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Best Board Games like Catan (Also Available on the iPad )

I grew up playing board games of all kinds, but my taste in games has changed over the years. When I was 4 or 5 I liked Chutes and Ladders and Candyland. Later on, my tastes turned to Risk, Clue, and Mousetrap. When I was in high school I played strategy games. As an adult, …

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The Mother of Invention – Creativity in Crises

We were watching some TV shows that were recorded earlier this year and were amazed at how what used to seem normal seems so strange today. “Look, those people are standing right next to strangers like it was a normal thing to do!” A worldwide pandemic can change things very quickly. I live in Silicon …

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Instant Pot Carnitas Recipe

Instant Pot Carnitas Recipe

One of my favorite things to eat at a Mexican restaurant is some great slow-cooked carnitas (pork). When done right, it is caramelized so that it has a sweet crunch to it. But until recently, I thought this was something that I would have to go to a restaurant to eat. Enter Instant Pot Carnitas. …

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Instant Pot Chicken Pad Thai Recipe

We have friends where she does not eat chicken and he is allergic to peanuts. This is the absolutely worst dish to serve them, but it works well for us. Prep time is pretty quick and we only have to clean the Instant Pot, a mixing bowl instead of many pots. A great and easy …

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Bacon Chicken Crescent Roll Ring

This recipe is a family favorite. It is made with chicken, cheese, bacon, and Pillsbury crescent rolls. There is nothing fancy about this recipe. This is not something that you serve by candlelight or make for your anniversary dinner. But on a chilly day, this is comfort food and delicious.   

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Working at Home – Tips from 2 Decades at Home

I have worked at home for myself or remotely for other companies for most of the last couple of decades. This seems like a good time to document what I have learned over that time. Here are some tips to increase your productivity while you work at home. Have a schedule Just because you’re able …

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Easy Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe

My wife and I recently had lunch at Barrel House 101 in Ventura, California and I had their gourmet grilled cheese sandwich with apricot preserves and brie. It encouraged me to do some experimenting of my own. Ingredients: Bread Shredded Cheese – Mexican Style 4 Cheese Blend Soft Cheese like Brie I have been using a …

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What We Learned from Our Home Remodel – 20 Years Later

About 20 years ago we signed a contract to do a major remodel for our house, adding a second story and taking the house from  1,450 square feet to 2,900 square feet. We made some good decisions, we made some bad decisions, and we had some good luck. After 20 years, I have a better …