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How can we make Trump’s Wall a good thing for America

How can we make Trump's Wall a good thing for America

So last night I was thinking about this post I saw on FB by Don Freeman:

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We need to stop looking to politicians to make our world better. Politicians don’t make the world a better place. Everything that’s ever made the world a better place has come from inventors, viagra canada engineers, generic viagra scientist, teachers, artists, builders, philosophers, healers, and people that choose lover over hate.” Don Freeman

And then I got to thinking “What are some of the ideas that Trump has that people object too”, and how could we create something that could be a win vs bad. And how could we get more people behind the idea and make it a great idea.  So my wheels starting turning and briefly a photo I saw somewhere went through my head of a pink wall described as what Trump’s wall might look like.

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And I thought no that’s lame.  What if this wall, could have all sorts of “GOOD” packed into and people would want it built.

What if the wall was large,

sort of imagine The Great Wall of China.

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But a modern version of it.

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And What if the wall was built from “good things” liked recycled plastic that they pulled out of the ocean like this product below by ByFusion from New Zealand.

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Here is a video on the product.

And what if the top of the wall has a Solar Road way on the surface, like this idea by Solar Roadways:

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Where the surface of the road looked like this.

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Or this, heck Solar Roads already has a contract with US DOT in place.

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And what if this solar road on Trump’s wall did things like this:

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And in areas where bridges are needed what if the wall looked something like this:

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And generated wind energy.

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We could take this wall even further, what if the sides of the recycled plastic bricks are clad in Tesla’s Solar Roof Tiles like this:

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How much energy do you think this wall could generate?  Maybe it would be 100% LEED Certified?

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And last but not least what if this wall had two more components, such as providing low income housing or housing for homeless within the wall, maybe something like this:

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And last but not least what if we built Trump’s wall by putting all the unemployed millennials that love tech and can’t find jobs, to work creating this wall of the future that maybe we should rename Trump’s Smartwall.

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Put America back to work.

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And so in closing, I side with Senator Elizabeth Warren, “Let’s put aside our differences and work with Trump on this task.”

And let’s build things that we can all get behind and create a lot of good..

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Sweet Hawaiian Bread with Swiss Cheese & Ham Sandwiches

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1 – 12 pack of King’s Hawaiian Original Rolls
1 package of Blackforest Ham9-Slices of Swiss Cheese
1-1/2 Sticks of Butter
3 Tblsp Grainy Mustard
1-1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
3 tsps of poppy seeds
1 Sweet Onion Diced

Heat oven to 350.
Melt butter in skillet, viagra sales add onions, sildenafil
then mix in mustard, Worcestershire sauce and poppy seeds.

Cut the entire package of rolls in half horizontally, I treat the entire group as sort of one big loaf.
In a greased 9″x 13″ pan, place the bottom half of all the rolls into the pan.  Then spread 1/2 of the onion mustard sauce mix over the bottom of the rolls, then layer on ham and cheese.

Replace the tops of the rolls and pour on the rest of the onion mustard sauce mix over the top of the rolls.
Cover with foil and bake for 15-20 minutes in 350 oven.

Uncover, and cut thoroughly and serve in the baking dish.

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

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2C       1” Slices of Rhubarb fresh from the garden (frozen works too)

2C       Strawberries sliced

1-2/3 C Sugar

1/3 C+    Flour (if your using thawed frozen fruit I recommend extra to make your pie thicker)

1tsp    Cardamom

1tsp    Allspice

1tsp    Cinnamon

Optional 2Tblsp of butter before putting top crust on.

Pilsbury Piecrusts

2 Pie Crusts – I buy premade rolled in a box I take them out of the box and let them come to room temp before unrolling.

Prebake the first crust in the pie pan as directed on box. Typically 8-10 minutes at 400.

 

Mix above ingredients and put into first pie crust.

Then put second crust on top.

I cheat and use fun pie crust cutters to make my fancy.

I also use pie crust saver like below to keep the edges of my pie from burning.  You can use foil as well.

 

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Bake at 400 for 40 – 50 min

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Serve with vanilla ice cream

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Tropical Passionfruit (Lilikoi) Bars

Tropical Passionfruit (Lilikoi) Bars

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These Tropical Passionfruit Bars are a great end of summer treat.  You can use both purple passionfruit or yellow lilikoi fruit.
For these I purchased about 6-8 fresh yellow lilikoi at our Hilo Farmer’s Market.

Shortbread Crust:
6 oz or 1-1/2 Sticks of Cold unsalted butter
1-3/4 C Flour
3/4 C Powdered Sugar
1/4 C Coconut Flour
3/4tsp Salt

For Lilikoi Mac Nut Layer.

4 Eggs
1/4 Coconut or rice milk
6 oz of fresh passionfruit or lilikoi juice
1-1/4C Sugar
3T Flour
1/4t Salt
1/2C Chopped Mac Nuts

Oven to 350
9 x 13 baking dish

First:
My daughter prepared the lilikoi this is the hardest part you can also use canned juice.  To prepare the lilikoi juice scrape out the jelly substance out of the fruit skins and into a bowl.  Then put the jelly|seeds through a metal sieve to extract just the juice. Continue until you have 6oz.

For the Shortbread Crust:
Preheat the oven to 350F
Spray the 9 x 13″ dish with coconut or nonstick spray.
Line with parchment paper

Put all of the Shortbread Crust ingredients into a food processor and mix:
6 oz or 1-1/2 Sticks of Cold unsalted butter
1-3/4 C Flour
3/4 C Powdered Sugar
1/4 C Coconut Flour
3/4tsp Salt

Spread the dough out into the 9 x 13 dish then put into frig for 15 minutes and then bake for 20-22 min at 350.

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For the Passionfruit layer:

Put all the items in the mixer and mix for 1 min on medium or until smooth:

4 Eggs
1/4 Coconut or rice milk
6 oz of fresh passionfruit or lilikoi juice
1-1/4C Sugar
3T Flour
1/4t Salt

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Then Chop the
1/2C  Mac Nuts

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Pour the Lilikoi mixture over the shortbread crust in pan, cialis canada then top with nuts.  My daughter requested I only do 1/2 of it with nuts.
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Bake 16-18 minutes at 350 or until mixture is set and hard. Like photo below:

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Gluten Free Quinoa Burgers

Gluten Free Quinoa Burgers

Quinoa BurgersSo this is a large make ahead recipe.  Makes about 18 – 20+ Quinoa Burgers.

Preheat oven to 350.

For Quinoa:
3 C Quinoa
6 C Water
Himalayan Pink Sea Salt – pinch or two

Take 3 Cups uncooked quinoa and put in rice cooker with 6 Cups water add pinch of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt. Cook.

 

Ingredients:
*When I made these, buy viagra I halved the recipe below so was just easier to work with. But made two batches to use all my Quinoa. Again, I just made it up so I wasn’t following a recipe at the time.  The numbers below are me guesstimating on what I used total.

12 Eggs
1-1/2 C Mashed Potato Flakes1/2 Onion Minced
2 tsp Minced Garlic (I keep a jar in my fridge of this)
2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
2 T Grated Parmesan Cheese (like the kind you put on your spaghetti)
2 T Steak Seasoning

So I mixed half a batch first.

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In mixing bowl

Whisk 6 eggs
add 1 tsp garlic,
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3/4 C Mashed potato flakes
1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
1 T Grated Parmesan 1T Steak Seasoning
Stir in half of your cooked quinoa.  Mix thoroughly, if it looks to moist add in more potato flakes.

Shape into burgers.

I used a mini pie press like this to shape the burgers. I also found spraying it with non-stick cooking spray helped to keep it clean each time.  I also washed it every 5-6 times to keep it going well.

Repeat batch above to make second batch.
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I then placed burgers on Silicone Mat lined cookie sheets and baked for about 30 minutes.
I winged it here.  Checking every so often until burgers looked good and cooked like photo above.

Upon completion I packed some in twos in my Sealer  and then a large bag full in the freezer with parchment between patties for grabbing at lunch etc.

 

 

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How to Make Crab Ragoon

How to Make Crab Ragoon

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Crab Ragoon is a favorite appetizer that I have come across in my culinary travels.  I first had it a Thai restaurant in the US, sildenafil   where it was called crispy parcels.  And typically Thai restaurants are where I have found it most successfully.  I have heard that it was  originally found on the Polynesian-style menu of Trader Vic’s, viagra sales   probably another reason I love it.

So for this recipe you will need:

Cream cheese (really you can use any style and even Tofutti) For this recipe use the whole rectangular package.
Imitation Crab Meat (if you have an Ikea around you can get Crab in a metal squeeze tube)Won Ton Wrappers at room temperature
Oil for frying – here I am using Vegetable but you can use Canola, Peanut or Coconut
Lemon Juice about a 1 tablespoon
Plum Sauce
Salt and pepper to taste about 1/2 tsp each.
Plastic Pastry Bag
Cookie sheet layered with paper towels to absorb any excess oil.

Cut up about 1/2 the package of the imitation crab and dice it into small pieces put into your stand up mixer bowl
Then put the cream cheese in your stand up mixer, use the whole tub or bar.
Turn  mixer on low speed. Mix in the Lemon juice and salt and pepper.
Once mixture is thoroughly blended.  Remove from mixer. Put mixture into plastic pastry bag.
Now is a good time to get your oil warmed up if you haven’t done so already.  I put mine on a medium temperature.

Now take wonton wrappers out and squeeze a dollop onto the center of each wrapper.

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Then Pinch together two opposing corners

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And then the other corners and give the wrapper a twist, while pressing down.  I like to squeeze close any openings in wrapper.

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Take your parcels and place them on your spoon and slowly lower them in the your hot oil. Leave them in the oil and keep an eye on them so they don’t get too brown.  I like mine on the lighter side.  As shown in photo below.  Once cooked take them out carefully on your spoon and put them on a cookie sheet with layered with paper towels to absorb any excess oil.

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Serve your Crab Ragoon on a platter with a dipping sauce of Plum Sauce.  I only use about half of the filling for this recipe.  I like to seal up my pastry bag with my Foodsaver machine and stick the bag in the freezer till the next time I am ready to make crab ragoon again. Crab-ragoon-pastry-bag-Alicia-Hanson-Blog

Thanksgiving Leftovers Quiche

Thanksgiving Leftovers Quiche

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I am not sure about you but I like to get a little creative with my Thanksgiving leftovers.  This year I decided to create a yummy quiche.  My goal after Thanksgiving is to coast as long as possible on the leftovers. This one was so good I wish I would have made two.  The amazing thing with quiche is that for the most part you can’t really go wrong.

Gather your leftovers, viagra usa mine included

Cooked Turkey pieces (1 Cup or More)
Mashed Potatoes (2 Cups)

Then I gathered your typical quiche ingredients.
Pie Crusts – I like to save time and buy these premade.  I have had great luck with Pillsbury Pie Crusts and many of the generic brands as well. I like to take them out of the box and let them come to room temperature before I begin. For this recipe you just need one.  Go ahead and read the directions on the box to cook the crust.

Pilsbury Piecrusts5 Eggs
1 Cup Milk I use Coconut Milk.
1/2 Bar of Cream cheese you can really use any kind you like or even Cottage Cheese.
1 Cup Grated Cheese (I like to use cheddar/jack combo)
Fresh Spinach Leaves about a Cup
1/2 of an onion diced
1 TBLSP of Butter
1/4 tsp of Nutmeg and or Vegesalt
Other items to consider adding:
Mushrooms
Broccoli,
Squash
Zucchini
Bacon

Prepare your piecrust as directed on the box.
For the Quiche Preheat your oven to 350°, if you just prepared your crust mostly likely your oven is already to go.

Using a skillet melt the butter and saute your onions.
Add your Turkey leftovers and any of the veggies you have decided  to add (in the photo above I used spinach only)
Saute the items for a couple minutes while stirring regularly.

I like to make my quiche in my stand up mixer so in your mixing bowl:
Add the cream cheese and eggs and milk, slowly crank the mixer up in speed so the cream cheese dissolves nicely into the eggs and milk, then add the mashed potatoes.
In your cooked pie crust add the items from the skillet,
Then top with 3/4 C of cheese saving a bit to put on the top of the quiche.
Then add your liquid mix over the cooked leftovers.

Nutmeg, Pepper  or Vegesalt are a nice addition at this point.
Top the top of the quiche off with the remaining cheese.

Put your leftover goodness into the oven at 350° for 30 – 40 minutes, until the quiche looks firm and the yummy smell drives you crazy.
Remove from oven let cool, then devour. The best thing about quiche is it’s great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

 

Christmas Inspiration

Christmas Inspiration

Recently I escaped off island and went to Southern California to visit my son, viagra sales look which meant I had a chance to visit a few of my favorite shops. IMG_5550

Loved these Kokeshi Ornaments I spotted at Solo, there in Solana Beach

 

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More treasures and wonderful display at Solo.

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Love the disk garland at Solo, pills by Jennifer Price.

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I thought these Wax Sachets were interesting and beautiful.

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A fun Cigar box type display.IMG_5557

 

Some fabulous looking soaps by Finchberry that look edible. IMG_5561

I love the base of this ceramic cake stand with the colorful mushrooms.

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Retro glass ornament with such fabulous colors.

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Anthropologie’s Winter Gingerbread like display of course is wonderful.

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And I love the VW Bus in the window too.

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And ginger bread looking star snowflakes, love the peak a boo view and the colors used.

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This is a note to myself to make Dish towels.

Blueberry Lemon Cookies

Blueberry Lemon Cookies

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Preheat oven to 350.

  • 3 Cups Flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cialis sale softened
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • Mix-ins and/or extracts of your choosing
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Juice of one lemon or lemon juice from a jar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips optional – I didn’t use any in the photo above.

If you haven’t done so already get that oven fired up to 350. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beat after each addition. If using any extracts, add and beat to incorporate.

Now add the dry stuff you can start in them in a separate bowl or just go for it and just put them right in the others. With the mixer on low, slowly add the dry ingredients into the batter. Carefully fold in any mix-ins. You can allow dough to cool in the refrigerator for at least an hour , but I usually don’t have the patience for this and don’t.  Use a small scoop (about 1 tbsp size) and place rounded balls of dough on a cookie sheet lined with a silicone baking mat. Bake for 11-14 minutes, until the bottoms are slightly golden brown (the edges should not brown). Recipe modified from original post by PiaRecipe

 

 

Blueberry German Pancakes

Blueberry German Pancakes

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Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

3 C Flour ( I use white)
2 3/4 C Coconut Milk or Cow milk
10 Eggs (I use fresh my chickens at room temperature)
2 TBLSP Sugar
2 TBLSP Coconut Oil (sometimes I forget this don’t worry they still work)
2 tsp Vanilla
2 tsp Salt
1 C of fresh Blueberries – You can omit blueberries too.
Cooking Spray
Muffin tins or pans

You can half this recipe too.

Add all the ingredients except the blueberries into a large mixing bowl.  Mix by hand with a whisk.  Mixture will have some small lumps.  Try to mix it long enough so the as many of lumps are reduced to pretty small. Then spray your muffin tins if I am using the silicone cups in the muffin tins I spray the inside of them too. Pour the mixture into the tins.  Then add your blueberries to all the tins.
Bake in your oven at 425 for 20 minutes. This recipe make the quantity shown above. They will raise and look this shown above immediately out of the oven then as the cool they start to sink and fall.
I like to serve them on a plate with butter, cialis generic cinnamon and sugar and syrup.  They taste great plain too.

Plain version – 1/2 recipe

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Topped with peaches and Mac Nuts

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How to create patterns for Fabric Design

How to create patterns for Fabric Design

I have been dabbling in Textile Design and Fashion Design, viagra canada here are some of the things I have been trying.

I started with a watercolor painting that I did on our trip to Bali this past summer of a Protea or Sugarbush Flower. Here is a photo of the painting.  Then I scanned in the artwork and created a design with text to be repeated as the fabric design.  Also shown below is a photo of the design printed as fabric. These designs are for sale on Spoonflower: I have quite a few more designs in the works,  I just haven’t made time to get to them up online yet. If you haven’t been over to Spoonflower, click on over there and give it a looksy.  My brain goes into hyperdrive with all the possibilities I start thinking about.

 

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Click the photo below to watch a video on my design process.

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Below is an example of a tunic design I have been working on.  I designed the fabric and the sewing pattern, then had the items printed on fabric using the spoonflower site.  This was just a trial, a work in progress.  Since I created the sewing pattern as well, I did have a couple kinks I had to work through.  Which I have now.  Now I just need to print the final design again and sew it together.

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Here is a photo of the work in progress on me.  Once I get this design finalized and complete I will post another update.

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Here is a video that explains the repeat design process.

An Online Skillshare Class by Julia Rothman

 

 

Leather Tooling Classes in San Diego

Leather Tooling Classes in San Diego

Hideaway-Leather-classSome of my favorite maker friends Dean & Madeira Semple of Godspeed Leather and Hideaway Leather Supplies are offering classes on tooling leather at their studio | store in San Diego. They are hosting their first workshop Nov 14th from 12-4pm at their space at 7854 Convoy Court, cialis generic San Diego 92111. Come make a personalized flask for yourself or somebody on your Xmas list. This is a great entry level leather working class. They’ll cover working with tooling leather, tickets for the class here:  I bet I can convince my leather duo friends to come here to the Big Island and teach their skills while they are here.  Comment below if you’re interested.

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