Monday, December 30, 2013

Soup time

It's that time of year again for most and includes myself.  That time when you've over indulged during the holidays and the old waist line and tummy let you know about it.  I have a house full of sweets and enjoyed a little too much bubbly lately.  Time to detox and get back to business.

It's always good to start with letting your system rest, hydrate and fuel.  Soup is always a great option and very inexpensive, especially vegetable soup.
When I make soup, I always make plenty!  It's hard not to.  This soup had the trilogy of carrots, celery and onions with garlic, kale, potatoes and black eyed peas.  I'll freeze some for a rainy day and then just eat the rest little by little until gone!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Bella's Science Experiment

This year Bella is conducting her first science experiment.  I myself am enjoying helping her with the process and seeing the results.  Not sure if all of you have ever seen online those McDonald's burgers and fries that claim to be months and years old unchanged.  I believe it.  It gave us the idea to create our own experiment. 

Would we be able to replicate that?  If we added other brands and a homemade burger to the mix, which one would decay first and which would decay the least?

I was surprised by the results myself.  Firstly, the McDonald's burger and fries did decay, and actually the burger decayed most between the two other fast food chain samples of Wendy's and Burger King.  Burger King's burger decayed last and the least, but their fries deteriorated first.

Of course, the homemade version became disgusting right away and showed the most in mold growth.   Remember, anything that bacteria will eat  is organic and "real".  You would want to eat something that breaks down and decomposes. 

When I was frying up the homemade burger, it smelled appalling.  Sautéing onions and vegetables smells ten times better than fatty ground chuck.  The fat that came off of that patty also was a reminder of how artery clogging that stuff is and why I stay away.

 A creepy issue with the McDonald's food was that the mold growing on it was somewhat different than the others.  The fries were very green and it was the only item that grew black mold.  I suppose if we conducted a more advanced experiment, we could determine the types of mold and why some grow and others don't. Probably depends on the materials of which they grow.

I had to end the experiment at 12 days.  Couldn't take it anymore and didn't want to risk letting loose those mold spores too much.  Especially the black mold, which I am allergic to.

Here are the results after 12 days:
 Burger King Whopper meal day 12
 Home prepared ground chuck burger and baked fries at day 12.
 McDonald's Quarter Pounder and fries at day 12.
Wendy's Single meal day 12.

I guess if I were to conduct this again to try and replicate those that left the items in the bag, it may have turned out differently than ours being housed in sealed containers.  I just didn't want to leave food out in a bag.  This was gross enough.

So if you intend to clog your arteries with a burger, make it at home.  If you prefer a fast food heart attack, eat Burger King fries and a McDonald's Quarter Pounder.

Was a Merry Christmas!

We celebrated Christmas in our new home and we are loving it here.  It's peaceful up on this hill and the house is very cozy.  Still trying to settle in and unpack everything and still trying to get Chris to hang up all the wall art. The man hates to put holes in the wall.

 Meet Pepe.  An elf we adopted this year. Kids were able to hold him for eight minutes on Christmas Eve.  Dude moved all over the house.  Kept mommy and daddy very busy.