Monthly Archives: December 2013

Resolution Time

– Get a road bike
– Ride a gran fondo
– Improve the airgun range
– Finish reading every book I have been gifted. Even Journey of the Pink Dolphin.
– Build Stoner Smurf
– Swim a bit more than I did last year. It was nice to get in the river so much
– Get the kids to the beach at least four times
– Don’t gain any weight back unless it is from weight training. And I have neither time nor money to get into a gym.
– Get back to running 5k
– Can a bit more as things come in season than I did this year
– I’d say shoot more, but ahahaha finding ammo
– Buy a Glock 42 because yaaaaaaayyy, larger than useless 380 with good trigger and real sights. I have a 380 addiction to rival my Beretta habit.
– Troll 9mm cultists with the 42
– Finish clearing the extra junk out of my life
– Camp out every summer weekend
– Summit a new 4,000+ footer every fortnight
– I’m slipping in my approach to becoming a give no fucks mellow hippie and am a grumpy ass, again. So, mellow out.
– Score a recurve and some arrows. Get back into archery
– Get my wife exercising again. She made me promise.
– Make fresh pasta at least once per week. I got a bit lazy in 2013 and only made it a few times
– Play my trumpet every day. Any less and I will increasingly find excuses not to.
– Improve gun storage and organization
– Put together a decent likker cabinet to consolidate booze- stuff.
– Take the dog on more hikes.
– Mentor at least one new hiker and one new shooter.
– Trade in my old bike frames
– Ski more and get the kids squared away for proper trails
– Try to score a deal on some used cross country ski gear if I have money at the end of the year. I probably won’t v0v

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*Pop*

I now have hockey skates. Been a while since I blew out a knee and trashed my ACL…

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Festivus For the Restuvus

Nibbling a locally made dark chocolate filled with ground dark coffee beans from my stocking, drinking a cup of Irish breakfast tea, playing the copy of Assassins’ Creed The Boy gave me, and waiting for English muffin dough to rise so I can make eggs Benedict for lunch.

As fine a day as any.

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His Heart Grew…

Merry Christmas, nerds. Go drink too much eggnog and vomit custard and bourbon in your stocking before passing out under the tree.

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More Thinking

Today:

Roast a few pound of beets I forgot about the other day. Done
Bake pecan pie Done
-Prep custard-based dressing with the homemade bread I cubed and left to stale
Mix up a cranberry chutney (Granny Smith apple, golden and regular raisins, honey, spices, lemon juice) Done
Roast one butternut squash and one pie pumpkin Done

Tomorrow:

– Roast ham with a simple honey/spice glaze to be determined
– Ham gravy, not sure if conventional or red eye, yet
– mash turnips and potatoes 50:50-ish
– Parker House rolls
– Braise a cabbage
– drizzle cold roast beets with a bit of vinegar
mix up a quick balsamic vinaigrette Done
– Put a small bowl of Glasgow punch in a bed of ice if I hear back from an invitation. Skip if I don’t.
– bake dressing
– Set out pickled onions
– mash squash/pumpkin with butter/cream/salt/pepper/freshly grated nutmeg
– whip a touch of heavy cream and sugar for the pie before cutting
– Fall into food coma, hopefully after getting the pile of leftovers crammed in the fridge.

Next day:
– De-meat the shank and drop that bad boy in a pot of dried peas. The best part of this whole plan.

Next Year:

– Simplify the menu. Maybe a bowl of punch and a few savory and sweet pies. Then I just need do toss a couple things in the oven to heat, whip some cream, and make up a batch of punch with all the prep done the day or two before.

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I like to party

Voodoo Glow Skulls cranking through the sound system while playing Super Mario Galaxy. I still have no idea what my wife sees in me…

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Thinking Out Loud

– Roast ham
– Parker House rolls
– Cranberry chutney with raisins and stuff. Made the night before.
– Neeps n tatties (rutabega and potato mashed together)
– Roast and smashed pumpkins and butternut squash. Roasted the night before.
– Tossed salad
– Glasgow punch or gluhwein, undecided
– Sausage stuffing with stale home-made bread. Maybe no sausage, we’ll see. Prepped the night before
– Pecan pie made with pecans from my Aunt’s father-in-law’s tree in Texas. Made the night before.
– Malt vinegar pickled onions. Already in fridge.
– Braised cabbage
– Sautéed peas with sweated onion, garlic, and chili flakes to bulk veg. offerings if we run low.

To serve the family misfits with no place else to be on Christmas evening.

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