Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Almost the end of 2011

It's almost the end of 2011...sorry there haven't been too many interesting updates here. I'll try to do better next year (I expect a few changes around here....so we'll see).

So...haven't finished my shopping yet...still a couple things to grab before the big day....boy #1 is very excited and asks every day if Christmas is over...not sure why he asks if it's over instead of 'is it Christmas yet?'

I managed to get my hands on a few sets of tix for the world junior games...even a set for new years eve...guess we better get a baby sitter...

other than that, not too much to update so I'll leave you with my Random Hump Day Pic






Monday, December 5, 2011

Interesting similarities

Is it me or is there something vaguely similar between these three pictures....can't put my finger on it....


















Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Monday, November 21, 2011

New App....and stuff

I downloaded a new camera app and I'm mucking with it....this is a funky picture it took...it overlapped 2 pictures...kinda' neat.

Also, I made BEER BREAD last night....just used the previous recipe except substituted water for beer and didn't add cheese...it turned out awesome !! I'm a bread makin' fool !!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

AWESOME fight scene from Immortals

Naw'lans Pics

Monday morning we went to a place called Buffa's Bar & Restaurant for a burger (it was 9:30am). We were told we couldn't leave town without having one(It indeed was a good burger). I still am not too sure why Americans will ask how we want a burger done ????...this is ground beef people...COOK IT ! I want it well done...no ecoli for me thank you very much.


I think this sign on a bar on Bourbon Street pretty much sums up this place..... (we did not go in)




My first bowl of Turtle soup...very very good ! I can't remember the name of the place...it was a seafood place outside of the downtown...they went through so many oysters the back parking lot was coated with the crushed shells.






We went out looking for 'Gators in the Bayou...only manged to spot a couple small ones (too small to really show up on the pictures). This is just a shot of the pathway down to the swamp.








New Orleans 2011

just some highlights of New Orleans 2011 (more detail later)


  • no shortage of places to drink and eat

  • fantastic music everywhere we went

  • everywhere we ate was great

  • po boys at parkway are GREAT !

  • deep fried pickles....nuff said

  • alligator bites and turtle soup......

  • Frenchman Street !

  • Side streets in the quarter

  • boudin balls

  • gumbo

  • NOLA (CRAZY portion sizes....way too big)

  • blackened anything

  • Hurricanes

  • Hand Grenades

  • drive thru daiquiris

more later

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween !



Saturday Baking

Looks like I'm getting into this baking thang....I made a couple more Parmesan Oregano loaves, a bunch of Onion & Herb Buns, and a ton of soft chocolate chip cookie dough...
I think I may take an artisan baking class at SAIT along with a couple others...
Hmmm....maybe this could be a calling ? Will I be setting up shop in one the Calgary Farmers Markets ? Hmmmmm

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Upcoming

Just a few upcoming things that'll be happening around He-uh


  • Pumpkin carving tonight and this weekend (I may try to gt fancy on one vs the traditional face)

  • More bread making....bring on the carbs !

  • Halloween ! Nuff said

  • New Orleans....oh ya, Hurricanes and Cajun food !

much more on our way to the end of 2011......

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Makin Bread !





I took my first crack at making bread today. I decided to make Parmesan Oregano Bread. I found a simple recipe and went with it.

Ingredients
2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C) 2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 1/2 tablespoons dried oregano
2 tablespoons white sugar
4 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese

Directions
1.Sprinkle yeast over water in large bowl. Let stand a few minutes, then stir and dissolve yeast. Add sugar and let the mixture get nice and foamy. Then add salt, butter, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, oregano and 3 cups of the flour. Beat at slow speed for 2 minutes. Beat in rest of flour; cover the bowl with a sheet of wax paper and a kitchen towel. Let rise in a warm place 45 minutes, or until doubled in volume.
2.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease one round, 2-quart casserole. Set aside.
3.Stir batter down for 1/2 a minute. Turn dough into casserole. Sprinkle with the remaining 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese.
4.Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 55 minutes.

It worked out quite nice. I'll give this a try again once gone then try a more healthy bread with whole wheat flour.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Headin' home

Just finished up outside of Ottawa...Thurso (pronounced Tur-zo) to be exact. I stayed in Rockland (of course i did....isn't that a Kim Mitchell tune ?) which is right across the river. Each morning I'd shake my arse outta bed at 6ish and take the ferry to Quebec to be on site by 7ish (very ish on the second day ).

Started out slow but ended with a big finish...now heading home.

Didn't see too much out here other than country side since it's been raining (and I'm too lazy to get outta the car and walk...in the rain). It's a nice quiet area..lots of trees turning shades of red and yellow.

I should have a much more interesting road trip report in 2 weeks.

time to find some din din....S'barro ? mmmmmmmm

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Daddy Long Legs, who is naming you ?

What's on my desk Wednesday

So, I've discovered (it wasn't a big discovery) that my desk really doesn't change much from Wednesday to Wednesday....so I'm going to need a new topic...I can't really think of anything that rhymes with Wednesday and 'wordless wednesday' has already been taken...


So I think it will just be HUMP DAY RANDOM PICTURE.......Powell, there will not be pictures of people having sex so don't get too excited....


So...enjoy the LAST what's on my desk Wednesday...







Wednesday, September 21, 2011

What's on my desk Wednesday....and other stuff

The saga continues....a sketch, an apple, a glass of water, and a sam-itch....wacky

Upcoming stuff


  • Wedding in Kelowna (mmmmm, nothing like Wine headaches)

  • Thanksgiving....mmmmm....turkey is bought and waiting to be cooked

  • Halloween....Boy #1 now gets it...and he's already talking about it (also just got an invit eto a party....weeeeeeee)

  • Possible trip...to be discussed at a later date

  • Vegas ? Still thinking about it for Dec

  • Mexico in Jan ? This could be a possibility

  • and ball hockey starts tonight.....agg....the legs will be rubber tomorrow....


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Gourmet Night Keeps Going

We made Elk Sliders !
Here's what we did....

Bought some mini slider ciabatta buns from Super Store (they were very good)...ground Elk from a local farm supplier...Goat Brie Cheese....ground pork...onions

Caramelized the onions (added balsamic vinegar)

mixed the elk and pork, added an egg and some other stuff to bind the meat and broiled them

Bun + Elk/Pork Slider + Onions + Slice of Brie = TASTY GOODNESS !!!!!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Dateline

Watching Dateline....wild watching about the dude in Edmonton who was a wannabe DEXTER....I remember this going on up there...it's wild watching it...almost seems like it should be fake...

i have a feeling this will be a movie, or the basis of a Criminal Minds episode....

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

After being clean for a number of years...I'm back on the survivor crack

yes....i cracked and watched the first episode...and i may keep watching
so shut up
don't judge me

Wednesday What's On My Desk

The exciting adventure continues....what's my desk look like this wednesday ?







Friday, September 9, 2011

Gourmet Night

It's Friday [this is gourmet night in our house] and it's my turn....and I'm completely drawing a blank...I'm going to have to go walk the isle's at Super Store to get some ideas...
I'm in the mood for something light...Seared Tuna ? Mussels ? Clams ?

I have no idea...

any ideas ?

Friday, September 2, 2011

ewwwwwwwwwww Kirk !




I had an original episode of Star Trek on the TV...Kirk and Spock spying on some dudes on a distant planet....my 3 year old walks by and says "oh ! The wiggles !"....i laughed






Tuesday, August 23, 2011

James is not the only vain one....

After the big boy had his bath, brushed his teeth and got into his summer jammies...he said "i look at myself" and he moved over to the big mirror and then said "i handsome !"

.....and modest ;-)

New Addition

I think it's a Manchurian Ash....next will be a small little flower bed with some interesting stuff.....yes...I've gone from playing in a band, drinking beer and chasing girls to planting trees and landscaping....


Why are these homies dissin my girl....



Weezer, still rockin' it out !

Monday, August 15, 2011

Buffet says Tax the rich...and I think everyone agrees....except the US Government...wtf

Here's some info on Buffets opinion about taxation of the wealthy in the USA. It's hard not to agree with him...and here's the 3 trillion dollar question...why won't the US government increase taxes on the rich ????
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Billionaire Warren Buffett urged Congress to raise taxes on the nation’s wealthiest individuals to help cut the U.S. budget deficit, saying it won’t inhibit investment or job growth.

“My friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress,” the chairman and chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/A) wrote in an opinion article published in the New York Times. “It’s time for our government to get serious about shared sacrifice.”

Buffett’s advocacy of higher taxes for the “mega-rich” may reinforce President Barack Obama’s call for an end to tax breaks for corporate-jet owners. In the op-ed, the 80-year-old investor said his federal tax bill last year, or the income tax he paid and payroll taxes paid by him and on his behalf, was $6,938,744.

“That sounds like a lot of money,” Buffett wrote. “But what I paid was only 17.4 percent of my taxable income -- and that’s actually a lower percentage than was paid by any of the other 20 people in our office. Their tax burdens ranged from 33 percent to 41 percent and averaged 36 percent.”

A 12-member panel, formed in the Aug. 2 law that raised the nation’s debt ceiling and averted a possible default, is charged with finding $1.5 trillion in budget savings.

Democratic Representatives James Clyburn, Chris Van Hollen and Xavier Becerra will join Republican counterparts Dave Camp, Fred Upton and Jeb Hensarling. The Senate team includes Republicans Jon Kyl, Pat Toomey and Rob Portman and Democrats Patty Murray, John Kerry and Max Baucus. Murray, of Washington state, and Hensarling, of Texas, will be co-leaders.

Millionaires
Buffett said that for those making more than $1 million -- there were 236,883 such households in 2009 -- he would raise rates immediately on taxable income in excess of $1 million, including dividends and capital gains. For the 8,274 taxpayers who made $10 million or more, he said they should get an additional increase in the rate.

“While the poor and middle class fight for us in Afghanistan, and while most Americans struggle to make ends meet, we mega-rich continue to get our extraordinary tax breaks,” Buffett wrote.

He cited Internal Revenue Service data showing that the tax burden on the nation’s wealthy had fallen for the past two decades.

In 1992 the top 400 American earners had aggregate taxable income of $16.9 billion and paid federal taxes of 29.2 percent on that amount, he wrote. In 2008, while the aggregate income of the highest 400 had soared to $90.9 billion, the rate paid had fallen to 21.5 percent.

Hiring, Investment
Buffett said the notion that high taxes discourage hiring and investment is false.

“I have worked with investors for 60 years and I have yet to see anyone -- not even when capital gains rates were 39.9 percent in 1976-77 -- shy away from a sensible investment because of the tax rate on the potential gain,” he said.

“People invest to make money, and potential taxes have never scared them off,” he said. “And to those who argue that higher rates hurt job creation, I would note that a net of nearly 40 million jobs were added between 1980 and 2000. You know what’s happened since then: lower tax rates and far lower job creation.”

The U.S. unemployment rate has averaged 9.5 percent in the past two years, dropping to 9.1 percent in July from 9.2 percent a month earlier, a government report showed Aug. 5

Breakfast in Whitefish Montana



The best place for breakfast in Whitefish Montana. Period.

Big Boys First Movie



I took the big boy to his first movie yesterday. He was quite excited...I don't think he had any idea what we were going to do, but he gets excited whenever he's off on an 'adventure'.


We went and saw Winnie the Pooh...it was a perfect length for a guy who's 3...just about 1 hour (it had a short at the beginning)...the whole thing was VERY Disney (as I remember it as a kid).


He seemed pretty impressed with the whole thing (the big chair was quite a fun thing to play with) and he only got up a couple times to say hi to everyone in the theater and tell me that the light was coming out at the top...other than that, he enjoyed his movie and smarties....


I think the overall story/theme of the movie was lost on him, but he did start saying 'bother' like Pooh when we left.


I don't think that this will be a regular thing for him just yet...but the next Toy Story or Cars that hits the screens we'll probably check out.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Recent Movies

Quick reviews of 3 movies:

Green Lantern: What was the problem with this ? It wasn't that bad (maybe it's 'cause I'm not a huge GL fanboy)....Blake Lively sucks (her best role was cracked out chick in The Town), many jokes fell flat, Easter egg ending didn't make sense in the context of the movie...I get that Sinestro was power hungry, but it wasn't that clear in the main body of the movie...I'd give it 2.5 fancy boy rings out of 5

Captain America: It was pretty good, skinny Steve Rogers effects were very good, good balance of serious and comedy...not enough fight action between Red Skull and Cap...over all, worth seeing...I give it 4 flag wavers out of 5

Cowboys & Aliens: Wow....great cast, bad movie...why are technologically advanced aliens always vicious bug like beings ?? Seems all the jokes fell flat on this one...not worth it, wait for it on T.V. for free...I give it 1 bandit with amnesia out of 10

I still have to see Bridesmaids, Terrible Bosses, Harry Potter and a few others....

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The View From My Office



The engaging saga of pictures from my chair....just mucking with the settings on the hipstomatic






Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Wacky Nights



So I've discovered that if I have a snack just before bed I will have WILDLY VIVID WACKED OUT DREAMS....I'm not talking about eating a fred flintstone sandwich or a big bowl of ice cream...it could be a handful of grapes...or, a piece of carrot...that's the interesting (and fun) part.

So now I'm experimenting [of course]...last night I had a piece of toast....that produced the weird sensation that there were plants growing at the base of the bed (ON the bed) and when I had to get up half awake to check on a crying baby, I swear i kicked one off the bed (I actually looked for it for a second)...I forget what I had the night before but I dreamt there was some strange red light coming out of the alarm clock that could do something to me (read my mind ? kill me ? I have no idea... it was a wacky dream) but I had to pull the sheet over my head to stop the red light....the funny thing is I was actually doing it and woke up all sweaty and hot with the sheet over my head...

Tonight ? I'm trying out a handful of cherries...this should be fun...HERE WE GO !

Currently on my desk



The saga continues



Big Boy #2 is 1



Thursday, July 7, 2011

Let the Stampede'n BEGIN !

Wednesday was a great start to Stampede (which really doesn't start until Friday...Thursday is sneak-a-peak). I hit a free BBQ lunch and then hit a free BBQ dinner....with an open bar....I had no idea about that or I wouldn't have drove....
Well...let the week and a half of zero work and tons of play begin !