Quotes | Mark Twain

I notice that you use plain, simple language, short words and brief sentences. That is the way to write English - it is the modern way and the best way. Stick to it; don't let fluff and flowers and verbosity creep in. When you catch an adjective, kill it. No, I don't mean utterly, but kill most of them - then the rest will be valuable. They weaken when they are close together. They give strength when they are wide apart. An adjective habit, or a wordy, diffuse, flowery habit, once fastened upon a person, is as hard to get rid of as any other vice.

- Mark Twain, Letter to D. W. Bowser, 20 March 1880

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Clotted Cream | Recipes

As promised, here is how I made the clotted cream. I had been wanting to make clotted cream and scones for awhile (and ice cream, but that's another story that I'm working on), and when I saw the cream on sale at the grocery store, I bought all that was on sale: six cups worth of heavy cream. Happiness! Then I got to work.

I don't know if this qualifies as a recipe because you hardly have to do anything. There were a couple of methods I found online, but I decided to go the slow cooker route because it involves, undoubtedly, less worry. I will admit, the slow cooker is so convenient that it makes me skeptical every time I use it that it will produce great results. One of those - it's too good to be true - sort of things. I don't use it as much as I could, but it has yet to disappoint. With clotted cream, I didn't want to have to worry about leaving an oven on for eight hours. Yes, eight hours.

All you need to make clotted cream is pasteurized or unpasteurized heavy cream. Don't try it with ultra-pasteurized cream. With pasteurized cream, I got fantastic results.
4 cups pasteurized heavy cream

Pour heavy cream into slow cooker. Set on low for 8 hours. The cream should have a yellow layer on top, and may look crusty at the edges. Cool to room temp. Move to fridge and cool for 12 hours. With a slotted spoon, scoop the top layer, the clotted cream, into a container. Eat with scones and tea.
I will be honest and tell you that I left my clotted cream on the slow cooker for 10 hours because I overslept. :) The edges were really yellow, but it still tasted like cream, not even burnt. So don't worry too much if you leave it for longer than 8 hours. The cream that remains, which will be very liquid, you can use for cooking or baking. I used mine to make white hot chocolate. :) I <3 cream.

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Hack | Sewing | Bobbin Case

I have this crappy bobbin case that is pretty much a bobbin case only by name. Ok, that may sound  bitter, but it was a constant mess. The bobbins were too loose and the string would always unravel all over the place. I used to bike quite a bit, had one flat, and threw out the inner tube, only later realizing I could've used it for my bobbin case. Fast forward, oh I don't know, 4 years? 5 years? Yes, it's been that long that I've hated this case. Well, Stu and I went to a local sports store, parked in the back, and there was just a pile of old bike tire inner tubes laying there on the ground, by the trash. YAY! Finally, time to fix my case, and reuse is always a good thing!

Get the thinnest inner tube (check the inscription on the inner tube in one of the photos below). The sections you cut should be the length that will hold bobbins. In the photo below, the length I cut is then length of the compartment.

Then cut down the tube in a straight line to open the tube. I cut 2 sections for each compartment because I nested them. I found that this gave greater tension and thus grip. Nest them, put bobbins in, put them in your case. Admire, smile.

Below is a before and after, more like during. See the chaos?

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