Monday, November 30, 2015


Beautiful panorama video for you to watch while I'm taking my December break. If you can, try watch it full screen on YouTube. Enjoy!

Thanks for sharing, Ross!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Wendell's Really Ono Meatloaf

This meatloaf was so, so deeeeelicious. Wendell said that the recipe was from last Wednesday's Star-Advertiser, and so as usual when it comes time to blogging about one of Wendell's dishes, I had to go hunting around for the source. This time it was easy to find. Wendell had put the newspaper with our cookbooks.

And guess what. Surprise. Surprise. The article was written by Mariko Jackson, Nippon Nin's daughter!!  And guess what the recipe is called. "Mom's Meatloaf in Acorn Squash"!! In case you don't know, Nippon Nin is one of my favorite fellow bloggers. I have a link to her blog on my sidebar to the right.

As you can see, Wendell did not stuff a squash with the meatloaf, but I've included the entire recipe below as it appeared in the article.


Mom’s Meatloaf in Acorn Squash

3 slices bacon, chopped
1/2 onion, finely minced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 pound ground beef
1 egg
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese powder
2 tablespoons ketchup
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/8 teaspoon pepper
Pinch nutmeg
1 acorn squash
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon flour, for dusting

Heat oven to 375 degrees. In pan over medium, saute bacon, then remove and set aside. In the bacon grease, saute onion and garlic until golden and soft.

In medium bowl, mix bacon and onion mixture with ground beef, egg, cheeses, ketchup, salt, pepper and nutmeg. To check mixture for seasoning, cook a tablespoon of the meat and adjust seasoning to taste.
Microwave whole squash 2 minutes on high. Cut off top cap of squash and scrape out seeds. Cut small slice off bottom to ensure squash stands upright. With knife, cut into flesh inside squash but do not pierce skin. Brush outside and inside with olive oil and dust inside with flour.

Stuff squash with meat, then place cap on top. Bake 45 minutes and then remove cap and bake another 10 minutes.

To serve, while still hot, cut squash into slices like an orange. Serves 4.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

Happy Thanksgiving!  This is not Thanksgiving related, but an amazing performance nonetheless.

Here is the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain performing The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Karaage Iidako, etc.

We got this from Chef Zone . . . Karaage Baby Tako.  Interesting, yah. 


 It was kinda expensive . . . $23.47.

Wendell fried up a few last night.

It was good but a little bland to me.  I added a little bit of salt.

This is also from Chef Zone. Landon says it's the best imitation crab stick. It was $4.07. To be honest, I can't tell the difference. Landon said there is no comparison.

This isn't from Chef Zone.  It's from Chinatown.  It's so good, Wendell said he doesn't think he'll ever get tired of it. It's $4.50.

I just bought these grapes from Safeway the other day. They're big, but not really as huge as they appear in this photo. They are, however, crunchy and sweet and the best grapes ever. I think they were $3.99/pound . . . kinda expensive, but worth it to me. 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Wendell's Hoisin Ribs

This was fall-off-da-bone ono!!!  And *happy happy* the recipe can be found online here:  Urban Cookery.


Addendum:  Wendell said that instead of leaving the ribs in a slow cooker for 6 hours, he just boiled it for about 1 1/2 hours, then let them soak in the marinade for about an hour before broiling.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Revenge Parking

Awhile back me and Wendell were looking for parking in a rather full lot at Sam's Club. We noticed an open space and rushed to it. Only thing . . . somebody had just pulled into the stall right next to it and was encroaching so much into the empty stall that we couldn't fit. The driver was just getting out of his car so I rolled down my window and said, "Scuse me.  Could you park your car better so that we can get into that space?"  Do you know what he did? He looked at me, turned around, and proceeded to walk to the store. !!!!!  What an (see below)!!!!!

No, this is not my artwork. I wish I had the guts. I'm glad that some other people do though.















This is my favorite.  The orange pack is a condom.

Thanks for sharing, Ross!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Nissin Raoh Instant Ramen

Awhile back I saw a program on NHK World about the history of instant ramen. It said that instant ramen was created by the Nissin company back in 1958. This new product surprised everyone and revolutionized the noodle industry. Towards the end of the program they mentioned Nissin's newest product, the Nissin Raoh instant ramen. Restaurant-quality noodles are created using the newest state-of-the art technology and is enhanced by an umami-flavored broth. They said that ramen lovers in Tokyo wait in line outside of a pop-up restaurant which serves it. You can find out more here

I had to wait until Amazon got it in stock, but I finally managed to get ahold of this miso-flavored variety.


The noodles look like this out of the package.

I don't think I'd wait in line for it, but it is the best instant ramen I've ever eaten.

If you have time, you can check out the NHK program here:

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A Very Cool Project

Guess what you can do with a 20-inch zipper, a 20-inch length of ribbon . . . 


and some liquid stitch glue?

Once the glue is all dried, you zip it up . . . 

and it becomes a nifty triangle pouch. Veeery cool, hah? Instructions can be found here. You're supposed to hand sew, but because I'm lazy I used the adhesive glue instead.

Bobbi Ayn, thanks for turning me on to this project! That was fun . . . and veeeeery challenging!IMG_8399

Off subject, but . . .  this is what you can do to protect your still-sharp favorite scissors from the men in your house.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Miss A

I've had to cut down on my photo engagements because my aching back cannot handle lately, but I did get to take pictures of Miss A today, and as usual she did not fail to entertain.







Saturday, November 14, 2015

Wendell's Potato Gratin

"That's damn good potatoes!" "That's damn good potatoes!" Landon said exactly that. And he said it twice.

Wendell got the recipe from this month's issue of bon app├ętit magazine, and . . . happy, happy . . . I found the recipe online.  You can find it here.


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Dog Treat for Kona

I had this bright idea to dehydrate some fish for Kona.


I bought this ahi slab from Chinatown for $14. It was $7.50/pound.

My coworker Ronnie gave me this dehydrator. He used it only once. Score!! I left it on for 7 hours.

I ended up with only this amount . . . kinda little bit, yah.

But . . . Kona really likes it . . . so that's all that counts.

Addendum:  Because Kona likes his treat so much, the next time we were in Chinatown, I bought more fish.  This time I got some marlin. It was selling for $5.50/pound. I paid $13 and after dehydrating, ended up with this much. 


Tuesday, November 10, 2015


I just watched this documentary on Netflix, and I loved it! Two identical twin sisters, one in the U.S and one in London discover each other. I think I'll watch it again. And I'll probably cry again.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Why You Should Go To Rummage Sales and Taro Ko Chip Winnah

There was a really cool rummage sale yesterday at a school near my house. It started at 7:00 am. I got there at 7:30 am. I got excited when I learned that mostly everything was selling for only $1. I ended up getting 18 items, all $1 each.  Here are a few.

I'm gonna give this backpack to my coworker Meren. He has choke kids. All boys except for one girl. Cool backpack right? It looks brand new too. 

This Roxy backpack I got for Meren's daughter. This one looks slightly used, but still in good shape to me.  

This is a still-got-tag-on tote bag from Australia. 

These are all insulated bags. They all look new and unused. $1!!!! I can put stuff in um to give to people and say, "You can keep the bag."

Look how cute this cow costume is. I'm giving it to Leslie who loves all cow things.

And look at this Sriracha costume!!  You can borrow it anytime. Let me know.  

Which brings us to the winnah of the Taro Ko chips . . . Harri!!!!! I bet you no can believe! Me too!! Congratulations!!