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What to do... What to do?

I have the opportunity this week only, to purchase a boy hood dream.  A replica wrestling championship belt.  I have always wanted own a belt since I can remember, and now that this dream is in my face I'm torn.  See here is the problem.  I can easily pay the belt off before the end of February, no problem.  The problem is the guilt.  My fiance Tara, may not admit it, but this is not the wisest purchase, and before everyone jumps down her throat, I also know this is not the best purchase in the world.  

We are all feeling the sting of a bad economy, and I'm in that boat as well.  I could use that $269, on groceries, gas, and bills, I know this, but this is a chance to capture a dream.  A silly one?  Yes.  A necessity? No.  I have tried to rationalize the purchase in my head a million times, and nothing is working.  If I buy the belt I wont be late on any bills, and I will still have money in the bank (not a lot, but enough).  My tax return is coming in, and I will be using that to pay off a credit card, and will have $300 left over, so there is some extra cash... see there I go again, trying to rationalize.  

What to do, what to do? 
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I COOKED I COOKED! Well, kinda...

Don't tell, I cut corners with CHICKEN PATTIES!!

Munchie Monday challenge:  Crock Pot Chicken Wing Dip

I don't find cooking relaxing.  Cleaning is more my Zen.  So when another Munchie Monday recipe called for cooking up raw chicken, I scoffed at it .... then procrastinated like any normal chicken-cookin CHICKEN (!)  I didn't even buy the ingredients until 6pm Sunday night.  There HAD to be an EVEN easier method for this already easy crock pot dip! (pathetic, I know)

Now, my husband Ethan was appalled when I returned from the grocery store with my creative substitution -- CHICKEN PATTIES!!!
(Seriously, I was looking for the fastest - & cheapest - fix).  He thought the dip would be ruined (Eric made the same face when I told him what my secret ingredient would be!).  But think about it -- it's a wing dip.  What wouldn't taste awesome in a chicken wing dip but breaded chicken to pull in the Frank's Hot Awesomeness!! 

For someone that doesn't cook, I thought this was an enlightening discovery ;-p

...and believe it or not, the office LOVED it! 
The Crock Pot returned home, without a drop of leftover dip
... what a successful downer (would have loved some leftovers to avoid cooking another night!)

Enjoy for yourself, and let me know if you take the bold chicken patty route ... I have paved the path for you, my raw chicken fearing friends!!!!  

(you can also use precooked chicken strips, like Tyson's; a listener also suggested canned chicken.  The Patties were just the easiest and least expensive substitute that lazy day I tried it)

Here's this week's Munchie Monday recipe, courtesy of Brenda Pytlik
who writes on FB:

Love Love Love this recipe!!

And Thank you Selena & Eric for the $25 Gift Card to the Giant Market for submitting this recipe!!!

You Guys are the BEST!!!

Servings: 12
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese

3 -4 boneless chicken breasts, cooked and diced (Selena used chicken patties! The breading made it work!)
1 cup frank's hot sauce

1 cup ranch salad dressing

1 cup blue cheese dressing
1 cup sour cream
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
3 -4 stalks of chopped celery (add to dip or serve on the side)

Directions: Combine all ingredients into crock pot. Reserve some cheddar cheese for the top. Cook on low for 2 hours. Just before serving, add the reserved cheese to the top and allow to melt.

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The "Super-Bore"?... No Thanks!

You will never find a bigger football fan than I am, equal maybe, but bigger never, and for that reason you would think that I would be waiting in breathless anticipation of this weekend’s matchup: The Super bowl… I am not.
Heralded as the greatest day in all of sports, the final game of the NFL season has grown to become a spectacle of epic proportion, and one that if you say you’re not going to be watching, or you don’t really care who wins, your sanity is called into question.
Sure it’s a game that determines the nation’s most popular sport’s champion; sure it serves as an excuse to gamble, drink, and eat to a degree of unequalled excess; sure it’s the last we will see of football until training camp begins in late summer, but this year I’m going to be staring at my eyelids.
Why you ask…. well mainly, to be honest I’m not sure that the super bowl is about people like me anymore.
Let me explain: 1. You can bet on almost everything from Beyonce's Cleavage, to Coaches Wearing Hats, to the Color of the Gatorade, but I don’t gamble!
2. It’s estimated that ESPN will air 120 hours of Super Bowl coverage…. WHAT?!
3. There will be 100 chefs and 1,000 servers at the New Orleans Superdome for this Sunday's Super Bowl, and as guy who loves to eat that’s awesome, but The most expensive food fans at the game will be able to order is a Gulf shrimp cocktail that will run you $30, and the CHEAPEST is an order of small nachos, which will cost EIGHT dollars… SMALL NACHO FOR EIGHT BUCKS ?! , NO WAY!
4. And since my beloved Philadelphia Eagles never had a playoff chance in hell… I have no reason to stay up past the national anthem.
 This Sunday evening while the turf, sweat, chicken wings and expletives fly through the air… I’ll be sleeping. Joe Thomas will get me the details on Monday.
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There is no way I'm in the wrong here...right?

So I ordered some supplements off of the internet, and when they were shipped to me, I realized they were the wrong pills, so I contacted the store.  I informed them they sent the wrong package.  They were quick to reply, that if I could send a picture of what was sent, so they could correct the mistake.  I did, and they followed up with this response...


Hi,   I have processed an other shipment for you. Can you please return the Lichi?"  Now wait a minute.  They want me to re-package their mistake and send it back to them?  So, I have to pay for their mistake?  I simply replied, if you send a pre paid postage with the pills I ordered, then sure, I will send them back.  

I'm in the right here, right? 

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The dreaded plateau.

I've been rocking this Weight Watchers thing off and on for a few years now. For the first time, however, I'm feeling really motivated and like I'm going to really stick with it. This could be the result of one of my best friends getting married in October. She asked me to be the Maid of Honor. Cool, right?

As dedicated as I've been to eating healthy and working out (I'm even running... something I used to hate!), the scale isn't budging. I'm down about 11 pounds and it refuses to move from that number. In my quest to make the numbers go down, I've found a new lunch favorite... They're called "Salad Additions" from Lean Cuisine. They come with everything you need to put on top of your salad (including the dressing)... You just add the lettuce. Delicious! The Southwest Style Chicken is my favorite! Have you tried them?! YUM!

Even if the scale is being slow, at least I have a delicious lunch to look forward to!

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As promised pictures of my bar/living room!

So I have been talking a quite a bit about my bar and living room in my new apartment.  Well the good news it is finaly finished!  The only change I would like to make it a new record play because mine is just about shot, but other than that the room is finished.  So here are the pictures, enjoy! 

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Selena Keeps Stealing My Lunch... Kinda.

    As we cascade toward another Munchie Monday I have been trying a few recipe ideas at home and bringing the leftovers (good or bad) in for lunch the next day. I have been choosing pretty decent food and cooking well, I must admit, but I may have created a serious problem for myself here at work… Selena keeps stealing my lunch.

    Ok, to be honest, she’s only been tasting what I’ve brought but it’s a daily occurrence! To help you understand how she secretly steals my lunch I’ve created a copy of the dialog that occurs (not exact but close) so follow along.

1. The approach begins with a question: Her: “what is that; it smells GOOD.”
2. Me: “it’s something I cooked last night” 
3. Then comes the over the shoulder inspection of my culinary experiment…
4. Question two: “what’s in it; it looks delicious”…
5. I explain. 
6. Then after a reasonable amount of time I ask the question that she knows is coming: Me  “would you like a taste”
7. Her: “would you mind?” 
8. Samples are had
9. compliments ensue
10. I am glad she enjoyed it.

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It's not just you....


I can never get through an entire roll of correction tape without it unraveling.

This thing had a mind of its own -- it was ready to wrap me up in a straight-jacket!!
Sometimes the Old School Whiteout just beats its upgrade. 

....thanks to Judy who called this morning, relieved it wasn't just her that this happened to!

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Is it parade time already?

So as we all know, St. Pattys day is a pretty big deal around here.  As soon as parade day is over, people immediately start talking about next years parade.  So it should come as no surprise.... we have already started talking about our float!   Even more crazy...I'm in charge!   

Yes, you read correctly I have been put in charge of the float.  Luckily we already have an idea, and I pride myself on being a pretty crafty guy!   I'm stoked to put this float together, one because it will be a killer float, and two, you , as in everyone, get to participate in our float and win!  

As we get closer to parade day I will be leaking pictures of the said float so stay tuned! 

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