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Peppers

Peppers
We got a little excited about growing our own peppers this year.  I picked out some really nice looking Anaheim and Serrano peppers that I figured would make some good salsa.  We planned two 20 ft rows of peppers. That should be enough right? But we didn’t plant any bell peppers.  I don’t know why, that’s what we buy the mos [...]

Cycles

Cycles
So I started Cycling.  I’ve wanted to do it for quite sometime.  This summer I made the goal to get started and not more than 2 weeks later MonaVie announces that we’ll be putting together a team for the ULCER this year.  I figured, “Hey, this is a heck of a way to kick it off” and I signed up.  The ULCER is next week [...]

Old MacZuTroy Had a Farm

Old MacZuTroy Had a Farm
So my stake has a big farm.  Actually the church owns a really big chunk of Saratoga Springs and it’s all farmland.  But they have this small strip of it that’s probably about 10 acres or so that they set aside for the wards.  Each ward is in charge of what they do with their lots.  Our ward this year just announced that anyone t [...]

Ambitions

Ambitions
I have a friend that is taking a class on guitar making and he is making his own custom acoustic guitar.  I have the honor of designing the head for him.  A relatively small task but an important one.  And I was thinking about it, “How would I love to build my own guitar?”  Man, that would be my pride and joy.  But really, I don&# [...]

The Novelist

The Novelist
Jonathan is 9 years old.  And he reads books.  Lots of books.  And he reads them fast.  I was worried that he skipped over things he didn’t understand because he reads faster than I do.  I wanted to know what kind of books he was reading so I tried to read the books that he brought home.  But he would have them finished in one day and I [...]

Adjusting to Corporate Life

Adjusting to Corporate Life
So I have been here at MonaVie for 6 weeks now. It’s a lot bigger adjustment than I was planning for. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, it’s just more different that I was expecting. I have had big corporate jobs before. The kind where everyone has a responsibility and they just stay within their little silo [...]

Dusting Off Old Hobbies

Dusting Off Old Hobbies
So for the last couple years I have kind of put photography on hold because of time and money issues. Mostly time. But since we closed Main10 almost a year ago, I have felt the photo bug inside me trying to get out. The kind of film I like to shoot with gets rather expensive and the only good digital camera I have had access to doesn’ [...]

Dessert

Dessert
My wife loves “My Best Friends Wedding”, I don’t know how many times we have watched it. When I first watched it, I had never tried Crème Brulee. But I had tried Jell-o. And honestly I don’t really like Jell-o. And sorry Kimmy, you could never be Jell-o. Crème Brulee could NEVER be Jell-o. It made me want to try crèm [...]

Boats

Boats
So ever since I was a kid, I always wanted to have a big sailboat. I designed some catamarans, and trimarans back when I was in my “design big machines and weapons phase” of jr. high school. And they always seemed like one of those types of dreams that’s just unreachable. So I never really thought about it as a possibility, [...]

Christmas Tag

Christmas Tag
I’m not really one for following the current blogging trends but my wife has inspired me. And I found this tag on the Barkermeister’s site and thought it looked fun. So here goes. 1. Wrapping paper or gift bags Wrapping paper. Gift bags are for sissies 2. Real tree or artificial? Is this really a question? Real. Duh. Just like ev [...]

Cheesecake Turnovers

Cheesecake Turnovers
Crust: 1 cup margarine or butter, cut in small pieces 3 cups flour 1 cup ice water3 egg whites 4 1/2 white vinegar 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup sugar Cheesecake: 1 8 ounce package softened cream cheese 1/3 cup sugar 1 egg 1/4 teaspoon vanilla Optional: 1/4 cup powdered sugar 1 cup chocolate chips (or suitable dipping chocolate) 1/3 cup fruit t [...]

Is it the Cooking or the Eating that ...

Is it the Cooking or the Eating that I Enjoy?
So the other day my wife says to me “Hey, we should make some stuffed chicken for dinner.” But then we didn’t make it, we had something like nachos. But the seed had been planted. I just couldn’t get the thought of a really good stuffed chicken out of my mind. So Saturday, I made sure all the ingredients got into t [...]

Boom?

Boom?
I like to cook. When we moved almost a year ago, we got a gas stove/oven. And I have loved it. Cooking with gas is so much better than an electric range. If you don’t believe me, go watch the Food Network for a day and see how many cooks use an electric stove. I don’t think I ever want to cook on electric again. But gas stoves are [...]

It’s Alive!

It’s Alive!
Today as I was going through my mental startup routine at work I realized that I have stopped checking Grant’s blog. I don’t even know when I stopped checking it. But somehow, some time, I stopped. And I thought to myself, “maybe I should write a post about people keeping their blogs updated.” “Nah, I’ve a [...]

Hyper-miler – Hyper-failure

Hyper-miler – Hyper-failure
So there’s been a lot of talk about gas mileage and such lately. I have even done my own experiments to see what really makes a difference in my gas mileage. Then I read about these Hyper-milers a few weeks ago. Turning off the car and coasting on the freeway, drafting behind big-rig trucks, altering your driving routes to avoid  [...]

The Birds

The Birds
I remember when I was a kid that I wasn’t allowed to watch Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. Supposedly it was “too scary”. That was fine with me, I never really liked scary movies anyway. So when I finally watched it a few years ago, I remember thinking “Hmmmm, what’s the big deal? That wasn’t scary [...]