They know that life has been taking front seat, shot-gun style, combined with the fact I simply became – shall I say, lazy. I thank them for rubbing my back and telling me to get back on that horse.
To start with there have been two paramount reasons why writing has grinded to a halt….
They both passed away.
Buddy due to a cancer we did not know about. One week he was fine and dandy, the next week he was gone. We spent a bazillion dollars trying to keep him with our family but it was his time. Not ours. It happended over the summer.
Maddox was another story. He became blind a year ago and was managing fine. As a matter of fact, his nose took over for his senses and it became a divining rod for our pantry. You should see the teeth marks on the cabinets he attempted to bust open all for the smell of food hidden inside. Graham Crackers are really that enticing to a canines? Take my word, for Beagles, it definitly is.
When the day came he longer cared for his food bowl we knew his time was limited. Not soon after we helped him go into the light with everyone present. Death for children is difficult and my only advice is something I took from of all places Caillou. In one particular show a bird had died and Caillou asked (in his whining voice) “Grandpa why did the bird have to die?” The grandfather responded,
“because his body simply stopped working”
and that has been my mantra of late.
A happier post next okay?
Here’s to Buddy and Maddox and the joy they brought my children.
So sorry. I really have missed you.
To answer to defcon5 silence for so long, I have a few reasons. In no definite order:
1. I was struggling with what I made public in this space vs. what I should maybe keep private.
4. My time capsule : Realizing my photography became what I was blogging about and not what I was living with the peeps, there was a sharp life disconnect.
So how do we make this work?
Let’s just go slow and work it out, K?
For beginners, lets start with the beagles, from where this blog originally started.
Maddox has a tumor which has knocked out his vision, Daphney is getting chubby after her hysterectomy, and Buddy is irritated with both of their issues.
With Maddox’s blindness, his nose now rules the universe. This means trash cans and pantry raids are beyond common any day of the week. We have resorted to metal child locks, since he chewed through the Home Depot Plastic ones, as well as a home monitoring system. Or you may call it a beagle Nanny Cam.
Here is the one we use:
Dropcam Wi-Fi Wireless Video Monitoring Camera via Amazon.com:
It is a cloud-based Wi-Fi video monitoring service that helps you stay connected to places, people and pets. Receive activity alerts on your smartphone, tablet or computer. It takes 5-10 minutes to complete the full setup process, including open the box to getting video streams online. PZPZ.
We now can make sure Maddox has not gone nuclear by wreaking havoc in the kitchen while we are gone. And hey, if he is getting into trouble, the camera has a speaker we can access via the iphone. Shouting NO NO NO, has a whole new meaning while he is up to shenanigans.
I’ve missed you too,
Dry chapped lips windy weather. That is what southern California has been experiencing for DAYS AND DAYS now. Enough already.
The only thing that has saved me from turning into a shrived prune is this find.
Belli Elasticity Belly Oil
I know, I know. It is meant for pregnant woman and avoiding dreaded stretch marks. It was a weird purchase one night while looking for the ultimate moisturizer. Chalk it up to eccentric stuff you find while searching the internet.
I’ve been using in the a.m. and p.m. for several months on my face, neck and hands. It stays on well for long-last moisturizing, but doesn’t stick to clothing or discolor in any way. Lastly it has a neutral smell. Check out its ingredients:
Sweet Almond Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Lavender Oil, Gotu Kola Extract, Cocoa Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Safflower Seed Oil, Collagen Hydrolysates (Marine Derived).
Now were talkin’. When this Dry Spell Apocalypse took over it has been a popular item at our bascamp. Especially on the hands and lips of the wee people.
It runs in the low $30 dollar range for a 4 oz. bottle. (photo above) A little goes a long way. With my daily consumption, I estimate the bottle will last 6 months. Here are a couple of links in case you were interested.
AskDerm $31.20 (free shipping/no tax)
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I vote better than the VMA’s.
When you get around to watching that DVR, pause to think twice about:
Geisha racism from Katy Perry... really?
Euphoric Justin Timberlake performance. He earned a life time membership on the island
Tremendous black dresses Rihanna and Glee’s Naya Rivera.
How about that Scandal take off with Lady Gaga and R Kelly. There were so many mixed message with that performance. Watch that more than once.
Miley – still don’t know if she is leaning more towards Madonna or Britney. Watching how sinewy her body has become since the VMA’s in Amsterdam or better yet the VMA’s with Robin Thick, the jury is utterly out.
Imagine Dragons. I want to play drums now. Any kinds of drums.
On to Turkey Day with the pièce de résistance of recipes, a Honey Brined Turkey with Gravy. My dad has no idea who Miley, JT or Imagine Dragon’s are and he’s still rad. This is what I will be cooking for all my family come this Thursday.
It’s all about the Brine… Trust the Brine.
HEY MOM! CAN WE GET SOME MEATLOAF?
Chazz Reinhold ~ Wedding Crashers
(I say this a lot and am teaching my kids to do the same)
Back in the day, my mom would make ground beef meatloaf. Sorry Mama but this young grasshopper was not a fan. Especially having to wash it down with a full glass of slightly cold milk. Good times. I have turned my back on meat loaf for many years.
Now a days, ground turkey has traded places with the ground round and I promise this recipe will have you (and the kids) coming back for more.
This recipe has been a gold card member for many years in the recipe binder. The flavors, for sale oddly enough, find can pair with most any meal, and from lamb to turkey. These are true crowd pleasing Mashed Taters, loved by any age, year round.
Since these can be made ahead of time, it allows for easy Holiday entertaining. Easy holiday entertaining, makes for a relaxing day in the kitchen come next Thursday. We all can appreciate that.
Warning – mega amounts of cream and butter ahead. Come now friends, its the Holidays!
GO BIG OR GO HOME!
Peel them all. Be careful of those fingers.
Good job. On a side note, these photos were for a HUGE amount of mashed potatoes. If you are cooking for a crowd, at the end of this post there is a table for large quantities. These photos were for 10 pounds of potatoes.
Cut up those spuds into chunks and place them in boiling salted water.
Time for the flavoring :: sage :: is the secret ingredient. Mince up your sage super fine and set it aside.
Meanwhile, melt your butter in a medium sized saucepan over medium-high heat.
Add your sage; stir until butter begins to brown, about 3 minutes. It is going to look rather green and unappetizing; stick to it. It will get better.
Next add cream, milk and cream cheese; bring to simmer.
Once the cheese has come together like so, remove from the heat.
Before the potatoes are done grab your cheddar, today it was Boars Head White Cheddar Cheese, and shred it.
Once a knife can easily pierce the potato chunk, your spuds are done. Drain them and return them to your pot. Turn your heat to low, to let some of the residual water evaporate. Good. Then start to mash. Mash well. Work those triceps.
Post mashing, add the shredded cheese.
Then the liquid cheese and stir it all up..
Have your dishes buttered and ready for potato landing.
Bakes potatoes at 375 degrees, uncovered, until heated through and golden brown, about 45 minutes.
Don’t forget the gravy.
|LARGE POT||2 LARGE POTS|
|Butter||1/2 stick||1 stick||2 stick|
|Sage||2 T||4 T||8 T|
|Milk||1/2 cup||1 cup||2 cup|
|Cream||1/2 cup||1 cup||2 cup|
|Cream Cheese||8 ounces||16 ounces||32 ounces|
|Cheddar Cheese||9 ounces||18 ounces||36 ounces|
Have a great weekend friends.
JUNE || Birthday – Return to the Pool – Naps – Married 18 years.
JULY || The 4th – San Clemente – Mission Beach – Santa Barbara
Learning to Boogie
A heart full of protection, case no rx didn’t see this coming.
Best man in our wedding.
Santa Barbara… riding the surf or learning to.
Then of course, drugstore JT and JZ
Plus Vidcon, cialis became BFF’s with Chester See and Ryan Gosling. Google that Chester See business or click on the link above and see how bananas popular that Youtube’r is. Damn girl.
Then a night with One Direction. I puffy heart you Harry.
And finally August || Private dinner at the Playground, the OC Fair, and BACK TO SCHOOL. Boo.
I’ve missed you, sorry to be gone for so long.
If you missed it, ampoule the story is a blend of beach day 50’s nostalgia and teen romance. You know, prostate family friendly programming sending those wholesome messages about individuality, self-awareness, and positive relationships. Complete Disney material, think High School Musical on the beach.
Since the flick features a young lady surfer, my youngest was smitten with the idea she could surf the waves too. If there is a will, there is a way and she had will, lots of it.
Beater Practice. (What is a Beater? A soft-foam board that can be used as a skimboard, a bodyboard or even a surfboard, but it’s surf-legal at city beaches such as San Clemente, Huntington Beach and Seal Beach during ‘blackball,’ a period when stand-up surfing is banned at posted locations.)
Upgrade to a Long Board
and she got her way.
All the way to shore.
Thank you Teen Beach Movie. A surfer girl has been born.
If you can get some tickets to the Justin Timberlake/JZ experience.
“Holy Grail” (Jay-Z)
“Rock Your Body” (Timberlake)
“I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)” (Jay-Z)
“Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” (Jay-Z)
“Excuse Me Miss” (Jay-Z)
“On To The Next One” (Jay-Z)
“Like I Love You” (Timberlake)
“My Love” (Timberlake)
“Big Pimpin'” (Jay-Z)
“Tunnel Vision” (Timberlake)
“Jigga What, Jigga Who” (Jay-Z)
“U Don’t Know” (Jay-Z)
“99 Problems” (Jay-Z)
“Public Service Announcement” (Jay-Z)
“Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)” (Jay-Z)
“Heart Of The City (Ain’t No Love)” (Jay-Z)
“Pusher Love Girl” (Timberlake)
“LoveStoned/I Think She Knows” (Timberlake)
“Summer Love” (Timberlake)
“Until The End Of Time” (Timberlake)
“Cry Me A River” (Timberlake)
“Take Back The Night” (Timberlake)
“What Goes Around … Comes Around” (Timberlake)
“Dirt Off Your Shoulders” (Jay-Z)
“N***as In Paris” (Jay-Z)
“Tom Ford” (Jay-Z)
“Theme From New York, New York”/”Empire State Of Mind” (Jay-Z)
“Run This Town” (Jay-Z)
“Suit & Tie” (Timberlake)
“Young Forever” (Jay-Z)
And yes, Justin is still on the island – fight you for him…… sorry Jessica