One Minute of Zen: Heron The Fish Hunter

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I’ve done a lot of fishing this summer. The call of Triton being huge as of late. And this guy spent most of a morning and part of an afternoon fishing just across the dock from me one summer day. You can hear the reels and conversation of other people fishing as well. It’s all part of the scene. Enjoy.

Harvest Creations: Low-Carb Crab Florentine Casserole

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Low-Carb Crab Florentine Casserole

The Viking and I have been doing a lot of fishing this summer. That fishing includes crabbing. We’re slowly filling up our freezer to eat this goodness over the non-fishing months. But one of my new favorite ways to eat crab besides freshly steamed on the day it’s caught is in a Crab Florentine Casserole. It takes about five minutes to put together, with another 30 minutes in the oven and …oh my goodness. You will want to eat the whole pan of it!

Mama Casz getting her fishing fix.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 10 oz box of frozen spinach, defrosted and water squeezed out
  • 2 tablespoons butter (I prefer unsalted)
  • 1 tablespoon flour (if you’re going carb free you could use almond flour)
  • minced garlic to taste (if you’re not sure, start with a tsp worth)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons white wine
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan (shredded)
  • 8 to 16 oz crab meat (You can use the imitation crab chunks if you like or any white fish. I’ve used both in this recipe and its tasty and works well…however, crab is my favorite.)
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • Paprika & Chives for garnish
  • 350 degree oven
  • 3 quart Corning casserole dish (lid is not necessary for cooking; but, is great for storing leftovers), prepped with cooking spray
How beautiful is that?


  1. Spread the drained spinach over the base of the prepared casserole dish.
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat, then add garlic and flour. Cook for 1-2 minutes over medium heat.
  3. Add the cream and wine, and cook until thickened, stirring regularly.
  4. Add the Parmesan and crab, stir well. Add salt and pepper and check for seasoning taste; adjust as necessary. Pour the mixture over the top of the spinach.
  5. Sprinkle paprika and chives over top and bake for 25 to 35 minutes (until everything is bubbly and golden).

This comes in at about 8g carbs per serving. Enjoy! Guilt free!

One Minute of Zen: Some People Find Comfort in Fireworks

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There’s at least a dozen people in my life who really love fireworks. I’m split on them. I love municipal shows, but the one offs around the 4th of July drive me and my dogs into a jumpy mess. But something like this. Good mojo, mostly. So for those that find Zen in something like this. This is for you.

One Minute of Zen: Dandelion Soup for Ducks

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Greetings! Sorry it’s been so long. I’ve been having technical difficulties retrieving about 30 weeks worth of videos I had “canned” for this blog feature. So now I’m scrambling to get you interesting content. The whole point is to take a minute, breathe, and relax. Find your inner Zen even for a nano second.

This week’s video features my brace of ducks. It’s hot here, so I set up the extra pool and took the dandelion pullings from the farm beds and made “soup” for the ducks. They rewarded me by laying their eggs right next to the pool where the ravens got them before I did. Oh well. At least they’re cute.

In The Weeds: Weekly InfoSec Round-Up 7-26-17

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Just a little under a year ago I started my InfoSec journey. Still going. Had a few blips in my progress, but it’s a journey towards a destination. There’s no ETA. My plan this time last year was to be able to attend DefCon 25, maybe even under a tech journalist category. It didn’t happen. I sent The Viking off this morning as he heads there and I’m handling things in the homestead as we juggle family responsibilities, home renno projects, and the like. But, next year, I’ll be there, with an extra year of learning, researching, and writing under my belt. In the interim, you mighty minions of InfoSec, here’s the things that I was exploring this last week:

Oh, and for those of you headed to Black Hat & Def Con, keep your social engineering defenses up:

*Office 365 users, heads up:

*G-suite users, you need to pay attention, too:

*Banking Trojan Hacker Gets Busted:

*Got a Roomba? Who knows the map of your home?

*InfoSec Hell:

As in weeks past, feel free to leave a comment here about any of those articles. Let’s learn from one another. Okay, have pity on the noob and let me learn from you.

Have another great week InfoSec geeks. See you next week.