Sunday, March 13, 2016

springing forward ...

i'm not a fan of the daylight savings change
well, not a fan of the spring daylight savings change
it seems like a waste of time pun intended
because we lose an hour of daylight, or rather, we lose an hour of sleep

it has been said that ben franklin first suggested daylight savings time in 1784, but in fact, he wrote a [satire letter] which was never published
he was also a large (pun intended) fan of beer, so i would humbly like to suggest he was drunk when he wrote the letter
it was [george vernon hudson], a new zealander bug collector, who actually did propose a two hour daylight savings time change in 1895
probably because hunting bugs in the dark wasn't as successful as hunting them in the daylight
personally, the fewer bugs i see in the daylight, the better i sleep at night ... but that is just me

here in the U.P., daylight savings time just seems to extend winter for a few more weeks, with an hour less of daylight for the sun to melt the snow and dry up the mud
the weather is slowly warming, with only a few more days of predicted snow (less than a 50% chance, which to me means maybe it won't happen)

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yesterday we fired up the grill for bbq ribs with the neighbors (and laughter until we cried) i got new recipes for 'texas caviar' (more appropriately yooper caviar, since, toto, i don't think we are in texas anymore) and homemade potato brandy (which doesn't sound like it would be good, but trust me, it will cure what ails you and shake off that winter chill!)

i leashed aragorn for a walk on the wild side of the house.
i could see leaves budding forth from where there had been snow just last week, so i'm looking forward to seeing what will come up.
the best part of spring since we moved up here has been seeing what is growing ... this will be our first spring in this house.
i know we will have lilacs in the front yard, and have been told there is an apple and a pear tree in the back yard, as well as a raspberry bush.
everything else will be an exciting discovery

Yooper Caviar
1 red pepper, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 red onion, diced
1 can of corn, drained
1 4oz can of diced jalapenos (not drained)
1 can pinto beans, drained & rinsed
1 can black beans, drained & rinsed
Mix the above ingredients together in a bowl.
In a separate pot on the stove, mix the following ingredients together:
3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
Boil until sugar is dissolved, and let cool.
When cooled, pour over mixed vegetables.
Refrigerate before serving with tortilla chips as a dip.

Potato Brandy
8 medium potatoes
2 lemons, peeled, (no rinds)
1 pound raisins
2 pounds brown sugar
4 pounds white sugar
1 cake (or package) of yeast
6 qts warm water
Grind (food processor) potatoes, raisins & lemons, and pour into a large container.
Add sugar & water, sprinkle yeast over the top.
Cover, and let ferment for ten days, stirring every day.
Strain & bottle liquid.  Let sit for three weeks before enjoying.


  1. Potato brandy sounds like it packs quite a kick.

  2. It ain't quite the Texas caviar I know, but as I am a Michigander first and foremost, I'd try it! After spring break (what spring, it was 90 today) I'm making it. :-)


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