Jan 8, 2014 - Cooking, Food    No Comments

Dinner Was A Smash

Last nights dinner was a hit. Once you get your meat cooked. Use a fork and pull the meat apart, leaving all of the onions, peppers and garlic where it is. Don’t worry it all cooks down and your family won’t even know they are in the meat.

Put all of the meat into a bowl. When you are ready for you meal. Take a little meat out and toss it into a skillet over low heat. Pour in the A1 steak sauce and toss the meat around until warm. Sprinkle a little cheese of your choice over the meat, I covered the skillet until the cheese is melted.

Take the meat and melted goodness out of the skillet and place it onto a long bun. Once done it looks like a Cheese Steak.

Meat

Meat Cooking In Oven

Skillet

Meat In The Skillet with Cheese.

 

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Jan 7, 2014 - Cooking    No Comments

Cooking from Scratch

If there is anything that I have found just as rewarding as technology or writing it is cooking. I enjoy coming up with dishes that makes my family wonder what I am up to. Normally they come out decent and sometimes even really great! Take my homemade pierogi’s! Or my homemade noodles which for the first time ever making them they turned out great.

Today I am working on a new dish that I am not sure of but I hope it turns out? Especially after my wife paid her hard earned cash on the roast. But I am not thinking roast. Anyway here is today’s recipe.

  • One Beef Roast about 2-4 pounds should work
  • 6 cloves of garlic cut in half
  • Banana Peppers
  • 1 large onion cut up to slices
  • Season Salt
  • One bottle Italian dressing
  • Little cooking wine
  • Water
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  • Take your roast and place it into a large baking pan.
  • Sprinkle your season salt onto the roast and rub it in.
  • Cut slits all over the roast and plug the holes with the garlic.
  • Toss all of your onions all over the roast.
  • Cover with a few Banana Peppers
  • Empty you bottle of Italian dress over and around the roast.
  • Pour a little cooking wine over the roast and the dressing.
  • Put enough water in the pan up to the sides on the roast. This is mainly to create a steaming effect.
  • Cover the baking pan with foil.
  • Turn your over on 350, we are going for the low and slow effect. Baking time will be until the meat falls apart.
  • My final plan is to break all of the roast up and place some onto a hoagie bun and sprinkle a little A1 onto the sandwich.______________________________________________________________________

I will serve this up with maybe some fries and a red wine for the drink.

I will let you know in my next post how it worked out and if the family likes it or not. I will also post some pictures so you can see the finished dish. ENJOY!

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Jan 3, 2014 - Books, Thoughts    No Comments

First Short Story Submitted

My first short story has been submitted for publication. It is also entered into a contest. I am writing mainly fiction but also write daily on my Tech Blog non-fiction.

Writing daily keeps my fingers on the keyboard and keep you mind pumping out words. This in turn keeps your thoughts churning away.

I am still taking more creative writing classes, building my credits one at a time. I figure all I have left is time and I never know how much. I might as well do something that I have always wanted to do.

I also love to teach. Maybe one day I may be teaching people how to write? This could be sometime away but we can all dream can’t we?

 

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Dec 29, 2013 - Thoughts, Writing    No Comments

Ever Wonder How A Story Begins?

First we dig into our brains or we keep a open eye and mind as we are driving. What we are hoping to capture is something to begin or use in our story telling.

As we drove yesterday to to the local Amish Country I noticed a little road side store called Bessey’s Market. Just a little place sitting off the side of the two land road. I asked my wife to grab a paper and pen and write the name down so that I may use it later in a story? We then past another place that I thought would be just as interesting called Lake Side Dinner. I liked the second place because it looked deserted and run down. In my mind flashed a story around this little dinner.

Stories come from all over the place. Even if you are not hoping to one day become a writer. Maybe just jot down some notes about where you have been. This may help your mind grab those memories one day when we begin to forget.

Thanks so much to you who reads this little blog. I know you can go anywhere and get your daily dose on non sense but you decided to share mine with me.

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Dec 26, 2013 - Thoughts    No Comments

A Story

A story, at least in writing terms comes first from our minds, then rolls into our fingers and finally transmits to the keyboard and then onto our canvas; which is the paper we print the story to. We all have a million stories in our minds, we just have to find the proper outlet to release them into the World.

I have had my new short story read now by two sets of eyes. It is almost ready to be submitted. Will anything become of the story? Well back to the keyboard.

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Dec 20, 2013 - Books, Writing    No Comments

New Booking Moving Forward

It is funny that I am writing this new book and some how started in the middle of it; somewhere around chapter 3 – 4 maybe? I was working on chapter one last night and when I came down stairs for our TV time I told my wife I was writing chapter one, she responded with I thought you were almost done? And I thought I was until I noticed I never brought the reader into the story.

Now it is once again moving along. I have each of the characters created and now you know a little of their back stories of who they are. I really didn’t want to get to deep with their lives because I don’t want to bore the reader with useless pages.

Just an update, I am sure after I get it more completed I might have a little sample on this site to share with you?

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Dec 16, 2013 - Thoughts    No Comments

Tomorrow I Turn A Half Century Old

This is my last day in the forties as my wife likes to remind me. Now that I am creeping to the age of 50 it is funny my mind still wants to work and act like I am twenty, but then my body catches up and reminds me that I am not twenty any longer.

So many people mostly older people always tells you that you are still young, or they say if I were as young as you! Really I still feel that fifty is very old. I watch now as our kids are in the work force and finishing their college carriers or starting them. Yes fifty is old!

But I am not letting this older age get me down. I am signed up for new college courses my self and I can’t wait to get started. If you have been reading this blog, you will notice that I am a aspiring writer. I still have my day job, but I have always loved the craft of writing and bringing words together to maybe enhance or just make someone else’s day a little better. I have published Non-Fiction and now I am taking a crack at fiction.

I am also planning on putting a twist on my fiction. I hope you keep up with this blog as I post once in a while.

So am I going to allow fifty to get me down. I don’t think so I think fifty is the new ya FIFTY! I never buy into the crap that fifty is the new twenty or sixty is the new thirty! This is crap! fifty id fifty and your age is your age. As we get older we become very wise.

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Dec 14, 2013 - Books, Writing    No Comments

Writing Fiction

As I said in the last post everyone has a story in them somewhere. We all come from some lace and we all have had some sort of lives little straggles. It seems now that I am learning more about creative writing I see a new story everywhere I go. As I live life now I am opening my mind up to exploring different ideas with each new place we go. Even some of the old places. I thought of a story just the other day while at the mall. Fiction is just that fiction, not true, made up. But remember all of it does not have to be made up. We can use places we visit and things we know to write now stories. In reading Stephen King’s book on writing I found a new way to look around me and I also found that I can write about what I know without writing manuals.

I am working now on a book or maybe a short story is really depends on how it unfolds. I am also attending creative writing classes to attempt to learn even more about the craft of writing. It is of course just as much of a craft as working with wood or welding metal. There is an art to writing and there are rules that are meant to be broken.

The main thing to remember if you are entering into this craft called writing is this; do it for you for the love of writing and telling a story. If you get wrapped up in the thoughts of making money you would be better off learning the craft of wood working or maybe welding?

A final note is to write and write often hence this blog. I try to also work on my book at least every evening writing as much as a scene a evening. If I don’t I think I would loose track of my story all together. Last I downloaded a app for my cell phone that allows my to type thoughts for future stories when ever I am out and about. This will always give me a place or a topic for my next story.

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Dec 5, 2013 - News, Thoughts    No Comments

The Minimum Wage

In the World we live in there is something known as the minimum wage. This is the lowest wage that any employer is allowed by law to pay someone in a starting low scale type of job. These jobs are normally reserved for our youth who are just learning about working and living at home. These jobs I think were designed to be a hard ass job that our youth will not want to be stuck in all of their lives and understand the importance or getting a good education and moving onto bigger and better paying jobs. I know college people with degrees that are not making $15.00 an hour.

But it appears to me now that there are many people out there who thought these jobs are the greatest in the World. Or they just had no motivation to get anything better? Any way they are now tired of seeing people who worked their asses off trying to better their selves to make a better wage have more then they do. And now for some strange reason the President is saying that the minimum wage should be raised? Is the president really trying to help the economy or trying to kill it off and close so many small businesses?

Should all of American workers who are making minimum wage be making $15.00 an hour or more? HELL NO! Should the minimum wage be raised maybe to $8.00 an hour?

In the end if you are making minimum wage do your self a favor and get some education and find your self a career where you can make some real money.

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