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Thanks for the information.

I haven't experienced this but I'll hang onto your email address!
Posted by Fridays Child | Tue May 13, 2014, 03:59 AM (0 replies)

What are these little doodads?

I found these four little metal objects, at the end of my driveway, today. Any ideas? The photo makes them look darker than they really are. They look like stainless steel.

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Posted by Fridays Child | Mon Apr 21, 2014, 01:45 AM (21 replies)

Question for the lounge: do I own my Audible and Kindle files like I own my paper books?

Do I have the right to share those files with friends and family, just as I have the right to share the books on my bookshelves?
Posted by Fridays Child | Fri Mar 21, 2014, 12:39 AM (13 replies)

I visited an e-cig store, last weekend. It was quite an educational field trip.

The only products were electronic cigarette components--"e-juice," batteries, chargers, adapters, tanks, and so on. But what they were marketing was so much more than mere e-cigs. For sale was an amazing hybrid of healthy living, elegance, and patriotism.

The store was set up almost like a VIP lounge at a swanky club. There were lots of bar tables and chairs, interspersed with high-end recliners and leather couches--even a pool table. On prominent display was a large glass bowl filled with what were, ostensibly, the last tobacco products of customers who made the switch to e-cigs. And flavor lists, four to five pages long, were scattered across every tabletop, along with typewritten handouts enumerating the health and economic benefits of "vaping" versus tobacco use.

Is it a fair statement to say that vapers and vaping comprise a new and distinctive subculture? Do my fellow DUers have any insight--pro, con, or neutral--into this phenomenon?
Posted by Fridays Child | Wed Feb 19, 2014, 02:02 AM (36 replies)

Happy Hearts and Flowers and Chocolate Day!

Eat some dark chocolate, 70% or higher in cacao content. It'll hit those ahhhh receptors in the brain, just like a drug.

Happy V Day to the best people on the Internet!

Posted by Fridays Child | Fri Feb 14, 2014, 05:28 AM (4 replies)

Brownie bakers? I have a few questions.

I made some cocoa brownies, last night, but I wanted to increase the cacao content, so I tweaked the recipe.

The original recipe calls for a cup and a half of cocoa powder and eight ounces of melted butter. I didn't increase the amount of cocoa powder but I reduced the melted butter to four ounces and added in a melted three and a half ounce 70% cacao dark chocolate bar. Also, instead of two teaspoons of vanilla, I used one teaspoon of vanilla and one teaspoon of orange extract.

I baked them for 50 minutes, at 300 degrees, in an eight by eight inch pan. The top had a perfect, light crust and the insides were fudgy and delicious. But they were so gooey that cutting them into separate servings was almost impossible.

So...

Would you change the recipe to make the brownies less gooey? Or would you bake them in a mini muffin pan? If the latter, is there a trick to keeping the brownies from sticking to the little cupcake liners? Also, how would you adjust the time and temperature? My oven is electric, if that makes a difference.

Thanks for your help!!!
Posted by Fridays Child | Tue Feb 4, 2014, 12:45 AM (12 replies)

A couple of photos from the Cliffs of Moher, on the west coast of Ireland.

These were taken on Christmas Eve.



Posted by Fridays Child | Mon Dec 30, 2013, 04:41 AM (1 replies)

Items prohibited by the TSA

I'd like to take Emergen-C, herbal tea bags, foil-packets of tuna, and crackers on an upcoming international trip. It looks like vitamin supplements and dry foods are allowed.

I can't find prohibitions of any of these items, at the TSA web site. But, when a family member went to France earlier this year, the TSA confiscated her Emergen-C, leaving a note that said her bag was inspected and some items were removed.

Has anyone else had non-prohibited items confiscated? In your experience, do you think there's anything on my list that might be removed?

Posted by Fridays Child | Sun Dec 8, 2013, 02:07 AM (5 replies)

Do we have any DUers living in Dublin, or elsewhere in Ireland?



I plan to take a six-day tour of Ireland, very soon. I'm pretty excited!
Posted by Fridays Child | Sat Dec 7, 2013, 07:17 PM (9 replies)

Gearing up for a tour of Ireland. Any tips?

Dublin to Killarney and back, visiting several places along the way. If any DUers have spent time there during the winter, I would really appreciate your advice--especially about what sort of weather to be prepared for.

Posted by Fridays Child | Fri Nov 29, 2013, 12:45 AM (11 replies)
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