Monthly Archives: July 2012


News Alert: Blogging Is Not Journalism

If you read it on the internet, it must be true. Or so some would like you to believe. This seems to be especially true in the finance world of blogging and I am surprised it is so rampant. Actually, nothing surprises me anymore – I guess a better word is irritated. One would think […]


The Wife Cooks Too

My friends and my little boy like to tease my wife that she never cooks, but the truth is she is a fantastic cook. I actually learned to cook from my Mom, but it is my wife that helped to elevate my skills in the kitchen to a whole nother level. With children now and my tendency to lean towards making dinner […]

Don Pedro

24 Hours At The Lake

For the first time in I can’t remember how many years, I finally got a weekend all to myself this past week. The stars aligned and my better half took the kids down south for a visit with friends in the lovely land of Bakersfield, leaving me to fend for myself for a couple days. […]

Asparagus Soup

Asparagus Soup, Peasant Style

In our house, asparagus is a pretty popular vegetable all year long, especially during the summer months. Steamed asparagus gets the job done and sautéed hits the spot as well, but I think grilling asparagus takes it to the next level. I just throw them in my locking grill basket with some olive oil and […]

readership by country

Day 90 Fast Approaching

I am approaching the 90th day since I started this whole blog thing. As I wrote in my very first post, I mostly got into this as a way to share pictures and recipes beyond the limits of my facebook account. There was also a little part of me though that was curious about the […]

Poipu Kauai

Missing Kauai

Hanging in my cube at work, just above my monitor, is a picture of a far away beach with palm trees and a beautiful sunset view marked up with my scribbling, “08-08”- the date of my then upcoming nuptials in Kauai. I put this picture up years ago when I was just an inside sales guy as a way to get […]

beer in the rear chicken or beer can chicken

Excuse Me Chicken

I know I am not supposed to play with my food and it is disrespectful to the poor chickens we ate, but I couldn’t help myself. I always thought a beer in the rear chicken looked kind of funny. Two together though are just down right hilarious. Everybody conga!  


Easy Kabobs For Simple Grilling

It is the 4th of July and that means it is time for some backyard grilling with friends and family. I prefer to spend my time with our guests and not the entire time at the grill cooking some laborious feast, especially if I have to pay attention to a bunch of different diet requirements. I find that kabobs are a slam […]

Capitola Houses

A Weekend In Capitola

After the 100 degree temps we had a couple of weeks ago, I decided it might be a good idea to head to the beach for a nice little family getaway to cool down. After skimming through some rental sites, I booked a pretty short notice trip for us to stay a few nights out in […]