Friday, July 31, 2009
4 tomatoes, drained and diced
2 small onions, diced
2 tablespoons chopped basil
2 frozen pie crusts
1/2 cup mayo
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup cheddar cheese
1/8 cup Parmesan cheese
*1-2 gloves garlic and 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
Few auroras show this level of detail. Above, a standard digital camera captured a particularly active and colorful auroral corona that occurred last week above Alberta, Canada. With a shape reminiscent of a flower, the spectacular aurora had an unusually high degree of detail. The vivid green and purple auroral colors are caused by high atmospheric oxygen and hydrogen reacting to a burst of incoming electrons.
As this Friday begins in Maryville we are in the midst of another downpour, and another soggy day is predicted. The weatherman alleges it will clear out by tomorrow, but then more rain moves in Sunday.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Merridee's Breadbasket -- Merridee's is actually in Franklin, about thirty minutes south of downtown Nashville, but well worthy of mention. The place is a bakery, but they also serve a variety of sandwiches, my favorite being their chicken salad. Sherry is a fiend for their molasses cookies.
City Limits Bakery and Cafe -- Conveniently located at 361 Clofton Drive in Bellevue within five minutes of our erstwhile neighborhood, City Limits was one of our regular breakfast restaurants. Sherry likes their bagels, the children usually go for muffins (the Sunriser is the best) and I like their sandwiches, even for breakfast.
Pizza Perfect -- Located in the same strip mall as City Limits, Pizza Perfect is at 357 Clofton Drive. If you haven't figured it out, we like pizza, and Pizza Perfect also turns out quality, traditional pies. The restaurant is divided into two rooms, the restaurant and the game room for the kids. The restaurant part has video monitors so you can watch your children play in the game room, which has no opening to the outside, while you wait for your pizza to be delivered. It is a great place for children's birthday parties.
Anatolia Turkish Restaurant -- Located at 48 White Bridge Road on the west side of Nashville, Anatolia Turkish Restaurant is a neat place to go if you're looking for something different. I confess that I've only eaten there once. I had lamb, and it was delicious.
Hot Kabobs -- Just down the street from Anatolia, at 336 White Bride Road, is a little Persian restaurant called Hot Kabobs. It is a family operated establishment, and the service is excellent. Sherry has a very dear friend whose family immigrated here from Iran after the fall of the Shah, and so Sherry grew up being treated to Persian meals. When we visited her friend and her family in Los Angeles several years ago, I had the opportunity to try Persian food for the first time, and I loved it, especially a ground beef dish that I think of as Persian meat loaf. There are also several good chicken dishes I liked. Hot Kabobs will serve it up for you. Yum!
Dalt's Classic American Grill -- Competing with its exotic neighbors is Dalt's Classic American Grill. Here my favorite meal is good, ol' American meat loaf, though I've also had burgers and sandwiches at Dalt's. The Monterey Chicken is good as well.
J. Alexander's -- We usually dine at the J. Alexander's at 73 White Bridge Road #130, but there is also a restaurant at 2609 West End. J. Alexander's has an elegant atmosphere, but it is a restaurant where one can still feel comfortable in casual dress. My favorite dishes at J. Alexanders are the pork tenderloin and smashed potatoes and the rattlesnake pasta.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
When we got home our long-haired calico, Molly, who refused numerous offers by me yesterday morning and yesterday at lunch to come inside, was hunkered down underneath the azalea near the front porch. She was soaking wet, and launched into the house as soon as I got the door open. The downpour was still in progress when Sherry got home, and she also got soaked, even though she parked mere feet from the door.
At least I didn't have to water the plants last night.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
The station will be reoriented for undocking by 12:38 p.m., and docking latches will open at 1:26 p.m. allowing Endeavour to drift free. Pilot Doug Hurley will guide Endeavour on a fly-around of the station at a distance of 400 feet, with final separation from the orbiting outpost at 2:41 p.m.
Sherry signed her up for a gymnastics program at Foothills Gymnastics, which is about five minutes from our house. Her first class is this evening.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Sir Pizza -- Our favorite local pizza in Nashville is Sir Pizza. What I find unique about their pies is the sauce, which is somewhat sweet to my taste. The crust is also notable, being nice and chewy. The atmosphere is laid back, and they have a wide variety of toppings. I wish we had a Sir Pizza restaurant in East Tennessee!
U.S. Border Cantina -- For Mexican fare in Nashville, you can't beat U.S. Border Cantina, and our favorite location was in Bellevue, where we used to live. Jose, the chef, has several interesting dishes featuring fish, including trout, served with Mexican trimmings. Sherry likes their verde sauce, usually with Enchiladas.
Kobe Steaks -- Our favorite Japanese steak house in Nashville is Kobe Steaks, located near Centennial Park and the Parthenon. Like most Japanese steak places, the chef is the entertainment as well, and they send pieces of shrimp flying about. I particularly like the little volcano they make out of an onion, and for lovebirds they make a rice heart on the grill as they fry the rice.
Brandon's Bar and Grill -- Brandon's is a pub located in the Arcade in downtown Nashville near my former law office on Printers Alley, and they serve up a nice sandwich, as well as libations. My favorite was their club sandwich, though I've had many fine lunches there featuring other sandwiches.
House of Pizza -- Manny's House of Pizza, also in the Arcade, was another good lunch venue when I worked in downtown Nashville. Their pies are more traditional than Sir Pizza, but also very good. A friend of mine who first guided me there, warned that one should be careful not to make the proprietor upset so that one is not banished. No pizza for you!
Phillip's Delicatessen -- Phillip's Delicatessen, with locations in both Brentwood and in the Arcade, was also a regular lunch eatery for me in downtown Nashville. I especially like their tarragon chicken salad sandwich, but they serve up about any sandwich you would expect from a traditional deli.
State Cafeteria -- I wouldn't recommend it for a tourist visiting downtown Nashville, but the State cafeteria in the Cordell Hull Building downtown, where I worked in the Central Legal Office of the Tennessee Department of Children's Services, was a great place for a quick, inexpensive lunch. It was nothing to write home about, but it was a convenient place to get a hot meal on a rainy day
South Street -- South Street Smokehouse, Crab Shack and Authentic Tree House Oyster Bar, located downtown on 20th Avenue South, is a very festive and fun place to eat. The atmosphere reminds me of a Joe's Crab Shack, only not quite so hokey. They have crab cakes that can't be beat, as well as a number of other items from Po' Boy sandwiches to oysters to steak and seafood.
Bunganut Pig Pub and Eatery -- I've been to England. I've visited British pubs, and Senator, this is a British pub, complete with pub towels and pints of Guinness, and entertainment in the evening. Technically not a Nashville restaurant, the Pig is in lovely Franklin, Tennessee. Go to nice Pig. Have shepherd's pie. Be happy!
Bosco's -- Ah, Bosco's! This restaurant and brewery is the site of my first date with my lovely wife, and it is therefore very near and dear to my heart. With locations in Hillsboro Village, near Vanderbilt University, and in Cool Springs in Franklin, Bosco's features handcrafted beers and a full menu. I love their pizza and pasta. The Hillsboro Village location used to feature a string quartet for Sunday brunch.
Friday, July 24, 2009
ZIPLOC OMELET (This works great !!! Good for when all your family is together. The best part is that no one has to wait for their special omelet !!!)Have guests write their name on a quart-size Ziploc freezer bag with permanent marker. Crack 2 eggs (large or extra-large) into the bag (not more than 2) shake to combine them. Put out a variety of ingredients such as: cheeses, ham, onion, green pepper, tomato, hash browns, salsa, etc. Each guest adds prepared ingredients of choice to their bag and shake. Make sure to get the air out of the bag and zip it up.Place the bags into rolling, boiling water for exactly 13 minutes [we did 15 minutes]. You can usually cook 6-8 omelets in a large pot. For more, make another pot of boiling water. Open the bags and the omelet will roll out easily. Be prepared for everyone to be amazed. Nice to serve with fresh fruit and coffee cake; everyone gets involved in the process and a great conversation piece.
Sherry will drive home from Nashville on Sunday. She's had a good visit with Joey and Jake and Grams. When I talked to her yesterday afternoon they were at the Rolling River subdivision pool, which is where we used to swim when we lived there. It sounded like it was a typical sunny summer day, and you could hear children playing in the background. Before she left, one of the teachers at Sarah's school, knowing that Sherry is creative, asked her to take thirty T-shirts home and tie dye them, so that will be among our projects for Sunday afternoon.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
I am in my third week of my new job and am enjoying it, and I am still getting used to my new wheels. Les and Fraz came by yesterday and picked up the Nissan, which Leslie is going to drive. We have a lot of new changes to get used to.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
After visiting Little Ponderosa, we went to Mom's house for a bit, and then the four of us went to Calhoun's in downtown Knoxville and had lunch on their outside deck. I've wanted to do something Knoxvillian for several weeks now, and lunch on the Tennessee River fit the bill. Sarah went home with Mom to spend the night afterward, and Sherry and I were treated to an evening alone together.
Les and Fuzzy spent the night up in Gatlinburg at La and Stew's Cozy Creek cabin last night, and La and Stew were tied up with yard work yesterday. The family is to convene at our place here on Everett Hill in Maryville at some point today, and I suspect we'll put some food on the table for them.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
I knew the physical activity would be good for me, but have forgotten how nice it is to be outside for an hour every day in the early morning as the sun comes up and the birds are singing. This morning as I passed the baseball field at Everett Park, which sits in a bowl, it was filled with morning fog, which was rolling down into the bowl and into the field as the sun came up. Nice!
Horrors! They require the child to wear a name tag. After three and a half years of wearing one at McDonalds, I swore I'd never wear one again.
Friday, July 17, 2009
I think I would have made it through the experience okay if the teacher hadn't given us a piece of paper with a poem on it about leaving your child at school the first time.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Where are you going my litle one..little one
Where are you going my baby ..my own
Turn around and you're two
Turn around and you're four
Turn around and you're a young babe
Going out of the door
Where are you going my little one..little one
Where are you going my baby..my own
Turn around and you're six
Turn around and you're eight
Turn around and you're a young lass/lad going out of the gate
Where are you going my little one...little one
Where are you going my baby ...my own
Turn around and you're young Turn around and you're grown
Turn around and you're a young girl/man
With babes of your own.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
I was amazed during our time on the beach that our 21st century kids, accustomed as they are to being entertained by something plugged into an electrical outlet, had so much fun just digging holes in the sand. It's a lot cheaper than anything Nintendo sells.
When we had lunch at AJ's there was a pirate that made balloon animals and posed for photos with the kids. Unfortunately, I don't think we got a picture of him, but Fuzzy did. The balloons on the boys' shoulders are supposed to be parrots.
There is a scene in the movie where Shrek says, "I am an ogre -- arrrrgh!" Sarah has been reenacting that scene in the role of Shrek since we got back from Florida.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Rat's family reunion was at a place called Sampson's Hollow, which is a wedding facility on West Millers Cove Road and adjoins the Blackberry Farm property. I was happy to see his dad, whom I haven't seen since his mother's funeral a couple of years ago. While we were at Sampson's Hollow, which some of Rat's kinfolk own, one of the men took a bunch of us on a ride on a flatbed trailer behind a tractor. Sarah got to see some horses and play in a creek on the property.
We took my little propane grill up to the Wye and grilled hot dogs and sausages for lunch. Sarah likes to play in the river sand and rocks, and she calls this Dirt Town. She was so excited about going to the Wye she got up and got dressed on her own before I could get showered. Usually you have to fuss at the child for about thirty minutes to get her to get ready for school in the morning. Not so when she is getting up to go somewhere fun.
Rat and the kids came back to our house in Maryville after the Wye, and they spent most of the afternoon with us yesterday. Sarah and Sabrina played a game of Sorry, much to Sarah's delight. It was a nice visit, and we hope to reciprocate with a visit to Rat's home on Lake Hickory in North Carolina.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Can I just have a bowl of Mayfield's vanilla ice cream instead?
Thursday, July 9, 2009
I have been amazed that Sarah has suddenly decided she likes olives. Sherry's side of the family loves olives, and my dad liked them. I like them on pizza and sometimes in spaghetti sauce, but I didn't start using them as appetizers until I met Sherry. Now, olives are part of the spread we put out any time we serve appetizers at our house, and I've developed more of a taste for them.
With Sarah, I have found it interesting that her willingness to try new food changes over time. For example, when she was about one she ate a whole bowl of sauteed mushrooms at Outback Steak House, and when she was two she pulled a tomato off the plant and bit into it and ate it like an apple. You can't get her near a tomato these days, except for, of course, ketchup, and I wouldn't even try to get her to try a mushroom, even if it were sauteed in butter.
The city is reeling from news of McNair's murder by a twenty-year-old girlfriend he'd been having an affair with. She shot herself after shooting him to death. What a sad and sordid story.
Laura is talking up getting together this weekend at her place on the Little River. The local news is calling for a blazing hot weekend, so it will be a good time to be near the water. I'd love to put my canoe on the water this weekend, but it is probably more trouble than it would be worth to haul it over there. At least I can fish off of the dock.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
The hermit crab is still just sitting in his cage.
Monday, July 6, 2009
We also brought home a tree crab, commonly known as hermit crabs, back from the beach, so our house, which already sports two house cats, is now overrun with varmints.
Our beach trip was about what you would expect. We alternated between pools and the beach, squeezed in a half day of shopping at the Silver Sands Outlet Mall and made the obligatory pilgrimage to A.J.'s in Destin for a fish sandwich at the harbor. I was interested, and sad, to see many vacant businesses both at the outlet mall and elsewhere down on the gulf coast of Florida. The weather was good all week, except for one afternoon shower, and we all had a good time. Jake and Joey were able to hook up with one of their friends, Graham, on Thursday, and their dad brought another of their friends, Quay, down on Friday to spend this week with them.