Friday, July 27, 2012

Wish I was home

Home in London that is!

Watched the opening ceremonies streaming live on BBC one. Beginning was a big odd, but the torch and end was really cool.

If I was home in London... I could watch the fireworks and hear Paul McCartney from my house. Over the last couple years I watched the stadium being built in my back garden. Literally. Its about a 5 minute walk.

My flatmate still lives there, and I'll be returning in October. She's Canadian. So in the spirit of things, and in hopes of getting a view of the house in any aerial photos, she's made a gigantic Canadian flag and put it on the roof.

So everyone watch for the giant flag... that's my house. Hoping having the Olympics has made Stratford a better place to live, and they don't let the stadium go to waste!

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Skeletons for Sale

I'll be returning to London soon, but I need money to pay the bills, and to book a ticket back ASAP. The only thing I own of any value is my truck :(

pretty 2000 Ford Expedition -Eddie Bauer edition for sale!
The process has started again to rid myself of a vehicle and move on the next thing.
I've put my ad on Craigslist (a couple of them since there are 2 in the area). And stuck a For Sale sign on the back.

Fingers crossed. I loved this car - didn't have it very long, only since January. But it was my home for a few months. I lived in the back of it out in Colorado and Utah - it was a cold way to live out the winter!

Another task at hand is once again going through my few worldly possessions and making them even fewer. If I can knock everything I own down to a couple big tupperware containers, minus the stuff I'll be taking with me, I'll be a happy camper.

If anyone out there in the workamping world is looking for a great truck to pull a trailer, send them my way!

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Gluten Free?

So, I live with someone who needs to eat gluten free...
I tried to make some bread, it was ok - came out like cornbread and had a bit of an odd flavor.

I was craving biscuits to go with some "Magic Soup" (pea soup in kid speak), but wanted to make some everyone could eat. The search began for a recipe that could live up to my "normal" biscuits (aka, the angel biscuits from the Betty Crocker cookbook).

Biscuit WIN. Seriously. I did a quick google search and found a couple potentials... but this one I'm posting here from DOMESTIFLUFF hits the nail on the head.

Its the first recipe I tried and its simply because it seemed to be extremely similar to my regular biscuit recipe.

I did change up a couple things... 
1. Instead of buttermilk I used regular milk and a splash of cider vinegar 
2. Added 2 Tbls of sugar to make them taste EXACTLY like my old biscuit recipe
3. If you don't have a pastry cutter to incorporate the butter, freeze the butter then shred it using a cheese grater.
4. I made drop biscuits since the dough is very loose - they came out beautiful looking!

If I didn't make these, I would not have known they were gluten free!

Gluten Free Buttermilk Biscuits
inspired by Alton Brown’s Southern Biscuits (my pre-gluten free favorite)
makes 10-12 biscuits Ingredients
1 cup cornstarch
1 cup brown rice flour
1 tsp. xanthan gum
4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. kosher salt
4 Tbsp. butter, unsalted, chilled, cut into small cubes
1 cup buttermilk
2 egg whites
cooking spray
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Prepare two baking sheets by lining them with parchment paper or by lining them with foil and a light coating of cooking spray.

2. In a medium mixing bowl, add cornstarch, brown rice flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Combine with a fork until ingredients are evenly distributed throughout the mix. Add the chilled butter cubes and work the butter into the dry ingredients using your fingers or a pastry cutter until the mixture has a sandy, crumbly texture.

3. In a small measuring cup, measure the buttermilk and add the egg whites. Pour the wet ingredients into the mixture of dry ingredients and butter and work with a fork until just combined. This is a wet, slightly sticky dough, and you can easily make these into drop biscuits if you’d like at this point, but I personally prefer to use cutters to make the biscuits. If you’re using the “cutter” method, then spray your hands with cooking spray and turn the dough onto a floured or non-stick surface (I just use another sheet of parchment paper), forming it into a 3/4 inch thick disc. Spray your dough cutter (I use a 2 1/4 inch round) with cooking spray and cut as many biscuits as you can from the dough, reforming and cutting until the dough is gone.

4. Move the biscuits to the baking sheets and place in the oven. Immediately lower the temperature to 400 degrees F and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the bottoms are golden brown. Serve warm. The biscuits also store well in the freezer.
Gluten Free Buttermilk Biscuits

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

T-Rex Would be Happy There

I never really did much posting on my most recent road trip... back in April. Lazy me.
We drove from LA to Seattle - all along the 101 and CA-1. It. Was. Awesome.

Anyone who's not done this, should.

One of my favorite places along the way: the Hall of Mosses in the Hoh Rain Forest and Fern Canyon in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Jurassic Park was filmed in the latter -

and it pretty much looks like a t-rex would be right at home there.

Picture time!
Fern Canyon Trail: Something we didn't know going in: the trail is a river

There was no way around it, just have to get in it... it was April, freezing & totally worth it

Along the Hall of Mosses trail

Its a bit mossy

Dinosaur could come along at any moment...

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Such is Life

What I used to do:

What I do now:

What I'd like to do:

If I won the lottery I'd be back in school in a second getting a 2nd Masters in museum studies, combine it with my Paleopathology degree, and find work in a museum. I see so many museum jobs pop up, some I even more than qualify for, but inevitably they hire the person with the Museum Studies degree. I can't do much if any osteology in the US, yet another reason I wanted to be permanently in the UK - far more work there in that specialty. But as it stands - archaeologists don't get paid enough to satisfy the Visa requirements. And there lies my predicament, and why I'm now in the political field. Such is life.