Friday, October 15, 2021

Everything Deviled Eggs

I love deviled eggs and when I ran across this recipe that featured Everything Bagel Seasoning, I had to give it a try.  I used the fork method of combining the yokes, yogurt, mustard, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and sugar, but I recommend a small food processor to get a more pleasant consistency.  But using the suggested pastry bag to pipe the filling into the egg whites wasn't going to happen.  A spoon works fine.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

South Shore Line

We've driven or flown into Chicago on many occasions, but recently decided to take the train instead to avoid their crazy downtown driving.  We first drove five hours to Porter, Indiana, about fourteen miles north of Valparaiso, arriving mid-afternoon on a Friday.  We bought our tickets (yeah, half-price senior discount) on the South Shore Line and waited until the train shown below arrived.  Being an off-peak time, we expected a light crowd and were surprised to find it so packed we couldn't sit together or put our luggage overhead.  After a while, we asked one of the young crowd aboard why so many had on Notre Dame-branded clothing and found out they we all traveling to Chicago to watch Notre Dame play football against Wisconsin.  Wisconsin?  Yep.  The game was being played at Soldier Field in Chicago on Saturday.  That explained the crowd, as the South Shore Line begins in South Bend.  Fortunately the return train ride on Sunday was more spread out and comfortable.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021


I use, a free (I love free) online service to research and catalog my family tree, but there is no way to generate useful reports.  Enter RootsMagic, a cross-platform program that can pull data directly from FamilySearch and produce lots of reports.  The free version of RootsMagic only offers a few reports and those can only be printed, not saved as a PDF to easily share.  But for $29.99, the full unlocked version has everything I need, from the Pedigree Report shown below (of President U.S. Grant) to my favorite, the Kinship List, which tells me for each person what their relationship is to me, such as an aunt, uncle, cousin, or second cousin once removed.  

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Brandeberry Winery

Brandeberry Winery, located between Enon and Yellow Spring, Ohio, was founded years ago by the late James Brandeberry, the Dean of Engineering and Computer Science when I attended Wright State University in the middle-to-late 1970s.  It's a beautiful country setting with both indoor and outdoor seating and a selection of sweet and dry, red and white wines, with the sweet blackberry wine my favorite.  They also have a nice sense of humor, as the sign below can attest to.  

It's unlikely you will ever just happen to run across the winery, as it's out on a country road between nowheres, so punch "5118 W. Jackson Road, Enon, Ohio" into your favorite mobile maps app before venturing out.


Monday, October 11, 2021

Lawn Mushrooms

We see the occasional mushroom growing in our front yard, usually after a rainy stretch of weather, but last week we saw several huge bunches suddenly appear around our silver maple tree.  I consulted the link below for suggestions on how to get rid of them and tried the soapy suds idea, but that appeared to have the opposite effect, doubling in size by the next day.  But the information at the link said that mushrooms are "feeding on decaying organic matter", which in our case we believe to be the tree roots.  We've had on our list to have that tree taken down as our tree guy said it was dying, but this mushroom episode has moved that to-do item to the top of the list.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Creamy Gnocchi with Swiss Chard and Apples

The creaminess of this dish comes from soft garlic herb Boursin cheese and heavy cream while the Pink Lady apple lends a sweetness that's perfect.  Onion and swiss chard round out the major ingredients that turn your gnocchi into a unique side that's sure to please.  Leftovers?  Not a chance.

Sweet Arrow Reserve

Sweet Arrow Reserve is 263 acres of dirt trails, woodlands and meadows that was acquired from the Dille family, a portion of their Sweet Arrow Farm, hence the name honors their history.  Seven trails wind through the park, marked with colorful arrows, and is a combination of flat to hilly, with a few short sections requiring some real effort.  I suggest printing off a copy of the park map from the link below to assist in navigation.  The park entrance is located on Little Sugarcreek Road about a 1/4 mile south of Swigart Road in the northwest corner of Sugarcreek Township.

Big shout out to our friend Dan for alerting us this unknown gem!

Wednesday, October 6, 2021


I bought a new Amazon Echo Dot for the basement workout area and connected it to a soundbar I no longer needed, an inexpensive solution that delivers great sound.  Not to confuse the other two Echo devices in the basement, I choose the newest option, "Ziggy", as its name.  And to remember that, I added a little framed cutout of the famous cartoon character with the same name, as shown below.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Cooper's Hawk Wine Club

When I stopped last week at Cooper's Hawk to pick up our monthly wine club bottles, I was greeted with the stack of boxes shown (partially) below, each of which held six bottles of their Anniversary Blend.   I'm supposing their wine club memberships are doing quite well from the look of things, and October is a great month to signup, as these bottles are 1.5 liters each, double the amount of the other eleven month's 750 milliliters.  More details on the wine club (we get the 2/month option) at the link below.

Monday, October 4, 2021

Golf Tees

When this advertisement hit my inbox, I did a double-take.  In what world would you advertise golf tees as "unisex" or even "adult"?  While there are a number of different designs of golf tees made in many shapes, sizes, and colors, I've never heard that these are men's tees and those are women's tees, except golf course tee boxes, a practice that was largely abandoned years ago.