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Food Temperature – What is This All About?

Food Temperature

Food Temperatures – What is This All About?

The Story

Do you watch Hell’s Kitchen? I do, religiously. He’s always saying “It’s f*@$ing raw!” He yells at the chef contestants for attempting to serve undercooked chicken to pregnant women. He smashes fish fillets that are raw. “Touch it, it’s ice cold.” “I’m sorry, chef, it’s just a little underdone.” “Bloody hell, it’s ice cold!” It’s all about the food temperature!

It’s not for dramatic purposes. Okay, some of it is. And it does make for dramatic and entertaining television.

But, he also says this because we need to have a minimum food temperature (for any kind of protein) so it is safe for us to eat and not get sick. I don’t know about you, but I sure don’t want to go to the hospital because of something I ate. Especially if I was the one who cooked it!

He also makes the chef contestants touch the steaks, and asks them what temperature it is. “I asked for it medium, not bloody overcooked!” he screams, as everyone in the restaurant looks on. That is because a chef learns how to know the temperature of the steak by the firmness of the meat when it is cooked (or not cooked). If it’s soft, it’s rare, but when it’s hard, it’s well done. This is sometimes done because chefs know what temperature is best for a steak, but it is also up to the customer. If they want it cremated, the chef should cook it until it is burned beyond recognition.

So learning about food temperatures is very important for cooking, for enjoyment, and for health. Read more

Changing the Toilet Fill Valve

FILL VALVE

Did you know a toilet flapper and a toilet fill valve were two different pieces of equipment a toilet tank? I didn’t. Yours truly thought those were different ways of saying the same thing, like some people call a river a brook, some call it a creek, some call it a “crick”.

This diy home goddess learned how to replace the toilet flapper a couple of years ago. Check out the story here. It was fairly easy once you got the hang of it. I had done it a couple of times, since I have three floors and four bathrooms. I thought I knew it all. Boy was I wrong.

The Story of My Broken Toilet Fill Valve

A couple of months ago, (Easter morning, as a matter of fact) my roommate was making all kinds of noise in the bathroom. The toilet would not fill after he flushed. We had been hearing the occasional hissing noise for a couple of weeks, but I hadn’t looked into the cause of it yet. Bad diy home goddess! I really need to learn to look at things immediately!

He was taking water from the sink, and putting it into the bowl to flush the toilet. And then the toilet bowl would not fill again. He was cussing up a storm. He didn’t know what to do, and didn’t want to wake me up. I think maybe I was ignoring the noise for about fifteen minutes before I got out of bed to find out what was going on.

Yeah, it was quite early on Sunday morning, but I just knew it was a flapper that had gone bad. The toilet as only about 2 years old, but I learned a flapper will disintegrate anywhere between two and five years, depending on the usage, the brand, the water supply, etc. After all, I had been through this before, and a diy home goddess learns form her mistakes, from mentors, other people, and the Internet! Read more

My Review on the Kreg Jig

KREG JIGKreg Jig

What is a Kreg Jig, my diy home goddesses? It is the most wonderful tool, if you want to try to make a few simple things. ‘Like what’, I hear being whispered in the background. Well, have a seat, and let me tell you all about my experience.

My Story and a Little History on the Chair Rail

My living room was not useable. Imagine, a useless room! I mean, I live in my kitchen and my basement. I don’t get a lot of company, so I don’t need a formal living room. Its set up is not conducive to a media center. A fireplace takes up a lot of wall. And it’s kind of small for a pool table, ping pong table, or any fun toys. It was just wasted space.

Kreg Jig

Here is my handiwork with the Kreg Jig

Kreg Jig

See how nicely they fit under the chair rail?

furniture touch up

The Poker Table

Prohibition Liquor Cabinet

And the prohibition liquor cabinet!

So I decided to turn it into a ‘gentleman’s room’. I envisioned a library, with a poker table. You know, the kind of room where people could play cards (or in my case, blackjack), or read, or write mysteries, or play computer games, or even work on their blog.

But I had this big problem, you see. I had chair rails on every single piece of wall in the living room. Chair rails protect the walls from dings from a chair. So why where they in the living room? Yeah, I had them in the dining room, and in the front hall for that matter. Read more

Taxes – What do I Put Together?

TAXESTAXES!

The Story

Here in the United States, just like most other countries, we have to do our taxes every year. Our Federal taxes are due on April 15th. It is something none of us look forward to. It’s not that we really don’t like paying taxes. Okay, we don’t. Really, most of us don’t. But most of us due our civic duty. But the hardest part for the majority is actually preparing our tax returns. And a diy home goddess will always do her civic duty!

The tax system is complicated. Even for accountants it can be. According to reports, you can give 20 different accountants the exact same information, and you will more than likely have 20 different final numbers. That is because each person may interpret the tax laws differently. That is why tax preparers make the big bucks. So we don’t have to do it ourselves.

But we do have to do the preparation for taxes. We have to gather the information.

The Checklist

I have prepared a basic checklist that the average person would need. Each person’s situation is different, and each tax return will need different items. But this will at least give you a start on what to collect to give to your preparer.

Mind you, this checklist is not complete, by any means. Nor is this checklist a substitute for any tax advice, as I am not a lawyer. It is up to you to contact a lawyer or accountant if you feel you cannot prepare your own tax return accurately and according to the complex laws. Read more

Food Temperature – What is This All About?

Food Temperature

Food Temperatures – What is This All About?

The Story

Do you watch Hell’s Kitchen? I do, religiously. He’s always saying “It’s f*@$ing raw!” He yells at the chef contestants for attempting to serve undercooked chicken to pregnant women. He smashes fish fillets that are raw. “Touch it, it’s ice cold.” “I’m sorry, chef, it’s just a little underdone.” “Bloody hell, it’s ice cold!” It’s all about the food temperature!

It’s not for dramatic purposes. Okay, some of it is. And it does make for dramatic and entertaining television.

But, he also says this because we need to have a minimum food temperature (for any kind of protein) so it is safe for us to eat and not get sick. I don’t know about you, but I sure don’t want to go to the hospital because of something I ate. Especially if I was the one who cooked it!

He also makes the chef contestants touch the steaks, and asks them what temperature it is. “I asked for it medium, not bloody overcooked!” he screams, as everyone in the restaurant looks on. That is because a chef learns how to know the temperature of the steak by the firmness of the meat when it is cooked (or not cooked). If it’s soft, it’s rare, but when it’s hard, it’s well done. This is sometimes done because chefs know what temperature is best for a steak, but it is also up to the customer. If they want it cremated, the chef should cook it until it is burned beyond recognition.

So learning about food temperatures is very important for cooking, for enjoyment, and for health. Read more

Changing the Toilet Fill Valve

FILL VALVE

Did you know a toilet flapper and a toilet fill valve were two different pieces of equipment a toilet tank? I didn’t. Yours truly thought those were different ways of saying the same thing, like some people call a river a brook, some call it a creek, some call it a “crick”.

This diy home goddess learned how to replace the toilet flapper a couple of years ago. Check out the story here. It was fairly easy once you got the hang of it. I had done it a couple of times, since I have three floors and four bathrooms. I thought I knew it all. Boy was I wrong.

The Story of My Broken Toilet Fill Valve

A couple of months ago, (Easter morning, as a matter of fact) my roommate was making all kinds of noise in the bathroom. The toilet would not fill after he flushed. We had been hearing the occasional hissing noise for a couple of weeks, but I hadn’t looked into the cause of it yet. Bad diy home goddess! I really need to learn to look at things immediately!

He was taking water from the sink, and putting it into the bowl to flush the toilet. And then the toilet bowl would not fill again. He was cussing up a storm. He didn’t know what to do, and didn’t want to wake me up. I think maybe I was ignoring the noise for about fifteen minutes before I got out of bed to find out what was going on.

Yeah, it was quite early on Sunday morning, but I just knew it was a flapper that had gone bad. The toilet as only about 2 years old, but I learned a flapper will disintegrate anywhere between two and five years, depending on the usage, the brand, the water supply, etc. After all, I had been through this before, and a diy home goddess learns form her mistakes, from mentors, other people, and the Internet! Read more

My Review on the Kreg Jig

KREG JIGKreg Jig

What is a Kreg Jig, my diy home goddesses? It is the most wonderful tool, if you want to try to make a few simple things. ‘Like what’, I hear being whispered in the background. Well, have a seat, and let me tell you all about my experience.

My Story and a Little History on the Chair Rail

My living room was not useable. Imagine, a useless room! I mean, I live in my kitchen and my basement. I don’t get a lot of company, so I don’t need a formal living room. Its set up is not conducive to a media center. A fireplace takes up a lot of wall. And it’s kind of small for a pool table, ping pong table, or any fun toys. It was just wasted space.

Kreg Jig

Here is my handiwork with the Kreg Jig

Kreg Jig

See how nicely they fit under the chair rail?

furniture touch up

The Poker Table

Prohibition Liquor Cabinet

And the prohibition liquor cabinet!

So I decided to turn it into a ‘gentleman’s room’. I envisioned a library, with a poker table. You know, the kind of room where people could play cards (or in my case, blackjack), or read, or write mysteries, or play computer games, or even work on their blog.

But I had this big problem, you see. I had chair rails on every single piece of wall in the living room. Chair rails protect the walls from dings from a chair. So why where they in the living room? Yeah, I had them in the dining room, and in the front hall for that matter. Read more

Taxes – What do I Put Together?

TAXESTAXES!

The Story

Here in the United States, just like most other countries, we have to do our taxes every year. Our Federal taxes are due on April 15th. It is something none of us look forward to. It’s not that we really don’t like paying taxes. Okay, we don’t. Really, most of us don’t. But most of us due our civic duty. But the hardest part for the majority is actually preparing our tax returns. And a diy home goddess will always do her civic duty!

The tax system is complicated. Even for accountants it can be. According to reports, you can give 20 different accountants the exact same information, and you will more than likely have 20 different final numbers. That is because each person may interpret the tax laws differently. That is why tax preparers make the big bucks. So we don’t have to do it ourselves.

But we do have to do the preparation for taxes. We have to gather the information.

The Checklist

I have prepared a basic checklist that the average person would need. Each person’s situation is different, and each tax return will need different items. But this will at least give you a start on what to collect to give to your preparer.

Mind you, this checklist is not complete, by any means. Nor is this checklist a substitute for any tax advice, as I am not a lawyer. It is up to you to contact a lawyer or accountant if you feel you cannot prepare your own tax return accurately and according to the complex laws. Read more