{this moment}

A Friday ritual: a single photo, unaccompanied by explanation, which captures “a simple, special, extraordinary moment…I want to pause, savor and remember.” ~SouleMama
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Photo Credit: ADP

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{this moment}

A Friday ritual: a single photo, unaccompanied by explanation, which captures “a simple, special, extraordinary moment…I want to pause, savor and remember.” ~SouleMama
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Replacing the Air Filter(s) In the Civic

Time for another automobile maintenance post for those who are following along. Was able to get this done before starting my new job and before the “heavy” snow arrived. This one is a two for one – the air filter AND the cabin air filter replacement. As most of my auto maintenance posts are, this one uses our 2009 Civic as the example, but this procedure is pretty straightforward and the same basic steps can be followed for most other vehicles.

Different manufacturers recommend different intervals on when to change your air filter. But the easy answer is to replace it when it gets dirty. I’m ashamed as to how long I waited, you can see the pictures below. The reason you need a filter is so dirt, dust, and other particles don’t get sucked into your engine, acting as abrasive little demons shortening the lifespan of your engine. The reason you need a clean air filter is because your engine needs a certain ratio of air (oxygen, really) to gasoline to operate efficiently. If your filter is too dirty then the flow of air is reduced, therefore making your mixture more rich with gasoline, causing you to use more gas than necessary to run your engine. So you want a clean filter.

If you don’t know how dirty the filter is, then take it out and look at it. If you don’t know where the filter is, crack open your user manual, check google, or just look for the tube that looks like it is sucking outside air into the engine. Here is where it is in the Civic:

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A zoomed in look shows the clamps you have to unclamp:
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Remove the filter housing, look at the filter, and decide whether it’s dirty enough to replace:

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Put the new filter where the old one, put the housing back, re-clamp, and you’re done. Take a look at this side by side:
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The second part of this post involves the cabin air filter replacement. This is important because it keeps harmful particles out of your AC system and also out of your lungs. Check your manual for where it is; it’s normally behind the glove box. Here is the step by step shown in pictures:

Press the sides where the glove box connects to the dash. Some cars you need a screwdriver or socket wrench:

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Ensure you have emptied the contents of your glove box or else they will end up on your floor. Behind the glove box is the housing for the cabin air filter. In the Civic, just press these side tabs and pull out.

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Here’s the old one next to the new one:

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Make sure your filter is installed properly (look at the arrows on the filter and the housing):
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Pretty simple stuff, huh? Took me about 5 minutes, mainly because I had to stop and snap pictures.

Rainy (read: Any) Day Cobbler

Ooo, it’s been a while – I have several posts in various stages of rumination and completion, but thought I’d get a quickie together to ease back into posting more frequently. Tackling our move (mid-move, really), leaving our home of several years, or a variety of other major life changes and topics are just too daunting currently (shh…WV could wake up at any moment).

So I give you my favorite way to avoid important things: cooking. This recipe has been thoroughly vetted and tested with a variety of fruits by yours truly, via The Pioneer Woman. She has a lot to say about cobbler and the different forms it can take. This one is more gooey-cakey, almost like the plum cake my mom makes (link to recipe soon, if she divulges it, of course). Original blackberry cobbler recipe here. My take, with any fruit below, or here. I’d have a picture, but we ate the last one too fast.

Ingredients:

1 Stick Butter
1 Cup White Sugar
1 Cup Self-Rising Flour
1 Cup Milk
2 Cups Fruit, sliced (keep berries whole)
1/4 Cup Turbinado Sugar, for sprinkling on top

Preparation Instructions:

Melt the butter. Combine flour and white sugar, then add milk, whisking well. Add butter and combine completely. Butter a baking pan – I’ve liked using a 9X7 dish (slightly larger than a bread loaf pan, but smaller than a brownie pan) which makes the cobbler thicker, yum. Pour the batter into the dish. Cut up your fruit – I’ve used a mixture of blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, pears, and peaches (the last two should be skinned). Add the fruit over the top of the batter and poke it down a little bit. Sprinkle with turbinado sugar (or white if you prefer) and bake for about 1 hour 45 mins (each time I’ve made this [2 different ovens, even], it’s taken almost twice as long as the original recipe, probably because I’m using a smaller dish), or until golden brown and bubbly. I think it would be tasty with vanilla icecream!

It seems there is a strong correlation with moving and baking sweets in our family. I’d like to blame it on us just trying to use up all of our ingredients in an attempt to not have to move them again…but…a batch of banana muffins, 3 cobblers and 3 batches of chocolate white chocolate chip cookies later?!?

Hope you’re having a good week!

{this moment}

A Friday ritual posted to capture “a simple, special, extraordinary moment…I want to pause, savor and remember.” ~SouleMama

WV and I after our first run this week. In solidarity with the people of Boston. Keep running.

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