Cauliflower Mash & Ground Turkey

I have tried using cauliflower before and it just wasn’t what I expected. I found out with this meal though if you want the consistency if “mash”, it really requires a blender of some sort…I don’t care how much “elbow grease” others may say you need to put into it, I think at some point using modern technology is worth it.

We used one yellow and one white cauliflower head, unknowingly making a mashed potato color mash.

I also found out that ground turkey goes very well with this since the saltiness helps balance the flavor a lot.

Here’s the steps:
(only focusing on the mash because the turkey is simply adding the ingredients together in a pan and frying up)

1. Chop the heads in florets.
2. Add the florets to a deep pot with about an inch of water and a steaming apparatus.
3. Steam until the florets are easily pierced with a fork.
4. Strain the florets and add them to a blender of some sort with butter (I used 3/4 a stick), milk/water (I used almond milk), salt, pepper, minced garlic and rosemary.
5. Blend, blend, blend. Repeat, adding ingredients little by little until you have a desired consistency.

Yesterday I downloaded the tiltshiftgen2 app for iPhone because I was interested in making some fake miniature photos. I find it really fascinating to see them since they appear so artificial yet, in reality the scene exists on a full scale somewhere (guess it’s a fascination with toy train sets, towns and perhaps even doll houses I picked up at some point).
Anyways, today I tried out my skills, but got to say it was not so well of a turn out. I need to be higher for buildings of course and maybe farther away from large objects. I’ll post more of the one’s I made on the train ride home I am proud of later, but this shot from Los Angeles Union Station to the city is always a cool shot earlier in the morning on the way to work.

Yesterday I downloaded the tiltshiftgen2 app for iPhone because I was interested in making some fake miniature photos. I find it really fascinating to see them since they appear so artificial yet, in reality the scene exists on a full scale somewhere (guess it’s a fascination with toy train sets, towns and perhaps even doll houses I picked up at some point).

Anyways, today I tried out my skills, but got to say it was not so well of a turn out. I need to be higher for buildings of course and maybe farther away from large objects. I’ll post more of the one’s I made on the train ride home I am proud of later, but this shot from Los Angeles Union Station to the city is always a cool shot earlier in the morning on the way to work.

Had a phenomenal dinner and enjoyed a great new years party this year.
Definitely enjoy house parties that are not crazy just get drunk parties these days. I think the element of “fancy” helps for sure because I don’t think anyone would want to party hard in a tie and button up shirt haha

Had a phenomenal dinner and enjoyed a great new years party this year.

Definitely enjoy house parties that are not crazy just get drunk parties these days. I think the element of “fancy” helps for sure because I don’t think anyone would want to party hard in a tie and button up shirt haha

Angeles National Forest Saturday Hike

Originally we decided to hike all the way to the “Bridge to Nowhere”, but our late start for the day didn’t allow for it. Not sure the distance to the bridge, but supposedly it’s a 7+ mile hike from what I have heard.

It was kind of a colder day with warm spots in the sun, yet chilly in the shade. Not to mention the winding creek water was pretty chilly too (which I would know since I slipped in multiple times).

It was a nice 3 hour or so hike as well as a nice 30 minute drive through the hills to the trailhead.

Lots to see from birds, plants and trees (including poison ivy and oak), bugs fungi, and just the cool creek that we had to cross multiple times. Basically the path winds back and forth over the creek.

Mexican Food Dinner

Mexican food is my speciality I like to think…mostly because I love it so much and because I grew up (unwilling) being my grandmothers assistant in the kitchen. Funny how all that worked out…

Spanish rice is my favorite because it’s so easy to make and it’s great to make in abundance. Even when it’s cold the next day I can chow down on it any meal of the day haha

Black beans are a little healthier than pinto in nutrition and from a can just mashing them after heating is delicious.

These “fajitas” were kind of a stroke of luck as we had leftover carne and half of bell peppers in the fridge and a ton of cilantro that needed to be cooked. Adding a little water the veggies and putting all on simmer helped “rehydrate” the meat some.

All with some freshly cooked tortillas it was a great dinner.

Since I started working in IT again I have had the opportunity to explore new projects and such in addition to my other duties at work. One of those side projects is basically implementing a new monitoring system for our infrastructure. Currently we use Nagios, which isn’t all too bad since I have taken a lot of time to simply understand it in order to migrate from it. However, in some ways it can be tedious to setup a new host to monitor and tweak the settings for alerts and so on. 

With that in mind, my supervisor suggested looking around for a new system, and Zabbix so far seems promising. There seems to be a lot of “templates” for monitoring hosts and discovering the services automatically to monitor. However, I am starting to also discover a lot of those templates are hard to come by as they aren’t (as far as I can tell) shared in a common place like Nagios plugins are with Nagios Exchange. 

This forced me to develop a template of my own, which was a good experience to really help me understand a lot about SNMP, Zabbix templates, and some perl scripting.

Posting it up here in hopes that some other IT person in search of a template specifically aimed at monitoring SNMP Enabled Brother Printers picks this up and saves them time.