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  • Jacob’s HBHA Graduation 2016

    2016 - 05.17

    Monday evening, May 16th Jacob became a high school graduate. He gave an epic and surprising speech that you can watch below…

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    Bree’s Bat Mitzvah 2016

    2016 - 05.17

    On Saturday morning, May 14 2016, Bree became a Bat Mitzvah. She did an amazing job with our cousin/rabbis Steve and Larry Karol leading the service. It was a very special and meaningful event with friends and family making all the food and treats, and our buddy Steve Klein hosting the party at the Cedar Cove Feline Sanctuary in Louisburg. Below are some pictures from the busy weekend, and a few videos that I made for the event.

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    Black Magic Woman DrumCam

    2016 - 04.18

    My band, Conviction, played a great gig to a packed house at The Art Factory April 10, 2016. Here’s a sample, Black Magic Woman by Santana. I mounted my iPhone above and behind the drums to get a first person perspective. Stick around until the end of the song for an extended drum solo with a couple of homages to Neil Peart’s solos from Exit Stage Left. Watch the video full screen to get the full effect.

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    Vicki’s Journal from Jacob’s First Year, Feb-Nov 1998

    2016 - 03.13

    Vicki kept a journal of all the stuff Jacob was doing during his first year. She started February 26, 1998 and continued until Jacob’s first birthday on November 20, 1998. Here it is in PDF form. Use the arrows at the top of the journal to turn the page. If it’s not working, try grabbing the file itself here.

    Latest Open Mic videos

    2016 - 02.10

    Here’s a few more open mic songs from Llewelyn’s. To watch my growing list of open mic videos from around Kansas City, click here for the youtube playlist.

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    Kitchen Remodel before and after

    2016 - 02.07

    Move the slider below left and right to see our before and after kitchen upgrade. Thanks to Wayne Fritzemeyer and Jill Grace of Creative Remodeling for their hard work! Click the images below the slider to see full screen versions.

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    CES 2016 in Las Vegas

    2016 - 01.11

    This year I flew to a rainy Los Angeles to meet up with my buddy/cousin Dustin of Mac M.D. LA. We then drove to Las Vegas for the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show. After 3 days at the show, we had walked 20 miles of convention space and parking lots, and we still didn’t see probably 1/3 of the show. We saw everything from drones, fake “hoverboards”, wearable health monitors, virtual reality headsets, 170,000+ geeks who apparently don’t shower, televisions as thin as 3 credit cards, too many iPhone cases, drug sniffing dogs, and way more than 2 brains could handle. But luckily we also had great food, went bowling, played some mean craps, and basically hung out. Take a look at the video below to get a glimpse of our CES 2016 experience.

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    Click below to see more of the incredible 4k drone footage from Las Vegas. This is a HUGE file, so be sure you have a decent internet connection, and play it full screen at the highest quality you can.

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    More Bree Dance Performances 2015

    2015 - 12.14

    Bree has been performing a lot with the Legacy Dance Company. Click below to watch her perform 4 numbers to a packed house at Union Station. Click the bottom right of the video to view full screen.

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    And here she is performing with Legacy Dance Company and the Metropolitan Strings Orchestra.

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    Bree dances at Crown Center

    2015 - 10.26

    Watch Bree perform 4 dance numbers with the Legacy Dance Company during a halloween show at Crown Center.

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    Buttered Pecan Ice Cream (without an ice-cream maker)

    2015 - 09.23

    I recently found a recipe for ice cream that doesn’t require an ice-cream maker, uses only a few ingredients, and is incredibly tasty and smooth. My favorite way to customize this recipe is to add fresh buttered pecans. The end result is amazing and the whole process is really quick. Here’s what you’ll need:

    4 cups pecan halves

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    1 tablespoon salt

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    1/4 cup butter (4 tablespoons)

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    2 cups heavy whipping cream

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    1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz)

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    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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    First, combine the melted butter and salt, and add it to the pecans. Stir to fully coat the pecans.

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    Then pour the pecans out in a single layer on a cookie sheet with a silpat or cooking spray so they don’t stick. Bake them at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes until they start to brown.

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    After a few minutes of cooling, cut or break about 3/4 of them in half. In my opinion, this seems to be the perfect size for the ice cream. Take the remaining 1/4 of the pecans and store them in an airtight container. Add these to your cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, salads and just about anything else. I usually just eat them plain.

    Now it’s time to make the ice cream. In a large bowl combine the 2 cups of heavy whipping cream, and 1 14oz can of sweetened condensed milk. Also add 1 tsp of vanilla. Mix everything together with a small electric hand mixer, or stir briskly with a spatula.

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    You’ll want to mix for 5-7 minutes, until the mixture gets whipped up with air and has the consistency of…well…whipped cream. You’ll know you’ve whipped it enough when you can stand a straw up in the mixture, or when the spoon marks don’t disappear. Now add the pecans and stir everything up really well.

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    The pecans should be suspended in the ice cream, not floating on top or sinking down to the bottom. Stir until you feel the pecans have been evenly distributed. Now pour the mixture into a large container. Cover the container and put it in the freezer for at least 6 hours.

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    When it’s firm you won’t believe how smooth and creamy it is. This basic ice cream mix of whipped cream, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla makes an incredible base for other ice cream flavors. Try it with fruit, cinnamon, candies etc. Enjoy!

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