Salix's Shiny Things

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Thankful Thor’s Day – it’s Hammer Time! April 11, 2014

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Thursday’s installment of Theme of the Day is Thankful Thursday, and of course, Thursday is named after the Norse god Thor (whose name means “thunder”).   Also, I would like to say up front that I’ve not seen any recent movie with any Thors in them.  Yeah, my nerd cred probably just dropped into negative numbers there, but that’s what it is.  Probably I’ll see them if and when my spawn wants to.

Thor had a hammer.  Boy did he have a hammer!

And hammers are cool.  A tool!  And a weapon!  Whapping crap into shape, oh yeah!

220px-Thor_by_Johannes_Gehrts

pic credit: http://www.vikings-history.com/norse-god-thor/

So this went a bit stream-of-consciousness…  so I guess I’m thankful for hammer metaphors and Norse gods today!

Maybe I need more sleep…

Definitely I need more sleep…

 

Tea for Tuesday April 8, 2014

Day of the Week Theme fun, day two!

Today’s tea is:  genmaicha, or, as my friend calls it, pop-rice tea.

Genmaicha

pic credit:  http://www.myjapanesegreentea.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Genmaicha.jpg

It’s a green tea with roasted brown rice, and the little bits that look like popcorn are actually rice grains.  It’s a very tasty tea, and my friend swears that it’s the best thing to help you when you are ill.  Whenever her kids are sick, all they want is pop rice tea, so you know it has to be good!

I brew it with just boiled water (it needs a higher water temperature than most green teas) for under a minute (according to wiki).  Any longer and it will get bitter, but the very hot water gets the most flavor from the rice.