Cuban Pork Shoulder In Oven at 300F with Total Seasoning (Sazonador Total) by Goya

Roasted pork shoulder is a staple for Cubans on Christmas Eve (Noche Buena) or anytime of the year. A bone-in pork shoulder and some total seasoning (sazonador total) is the simple combination that will have your children licking their plates and make your dog jealous.

It says “The Perfect Seasoning” so it must be true.

The Problem: As kids grow, they begin to realize they want snacks instead of dinner.

The Solution: Flood the entire house with the aroma of roasted bone-in pork shoulder. This will be in the oven all day so start early and make sure someone is around to watch it.

I don’t remember if we have a pork shoulder in the basement freezer and I don’t feel like digging through the freezer to check. I checked my food inventory database and we had one in there! It will have to thaw in the fridge for about 2-3 days.

The night before: All we need is one 8-10 pound bone-in (picnic) pork shoulder, pam spray (or olive oil), and some Goya total seasoning. Place pork shoulder on a large cutting board and score the fat cap multiple times diagonally.
This will allow you to easily pick at the “pork cracklings” on the top.
Spray pam all over the shoulder (or rub olive oil on it) and season it well. Cover and store in the fridge over night.

Day of: It will take a little less than an hour per pound of pork at 300F. Set the oven to 300F and place the pork shoulder on a rack in a roasting pan. Insert the end of the wireless meat thermometer into the shoulder. Let it cook for 4 hours uncovered and then covered with thick aluminum foil. Once it reaches an internal temperature of 185F, remove the aluminum foil and crank up the oven temperature to 425F. This will crisp the outside and the fat cap on top. Remove the pork when the thermometer reaches 200F internally. Let it rest for 15 minutes before carving on a cutting board.

A wireless meat thermometer will let you know when it’s done!

PowerBI Supplier Spend Dashboard – Aggregate Data From Folder of Multiple Excel Files

The Problem: A need for a solution to gain high level visibility of categorized quarterly spend to manage suppliers more effectively. Make informed decisions by analyzing spend, improving sourcing efficiencies, and increasing savings.

The Solution: Let’s reconcile spend in an interactive PowerBI dashboard that aggregates categorized company spend provided by the supplier. Suppliers fill out a template, it goes into a secure repository, and then the PowerBI dashboard is “Refreshed” to reflect the newly added data.
Why PowerBI over Tableau? The answer is FREE.

How It Works: A secure web portal would be the most effective solution to request quarterly spend from suppliers, but that will cost more and take longer to setup. Instead, each supplier will fill out a predefined template in Microsoft Excel and send it back. It will go into a secure repository and a “Power Query” in PowerBI can be setup to aggregate the files, transform, and load the data into a visualization. The ability to visualize the data by year, quarter, category, top suppliers, etc. is now possible. Redundant Powerpoint decks can take a backseat as we now have a dynamic, uniform, data driven visualization that will update almost immediately.

Suppliers By Spend
The high level overview of supplier spend that can be further sliced by year, quarter, or category.
Supplier Spend Over Time
A stacked area chart that visualizes supplier spend over time.
Spend Summary Table
A summarized table with supplier spend broken out by category over time.
Point of Contact Email Change
A PowerBI matrix shows the changes in data over time.

Below is a .zip file containing the excel template for suppliers to fill out, “received files” as data that I made up (notice the COVID-19 downward trend), and the PowerBI dashboard.

Extract the files to a folder of your choice. Files can be added (or edited) in the “Received Spend Files” folder. Make sure the supplier name is correct in the first parenthesis and the 4 digit year and quarter are in the second parenthesis. The filename needs to be named as follows…
Template – (Supplier 1) Quarterly Spend Request (2018Q1)

You will need to change the data source of the dashboard to point to the new folder location of the excel files (on your computer).

Open the “Supplier Spend.pbix” PowerBI dashboard and click the downward arrow at the bottom right of “Edit Queries”.

Click “Data Source Settings” on the popup menu.

Click “Change Source…” and then click “Browse” to select the location of the “Received Spend Files” folder.

Click “Close”.

You will see a yellow popup “There are pending changes in your queries that haven’t been applied.” Click “Apply Changes”.

The data source has been pointed to the location on your computer and now you are free to edit, add, or remove Excel files in the “Received Spend Files” folder.

Click “Refresh” in PowerBI to reflect the changes to the folder.

Good Things To Know: Only Excel files can live in the “Received Spend Files” folder. The dashboard has to be outside of that folder. File names are very important! PowerBI is free until you want to publish the dashboard for other members of the team (if the data is critical, keep it local and present from your laptop or export to pdf for your team). You can use the Power Query in Excel to aggregate, transform, and load the data minus the cool visualizations that PowerBI offers.

TV Screen Black – Power Works – Nothing On Screen – Fix Sharp Aquos LC-50LB261U Backlight

The Problem: The screen on my 5 year old (conveniently out of warranty) Sharp Aquos LC-50LB261U LED TV won’t light up. After pressing the remote or the power button on the left side of the TV, the blue light comes on but the screen remains black.

“TV is getting power but it isn’t lighting up”

The Solution: While leaving the TV powered on, I pressed the menu button on the remote. I held a flash light up to the TV and I could barely see the menu in the middle of the screen but it was there.

Great news! A swap of the LED back lights inside the panel was worth a shot!

It was time to do a little internet research and source the replacement LED backlight specific to my TV model Sharp Aquos LC-50LB261U LED TV.

$53.48 ($44.99 + $8.49 Shipping) from Amazon was definitely more appealing than trashing an awesome Sharp Aquos TV. Also, I picked up some heavy duty screen suction cups ($8.89 w/ free shipping) to safely remove the LED screen. Better safe than sorry!

$53.48 Sharp LC-50LB370U LC-50LB371U LC-50LB261U 500TT65 500TT66 500TT61 V3 500TT62 V3 12 PCS LED Backlight Strips Replace
$8.89 Kaisiking Heavy Duty Suction Cups 2 Pcs Screen Suction Cup
$62.37 Total Cost (minus sweat equity)

I was confident enough to open the panel and replace the LED back lights myself, but I found a tear down tutorial on Youtube just in case.

Followed the video, reassembled the TV, and it fired right up! Excited to see how long the new LED back lights will last. A big thanks to for the video.