Friday, September 30, 2022

Cheesy Creamed Corn

Before our local fruit stand shut down for the season, Chef Elaine made a half-recipe of this delicious cheesy creamed corn.  The cheesy comes from the pecorino (sheep in Italian) and the creamy from the mascarpone and half-n-half.  The topping is yummy fried prosciutto.  The only change she wants to make come next July (when the fruit stand reappears) is cutting the half-n-half in half to make it a bit thicker.


Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Peyton and Eli

Brothers and retired NFL quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning offer an entertaining alternative to the normal play-by-play football announcers.  Available only for the Monday night game over on ESPN2, they banter back and forth, make predictions, interview guests, and critique plays.  You really have to pay attention to the game since they don't talk about the things the regular announcers talk about.  

The NFL puts out a weekly collection of their best moments and you can view week 3's at the link below.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Victory Bell

When Valparaiso wins a home football game, a tradition is the ringing of the Victory Bell.  The players gather immediately after the game and each takes a turn pulling the rope and clanging the bell.  The GIF below is from last Saturday's 28-21 win over San Diego.

Monday, September 26, 2022

Speed Bump

The little bridge seen below is next to the green at the 13th on the Pipestone Golf Course in Miamisburg, Ohio, and is just wide enough to allow one person over at a time.  The speed bump in the middle of the bridge doesn't make any sense at all.  Just one of those curious things that may or may not ever have a reasonable purpose.

Friday, September 23, 2022

Oktoberfest Cheat Sheet

We're big fans of a one-cookie-sheet meal and when we saw this recipe on a recent episode of The Kitchen, we just had to try it.  Chef Elaine made the potato planks using her mandolin to get the perfect width.  The cabbage and potatoes get treated with different coatings on the cookie sheet and the sausage is added.  The only change she'll make the next time is more cabbage, as it cooks way down and you end up with a lot less than you think.

Thursday, September 22, 2022


One of the changes at the Walnut Grove Country Club pool during the "pandemic" was to give large pitchers of ice water instead of serving individual cups.  We're happy that they have continued this as the world has returned to "normal".  We regularly go through an entire pitcher in a couple of hours and not having to constantly ask for more water is great.  

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Dark Blue

Another jogging sight to see.  This house on Kenosha Road in Kettering is painted in the darkest blue imaginable.  I might have done this when I was ten, but what made grown adults think this was delightful to look at is beyond me.  This was done fairly recently as the Google Street View link below shows the before picture.  They did a very nice job on the house and yard, aside from my opinion on the color.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022


While my wife and I were jogging last week along Shroyer Road in Kettering, we just had to laugh when we saw the pieces of plywood covering up some utility work had "Hole" written on top.  I think the five cones on the plywood would be enough warning, but just in case some extra-stupid people came along, "Hole" would help them decide not to jump on the plywood.

Monday, September 19, 2022


My son has owned fast cars since he was sixteen years old and I helped him buy his first Camaro.  His latest purchase is the Lamborghini seen below.  Yours truly got the opportunity to drive it around the neighborhood and experience a little of the 520 HP this machine processes.  Using the paddle shifters took a little getting used to, but since his Ferrari also has them, it wasn't my first experience.  The custom license plate, "NOKIDZS", was transferred from the Corvette he traded in.  In addition to his two exotic Italian sports cars, he has a Hummer H2 and a military Hummer.  

Boys and their toys!

Friday, September 16, 2022

Sesame Corn and Basil Saute

We're using all the fresh corn we possibly can before our local fruit stand calls it a season.  Chef Elaine used this Sesame Corn and Basil Saute recipe consisting of fresh corn, toasted sesame seeds, unsalted butter, garlic, fresh basil, salt, and pepper to create a "Yes, I will have another serving!" masterpiece.  This will be on the top of the repeat list when next summer rolls around. 

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Arborvitae Growth

The top picture below was taken in May 2022 just after we had them planted.  The bottom picture was taken this week and shows the arborvitae have grown quite impressively thanks to Elaine watering them almost daily.  At this rate, it won't take but a few years before they grow together and form a beautiful green sight barrier.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

The Highland Clans

We're big fans of Outlander, a series (currently on Netflix) based on Diana Gabaldon's books that feature nurse Claire Randell who travels 200 years into the past to Inverness, Scotland, and meets the handsome Jamie Fraser.  The first two seasons lead up to the Battle of Culloden and made us very curious as to the history of Scotland.  We purchased the four-disc audiobook shown below to listen to while on our way to North Carolina.  

Tuesday, September 13, 2022


I've noticed the Frederik's brand show up on more products at our local Meijer store and figured it must be a store brand, in addition to their namesake Meijer brand.  It took a little research to find the brand is named after Frederick Meijer, the son of Hendrik Meijer, the chain's founder.  The only product we've tried are the Chicago Style Hot Dog Buns, because we like poppy seeds, and they were a solid choice.

Monday, September 12, 2022

Fishing Line

I'll admit to being a bit confused on why a dedicated trash "tube" is needed for discarded fishing lines or why anyone would just leave it behind in the first place.  

You can fish for free without a fishing license in Kettering at the ponds at Delco Park, Lincoln Park, Pondview Park, and the Kettering Recreation Complex, and you will find a trash "tube" available at each location.

Friday, September 9, 2022

Fresh Maine Lobster Roll

We asked the bartender at the Marriott Chapel Hill for a lunch recommendation and his top choice was Nantucket Grill, a short two-mile drive.  My selection was the Fresh Maine Lobster Roll shown below.  Besides being obviously packed with lobster, I really liked the soft bun.   

Lettuce makes it pretty.  'Nuf said.

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Five Loaves & Two Fishes

Sitting at the far end of the parking lot at the Marriott Chapel Hill was the food truck shown below.  The name was so compelling that I wanted to learn more.  Five Loaves & Two Fishes refers to the bible, Luke 9:13-14, where Jesus fed five thousand people with only five loaves of bread and two fish.  The Jamaican Cuisine on the menu looks fantastic, but sadly the truck was never open during our stay.

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Pearls Before Swine

Part of my morning sit-in-bed-and-drink-coffee routine is amusing myself with a set of daily comics, my favorite being Pearls Before Swine (characters shown below) written by Stephan Pastis.  My other favorites are Calvin and Hobbes, Garfield, B.C., Peanuts, Non Sequitur, Wizard of ID, For Better or For Worse, Andy Capp, and Frank and Ernest.  Ten giggles is a nice way to start the day.

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Speed Table

Speed Table?  That was a new one for me. 

Also from last week's trip to North Carolina, I spotted this while out for a walk.  What might not be as obvious from the picture below is the 20-foot-long, 3-4-inch raised platform, that spans the street.  That's the speed table, a "midblock traffic calming device" designed to slow traffic down near the posted speed.  That's way better than the teeth-rattling, suspension-testing speed bumps that we have to crawl over.

Monday, September 5, 2022

ABC Store

I took the picture below during last week's trip to North Carolina.  I've known for a long time that an ABC store is where you go to buy liquor in certain states, but I never knew if ABC stood for anything.  It does and that meaning is Alcoholic Beverage Control.  And you can only buy liquor there.  Try a grocery store if you want a beer or even some tonic water for your gin.  Makes you appreciate Ohio a little more.

Sunday, September 4, 2022

Kona Deep Sea Salt

 One of the places Guy Fieri visited on his Food Network show "Guy! Hawaiian Style" was the Kona Sea Salt farm on the island of Hawai'i.  As noted on the bag shown below, it's "the only salt in the world made from Kona's pristine 900 year-old 2,200 ft. deep ocean water."  That leaves this salt with a unique mineral taste.  I guess we're now officially "Salt Snobs". 

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Thursday, September 1, 2022

Sunwatch Indian Village

Located at the south end of West River Road in Dayton, Ohio, the Sunwatch Indian Village began as an archaeological dig site on the old Vance farm the city had purchased to expand its water treatment plant in the mid-1900s.  Those plans were abandoned when the historical importance of the site was understood.  It was a Fort Ancient culture village, occupied around 800 years ago for 15-20 years by a group of about 250 people.  It was named Sunwatch because of its layout, with large posts that cast shadows on particular buildings at certain times of the year.  Its location near rivers, forests, and prairies provided water, fish, game, firewood, and building materials.