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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!

Memorial Day 2016

Memorial Day is honored in remembrance of fallen patriots serving the United States of America. Their sacrifice to protect freedom is not forgotten in our household.

Memorial Day 1982, President Ronald Reagan offered these words in honor of Patriots interred at Arlington National Cemetery:

I have no illusions about what little I can add now to the silent testimony of those who gave their lives willingly for their country. Words are even more feeble on this Memorial Day, for the sight before us is that of a strong and good nation that stands in silence and remembers those who were loved and who, in return, loved their countrymen enough to die for them. Yet, we must try to honor them not for their sakes alone, but for our own. And if words cannot repay the debt we owe these men, surely with our actions we must strive to keep faith with them and with the vision that led them to battle and to final sacrifice.

2012-05-24-alexander-4.jpg Our first obligation to them and ourselves is plain enough: The United States and the freedom for which it stands, the freedom for which they died, must endure and prosper. Their lives remind us that freedom is not bought cheaply. It has a cost; it imposes a burden. And just as they whom we commemorate were willing to sacrifice, so too must we — in a less final, less heroic way — be willing to give of ourselves.

It is this, beyond the controversy and the congressional debate, beyond the blizzard of budget numbers and the complexity of modern weapons systems, that motivates us in our search for security and peace. … The willingness of some to give their lives so that others might live never fails to evoke in us a sense of wonder and mystery.

One gets that feeling here on this hallowed ground, and I have known that same poignant feeling as I looked out across the rows of white crosses and Stars of David in Europe, in the Philippines, and the military cemeteries here in our own land. Each one marks the resting place of an American hero and, in my lifetime, the heroes of World War I, the Doughboys, the GIs of World War II or Korea or Vietnam. They span several generations of young Americans, all different and yet all alike, like the markers above their resting places, all alike in a truly meaningful way.

As we honor their memory today, let us pledge that their lives, their sacrifices, their valor shall be justified and remembered for as long as God gives life to this nation. … I can’t claim to know the words of all the national anthems in the world, but I don’t know of any other that ends with a question and a challenge as ours does: “O! say does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave, O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?” That is what we must all ask.

God bless the men and women who gave all for our country.

Photo and President Reagan’s remarks courtesy of The Patriot Post.

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