Archive for April, 2014

“No” Inflation



This is a 30 ounce jar of Hellman’s Real Mayonnaise.  It cost me $5.29 today.

This is noteworthy because its the first time in awhile I’ve had to purchase mayo.  The last time I purchased it, I’m pretty sure I got 36 ounces for the same price.  In fact, I vaguely recall even larger quantities prior to that.

It’s just like ice cream, where $5 used to get you a full half gallon and now can get you 1.5 quarts.  Remember that when the “experts” talk about “no inflation.”

Chicken Pizza


How ’bout a meal?


This is a chicken pizza I we make.  The Wife found the recipe in one of her magazines.  The toppings consist of chicken, mozzarella, cheddar, salsa and guacamole.  The crust is my own, an awesome thin crust- a recipe is over on the side there under the bread category.

The chicken is seasoned and grilled prior to cutting it up and placing it on the pizza.  The seasoning consists of 1 tbsp garlic powder, 1 tbsp onion powder, 1/2 tbsp chili powder, 1/2 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp cumin and 1/2 tsp cayenne.

The basic process is make the dough and split it in half to make 2 crusts.  Spread the dough on cookie sheets and cook it at 450 for 10 minutes.

In the meantime, make sure the chicken is grilled up and also whip up some guacamole.  When the crust is done par cooking, pull it out and sprinkle cheddar cheese on it, followed by the cubed chicken and finally a layer of mozarrella.  Put it back in the oven until the cheese begins to brown.

Spread the salsa on it, followed by the guacamole.  Finally, sprinkle a little fresh cilantro on top.  Serve with sour cream.


The BSA Still Has A Way to Go


Despite the BSA’s change that allows gay Scouts to participate as a Scout, they still have a way to go before completing the transition.  I know Scouting is on the decline and decisions like this will only continue to hurt their efforts.



Yep, halfway through April and we got a combo of snow and sleet at the tail end if the rain that came through last night.  It’s 30 outside right now as well.


Skies are clearing now and it looks like it will be a heck of a nice day.  Snow wan’t last long.

Pool’s Open



Well, sort of.

Mainly, I wanted the cover off because I was concerned something might have been damaged during the winter freeze.  There were quite a few pops and pings on the coldest nights and then, when things finally started thawing, I had a steady trickle of water from the skimmer.

Which made no sense, since there is a plate on the inside covering the skimmer opening; the skimmer itself was covered by the winter cover and finally, I’d drained the pool well below skimmer level.  So why was water coming out of it?

Given all that, I was a bit anxious to get the cover off and see what the deal was.

Thankfully, nothing seems to have happened.  No leaks, no damage anywhere.  Just one very large block of ice.  Give it another week or two and I’ll be able to hook up the filter and we’ll be in business.

There’s Bird Seed in My Boots



This wasn’t the only thing the kids filled with bird seed.  Even though they filled the feeder this weekend, I only discovered my boots were full of it today as I was readying myself for a hike with my Cub Scout Den.

The best thing is, when I ask them how my boots got full of birdseed, I already know their answer.

“I don’t know- but it wasn’t me.”

UCONN 2 for 2


Not terribly unique, but it’s the second time they’ve managed this feat. The men beat Kentucky last night in a close one, while the women blew out Notre Dame tonight. Congrats to both squads.

Today’s Project



Our previous Weber gas grill has served us well for almost 15 years.  They weren’t 15 easy ones either.  It’s completely exposed to the elements.  Many times the cover was left off, including the entirety of this past Winter.  I like to think of it as well-seasoned.

When the grease pan on the bottom finally rotted out and fell off from rust, it was pretty obviously time for a new grill.  It’s not like we don’t get lots of use out of it.  Hopefully, this new one will serve us as well as its predecessor.



Here it is, all assembled. The boy helped me put it together. Using a socket wrench flummoxed him for a bit, but he got plenty of practice and I was in no hurry. I find that’s important, that there be no timetable, when he helps. It’s more for me than him. When time is pressing, I tend to take over and he just sits and watches. Today, I sat back and let him figure things out and also offered little hints where I could. My main job was to make sure he finished the job.

Anyway, it’s a handsome enough contraption. Hopefully it cooks as good as it looks.

April Fools Paranoia


The lass got April Fools off to a start today when she told the Wife to look at all the birds out in the back yard. The Wife went to look and the lass declared “April Fools!” I think we can let the Wife slide since she was only on cup of coffee number one.

No, it wasn’t exactly epic.

The boy spent the day paranoid. He was certain that anything out of the ordinary was a prank. So when a classmate jumped up and declared that the writers of Minecraft would be deleting the game, he sniffed it out. When we tried to fool him about dinner, he sniffed it out. When we told him there was no Pack committee meeting tonight, he sniffed it out…

Wait. There was no committee meeting tonight. However, we’ve typically had our meetings on the first Tuesday of the month. The boy was hoping a friend would come over for the meeting, and when we told him there was no meeting tonight, but tomorrow night, he decided that we were pulling a fast one on him. Nothing the Wife or I could say would convince him otherwise, so we dropped it. It seemed likely he would figure things out eventually.

Around 7:30, the boy looked around a blurted out “When’s everyone showing up for the meeting?” Apparently, he hadn’t figure it out. Even then we couldn’t convince him there was no meeting.

Suffice it to say, things ended with the boy mad. Now, he was upset there wasn’t an April Fools prank.

Guess there’s no satisfying some kids.

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