Monday, September 26, 2011

Attempting to Dehydrate Flax Crackers and Banana Chips

I decided today was the day to try and make flax crackers in the dehydrator. I normally take my dehydrating projects to the yoga studio and watch how the staff gobble up all the goodies. They love just about everything I make. And frankly, I like the feeling it gives me to share! Not that many people like my cooking but dehydrating?! I'm pretty good at it. Well....let's not get ahead of ourselves.

I read several blogs and watched several videos on flax crackers and thought I did what they said but they aren't looking that great. They have been in for about 8 hours at 105 degrees. I turned them about about 5 hours. They seem to thick. And they don't taste that great. These seeds are still slimy.

The best thing about botched dehydrating projects is the compost pile becomes very happy. Wallet, not so much.

It did dawn on me today why maybe my last 2 batches of banana chips haven't turned out that great. I realized today my first batch I had cut early in the day and put in the refrigerator while I was waiting for another batch of things to finish. I put the cold trays on the dehydrator and turned it on. The batch came out with nice looking banana chips. The last two I had just cut and put in the dehydrator and they came out sunken, dark and soft in the middle.

Now I have two trays of bananas in the refrigerator waiting for the flax crackers to finish. I may have to throw in the towel on the crackers if they aren't done soon...bananas are waiting....

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Do you remember where you were on this day 10 years ago?

I do. I was driving my car to a condo association in Austin, about to do a property inspection. The news came on of the first tower being hit. It was unreal. I really couldn't even believe what I was hearing. It was so bizarre to me I didn't even really believe the news.

By the time I got back to the office, the other tower was hit and they had the news going in the conference room. I thought about if I knew anyone in NY; my cousin lives there but it seemed unlikely he would be in the trade center. I called my parents to check, he was fine.

I actually had worked at the World Trade Center once in 1994 when I was in NY for an internship.

I've been to ground zero several times and always stare in amazement at the whole in the ground. Sometimes I stand in the middle of the street and try and imagine how overwhelming it must have been to see clouds of smoke blowing through the streets.

The most horrific tragedy to happen to America. My heart goes out to all the people that lost loved ones that day. 

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