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10-11-2013   Leave a comment

I’m sleeping in a little today after the festivities of last night when our favorite and only grandson celebrated his first birthday. It wasn’t a huge party just a small group of family members to take a lot of photographs, eat some cake, and watch our newest member take his first steps into the world.

I haven’t had the pleasure of attending birthday parties such as this for a very long time.  As I recall the last time was decades ago when  my niece and nephew were new to the world.  Since his mother is a believer in traditional values the party was just as you might expect.  The star of the night was in fine form and hamming it up with everyone as soon as they arrived.  He was all smiles and attitude and I felt like he knew it was a special occasion of some sort but wasn’t quite sure what it was.  He knew he was receiving a lot of extra attention and really enjoyed himself.

Both of his grandmothers were there to coo over him as they’re supposed to do and he ate it up as usual.  All of the family pets were involved (2 dogs and 2 cats) and were running around, having a great time, and enjoying the excitement like everyone else.

Then it was time for gifts as we sat around and watched him unwrap a gift, play with it for a moment, and then go for the wrapping paper.  He enjoyed the stupid paper as much as the gifts.  He was quite taken by a huge bag of foam blocks that he immediately dove into and began to play with.  He’s either going to be some sort of engineer or possibly a Lego salesman.  We’ll just have to wait and see.

The highlight of the night for me was the cake presentation.  His Mom baked him a small green cake that he was expected to demolish and OMG did he ever.  In one short minute the cake was man-handled, smashed, and smeared over anyone daring to get too close.  Once he realized he could destroy it, he did so.  His face, hands, arms, eyes, were covered as he shoveled it into his mouth with both hands.  He was also nice enough to feed a good portion to the two dogs who were hovering around waiting for some.  He was a real mess and I’ve saved plenty of photo’s to prove it.  I’m looking forward to the day a few years down the road when I can show them to him.

He finally was dumped unceremoniously into the bathtub and scrubbed clean by an assortment of volunteers.  He was dressed in his new fancy PJ’s and settled in for his final bottle of milk for the day.  All in all quite a successful first birthday party.  I hope the rest of them as just as festive and filled with people who love him. 

What more can a person ask.

02-02-2013   Leave a comment

And a big Happy Groundhog Day to you all. I almost decided to wear my full body gopher costume for the day but my better-half put her foot down. She refused to allow me to leave the house dressed like that.  She told me in no uncertain terms that I’d just have to be happy with what I wrote yesterday.  She can be such a buzz kill at times.

So instead I resumed my remodeling project and worked at it for most of the day. All of the electrical has been rerouted, installed and working as expected.  The insulation has been replaced with care and repaired in certain spots as well. The new vapor barrier has been installed and finally allows me to get on with the reframing of the closet and the new opening into my bedroom.  I’m still on schedule with final completion slated for sometime in late April. 

My Harry Potter obsession seems to be winding down. In the  the last two months I’ve read all of the books and seen all of the movies and it’s been a great undertaking.  All that remains now is the two X-box LEGO Harry Potter games which are sure to be difficult and time consuming.  I’ll probably be working on those two games well into the Fall but as with all obsessions I can’t wait to get started.

I surprised my better-half this afternoon with a Ground Hog Day night on the town in Portland.  There’s nothing less exciting than a night on the town on a cold February night in Portland, ME.  Luck was with us when surprise, surprise we found a decent parking spot  almost immediately. Anyone who lives here knows what a miracle that was. We made our way down Commercial street to the Dry Dock bar, tavern, and meeting place for all those people terribly bored with the winter weather. The second surprise was an extremely nice and competent waitress which doesn’t happen all that often either. Surprise number three, the food.  Without question this was the best little meal I can ever remember having.  It was three plates of appetizers with each one more delicious than the last.  Pork Wings followed by Crab Rangoon followed by hot and spicy Chicken Wings. Add to that a decent glass of Cabernet for me and a Shipyard beer for the better-half and you’ve got a great night going on. The place was an old building with the classic store front windows where you can sit and watch the world go by.  You can bet we’ll be returning here often.

We returned home for some quiet time and if my luck holds I’ll be chasing my better-half around the house until she lets me catch her.  As always it’s all about the chase.

Have a great weekend chasing whoever it is you chase.

01-15-2013   Leave a comment

This morning is for recreation and not creation for at  least a few hours.  The better-half is long gone to work, the cat’s been fed, and the coffee fresh.  I think a short trip to Middle Earth is necessary before I continue what should be a rather busy day. 

42” of X-box is the only proper way to kick start a day and I’m loving it.  This new Lego Lord of the Rings is a hoot and it appears that it will take a great deal of time to master.  I’m at 23% completion and I’ve been working it at it off and on for a couple of weeks already.  Hours and hours of continuous fun ahead for me.

Late morning has pulled me back into the kitchen where I’m beginning the process of making my special spicy pasta sauce.  My hands smell of onion and are burning like fire from the jalapenos (forgot my gloves).  Did most of the prep work last night so it’s all about the cooking and canning today.  I’ve got to get back to it right now before things overcook.

La-Dee-Da (Time passing)

Well its two hours later and I’m putting the finishing touches to things.  I just finished canning seventeen pints of some really tasty meatless sauce.  I went easy on the heat for this batch since many of the people who will be receiving it aren’t crazy about really hot food.  I held back one quart jar that we’ll be using for dinner later today.  I can’t wait.  The one downside to all of this is the cleanup which seems to take twice as long as the preparation. It’s a big, gigantic, huge, pain in the ass.


Just finished a rather enjoyable meal of miniature cheese raviolis covered with my delicious sauce.  I’m not really bragging but it was one helluva good vegetarian dish.  We’ve been trying a little harder to cut down the amount  of meat we consume but don’t worry, I’ll never quit completely.  I’m a big believer in eating a little of everything but a not lot of any one thing. It’s all about portions and quality for us now.  It’s one of the reasons I enjoy making my own food, I know exactly what’s in it.  No added sugars or preservatives just great flavors. 

Our hobby has expanded to include the making of sauces, relishes, jams, canned pickles and veggie mixes, and spicy green beans (all from the garden).  Both my better-half and I make our own versions of home-made wine, flavored vinegars, and a habanero cooking wine that is to die for.  Besides being a little healthier for us both it’s also great fun.   

Well back to the cleanup. I want to be finished before my better-half gets home.

Posted January 16, 2013 by Every Useless Thing in Cooking, Just Saying

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