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Cookies

Published on August 11, 2013 by in Random

One of my kids has a friend in culinary school.  We benefit every now and again when he stops by with food. I barely saved these four cookies so I could get a picture of them.  They would rival any Pepperidge Farm cookie.  These have (or I should say had since I’ve eaten them already) a light crispy shell with a cream or custard filling.  Somehow the chef in training managed to keep the filling soft without making the outer shell soggy. Thanks Billie!

 
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Monterey Pictures

Published on July 15, 2013 by in Photos
Monterey Bay

Our post from the weekend said everything there is to say about the market so Today I’ll just show a few more vacation pictures. These are from Monterey (California).  If you ever get a chance to drive Highway 1, that follows the California coast, you should make a detour and drive thru Monterey, around Monterey bay, through Pacific Grove, then make the 17 mile drive.   Here are a few pictures from the area. The first picture is Monterey Bay (taken from Monterey). The next picture is on Highway 1, going south past Carmel.

 
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The Young Run and the Mature Observe

Published on July 14, 2013 by in Photos, Random
The young run while the old observe

On a recent trip to the Northern California coast we stopped at some tide pools just south of San Francisco. This scene made me smile.  I was amused by the juxtaposition between the young and old.  The young run, while the mature observe.  I’m sure I could turn this into a trading and investing analogy, but that might spoil the fun. I found myself somewhere in between the young and old…walking and taking pictures.

 
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Enjoy Independence Day

Published on July 3, 2013 by in Photos
Fireworks

Long time readers know that I have a couple of parks close to my home which each host a fireworks show or two every year. This past weekend one of them celebrated the fourth of July. When I hear the first firework explode all I have to do is get a beer…or glass of wine…or large pour of bourbon (depending on the occasion), snag a lawn chair, and set it in the driveway. I got out the camera this weekend and got a few decent pictures.  I hope you all have a great holiday filled with family, friends, and food.

 
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Lighthouse Near Sausalito

Published on June 30, 2013 by in Photos
Lighthouse Near Sausalito

The wife and I took a week to travel four hours from our home last week. The majority of the trip was on Highway 1 from San Francisco to Monterey, but we stayed a night in Sausalito on the way.  It is located just on the North side of the Golden Gate bridge.  While I’m sure all of you who have traveled to San Francisco have seen the bridge, I’m guessing that many of you didn’t know that this beautiful lighthouse is only another 10 minutes away.  If you’re ever in the San Francisco bay area be sure to add a few hours to visit the park where the lighthouse is located.  Be advised that it is only open Saturday thru Monday from 12:30 to 3:30. It was raining with a wind directly into the camera lens and I was too lazy to clean it between pictures so I apologize for the spots in the next picture.  

 
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Happy Anniversary to Me

Published on June 10, 2013 by in Photos, Random

I’ve been married to the wife for 30 years today.  She’s just as cute and sassy as the day we met.  O.k. to be honest, cute has matured into beauty…and the sass is now better characterized as vitriol. Fortunately, I’m amused by criticism.

 
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Hanging Out on the Window

Published on June 2, 2013 by in Photos
Lizard on the Window

This little guy was hanging out on my window the other day.

 
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Drowned My Phone

Published on May 23, 2013 by in Eating Cat, Random
Phone worked after falling in a glass of water

A couple of days ago I fumbled my phone and it fell right into a 24 ounce glass of water.  It was completely submerged. I snatched it out as fast as possible and immediately dried off the outside with a paper towel.  I figured that it would be dead, but didn’t want to lose hope so easily so I opened it up and took out the battery and memory cards. After drying the inside I left it over night under a ceiling fan. The next morning I told my youngest what I’d done and he said he’d heard that putting it in rice would draw out water that might have seeped into the internal bowels of the phone.  Since he’d got the information from the internet I figured it must be true. ;)  Or at the least it couldn’t hurt…so the phone went into a sealed bag of rice for another day.  Then came the moment of truth.  I put the phone back together and turned on. It worked!! My

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Snowboarding at Mount Shasta

Published on May 19, 2013 by in Random

My middle kid loves the outdoors. He does every activity imaginable.  Most of them are things that the wife and I don’t do. We got him a GoPro for Christmas last year so we could enjoy some of his activities from afar.  He finally sent me some video shot this winter from a ski trip to Mount Shasta.  He said the runs were a lot easier than the resorts near Lake Tahoe where he usually goes, but he still had a good time.  I found this clip pretty cool.  Enjoy.

 
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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Published on May 5, 2013 by in Recipies
Carnitas with Peach Mango Salsa

Carnitas is one of my favorite foods so I’m celebrating Cinco de Mayo with carnitas fresh from the oven. Those of you who love Mexican food are probably saying, “What? The oven? Carnitas is supposed to be deep fried.” You’re right, my favorite restaurants boil then deep fry the pork to get that perfect combination of tender chunks of meat with a crispy coat. I’m too lazy to go to that much trouble so I’ve found an easy way to make carnitas that will rival any restaurant. Here’s the secret.   3 lbs. Pork shoulder roast (often called a butt roast) Liberal amount of salty pork or chicken seasoning (I use onion salt, sage, and any other spice that looks good that day) 3 Limes squeezed (you can substitute 1/4 cup orange juice in a pinch) 1 shot of Tequila (just to get a dirty look from the wife – for more dirty looks drink a few shots while cooking) Bake for 3 hours at 300 degrees in a quality

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