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Toolbar Tutorial Removed

January 7, 2018

I have removed my Firefox toolbar tutorial from this site, since it is now woefully out of date. If you’re looking for Firefox extension development information, turn to the official documentation.

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Hammocks Beach State Park Photos

January 1, 2018

I’ve just posted some photos from a visit to my final North Carolina state park back in October of 2016. This album has been long overdue, but I’m finally getting around to it.

I hope to post more photos in the coming weeks, but I’m debating how best to do that (I have a large backlog of stuff that never made it here). I’ve been using Google Photos as my posting ground in recent times, and I haven’t seen a good way to make those photos public.

Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls

December 24, 2017

I have a fairly old bread machine (late 90s / early 2000s model) that I use all the time. A few years ago, my dad found a great recipe for bread machine cinnamon rolls that he shared with me. After a minor tweak or two from the original, we’ve hit upon one of the best cinnamon roll recipes I’ve ever tried.

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 Tbsp butter

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 1 Tbsp yeast

Put all ingredients in the machine in the typical order (most machines call for wet first, then dry). Use the 2-pound dough setting, and let the machine do its thing. Once the machine is done, dump the dough out onto a flat surface (lightly floured if you like to avoid sticking). Roll the dough into a rectangle about 1/4 inch thick.

Filling

  • 2 Tbsp softened butter for spreading
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup raisins (optional; golden raisins are particularly good)

Spread the butter on the rolled out rectangle, and then sprinkle the sugar/cinnamon mixture on top of the butter. Also add the raisins (if using them). Roll the rectangle into a tight log (starting with long edge) and keep the seam side down to keep it sealed. Cut the log into the desired pieces (I typically get about 15 or so of these at about 1/2″ or so thick), and place them in greased pans. Let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Bake at 350° for 10 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

Icing

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • Enough milk to make it thick (this is the tricky part)

I typically use about 1 Tbsp of milk, but it’s an art form to guess-timate the right amount. You don’t want the icing too thick, and you don’t want it too runny. I always double the icing recipe above because I love icing (if I can see the bread of the cinnamon roll, I don’t have enough icing on it). Enjoy!

Sunset of Googlebar Lite

April 6, 2017

As of today, I am officially withdrawing my development support for the Googlebar Lite Firefox extension. I’m aware that the extension no longer works well in the latest builds of Firefox, and I have absolutely no desire to fix them. Mozilla’s development environment has gotten pretty irritating as of late, and I just don’t have the cycles (or the drive) to fix the issues that exist.

The future of Firefox add-ons lies in WebExtensions, and toolbar support in that arena is pretty bare-bones (last I looked). The default Firefox search box meets most needs, which has motivated me to drop this extension.

For those that are so-inclined, I will accept pull requests at the official googlebarlite repo. Or, you can fork the project and roll your own.

Lumber River State Park Photos

December 20, 2016

In early October, I visited Lumber River State Park, the penultimate state park in my quest to visit them all. Naturally, I took my camera, and these photos were the result. Sadly, this small park offers lackluster hiking.

Mount Rainier Photos

December 14, 2016

The final photo album from our trip to Washington state is finally up. This last album focuses on Mount Rainier, which is easily one of the most beautiful national parks I’ve ever been to. The hiking here was fantastic, even though it was tough on the old knees!

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Mount Saint Helens Photos

December 2, 2016

We visited Mount Saint Helens while in Washington state, and had some of the best hiking conditions while there. If you ever visit Washington, I highly recommend visiting this amazing place.

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Lake Crescent Photos

November 28, 2016

Our last stop in Olympic National Park was Lake Crescent, a remarkably blue lake with some really neat things to see. I have two more photo albums to post from our Washington visit, both of which are really neat!

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Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge Photos

November 25, 2016

Photos from our trip to Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge in Washington state have now been posted. I have three more photo albums from this vacation to post, which I hope to get to in the next week or so. Then I’ll be (nearly) caught up!

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