Sandy’s Blog

Well, after following my blog for years, my dear wife has finally given into the addiction called blogging.  She followed my ill-advised advice, and used WordPress.  After a brief training session, she finally has a new post.  It is the talk she offered at her grand father’s funeral.

So, please take a minute to check it out.

Oh, and don’t expect much politics over there.  She doesn’t find it as interesting as I do.  But you will probably learn more about us through her blog, then you will through mine.

Spring/Summer of Dutch Oven (SODO)

About a month and a half ago, our office had a Chili Cook Off with a $100 cash (well, Visa Gift Card) prize for first place. I decided that I would enter with a Dutch Oven Recipe that I found on the Internet thanks to the good people at Utah Association of Geocachers.

I won. $100 that I still haven’t decided how to spend.

But that isn’t the point of the post. Since then I have cooked one dutch oven meal every week for my family. This will be a little bit of a challenge, because as of yet, I own one and only one 12″ dutch oven. It is great for casseroles, deserts, and roasts. But if I want to do a meal of separates, we might just have to use the conventional oven.

The meals that I have cooked have ranged from the pre-cook off test run of chili for the family. To this weekend we had breakfast before Conference out of the dutch oven. I cook the typical but always delicious peach cobbler. It wasn’t as brown on the top as I would have liked, and some of the peaches were a little burnt. They weren’t too burnt, just too far beyond caramelized.

Then to end the Conference we had a delicious Beef Roast with potatoes and carrots. Again it was excellent. The beef was a little too crispy on the bottom, but honestly, it tasted great. It almost added a little jerky flavor to the meal, and everyone liked it.  Hmm… I see a new family tradition starting…

Both of the recipes for this came from the Better Home & Garden’s Checkerboard Cookbook that my wife and I received on our wedding day (or she got it at a wedding shower). I mention that because in future posts, I hope to share the recipe. But since I am at work, I don’t have the recipe, so I am offering up the source.

As I just indicated, this is my first in a series of post about my adventures in dutch oven cooking. I hope to keep you posted weekly on which recipes I am using, and how it turned out. So, keep your taste buds under control this Spring/Summer, because I am going to be sharing some culinary delights. Just keep your eyes open for the SODO preface to indicate that it is about tasty goodness.

2008 Calendar

They are done. Actually, I still have one more, but I have until Dec. 31 to finish that.

Every year for the past several years, I have taken photos from my wife’s family and used them to make a personalized calendar. You have probably purchased them as gifts, and they are wonderful to hang on your wall.

However, as you know I am cheap. So, I make them myself. However, in making them myself, I have also decided that I would put important dates on the calendars. Primarily, I include all of my wife’s parents children and grandchildren’s birthdays and anniversaries.

However, I usually make three different calendars. I usually use the same pictures, but I include different birthday’s depending on the recipient. My wife and my calendar includes birthdays for her family and for mine. The Calendar for my wife’s grandmother includes birthdays for her brothers and sisters and all of her progeny. That’s three different but similar calendars.

If that wasn’t enough, I decided that this year, I would make a calendar for my side of the family. However, they wouldn’t be interested in photos from my wife’s family. So, I had to have different pictures. Past attempts at getting them to send photos have completely failed, so this year, I used photos that I have taken from my travels this past few year.

Unfortunately, I  have made a few mistakes.  The calendars that I mailed out a couple of days ago, went out without my brother-in-law’s birthday on it.  Also, the calendar that I printed for me doesn’t have any of my wife’s family on it.  I just wasn’t thinking and I was happily printing away.  Also, a few of the calendar’s for my family have the wrong photo connected to the wrong month.  I was just too cheap to print them again.

So, I have had to make 4 different calendars this year. And trust me, if you want to put your printer to the test make 13 calendars on cardstock using extensive color.

Some of My Favorites Photos from the Calendar:
Duck in a Pond

Wild Flowers of Idaho
Flag on “Blue” Bridge, Kennewick, WA
East of Park City