Friday, August 14, 2015

Week #10: My List of Fabulous Finds

Montana is once again hot and dry, with several fires burning across the state.  

The flames from a fire in Eastern Washington were licking the westbound lane of the Interstate when we drove home from vacation this past week. I'm not sure what started it - it could have been a spark from a chain being dragged by a semi-truck, a still-lit cigarette tossed from a car window, or numerous other causes. Lightening this time of year is risk factor enough - humans need to be careful not to add to the potential causes of these fires.




Perhaps for the first time all summer, the weather this week has been what is usually expected for this time of year. Hot.

My son's high school soccer team will begin official practices today, and before we know it it will be time for the first day of school.

I would like to know how to make time stand still for a bit!


Just a reminder of the reason for this series:
 There is a lot of really helpful, captivating, and entertaining information available on the Internet. It can take a lot of time however, to sift through and find the
articles that interest you. 
If you read this blog, I suspect we have similar passions. If I find something to be fascinating or useful, I think you might as well.  
In this series, I share the links to some of the “fabulous finds" I have discovered on the Internet throughout the week. I hope you enjoy and benefit from these links!

I didn't have a lot of time to spend on-line this past week, but here are links to some of what I came across:


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This Week's Fabulous Finds:


~ ~ Caring for a cast iron skillet

Do you have questions about how to clean a cast iron skillet? Here's a tip.

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~ ~ Plastic earring backs.

I can't say I ever thought about this - but after reading how helpful the plastic backs for earrings can be, I might never throw them out again.

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~ ~ History was made last week
Last week was a historic one in the swimming community. Katie Ledecky wowed everyone with her record breaking swims, she put distance swimming in the limelight, and she destroyed some stereotypes about the limits of what a girl can do. 

This article, published by swimming world magazine (which just happens to be written by a favorite author of mine) provides all the details and some insight into the impact that Ledecky's swims may have.

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~ ~ Freezing Bacon

Our family doesn't eat bacon for breakfast very often, so I don't regularly buy it. It can be nice to have on hand, however, for when it is needed in a recipe. This tip about how to freeze bacon is quite brilliant!

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~ ~ You are missed, Robin Williams

It has been a year since Robin William's death. Gone, but not forgotten. His life and work touched countless other lives in many different ways, some of which are mentioned in this tribute

His death has sparked conversations about depression and suicide. Hopefully this increased understanding and awareness will help decrease the stigma and deaths associated with mental illness.

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Have you ever frozen bacon? 
What do you do with the plastic backs on earrings?

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13 comments :

  1. Sadly the plastic earring backs link takes me to the cast iron skillet.
    I hope the fires can be brought under control quickly.
    Too many of ours are deliberately lit. Hiss and spit.

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    1. Thanks for the heads up about the link! I try to double check before I publish any links, but last night I missed this one. If you try again, the link should take you to the earring backs post :-)

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  2. Yes---I actually have frozen bacon! I found a pack that was about to expire but I was not in the mood to cook it up. On a hunch, I froze it and a month later cooked it---it was great!

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    1. Much better than letting it go to waste!

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  3. I freeze (turkey) bacon all the time because we don't eat it often enough not to. Need to read to see if I am doing it right. I am so sad that Robin Williams was in such pain that he thought taking his own life was the only answer. Great post!

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    1. I'm glad you liked this post Leslie. Even a year later, Robin Williams remains in our hearts and minds - and hopefully we are making progress to help others suffering as he did.

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  4. Hope you're having a fun week with your guests. We've had thunder and lightning this week, which isn't good for all those fires! Great article by your daughter. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks Lana. Enjoying my guests, but not getting much blogging done! Unfortunately we had one of the most intense lightening storms I have ever seen here last night, and the air is filled with smoke today.

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  5. Love the article by Emma. It is so wonderful to see her talent. Always knew she would be great at whatever she pursued. She was such a great kid! Hard to imagine that she is grow up already.

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    1. Thanks Lynn! I will pass your compliment along her! It is hard for me to imagine she is grown up already as well!!

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  6. A great list this week Susan! I love the tip for cleaning a cast iron skillet. I always worry about cleaning off the seasoning! So I pinned this one so I wouldn't forget it! Hope you had a great weekend!

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  7. A well-seasoned cast iron skillet is a joy to cook with - I love finding tips for the best way to care for one!

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