The Energy Saving Investigation Continues

The Energy Saving Investigation Continues!

Thank you all for the amazing comments and suggestions you left on my post about my investigative project with the weird kWh figures I was getting from my utility company.  I’ve been so obsessed with the project I haven’t had time to write individual responses, but I did read every one of them and, in many cases, add it to a task list to check and / or immediately go out and spend some cash on a device that could help narrow down the problem.

Swedish Meatballs with Lingonberry Sauce

Swedish Meatballs and Lingonberry Sauce with Last Night’s Episode of Breaking Bad

After my mom, dad, and youngest sister stopped by this afternoon for banana birthday cake, my brother and, later, my sister-in-law, came over for dinner.  We ended up opting for Swedish meatballs with lingonberry sauce and chunky red potatoes, while Tara, Aaron, and I caught up on last night’s episode of Breaking Bad, which none…

Joshua Kennon Birthday Banana Pecan Cream Cheese Cake

Banana Birthday Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and Pecan Garnish

With me turning 31 this week (thank you all for the birthday wishes on this morning’s post!), Aaron offered to make any birthday cake I wanted.  Now that we’ve tried most flavors following the past few years of non-stop cooking and baking, I decided to go with something slight off the beaten path: A banana birthday cake, finished with a cream cheese icing and chopped pecans.  

Finished Pot Roast with Vegetables

Pot Roast and the Zombie Apocalypse

Yesterday, I mentioned that we should make some sort of stew or pot roast so the house was filled with the warm, inviting scent of roasting meat and vegetables for most of the day.  I didn’t think anything of it, and figured it would happen later in the week, but upon waking this morning, I heard grocery bags being unloaded and discovered the process had already begun to try a new pot roast recipe that included carrots, celery, potatoes, parsnips, beef broth, chicken broth, a finish of red wine, herbs, and a few other ingredients.  As I’ve sat here going through some work I need to finish, the fragrance keeps getting stronger; it feels like a home should.

Hawaii Overprint Bank Note

Hawaii Overprint Banknotes

When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, the military brass quickly came to the realization that if the islands were to be captured, the invading army would have access to a large amount of United States banknotes, held by individual citizens, businesses, banks, and institutions, which they could then use throughout the world as there was…