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Veggies and Vegging

9 May Week One

Inspired by our friends Don and Cindy, we recently signed up with a Community Supported Agriculture service called Terra Organics. Every two weeks, they’ll deliver a box full of locally-grown, organic fruits and vegetables to our front door. Whatever’s in season, that’s what we’ll be getting, so it’s forcing us to expand our culinary horizons. One week it could be mustard greens and bok choy, the next it’s celery and whatever the heck sunchoke is.

Week One

Week One


Easter Egg Radish

Brought to you by PAAS

Just in the first week’s delivery, we got some apples, a bag of mixed greens, asparagus, rhubarb, mushrooms, beets, and a bunch of aptly named “Easter Egg radishes”. There were also supposed to be some pears, but they disappeared somewhere between the farm and our porch, so we’ll be getting something extra in our next shipment to make up for it.
Rhubarb = Awesome

Rhubarb = Awesome

So far it’s been really interesting. Not everything’s been a success (Guess what? Beets are gross!) but we’ve been pleasantly surprised too. Neither Kat nor I had ever had strawberry rhubarb pie before, but WOW! I know, “Wow, who’d have guessed Jimmy liked pie?”, but the rhubarb adds an awesome tang to the sweetness of the strawberries. More rhubarb’s coming next week too, so we’ll be trying something else with it.

Crappy Old TV

Before...

This house has a lot of things going for it, but the layout of the living room isn’t one of them. It’s a pretty awkward shape. When we moved in last summer, we found out that the giant TV I’d inherited from Jason wasn’t going to fit in the room. So we’ve been making do with the old 27″ mono set I used to have in the den at the old house. Okay, *I’ve* been making do — Kat couldn’t care less (I’m not sure her eyes are actually capable of seeing HD). I was just going to have to suffer through it til I could afford a better TV.
Beautiful New TV!

After!


I can afford a better TV! 37 inches of HD awesomeness. I’ve got big plans for this guy too. I’m in the middle of ripping all of our DVDs (165 movies, 100+ TV shows) to my hard drive. By next month I should be finished setting up a Media Center PC in our living room. We’ll be able to watch anything we own without leaving the couch, all courtesy of a computer that uses less power than a light bulb. More to come on that front! πŸ™‚

Why, yes, I will have S’more

30 Nov

Something you should know about Kat: the girl LOVES S’mores! It’s a good thing we don’t go camping very often, ’cause she’d probably weigh 300 pounds. So when I found this recipe back in August, I knew I had to make it her birthday cake. Ladies and Gentlemen, the S’mores Cake:

You're lucky to even get this picture!

You're lucky to even get this picture!


Of course I forgot to take a picture before we ate it. Trust me, it was gorgeous! The cake itself uses graham cracker crumbs instead of flour, there’s a layer of marshmallow fluff between the layers, and the whole thing is covered in a milk chocolate glaze. Yeah, it’s pretty much exactly as delicious as it sounds.
Happy 30th Kat!

Happy 30th Kat!


And speaking of Kat’s birthday, that’s a picture of 30 birthday cards, all sent by Kat’s sister Audrey. They’ve been trickling in for the last month. Aud, you’re awesome! πŸ™‚

It’s About Time…

13 Nov

This post has been a long time coming, but when you’re discussing something this epic, you have to take your time.

Long, long ago, in the dark ages of the 1980s, a team of master craftsmen and artisans, using only the finest materials of the highest quality, produced a device of unparalleled precision and beauty. I speak, of course, of The Clock.

That's right...THE Clock!

That's right...THE Clock!

Such dynamic brushstrokes! A lost Matisse?

Such dynamic brushstrokes! A lost Matisse?

This gorgeous slab of lacquered hardwood has been passed from family to family within the Elton Clan for decades, ever since my Aunt Janet won it in a bowling tournament. Significant events β€” birthdays, anniversaries, weddings β€” have been marked by the passing of The Clock. There, on the gift table, would be a box of ridiculously inconvenient dimensions. Usually somewhere near the bottom so the other paltry offerings wouldn’t be crushed by its weight and majesty.

Oh yeah, those are REAL rhinestones!

Oh yeah, those are REAL rhinestones!

And now the blessing of The Clock has been passed once again β€” from my Grandma, to me β€” in celebration of our new home. The first of the grandchildren to receive The Clock! As befitting such a work of art, we have hung it in a position of honor, where all can admire its beauty: above the dryer in the laundry room. Fortunately it matches our decor perfectly, as our laundry room features a fake gemstone and tole-painting motif. There it shall remain, keeping semi-accurate time, until another event occurs, auspicious enough to be deserving of the Gift of Time.

So thank you Grandma for this great honor. And to Mike, Steve, and Tami, I say, “Ha ha, I got it first!” πŸ™‚

Dog Ran

5 Sep
Look at it...mocking me

Look at it...mocking me

Ever since we moved in, this dog run has been the bane of our existence. Sitting in the backyard, taking up a ton of space, constantly reminding us of all the crap the previous owners left us with. So last night I put this up on craigslist:

“Just moved in and the previous owners left a 7.5 feet wide x 12.5 feet long x 6 feet high chain-link dog run. It’s in good condition, but we don’t have a dog. If you take it apart, you can have it!”

Checked back about an hour later. 70 responses! Wow! My personal favorite was:

“Mom of 4 would appreciate this. Need kennel in order to start in home childcare.”

Yay, it's less of an eyesore!

Yay, it's less of an eyesore!

But while I support the caging of children as much as the next guy, it’s first come, first served. Sorry, sixty-nine other people! So this morning Jim, and his black lab Emma, drove down and picked up the dog run, along with the pet carrier and a Kong chew toy that had been sitting in a literal pile of crap. Emma, make sure he boils that thing before he gives it to you! Jim’s going to add it on to Emma’s current dog run to give her more space to play.

So now we’ve just got a big rectangle of empty dirt. Frankly, I consider it an improvement. Thanks Jim! Hope Emma likes her new digs!

Landscraping – Our Craptastic Backyard

18 Aug

Just spent an hour in the backyard shoveling dog crap, and I don’t own a dog. I’m only about half done.

You’ll notice from the first post on our blog that apart from the great-looking patio, the listing didn’t show the backyard at all. Turns out there was a reason for that. Sagging fence, dead lawn, out-of-control ivy, and piles upon piles of concrete chunks from the old patio to haul away. This is going to take some work!

Movin’ on up!

15 Jul
View from the street

View from the street

Here’s our new place! As soon as we get the keys, we’ll get some better photos up. For now, all we’ve got to show areΒ  the photos from the property listing.