Monday, July 22, 2019

Took a drive to Mason

...with the air condition blasting and our phones plugged in charging. Oh the heat was tremendous and we were alas without power at home.

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It was only 72 in the antique shop

The Ingham County Court House

Moni and her Jeep

Inside Kean's

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Recipe #15: Fun Summer Pork Loin

The temps got over 95 on our deck and we wanted something that needed not too much prep, so I went back to an old stand-by: rolled up pork loin with savory goodness inside. As sides, we had broccoli tomato potatoes and mushrooms in butter and granulated garlic.

I butterflied a four pound loin and beat it down with a rubber mallet.

Meanwhile, my super hero dicer made short work of about 6 oz mushrooms

Mixed with about half of a brick of softened cream cheese

and my secret seasoning that goes on everything (parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme)

I spread the mixture on the meat

then rolled it up,

tied it well,

and seasoned with fresh cracked black pepper, some chili powder, a bit of paprika, fresh chopped parsley, and a couple dashes of soy

I wrapped it and threw it back in the fridge until about an hour before grill time.

These are my super huge mushrooms, the likes of which are only grown by Farmer Maggot

Meanwhile, I began the main side by dicing about three good size russets, 

adding three garlic cloves and two cups water and boiling for about 10 minutes before

adding two large heads of broccoli chopped up small. This boiled for another eight minutes or so.

I drained the water and added one container of grape tomatoes halved and about a swig of EVOO.

Those beautiful mushrooms got shredded (my paring knife has serious need of an edge), thrown in a tin foil bowl, and added to some granulated garlic. 

Pork on the bottom, mushrooms on top, over 

unflavoured briquettes mixed with

hardwood lumps, for a wonderful smokey flavour. 

Kroger has not paid my anything for posting photos of its products. 

My wife's mosquito repeller, for those late night watering sessions.

It took longer than I expected, but I wanted the internal temp to be 145 all throughout. By this time, the potatoes were cooled off, and the mushrooms were almost gone.

Not bad fare, if your body has difficulty processing sodium, and you don't mind bland potatoes. Probably very healthy overall. The pork roll could have used more cream cheese - next time I would use the entire brick, and then just fold it once so as to make it not so thick (thereby reducing the cook time). The mix of cream cheese, mushrooms, and seasonings inside the pork was very very tasty.

Why are mushrooms so good?

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Dear Lord~
Please be near my sister and her children, during this transition time in 
their lives.
Please lead us, guide us by Your Good Spirit;
bring us together with like-minded folks who
would like to also pray together.
All glory and honor and praise to YOU oh LORD!


Sunday, June 16, 2019

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Come to-day
as only You can come; 
empower through Your good Spirit those who are striving for holiness, 
tug on the heartstrings of those who haven't yet given themselves fully to Your kingdom,
walk alongside those struggling with addiction and mental illness,
change the hearts of those who would take from, hurt, or murder others.
Be our Strength, be our Sufficiency.
Come, Lord Jesus;
come Holy Spirit, and fill the hearts of the faithful.

Sunday, June 9, 2019


Arrogance, mixed with ignorance, is a dangerous thing for the soul.

 ~John Martignoni