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Time to start again

October 19, 2017 Leave a comment

Finally logged into the so on my phone. I think it’s time to get back to work…

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Is This Some Kinky New Fetish….

Just a quick note tonight. I’ve just spent the past hour going through my comments spam filter. Of the nearly 300 spam comments there, about 150 of them were for piano benches. Another 75 or so were about banana nut muffins. Those seem like awful high numbers for just random spam. So I’m thinking that there must be some strange kink or fetish that involves piano benches and banana nut muffins. Its either that or those are code words for something else. I didn’t follow any of the links in those comments, mostly because I really didn’t want to know and was really kind of afraid of what I might come across.

I think it would be so much more entertaining if we let our minds wonder on this one. I really want to know what people think about this. Comment on this post, and use the word “Piano Bench and Banana Nut Muffin” in the post so that if it does end up in the spam filter I know not to delete it. Let’s be creative but remember this is a family site so keep your comments rated pg or pg13.

I am terribly sorry…

April 29, 2012 Leave a comment

I’ve been neglecting my own blog and all those who follow it.  I am sorry.

I’ve been spending most of my free time working on my wife’s new website:  Reiki Cornerstones  I really suggest you all check it out if for no other reason than to boost her views.

Beside working on her website and learning all sorts of new things like how to publish podcasts, and shoot video of a diva, I’ve been working on the yard.  I now have several garden boxes on top of my hill and the small 5×5 deck I had been squeezing onto for an outdoor kitchen is gone.   I’ve also been observing the robins that nested on my ladder this spring, taking regular pictures of the nest from the time the eggs were laid until the babies left the nest.  After I go through them all, I plan on posting one or two of the better ones.

The planning has started for the new outdoor kitchen.  There will be pictures and videos made of that entire process.

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What Does It Take To Fuel A Blog…

March 27, 2012 1 comment

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Avery Brewing Co.  Boulder Co.  The Reverend Belgian style quadruple ale.

Well ok, maybe not, depending on what you plasm on writing and the time of day.  Mornings I would have to go with coffee.  In the evening though, this high gravity ale is a winner.  The 10% ABV certainly will loosen the tongue. 

So beside evening blogging, what would I pair this with?  Avery’s website suggests gyros or spicy mussels, which I’m not entirely down with.  I think gyros are too greasy, at least the ones I’ve had, and spicy might not go well either.  You see this is a very sweet ale given the high alcohol content which is a result of a very high original specific gravity.  So greasy food would make for a very heavy meal.  The sweetness would be lost in spiciness.

I would Almost say that this, in small quantities, would go well with dessert.  Maybe a tart cherry pie or spice cake.  Or with a savory entre’ of herbed chicken or salmon, maybe even a very simple steamed crab, shrimp, or cockles and mussels.

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SAVEUR 100: Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

March 19, 2012 4 comments

With St. Patrick’s day just passed, I have to say I was highly disappointed in the corned beef brisket I bought.  It was fairly tough and really quite salty.  My plan for next year, or maybe some time this summer is to corn my own beef.  Maybe it won’t even be a brisket, I might opt for a slightly more tender cut like the tritip.  I’ve always found Saveurto be a good starting place for recipes, so I’m thinking of giving this one a try. 

SAVEUR 100: Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe – http://pulse.me/s/73JMz

I’ll certainly keep everyone informed and of course pictures will be taken.

Who Doesn’t Love Bacon…

February 8, 2012 1 comment

There is just something about bacon that makes people swoon.  From the cured pork belly to the strange, not sure what it really is, vegan bacon.  I have heard that bacon is the gateway meat.  Its smokey, pork goodness perched atop a cheeseburger has corrupted more than one Jewish person.  While vegan bacon, whatever that is, might “satisfy” its formed to look like meat, but it is the real thing that so often seduces the weaker vegans and vegetarians back into the light of omnivorous feeding.

So in keeping with the wonder that is the main subject of this post…

Here’s my recipe for bacon salad dressing

  • 4 slices of streaky bacon
  • 2 Tbsp of lime juice (fresh squeezed from the lime please)
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • Rendered fat from the bacon

Cut bacon into small pieces and put into a frying pan.  Render the fat and brown the bacon pieces.  Remove the cooked bacon from the pan, drain and reserve.  Put the lime juice, cider vinegar, honey and bacon fat into a small blender or mini food processor container (the Magic Bullet, as seen on TV is great for this) and wiz it up for a few seconds to emulsify it.

According to my family, this dressing went really good on the micro greens and blackberry salad I served tonight.

My gift to you, enjoy.

Stress and food…

December 16, 2011 Leave a comment

This time of year stress is the number one mental health complaint in the United States.  Suicide rates are highest.  Domestic abuse rates are up.  Even hospital admissions, unrelated to attempted suicide, are increased.  Then there is the weight gain issue we’re all familure with during the holidays. 

The usual holiday fare consists of cookies, caked, pies, gravies, potatoes, more cookies, candies, and maybe if there is room, more candies and cookies.  All those simple carbohydrates, that add the additional ten to twenty pounds, contribute an unnoticed physical stressor to the body.  This additional physical stress takes a roll on a person’s mental capacity and they’re ability to handle stress.  Hence me starting this post talking about mental health.

Food plays a major role in the holiday festivities as well as our mental health.  There are ways to combat both the food related stress as well as the additional weight. 

First off, limit the sweets.  I know there are just so many, but try.  While you’re at it cut down on the alcohol.  Drink at least as much water as you do things like, beer, wine, liquor, and soft drinks.  Yes, even soft drinks.  Next go easy on the breads and potatoes.  Even while grain bread turns quickly into simple sugars within the digestive system.  So like candies and cookies, they need to be limited.

Do eat fresh vegies though.  I have yet to be at a holiday party that doesn’t include a lonely veggie tray.  Also lean meat is a good bet.  They will fill you up so you’re less likely to over indulge in the rest.

And yes I’m right there with you all.  I have to work at not eating all those goodies.  I have stress during the holidays.  This year especially.  See my mother is dying.  Largely unresponsive.  It’s only a matter of time.  And it’s the holidays.

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