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What’s for Independence Day Dinner?

Holiday Dinner

The Better Half and I enjoyed Beef Tenderloin Steaks (hers medium, mine medium rare) with Potato Salad and BBQ Beans for our Independence Day dinner this afternoon. I grilled the steaks outdoors today and didn’t mind the 103° temperature and a slight warmish breeze as I cooked them to order. I had a patriotic and ice cold bottle of Samuel Adams Summer Ale to help me cope with the desert heat.

TBH made the potato salad yesterday and had it marinating for 24 hours in the fridge. The beans, nothing extraordinary, were from a can, but quite tasty as were all the items seen in the (clickable) image above. The dogs (Scratch ‘n’ Sniff) were the happy and eager beneficiaries when we found that neither of us could eat all of our steak.

The town will be shooting off fireworks down at Sunset Park (5 miles west of us) this evening. TBH and I will watch from the courtyard and should be able to observe some of the higher rockets exploding as we have done for previous holidays.

We wish you a safe and happy Independence Day.

What’s for St. Paddy’s Dinner?

Irish Dinner

Irish Dinner, That’s what. Late last evening, The Better Half started a flat cut of corned beef in the crockpot. Damn if that didn’t smell good all night.

This morning, she added potatoes and carrots to the pot and later in the morning, she added the cabbage. This afternoon, she served it all up along with an Irish Cocktail which we used to toast our sumptuous Irish dinner. The cocktail was from a recipe she found on-line somewhere and was a mix of Irish Whiskey, Bailey’s Irish Cream and Creme de Menthe liqueur.

As we mentioned on the other blog, we wish you all a happy St. Patrick’s Day!

What’s for Dinner? New Year’s Eve Version

Grilled Pork Loin Filet

On this last day of 2017, The Better Half and I collaborated on this wonderful, healthy and delicious dinner. She prepared the sugar snap peas and baby bok choy on the side, as well as the marinade for the entrée which was reduced later to be used as the sauce drizzled over the food. My part was to prepare the pork on the grill using a timer/temperature probe to ensure the meat was cooked to perfection. And, as you can see in the clickable image above, it indeed was.

We had decent weather today with the high temperature here about 65° and partly sunny. Three years ago, on this day, we had snow! So, we’re thankful for the climate we got today.

We hope your holidays are going as well as ours.


July Fourth Festivities

What’s for Dinner?

Despite the 109° patio temperature this afternoon, we ventured outdoors to grill up some beef tenderloin steaks and roasted/grilled corn on the cob. The Better Half prepared “crashed” potatoes (microwave baked Yukon taters smashed with butter, sour cream and shredded cheese) to go with the meal.

We are about five miles away from the park where fireworks are scheduled to be launched at around 9PM, but we can see some of the higher rockets from the courtyard out front. This will be under a waxing Gibbous moon and the summer triangle with the Milky Way beyond. The night sky is usually spectacular to see out here, fireworks or not.



Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

I’m told that Churches are soft targets for potential Islamic terrorist attacks this Christmas season. I say that parishioners should carry the necessary countermeasures against such threats should the need arise to fend off those Satanic attacks. God Bless us this Christmas season and through the new year.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.

New Flags for July 4th

New FlagsSince the flags on our flagpole have been exposed to the elements for over a year now, you could see them starting to become frayed and more than a little threadbare in places. We had spares new in the wrappers standing by, so we took down the old ones and launched the new ones seen in the (clickable) image to the right.

This coming week, The Better Half and I will be taking a couple of bags of crushed aluminum cans to the local American Legion Post, so at that time I will place the used flags in their charge for proper destruction.

Fathers Day

Fathers Day Dinner

The Better Half and I had a nice, quiet Fathers Day holiday at home today. The (clickable) image above is of our afternoon dinner plate consisting of beef tenderloin steaks, bacon-wrapped asparagus and crushed petite potatoes with cheese and sour cream topping.

I grilled the steaks and the asparagus bundles outdoors today in spite of the triple digit temperature here in the desert. I was OK with the heat and had plenty of ice cold water at my disposal as I worked over the grill for the twenty minutes or so that it took to get the food properly cooked.

Of course, dinner was OUTSTANDING! Happy Fathers Day!

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