Monthly Archives: November 2009


My new house has 3 huge fig trees in the front yard.  They are planted in an awful spot, obscuring our view from the big windows in the living room.   Some pruning is going to have to happen, stat.  In the meantime, though, they are producing prolifically.

Not being much a fig-eater myself, I turned to The Internet in Its infinite wisdom.  I came away with a couple excellent uses for all those figs in my front yard.

One was Spicy Fig Microwave Jam, which I highly recommend.  It’s super easy and freaking delicious on everything from Gruyere cheese to roast chicken.

The second idea I discovered was to dehydrate the figs for use in myriads of recipes like Fig Newtons , Stuffing, and…Figgy Pudding.  Not so sure about that last one.  If you make it, let me know how that turned out for ya.

That said, here’s what I did to prep and dry the figs:

Step 1.  Heft your ladder out to the front yard, climb up to the top and attempt to balance there with a large cardboard box.  Proceed to pick all the figs you can reach.

Step 2.  Haul your catch inside to the kitchen.  Wash the figs and line them up on a towel because fig-drying with Rachel is nothing if not orderly.


Step 3.  Cut the little stems off with a paring knife.


Step 4.  Slice the figs in half lengthwise.


Step 5.  Arrange the sliced figs face-down on the dehydrator trays.


Step 6. Dehydrate at ~155 degrees F for about 20 hours.  It may take more or less time, depending on the efficiancy of your dehydrator.  You’ll know they’re done when they are pliable and leathery, but don’t have any discernable pockets of moisture.  I left mine for too long.  They were brittle in the morning, but I think they’ll still be fine.


Step 7.  Double bag the figs in a labeled gallon-sized freezer Ziploc bag.  Store in the freezer or a cool, dry place until the spirit moves you to make Figgy Pudding.  Or something.





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When Sickness Strikes

Keith and I got bad colds this week, so he worked from home.  I didn’t work much, I just fed chickens and then laid on the couch and watched movies.  He is a better man than I.


saving the world, one line of code at a time

He even got all dressed up.  And participated in conference calls on his Bluetooth and said important things like, “Can you hear me?  Hello?!  I have a comment to make…!  Hello???”

And then he wrote code that included things like, “OPEN A SOCKET”.  The sorts of things that you hear on tv shows like ’24’.  I think he might be working for Jack Bauer.  We might have go to undercover for CTU and save Los Angeles from terrorist attacks.

Just my daily life with a Computer Engineer.   I try to stay humble.

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Rosie and Her Man


cheerleader & rosie

Keith and I dressed up as a cheerleader and Rosie the Riveter for Halloween this year.  Come to think of it, those costumes pretty much sum up our personalities.   As does this photo.  Good times!

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