Thursday, December 10, 2009

Captain D's

You ever been driving around town about lunchtime, and get a little smell of food in the window ?
I was driving through Fredericksburg today, not even thinking about lunch, and while sitting at the stoplight I could smell the fried fish.
At that moment my right hand turn signal went on and into the parking lot I went.
2 fish, a chicken plank, some shrimp, 2 deviled crabs, fries, hush puppies, coleslaw, and a large sweet tea for under 10 bucks
I would have paid twice that at one of the fancier places, and would have waited 20 or 30 minutes for my food. By the time I got my tea and sat down, the Lady was bringing me my food, and some cocktail sauce and tarter sauce.
And I was going to settle for a dollar hamburger on the way home today, oh well

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Makin Some Pie

Had this sent to me today.
Thought I would share and let you all in on how some get their filling for pumpkin pie

Monday, November 23, 2009

Cooking A Lobster

A friend of mine has some relatives in Maine, and they were coming in for a couple weeks to stay with him and his family over the Thanksgiving weekend.
He stopped in the other night and asked if I wanted some lobsters because they were bringing some down with them fresh.
I said yeah, why not, put me down for 6.
Friday afternoon, he called me and said bring your cooler over, so I got over there and got 6 live lobsters for 20 bucks. Whoo Hooo
My crab cooker will hold a bushell and a half, so all 6 fit in there, and my buddy told me to cook them about 18 minutes.
Not a bad supper, some potato's from the garden, and some deer steak, and a little fried cabbage and cornbread, me and the boys were laying around the living room for an hour or so before we got up to clean the table.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

You Know What You Folks Need

Really !

I know what you need.

I got me a jar of it this afternoon.

Wanna see ?

That's right, marshmallow fluff.

And no, I was not making fudge, or rice krispy treats, or even whoopie pies.

Nope, I went for the instant gratification

A fluffernutter

white bread+peanut butter+fluff+white bread= : )

Monday, October 26, 2009

It's Pumpkin Time !

Time for the kids to carve some scary pumpkins again.
you know what that means to me ?
Some good pumpkin butter,
just like apple butter, and easy to make

After the kids clean the guts and seed out of the pumpkins, take a spoon and scrape the inner walls to get as much meat as you can. This will not only reward you with precious butter, but make the carving easy for the kids. The recipe has never been written for me, but I have used 1/2 cup cider to 1 cup pumpkin in a crock pot on low for 10 hours/overnight. I had 5 cups of pumpkin when I was done scraping.
I add cinnamon and allspice to taste, and with this batch, I did add 1/4 cup splenda

Nothing better on a piece of toast in the morning, and good with peanut butter too !

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Thank You Sheetz

I have been on the road doing some political work in my area the past few days, and I have to say, I have had a lot of coffee.
Today, the weather turned cold and rain set in, and a hot cup of coffee turned into a necessity.
I have come to realize that I am not a big fan of the 7-11 coffee.
I have found that fast food places serve coffee that has a burnt taste.
Many of the Quick Marts, and Stop In's that I tried had coffee in a thermos that was either cold, or just plain weak

Thank God for Sheetz

I found 3 separate locations on my route today, and every stop I made I got a great cup.
The half & half dispenser was full, and they had splenda, my favorite sweetener.
After my volunteer obligations were done, I made a stop back in to Sheetz for some chili mac, and in the morning, I am going out of my way to get my first cup of coffee there.
I am hooked

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Old Days

Made a quick trip to the store this afternoon, and while I was looking for my root beer, my son asked for a Yoohoo
I stopped and thought for a sec, and could not remember the last time I had one of the chocolate drinks.
I did not answer him, I just grabbed a 12 pack and tossed them in the cart.
I forgot how much I loved those things, and after dinner tonight they were a perfect treat
Just thought I would share, and maybe plant a seed for you readers to grab one for yourself.
Heck, maybe they will send me a coupon for some free ones : )

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Just wanted to brag on my garden a little

Squash is lookin real good
I think I will be grilling these guys by Sunday

Cucumbers are popping up everywhere, and still blooming

I put in some banana peppers this year and they are coming in great. You can smell them

I put in cherry tomatoes, big boys, and tried the bunch tomatoes this year. I am going to pick a few of the big boys and fry them green. Just a hint, bread them in cornmeal instead of flower
Besides a little 7 dust, I have no chemicals on my plants, and all year I till in old veggies, leftover fish parts, and crab and shrimp shells

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

I Found The Pepsi

I had heard rumors on a friends site that Pepsi had come out with the old version of the drink, free of the corn and fructose stuff in all the modern drinks
I had asked around for it, and got some strange looks, but it was nowhere to be found.
Today as I was walking down the soda isle, I saw the Pepsi guy stocking the shelves and asked him about it. He pointed to the center shelf and there it was, Pepsi throwback
Man that stuff is great, maybe it was all in my head, but did not taste as thick or sweet as the regular stuff.
I just wanted to post this, and mention my friend, Crotchety who got the stuff up in Jersey before it made it down here to us good ole boys.
Check him out here

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Lookin For A Deal

It's tough out there right now, and everyone is really pulling back on what they spend.
One of the first cuts I made in my families budget was eating out
I have four boys that leave me behind when it comes to eating, sometimes I just don't know where they put it. A good value for me are the Buffet places that are sprinkled around the shopping centers about an hour from where we live. There are the steak buffets, chicken, Chinese food, anything you have a taste for, but with 2 adults and 4 boys, it rings up to an easy $75.00 when we go. OUCH !
Many of these restaurants used to have a kids price at around $2.99 or $4.99 if they were like 10 or younger, but not anymore
I saw an ad on TV the other night for a place we have not been to in a while, the good ole Old Country Buffet and it said it was bringing the kids prices back, so that was our destination this past Sunday

My younger boys ate free, which was great and for the rest of us, all total was only $34.00.
I got my fill of fried chicken, and slipped in some salad, and we all left feeling good
When a business makes a decision to lend a hand to families like this, I will be sure to take advantage of it, and just may be back next Sunday as well

Monday, March 23, 2009

Uncle Sam

Walking through Wal-Mart this weekend, I made a swing into the grocery section to get a few things. Cereal was one of the things on my list, and since I was coming off my honey nut Cheerios kick, I started to browse the 40+ feet, 3 shelf high display of cold breakfast cereals.
I was set on something new and something healthy, and I came across this stuff
I saw toasted whole wheat flakes & flaxseed in large type. I saw it had 10 grams of fiber and omega 3 fatty acids. I thought " yeah, this stuff is like doctor food "
It was not untill this morning when I opened the box and poured the first bowl that I realized this was no raisin bran. I looked at the front of the box to try and match the picture with what I had poured into my bowl and it was then I noticed the additional writing on the box that claimed this stuf was a natural laxitive
I scratched my head and thought what the heck. I added the milk and took a bite and soon realized that I would need a couple packetts of splenda. It turned out to be pretty good, and the flaxseed gives it a pretty good crunch
This being my first journey into the mega fiber cereal world, it was a pleasent one. The thought still lingers in the back of my mind about the laxitive capability of the cereal, but I guess after 40+ years, I should start get used to it now

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Eat Great..... Even Late ?

There is nothing better than a Saturday night out. Some friends were playing at a little place this weekend, and as usual, I was nominated as the designated driver.
It was OK because I don't drink, I become a people watcher. I love to see how alcohol makes everyone just go nuts

And as always, we have to stop for breakfast and it never amazes me to watch the same people that just drank down beer and vodka, and lemon drops, and yager bombs shove runny eggs and greasy bacon and sausage right down on top of it

I stick with the coffee and some pie at that time of night, and listen to all the noise because in a crowded restaurant filled with alcohol fueled folks that have nothing to do while waiting for their moons over myhamy, you know you will get a floor show.

I am someone who has been a career designated driver for some time, and I have to say some of the best late night wrestling matches are generally found at the Waffle House or the 24 hour Hardee's, and knowing this, I decided we would visit the Denny's

Well guess what

Yeah, 4 separate fights, and one mean chic fight that resulted in some fake hair being tossed across someones table.

Who knew the late night menu at Denny's came with a floor show

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Opening Day

Every small town has one, and Ours closes for the Winter in October.
But on Valentines Day it opens for business and the Custard starts to flow

What I am talking about is our local ice cream stand
Carls has been around since 1947, and is the same now as it was when I was a little kid. They serve frozen custard and have cones, shakes, malts, slush's, and a line that usually winds around the front of the building. It's not so bad though, the service is fast, and the line moves at a good pace.

On my recent visit for a chocolate malt, and some real strawberry shakes for the boys, I noticed a plaque on the building that said Carls has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Fredericksburg Va is full of history and was a big part of the early colonies and the Civil War, you can check it out here
Fredericksburg, known for the first Presidents, the Civil War, and frozen custard

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

I Got Angry

I made a trip to town on Monday, and at around 2 in the afternoon, My son and I realized the fact that we had not had lunch
With McDonalds on one side of the street, and a Burger King on the other, the onion rings were calling my name
BK has a new Whopper ever few month's, and on this visit, they were promoting a new one called the Angry Whopper, and it looked like a good match for my rings and sweet tea

I have always been a fan of BK sandwiches, and always have a hard time deciding between a fish, chicken, or burger, but I have to say, I made the right choice today. This burger actually had some heat to it, and the fried onions were great
I do not write this as an ad for the restaurant, but as a plea to keep those fried onions. They may be a match for the onion rings they serve now. Maybe they could offer them as a side ?
Oh well, just wishful thinking