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SC Hot Buttered Rum Batter

1 teaspoon freshly ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground anise seed
2 cups salted butter
4 cups packed golden brown sugar
2 tablespoons Brer Rabbit Mild Molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine the spices in a small bowl and set aside. Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat, add sugar and stir constantly. Add molasses and vanilla extract and stir. Finally, stir in the spice mixture. Continue to stir on lowest possible heat until all items mix thoroughly and butter does not create a separate layer, about 15 minutes. Let cool slightly and while still soft, pour batter into storage containers. Seal airtight after batter has cooled completely. It will keep until the expiration date of the butter used.

Now that you've done the hard work, make yourself a Smuggler's Cove Hot Buttered Rum by combining 3 barspoons of the above batter and 1 1/2 ounces of blended aged rum in an Irish Coffee glass, top with 6 ounces of hot water and stir. Serve with a cinnamon stick, but feel free to garnish with whipped cream and some freshly grated nutmeg if you so desire. I'm sure Martin, Rebecca, and the Trader wouldn't mind.


  • 1 cup light or dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 6 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon rum extract
  • 4 bottles (12 oz. bottles) cream soda


  1. In a small saucepan over medium, combine the brown sugar and water. Bring to a gentle boil and cook, stirring often, until the mixture reads 240 F on a candy thermometer.
  2. Stir in the butter, salt, vinegar and 1/4 heavy cream. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
  3. Once the mixture has cooled, stir in the rum extract.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar mixture and the remaining 1/2 cup of heavy cream. Use an electric mixer to beat until just thickened, but not completely whipped, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. To serve, divide the brown sugar mixture between 4 tall glasses (about 1/4 cup for each glass). Add 1/4 cup of cream soda to each glass, then stir to combine. Fill each glass nearly to the top with additional cream soda, then spoon the whipped topping over each.



So Open SSL announced that they are going to release details of a Critical OpenSSL vulnerability that  affects versions 3.0.0 to 3.0.6. There is rumbling that this vulnerability may be a major deal likened to the everyone's favorite CVE of 2014, heartbleed.

Open SSL will be releasing their patch/update Tuseday 1st November 2022 between 1300-1700 UTC

But unlike heartbleed this OpenSSL vulnerability my not have the impact to security and network infrastructure that heartbleed had. So far from what I have gotten from several security and network infrastructure companies it's looking ok. As you would expect many of these companies don't run the most bleeding versions of these open source libraries for this very reason. Also many times stability and security take president over new features.

What I wanted to do is put links to OSS (Open Source Software) lists that are used in different vendors platforms. I started out hopeful but for many of them it is very difficult to find. I will post hem as i run across them.

Cisco - https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/about/legal/open-source-documentation-responsive.html

Palo Alto Networks - https://docs.paloaltonetworks.com/oss-listings/pan-os-oss-listings

Juniper - 

Fortinet -

Aruba - 

Arista - 

Extreme Networks - 

Checkpoint - 

F5 - 

Citrix ADC -



Are you planning a trip to London? If you're an apple user think about getting/bringing an apple watch before you go. We just got back from London and first off their public transit is bar non the best I have used. Between the underground and the buses in London, we were never more than a 5-minute walk to anything we wanted to see in London.

In addition to public transit, tap-to-pay is everywhere in the UK, even the village pub we ate in had a tap-to-pay terminal. I only had to unsheathe a credit card once the entire trip and, to be honest, it was probably a user error.

So back to setting up Apple Pay and the Watch....

First setting up apple pay is pretty straightforward if you haven't done it. On your phone, if you open the wallet app you will see a little + sign in the upper right corner if you touch on the plus symbol it will walk you through adding your credit card to apple pay. For traveling overseas make sure you add a card with no foreign transaction fees. Once the card is added you should make this card your default card so it will come up automatically when you double-click to bring up tap-to-pay.

Once your card is added you will want to go into your setting app under wallet and go to the express transit settings and select the credit card you just added. What this does is set up express transit to let you tap in and out of the UK underground with no need to download an app or buy an Oyster card.
For the apple watch, you will want to add the same card via the wallet app. Usually, the cards that have been configured on the phone will show up in the watch app, but you will need to verify the security code to authorize the watch to use those cards. Once the card is added you can go to the wallet settings in the watch app on your phone and configure a default card, you will also want to add the card you want to use for express transit. This will need to be configured on the watch through the watch application on your phone.

Now that it is configured how do I use my phone or apple watch for London transit?
On the Tube/Underground when you tap your phone or watch on the turn stall sensor (the yellow plastic disk) the gates will open and it will register at what station you entered. Once you get to your destination you will need to tap the sensor at the exit gates using the same device you used to enter the underground, each device is unique and will even work if there is no cell service. The TFL will determine where you tapped in and where you tapped out and will bill the card you had configured for express transit directly. It's as simple as that.
If you are planning a trip to the UK I would recommend setting up Apple Pay and especially the express transit if you are going to London. It was a major convenience and took my major concern about using public transit and threw it out the window.