Saturday, December 25, 2021

Merry Christmas 2021!

It's around 7:00 a.m. and I've been up for a couple hours already.  The guys are still zzzzzzzzz-ing.  

Thought about you peoples and wondered how you're spending this Christmas Day.  Me, Wendell and Landon are celebrating by ourselves.  Lan suggested a Surf and Turf meal.  I bought some lobster tails (tiny, 4 oz. each) from Times last week.  They were on sale for $5.99 each.  Landon likes to bid for wagyu beef online and we have some in our freezer, so maybe we'll have some of those too.  Very not planned out.  😂

That's it for now.  Just wanted to wish you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Ants in 4K

I got a new phone.  It takes video in 4K so I thought I'd try it out and post the video for anybody (like my cousin V) who might be dropping by during my break.

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Break Time

 It's break time again.   Be back after the holidays!

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Thursday, December 9, 2021

Dd's After Thanksgiving Turkey Tortilla Soup

Oops, am I too late??  Maybe you can make a "Chicken Tortilla Soup" instead.  I think still would be good.

turkey tortilla soup



*Turkey Stock:

Turkey bones


4 cloves garlic, peeled

1 tsp. salt

½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper

**Jalapeno Pesto:

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded

2 TB green onion, chopped

2 TB cilantro leaves

1 clove garlic, peeled

Salt, freshly ground black pepper

2 TB olive oil


2 tsp. olive oil

½ small onion, chopped

½ small carrot, peeled, chopped

½ small green bell pepper, seeded, chopped

3 cloves garlic, peeled, chopped

¼ c. frozen corn, thawed

½ c. favorite salsa

½ (14-15 oz.) can refried beans***

½ tsp. taco seasoning

1 c. leftover turkey, coarsely chopped

4 c. turkey stock, with meat **

Salt, freshly ground black pepper

Dash favorite hot sauce

Garnish:  shredded cheese, avocado, crushed tortilla chips, jalapeno pesto***


*Turkey Stock: In a large saucepot cover turkey bones with water. Add garlic, salt and pepper. 

Bring to a rapid boil. Allow to boil 10-15 minutes. Reduce heat and bring to a simmer. Simmer 

30 minutes. With back of spoon mash garlic cloves. When cool enough to handle remove any 

meat from bones. Reserve. Transfer into ziptop bags for use later. Reserve 4 cups WITH meat. 

Soup: In a saucepot over medium heat saute onion, carrot, bell pepper and garlic in oil until 

limp.  Stir in remaining ingredients until combined. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 

15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.  **Add additional beans to bring to desired consistency. 

Season as needed with salt, pepper and hot sauce.


**Jalapeno Pesto: Combine all ingredients in a food processor drizzling in olive oil. 

For service: Garnish with desired toppings. Serves 2.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Colin's Gingerbread Cookies

My nephew Colin made gingerbread cookies for his classmates yesterday and I was so happy that he Facetimed me to show me his process. I can't believe he's 11 years old already!!

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I think they came out so cute!!

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Füdina Frying Pan

I bought this small Made in Italy frying pan from Ross.  We really liked it so I went back (several times) and got a medium-sized one ($15.99) and a large one ($24.99).  We've been taking special care to store them stacked between kitchen towels to protect the finish. 

There was also another "Italian" brand called Pedrini that looked good too, but on close inspection I saw that it was actually Made in China so I quickly put that one back on the rack.  

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Friday, December 3, 2021

Comet Leonard

Coming soon!!

It will be closest to the Earth on December 12, but will be fairly low in the sky by then.  The best time to easily find the comet will be the morning of Monday, December 6, 90 minutes before sunrise.  That'll be around 5:26 a.m. for us in Honolulu. 

The easiest way to find the comet might be to look for the Big Dipper and follow its tail to Arcturus, a bright red/orange star.

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After December 12, the comet will switch to an evening object and can be seen at dusk.  On December 17, the comet will lie close to Venus.  You will need a high vantage point to view.

So, let's try for this coming Monday!  Set your alarm.  Good luck!

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Stuff at Ross

I went to two Rosses yesterday!

I bought this "Product of Italy" pasta.  It was $4.79.  


When I got home I boiled up two of the coils and added a bit of giardiniera, salami and cheese to it. I cooked it a little longer than the recommended 6 minutes, but it still came out very al dente, just how I like it.


Tortilla Soup Mix ($2.99)


Chicken Enchilada Soup Mix ($2.99)


Tri-color Penne Pasta ($3.99)


Mini Fry Pan ($4.99)


Cocktail Mixes ($4.99)


Organic Balsamic Vinaigrette ($3.99). 


Organic Sesame Tamari Vinaigrette ($4.99).  I bought this but haven't tried it yet.


Harry & David Pepper and Onion Relish ($4.29)


Milka Oreo Chocolate Thing made in Austria ($3.99).  I got this for Wendell 'cause he likes Oreos. 


Serrano & Basil Hot Sauce ($4.99)


Potato Gnocchi ($2.99)


Coconut Macaroons ($4.99)