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Mashed Meat Marathon

March 9, 2021 By Shannon Hayes Off

For Christmas Doug’s mom and husband sent us a wonderful gift (particularly wonderful since we’ve been so busy) of assorted pre-prepared meals and meats from Omaha Steaks. He had not told them about his diet (so we were super lucky not to get fruit or…

DIY Solar Thermal for your homeHome Automation Geek

January 23, 2021 By Shannon Hayes Off

The key difference between solar thermal and photovoltaic solar power is that solar thermal uses an array of mirrors to heat something, which converts the energy to electricity. Photovoltaic cells directly absorb and convert sunlight into electricity. The world’s largest (340 MW) solar thermal power…

Ultimate Man Caves Part 1: Ode to Indiana Jones

January 17, 2021 By Shannon Hayes Off

This is Part 2 of a three-part series. Is this your favorite man cave? Cast your vote in the comments section below! So I’ve been working a lot since 2012 began, and it’s made me really appreciate the down time when I finally snag some.…

Tuna salad with a twist

December 3, 2020 By Shannon Hayes Off

I love, love, love tuna salad!  My favorite tuna salad recipe calls for a lot of red onion. In an attempt to cut down the carbs, I went hunting for something different.  This one is excellent, substituting radishes for the onion.  Radishes have a really…

The original recipe called for Bacos.. bleh

September 6, 2020 By Shannon Hayes Off

Ingredients 1 medium leek sliced white part only 1 tablespoon olive oil 3 cups kale rinsed and torn 1/2 cup chicken stock homemade or low sodium 1/2 cup sour cream 1 teaspoon dijon mustard 1 slice bacon cooked and crumbled garlic salt and pepper to…

Check out my new home office – in the barn!

July 24, 2020 By Shannon Hayes Off

Okay, so it’s not MY new home office–but I wish it were! Check out how Cory Watilo transformed this old horse barn from junk storage into a really sweet home office. It just goes to show you, that with a bit of vision and creativity,…

[CLASSIFIED] Kill the Q Syndrome. Take the Challenge

June 23, 2020 By Shannon Hayes Off

Note: This is a follow-up to  What does James Bond have that Home Automation doesn’t? If you haven’t read that one yet, you can catch up by clicking HERE. Note 2: If you’ve completed your mission, congratulations. You can scroll right to the bottom to…

A Guide for Making a Totem Pole

May 5, 2020 By Shannon Hayes Off

Totem poles were originally constructed by aboriginal peoples of the Northwestern North American regions using crude tools and western cedar. These poles were used to tell stories of family ancestry, legends and tribal communities by the indigenous population. When settlers came to this region of…

Choosing the right thermostat

April 23, 2020 By Shannon Hayes Off

In my last post, I wrote about a dream – the dream of a home with zero-net energy usage. It’s a dream that a lot of people are working towards, and it’s fairly close to realization. But in order for you to take advantage of…