February 3rd, 2020

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How to Simplify Kitchen Choices

I got to writing this out and figured folks might enjoy it.


If you stock the right staples, you can add on to them easily without getting overwhelmed. It's kind of like a capsule wardrobe, only for food. You're controlling the choices to give yourself easy options. Consider varying just one thing at a time (soups, sandwiches, etc.) so you've always got simple things in other categories.

Say you likes sandwiches. That means always stocking bread and spreads. But the meat, cheese, vegetables, etc. could vary with just a couple choices at a time of each.

Algorithms are another great approach. These are like recipes but with "one from row A, one from row B" options. You don't have to stock everything all at once. You can use the poster for reference. Not sure what to make? Just pick a column and go down it.

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https://www.thereciperebel.com/the-ultimate-mix-and-match-one-pot-pasta-guide/

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EDIT 2/3/20 -- I realized from comments that several folks could use a list of pantry staples for a small apartment.  Start with those basics and that will make it easier to create variations. When you keep your list of staples concise, there's less risk of choice paralysis.  Just use the size and shape of that list to customize as needed for what you usually make.  If you cook ethnic cuisine, there are pantry lists for most of those too, and you can look up yours.
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Love Meme

For February, I'm hosting a love meme.

Comment with a username (Dreamwidth or other social media platforms welcome) for yourself or someone you care about.  Folks then reply to your thread with things they love about the person, bits of affection, encouragement, well wishes, and other cheer.  Meanwhile, you check out the other comments and leave love notes for people who have touched your life in delightful ways.

Pass the word and spread some love this month.
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Monday Update 2-3-20

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Birdfeeding
Story: "Coming in from the Cold: Saturday: Revisiting the Past" Part 9
Community Building Tip: Art
Story: "Coming in from the Cold: Saturday: Revisiting the Past" Part 8
Valentines Bingo Card 2-1-20
Poem: "Because We Are All Unique"
Bingo
The Tyranny of Algorithms
Choose Not To Warn
Story: "Coming in from the Cold: Saturday: Revisiting the Past" Part 7
Poem: "All the Beautiful Lights"
Birdfeeding
Story: "Coming in from the Cold: Saturday: Revisiting the Past" Part 6
Self-Awareness Question: Childhood
Poem: "A Fine Sweater"
Poem: "Work Worth Doing"
Story: "Coming in from the Cold: Saturday: Revisiting the Past" Part 5
Good News


There will be a Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, February 4 with a theme of "If the devil is nicer than the church folks, then we've got a problem."

Voting is now open for the Rose and Bay Award in [community profile] crowdfunding. You have until the end of February 29. This award recognizes exemplary projects and enthusiastic patrons. It currently features six categories: Art, Fiction, Poetry, Webcomic, Other Project, and Patron.

These are the handlers for the 2020 award season:
Art: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Nominate art! Vote for art! (2 votes)
Fiction: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Nominate fiction! Vote for fiction! (6 votes)
Poetry: [personal profile] readera Nominate poetry! Vote for poetry! (0 votes)
Webcomic: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Nominate webcomics! Vote for webcomics! (3 votes)
Other Project: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Nominate other projects! Vote for other projects! (1 vote)
Patron: [personal profile] ng_moonmoth Nominate patrons! Vote for patrons!
Please vote for your favorite crowdfunded projects and patrons from 2019.


[community profile] snowflake_challenge has concluded. This year the challenges appeared every other day, so it spannedthe whole month of January. This has brought lots of new people to my blog. :D Welcome, friends! Feel free to ask me if you have questions.
Fandom Snowflake: Challenge 1 Introduce Yourself
Fandom Snowflake Challenge 2: Fannish History
Fandom Snowflake: Challenge 3 Communities
Fandom Snowflake: Challenge 4 Goals
Fandom Snowflake: Challenge 5 Friends
Fandom Snowflake: Challenge 6 Wishlist
Fandom Snowflake: Challenge 7 Promote Yourself
Fandom Snowflake: Challenge 8 Rec Fanworks
Fandom Snowflake: Challenge 9 Canons
Fandom Snowflake: Challenge 10 Creator
Fandom Snowflake: Challenge 11 Resources
Fandom Snowflake: Challenge 12 Random Acts of Kindness
Fandom Snowflake: Challenge 13 Create a Fanwork
Fandom Snowflake: Challenge 14 Tropes
Fandom Snowflake: Challenge 15 Make Your Own Challenge
Fandom Snowflake: Challenge 16 Friending Meme

I am working on the year-end perks for my K-fans. Here are the poetry series currently available as collections. Arts and Crafts America, The Moon Door, Clay of Life, A Conflagration of Dragons, Hart's Farm, One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis and P.I.E. are new this year! I have finished collating the first half of the 2019 collection of fishbowl poems, and the second half is being compiled.


Poetry in Microfunding:

There are two open epics at present.  

"Celebrate and Cherish" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Mallory. Mallory and family begin exploring the Circle School with a teacher.

"Into the Thousand-Eyed Present" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Aquariana and Gentle Soul.  Aidan, Saraphina, Drew, and Zipper apply for Maldivian citizenship.


The weather has been mild here. There are still a few puddles and ice patches around. Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a large flock of sparrows, a flock of mourning doves, several cardinals, several dark-eyed juncos, a downy woodpecker, and a squirrel. I saw the great horned owl this week too.