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YAMD (Yet Another Memory Dump)

Filed under: Daily Life,Folkcat's Fotos,Holidays,Rats! — folkcat at 9:49 pm on Friday, April 3, 2009

My phone has been busy again!

March 16, 2009: How Holidays are Made

It’s mid-March. You are a supermarket baker. You have a bunch of plain, undecorated gingerbread men, and an excess of green icing. What should you do?

If only there were some holiday in mid-March. With green for a theme color. Where little people were appropriately symbolic of the day.

I know! It’s Gator Man Day!


March 18, 2009: We Have Achieved Acceptance

Laura and Isabella prove that ‘Bella has achieved full acceptance into the family.

March 24, 2009: Let’s Brand Whoever Branded This

Seriously, Betty? What’s up next – Eskimo Helper?

March 25, 2009: It’s PaGino’s Time

The seam down the side of their cups creates some amusing portmanteaus:

Baby-Sitting Tinty Time
Birthday Timnner Time
Night Tids Time
Game TiBirthday Time
Movie Timight Time
Friends me
Tired Timme

and my personal favorite:

Ganward Time

March 31, 2009: And Some May Be Anyhow, Depending on What They’re Here For

Our little Captain Marbles is doing well. In the first two weeks we’ve had him, he just about doubled his body weight. Now he looks more like a normally proportioned rattie, instead of a big rat head on a teensy body.

This past Tuesday morning, he went in for THE PROCEDURE. Yes, that one. The vet’s office was one I’d never visited before, but they work with the rat rescue. While distant (an hour’s drive), they were easy enough to get to.

If you are in the neighborhood for other reasons, however, please be careful where you park!

As for the Captain, he’s recovering nicely. If anything, he’s actually been friskier since the surgery than he ever was before. Which is saying something for our hyper-active little superhero.

April 3, 2009: Useful Supermarket Photo

It’s hard for Gryphon and me to keep milk around. We don’t drink the stuff, we don’t have cold cereal in the mornings to pour it over, and while we will cook with it, the occasions are few enough and far enough between that we always wind up throwing out all or part of a bottle.

We’ve been wanting to keep dry milk in the house, but we’ve discovered a problem with that. Nowadays, the dry milk manufacturers only package the powder in bulk in the giant, makes-20-quarts packages. Not an amount we’re likely to use before it goes bad! Any smaller quantities are pre-packaged into handy, 1-quart, pre-measured packets.

Gryphon and I are likely to only ever need to mix one, maybe two cups at a time. The rest of the quart, if we used their assumptions and made the whole thing, would go bad in the fridge. Or we’d have to measure out the smaller amount, find a way to close up the top of the paper/foil packet, and hope to avoid bugs or spillage.

We finally decided today to buy one of the smaller boxes filled with the 1-quart packets. We’re going to open all the packets, dump the contents into a jar, and spoon it out as we need it.

The only hitch in this plan is the the smaller box doesn’t include directions for mixing any quantity of milk other than the full quart. But…aha! The giant 20-quart box with the bulk powder inside has a chart for making several different volumes, from one cup to the entire 20 quarts at once.

Whip out the handy-dandy cell phone, aim it at the back of the box, and voila! I now have my own directions chart to make any amount of dry milk we want. Here, feel free to take a copy for yourself!


Comment by Carol

April 3, 2009 @ 11:09 pm

I have bought the smaller,personal sized milk containers at the corner store. You know, the ones meant to go in lunch boxes. Now that I live with the hubbuny, he makes tomato soup with milk, so it is not a problem, but when I was single, yeah.

Captain Marbles. That makes me laugh every time I see it….glad he is doing well

Comment by Christina

April 4, 2009 @ 9:06 am

That alligator gingerbread man cookie is hilarious. Looks like the baker had some extra creativity to get off his chest. We keep regular milk since we drink coffee and Pi eats cereal but I keep the powdered stuff at home to in case of emergencies or for baking/cooking. Its cheaper that way.

Comment by Judith

April 4, 2009 @ 3:39 pm

Good one Jen – “cell phone photo conversion charts”! I have most of my bulk dried products in large glass storage jars and my “own” cooking or “reconstitute” instructions printed and in 2″‘3″ baggies inside the jars. Be aware that a bay leaf in most dried products keeps flour moths at bay and does not leave a taste or smell. I’ve been doing that for 40 years and never had a problem.

Comment by Angela Lee

August 1, 2009 @ 5:59 am

I know what kind of “Helper” they forgot. Tofu helper. I want my “Tofu Helper” now. 🙂

I have never seen those kind of hamburger helper. But I don’t eat hamburger so that is probably why. I eat soy pretend meat for ground meat. I have my reasons but I won’t bore you with them.

Angela Lee

Comment by Angela Lee

August 9, 2009 @ 8:12 am


I don’t eat the reconstituted type. I eat the other type but I suppose they probably reconstitute it. I probably have become so use to it I don’t mind. I am not really a vegetarian I just like vegetables. I always have. I do eat meat. Bought a nice steak Friday and cut it up in thin slices and will be eating it for several days. I can’t eat large pieces of meat it gives me a tummy ache. I am fine if I eat small amounts though.

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