Being busy is a form of laziness— lazy thinking and indiscriminate action. Being busy is most often used as a guise for avoiding the few critically important but uncomfortable actions.

Ferriss, Timothy. Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers (p. 201). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition.


Rabbit Hole

Distractions are a bitch. I’m writing this as the last step in a hole that I found myself in. It went something like this.

  1. Wanted to work on a checklist for my morning routine.
  2. Had to decide best tool to create my morning routine in.
  3. Realized I already had it in a text file. Opened the text file.
  4. Made some updates to the existing checklist.
  5. Thought “Hmm. Doesn’t Tim Ferriss have a process he follows every morning?”
  6. Dug into Tools of Titans.
  7. Found a quote and thought. Hmm. I should put this quote on my blog.
  8. Went to said blog.
  9. Logged in and realized “Oh, I need to update my version of WordPress”
  10. Realized the rabbit hole I just got myself into and decided to jot it down.

This all happened over the span of 12 minutes.

I’ve been meditating a lot lately using Headspace. The one thing that Andy continues to say is if you feel distracted, make note of it and bring yourself back to the breath.

So, noted, breathing, back to work…


In case you missed it because of all the other Donald J. Trump related BS. The House just signed a measure to allow ISPs to sell your data w/o your permission. This rolls back work done by the Obama administrations FCC chair.
The chief argument you will here from the GOP is that regulations are bad and this creates a level playing field between Comcast, Verizon and say Google. However that argument falls apart for two reasons.

One, ISPs have a near monopoly. I don’t have the ability to choose an ISP that aligns more with how I want my data used.

Two, I can choose to block the data from Google or any other internet company with Ghostery or other ad blocking tools. Your ISP has access to every bit going in and out of your internet connection which is far more invasive then data you might give to Google.
I want to be crystal clear about this. There is no way this is good for you. Unless of course you think letting the ISP sell information about every single website you visit to the highest bidder – with your real world information too, is a good thing.


Quill is a pretty neat way to send short form content into my blog.



Stone Fence Cocktail

Sweetly tangy, and satisfyingly robust, fresh-pressed apple cider is springing up in greenmarkets and grocery stores everywhere right now. Dating back to the days of the American Revolution, this one’s an oldie, but a goodie: rich and fresh tasting – the perfect treat for a fall day. What’s your favorite way to drink apple cider?

Stone Fence (adapted from Imbibe! by David Wondrich)(makes one cocktail)

2 ounces bourbon (rum or brandy are other options)

fresh apple cider (approximately 5-6 ounces)

Pour the bourbon into an Old Fashioned or Collins glass, add two or three ice cubes, and top up with apple cider. Stir gently.




Oven Roasted Broccoli


This amazing roasted Broccoli recipe comes courtesy of Alton Brown.


1 pound broccoli, rinsed and trimmed
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan or sharp Cheddar


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Cut the broccoli florets into bite size pieces. Cut the stalk into 1/8-inch thick, round slices. Place the broccoli into a mixing bowl and toss with the olive oil, garlic, kosher salt and pepper and set aside.
Spread the panko into a 13 by 9-inch metal cake pan and place into the oven for 2 minutes or until lightly toasted. Remove the panko from the oven and add to the bowl with the broccoli mixture. Toss to combine. Return the mixture to the cake pan, place in the oven and roast just until the broccoli is tender, 8 to 10 more minutes. Remove from the oven, toss in the cheese and serve immediately.

Read more at foodnetwork.com


I came across this recipe for a one dish breakfast that I can do in my cast iron skillet. It was really tasty.

Skillet Breakfast with Potatoes, Bacon and Cheese
The large skillet would feed 4-5 adults
4-5 baked potatoes (great way to use up leftovers)
1/2 sliced onion
1/2 sliced bell pepper (optional)
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1 pound of Bacon..cooked and diced
2 cups of cheddar cheese
6 eggs for the large skillet
1/2 cup of cream or milk
1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees and put skillets in oven.  BEWARE, they will get very hot!
2.  Saute the onion, bell pepper and garlic for 3 minutes in butter. Add salt and pepper to taste.
3. Add eggs and milk to a small bowl and whisked together.
4.  Using a thick hot pad, remove skillet from oven and coat with butter. Layer your buttered skillet in this order:
Onion and bell pepper
5.  Bake for 15-20 minutes in 400 degree oven.  The eggs should be puffy yet firm when touched.  See picture below.  Serve immediately.



This is really awesome. A bot that sits in front of your telephone and wrecks havoc on robo-callers.

Source: Jolly Roger Telephone


Grange BBQ Chicken Recipe

Barbeque Chicken that my ex father-in-law makes. It’s delicious.

Below is the recipe:

Chicken Thighs and Drumsticks

1 cup cider vinegar

1/2 butter

4 teaspoons Franks Red Sauce

2 TBS Black Pepper

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Place……chickens, skin side up, on grill

Blend……remaining ingredients in bowl.

Cook……chickens for 1 1/2 hours, turning and basting with sauce every 5 minutes.

You know it’s done when you twist the drumstick and the bone twists off.


carmen’s kitch: Cast Iron Skillet Pan-Seared Filet Mignon

Cast Iron Skillet Pan-Seared Filet Mignon inspired from Ina Garten’s Steakhouse Steaks recipe2 (1o ounce) filet mignon

  • 2 Tbsp grapeseed oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp fleur de sel or kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butterDIRECTIONSPreheat oven to 400 degrees.

Heat a large cast iron skillet over high heat until very hot (5-7 minutes).

Pat the steaks dry with a paper towel, and brush them lightly with oil. Combine the salt and pepper on a plate and roll the steaks in the mixture, pressing lightly to coat both sides.When the skillet is ready, add the steaks and sear them evenly on all sides, for 2 minutes per side.

Will take total of 10 minutes.

Top each steak with 1T butter, and place skillet in the oven. For medium rare (125 degrees) cook for 7-10 minutes, testing with meat thermometer. Once you’ve achieved desired doneness, transfer the steaks to platter and cover tightly in aluminum foil.

Allow steaks to rest for 5-10 minutes. This really makes all the difference in the world!

Source: carmen’s kitch: Cast Iron Skillet Pan-Seared Filet Mignon