Terror Alert Level

Friday, March 31, 2006

Friday Puppy Blogging!!

Sleepy Cat


Thursday, March 30, 2006

Finally! Spring!

Monday, March 27, 2006

Proto Peppers

Sorry about the later than usual posting, but we finally had some decent weather, and I spent my afternoon in the garden.

Three bags of manure, homemade compost, and a bag of sand were mixed into the planting beds. About a month to go before putting plants in, so everything should have plenty of time to decompose into nice fluffy soil.

Seedlings are up in the seed starting trays. The back one is jalapeno, and the front is ancho. Yes, I like my peppers HOT!

Friday, March 24, 2006

Friday Puppy Blogging

Dachshunds have voracious appitites, so you have to be careful how much you feed them. Stepping into the kitchen today, I noticed that the lower pantry door was open, and a box of dog biscuits was toppled over. Nearly all the treats were gone. I found a very fat, waddling and happy Dusty under the couch. Looked like a little sausage. About an hour later, the massive pooping began. Well, it is spring, and the lawn could use the fertilizer, so it worked out. She's nearly back to normal size now.

Sneak Peek

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Yinz Want Fries With That An'at?

Long time readers will know, that despite a diet devoid of red meat and heavy on beans, rice, pasta, and fish, I was diagnosed with terminally high chlorestoral and triglycerite levels, along with borderline high blood pressure. Hence, the demise of Project Pantry. Doc prescribed a low-carb diet, and told me it was perfectley fine to eat sausage, red meat, and cheese, so long as I exercise (I do) and eat my veggies (which I also do).

Results? I lost 30 pounds, my BP is normal, my triglycerite levels are nearly normal, my "bad" chlorestoral is in normal ranges, and my good chlorestoral is now measurable.

So what is this leading up to? As noted, I never ate red meat. Doc asked why, and I told him that I rarely had it, and I always felt like crap afterwards. He theorized that I felt bad because my body wasn't used to processing meat, and suggested that I reintroduce meat into my diet gradually. I did, and now I have no problem with ingesting cows.

On to the "meat" if you will, of the post. While blog surfing the otherday, I perused Anthony and Tunesmith's fine blog (check them out, you'll find them most fascinating and charming). Included was a recipe for hamburgers that incorporated a slice of bacon wrapped around the patty. Well now, I gotta try this! Heavily smoked and nitrated pig is a favorite!

A phand of grahnd rhand, one onion, two cloves of garlic, a tablespoon of Mrs. Dash's Salt-Free Steak Seasoning and a rasher of bacon later, the George Foreman Grill was ready, and the first two experimental patties were set to sizzle. They turned out well, with the weight of the grill lid helping to forge the bacon into the burger.

Ready to eat (no bun thanks to the diet)!!!

Best. Fucking. Hamburger. Ever. Next time, I'll have to try adding a slice of cheese, but eating burgers with a fork and knife, sans bun, is still weird.

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Friday, March 17, 2006

Friday Puppy Blogging!

Dog Blogging

Lawn Patrol

Bonus Cat Blogging!!

Monday, March 13, 2006

Forming up!

Ready to march! (hmmm...it appears that Johnnie's beard is on fire)

Ummm..you sure about relaxing there Gus?

That Sword is a little too big for you!

Hmmm...green jacket....could he be a young officer in one of Berdan's regiments?

Insert Quarters Only

Don's meter is expired!


Every year, we go to Allegheny Cemetery after the parade, and visit the gravesite of Captain Samuel Taggart. Capt. Taggart was the real, flesh and blood commander of the 116th's Company I, and he was killed late in the war at Reams Station, Virginia.

People come to this site for many reasons. I go to remind myself that what we're doing is in essence, acting. 145 years ago, men (and women) marched off into a real, shooting war, and hundreds of thousands of Americans on both sides paid with their lives.

Captain Taggart was just 23 years old when he was killed.

Friday, March 10, 2006


This is just plain disgusting.

The ballpark sandwich will include a hamburger topped with sharp cheddar cheese and two slices of bacon -- all between a "bun" made of a sliced Krispy Kreme Original Glazed donut.
If you can find a (loop)hole in your cardiologist's advice, calorie counters predict the monster will set you back about 1,000 calories and 45 grams of fat.

"Thanks" go to Llipgh for sending the link to this goo. Sheesh, what's next? Fries and coleslaw on a sandwich?

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St.Patrick's Day Parade

Tomorrow is Pittsburgh's St. Patrick's Day Parade. Come on down and play "Find Frothy!"

Friday Puppy Blogging!

Hocus Pocus

Monday, March 06, 2006

Guess Where I Was!

12-pounder Napoleon, cast in 1864 in Columbus Georgia, so it wasn't here at the time.

Let There Be Light!

Cannon, Fife, and Drums

Friday, March 03, 2006

Friday Puppy Blogging!!

Favorite Toy

Not even snow can conceal rabbit poop from the intrepid Dusty!

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