Sunday, May 30, 2010

Playing with Bo Bo

Playing fetch with Bo in the back yard, but while he is trying to fetch the toy Hunny is trying to fetch him.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Tasty Tuesday - Salad

I'm normally not a super fan of salad, but there is one salad that my wife's family has almost every time we go over for dinner. They make an amazing fruit salad. There isn't an exact recipe but this is normally what I use:

* Can of pineapple chunks
* Can of mandarin orange segments
* Grapes
* Berries in season

Drain the juice from the canned fruit and put everything in a bowl, add some mini marshmallows, some sweetened coconut, and the put in sour cream. Add enough sour cream to coat everything. I normally like to let it sit for a little bit because it will soften the coconut, but it's something you could make right before a family dinner or BBQ and then put it in the fridge for dessert. This stuff is seriously amazing!

Well this has been another edition of Tasty Tuesday and join me next week for the theme Dairy.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

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Pirates took my house

On the way home from the movies the other day the little woman and I decided to drive by our old house and see how it was doing. Months ago we got a call from our old neighbor and found out that the man who bought our trailer had died, but they didn't find him for like a month (sad)... So we wanted to see if someone had bought the trailer or if it had been taken away. Well it was there, and to make it even better it turns out that the person living there is a servant of the FSM, as shown by their bumper sticker:



On the way home we also saw a car with this bumper sticker:

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Tasty Tuesday - Beef

The first thing that came to mind when I went to post about Beef was my favorite Chinese food dish, GINGER BEEF!!! I've never seen it anywhere outside my native land of Alberta Canada, but I absolutely love it. This recipe is courtesy of About.com

GINGER BEEF

The staple dish of Chinese take-out restaurants. Serves 4
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Ingredients:

* 1 pound flank steak
* Marinade:
* 2 Tbsp dark soy sauce
* 1 Tbsp Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
* 1 tsp granulated sugar
* 2 tablespoons ginger juice (storebought or homemade)
* Sauce:
* 1 Tbsp Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
* 1 Tbsp light soy sauce
* 2 Tbsp white or rice vinegar
* 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
* 2 Tbsp water
* 1 teaspoon hot chili oil or crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste
* Other:
* 1 stalk celery
* 1 red bell pepper
* 1 carrot
* 4 to 5 cups oil for deep-frying
* 2 Tbsp oil for stir-frying, or as needed
* 3 red chili peppers, seeds left in
* 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, finely chopped
* 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
* 1 tsp sesame oil
* Batter:
* 1/4 cup flour
* 1/4 cup cornstarch
* 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
* 1 Tbsp hot chili oil (optional)
* 1/3 cup water, or as needed

Preparation:
Partially freeze the beef to make it easier to cut.

If making homemade ginger juce, grate the ginger and squeeze out the juice until you have 2 tablespoons. Cut the partially frozen beef along the grain into thin strips the approximately length and width of matchsticks. Add the marinade ingredients and marinate the beef for 25 minutes.

In a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce, rice wine or sherry, vinegar, sugar, water and hot chili oil. Set aside.

While the beef is marinating, prepare the vegetables and sauce. Cut the celery, red bell pepper, and carrot into thin strips.

To prepare the batter, combine the flour and cornstarch. Stir in the vegetable oil, and the hot chili oil if using. Add a much water as is needed to make a smooth batter. It should not be too dry or too runny, but should lightly drop off the back of a wooden spoon.

Heat the oil for deep-frying to 360 degrees Fahrenheit. Dip the marinated beef pieces into the batter. When the oil is hot, add the beef and deep-fry until it is golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

Increase the heat to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Deep-fry the beef a second time, to make it extra cripsy. Remove and drain. Clean out the wok.

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in the wok. When the oil is hot, add the chilies, minced garlic and ginger. Stir-fry until the chilies begin to blister. Add the carrot. Stir-fry briefly, then add the celery, and then the red pepper.

Push the vegetables up to the sides of the wok. Add the sauce in the middle. Heat to boiling, then add the deep-fried beef back into the pan. Mix all the ingredients together. Remove from the heat. Stir in the sesame oil. Serve hot.


I think I may be too lazy to make this, but I can't wait to go home to visit family and to have my fill at an all you can eat buffet. Mmmmmmmmmm

Next week we will be talking about salad.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

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Spring Clean Up

I took these pictures last week when I started doing some hardcore yardwork. I work all night and then when I came home I mowed, weeded, and trimmed the evil hedge from hell.



I'm also happy to say that the tree we planted a couple of years ago is hearty and happy. It's really got some pretty flowers on it.


Bored at work?

What do you do while you are bored at work? Well when I’m bored I draw pictures of a giraffe. Awesomeness you say? YES IT IS AWESOME!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Smart Pugglets

On my blog I collect pictures and sayings from bumper stickers but I wanted to branch out and start including license plate surrounds. What a better way to start then something I would have on my own car. As a proud daddy of two pugglets I am happy to say that my pugs are often smarter then some peoples honor students.

Tasty Tuesday - Egg

Welcome to this weeks edition of Tasty Tuesday. Since this is National Egg Month I decided to post about eggs. As an avid low carber eggs have always been something I use frequently, and one thing I like to make is Revolution Rolls (aka Rev Rolls). These magical rolls are a fluffy, wonderful replacement for bread and they don't last long in my house. Courtesy of Linda I have a recipe for anybody who would like to try them.

Improved Revolution Rolls

4 egg whites
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
3 egg yolks
1 teaspoon granular Splenda or equivalent liquid Splenda
Pinch salt
3 ounces cream cheese, softened

Beat the egg whites and cream of tartar until stiff. In another bowl, beat the egg yolks, Splenda, salt and cream cheese with a mixer until smooth. Gradually fold the yolk mixture into the egg whites being careful not to deflate the whites. Spray a baking sheet or muffin top pan with cooking spray. Divide the mixture into 6 mounds then flatten them slightly. Bake at 300ยบ 30 minutes or until lightly browned on top but soft and not dry and crisp. Cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes then cool completely on a rack. Store in an airtight bag in the refrigerator.

Makes 6 rolls

Per Roll: 88 Calories; 7g Fat; 5g Protein; .5g Carbohydrate; 0g Dietary Fiber; .5g Net Carbs
Per 2 Rolls: 175 Calories; 14g Fat; 10g Protein; 1.5g Carbohydrate; 0g Dietary Fiber; 1.5g Net Carbs

My problem with these is I can't make enough of them, because 6 rolls is gone in no time. Mmmmmmmmmmmm Rev Rolls with butter.

Thanks for joining me for another edition of Tasty Tuesday, and feel free to visit next week for the theme of Beef.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

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Friday, May 7, 2010

Tattoos with meaning

So often you hear stories about people who get tattoos that they regret later, which is probably because they have no meaning. Or there is the case of a guy the little woman and I chatted with online. He had met a single mother online, and he started to love her and her children very much, even though they hadn't met in person. Which I can understand because I had similar feelings for my wife before we had met in person. To profess his love he got a tattoo of Theodore from The Chipmunks holding a heart, and the heart contained the name of his online love. This was all well and good until this online lady confessed to him that she wasn't the beautiful girl in the pictures she had sent. I know it's common for people to post pictures that make them look their best, even if they are old pictures which may make them look better. However, this woman had sent pictures of her sister to this online beau. Yes it's what's on the inside that counts, but sending pics of your sister?!?! Guess that will teach him a lesson of making rash decisions.

Well some people get tattoos with meaning, like our friend who recently got this:



Organ donation is something that is very important to her, and this is a clever way of displaying it. Bravo on an awesome tattoo.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Prayer can't fix everything

I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints when I was thirteen, served a mission, got married in the temple, and went inactive shortly there after. Although there are things that the church teaches that I don't believe it I have always supported their right to believe whatever they want. One of the things that has caused me to become disenchanted with the church is their support of Proposition 8. Yes I agree that they have a right to believe that all people shouldn't have the right to get married, but it's hard for me to associate myself with a group that does. I've always thought this, but these feelings have grown stronger since my sister came out as a lesbian. The idea that two straight people who hate each other can get married, but two people of the same sex can't is beyond me.

I know many gay people who grew up in the church and heard that they were told they could be cured by serving a mission, getting married, etc. It's sad to think that people thought they needed to be cured of something that is just who they are. Until the other day I thought that this was the extent of the church's attempts to "cure" people, but I was wrong.

I had always thought that those camps to "pray away the gay" were reserved for churches belonging to the religious fanatics, but I was again wrong. After talking to my friend the other day it came to my attention that there is an organization called Evergreen International. They say, "Evergreen is not affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" but their "Board of Trustees usually includes one or more emeritus General Authorities and we continue to build relationships with Area Presidencies and other Church leaders. Upon request, we provide training to hundreds of stake and ward leaders each year." (Source) So they aren't affiliated with the church but their board of trustees includes general authorities, bishops suggest people go there for help, and they hold their annual conferences at church buildings? Ummmmmm... Yeah.

I've always said someone can believe what they want, but it doesn't work for me when their beliefs include supporting a group like Evergreen International. Camps like this often lead to people developing strong emotional issues, and often suicide. I'm sorry for all the people that have been driven to something like this, by an organization they thought cared about them.

Got her goat

When I set up my blog in 2006 I searched for a picture that went along with my moniker The Oqquirh Mountain Man, and I found this cute sketch of a goat online, which fit very well. After all this time of using this picture I wondered where it came from, because I felt bad for using something without giving credit to its creator. After a Google search I stumbled across a blog called Blackwing Sketchbook by the Animation story artist Jenny Lerew. I emailed Jenny and she confirmed that she had indeed drawn this sketch, which was originally posted on her blog entry "My goat, gotten". She was glad I enjoyed the picture so much and thanked me for making an effort to contact her.

This talented artist has worked on some of my favorite childhood TV cartoons such as Tiny Toon Adventures and Animaniacs. She also worked has worked on movies such as Bee Movie, Flushed Away, Shrek 2, and How to Train Your Dragon, which I saw yesterday and thought it was sooooo awesome!!!!! I found these things listed on Jenny's IMDB profile so I apologize to Jenny if this isn't accurate and I welcome any corrections.

Having said all of this I encourage you to check out this talented artist's blogs at:

http://blackwingsketch.blogspot.com/


http://blackwingdiaries.blogspot.com/


I enjoy seeing new sketches and posts made by Jenny and I am excited to continue following her blog.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Tasty Tuesday - Latin Food

In honor of Cinco De Mayo I decided to choose the theme of Latin Food, so I hope to see some spicy entries. I'm normally not an adventurous type, but on occasion I like to try new things. One of the things I've always wondered about is Tamales. We have a very large Latin population here and I've seen lots of Tamales around. I hear they are very tasty and I've been tempted to buy when they are offered to me in the Wal-Mart parking lot, but that's a little scary to me. Maybe I will have to make some myself one day, but first I want to know what they are.

According to Wikipedia "A tamale or more correctly, tamal (Spanish tamal, from Classical Nahuatl tamalli) is a traditional Latin American dish made of masa (a starchy dough, often corn-based), which is steamed or boiled in a leaf wrapper. The wrapping is discarded before eating. Tamales can be further filled with meats, cheese, vegetables, chilies or any preparation according to taste, and both the filling and the cooking liquid may be seasoned." Oooooooh ahhhhhh. LOL. I'm totally going to make some buy some!!!

Join me next week for the incredible, edible egg.

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Monday, May 3, 2010

How should I spice up my blog?

I love my blog, but it seems like recently it seems like I’ve been posting the same old things over and over again. “How can I make it more exciting to myself, and to my followers?” I thought to my self, and then I laughed at the idea that people actually read my blog :P Well I’m sure I have a couple people that read! *hopes* ANYWAY… I thought that a way to spice up my blog would be to start video blogging, but there are downsides to that, like:

Who wants to see me talk about something?
Shaving/making myself look pretty before posting
Anonymity

I think the last one is something I would be most concerned about. I could always video blog wearing a mask, using some video effects to change my appearance, or something of that nature, but if I’m going to do that should I just do audio blogging? Hmmmmm… I’m not sure what to do.

Let me know what you think in the comments and check out the poll I have on my sidebar.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Important Marriage Tool