Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Knots - For Fun as well as Search and Rescue

I really like this new website I discovered: Animated Knots by Grog. The step-by-step directions are easy to follow.

 Learning to tie a one-handed bowline knot could just safe your life someday if you ever need to be extracted from a cliff or crevasse and your other hand is injured.

OpsGear's Jager has a nice video on this topic as well.

The Alpine Butterfly loop is a knot that can be used to make a hand and/or foot loop in a rope for rescue.

Grog's method of tying the Alpine Butterfly Knot is easy to learn.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Safety Neal's Bread Pudding Recipe

My wife, Sarah, accuses me of becoming a foodie. That is definitely an exaggeration, but I have done more cooking in the last year than in the previous decade.

I've been experimenting with bread pudding and found it to be an easy and cheap dessert.

I start with a loaf of crusty French or Italian bread. I cut it into finger-thick slices and leave it out overnight to get hard.

Then in a bowl I mix: 2 eggs 2 cups of skim milk 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 tablespoon cinnamon 1 cup sugar Add the bread slices and coat thoroughly. Let it sit for 5 minutes.

 I pour it all into square cake pan and sprinkle with a cinnamon-sugar mix.

Bake it for 40 minutes at 350 degrees and you're ready for dessert.

 To make it really decadent, you can make a sauce to pour over the top. The base of the sauce I use is a stick of butter, a cup of whole milk, 1 cup of sugar. You can 1/3 cup of brandy or rum to the sauce as well.

  Bread Pudding Pie

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Hello World!

I just connected the Fireside Chat to Google Plus. This blog isn't dead, but it is pretty dormant. But this is where I will park a long thought sometimes and then link to it from Facebook, Google Plus or LinkedIn.