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Raccoon at a third floor window on South Atlantic Avenue in Friendship.

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Raccoon at a third floor window on South Atlantic Avenue in Friendship.

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Fold an Elaborate Origami Menagerie with DIY Instructions from Jo Nakashima

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Since 2010, Brazilian origami artist Jo Nakashima has amassed a trove of original designs ranging from modular cubes and kinetic works to multicolor, angular wildlife. His creations require just a single sheet of double-sided paper and a deft hand and vary in complexity: Nakashima marks the eagle with pleated wings, quacking duck, and writhing snake shown here as intermediate or above. Head to YouTube for detailed instructions on folding your own versions of his intricate designs, but take note of his warning: “Although I call it ‘simplified,’ it doesn’t mean it is simple: it is just simpler than the original version, but actually it is still a bit complex.”

 



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Slow Cooker Cabbage and Sausage

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Cabbage and sausage is one of the most delicious and satisfying combinations, IMHO. I’ve cooked cabbage and sausage together several ways in the past, but I wanted to test them out in the slow cooker to see if this easy, hands-off cooking method would work too. The verdict? It works! Cabbage and sausage cooked in a slow cooker turns out tender, brothy (almost like a cabbage and sausage soup), and totally delicious.

Cabbage, sausage, and potatoes in the slow cooker

What Kind of Sausage to Use

You’ll want to use a smoked sausage for this recipe. I suggest using something like kielbasa or andouille. This smoky flavor and spices in the sausage help flavor the entire pot during the long, slow simmer, which makes everything extra flavorful!

Potato Options

I used baby creamer potatoes because they’re easy and didn’t require me to do any chopping, but you could also use red potatoes or Yukon gold potatoes, chopped into 1 to 2-inch pieces. Russet potatoes would probably fall apart a little too much to be practical in this recipe.

How to Season Cabbage and Sausage

My goal for this recipe was to keep it as simple as possible, so I only added a couple of teaspoons of steak seasoning (a chunky mix of salt, pepper, garlic, and red pepper). You could also use something like Cajun seasoning, or you could do something simple like a little salt, pepper, paprika, and caraway seeds.

How to Serve Cabbage and Sausage

I spooned the cabbage, sausage, potatoes, and broth into a bowl and at it as sort of a brothy bowl (not quite a soup, but not quite dry), but you could use a slotted spoon to leave the broth behind if you prefer. Either way, some crusty bread and butter on the side really solidifies this as the ultimate comfort food. :)

slow cooker cabbage and sausage in a shallow bowl with a fork
Close up overhead view of cabbage and sausage in the slow cooker

Slow Cooker Cabbage and Sausage

Slow cooker cabbage and sausage is an easy, hands-free way to make a delicious, filling, and cozy meal. Perfect for meal prep!
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Total Cost $7.80 recipe / $1.30 serving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6 1.5 cups each
Calories 314kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lb. baby potatoes $2.99
  • 1 yellow onion $0.32
  • 1/2 head chopped cabbage (5-6 cups) $1.14
  • 2 tsp steak seasoning $0.20
  • 14 oz. smoked sausage $2.79
  • 2 cups chicken broth $0.26
  • 1 Tbsp chopped parsley (optional garnish) $0.10

Instructions

  • Chop the onion into 1-inch pieces. Place the baby potatoes and onions in the bottom of a 5 quart or larger slow cooker.
  • Chop the cabbage into 1-inch pieces. Add the cabbage and steak seasoning to the slow cooker.
  • Slice the sausage into ½-inch thick rounds. Add the sausage to the slow cooker along with the chicken broth. Stir slightly to nestle the sausage down into the cabbage. It's okay if the broth does not cover all the ingredients.
  • Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.
  • After 4 hours on low or 8 hours on high, stir to combine the ingredients. Taste and adjust the seasonings to your liking. Top with chopped parsley, if desired, then serve hot.

Nutrition

Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 314kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 18g | Sodium: 866mg | Fiber: 4g
Close up side view of a plate full of cabbage, sausage, and potatoes

How to Make Slow Cooker Cabbage and Sausage – Step by Step Photos

Onion and potatoes in the slow cooker

Chop one yellow onion into one-inch pieces. Place 1.5 lbs. baby potatoes and the chopped onion in the bottom of a 5 quart or larger slow cooker.

cabbage and steak seasoning added to the slow cooker

Chop ½ head of cabbage into one-inch pieces (about 5-6 cups once chopped). Add the chopped cabbage to the slow cooker along with 2 tsp steak seasoning.

sausage and broth added to the slow cooker

Slice 14oz. smoked sausage into ½-inch thick rounds. Add the sliced sausage to the slow cooker along with 2 cups chicken broth.

Stirred ingredients in the slow cooker

Slightly stir the ingredients in the slow cooker just so the sausage gets nestled down into the cabbage a bit.

Cooked cabbage, sausage, and potatoes

Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on high for four hours or low for eight hours. After cooking, it will look a little like this.

Stirred cabbage, sausage, and potatoes in the slow cooker

Stir everything together, top with chopped parsley (optional), and serve hot!

A shallow bowl full of slow cooker cabbage and sausage

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Google will make free ‘legacy’ G Suite accounts pay for its office apps starting in July

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If you’re part of a business or school that is a G Suite legacy free edition user, your organization will soon have to sign up for a paid subscription to continue using Google Workspace (via 9to5Google). Google will automatically upgrade free plans to a Google Workspace subscription “based on the features you currently use” if your organization doesn’t sign up for a paid plan by May 1st.

The free edition was initially available in Google’s first iteration of Workspace, called Google Apps, which launched in 2006. Google Apps rebranded as G Suite in 2016, before becoming the Google Workspace we know today in 2020 by bundling Gmail, Docs, Meet, Sheets, and Calendar along with some extra perks. Google stopped offering the legacy free edition...

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A Restored Vermeer Painting, Now with Bonus Cupid

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a restored version of Johannes Vermeer's painting Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window alongside the painting before restoration

Only 34 paintings by Dutch master Johannes Vermeer, art history’s foremost painter of Side Views of People Doing Things Near Windows, have been known to survive to the present day, so when one of them is restored, it’s a big deal. The Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in Dresden shared the first image of the completed restoration of Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window — and you might notice a pretty big change on the wall behind the girl.

The painting has been in the museum’s collection for more than 250 years and the hidden Cupid had been known about since an x-ray in 1979 and infrared reflectography in 2009. It had been assumed that the artist himself had altered the composition by covering over the painting of Cupid.

But when a major restoration project began in May 2017, conservators discovered that the paint on the wall in the background of the painting, covering the naked Cupid, had in fact been added by another person. When layers of varnish from the 19th century began to be removed from the painting, the conservators discovered that the “solubility properties” of the paint in the central section of the wall were different to those elsewhere in the painting.

Following further investigations, including tests in an archaeometry laboratory, it was discovered that layers of binding agent and a layer of dirt existed between the image of Cupid and the overpainting. The conservators concluded that several decades would have passed between the completion of one layer and the addition of the next and therefore concluded that Vermeer could not have painted over the Cupid himself.

There is a certain aesthetic amenity to the bare wall in the altered version but maaaybe the original Cupid lends the painting some figurative meaning?

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DMack
400 days ago
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we out here releasing the directors cut of a painting
Victoria, BC
fxer
399 days ago
It’s almost more sinister with Cupid hidden, his tiny dick n balls haunting you from behind the wall. Lurking. Waiting.
emdot
399 days ago
@fxer Word!! And then also the two (?) masks at his feet, one up and one down? Previous victims. Also, what kind of cupid has that kind of leg build? And what is with the staff. I realize focusing on the tiny dick n balls is more succinct and immediate, but it truly only lures you into the further creep.

Google remembers Voice exists, adds new missed call and caller ID features

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Google announced it’s adding new caller ID, missed call, and SMS message features to Google Voice on Wednesday. The otherwise minor update is notable because Google Voice has fallen to the wayside while Google focused on other messaging boondoggles.

From the missed calls or voicemail sections of the mobile Google Voice app, you can now learn why you might have missed a call (for example, Do Not Disturb was on), and receive directions on how to make sure that doesn’t happen again (turning Do Not Disturb off). Google is also making it easier to redial dropped calls and switch to your mobile network if your Wi-Fi connection was the reason your call failed.

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