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I really like (sometimes) the preparation of nutritional bio-matter


Bacon covered meat loaf.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Usually,I am opposed to preheating, but….

what you’ll need

2# natural lean ground beef
1# mild Italian sausage
1 packet onion soup mix
2 eggs already beaten
Bacon (enough to run the length of the loaf)
A pinch of garlic (varies upon taste)

what to do

1. Mix the above (not the bacon, I mean come on) in a large bowl.
2. Shape meat into loaf and put into pan.
3. Cover loaf with strips of bacon
4. Place into oven.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 1.5 hours ( the original recipe said an hour, but I like my meat done) or until meat is done.
6. Remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes.

The veggie dish. One of those steamable bags a whole green bean and potato mixture in a light cream sauce.


I used this really neat meatloaf pan I saw at Walmart. It really worked!


Well, I’m stuffed…..

a pui tardi


Query: to whom does the Father Confessor confess?

Well, to whom?

Now hang on, I’m not talking confessions like. “I’ve killed 27 people and their bodies are in the root cellar” kind of confessions. I’m talking about…..

“Do you like the new “rebooted” universes the comics are creating now.”
“I am adapting. I do find it somewhat confusing as I read many of these titles as a kid and well, I’m still getting used to a black Aqua Lad.”
“Yeah, I know what you mean.”
“Nevertheless, I may add a title or two to a collection. It is the ideal time since the reboot universe is still in its infancy.
“yeah, me too. I like to be spanked with a wooden spoon while wearing wellies. Is that weird?”
“I am especially interested in The Legion of Superheroes.”
“Did you hear what I said?”
“I chose to ignore that.”



a pui tardi

What???? Just what am I to do with that.

Is it weird? The act itself, no. The fact that you told me, yes.



Candy, multi-hued eggs and a mutated rabbit; how does this relate to the resurrection?

Our purpose, well one of then anyway is to learn something new everyday; to try to make the world a better place. (ok, lets all join hands and sing Kumbayah.) So, with that said, jejeje, I require your assistance with a Christian religious matter. I make no jest. I am quite serious about this.

What does the hiding of multi-hued eggs, a huge “bunny” (that honestly looks quite scary) and various confections have to do with the resurrection of the Christian saviour? I honestly don’t get it. So, without threats of my “eternal soul burning forever in the fire pits of Hell” and all of the other threats of damnation, can someone explain this to me?

I eagerly await your responses. Yeah, I could google the meaning, but, I am curious to get “real-world” answers. \o/ < I love this little guy!

for “The Hook” … Oven Baked French Fries … a recipe


4 Large potatoes
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt (optional)
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. chilli powder
Pepper to taste


Scrub and peel potatoes.
Set oven rack to highest level.
(the recipe calls for you to…) Preheat oven to 450 degrees. But preheating an oven is a waste of energy, so as long as your oven is set to 450 degrees, you’re ok)
Coat baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray or if you’d rather lightly coat the pan with a bit of olive oil..go for it!.
Cut potatoes lengthwise.
In a large bowl, combine oil and spices.
Mix in cut potatoes into oil/spice mixture to coat.

Spread oil coated potatoes on a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes on top rack of oven. Turn potatoes. Cook an additional 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown.

I like to serve them lightly sprinkled with a little malt vinegar. Yum Yum!

Firecracker Crackers

last year, my “Ivory Mom” discovered this little treat and I thought I would share it with you.

With the Super Bowl around the corner (at least I think it is as people are taking RSVPs to Super Bowl parties) Here is a quick, tasty and inexpensive treat.  They can be used with meals or just use as an appetizer.


1 Box Saltine Crackers

1 package original Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix (dressing mix, not dip mix)

1 Cup Canola Oil

1 TBS Cayenne Pepper (use less pepper for not as spicy crackers)

Once you’ve gathered your ingredients…

Place crackers in a gallon baggie or 2 baggies. Mix oil, dressing mix and cayenne pepper together. Drizzle over crackers in baggie. Shake and mix gently. Place crackers in several containers with the lids off to let them dry. When they are dry, put them in a closed container.

I’ve adapted this recipe to my dietary requirements.  For example, I use the Low/No salt crackers and 1/2 of the Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix packet and about 3/4 cups of Canola oil. And of course, generic can be substituted for name brands.  🙂

I also serve them with tuna or egg salad.  YUM!

eco fido

Make sure your pet’s food is as green as your own. Choose all-natural food that contains hormone-free chicken, beef, or fish, or consider cooking for your pet with organic and free-range ingredients. Recipes abound on the Internet. Cats and dogs can’t be vegetarians, though, so if that’s important to you, consider a pet that can be, like a bird. (But no fancy tropical birds – – leave them in the rain forests.)

get going: – a shopping site, so you can go green with toys and grooming, too. – The American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition.

Green glossary

Grass-fed: An animal raised on freshly grazed pasture during the growing season and stored grasses (such as hay) during the winter months. (In modern farming, animals are often raised on feed composed of genetically modified ingredients cut with unsavory byproducts.) Cattle, sheep, goats and bison are often grass fed. Other terms for grass-fed products include “pasture-raised,” “pasture-finished,” and “grass-finished.”