My Substitute Reality -You're just jealous cause the little voices only talk to me-

Saturday April 7, 2012


Filed under: Food,Personal — don @ 10:39 pm

Jenny and I use a phone app called MyFitnessPal to track our food, exercise and weight loss. Now you can see how I’m doing by clicking on the link up above. It will likely only update once a week because that’s how often I weigh myself. If I do it too often I get frustrated but I find I typically lose somewhere between 2 and 3 lbs a week or at least I have since beginning my diet.

As of today I’m down 20 lbs with 90 more to go.

Thursday December 22, 2011


Filed under: Family,Food — don @ 12:30 pm

Sometime earlier this year my work got rid of the regular coffee pot and bought a Keurig single cup brewer. At first I was skeptical that it would brew a good cup but the first one put my mind at ease. It makes a really good cup of coffee.

Ever since then I’ve been thinking about getting one for home use but I couldn’t justify it because of the cost of the coffee. The coffee comes in things called K-Cups which are single use and typically cost around $0.50 each. A pot of coffee is less than that if you drink it all but there’s usually some waste and you pretty much have to compromise on the strength with whoever you’re sharing it with.

Then a few weeks ago Jenny told me you could get individual filters that you could refill so I started looking into it. Seems the individual filters are around $0.10 each so with a teaspoon of coffee each it’s much less than the pre-made K-Cups and you can control the strength.

Last weekend Betty and I bought one of the Special Edition version at Bed, Bath, & Beyond. We love BBB because you can use the 20% off coupons even after they expire.

Betty didn’t really see what the big deal was until we brought it home and she started realizing how versatile it was and how easy you can make a cup of coffee, tea, or even hot chocolate.

Everyone else living here thinks it’s great too. Now I’m wishing I’d got one sooner.

Sunday April 25, 2010

Garden 2010 Version

Filed under: Cool Stuff,Food,Life — don @ 7:46 am

We planted a garden a few weeks ago. Ok, Patrick planted 90% of it but I helped. Ok, I didn’t help much but I did buy the soil and the plants.

If you recall from last year we planted a garden and the earwigs immediately ate most of it. All that survived last year was the tomatoes and peas. This year we planted all kinds of stuff and dusted with Sevin every few days.

All of the plants seem to be surviving the bugs. A couple of them died for some unknown reason but we hope everything else keeps going.

I’ve posted pictures in my gallery.

Sunday September 27, 2009

Rice Cooker

Filed under: Food,Life,Personal — don @ 7:01 pm

There’s a store a mile or so away called Mr. Stuff. It’s got all kinds of one of a kind and small amounts of well, stuff for sale. A few weeks ago I was in there and they had a rice cooker for $15. I was on my bike so I had no place to put it. Today Betty and I were out getting a new light for out front and I suggested we should see if they still had the rice cooker. They did. We bought it and I cooked some rice when we got home. I think we got a good deal.

Friday August 14, 2009


Filed under: Food — don @ 6:12 pm

Today I made bagels. First time I’ve done that. They were mighty good but I think you can make more than the 8 in this recipe. divide it in to 10 or 12 as they were huge at 8.


Wednesday July 29, 2009


Filed under: Food — don @ 6:41 pm

What do you do when you have a plethora of tomatoes? Of course you make salsa(done), salads(done), and soup(done). Well you should also make some tomato sauce, so that’s what I did today. It was a slow simmer sauce and it was yummy. I turned it into a spaghetti sauce.


Friday July 24, 2009

Fresh Tomato Soup

Filed under: Food — don @ 2:15 pm

Our tomato plants are producing quite prolifically now so I decided it was time to try a homemade tomato soup. Here’s the pictures of my efforts. It tasted excellent when I was done.

TomatoesIn the potBoil it downThe food millIn the food millMake a rouxTomato base before adding to rouxBring to boil for thickeningYum
I didn’t think the soup was quite thick enough so I added a little corn starch dissolved in water to help it out.

Here’s the recipe I used.

Monday June 15, 2009

Tres Leche Cake

Filed under: Food — don @ 11:48 pm

Here’s a recipe by Alton Brown for a cake that made my mouth water the first time I saw it. I decided I would make it so today that’s what I did. Here’s the link to the recipe and here’ s pic of the cake after the glaze is added but before the whipped cream is put on.

Here’s a pic after frosting with whipped cream.


I have to say after eating it I am completely satisfied that it tastes as good as I had hoped. It’s sweet and moist. You might even call it wet with all the milk in it. I highly recommend this.

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