in the morning we'll have 4+ inches to shovel off the driveway and back patio, the latter because otherwise Kodiak will urinate on it as he's old and silly. X-) After that we'll have 1.5-2" per hour until lunchtime.

Stay warm out there!

Tip for making all gluten-free baking recipes work better

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Over the past few months my wife has been testing out some gluten-free recipes for baked goods - brownies, various breads, etc. Some of them have been boxed kits, others have been from scratch. Along the way one recipe recommended to let the prepared mix stand in their final baking dish for about 30 minutes prior to cooking, to give the ingredients time to rise. She did this for the one recipe that suggested it and it turned out to making a notable difference in how light and puffy the final result was. Based on that she started doing it on all gluten-free bakings and it has made a substantial difference - everything's lighter, puffier, less grainy and, ultimately, better tasting.

So, if you're baking something that's gluten-free, let it sit for about 30 minutes before baking it and the results will be much puffier and tastier than they would have been otherwise.

Sublime snowflakes

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Today we had a somewhat light snowfall, ahead of Sunday’s blizzard. I got a few photos of them as they were truly breathtaking, picture perfect like I’m not sure I’d ever seen before.

The pics won’t do them justice, but hopefully they’ll give you some idea of how beautiful they were.

Netflix back with more confusing recommendations

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Yesterday I watched Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Today Netflix took that information and made some recommendations... the first three I can understand, but I don't understand why it recommended Ken Burns' documentary on the Vietnam War.

Ringing in the new year with a sick child on my lap

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I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m ringing in the New Year sitting up on my bed with an ill child asleep on my lap, and I couldn’t be happier. Well, maybe I could, but you know what I mean.

And “happy” is the wrong word. I have a very strong paternal urge to care for sick children, especially our own, so when one of our children is ill there’s nowhere I’d rather be than there taking care of them.

We spent most of the past two weeks with someone ill. First it was our eldest, who grew 3/4rs of an inch over the space of three weeks and then had some mono-like symptoms for a few days but ultimately was fine after some rest. Then our middlest and awesomewife both came down with lethargy and some sinus congestion at roughly the same time, followed quickly by our youngest. Jump to yesterday and our youngest was jumping around feeling back to normal while the other two still had some residual coughing, so I was expecting that today everyone was going to wake up and be right as rain. Our hearts sank quite a bit when at about 6 this morning our youngest started a croupy cough in his sleep - this bug wasn’t quite done with him yet, and we were in for another few days of ickiness until he was fully recovered. We then changed our plan for New Years’ Eve to skip going to the Bangor Library’s festivities (with special indoor mini-golf?) and instead having a mostly quiet evening in.

At bedtime he went down to sleep really quickly, but within half an hour awesomewife sat up in bed with him on her lap. Half an hour later again, and I’ve traded places with her, she’s now doing some final nighttime things and I’m writing this.

I’m anticipating 2019 being a good year for us. We have some exciting plans for the year, I’ll be sure to keep you posted.

I do hope you and yours have a very Happy New Year. I appreciate you taking the time to read this, and look forward to meeting up at some point throughout the year, or at the very least talking on the phone or online.

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