Mock Lobster

This is a recipe from my mom – she used to make it when we were growing up. Tried it recently and it’s still just as good. And remember – no skimping on the BUTTER!

Put 1 lb haddock in 6 quarts of water, with 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 tsp of salt.

Boil for 20 minutes.

Flake pieces off, dip in melted butter, and smile.

Category: Family, Food, Recipe

Lost in Space

Christmas 2014

Christmas 2014

No, it’s not a great SciFi classic, at least not yet. The blogs have been tied up for a while… Life in the way, fingers excited but not moving to the keys… you know the drill.  Anyway, it’s time to start things moving again. One of the things I’ll be doing is moving my old blog posts from NAGRoad, and other places I’ve kept them, into this site. So all my stuff will finally be organized and put away 😉

I’m marking all the original NAGRoad stuff with that category, so it will be easy to find them, and eventually I’ll make a special page to collect them alone. But for now, expect things to show up at the bottom of the list… in their correct date location.

And to let you know how things are, here’s a new picture of Joy and me from Christmas!


Category: Life

The Girls’ Blogs

Everyone has a blog these days, or so it seems. I am glad when I find some that are more thought-worthy than others. In today’s case, here are three new links for you to check out, both by my “daughters”… but nothing having to do with my input 😉 They are both top-notch thinkers, creative minds, and moms!

Yes, it’s cool, they both get called the same way 😉

Category: Family, Links

New Site Moving Along

The new site is moving well in Ruby and Rails. I’ve got the blog and wiki working, and working on some styling using the Foundation framework from Zurb. I also have a list of recipe PDFs the builds automatically from the recipes I have uploaded (yes, these are food recipes, not programming ones 😉

I have a lot more I want to do, but I think it is nearly ready for some early testing “very soon now”.

Category: Announcements

Starting a workout regime

Sure, I’m supposed to lose 100 pounds. I join Weight Watchers, and lose 15 pretty quickly. But then the holiday season takes over, the pounds fluctuate, and not much else happens. I just like food too much!
So we got a home gym. I know if I can sit down, I’ll be fine lifting weights, and doing all the other things to get in shape. Well, at least so far. We got it set up last night, and I used it last night, and again this morning (5:30, no less!). If I can keep it up, I think it will make the difference.
100 pounds is still a long way to go.

Category: Life

Hello world!

WordPress likes to add a Hello World blog entry for you, to get things started. I don’t really think it’s necessary, as this is really just a placeholder for now anyway. I’m working on the grand master website, and it will be here soon. In the meantime, hang in there. It’ll be worth the wait 😉

Category: Announcements

Running Behind

Beautiful moss-covered trees (GA)

Beautiful moss-covered trees (GA)

I’m a little behind with updates, but here’s the latest. Left Florida this morning, and I’m in Georgia on the way to Smoky Mountain NP.
I had a few restful days in Florida, and will have more to say about a few places in the next few updates (Red Elephant restaurant and Dali Museum). Didn’t get out a lot between the heat and lots of rain, but still had a nice visit with the family.
Tomorrow I hope to get a picture of the castle in Lexington, KY, and then stop for a few days in Indianapolis.
Lots more to come. Almost have the galleries figured out ;-)

Category: NAGRoad

Guacamole Overload Heaven

Okay, I’ll admit that I ate too much here. But Los Tres Amigos, in Gulfport, MS, does that to me.
I had been here before, and remembered the guacamole tacos, but thought they were kinda small. So I ordered two, along with a guac dip for my chips, and a 12 piece shrimp cocktail.
The guac is amazing. The salsa and chips that arrive on your table build up the desire for the next course, and the guac just enhances that feeling. Notice the mug of salsa in the picture? No shortages here!

Guacamole Overload!

Guacamole Overload!

Then the tacos came, about twice the size I remembered. Delicious filled with guacamole, a good pile of cheeses, and some diced tomatoes. I probably should have stopped eating there…
But I didn’t. The cocktail was excellent – 12 peeled shrimp swimming in a tomato sauce laden with chunks of tomato, onion, avocado, and cilantro. It kind of reminded me of ceviche from Peru (another story). Very, very good.
It was an excellent meal, and caused me to walk around Walmart for nearly an hour before I was un-full enough to go home.
If you are in the area, don’t miss it!

Category: NAGRoad

Rice Crispie Treats

I got a recipe for something called Scotcheroos from my step-mom, a version of rice crispie treat using peanut butter instead of marshmallows. These are delicious – especially when made by a special niece like Julia!

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light Karo (corn syrup)
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 6 cups rice crispies

Combine sugar and corn syrup in a sauce pan; cook until mixture starts to bubble. Remove from heat; stir in PB and mix well. Add rice crispies and stir until blended. Press into a buttered 9×13 pan.
They are deliciously messy if eaten warm, but much easier if you let them cool a little.
Try this for your next picnic or after school. Really nice change of pace!

Category: Family, Life, NAGRoad, Recipe

short story of my tattoo

My new tattoo

My new tattoo

No, I didn’t “really” get a tattoo. I got a henna tattoo at Boothbay Harbor as part of my memorial to Lesa. It includes a white bracelet that says “one who soars” (given to me in Lesa’s honor by Gina at the writing retreat), a henna tattoo of the Chinese symbol for eternity (see here), and my wedding ring, with Lesa’s nickname engraved inside.

Trying to decide if I like it enough to make it a real tattoo. I really like the fact that when I look at it from my side (upside down), it reminds me of the Phoenix Rising — and that’s how I feel some times. I know I shouldn’t…

Category: Life, NAGRoad