Saturday, July 29, 2017

Two out of three...

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Great songs and songwriters, unlike some other shiny things, never rust or grow old...

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Pink Floyd and Comfortably Numb!

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America seems numb(er) today, only not so comfortable as in days past...Oh, you can't see this video? Get used to it as our society crumbles... Hey everyone! No more excuses...

Monday, July 17, 2017

Dirty Rice!


On a whim and also partly based on the recommendation of a friend. I picked up a box that was labeled 'Creole Dirty Rice Dinner Mix'. My friend had positively gushed about the wonderful mix of ground beef, onion, bell peppers and white rice. I figured 'what the heck, it couldn't kill me'~!

The next day I decided to throw the meal together. All that was involved was browning a pound of ground beef, draining off the fat and them adding the package contents along with 2 ¼ cups of water to a large skillet. I then stirred it all up, placed a cover on the skillet and then simmered the entire meal-a- deal for about 25 minutes.

 After sitting down to a rather excellent meal, I noticed that perhaps my supposed 'friend' had it in for me, as I took stock of the nutritional content.... This was definitely not a meal for the faint of heart! 


I noted that a 136 gram (4 ounce) meal wasn't really all that much in volume, but whoa boy, it sure packed quite a wallop in areas that I tended to shy away from. That 960 plus milligrams of salt, for instance, was way over the top in my opinion. In addition the saturated fat and cholesterol contents were way high for a older man such as myself who's trying to avoid cardiac collapse... That said, the meal as really tasty and so next time, I plan to cut the portion down in half and then maybe sub in a salad.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Madonna and Frozen!

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Copyright restrictions aside, this number by Madonna was posted for three reasons; 1) I've always respected Madonna's talent and 2) this number struck a chord of past times best forgotten. Lastly, true Lycans transfer their bonds mouth-ring to a willing finger. And that bond my friends, is forever...


Blondie - Heart of Glass!

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I uploaded this number from the distant past, not as a song, but as a reminder to myself. You see that lady taught me a lot about myself. Back then, I thought of her a vacuous empty headed cheerleader who was trying to make a name for herself. Later, I realized that this talented woman was way up there in the intelligence quotient. (Perhaps, even much more knowledgeable than moi). That was a mental setback, for me somewhere there in the 80's. Now, cycle forward a few decades, and while I'm not much the wiser, I do so much clearly now see this awesome woman!

BBQ Chicken via the Convection Oven route!


Initial Prep: Rinse, pat dry and throw the chicken onto an 'elevated' drip pan (so the grease can drain), and then 'roast' them in a preheated convection oven, set to 390 degrees for about twenty four minutes.

Da Sauce: Place about a cup of BBQ sauce into a small pan on the stove and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer while the chicken roasts. (It’ll get nice and bubbly and wonderful). When the chicken’s ready, turn off the heat and remove the pan from the burner.

Back to the Chicken: After the chicken has roasted 20 minutes, crank up the broiler to high and broil the chicken for 5 minutes turning once, just to give it a little color. Then, remove the chicken from the oven, and reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees. (Even though the chicken was actually done at this point, I was going to return it with sauce added in just a second).

Setting the sauce: Use tongs to dunk each chicken legs into the sauce, submerging each piece completely. Place the coated chicken back onto the pan, then return the chicken to the oven for five minutes, just to anchor this base of sauce onto the chicken.

Finally, brush or dab plenty of extra sauce all over the legs. Re-anchor this sauce for a few minutes in the oven and then let it all sit for a spell....
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Notes: The concept of 'doneness' - Typically you should cook drums or thighs to 175 to 180°F to make very sure no pink meat remains. But, as long as the drumstick or thigh reaches 165°F, it is safe to eat!
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Nutrition: These drums contained the following calories....
Calories per gram = 1.4 (Each drum had about 75 grams of meat = 100 calories)

Cook's Notes: I used a Breville convection oven with the rack set in the roast or mid position. For broiling I raided the rack and set the heat to 500F. The legs were broiled for about 7 minutes and rotated once.

The legs were then immersed in KC Masterpiece sauce and returned to the oven with the rack set on the center position. The temperature was lowered to 350 degrees and the legs were cooked an additional 7 minutes. The internal temperature, done by probe, registered 168 degrees. The legs were then removed from the oven and placed into a refrigerator to cool..




Friday, July 7, 2017

The Senior Center Thrisft store is open for business!


Forsyth MO – Located in the back of the White River Plaza off Hwy 160 is the Senior Center Thrift Store that is open Monday through Friday 9AM to 5PM and Saturday 10AM to 3PM. I stopped by as I was doing some laundry at the adjacent laundromat and was curios to see what they offered.

Inside the store, I was met by some very nice ladies who told me that the proceeds or profits from the store were going to help build the planned new Senior Center as soon as the funds became available. I was impressed with the great selections they have of clothing (some racks held clothes that were as little as $1 as part of a sale), shoes, curios and jewelry just to name a few.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Lou Raymond at the Frosted Mug!


Forsyth MO - On Friday, July 7, the Frosted Mug will be hosting musician Lou Raymond from 7PM to 11PM. A show that some I talked to called 'unique'. I planned to be on hand to see this show even as it was going to be way past my bedtime.... Lou is a Vet who currently resides in Protem MO. He told me that he has been performing at the Mug, off and on, for decades.

Monday, June 19, 2017

If loving you is wrong...

 
The major thing  about us men lies in the expression of our male hormones. Make them stronger and we are warriors. Make them weak and we become Bruce Jenner...

Sunday, June 18, 2017

My poor peppered steak!



Steak au poivre or pepper steak is a French dish that consists of a steak, traditionally a filet mignon, coated with loosely cracked peppercorns and then cooked.

After responding to a local grocery store advertisement for 8 ounce boneless rib eye, I confessed to being a little disappointed. The steaks that looked thick pictorially, but were really not helped me decide to go with my version of a French favorite. Only, as I had no peppercorns, I elected to just use a little black pepper out of the can and go with the flow. Also, since I'd decided to pretty much butcher this recipe, I added some sliced onion and mushrooms that were flash grilled in a frying pan with a bit of oil and some Worcestershire sauce.

The only cooking procedure I had to be careful with was with the steak, due to its thinness. I placed it in a tabletop convection oven set to broil for just 2 minutes on a side. This left the center of the meat in a semi-rare state.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Moody Blues - Knights in White Satin!

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 A definite full screen experience!

For what's it's worth, I did stand on a stage with this group, (they were not performing at the time, just practicing prior to a performance). It was in a suburb of Chicago (Barrington, IL?), it was hot and I was called to attend to a lighting problem due to a Macintosh malfunction.. fixed it with a very low tech fan... no biggie. I do remember that the drummer asked my to 'take that damn tie off', as I was sweating so badly! - Like I said a long time and far ago... But, a momentary clash even if ever so fleeting, with something great. And yes, it changed me. Anyway, my fellow travelers, a good listen for you to enjoy.

Local eatery offers meal discounts!



Forsyth MissouriCharlie's Steak, Ribs and Ale located in Forsyth Missouri will be offering discounted meals to veterans seven days a week and the same discount to seniors on Mondays! Note that the discounts are for the Forsyth location only! For the exact details, you can call 417-546-2011 to ask questions and to make sure of the details! It was refreshing to see a venue like Charlie's step forward in this manner!

Pasta, garlic toast and milk!


As I like to challenge myself to come up with meals that are at or below 500 calories, I really ratchet it up when I turn to any pasta style dish as the calories really come on fast!

This simple and easy to make meal really did hit the spot! I used the following:

56 grams of regular spaghetti
1/4 cup home made spaghetti sauce
1/2 a Bollilo roll, sliced in half
1 tsp garlic
Fake butter, 2 pats
1 tsp red wine
1/4 tsp Oregano, dried flakes
1/4 tsp basil, dried flakes

I made the spaghetti according to package instructions in a small pot of  boiling and salted water. That took about eleven minutes. Next I took a small can of tomato sauce, dumped it into s stainless steel frying pan to which was added the wine, Oregano and basil. This was lightly simmered for about five minutes or about the time it took to 'broil' the garlic bread in my convection oven. All told, this lunch time repast took about  15 minutes to prepare. It came in at just about 500 calories (note that milk was not pictured) and was delicious!

Friday, June 2, 2017

BBQ chicken tenders in 2 Qt slow cooker!



Making up a batch of really tasty BBQ chicken tenders in a slow cooker is very fast and very easy! The end result can be shredded and placed on a Bolillo roll to help serve as the centerpiece of a great lunch!

Ingredients:

1 pkg of chicken tenders
2-3 Bolillo rolls, sliced
½ bottle of BBQ sauce
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup white vinegar
½ tsp of garlic powder
¼ tsp hot pepper flakes

Preparation:

Unwrap and throw the chicken tenders into the bottom of a small 2 quart slow cooker. Mix the rest of the ingredients in a small bowl using a whisk unto the brown sugar is dissolved. Pour this over the chicken pieces, cover and set on high for about three hours. Remove the chicken and tease pieces apart with a fork until shredded. Place goodly amounts of the chicken in a sliced roll and chow on down! Serves 2 to 3.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The real North Korea

Due to a famine hitting the country because of international trade sanctions, North Koreans are forced to live off of food rations from the government. The government claims that they provide their citizens with all that they need but in reality, as this photo which was secretly taken of a grocery store proves, this is not necessarily the case. This Pyongyang supermarket is for the above average (although not elite) North Korean, and shows the paltry offerings on hand, mainly apples, turnips, and leeks. Yum…



Most of the country of North Korea is starving, with a huge percentage of the population dangerously malnourished, eating rats and squirrels for sustenance. The country is therefore trying to increase its arable farmland in order to feed its people. However, due to still using farming methods from the 1700s, this isn’t really working out, with people all over the country emaciated and malnourished. North Koreans who escape to China are easily recognizable for being extremely thin, and for their tendencies to eat everything they see. 


When foreigners come to visit the Hermit Kingdom, they are taken on tightly controlled, heavily monitored tours where photographing the wrong thing may just put you in jail, or worse. This photographer risked his life by taking a photo of a nearly empty train station. North Korean citizens are closely watched, and they are not allowed to travel outside of their own town or village without express written permission from the regime. The train here is mainly for tourists, and just another cog in the regime’s propaganda machine. 


Just like in a chapter of 1984, everyone’s movements and words are monitored by the government. There isn’t a place in North Korea where you aren’t being watched, with hidden cameras and microphones located everywhere from homes to offices, parks and squares to even buses and cars! It is a not uncommon sight to see North Korean military watchtowers watching towns, making sure that everyone is in line.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Crock Pot Ham and Bean Soup!

Taking a cue from a package of Hurst's 15 bean soup package, I thought to try out an 'Owenized' version, using just the stuff I actually had on hand.

Ingredients:

10 oz of Hurst's 15 bean soup package (1/2 a package)
2 ham hocks
½ packet of ham flavoring (included with Hurst package)
15 oz can of chicken broth
15 oz can of petite diced tomatoes
¼ onion, chopped
¼ tsp garlic
Dash of Cayenne pepper
¼ tsp of lemon juice

Directions:

For this meal I used a small 2 quart Crock Pot, that I had ordered from Amazon, as it does a great job when cooking for just one person.

To start this recipe off, I rinsed the beans (about half the package) and added them, along with the onion, ham hocks, broth, garlic and Cayenne pepper into the Crock Pot which was set on high. The lid was put on and it was allowed to cook for 5 hours. After that time had elapsed, I removed the ham hocks, cut off the meat and discarded the bones. I also checked the beans for tenderness. I then stirred in the can of diced tomatoes, lemon juice and ham flavoring.

I let this cook for an additional 30 minutes to allow the flavors a chance to meld. Serves about 4.

Notes: The Crock Pot, when set on high, reached a temperature of 132 or so degrees Fahrenheit. This was hot enough to cause the contents to slightly boil or simmer.

Monday, May 15, 2017

One Forsyth Missouri area park still open after the flood!



Forsyth MO. – After suffering from a 100 year flood, and even as two area parks (River Run and Shadow Rock) were both completely inundated with water, one small park area survived.

Empire District's small park area just to the southwest off Powersite dam was still open for business. This public park area supports picnic benches, a covered area, a boat ramp and bathrooms. And even if a few areas had water on them, most of the area was good to go when I visited on May 14, 2017. 

Even as record levels of water continued to flow over Powersite dam, the Taneycomo Lake area remained close to normal levels even as Bull Shoals was almost to that level! It's thought that both the Bull Shoals recreational areas will be closed for the balance of the year, even if no more rain were to fall. A situation deemed somewhat unlikely as more rain was forecast for later in the week of this post. 


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Another global cyber attack possible on Monday!

 
Site of attempted WannaCry infections!

The war is apparently on in the global cyber world! With over 200K systems now infected with the ransomware known as 'WannaCry' the world, especially the UK is girding its loins for a tough Monday, May the 15th!

According to an article in The Telegraph, a UK publication, the threat from the cyber attack that crippled international services "will continue to grow" as people return to work on Monday, the head of Europol warned.

The virus, (which was stopped this time by a 22 year old computer genius), is anything but over. According him, 'a further attack is likely' and he stressed that 'it's very important that people patch their systems now.' [Microsoft has a patch you can download].

The anti-hacker also stated that, "We have stopped this one, but there will be another one coming and it will not be stoppable by us.” He also admonished, "There's a lot of money in this. There's no reason for them to stop. It's not really much effort for them to change the code and then start over.”
Some experts now fear this latest coordinated attack which hit over 90 countries world wide, may only be the tip of the iceberg. In many ways, the individuals responsible are not unlike ISIS. They both are on missions to destroy entire countries. One side does this for religious reasons, while the side is in it for the money. Either way, the damage they are doing could be beyond horrific.

In a rare step, Microsoft published a patch for Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows 8—all of them operating systems for which it no longer provides mainstream support.

Users can download and find more information about the patches in Microsoft’s blog post about Friday’s attack from the WannaCry ransomware.

Does anyone remember 911, and how surprised we all were that some simple minded people who were also radicalized could use a few planes to bring us down? Now, consider a cyber attack followed up with a strike at our electrical grid. It wouldn't even have to be particularity effective to throw millions into a panic.... Next day, a new Dark age. Meanwhile, we all sit staring at our TV's, cellphones and computers like mindless lemmings....

Friday, May 12, 2017

Five way Cincinnati chili!


I like chili and spaghetti, so it was nice when I first heard of this very popular dish. Cincinnati chili originated with immigrant restaurateurs from the Macedonian region who were trying to expand their customer base by moving beyond narrowly ethnic styles of cuisine. Tom and John Kiradjieff began serving a "stew with traditional Mediterranean spices" as a topping for hot dogs which they called "coneys" in 1922 at their hot dog stand located next to a burlesque theater called the Empress. Tom Kiradjieff used the sauce to modify a traditional Greek dish, speculated to have been pastitsio, moussaka or saltsa kima to come up with a dish he called chili spaghetti. He first developed a recipe calling for the spaghetti to be cooked in the chili but changed his method in response to customer requests and began serving the sauce as a topping, eventually adding grated cheese as a topping for both the chili spaghetti and the coneys, also in response to customer requests. To make ordering more efficient, the brothers created the "way" system of ordering. The style has since been copied and modified by many other restaurant proprietors, often fellow Greek-Macedonian immigrants who had worked at Empress restaurants before leaving to open their own chili parlors, often following the business model to the point of locating their restaurants adjacent to theaters.

My meal selection on this day, was a five way order containing the pasta, chili, beans, cheese and chopped onion!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Critique: Banquest's Salisbury Steak Meal circa 2017!


It took me quite some time before I came to the realization that TV dinners actually evolved and changed. What existed in 2015 was not what was offered in 2017! Only the price of $1.29 seemed to remain somewhat constant.

One of the changes was the masked potatoes, or what I would better describe as baby vomit. The texture was wrong and the taste a bit on the grainy side. Not cool.Even repeated nuking in the microwave did not improve that mush. Likewise, I never got a good look at the Salisbury steak as it was covered by an annealed mass of sauce. But, unlike the mashed potatoes, it tasted OK.
Gag me, totally!

On the better side of things, the corn tasted like corn (duh) with the desert being the real star of an otherwise very disappointing late afternoon encounter. Other insults that came from this 350 calorie mess were the extremely high doses of saturated fats (23%) and the completely insane load of sodium at 1340 milligrams. (Were I a much younger man sponging off of poor parents, and that was all they could afford, I could live with it. But, as an older and hopefully smarter person, I elected to dump most of it into the trash...).

I scored this a 3 on a scale of 10 and would not recommend it... well, maybe I would to my enemies.

Monday, May 8, 2017

An ETM with fried potatoes breakfast! WHAT?



ETM stands for Egg, toast and milk. (My acronym for an often eaten morning repast)! This breakfast has a lot going for it... for the most part. Let me count the ways...

DA EGG - 46 grams at 90 calories

More than half the protein of an egg is found in the egg white along with vitamin B2 and lower amounts of fat and cholesterol than the yolk. The whites are rich sources of selenium, vitamin D, B6, B12 and minerals such as zinc, iron and copper. Eggs are close to a perfect human food as they are almost entirely absorbed in the small intestine. And yes, they are high in cholesterol, although recent research has shown the impact of that has been much maligned according to this WebMD post!

RYE TOAST (dry – no butter) - 32 grams at 80 calories

Since its gluten is less elastic than wheat's, and it holds less gas during the leavening process, breads made with rye flour are more compact and dense. Since it is difficult to separate the germ and bran from the endosperm of rye, rye flour usually retains a large quantity of nutrients, unlike refined wheat flour. Bottom line, rye bread is much better for you than white ever will be!

MILK - 100 grams at 64 calories

Whole milk is a rich source of calcium, a mineral essential for healthy bones and teeth. Cow's milk is also often fortified with vitamin D, which is also beneficial for bone health. And sure, 100 grams in a glass ain't all that much!

The above three come in at at diet healthy 234 calories and were I to leave it at that, I could pat myself on the back and move on. However, us guys have a way of mucking up even the most well intentioned efforts, and so I also like to often add in a serving of fried potatoes... so, sue me!

FRIED POTATOES - 126 grams at 240 calories

OK, I know we've all been rather brainwashed when it comes to eating French fries, but just hold on! My method of cutting a fresh Russet potato into slices and then browning that in olive oil is world's apart from the junk food you might get at McDonald's! Without going into too much detail, the potatoes made my way offer up a lot less surface area for the oil to cling to. In addition, I never burn them ( a really bad idea), but rather just get them to the cooked stage. These are then dried on a paper towel and sprinkled with a salt substitute. The end result is a high carb addition that many nutritionists can live with!

There you have it! This meal-a-deal came in at about 474 calories and was everything a growing boy needs to stay fit and trim.. now where did I put the chips and beer?

Notes: Other condiments used in this preparation were I Can't Believe it's Not Butter and A1 sauce!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Subway Cold Cuts knockoff!

As much as I love going to Subway to eat, I don't always have the time or the cash. To fix that, I purchased some of the ingredients at my local grocery and made myself a homemade version of their Cold Cuts sandwich at home!

Real deal at Subway!

Now, while I only had a few ingredients, I made do as best I could. Here's what I had to start with:

Sliced roast beef
Sliced ham
Romaine lettuce, shredded
Hot pepper rings
White onion
Mayo
Shredded cheddar cheese
1 Bolillo* roll

I began by slicing the roll long ways, laid it open face on a rack in a convection oven set to broil and then sprinkled it with some shredded cheese. I then set the oven and waited about 2 minutes for it to brown the surfaces and melt the cheese.

Next, I removed it from the oven and added a layer of meats followed by the peppers and onions. Lastly on went a layer of lettuce fallowed by a slathering of mayo. This baby was then ready to eat!

The taste was great, the calories livable and it was easy to make to boot!

Note: A bolillo (Spanish pronunciation: [boˈliʝo]) or pan francés (meaning "French bread") is a type of savory bread traditionally made in Mexico. It is a variation of the baguette, but shorter in length and is often baked in a stone oven.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Critique: Red Baron's Deep Dish Single Pizza!


It had been some time since I'd had any pizza and so it was that I bought a Red Baron Deep Dish pizza package at my local grocery store on a whim. There were two small pizza's in a box that cost me $3.34. when I opened the box up, after I got home, I was surprised to see how small they were. Almost immediately I was then shocked by the nutritional information! Each little pizza 'bomb' that weighed a mere 159 grams or a third of a pound or about 5 ounces contained 430 calories, 20 grams of fat, 40 mg of cholesterol and 990 mg of salt! In other words about as bad a piece of nutrition as there is anywhere to be found! And, while I may be somewhat suicidal, I wasn't crazy!

To that end, I made the quick decision to only try ½ of a serving. By doing that I cut the whole nutritional mess down to a livable portion. I then substituted in a small salad and called it a day.

The taste of my little portion was as feared. Incredible! My only complaint was that I felt that the crust was a bit too crunchy. But, why is it that the poorer a food is, the better it seems to taste overall? Mine was gobbled up so fast, I almost bit off my fingers! I then finished this lunch off with the salad that served as a rather boring counterpoint the the entire interlude.

Monday, April 17, 2017

DeVane has lost it!


Someone should give Rosland Capitol a heads up. If you watch Fox New with any frequency, you probably have had a gut full of William Devane and his ads on the prices of gold. He's encouraging everyone to drop a minimum of $1500 to buy gold.  I guess no one every showed him a graphic like this... Gee. The price of gold is actually going down with time. Not perhaps the best idea when thinking of a good long term investment, ya think? Me? I'd think that buying up lots of guns and ammo just might prove a better bet should America get down to the business of a new civil War. But, that's just me!

On one very bad day in the future, this idiot or someone like him, may come to your door at a time when it's all fallen down. And, he might offer you a fistful of gold in exchange for a bag of flour....

OK, so steak and eggs! Good or bad?


A good falling-off-the-diet-wagon would never be complete unless a gut-busting 'steak and eggs' breakfast styled breakfast was involved in there somewhere!

On any morning you could name, I wake up ravishingly hungry. On this particular morning, my fridge produced a Styrofoam-container full of eggs and a freshly purchased package of a (abet very expensive) Rib-eye steak. My mind put two and two together and then added some more stuff. I went in search of some bread and perhaps a potato to make hash browns with... [stomach rumbles a bit]...

Now anyone can throw together a steak and eggs meal – here's one I enjoyed at Charlie's Steak, Ribs and Ale in Forsyth not very long ago! But come on! When a person like myself is at least appearing to be on a diet, it doesn't do for me to site down somewhere in public and shove a butt load of calories down the old hatch. [Far better I do it in private!]

With that in mind, I assembled the following, (in the dark with the blinds closed);

2 eggs, sunny side up - 180 calories
3 ounce Rib eye steak - 170 calories
Slice of rye toast - 90 calories
Hash browns - 160 calories
Glass of water - 0 calories – Hey! I had to scrimp somewhere!

Let me see now, that comes to about six hundred calories!! I eat this and I can't eat anything else for what? Something like two days! [stomach rumbled more urgently]

Rather than mess around with those hash browns, I elected to go for simple fried potatoes or what I like to refer to as British dollar fries. These are easy to make, fast and don't hold as much cooking oil. Also, at the last minute, I went with just one egg. That and the fries switch brought the total calories down to the high four hundreds. A very doable breakfast!

Friday, April 14, 2017

We have a fire pit! Now what we need....

Yes! And, we need a wastebasket too!


Forsyth MO. - Earlier this year a group of outdoor minded men and women apparently got together and pooled some money for an proper outdoor fire pit. A great place for people to get together and enjoy the spirit of community that only a good fire pit can instill. But now that we have one, it got me to thinking....
Units like this can be had for $124

For not too much more money, one or more standard park in ground charcoal grills could be installed so that food could be properly prepared. Next we need some form of furniture in the form of benches and tables that would not lend themselves to theft. Add a small canopy and you'd have yourself self one hell of a great spot for out door groups that could work all year long, but which would be especially nice in the fall! Just a thought!

One afterthought concerning that recent concrete pour - 'Concrete does not dry, it cures. A 28 day cure is generally specified. It is desirable to keep the surface of the concrete wet or damp after it initially sets up in order to prevent 'dryout' which ends the curing process and limits its final strength!'

An update: After the rains of late April, the fire pit flooded and the firewood floated away.... a comment on these times?

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Preformed hamburger patties at the Country Mart!



Forsyth MO. – In the meat section of the Country Mart store are preformed hamburger patties the likes of which I've found to be somewhat addictive!

At $3.99 a pound, these burgers were way more expensive than the regular packaged ground beef offerings, but I've never been accused of being very logical!

The patties both weighed in at about .35 of a pound. I prepared one on my venerable George Foreman grill, as it takes only a few minutes and much of the fat is drained off. From there, I added a bun, onion, mustard and ketchup and was ready to go! At about 340 calories, this wasn't a diet destroying meal, (as I reluctantly left off the side of potato chips)!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Mini two quart slower cooker try out!


I was somewhat doubtful, when I recently ordered a small 2 quart slow cooker from Amazon, as to whether or not I would actually get much use out of the little guy. But, as I live alone, I thought to give it a try.
Cost $7.87!

One of my early attempts was to make a simple vegetable beef soup using the following ingredients;

411 gram can of diced tomatoes [$1]
1/2 lb cubed beef, (braised before adding)[$2]
1 small Russet potato, peeled and diced [.10]
1 carrot, peeled and sliced thin [.10]
1 turnip, peeled and cut into small chunks [.50]
2 stalks of celery cut into small pieces [ .20]
1/4 can of cut green beans that were leftovers [N/A]
40 grams of green cabbage, shredded [N/A]
1 beef bouillon cube [.10]
1 dash cayenne pepper (optional) [N/A]
1/4 tsp salt substitute [N/A]

Really not much to this meal, and it was prepped in well under ten minutes. After everything was tossed in, it had come nearly to the top. I then added just enough water to finish it all off at an even two quarts. The result looked pretty good, (at least to my eyes). I set the slow cooker to high and then left it to its own devices for about four hours! The soup was definitely on!!


The end result was not too shabby - an excellent meal that consisted of about 5-6 servings and which cost me very little money, roughly $4 or about half a buck per serving. I now felt sure that me and my slow cooker just might have a long and enduring relationship!  




Tuesday, April 4, 2017

To the old rugged cross

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I was given 'express' permission to present this very good song on my blog by the performers! Listen and enjoy! The Lisu people in India are called Yobin. Lisu is one of the minority tribes of Arunachal Pradesh of India. They live mainly in Vijoynagar Circle in eleven villages.  There are about 5,000 Lisu people in India and they are a most special and wonderful people! In honor of these fine people, I do bend down to my knees and do give them homage.

In the passing of my days, I embrace my Lord Jesus, and all that He has provided me.... and Lord, please grant me the strength to walk bravely. Hand in hand, with those who now suffer so cruelly, as I have not.. That said, I'll also embrace me being a little strange(r) than in past times!

Monday, April 3, 2017

My Chili nutritional analysis!


Making up a batch of Chile con carne y frijoles, is pretty easy to do. But, figuring out the true nutritional content, is muy dificil! Here is my latest effort to quantify a preparation I call My Chili

Weights in grams or milligrams.

Now, as it may be plain to see, this 'my chili' recipe is about as simple as it gets, using only four main ingredients! I took a pound of 81-19% blended mix of ground beef; browned it and drained off the fat – (ergo my rather svelte meat weight of only 374 grams), to which was added a can of petite diced tomatoes, a 'drained' can of red kidney beans and about 28 grams of Williams Chili mix. [Note: I also added just a dash (1 gram) of a bottle of dried chili seasonings from Mexico, just for some added spice, but no real nutrition]! All these ingredients were dumped into a 2 quart slow cooker, set to high, and then left unattended for a few hours to promulgate...

I generally like to serve this Tex-Mex meal-a-deal pretty much 'as is', adding only a bit of salt substitute (otherwise, it's rather bland) along with a few saltine crackers. (Hey, I'm only human). It makes for a very decent meal that doesn't bust ones' diet budget!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

On eggs, the wind and blank TV's!

Outside, a brisk wind was moaning through a crack in my kitchen window. I glanced up, briefly, as I washed a few dishes in the sink and checked the solid blanket of clouds for an spot of blue. 'No sunlight today,' I thought to myself. OK, sure. Chilly winds, overcast skies and sore feet were about par for a late day in March. It was a fact that my condo and my body were rather old, each growing more infirm as the days passed. And, we both creaked a little in a stout wind, me more than the condo...
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On this day, I'd just finished eating breakfast after first hobbling from my bed over to the fridge. My ankle hurt more so than normal. I couldn't tell if that left foot was sprained or perhaps gout was getting a better hold. In either case, I was forced to hobble that morning or risk dying of starvation. After a bit, the pain subsided and I hobbled along pretty well.

My breakfast consisted of an egg, a slice of toasted rye bread and a glass of milk. Only the milk had started to go bad and so I dumped it. Water would have to serve. I fried the egg while wondering what kind of number all the cholesterol was going to do to my circulatory system. I didn't worry at all about the bread. 

Off in one corner of the room that morning, my flat screen stared defiantly back at me. It had been off more than on in recent months and was likely a little sore. Being turned off, though, was a testament to sort of channel programs being offered. I found the silence to be refreshing and that TV could glare all it wanted. Anyway, there was the moaning of the wind to keep me company. I quickly consumed the egg and the toast, feeling completely unfulfilled and if anything more hungry! As I sat there at the table, looking at the empty plated with only a streak of yellow and some bread crumbs scattered here and there, I thought of my life. In many ways, I was like that plate. Yellow marks here and there and sort of crumbly and empty headed. Time went by as my grandfather clock ticked off the seconds...