Category Archives: Meals of Interest

Lunch Time

Lunch Time. I am starting to think that maybe my lovely wife is trying to add a few inches to my waist line. Hmm, but it does look tasty. Home made bread too. She can whip things up so quickly, and the best part what she makes tastes and looks good too.

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Rice Crispy Squares

So my sweet tooth got the better of me today and my lovely wife made up some Rice Crispy Squares. Easy to make, and I am thinking there will be a few left for Halloween too. Maybe. And as you know there are no calories there to speak off. Right?

Home Made Bread

So I got a hankering for some home made bread. The wife being such a nice wife made me some LOL. Along with some Cinnamon Rolls and a few buns thrown in for good measure. I am watching my waist line these days, so these should help things out a bit.

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Morning Report Oct 12/19

It’s a rainy day here for us in Port Loring, Ontario, Canada. Not the greatest weather to start off a Thanksgiving Weekend. But not much we can do about it other than make the best of it. Yesterday my lovely wife and I went to North Bay and had supper at Lott 88 with our son Karl. Had a great meal a bottle of fine wine and to top things off a piece of Baileys cheesecake. Can’t get much better than that. After supper, we picked up a few things at the grocery store and came home arriving back in Port Loring around 7:00 PM. Seems no matter how we try going to North Bay takes a full day. Today I have a bit of shop work to do with a few people dropping by to pick up orders. It will be a full day. On another note we had to turn the oil furnace on this morning to take the dampness out of the house. Feels good too. I don’t like to start the wood furnace till it gets freezing. I still have to till up my veggie garden yet, but I am waiting till the leaves are all down as I like to put them in the garden before tilling. Makes for a really nice fertilizer and soil rejuvenater come spring. Temperatures waking up were sitting at 9.8 C | 49.64 F. With that I am off for my morning cup of coffee and a bite to eat.

Hunting Times

Saturday
10/12/19

Major Times
12:00 PM-3:00 PM
Minor Times
6:00 PM-8:00 PM

If the rain eases off, hunting should be pretty good today. I give it a 3-Star Rating out of 5. Good Luck and Stay Safe!

Hunting Times

Saturday
10/12/19

Major Times
12:00 PM-3:00 PM
Minor Times

6:00 PM-8:00 PM

If the rain eases off, hunting should be pretty good today. I give it a 3-Star Rating out of 5. Good Luck and Stay Safe!

Lunch

So thinking a bite to eat is warranted. Salmon lettuce sandwiches and a bowl of home made tomato basil soup, all from our own vegetable garden. On another note, I managed to get our car washed this morning, and wiped down. After lunch, I will put a coat of wax on the old feller. Sure is a nice day for it.

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Supper Time

Here is a picture of our supper for tonight that my lovely wife made. Two meat pies with leftover roast mixed with all kinds of vegetables. Sure tasty. Also, some fresh broccoli from our garden, with a dip which just makes you want to eat more.

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The best Foods To Eat For Breakfast

  1. Top of the List : Oatmeal is a nutritional powerhouse. It contains beta gluten, which is a thick, sticky fiber that helps a person to feel full for longer and may also lower cholesterol. Also, great for lowering blood pressure.
  2. Eggs Some people think that eggs are unhealthful because of the amount of cholesterol they contain. However, research has shown that the dietary cholesterol from eggs has only a minor impact on bad cholesterol, or low-density lipoprotein (LDL), in the blood.
  3. Nuts, eating nuts is another excellent way to get enough protein. Nuts also contain antioxidants, magnesium, potassium, and heart-healthful fats.
  4. Coffee also offers other health benefits due to its antioxidants, which help fight inflammation.
  5. Berries Berries such as blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries, are an excellent way to start the morning. They are low in calories, high in fiber, and contain disease-fighting antioxidants.
  6. Flax seeds The health benefits of flax seed include lowering blood levels of cholesterol, improving insulin sensitivity, lowering blood sugar, and even protecting against cancer.
  7. Greek yogurt is another excellent source of protein to eat in the morning. Greek yogurt is thick and creamy and contains more protein than regular strained yogurt.
  8. Greek yogurt is also rich in calcium and contains probiotics that help support a healthy gut and immune system.
  9. Tea These teas contain some caffeine but not as much as coffee. Tea can also help a person stay hydrated.
  10. Cottage cheese is also rich in B vitamins, vitamin A, and calcium. People can eat cottage cheese by itself, or mix it with other savory foods, such as pepper and spring onions, or fruit or nuts.
  11. Bananas contain resistant starch. The body does not digest resistant starch, so it travels through the body unchanged, which helps support digestive health. Unripe bananas contain more resistant starch than ripe bananas, which have more natural sugars.

Nice Place to Eat

So my lovely wife, my son Karl and I decided to go out for lunch the other day for my sons Birthday. Had a great night truth be told, and a great meal. We decided to try Lot 88 Steakhouse & Bar in North Bay. Which turned out to be quite good. I would recommend it to anyone that likes a great steak. The nice thing about it is that they serve it on a Laval rock so you can take your time and cook it to your perfection. That is what my son and my wife had, I had one of their famous Burgers and a tossed salad. It was fantastic also. We finished our meal with a nice bottle of Beringer White Zinfandel Wine slightly chilled. Then for desert we had a piece of Cheese cake with a drizzle of Chocolate. Life can’t get much better than that! GW





Tarragon: A Herb of Kindness

Tarragon helps your body make red blood cells, which are, in turn, responsible for moving oxygen around in your body. Which I found helps in the prevention of cancer and many other diseases. The way it works is, lets take cancer; tarragon is a sweet tasting plant with a distinctive flavor of licorice. When cancer cells find the sweetness of tarragon it gobbles it up so to speak. In doing so the oxygen is taken into the cancer cells, and they are disintegrated,  Leaving the healthy cells to do what they are suppose to do, and gain strength. You don’t need a whole lot, a 1/4 teaspoon mixed in with a few pieces tomatoes is all that is needed. Once a day.  Or you can simply snip off a leaf or two from you garden, as it is easy to grow, and eat it.  Can’t get much better, or easier than that.

Aging

George Carlin’s Views on Aging

Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we’re kids? If you’re less than 10 years old, you’re so excited about aging that you think in fractions.

‘How old are you?’ ‘ I’m four and a half!’ You’re never thirty-six and a half. You’re four and a half, going on five! That’s the key.

You get into your teens, now they can’t hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.

‘How old are you?’ ‘I’m gonna be 16!’ You could be 13, but hey, you’re gonnabe 16! And then the greatest day of your life! You become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony. YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!!

But then you turn 30.  Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There’s no fun now, you’re Just a sour-dumpling. What’s wrong? What’s changed?

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you’re PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it’s all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50, and your dreams are gone….

But! wait!! !  You MAKE it to 60. You didn’t think you would!

So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50, and make it to 60.

You’ve built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that, it’s a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday!

You get into your 80’s, and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn’t end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; ‘I Was JUST   92.’

Then a strange thing happens.. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. ‘I’m 100 and a half!’
May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!

HOW TO STAY YOUNG
1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay them.

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

3. Keep learning.   Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever, even ham radio. Never let the brain idle. ‘An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.’ And the devil’s   family name is   Alzheimer’s.

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves Be ALIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love   , whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don’t take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.
AND, ALWAYS REMEMBER:
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
And, if you don’t send this to at least 8 people – who cares? But do share this with someone. We all need to live life to its fullest each day!!

The Candy Stick Treat: Poem

Here is a story written for one of my stories by my friend Bob Bartlett.  Just one of many.  Very talented fellow.  Thanks Bob great poem.  GW

 

THE CANDY STICK TREAT

(1) Laura was cooking bacon and eggs,

The smell of fresh coffee filled the air;

Reg was getting ready for breakfast,

As George ventured down the stairs!

 

(2) George knew they were going on a trip to town,

When he saw a penny by his plate;

This was to buy a candy-stick for him,

So his breakfast he quickly ate!

 

(3) After breakfast he was out the door

And hitched up the buckboard and horse;

He was anxious to get started on their trip,

With the penny in his pants pocket of course!

 

(4) On the trip to town Reg would always ask George,

How he liked living with Laura and him;

George said he liked it there just fine,

As he looked out from under his hat brim!

 

(5) Reg and Laura were George’s guardians

And Reg was a very special guy;

He often knew what George was thinking;

In the blinking of an eye!

 

(6) George liked to talk with Reg,

Cause he felt like a grown-up man;

And he liked to spend time with Laura too,

In the kitchen with her pots and her pans!

 

(7) But George was eager to get to town

To make a visit to the hardware store;

So he could buy his candy-stick treat,

In a big jar just inside the door!

 

(8) Usually he only got just one candy stick,

But sometimes he got two or three;

When someone else would buy some for him,

It made George happy as can be!

 

(9) The big glass jars were really tall

And could hold fifty or sixty sticks;

They were all the colors of the rainbow,

So George could take his pick!

 

(10) Reg was never in a big hurry,

As he learned all the local news;

Or when George was making up his mind,

On which colors he would choose!

 

(11) Reg would sit on a keg of nails

And on his face there would be a smile;

As George picked out his favorite colors,

Even though it might take quite a while!

 

(12) Green was the color George liked the best

And red cherry would be his second choice;

Sometimes Reg would make a suggestion,

As he spoke in a helpful voice!

 

(13) But he let George make the decision,

Of which color it was going to be;

This would be his choice of candy-sticks,

Whether it be lime-green or the red cherry!

 

(14) Well, George was really excited,

When the owner took off the jar-lids;

He could then reach in for his candy,

In that town he was the happiest kid!

 

(15) Then he would hand over his penny,

To pay for his candy-stick treat;

He could hardly wait to get it in his mouth,

It was the sweetest thing he could eat!

(16) Then George and Reg would sit outside,

On the old bench by the store;

And George would enjoy his candy-sticks,

How could anyone ask for more?

(17) Reg would fill up his favorite pipe,

With the tobacco that smelled so sweet;

And George would savor his lime-green candy,

It was the end of a perfect day treat!

 

(18) That evening as they travelled back to the farm,

There was a smile upon their faces;

They were having a nice ride in the old buckboard,

As the horse was pulling on the ‘traces’!

 

(19) George looked forward to the trips to town,

It was a regular weekly event;

When they would hitch up the horse and the buckboard

And then down the road to town they went!

 

(20) The days of the horse and buggy are now gone,

You don’t see them so much anymore;

But George will always remember those times

And the candy-sticks at the hardware store!

Bob Bartlett,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maple Syrup Surprise

With Maple Syrup Season approaching fast thought maybe you would like a recipe which makes a drink come alive.  For those that enjoy a bit of spirit now and then, that is.

2 ounces bourbon
One teaspoon maple syrup (I like the darker grade)
3-4 dashes of bitters lemon or lime.
Finish off with a couple of small ice cubes.
The next step is to sit back in a quiet atmosphere and enjoy. I would think two of these would relax anyone.

Benefits Of A Beer Now & Then

 

Interesting maybe I should pick up a case of Bud.

A few Benefits of beer

1. Beer keeps your kidneys healthy A Finish study singled out beer among other alcoholic beverages, finding that it was better for your kidneys. In fact, each bottle of beer you drink reduces the risk of developing kidney stones by 40%.

2. Beer for better digestion Beer and especially dark beer contains up to one gram of soluble fibre* in each 30 cl glass – unlike wine, which doesn’t contain any fibre at all. Fibre plays an important role in intestinal transit (a fibre deficiency can cause gastric and intestinal disorders such as constipation or diarrhea).

3. Beer to lower your bad cholesterol The fibre in beer can also help reduce your levels of LDL cholesterol, i.e. the “bad” type of cholesterol.

4. Beer can increase your vitamin B levels Beer contains several B vitamins (B1, B2, B6 and B12). A Dutch study found that beer drinkers had 30 percent higher levels of vitamin B6 than their non-drinking counterparts, and levels that were twice as high as those of wine drinkers. Beer is also a generous source of vitamin B12, an anti-anemic factor not found in many foods.

5. Beer for stronger bones! A 2009 study concluded that the elevated levels of silicon in beer can contribute to higher bone density.

6. Beer as a cure for insomnia Lactoflavin and nicotinic acid, which are both in beer, can promote sleep!

7. Beer reduces your risk of a heart attack Beer drinkers have a 40 to 60 percent reduced risk of suffering a heart attack compared with non-beer drinkers.

8. Beer helps prevent blood clots The ingredients in beer help prevent blood clots from forming.

9. Beer boosts your memory According to studies, beer drinkers are less likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia than non-beer drinkers.

10. Beer helps combat stress Researchers at the University of Montreal found that two glasses of beer a day can reduce work-related stress or anxiety.

11. Beer as a cold remedy Drinking warm beer is an excellent cold remedy! When barley is warmed up it improves blood circulation and helps you breathe when you feel congested. It also provides relief for joint pain and boosts your immunity. So, how do you prepare it? Heat a bottle of beer in a double boiler and then add four small teaspoons of honey.

12. Beer makes skin more beautiful Good news for women! Certain vitamins in beer can regenerate the skin and have a positive impact on pigmentation. Your skin becomes smoother and suppler.

A Bit On Restaurants

Restaurants. Here is an place that I am sure that most of us stop at now and then.  Some more than others.  For myself I don’t get to eat out to much but every so often when I head into North Bay or down to see my other son in St Catharines we do enjoy a meal or two out.  Look forward to it.  I won’t mention any names here this morning as this blog isn’t meant to bring on pain to a person or business.  But after yesterday’s event I just had to say a few words.  First off I figure restaurants are like a cold or the flu.  If your sick you should stay home and not pass your sickness around.  At a restaurant if you can’t cook then you shouldn’t be passing food around as folks could get sick.  Anyways.  I had to have some tests done yesterday, had to fast and things and by the time I had this looked after my wife and I were starving. So we picked on an establishment that has been in business for a good many years.  Walking in music was playing and had a cozy feeling which we enjoy.  Ordered a simple meal with eggs over easy, two strips of bacon extra crispy, home fries with a touch of onions. They asked which kind of toast we would like and my wife said rye.  I myself took wheat.  Food came to the table and just by looking at it I knew right away we were in trouble.  First off the potatoes were so old they looked green and tasted even worse. Along with that they cooked them in lard or some kind of grease that tasted just terrible burned black almost.  Onions were half cooked and again covered with a type of grease that would choke a horse.  Toast was burned and no flavor.  Eggs were not cooked hardly at all covered with slime.  Then to top it off at the end of the meal which we didn’t eat they gave us a bill.  On the bill they even charged us an extra 49 cents for the rye bread the wife had.  Couldn’t believe it.  They did ask what we thought of the meal and me I just nodded.  Wrong move on my wife’s part as she said. “Would you really like the truth?”  They got it.  Nicely of course.  With that they didn’t offer to return our money and we left the meal sitting on the table pretty well as they served it.   Will we return.  Not even if I was starving which actually I was on that fine morning.  So thought I would share a bit of our day in North Bay Ontario.  My Opinion on the whole thing.  Folks if you can’t cook don’t open a restaurant.  The rest of the day was fine had a good time. GW

All About Beer

Some facts that have been thrown to the way side.  All about Beer!

It keeps your heart healthy

It helps you live longer

It helps and in getting the energy you are made of flowing more freely.

It is an aid in the prevention of Alzheimer’s

It produces stronger bones

It can help in the prevention of type 2 diabetes

It is proven to help with stress and anxiety.

Hot beer served with a couple of teaspoons of honey makes for a great cold remedy.  According to reports the hops in the beer, when heated, help fight viral infections like the common cold. The active compound itself (humulone) could combat pneumonia and bronchitis-causing viruses. Hmm, not to sure on this one. Warm beer and me have never gotten along Ha Ha.

And one last biggie, Beer can protect against prostate cancer and breast cancer. Found in hops, the substance called xanthohumol blocks the excessive action of testosterone and estrogen. It also helps to prevent the release of a protein called PSA which encourages the spread of prostate cancer. Of course you should only drink beer within recommended limits – one to two pints a day for women, two to three pints for men.

In saying all this it has also been proven that some humans can’t drink, causes all kinds of problems, mentally wise which in turn can cause ailments of the body and grief to those around them. So care should be taken as with any medicine, including pharmaceutical drugs. Now, those that can, go get yourself a pint and enjoy.  Have a great day.

Great Write Up

Pretty Good Article

Wish I’d thought of this!

Elder Banking…  !

Shown  below, is an actual letter that was sent to a bank by an 86

year old  woman.

The bank  manager thought it amusing enough to have  it published in

the New York Times.

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        Dear  Sir:

        I am writing  to thank you for bouncing my check with which

I endeavoured to pay my  plumber last month.

        By my  calculations, three nanoseconds must have elapsed

between his presenting  the check and the arrival in my account of the

funds needed to honour  it..

        I refer, of  course, to the automatic monthly deposit of my

entire pension, an  arrangement which, I admit, has been in place for

only eight  years.

        You are to be  commended for seizing that brief window of

opportunity, and also for  debiting my account $30 by way of penalty

for the inconvenience caused to  your bank.

        My  thankfulness springs from the manner in which this

incident has caused me  to rethink my errant financial ways. I noticed

that whereas I personally  answer your telephone calls and letters,

— when I try to contact you, I  am confronted by the impersonal,

overcharging, pre-recorded, faceless  entity which your bank has

become.

        From now on,  I, like you, choose only to deal with a

flesh-and-blood  person.

        My mortgage  and loan repayments will therefore and

hereafter no longer be automatic,  but will arrive at your bank, by

check, addressed personally and  confidentially to an employee at your

bank whom you must  nominate.

        Be aware that  it is an OFFENCE under the Postal Act for any

other person to open such an  envelope.

        Please find  attached an Application Contact which I require

your chosen employee to  complete.

        I am sorry it  runs to eight pages, but in order that I know

as much about him or her as  your bank knows about me, there is no

alternative.

        Please note  that all copies of his or her medical history

must be countersigned by a  Notary Public, and the mandatory details

of his/her financial situation  (income, debts, assets and

liabilities) must be accompanied by documented  proof.

        In due  course, at MY convenience, I will issue your

employee with a PIN number  which he/she must quote in dealings with

me.

        I regret that  it cannot be shorter than 28 digits but,

again, I have modelled it on the  number of button presses required of

me to access my account balance on  your phone bank service.

        As they say,  imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

        Let me level  the playing field even further.

        When you call  me, press buttons as follows:

        IMMEDIATELY  AFTER DIALING, PRESS THE STAR (*) BUTTON FOR  ENGLISH

        #1. To make  an appointment to see me

        #2. To query  a missing payment.

        #3. To  transfer the call to my living room in case I am  there.

        #4 To  transfer the call to my bedroom in case I am  sleeping.

        #5. To  transfer the call to my toilet in case I am

attending to  nature.

        #6. To  transfer the call to my mobile phone if I am not at  home.

        #7. To leave  a message on my computer, a password to access

my computer is  required.

        Password will  be communicated to you at a later date to

that Authorized Contact  mentioned earlier.

        #8. To return  to the main menu and to listen to options 1 through  10

        #9. To make a  general complaint or inquiry.

        The contact  will then be put on hold, pending the attention

of my automated answering  service.

        #10. This is  a second reminder to press* for English.

        While this  may, on occasion, involve a lengthy wait,

uplifting music will play for  the duration of the call.

        Regrettably,  but again following your example, I must also

levy an establishment fee to  cover the setting up of this new

arrangement.

        May I wish  you a happy, if ever so slightly less

prosperous, New  Year?

        Your Humble  Client

        And  remember: Don’t make old  people mad. We don’t like

being old in the first place, so it doesn’t take much to …. us  off.