Event ~ Solar Eclipse–August 21, 2017, more getting ready, 07/12

This time, protection of the eyes from the potentially blinding sun rays, it one looks at sun before or after totality. Of course, that is always the case.

I have basically covered my photographic kit. Today, it is eye protection. I could have ordered glasses or an eclipse board. I chose to make my own–another DIY–this one DIY [# 27] for 2017. I have finished construction and painting [see my comment]. This is what I came up with:


Olivia will decorate them. That should be interesting!


Celebration ~ St. Patrick’s Day, 2017 [The Reduction Sauce], 03/17

This worked for me. It took longer than 35 minutes, though…

From the publisher [The Kitchen Whisper] of the Corned Beef & Cabbage Recipe I used for my St. Patrick’s Day Meal.

Now typically most people eat their corned beef either with a mustard or a horseradish. I decided to make a reduction sauce out it the juices. I mean HELLO.. that’s some good stuff left in the pan and I bet 95% of you would just pitch. WHY???

Seriously, MAKE THE SAUCE! You will never want corned beef again without it!

  1. Remove the meat from the crock pot and set aside. Place a tent foil on top.
  2. Using a slotted spoon, scoop out the veggies and place in a bowl.
  3. Place a sieve over top a medium pot and strain the juices into the pot.
  4. Place the pot over high heat.
  5. Bring to a boil, add in the remaining 1Tbl – 1/4 cup of the remaining brown sugar, water, horseradish, salt, pepper, grainy mustard, Worcestershire, honey, and mix.
  6. Put the heat to a simmer to reduce the sauce by half and it starts to thicken.

The meal was very tasty and is even better today–Saturday.