So, what did I get from Santa this year?
What IS that big blue box, Santa??
Oh My Goodness! It's the SoyaPower Plus Soy Milk (or any bean milk, grain milk or nut milk) Maker!
Looks like I got me Jan Plan Project#1: Home Made Soy (and Almond and Oat!) Milk!
But, wait! What did Santa Dad get me for Christmas?
A ton of his time and effort, that's what! Sheesh! What the hell? It took about forever to disassemble my little refrigerator, and it took both my dad and me to figure it out. Look at all those holes in the back of it, hardware was screwed into every one of them, I ended up with a HUGE bag of stuff, the fans, main board, on and on, all the electrical bits and pieces of a small refrigerator were really something to behold! We were going to wire up a baseboard thermostat to the existing wiring as the thermostat for my desired project, but it just got too complicated, so we ended up getting a plug in thermostat instead. Anyway, we did this all to turn my now empty and unobstructed mini fridge into...drum roll please...a TEMPEH INCUBATOR! Huzzah!
Jan Plan Project #2: I'm going to MAKE MY OWN TEMPEH. Oh, yes.
Once I get me some tempeh spores, I'll be in business. (You actually have to write to this company to order them, how quaint!) It pains me to add tempeh to my grocery list at this point, but I'll only have to be buying it from the store for just a little while longer...
And, the pièce de résistance, a Griswold #10 Cast Iron Fry Pan given to me by my Mom B. The pan is from my husband's great grandmother! Oh, momma!!
Here is the original Griswold marking on the back of the pan. Below it, you can just make out the mark, "Erie," which, along with the Griswold "cross" design, indicates the pan was manufactured between 1906 and 1912, which makes perfect sense given that it was my husband's great grandmother's pan, reportedly used for making some kind of delicious, old-fashioned maple candy...mmmmmm!
Jan Plan Project #3: Recondition heirloom cast iron pan. Oh joy!! So excited. I have never done a reconditioning project with cast iron, since I use modern, Lodge cast iron, pictured here (and in many of my on-the-stove shots all throughout my blog! It gets a lot of use):
You can see the subtle differences in the styling between the modern Lodge pan here and the heirloom Griswold pan above. I really, really want to get that Griswold up and running on my stove top! I think The Pan Man can help me!
Oh, and of course, some of you may be familiar with my last post which involves...
Jan Plan Project #4: Grow a disgusting pet for my son (T. longicaudatis, aka, "Triops"). I already have three hatchlings this time around, and no, I don't plan to cook them, though some people want to! Check out the "fan mail" on the Triops site, scroll about 14 Fan Letters down, it's the one in the large font. Exotic, indeed! They probably taste like shrimp, lady, but don't do it! ;-)
I have to plan my garden, too, Jan Plan #5: Gardening Stuff. More to come on that one. In the meantime, start seed shopping!
What do you all have planned for the winter months??