Friday, September 12, 2014

Big Solar Storm Heading Toward Earth This Weekend

You just never know when you'll need your preps, this weekend could be one of them. One of the reasons it's nice to be prepared is being able to handle a power outage and no stores open for a week or two without being concerned!

Link to story:

Not just one, but two strong solar flares burst off the sun's surface this week -- and now Earth is getting hit with the aftermath.
While the solar storm headed our way may affect power lines, radio transmissions, communication systems and satellites to a small degree, scientists say it's nothing to worry about.
"We're not scared of this one," Tom Berger, director of the Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado, told the AP.
strong X1.6-class solar flare erupted from a sunspot on Wednesday, following a previous flare that blasted out of the same spot on Monday, LiveScience reported. Just check out the action captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory in the video below.
NASA scientists said that a small flare was also spotted on the left corner of the sunThursday morning, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Due to these significant solar events, two waves of highly energized solar material from the eruptions have traveled our way and are now expected to impact the Earth. In fact, the National Weather Service has issued a "geomagnetic" storm watch until Saturday, Sept. 13.
"Geomagnetic storms can cause some problems for the (power) grid but are typically very manageable," Bill Murtagh, space weather forecaster for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told USA Today. "We may also see some anomalies with satellites so satellite operators around the world have been notified. And problems with the accuracy of GPS have been observed with this level of storming."
Minor issues aside, radiation from solar flares can't pass through Earth's atmosphere to physically harm humans and these recent storms should not endanger satellites and astronauts in space, reported.
There may even be an upside to the solar storm. Scientists say we may see an increase in beautiful auroral displays in the sky.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Pizza Pan to use in the Coleman Camp Stove Oven

I think I have found the ideal baking sheet pan for the Coleman Camp Stove Oven. A 10 inch pizza pan. During my trial baking's I found that the oven needs the heat that comes from the bottom of the oven to circulate throughout the oven chamber to also brown the top of whatever your baking. For example two standard bread pans side by side will just fit but they block the heat circulation and restricts the heat rise to the top of the bread. Even though the bread is baked correctly the bread didn't brown properly and just doesn't look right. But by baking with only one bread pan in the oven the heat circulated properly and the top of the loaf did brown properly.

So back to the pizza pan. Being round it naturally leaves fairly large open corners for the heat to flow through to the top of the oven and do its browning job.

The pizza pan is not only for making just pizza but also biscuits, rolls, bagels, soft pretzels, cookies and just about anything you would bake on a cookie sheet pan.

I purchased three, 10 pizza pans as I will need them for a standard batch of cookies, bagels and pretzels. The three pans should handle most cookie batch sizes.

The new 10 inch pizza pan in the oven.

Here are some pretzel buns I baked in the oven a couple days ago. They browned top and bottom perfectly.

The name of the pizza pans:
"American Metalcraft CTP10 10" Coupe Pizza Pan - Standard Weight Aluminum"
Price: $3.19/each

Here's the link to the restaurant supply house. They also have everything you could ever want for food prepping.

New Asteroid Will Pass Super Close to Earth Sunday 9-7-14

"Earth is about to have a close encounter with a house-sized asteroid on Sunday (Sept. 7), when a space rock discovered just days ago will zoom by our planet at a range closer than some satellites!"

Every time a new asteroid story like this one is published, it makes me think that an impact is coming soon and the government isn't telling us anything about it! How many near misses have we had over the last few years and now the frequency of them is closer together? Is the big one coming soon or shower of car sized ones on the way?

When I recall some of the news stories over the last few years about the government buying up all that ammo, buying up the long term stored foods, train loads of UN Vehicles inside the USA, thousands of coffins in storage and on and on. I don't recall these reports and odd movements by the government 10 years ago.

I guess when the entire CONgress takes an immediate vacation, then shortly after we better duck!!!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Are Dixie Brand paper plates safe to use in a microwave?


I began to question this when I realized that there must be some sort of coating applied to the plates, bowls and cups that prevents liquids from soaking into the paper. The first type of coating that came to mind was a resin (plastic) coating and there are a lot of plastics out there that have "BPA" in them. So I went on line for contact information to question Dixie about "BPA" and their products. Their website has an "FAQ" section that answered that question. See below for their answers.

Why did I want to know about BPA's in Dixie products?
I use a fair amount of paper plates, bowls and cups especially for breakfast. I've been making my own Egg McMuffin's or Sausage McMuffin's with home made English Muffins and home made sausage using a microwave.

  • First I split the muffin and put it in the toaster.
  • Then in a small paper bowl I mix one egg (scramble) and microwave it for 50 seconds. Comes out the perfect diameter to fit the muffin.
  • I pre-form my home made sausage into 1/10th of a pound patties about the diameter of the muffin and place one patty on a 7 inch paper plate then microwave it for 50 seconds.
  • Assemble with a slice of cheese and presto a sausage McMuffin in the time it takes to toast a muffin! And no dishes to wash! :-)

Dixie comments:

Dixie® 'FAQ'.
Not sure whether our cups are microwave safe or what size is best for single-serve coffee brewers? Is your answer not here? Feel free to contact the Dixie team! Check out the Dixie Paper Products FAQ page to read answers to some of the most common questions we receive.

Are your plastic products BPA (bisphenol A) and phthalate free?
Dixie® products are not manufactured with BPA or phthalates.

Can I use Dixie PerfecTouch® hot cups in the microwave?
The hot cups can be used safely in a microwave for reheating liquids. Microwave oven performance characteristics vary, so please consult the instruction manual for your microwave to determine appropriate reheating conditions.

Can I use Dixie® plates and bowls in the microwave?
The plates and bowls can be used safely in a microwave for reheating liquids and food. Microwave oven performance characteristics vary, so please consult the instruction manual for your microwave to determine appropriate reheating conditions.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014