Friday, February 27, 2009

Welcome back

IMG_0108, originally uploaded by rob02190.

I got back into Atlanta yesterday, and I had a great time back home. The weather in Weymouth had a mix of everything a New Englander could hope for, warm, cold rain, snow and sleet. All I think that was missing was a good ol Nor'easter. I wasn't able to my friend like I had hope my family consumed all of my time. I do have to say it was worth it though not knowing which way the economy is headed. But it good to be back in Atlanta.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Sheppards Pie

Well I've been home for a few days now and have had two of my favorite meals growing up. My all time favorite is my Mom's Sheppard's pie. I wanted to share the recipe as she makes it. Sorry there wasn't any left so no pictures.

This is the way my Mom makes it is:

1lb of ground meat (Turkey, Beef or Lamb)
1/2 of an onion diced
3 carrots diced
1/2 bag or frozen green beans or Peas
1 can of Campbell's Tomato soup
1/2 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce and A1 sauce to taste.
salt and pepper to taste

4 potatoes halved and cubed
3 tablespoons butter type of substance pick your favorite.
Milk as need for the Mash Potatoes
Cheddar cheese for melting on top.

Brown the meat in a skillet on med/high heat salt and pepper as you go, if using turkey or a meat with low fat you may want to add olive oil.
Once the meat is brown, add the diced carrots and onions and continue to stir occasionally. You want the onions to sweat and the carrots to soften up. Once they get to that point add the can of soup and Worcestershire sauce and A1 sauce to taste. You can also add some stout beer instead but you will only need a tablespoon, so make sure the rest doesn't go to waste :-). Allow this to simmer for about 10-15min then add the frozen veggies and continue to simmer for about 10 min.

In another pan fill with cold water and add the potatoes and then bring to a boil. The potatoes are ready when you stick them with a knife and they slide off. When they get to that point, drain and return to pan. Add the butter and milk (as needed) then start mashing use your favorite technique ( hand mixer on low works pretty well).

Once the two are complete you will need a casserole dish spread the meat mixture in first and spread out evenly. Once that is done top with the Mashed potatoes and spread out, top with your favorite cheese if you like or it can be added after baking. Then bake at 350 for 15-20 until the potato begins to brown or the cheese is melted. You could also put these in to individual casseroles .

It's really easy to make and you can play around with ingredients

Serve with your favorite beer, a nice Stout or English Ale is best.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Short Week

This is going to be a short week for me, because as of Wednesday I'm on vacation for 9 days. On Thursday I'll be flying from Atlanta to Boston to see the family and few of my friends. My nieces have become accustom to my visits right around their birthday which is on the 15th. I guess that is because I'm only home once a year around this time. I was not sure if I was even going to make this year because of the cost and cutting expenses. But I was able to find a round trip on Delta for $170 round trip so I was pretty happy about that.
Now I don't know what plans my family has for me yet, last year it was the Boston Children Museum, which was a lot of fun. This year could be different with my Brother being laid off and the girls being in school. Hopefully I'll catch the tail end of their February vacation. Then over the weekend I hope to find some time to hang out with my friend Matt before he moves to Chicago. There are a couple of other guys, old friends from High School Jim and Dan that I hope to see grab a bite, a couple beers and do some catching up. This will be the first time that I will have seen them since graduation, yeah and that was in 1987. I hope to have a posting or two to keep everyone up to date on my deployment north, if not keep an eye on my Tweets on Twitter.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Getting Hot In Florida

Spring is approaching, I can feel things are starting to heat up down in Florida. The Red Sox Pitcher and Catchers (I always develop a smile see that) have started training for season Opener in April. There are a lot of hot players out there but here are a few hotties from the Red Sox. Nothing beats young prospects that come up through the farm system and make it to the big show. These three have to be a few of the hottest guys out there, I just hope that they hang around for a while and are not traded. The Yankees can buy all the players they want but it just shows that they can not develop players that make a difference. Injuries as we all know can happen at any time to stars players. If the Red Sox did not have these guys last year the season would have been a total bust. These guys stepped up and help the Red Sox make the play-offs. But it was Tampa Bay that has one of the best farm systems in baseball that made it to the World Series.

Justin Masterson

Clay Buchholz

Jon Lester

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Octuplet Con

You knew this was coming, at least I fully expected it. The woman in California that had the litter a month ago has now hired a publicist. She has a website looking for your money and she is also looking for book deals and hand out to help feed the mouths of her 14 kids. It's ridiculous, the state really needs to have this person examined, and she has no income, severely in debt and is supposedly disabled. So how is a single mother going to be able to care, feed and clothe 14 children? I hate to see the worst in people but I really feel that she had these kids with the full intent to cash in. It had nothing to do with loving children, it just a well orchestrated con to seek a windfall from having 14 kids. I really find it to be despicable that someone would use kids to this extent.
I'm sorry if you disagree with me or find my comments disheartening. Let’s face it the California medical board is investigating the fertility treatment on why so many embryos were implanted in the first place. The medical community has said that it is unprecedented to implant so many embryos into a woman of her age with no preexisting reasons. I truly believe that this is one big con; this woman saw "John and Kate + 8" and saw that as her meal ticket. I just find that she is using these kids. I have no sympathy for her and I don't think any corporation or person should give this woman a dime. I hate to have the children suffer for their mother's greed and misguidance, but I think the state should be taking these kids. After all we as taxpayers are going to be the ones left paying the bills.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Happy Birthday to Me

Well today is my 40th birthday and I really do not feel any older than I did last year. I never put much stock into getting older, you are as old as you feel. I just don't find things to be any different. Anyway I'm not going to looking back on my life to say I should have done this or that, I still have many many years left and a ton of people left to piss off. Well if it's your Birthday today I wish you a Happy Birthday too, for me it's just another day.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Happy Ground Hog Day

snow2, originally uploaded by Rabid_Rabbit.

Well I don't know if that silly rodent in Pennsylvaina is going make the right prediction or not. But here is my pick for a replacement he's a lot hotter than any fat rat and look he saw his shadow.

Just remeber If he sees it, he regards it as an omen of six more weeks of bad weather and returns to his hole.

If the day is cloudy and, hence, shadowless, he takes it as a sign of spring and stays above ground.

I think we are all hoping for the later, but it always seem like he goes and see his shadow. Maybe that will change this year. It will all take place at 7:25am EST.

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