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    Beef Jerky Party?


    2012 - 02.27

    A friend has recently posted a recipe for Beef Jerky, and it sounds like it could be delicious.  It could be a good addition to a games night…

    Never Buy Beef Jerky Again

    I wanted to share this amazingly easy, healthy, and unbelievably delicious homemade beef jerky recipe I made the other day. MrsTemple found the recipe in magazine. Despite its suspiciously ‘health-conscious’ approach, the mag is surprisingly full of delicious recipes. I’d recommend it, as it is for food-lovers, not weight-losers. Spicy

    http://www.isthisyourhomework.com/never-buy-beef-jerky-again/

    Another possible meaty treat appropriate for a games night is “Pig Candy” which we saw on a Saturday morning cooking program Food for Thought:

    Pig Candy

    As one of our friends famously said:

    “Bacon is the Candy of meats!”

     

    But with all this food, we might need to have a cooking night before we can have a games night… anyone want to help?

    It even looks like the recipes could be glutton free (and otherwise avoid other allergies and aversions).

    In Case the Internet Crashes Tonight…


    2012 - 02.14

    …I know why: one of my friends is intending to post an online dating profile for the first time.  Demand is expected to dramatically exceed supply, and the bandwidth of the entire internet may not be enough to satisfy the frenzy.

    Then again, it might not happen like that.  However, if the internet does go down tonight, it’s a fair guess that’s the cause.

    Crispy Mashed Potatoes


    2012 - 02.09

    One of Karin’s favourite food items is: Crispy Mashed Potatoes from Joey’s.  Last Thursday we went to Joey’s with Jennifer and Karin mixed it up a little bit.  Instead of ordering something that allowed her to get crispy mashed potatoes with her meal she instead ordered something else and got a side order of the Crispy Mashed Potatoes which when ordered separately like that end up getting fancied up with sour cream, cheese, bacon and green onions.

    Well, I don’t think that I’m going to make them for her, or order them from Zanzibar but I did seek out some similar recipes on the internet which she can try herself (because she’s an awesome cooker-person).

    Eating Well


    2012 - 02.03

    We’ve been eating well the last little while, not that we are normally starving or anything (although if your sample was the 15 minutes after Karin has gotten home from work you wouldn’t believe it).  In addition to the ribs from Monday, and the prime rib at Robbie Burns’ Dinner, last Friday before the laser light show at the Planetarium we had Jen over for dinner.

    We had over roasted chicken breasts which had been brined and then finished them off with those House of Q sauces.  We had maple carrots, sprouted brown rice, turkey stove top stuffing (no MSG) and nibblet corn.  It was pretty delicious, I know you’re sorry you missed it ;-)  [it’s ok, you weren’t invited, it’s not your fault]

    It’s that time of year…


    2011 - 12.14

    That’s right the Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band is selling tickets for their annual Robbie Burns Dinner Fundraiser.  This year it will be Saturday, January 28th 2012, starting at 6pm.  It is at the Famee Furlane Hall, 2605 E. Pender, Vancouver.  Tickets are $60 each or a table of 8 for $440 (that’s $55/ticket).

    If you’re interested in going, you can let us know, or you can just follow the contact instructions from the band’s website.  Karin’s father normally gets a table or two, and there might be space remaining, so you might be able to sit next to us.

    Dinner is traditionally roast beef with haggis and assorted veggies.  Many of the people who attend attend for the haggis, which historically is served as 1 per table (e.g. 1/8 people), given this love of haggis, people who DO NOT like haggis are very popular at the table as it leaves more for the haggis lovers.

    The evening also includes a few performances (traditionally, although not in this order):

    • the band
    • highland dancers
    • the Selkirk Grace
    • Address to a Haggis
    • Toast to the Lassies
    • Reply to the Toast to the Lassies
    • opportunity to try various scotches if you’re interested (extra charge)
    • silent auction as well
    I’ve been several times now (4 maybe?), and it’s definitely an experience ;-)  Be warned that the band can get quite loud, and if you don’t like bagpipes or have an active aversion, you should stay away, also there’s a bunch of stairs which you need to climb (the bathrooms are also require you to use the stairs).  Maybe we’ll see you there.

    “She wants you, she wants you bad!”


    2011 - 12.01

    This has become a bit of a catch phrase of a friend of mine, feel free to change the genders or what have you, but I think you’ll find that it is pretty versatile, perhaps not on the same level as the following suffixes:

    “…said the actress to the bishop”

    “…in bed”*

    There are more of these, and feel free to suggest your favourites.  I wonder how it would work as a writing prompt to have to write a section of dialogue where one of your characters is (or is feeling) immature and elects to use (or overuse) one such suffix.  Could make for some funny reading… or not.

    * this being primarily used for fortune cookies…

    Improv & Music Education


    2011 - 11.02

    Yesterday we went out to “Fund with Laughter” which was a fundraiser for the BC Orff Chapter.  So the improv was by the Vancouver Theatre Sports League.  Featured that night were:

    We had a good time, we laughed a lot.  Karin even went on stage to help with one of the segments.  Worth noting if you follow the links, you might not actually be able to pick them out if you see them in person, as the professional headshots, well they don’t totally resemble the people we saw… photoshop?

    So the actual reason we were there was because it was a fundraiser for the BC Orff Chapter, which is probably meaningless to most people.  If I told you that it was the BC Chapter of Carl Orff Canada you probably would still be lost.  They support Orff Schulwerk (or the Orff Approach) which is a teaching approach, specifically for teaching music to students (typically children).  So it’s a good cause, and we had a good time.  Go us!

    Ironman Triathlon: why?!?!?!?


    2011 - 09.03

    The other day Walter and I were out for a drink at the Cactus Club (which has been renovated since the last time we were there, and which no longer has the delicious smoothly which we had gone there to have in the first place) and while we were chatting we couldn’t help but notice that on the TVs they were showing an Ironman Triathlon from Calgary.

    This brought us to the question: why?  Or more specifically why those distances?

    Turns out the answer is interesting, assuming it’s accurate (from Wikipedia):

    The idea for the original Ironman Triathlon arose during the awards ceremony for the 1977 Oahu Perimeter Relay (a running race for 5-person teams). Among the participants were numerous representatives of both the Mid-Pacific Road Runners and the Waikiki Swim Club, whose members had long been debating which athletes were more fit, runners or swimmers. On this occasion, U.S. Navy Commander John Collins pointed out that a recent article in Sports Illustrated magazine had declared that Eddy Merckx, the great Belgian cyclist, had the highest recorded “oxygen uptake” of any athlete ever measured, so perhaps cyclists were more fit than anyone. CDR Collins and his wife Judy Collins had taken part in the triathlons staged in 1974 and 1975 by the San Diego Track Club in and around Mission Bay, California, as well as the 1975 Optimist Sports Fiesta Triathlon in Coronado, California. A number of the other military athletes in attendance were also familiar with the San Diego races, so they understood the concept when Collins suggested that the debate should be settled through a race combining the three existing long-distance competitions already on the island: the Waikiki Roughwater Swim (2.4 mi./3.86 km), the Around-Oahu Bike Race (115 mi./185.07 km; originally a two-day event) and the Honolulu Marathon (26.219 mi./42.195 km).

    Until that point, no one present had ever done the bike race. Collins calculated that by shaving 3 miles (4.8 km) off the course and riding counter-clockwise around the island, the bike leg could start at the finish of the Waikiki Rough Water and end at the Aloha Tower, the traditional start of the Honolulu Marathon. Prior to racing, each athlete received three sheets of paper listing a few rules and a course description. Handwritten on the last page was this exhortation: “Swim 2.4 miles! Bike 112 miles! Run 26.2 miles! Brag for the rest of your life“, now a registered trademark.

    With a nod to a local runner who was notorious for his demanding workouts, Collins said, “Whoever finishes first, we’ll call him the Iron Man.” Each of the racers had their own support crew to supply water, food and encouragement during the event. Of the fifteen men to start off in the early morning on February 18, 1978, twelve completed the race. Gordon Haller, a US Navy Communications Specialist, was the first to earn the title Ironman by completing the course with a time of 11 hours, 46 minutes, 58 seconds. The runner-up John Dunbar, a US Navy SEAL, led after the second transition and had a chance to win but ran out of water on the marathon course; his support crew resorted to giving him beer instead

    The Calgary event didn’t have the right distances to be an actual Ironman, so not sure what’s going on there, but still I have my answer as to the origins, and the selection process for those distances is actually remarkably rational even if doing one isn’t! ;-)

    Happy Birthday Christopher!


    2011 - 08.24

    Tonight we celebrated our friend Christopher’s 32nd birthday at Red Robin.  We hadn’t been to Red Robin in quite a while and even longer since we’d gone to the one by Coquitlam Centre.  Burgers were eaten, freckled lemonade (a LOT of freckled lemonade) was consumed, gluten free/dairy free cake was eaten and greatly enjoyed, friends were visited with, small children were amusing and amused by adults.  Gooey cheese sticks were also eaten, and some were fed to a six year old…who quite enjoyed them, despite (or perhaps because of) the jalapeno.

    Best of all, they made Christopher stand on his chair to be sung to.  Hee. :)

    Happy birthday! :)

    Slowing to a Crawl…


    2011 - 08.09

    Progress in the tidying has slowed to a crawl.  Yesterday, there was the unexpected visitor, then I went to Brentwood for lunch and met with my mom and aunt, then shortly thereafter with grandma.  While wondering with them I got a call looking for some help moving a couch.  So I left Brentwood and headed to Walter’s place.  It was a heavy leather Ektorp 3 seater.  We carried it around the back way, but had to stop 3-4 times because of the uneven weight distribution while carrying (we carried it on it’s back most of the way, which mean that one side was way heavier than the other).  While we were resting in the apartment Jeff called and Walter convinced us that we should go for Happy Hour.  So I returned home and showered, and then walked to Browns Social House to meet them for happy hour.

    I was a little surprised to find them sitting with two ladies when I arrived, but it turns out that they were co-workers of Walter, and it wasn’t that they had managed to both bring/find dates before I got there (which would have been bad form since my date is current out of province).  Sitting around on the patio getting a little too much sun and chatting for a few hours.  We then picked up some Panago pizza and some drinks from Save-On and returned to Walter’s place.  We got a meatball pizza on multigrain thin crust, it was interesting, not bad, but I wouldn’t order it again.

    Due to all of these compounding circumstances I didn’t get home again until after 9pm… which is a long way of saying that I didn’t get much of anything done in relation to the tidying.

    For the past few days I’ve been dealing with a sore throat, and unfortunately when I woke up this morning my nose was also stuffed up.  I had been pretending up until that point that it might have been dust, or cleaning supplies which had been causing the sore throat, but no such luck.  So today also has seen less than amazing progress.

    Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day, we’ll see.