October 8, 2017
by dhoytt

Found Delicious New Recipe for Eggplants with Grits 

Looking for a new way to eat eggplants from my garden and I wanted to incorporate grits I found a terrific recipe @ https://eatsimplefood.com/roasted-eggplant-peppers-and-feta-over-polenta/ . This made the perfect taste combination with my Traeger wood fired whole chicken and baked beans. I believe this eggplant dish was meant to be vegetarian but it rocked as a side dish!

I didn’t follow the recipe exactly since I didn’t have some of the ingredients but some of the substitutions and additions added to the overall meal taste.

My substitutions were, strawberries instead of cherry tomatoes, added olives, didn’t have mushrooms or nuts and didn’t want to go to the store, plus added havarti cheese to grits as they cooked towards the end.

The olives, some rosemary and basil I lightly sautéed in butter and olive oil separately then spead that over the whole dish and then topped it all off with blue cheese.

Anyway follow the recipe @ https://eatsimplefood.com/roasted-eggplant-peppers-and-feta-over-polenta/ and put your twist on it.

Here are some pictures of the meal that don’t do justice to the tastes that blended so well with my wood smoked chicken.

Plated food ready to eat and watch last half of NFL Sunday late game.

From near to far peppers from garden roasted with rosemary from garden, mixed with olives, rosemary. Roasted eggplant, strawberries, with basil and rosemary, grits and baked beans.

Wood smoked chicken from Traeger pellet grill using pecan and apple wood.

Baked beans, strawberries with basil and rosemary, grits with milk and havarti cheese.

Peppers, olives rosemary

Eggplants ready to be roasted.

Cut eggplant

Blurry picture of  cut peppers and strawberries.

Busy kitchen counter showing recently picked basil,rosemary and sage in foreground.

September 30, 2017
by dhoytt

Updates Galore Tonight

Tonight I updated the OS of my workstations, virtual servers,  physical servers, streaming software SAM Broadcasting from Spacial Audio and WordPress. My I started with my workstations and then my virtual servers including my Centos 7 web server that I run my blog on.

Then moved on to update my streaming media server which is W2012 R2. Right after that I updated my SAM Broadcaster software and my WordPress blogging\CMS software.

    September 12, 2017
    by dhoytt

    Perfect 100 Degree Evening In Attic with AC Then Garden Planting 

    Spent the evening first in the attic where my central air units blower was ground to a stop then, in the garden planting some new mature tomato plants.

    This was was the second time in 5 weeks I had major issues with my AC unit. The prior issue end of July was my external AC units fan that cools the compressor had stopped. In July I was able to troubleshoot that to a capacitor issue that is common with AC external units. In July I purchased the capacitors and a relay unit with a friend who has a contractors license. Ended up replacing 2 capacitors and a relay unit.

    Today I ended up finding the issue was the blower had somehow slipped to the bottom of the shaft and was scraping the bottom of its enclosure. At the top there’s a brace that has 3 places the fan hangs from and 2 of the 3 screws were loose so I tightened them.

    The fan unit of the blower was still scraping the bottom of the enclosure so I loosened the screw/pin or whatever its called on the shaft moved it up and tightened it.

    The blower shaft is like a half- moon D shaft with the square screw\pin on the flat portion. Thank goodness I could get to it from the part of the attic where it had the most room and a nice platform to layout on.

    Still at one point I had one finger pinned between 2 sharp fan blades and the side of the sharp enclosure with the fan digging into my flesh and my other arm on the other side of my body. I was able to carefully and slowly reposition without losing flesh or a fingernail which seemed inevitable at one point.

    To get the clearance to tighten the fan on the right spot I had to use my ratchet wrench as a spacer between the fan and its enclosure.

    On top of that I also had to pickup all my pieces of my 155 piece tool case I had dropped!

    After all of that I was going to leave the 3 tomato plants I had picked up Sunday and intended to plant first thing this evening for another day. I was pretty riled up from the AC trying to get me again so I decided I wouldn’t let that stop my plans got my lantern and spot light plus shovel and planted my tomatoes!

    Now I hope I’m ready for the next AC surprise and I have part of my secondary plants planted for our late California gardening season we have if you are prepared.

    July’s pictures of capacitors/relays I replaced  several weeks ago above. Realizing I never took the finished photo.

    Blower unit in picture above where I made the adjustments. Fan was firm to the bottom when I checked.

    Other side of unit in the attic.

    The entire unit with covers off.

    New tomato plant number 1.

    New tomato plant number 1 again,

    New tomato plant number 2.

    New tomato plant number 3.

    Me nice and grimy about to clean up after washing hands

    Still nice and grimy thinking I’m gonna hit the pool for a quick dip to relax from this craziness that could have had serious fall out from being a fire hazard with seized motor, plus those costs of replacing the motor, adding to heat stress on my computer workstations and my servers.

    Lessons I have learned is don’t ignore little sounds or other signs of equipment variances it saves a lot of money in the long run and do your best to fix it right and gain a true understanding of why something isn’t working so its no longer a mystery. Also document which I have found my blog useful for. Many times I’m finding myself searching my blog for past computer system fixes and I have a few listed but not nearly enough,

      August 6, 2017
      by dhoytt

      Fedora 25 to 26 Update Works Well

      I just finished about an hour  ago updating my Fedora 25 workstation to Fedora 26 following Fedora DNF System Upgrade and it seems to be working great! This is the second system in a couple of days I have updated the first being my Fedora workstation at work. This is literally the first time that I have successfully updated a major Linux version without some type of a clean install of the OS partition and felt comfortable.

      I feel comfortable because I don’t see any leftover remnants of Fedora 25 still around. Seems that “dnf” has a switch called “–allowerasing” that allows it to remove problematic packages of the lower OS version. Allowing certain packages to be erased by this switch seems to prevent version and library incompatibilities and that frustrating mixture of OS versions that has lead to me having an OS specific disc with configuration changes saved in my home directory which is a separate physical disk. Actually I will keep that convention so that I can swap my boot OS disk for the fastest available and other positives.

      Anyway the whole purpose of me writing this is to say it looks like Fedora using DNF has really taken a huge step in system upgrading and I can’t wait to see how this develops in the enterprise world when\if it reaches Red Hat’s official version and Centos.

        July 1, 2017
        by dhoytt

        2017 Vegetable Garden Starting to Kick into High Production

        Pruning plants, weeding and redistribution of my drip system sprinklers as the plants grow has my vegetables really producing healthy hearty produce.

        Very nice going out in the morning collecting herbs like basil, chives and tomatoes to accentuate breakfast. Then later in the day squash, rosemary, beans, cucumbers or Swiss chard for my other meals.

        Soon my peppers and eggplants will join the mix!

        Later may make nice Bloody Mary with some garden fresh tomatoes and herbs or Mojto from some of my garden herbs.

        Chives, Thai Basil, mint, sage and rosemary

        Purple Bell Pepper, eggplant to the left

        Early Girl Tomatoes and sweet basil with Thais basil to the left and purple basil sneaking in to the right, yellow pear tomatoes in the background

        Collard greens in background, next to eggpants, with purple bell peppers and yellow pear tomatoes in middle, with cucumbers getting set to run, foreground has early girl tomatoes, sweet and purple basil, swiss chard and okra

        Early Girl tomatoes, sweet basil, Swiss chard, purple basil, okra is crowded in the back right

        Eggplant and purple bell peper again

        Closeup of baby English cucumber

        The other side of the garden with chives, sage, eggpnat

        Eggplant and swiss chard

        Swiss chard and basil and eggplant

        Part of the harvest recently zucchini, green bush beans, yellow pear tomatoes, early gir tomatoes, rosemary, sage, sweet basil and purple basil

        Part of the bounty being cooked in the wok

        Prep work for morning omelette, chives, basil and tomatoes 

        Recent dinner with my garden veggies and herbs

        Mornings omelette with garden veggies and potatoes with garden herbs