Anthony Ciccarello
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  1. I find it funny how often NPR uses instrumental versions of Taylor Swift songs for interludes. I heard it twice today!

  2. I’m very intrigued by the idea of a calendar reform. What would it look like if we had 13 months of 28 days or some other arrangement like the World Calendar with fixed weekdays? Obviously switching systems would be a nightmare but I find the potential for consistency appealing. First...

  3. I added a new page to my site this week. You can now preview some of the posts I have in progress on the /drafts page! Beware, I don’t plan on redirecting those old URLs though so I don’t recommend linking to draft posts.

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  4. Always nice when you can see the sun setting behind Catalina Island (visible to the right). I’m glad we could end the weekend this way.

      photo ocean landscape sunset
  5. Birding in 2021

    Typically I do a year-in-review of my birding, but I fell behind posting 2021. Before I share about my birding in 2022, I wanted to give a quick update to fill in the gap. Despite the continuing pandemic and being busy with a new house and foster care, I still...

      article travel birding
  6. Felt like posting a photo today. This was a fun one from the San Diego Safari Park. It’s a Great Blue Turaco.

      photo birds nature
  7. Found out today that a elderly woman we know from Liberia passed away. She spent most of her life caring for children in Nimba county, many of whom lost family in the country’s civil war. Her godly spirit had a profound impact on my wife and me despite being a...

      note personal Liberia
  8. There are a lot of reasons I historically haven’t liked the beach: the sun burning my skin, the wind and water leaving me cold, sand getting on everything, social pressures from crowded beaches and exhausted people. But one of the gifts from this past year has been learning to enjoy...

      photo nature ocean texture
  9. Sausage Bread

    Growing up my mom would bake this on Christmas morning. It’s a simple mix of ingredients if you use frozen dough. Amounts are estimates, adjust to taste. Summary Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Servings: 8 Ingredients Frozen bread dough loaf (thawed) 1/2 lb ground italian sausage 1...

      recipe bread family recipe
  10. How I built a live edge table

    An excessively detailed description of my plans and failures taking on an ambitious woodworking project

      article personal woodworking
  11. Today I learned that 12 days before the Three Mile Island accident, the movie The China Syndrome came out in theaters describing a nuclear meltdown that “could render an area the size of the state of Pennsylvania permanently uninhabitable”.

      note TIL
  12. Puppy Chow

    Also called muddy buddies, this is one of Bekah’s favorite quick treat to make for friends. Summary Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Servings: 15 Ingredients 9 cups rice Chex cereal 1/2 cup peanut butter (we prefer chunky) 1 cup chocolate chips 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/4 cup butter...

      recipe dessert peanut butter
  13. Peanut Butter Blossoms

    Bekah’s mom made these this holiday. The original recipe from the New York Times is for Hershey’s Kisses, but they can also be done with peanut butter cups. The peanut butter cups be baked in a mini cupcake tin for a deeper shape. Summary Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time:...

      recipe dessert cookie peanut butter
  14. Creme Brulee

    Here’s a friend’s recipe. We’ve also used this recipe from alton brown which also adds vanilla bean. Summary Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 40 minutes Servings: 6 ramekins Ingredients 1 Tsp. Vanilla 2 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream 6 Egg yolks 1 Cup Sugar (retain half for caramelizing top) Directions...

  15. Simple Rosemary Focaccia Bread

    This recipe, originally from Alexandra Cooks has been our go-to focaccia recipe. A pyrex glass casserole dish is perfect for a thicker bread that can be sliced for making sandwhiches. If not preparing overnight, let the mixed dough rise at room temperature for about 1.5 to 2 hours until doubled....

      recipe bread

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