Oh hell yes!! Homemade ginormous peanut butter cups.
I’m not a big sweets eater, but I wanted to try these out. I could watch Tasty videos all day long and recently they had one where they made a giant peanut butter cup. Theirs was the size of a cake/pie. I didn’t want that. Fortunately, I had some tartlette pans and figured I’d just make the recipe but use smaller pans. Came out perfectly!
First I melted some milk chocolate (2 cups to be exact) and put that in the pan and up the sides. I let them sit in the fridge for an hour or so.
Once they were done, I popped one out of the tart pan to try. Perfect! No way I could eat a whole one, so I just had two bites and put it back in the fridge. I made six of them so my wife will probably take a few to work tomorrow.
Martini Recap: Let’s talk about today.
I ran six miles. Felt good but dang if that didn’t seem long.
I ran an errand or two, did a chore or three.
Got a text from my wife there was an active shooter situation at her work. She was fine and it was nothing really. Cops chasing a kid who threw a gun in parking ramp at her building. I don’t know why that’s “active shooter” because there were no shots, active or passive, but whatever.
Someone called my wife “BITCH” today at work. Yeah, bad idea. Unlike most women this guy has probably called bitch, this one threw him in jail for fourteen days for contempt. The Hammer don’t play. I wish I had the power to toss people in jail for being assholes. However, unlike her, I’d abuse it. I’d be like Oprah. You’re going to jail! And you’re going to jail! Everybody’s going to jail!!
Now we are going to order some pizza from the place down the block and watch a movie as a family.
It’s great to be alive.
Sadly, I think my main mantra is “it’s just easier not to.” Pretty much that’s my default position on anything dealing with people. It’s just easier not to. Period.
Tired from a late night playing hockey. But, I got by butt out the door and around and around the track. Glad I did because it started raining shortly after I finished. I would’ve felt crummy if I missed my run.
I’m going to sit on my backside most of this afternoon but tonight I ref my last hockey game until 9/9. Nice little breather that will be.
Yesterday someone on my hockey team went to a sausage shop and bought a ton of sausages. A teammate asked if the store had Nurnberger. For whatever reason, I decided I’d make that next. (I need an ingredient for my “final project.”)
As usual, I was impatient. The meat wasn’t as cold as it should have been. It all worked out well, but it could’ve been better. The seasonings were spot on.
I filled them easily. I’ve got the hang of that part. Although, the recipe I followed said to stuff them in hog casings, but the internet says these sausages are thin and should be in sheep casings. Whatever, it’s all going in my belly, but next time (and there will be a next time), I’ll make them more traditionally.
I linked them up. I do NOT have the hang of that part. They are never the same size, never the same shape. I gotta work on that.I saved six and packaged up the rest. I’m letting them freeze a bit and then I’ll vacuum seal them for the future eats. If I sealed them now they’d get smooshed.
Meantime, the ones I had were good and I’m full of rostbratwuerst in the best way (dad joke).
– I spent the vast majority of the day doing Econ homework. I read five chapters and took four chapter tests. My goal this week was two per day, so I’m ahead. Plus, tomorrow morning I can knock out test #5 because I already did the reading. Fortunately, I pushed through a confusing (to me) section and I’m back on stuff I mostly already know (at least enough to answer the test questions).
– OK. Now that I think about it, that was all my day not just the vast majority.
– I am now crossing #513 on the list of 1001 Albums. Everyday I knock out a few more.
– Tonight my fall hockey season starts. This season my wife is joining my team. Should be a lot of fun. Along those lines, my team (not including my wife) had enough interest that we signed up for the Pond Hockey Nationals in Eagle River in February. In fact, we might have a few teams. We’ve blocked off at least seven hotels in a place where other players we know are staying too. Pretty much going to be hockey, beer, food, repeat.
Tomorrow I’ll sleep in (late game tonight), do another two or three chapters of Econ, go for a run and then ref at night. I’m going to be as sad as the kids when school starts next week. It’s been a great summer for all of us.
2. Started making a new batch of Chipotle Meat Sticks. They are in the smoker now. I used a few tweaks this time. First, I was able to actually stuff them in sheep casings instead of collagen. I used pre-tubed casings and a stainless steel horn. MUCH easier. Second, I added ECA. That will give them a tang (like Slim Jims).
3. A friend told me that my favorite elementary school is trying to fill a maternity leave vacancy so I sent them my resume. Who knows if it’ll come through. It’s no lose for me. Fact is, since I’m getting my Masters in secondary ed I really should sub more in high schools, but this opportunity is too good to pass up. If I get it, great. If not, no worries. I’ll just sub there and/or high schools in the city.
4. Making Korean BBQ wings for dinner.
5. Rest of the day has been watching the Bears play, Cubs game, reading, sipping coffee and generally taking a full day off from homework, exercise, chores or errands.
It’s great to be alive!
(but we need cookies. Might have to make cookies later)
Yeah, I don’t know who that is.
1. Zac Brown Band
2. Conor McGregor and someone Mayweather.
I mean I gather it is a band and two fighters but I couldn’t tell ya more than that.
I’m just gonna sit here and watch the Cubs. Stay in my lane as the overused expression goes.
The little patch of green at the bottom of my run is Wrigley Field. The area was hopping already. No game today, but there is a concert tonight. Zac Brown? Not my wheelhouse. I’ve vaguely heard the name, but have no idea what type of music it is. Last night Lady Gaga played Wrigley and the night before it was Green Day. The Ricketts family has really done a nice job with the park and area.
As for the run. It was fine. Not hard but not easy. I’m still probably not going to run Chicago because this build isn’t sustainable, but I’m making progress. The next few weeks of middle distances (12-14-16) will make the decision.
I’m not done exercising for the day. I still have to ref a hockey game tonight. I decided to do the 10 today and ref tonight so I have tomorrow 100% off. Otherwise I would ref tonight and run tomorrow followed by hockey on Monday. I’d like one full day off even if it means skating after a 10-miler. I took a quick ice bath and now I’m relaxing with a latte (perfectly homemade I might add). I think a nap is in order as well.
It’s great to be alive!
My daughter, age 12, is upstairs watching You Tube videos of dorm move-ins and decorating.
Both of my sons, 17 and 15, are playing video games and will move into their dorm with all their clothes and other items in Hefty bags and will never give one second thought to decorating their room.
To my utter dismay and yet another argument lost, my daughter was allowed by someone (read: my wife) to buy makeup. No no no. She is, again not an argument I won but was agreed upon, not allowed to wear makeup out of the house.
So why the F did she buy it?
I don’t think I’m ready for a teenage girl.
This photo leads to a number of questions or thoughts.
1. If Money is taking five classes and all are AP, can’t he just graduate and go to college now?
2. I wonder who is real father is. This kid didn’t come from me. I took one AP class my whole four years in HS. He’ll take a total of 9.
3. Again, if HS are pushing this many AP’s, it’s like Nigel’s amp going to 11. Why don’t they just make regular and honors high school classes one harder?
4. My younger son was pushed into AP Human Geography…as a freshman! What the what? Why would/should a freshman take a supposed college class? It just defines AP down.
5. Oh right, CPS gets more money for AP classes. Got it. Now it all makes sense.
Oh thank God I’m done for a day or two. My legs are just dead. Dead.
Nothing to the run other than I was lumbering for the first mile. Eventually my legs warmed up, but after sitting on the couch all afternoon doing homework, they are even worse. Fortunately, tomorrow is a rest day (although I ref at night) and then I have a 10 miler on Saturday (also reffing that night) but I can move that to Sunday for extra rest (but then I’m dead for Monday night’s hockey game).
If you care, the park is beautiful this time of year.
Meantime, Chapter 8 and 9 in Macroeconomics is kicking my ass. It’s all been easy peasy until now. I just am not getting it. I started watching some YouTube and Khan Academy videos and I’ve gotten it now, but there are still some things I’m struggling with. Tomorrow I’ll take the Chapter test and the Mid-Term. Sigh. I think my A is in jeopardy. And all because of John Maynard Keynes. I didn’t like him or his theories before and this isn’t helping.
Why does he know his own blog alias!
They aren’t blog aliases. I actually call the older one Money or LIttle Money IRL. It was his nickname before I had a blog here. I also call him McFizzle IRL. He gave himself that nickname when he outgrew Hot Stuff (another self-created nickname). There are hockey refs around town that will call him McFizzle when he’s playing.
I don’t call my daughter Hammerette IRL, but her mother (my wife) is known at The Hammer at work. She got that nickname early on after the sheriffs ran out of handcuffs/zipties because she was scooping so many probation violators off the floor. She doesn’t play.
Martini Recap as told by Jacob (he has retired DJ McFizzle because it’s “cringy”)
For once I have nothing to complain about. Life is amazing, with my great child Jacob. The other two I guess are fine. I have been thinking about giving Jacob a early birthday present. I plan on giving him a $4000 gaming pc, along with 10,000 dollars worth of video games. I plan on giving Noah and Rachel coal since they are very bad kids, and don’t deserve to amount to anything in life, instead all their money should be directed to Jacob’s paypal. I also plan on donating my surface along with all my life savings to Jacob. I also plan on getting rid of his bedtime, so he can spend quality time with his video games.
Note: It was a joke when I said this was written by Jacob, not that it matters since no one reads my blog.
Woo-hoo! Second fastest time on the Escape the Lake hobo style. I have no freaking idea what that is, but whatever. I’m gonna celebrate anyway.
I did look it up and I’m still not sure what is hobo style about it. The tent city under the viaduct?
I’m happier I Escaped Uptown Without Being Shot or Robbed…regardless of time. Speaking of which, a woman was robbed yesterday at the L stop my son takes to school. There have been a spate of robberies in the neighborhood lately. Sigh.
Anyway, run done. Hobo style of not.
Making steak at home isn’t exactly the most challenging homemade dish I’ve tried this summer, but thiBNs was my first time trying to sous vide one. First off, it couldn’t be easier. Second, no mess. Third, it was delicious. Like the kind of delicious where one of your kids eats their whole portion and is looking over plates for some uneaten bites and this is a kid who doesn’t like steak. Score. My daughter had a little and McFizzle tried some. Neither are huge meat eaters, but admitted this was better than usual.
Next time I’ll try chicken, but if nothing else this will pay for itself in perfect steaks from now on.
Sunday I ran eight and last night I played hockey. I was tired on the ice and my right leg was a bit sore. During the game I took a puck to the left ankle so I was a bit tired and beat up this morning. But, by the time I walked around a bit, had some coffee, I was ready to go.
I still have to ref a hockey game tonight but it’s so low level I won’t work up a sweat.
In case you care, we did win last night, 4-2. It was our playoff game, but the bottom bracket. So, basically we’re second to worst…or third out of four.
The new season starts next week.
Busy day today and tomorrow so I was glad I knocked this out. Felt fine. Got a little tired at the end, but was able to leg it out. Meantime, it was a beautiful day along the lakefront and I got to watch the Blue Angels rehearse for the Air & Water Show. And now, the rest of my day…
Found it. Found my dream job.
I was supposed to ref an adult league game tonight at 9:15 but it got cancelled. Because it got cancelled less than 24-hrs before game time, I still get paid.
Paid for not working. That’s it. My lifelong dream of the perfect job has finally come true.
Oh sure, I thought I had it made being a stay-at-home Dad for a few years there, but this is even better. That was not working but not earning money. That’s cliche. Anybody can do that. I don’t even think you need a college degree. Heck, it’s probably easier if you don’t.
But now I’m not working AND earning money. No responsibility, no co-workers, I can work from home, I don’t even have to get dressed. It’s the best of both worlds. Not working but also getting money.
It is great to be alive!
Monday – Played a hockey game.
Tuesday – Rest (out of town)
Wednesday – Rest (out of town)
Thursday – 3 mile run, reffed one hockey game
Friday – 3 mile run, reffed one hockey game
Saturday – 3 mile run, reffed one hockey game
Sunday – Ran 6.4 miles
Wound being about 15.5 miles running and 6 hours of skating. Yesterday morning I thought about running Chicago. I haven’t run more than 15 miles in a week, not have I run more than 6 miles, but I figured I have 8 weeks. Then….I ran the 6.4 miles and it was possibly the hardest 6.4 miles ever. Granted it was my fourth day of running after three days running and reffing, but still.
And again, because I’m me (i.e. stupid), I plan on running 8.5 this Sunday and then seeing. If so, I’ll add 2-3 miles each Sunday and just never step back or taper. I really shouldn’t but I kinda just can’t not.
I have one more hockey game next Monday and reffing will be slower in September before the season starts in October. Maybe I’ll be rested. Probably not. I haven’t had anything but dead legs since 2009. I’m getting old. I need one of those lifts that take you up and down the stairs.
My mother-in-law, sister-in-law and her three kids are staying with us for the weekend. The kids play together, the women hang out and I get to cook all by myself. Sweet.
Friday morning I made challah french toast (didn’t actually make the challah), bacon and homemade sausages and some fruit.
Friday dinner I made a mac and cheese casserole (good but I’d probably like a bit more kick, maybe more paprika or a dash of hot sauce) and homemade chicken nuggets (I used to have a great recipe but couldn’t find it. I made sort of generic ones. The key to to cube the chicken and then send it ’round the food processor. It breaks all the muscle so it’s McD’s nugget like). Both came out well but I made way too much casserole. Like twice as much. So, foreshadowing alert, it comes up again.
Saturday night we grilled out dogs and burgers. I was going to make pretzel buns for the dogs/burgers but my wife and SIL requested soft pretzels instead. So, I did that in the afternoon. Not as homemade as the dinner could’ve been, but still enough.
Sunday morning I made pancakes and bacon. I used a mix. Sigh. But, I didn’t eat any. Instead, I had a lox, bagel and cream cheese sandwich using my homemade lox and bagel and a tomato from our neighbor’s garden. That counts.
For dinner, I made two kinds of ravioli. Again, I took a shortcut on “homemade.” I didn’t make the pasta dough. I bought wonton wrappers and used those. I did make the fillings, however. One was a basic beef in a marinara and the other was crab in a lemon butter sauce. The crab was tasty but it lacked some presentation because I didn’t have chervil.
This month I registered for another year as a hockey official. Every year you have to re-take the open book exam (100 questions), watch online videos and take quizzes, attend a seminar and pass a closed book exam. My seminar isn’t until the end of September but I like to get my open book exam and videos out of the way early. I finished them within 3 days of signing up.
The test is mostly on rules and the videos cover rules but also calling penalties, off-side, icing, managing the game and positioning. Big on positioning.
I watch all the videos and know about the Golden Rectangle, Golden Triangle and where to stand.
Sadly, for me, the best way to learn positioning is the way I learned it during last night’s game.
I was at the goal line when someone tried to clear the puck from their end with a slap shot around the net. He was unable to clear the puck because it slammed into my thigh instead. I came about 2 inches from an unplanned transition to Rosa. I knew I couldn’t get out of the way, so at best, I covered myself with my hands. I’d rather have a broken hand than two broken testicles. (yes, I was wearing a cup, but this was a more than decent slap shot. It still would’ve hurt like hell) Fortunately, it went a little ways away and I just have a big bruise on my inner thigh instead of an ice pack and suddenly higher voice.
Did I mention I hate on the job training. Oh well, lesson learned: don’t stand there. I should’ve moved up the boards slightly.
Even so, it was a fine game. I have a total attitude adjustment in the last month. All good. I ref tonight at my favorite rink (it’ll be fun) and tomorrow night back at my more-normal rink. It’ll be fine too because it’s decent teams (i.e. not tools)
Today I’ll do a little Global Econ homework, go for a run, enjoy a little alone time while The Hammer, MIL, SIL and five kids at the house go mini golf.
It’s great to be alive!
OK. These turned out pretty darn good. They are on the mild side so I might add a bit more garlic the next time I make them. And there will be a next time because I bought 14 lbs of pork on sale at Costco. I’m OK with that because these are very good.
Tonight I’m going to grill one up. I have three jars of sauerkraut fermenting on the shelf that won’t be ready for another few days. So, I guess I should say I have cabbage fermenting. This weekend I’ll probably have a ton of polish with kraut.
I still have some tweaking to go on cooking methods. You can’t see them too much in this picture but I had them laying flat on a rack so there are rack marks. I’m going to get some stainless steel rods or wooden dowels to make hanging racks.
My next batch of meat sticks (probably make them next week because I got my ECA in the mail today) and polish will be hung in the smoker. Don’t know how much of a difference it’ll really make, but I don’t mind trying out things.
I’m not training for anything for, it seems, the first time in forever. I’m enjoying it. I really have no desire to train, but if that changes, it changes.
Monday: Played a hockey game. 1 hr. We won 3-2 by scoring two goals in the last minute. Pretty exciting game. I was even as far as +/- goes. On for one of ours and one of theirs.
Tuesday: Ran 3 miles
Wednesday: Ran 3 miles
Thursday: Ran 3 miles in the morning. Reffed a hockey game at night.
Friday: Reffed a hockey game at night, but it was a very low level adult league game and there wasn’t much skating involved. It was like 14-1. Ouch.
Saturday: Ran 3.4 miles
Sunday: Ran 4 miles.
Total running: 16.5 miles, 2 hrs 26 min Total time skating: 3.2 hours
Short runs, some skating, still no strength training.
Coming up I have a hockey game Monday night, but then I’ll be out of town Tuesday/Wednesday and won’t do anything. McFizzle and I are heading to Louisville and Mammoth Caves for a final summer road trip.
What a nice day! All the leisurely summer living.
I ran yesterday and today. Had a nice BBQ on the deck yesterday with my dad. Hung around the house doing nothing.
Today I did the last of my assignments for one of my summer classes. Done with Content LIteracy. I still have two econ classes but those are online and I love econ.
I watched some Cubs game, played some guitar (loving the Yousician app), did a crossword puzzle or two, walk with the wife, listening to Lolla on the live stream and realized I didn’t like almost any band this year but two so I’m just listening to one of them, Car Seat Headrest on Spotify instead. At 8:45 I’ll watch Arcade Fire. So many of our friends are there, but I’m glad we didn’t go. (now that I think of it, that’s probably why we have nothing this weekend. Probably blocked it off). Really, other than Slothrust (who I’ve seen) and Car Seat Headrest no other bands interested me.
There are no more kid camps for the summer so it’s three weeks of sleeping in and bumming around town and the house. So nice!
It’s great to be alive!!
*I can’t have a Where in the World Are My Kids post because I don’t know where Money is. I suppose he’s still alive and well in Panama but we haven’t heard from him in two weeks. I shouldn’t complain because we were lucky to have any texts from him. We were told we’d have one phone call halfway through (which we did) so all the other times we got to text with him were bonus. I know that no news is good news because if there was an issue his program would contact us. I vacillate between it’s good we haven’t heard (he’s totally immersed) or it’s bad (he’s so homesick talking to us makes it worse). Probably more the former. He has about 1.5 weeks left in his community before he’ll spend .5 week in the city (Panama City or Chitre) before coming home on the 15th.
Today I ran three miles. No, this map isn’t me. It’s CeeBee doing a swim crossing of the North Channel. She’s been swimming 26 hours so far for a total of 70km. I can’t remember my calculations but I think 24hr swim = 30 minute run.
You can track her here.
Last time I made them they were probably 60% pork/40% beef. This time they are 100% beef and taste pretty darn good. Better than the last batch.
I’m not done tweaking them. Next batch I’m going with two more changes.
One. I still can’t get sheep casings to work well. I think I need a smaller fill tube (twss). I did manage to get a few of them done in sheep. The rest are just collagen casing. Good stuff, but I think the sheep (which are thinner) have a bit more snap.
Two. I need to add ECA (encapsulated citric acid) to give it a bit of tang. The local spice store didn’t have any so I’ll need to order it. Fortunately, I have an Amazon gift card with a few bucks left on it.
Once I get it nailed down, I’ll make a batch to ship to Bob and Pat for a taste test.
For dinner tonight I made fresh pasta. I’m getting better at it, but I still make a mess. Tonight’s batch came out perfectly. Very happy. I followed this recipe, but rolled and cut it with an old fashioned pasta machine. I don’t have the Kitchenaid attachment. I also made it fettuccine cut. For my sauce, I just used garlic, olive oil and parm. (the kid will only eat Prego so didn’t bother with homemade)
I also made homemade rolls (recipe) because by the time I thought of it it was too late to make a decent loaf of crusty bread. The rolls also came out perfectly.
I had a sausage (also homemade) as a protein. The wife and kids had meatballs (store bought because, again, the kids don’t like actually good homemade foods…yet).
Sadly, I didn’t bother with a veggie, but there was fruit for dessert. I definitely need to get better about adding more veggies at each meal.
I have some pasta dough leftover that I’m going to try to turn into crab ravioli with a butter sauce.
Even though many of the albums on the list are not my cup of tea, I do enjoy coming across something I thought wasn’t my cup of tea only to find I like it.
Today that was…
#146 In a Silent Way – Miles Davis. Didn’t think I’d like Miles Davis. I liked this album quite a bit.
On the other hand, yesterday’s
#130 Scott 2 – Scott Walker
made me want to quit this list and walk into traffic. Ugh. Seriously, someone paid to have him included.
Sadly, I know
#171 Scott 4 – Scott Walker, is coming up.
I also know I have a Bee Gees double album to knock out today. I think that’ll have to be background music while I drive out to watch my wife’s hockey game tonight.
#147 Odessa – Bee Gees [UPDATE: Lesson learned again. That was amazing. Really enjoyed it]
My wife bought Wilson a new toy recently. He walks around with it all day. The wife was happy she got him a toy he likes, until she decided he and I playing fetch with a squeak toy at 12:30 a.m. was not a good idea. Killjoy!