Flying too high and going too fast! – Helicopter Stories

Helicopters are AWESOME!

My neighbor, such an awesome guy, gave my son an RC helicopter.  His kids had received them but never used them.  LB (my son) was super excited to play with it, but we were unable to get some time to play with it until just the other day.  This thing is nice.  Feels solidly built, has an internal Li-Ion battery and the remote control is the only part that has batteries that need to be replaced.

Crisis Strikes!

I started off nice and slow getting used to the control and lift of the helicopter.  Then I started trying to get it to hover so I could work on control.  Well, I got ambitious, and it went too high then dropped to the ground.  Picked it up and dusted it off, everything seems fine.  However, something is off, as the rear rotor no longer turns.  The helicopter cannot lift off of the ground now.

What popped into my head was something my wife had said to me not long ago.  She had said that I have a tendency to go “all in” on something only to find that when my interest wanes I am already moving on to something else.  I don’t know how to have an alternative there.  I don’t even know what the alternative would be, since I would think that we should be able to move onto something else that interests us.  However, her point was still valid, as there are some times in which I cannot quite decide when to hold, or when to fold.

The helicopter brought to mind the old story of Icarus, flying too high and too close to the sun.  He paid the ultimate price for wanting to go higher and higher.  I thought more about this today when I was taking the tail apart to see if I can figure out what happened.  My curiosity won’t let me quit on this investigation, but it is also kind of fun.  If I can get this working again then it is important not just for the joy it brings to LB, but also for the symbolism associated with the repair and eventual emergence of helicopter 2.0!

I’ve closed with this before, but never has it been so appropriate, so…Onward and Upward!!!

Cauliflower Pepperoni Pizza Casserole – AMAZING

So it has been a while since I shared a recipe with you.  This recipe is delicious, and perfect for anyone pursuing keto.  I have to admit that the hardest part for me is letting it cool down before I try to eat it.  Mashed Cauliflower retains heat VERY well, so I often find myself burning my mouth.

Now before we get started, I used to be like the bulk of you that are going to read this and say that Cauliflower is GROSS.  However, I have since found the error of my ways.  Cauliflower will adopt the flavor tones of foods you mix it with.  That being said, make sure you mash it up really well, I am talking puree.  Also, for topping, use whatever you would like.

Without further ado, I present the Cauliflower Pepperoni Pizza Casserole:

Ingredients:

Head of cauliflower
2 Tbsp of Heavy Cream
1 Tbsp Butter (I like Salted)
10 slices of pepperoni
3/4 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese

Pre-heat the oven to 375F

Clean up the cauliflower and break it into smaller pieces.  Place into your blender of choice (I use a Ninja kitchen system and cut myself cleaning it afterwards. Every. Time.)  and shred them up to what is approximately the size of grains of rice.  Take this and place in a microwave-safe bowl with the cream and butter.  Microwave this uncovered for 10 minutes on full power.

Stir the mixture to ensure that everything is coated with cream and butter.  Microwave it again for another 6 minutes.  Now take it and pour it all into the blender with 10 of the pepperoni slices and 1/4 cup of the cheese.  Puree all of it.  Puree it until it is smooth.  Add salt and pepper as needed.

Now spread the puree in a casserole dish.  Cover the whole thing with the rest of the cheese and layer it with whatever your chosen topping.  Bake it at 375F for 20 minutes.

Then take it out of the oven and LET IT COOL for a bit.  This recipe will make 4 servings.

I typically make it with pepperoni, hence the title of the post.  However it was also good with chicken, ham, bacon pieces…the sky is the limit.

Catch you all next week.  Let me know if you have tried this or plan to try this.

Bulletproof Coffee: best, worst-sounding thing in my life

coffee-beansIn a quest to drop weight, or rather body fat, I adopted several different cycles of diet changes.  These changes have included eating incredibly bland foods.  Foods that my wife loved to point out as boring, while she enjoyed many different flavors.  However, since switching to a ketogenic diet I have gone back to eating regular food.  Courtesy of recipes found on Ruled.me, I get to eat things that don’t seem to be healthy on any diet.  Foods like Bacon-wrapped, cheese-stuffed hotdogs, and other delightful sounding dishes.  Previous to this diet, though, I was not a coffee drinker.  In fact, I was frequently buying coffee for my wife and wondering how anyone can enjoy it.  Then I met the bulletproof coffee recipe.

Now, first off, don’t get this mixed up with Bulletproof Coffee, the brand.  This is different.  On a keto diet, your macronutrients heavily favor fat at the expense of carbs.  My typical daily intake is approximately 80% fat, 17% protein, and 3% carbs.

For the recipe, you only need a couple of ingredients:

  • 8oz. coffee (of your choice)
  • 2tbsp coconut oil
  • 2tbsp butter
  • 1tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 1tsp vanilla extract (optional)

For kitchen tools, you need something to brew the coffee whether it be from beans, grinds or k-cups, and an immersion blender.

The coconut oil and butter will melt in the hot coffee, but without a blender, immersion or otherwise, the oil will not mix too well.  While it does not sound too great, the butter and oil seem to mix with the cream leaving a smooth, still-liquid drink.

So after doing this for a little while I decided to experiment and added a scoop of vanilla protein powder to the mixture.  It created a drink that tasted like a vanilla latte.

I drink this stuff nearly every morning, and I love it.  I won’t be so bold as to claim that it is the best thing ever, but give it a shot and see what you think.