Black and white goes with everything

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Yup, that’s my hat. And Nike’s sleeping on it. She lives the hashtag #dealwithit

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Long cat

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It always surprises me how long Nike really is.

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Down the rabbit hole

Lately I’ve been letting Nike take short excursions outside. The spokes on the front porch railings serve as a fence. Since Nike is an indoor cat–and a declawed one at that–I don’t want her out of my control. But she never stops trying to break free and explore the yard on her own terms. Today she took off in a sprint down the porch steps. Thankfully the snow liked high on either side of the stone walkway kept her from totally running off. Before I caught up with her she managed to find a rabbit (or vole or chipmunk) tunnel in the snow. Needless to say, she’s pretty proud if herself.

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The face that launched a thousand tweets

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As of now, Nike has tweeted 925 times. She is literally the face that launched a thousand tweets.

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This is Shouty

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This is Nike’s friend Shouty. It’s a turbulent friendship–whenever Nike’s in a mood Shouty gets the rabbit kick.

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How long can I keep an open jar of jam or jelly in the fridge?

I go through food phases. I’ll have a week where all I want to eat is zucchini. Zucchini pasta! Zucchini soup! Zucchini heated up in the microwave with oil and smothered with cheese!

And then I don’t want to have anything to do with zucchini for a while.

I hate wasting food. With vegetables like zucchini, there’s a high turnover in the fridge — I can usually use all of them up before I get sick of them.

But when I go through a jam and jelly phase, I usually end up with a couple of half-open jars in the fridge for a while — for months, even — before I go through another jam binge.  Once I pass month three, though, I get very nervous about the jam I have in my fridge. It doesn’t seem like something with fruit in it should be able to keep that long. 

So I asked the internet:

How long can I store open containers of jams and jellies in the fridge without dying from some terrible fruit mold?

According to here:

Answers vary from 1 to 12 months. Why so much variation? The shelf life of the product is affected by many factors including these: the type of fruit, the amount of sugar and preservatives, whether it is a homemade or a commercial product, and how the product is handled by the consumer.

The Smuckers Consumers Relations phone message gives the following statistics: For unopened jars, consult the “best if used by” date. For opened jars: traditional and low sugar: 12 months; Simply Fruit and Sugar-free: 9 months; apple butter: 15 months. Note that these figures are a bit more generous than those in our chart at http://shelflifeadvice.com/content/jelly-jam-and-preserves. However, the message is that store-bought jelly, jams, and preserves are likely to last several months if properly handled in the home.

It’s a good idea to put a label on the product indicating the date it was opened, and, before consuming, to examine it carefully for evidence of deterioration, especially mold. The entire jar must be discarded if there is any evidence of mold. Mold spores that can cause serious illness can spread quickly and easily through the entire jar.

Sugar is amazing.

 

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Nike helps

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me write by providing some much needed kitten-face. Cats grow out of kitten-hood, but they always have access to kitten-face. Usually when there are treats or things to chase involved.

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Breaking Bad and Nike

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Nike always does it full measure.

The filter on this picture is thanks to an iPhone app — badifyyourself.com

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by | October 8, 2013 · 7:01 am

Taking a break in SF

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My wonderful friend Rachel hosted me last week in San Francisco. I’d never been to California before. So many things to be thankful for. This is a picture I took while we were in Muir Woods.

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by | September 28, 2013 · 8:53 pm

All work is better done with a feline companion

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I did some work at my aunt’s house one sunny afternoon, and was thrilled to have Zeus the kitty as my proofreader ;)

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by | August 8, 2013 · 4:51 pm