Monday, September 3, 2018

3D Printing, Yellowstone, Driver's Test,

First I saw replica printing of a valuable Mummy, then I heard of lots of things until I was horrified to hear that people were printing plastic guns and rifles which actually worked. Then I saw them printing food. Today I learn of an alligator with a printed tail. Makes me wonder what next. The link takes one to a short video which introduces you to Mr. Stubbs who lost his tail whilst being illegally smuggled in 2013.

Watched a programme about Yellowstone Park which contains one of the world's super volcanoes. Watching all the geysers I wondered how long it was since the last eruption. Seems to me to be about 1.3 million years. Quite a long time ago!! What made me wonder was the fact that the bison have been around since prehistoric times and I had been thinking if the volcano ever does erupt, that will be the end of all the animals there. Not that it will do the world much good either. With any luck, I won't be here to find out LOL.

I have my free meal coupon from Mandarin so have arranged to have lunch there with our friends on
the 12th. I also plan to go to the Red Lobster, not quite sure when, but if nothing else, their Chocolate Wave Cake will make a great birthday cake. Last time we were there, one of the waitresses tried to persuade us that buying a whole cake there for an occasion was cheaper than buying one in the local supermarket. Not sure where she gets that idea from. A whole Wave Cake costs $40. Not sure how many it feeds mind you, but from the slice they serve, it is a pretty big cake.

Tuesday I have to attend the senior driver's lecture or whatever you call it. I will get an eye test and then have to do a couple of cognitive tests, they I gather they 'talk' to you for a while. It takes about 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 hours. I don't envisage any problems other than getting up early enough to be there for 9 a.m. Getting up is not a problem, it's getting cracking with all the things to do before I go out.  Mind you, I still believe they should test your actual ability to handle a car.

I thought this cake sounded a bit different/

Brown Butter Cake with Cocoa

Cooking spray
6 Tbs unsalted butter (3 oz.)
7 1/2 oz all-purpose flour (about 1 3/4 cups)
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
1 3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar, divided
1 1/4 cups whole buttermilk
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbs coconut oil
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Spray a 9-inch round cake pan with 2-inch sides or a 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray. Line pan with parchment paper; spray with cooking spray.

3. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-low, swirling pan occasionally, until butter is foamy and starting to brown on the bottom, about 5 minutes. (It should smell like hazelnuts.) Scrape browned bits from bottom; remove from heat, and cool 5 minutes.

4. Whisk together flour, cocoa, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and 1/2 cup granulated sugar in a large bowl until no lumps of brown sugar remain. (Break up lumps with hands, if necessary.)

5. Whisk together buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla in a medium bowl until no visible bits of egg remain. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture, whisking just until blended (a few streaks of flour are fine). Add brown butter and coconut oil, and whisk just until blended.

6. Pour batter into prepared pan; sprinkle with coconut flakes and remaining 1 tablespoon granulated sugar. Bake at 350°F for 35 minutes or until coconut is golden brown, cake pulls away from the sides of the pan, and a wooden pick inserted into center of cake comes out clean. Cool cake in pan 10 minutes. Remove cake from pan to a wire rack; cool to room temperature.

Servings: 12

Source: Cooking Light

Have a great day


  1. I am really surprised that the 3D guns work. I thought that the 3D printing was only capable of making a solid replica of the item being copied. I didn't think that it could make a hollow barrel and working parts inside.

    1. No you have to print all the parts of the gun separately JoJo. However, the plans are all available on the internet!! Very clever.

  2. When I was planning my trip out west a few years ago with a dew days in Yellowstone, one of my friends tried to talk me out of it saying that volcano could erupt at any time. Still waiting.

    1. Funny really, if that thing decides to erupt, it won't matter much where you are Denise. In North America that is.

  3. Hi Jo - good to be organised. I must one day find a red lobster ... cheers Hilary

    1. I enjoy them Hilary, but then I have been in Canada over 40 years and have kind of forgotten what it is like to have fresh fish from the sea. We did get that a bit in North Carolina, but no crab or lobsters.

  4. Happy Birthday Cake at Red Lobster sounds good.

  5. Ah yes, the volcano that could erupt at any moment. Now, I know it will one day but I will not let fear dictate seeing such great wonders. Now, if one sees something coming, much faster and it gets right back into the limelight, I would not visit.

    1. It could, but hopefully it won't Birgit. I guess they keep an eye on it. The whole of North America would be badly affected by it, if only by the volcanic winter (or whatever it's called) caused by the ash in the air.