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  • Amazing Brown Sugar Bacon Jerky

    2014 - 10.03

    Yes, you read that correctly. Brown sugar bacon jerky. If you’re a fan of bacon, then this is an amazing snack you should try. All you’ll need is some thick cut peppered bacon, tons of brown sugar, an oven and a food dehydrator. You can definitely skip the dehydrating part, but then the bacon will be much less firm and chewy, and it won’t last as long in storage. This recipe is very easy, but does take a long time (6 hours of baking/drying time) due to the very low cooking temperature and drying in the dehydrator.

    First, get yourself some good thick cut bacon. Turkey bacon works just as well. We like the nitrate-free peppered bacon at Trader Joes. Whatever you choose, be sure it’s cut pretty thick and seasoned well.

    Get a large cookie sheet, preferable with sides so nothing spills or drips into your oven. Cover the pan with a thin coat of brown sugar. Cut each strip of bacon in half, and then coat both sides with the brown sugar. While you’re getting your hands messy with sugar and bacon, pre-heat the oven to 225 degrees.

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    Cover another cookie sheet with aluminum foil, spray it with Pam or some other non-stick spray, and place the brown sugar coated bacon strips on it, being careful to not overlap them. Bree had way too much fun doing this part.

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    Once the bacon is coated and ready, bake it in the oven for 1.5 hours at 225 degrees. Then flip the bacon strips over, and cook them for another 1.5 hours.

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    After the 3 hours in the oven, the bacon will have an amazing dark brown color and it will smell incredible. Transfer the strips (that you haven’t already eaten) to a food dehydrator, pat them with a paper towel to remove some moisture and dry them at the highest setting for about 3 more hours.

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    Check the bacon every hour or so, and flip them over while patting them with a paper towel to remove as much moisture as possible.

    When you’re done, you should have crisp, firm and delicious candied bacon. You can store the bacon in ziplock bags in the refridgerator for up to a week, but trust me…they won’t last that long. Eat them plain, try them in a BLT or crumble them up in a salad. Ooh…I think I’m drooling…

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    Summer Trip to Breckenridge, CO 2014

    2014 - 08.24

    We spent the first week of August in Idaho Springs and Breckenridge, CO. Our cousins Dustin and Danielle Tiep (of MacMD Los Angeles) joined us for the last half of the trip. We had a great time…take a look at the video below to see some of the fun stuff we did.

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    The MakerBot 3D Printer is amazing

    2014 - 02.07

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    Leslie Katz…in FRONT of the camera!

    2013 - 12.17

    Leslie went and got herself photographed and quoted by ESPN’s website the other day. Very non-typical Leslie. Read it here:

    http://frontrow.espn.go.com/2013/12/monday-night-football-replay-team-always-at-the-ready/

    Monday Night Football - November 18, 2013

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    Monday Night Football - December 9, 2013

    Brianna’s Cooking Show Episode 7: Latkes

    2013 - 12.09

    Brianna is back with a special holiday cooking show. In this episode, Brianna, Aunt Leslie, and Grandma Barbara make latkes for Hanukkah using an old family recipe. These latkes can even be made gluten free. Take a look, and be sure to watch the outtakes at the end.

    Special thanks to Jacob Katz and the HBHA Tech Club for the use of their equipment, direction, and editing expertise.
    (http://www.rampagewired.com)

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    Jacob’s Seriously Amazing Animation

    2013 - 08.24

    My boy Jacob just finished his first animation, it’s our Minecraft animated family singing to Bruno Mars’ Just The Way You Are.

    I asked Jacob a few months ago to help me animate a few lines of the song for a video present to Vicki. He took the idea and ran with it, creating the whole family, a stage, and a working drum set in Maya and then animated them to the entire song. Check out the modeling, lip-syncing, lighting, and camera work Jacob did! He learned a ton making this video, and has some pretty grandiose ideas on what to animate next.

    A behind-the-scenes video will be posted shortly. Be sure and subscribe to Jacob’s YouTube channel to get notified when he posts new videos.

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    Brianna’s Cooking Show Episode 6: Cinnamon Rolls!

    2013 - 08.07

    After a long hiatus, Brianna is back with a new episode of her world famous cooking show web series.

    This time, she tackles Vicki’s “secret” cinnamon roll recipe. Filmed and edited by brother Jacob. Click here to see some of Jacob’s other projects.

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    Brianna’s Dance Recital 2013

    2013 - 05.26

    Brianna got to show off her ballet skills at the Lied Center in Lawrence, Kansas once again. This was her 4th time on stage (the performance is every 2 years). Click on the pictures for larger versions, and be sure and watch the movie below.

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    Merchandising Myself

    2013 - 04.12

    A lot my clients tell me that many of their problems disappear the second I get close to their computers. That got me thinking…what if I had a little version of myself that I could sell them, that would sit by their computer all the time and keep problems away? Other than the obvious silliness of the idea, I found a few apps that could help me create a virtual bobble head, and even a printable paper craft of my likeness.

    The first app is called Bobbleshop, and lets you create an animated bobble head with tons of different details, and lets you tweak the look with different eyes, ears, and other face details. I’d love to have a real version of this on the dashboard of my car. Click the image for a larger version.

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    The next app lets you create and print out a custom paper craft of your avatar. You then cut out the model, fold and glue it together. It’s called PaperChibi. Before I printed out the paper me and a paper version of my car, I used my remedial Photoshop skills to add some details such as the MACMD license plate and the tiny iPhone. Click the image for a larger version.

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    Maybe someday I’ll figure out how to monetize my avatars, and there will be a little personal MACMD on everyone’s desk, while I sit home and count my millions…

    Jacob and Friends Rock Out at Winterims

    2013 - 03.13

    Check out the jazz band class that Jacob took during winterims at HBHA. Winterims are a week of fun “camp like” classes that the students can pick from. These happen every year for upper schoolers, the first week after winter break. This year they offered a jazz band class, so we loaded up the drum kit, and Jacob got to play with a few of his friends. He also taught his own class on 3D Modeling.

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