Weekly Off Topic Thread 314

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Weekly Off Topic Thread 314

Getting this weeks WOTT started kind of late.  It was warmer here this weekend so I've been trying to get a few little "honey do's" taken care of around the house before bad weather hits.  It was a bad weekend for our teams.  KU lost to Villanova in basketball and the Chiefs lost to the Broncos......again.  Oh well.....only sports.....not really all that important to us.  A lot more important concerns in our lives these days.

 

I certainly hope that everyone survived Thanksgiving dinner and the shopping crowds thereafter.   We did not vernture anywhere near all that mess.  We're at the age now that we just give some cash to our kids and grandkids and let them buy what the need or want. 

 

Now we move on to Christmas and....2014.  Gee where did 2013 go to?  It was one of the worst years in my memory from our viewpoint.  But maybe next year will be better.  I guess I should be grateful that all of our 3 sons....their wives.....and all the 9 grandchildren, who are of working age, are productively employeed and doing well....or attending school.  I hope it stays that way.

 

Have a great week everybody!!!        Phil

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Phil, is that 3 grandkids per child? 

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Yep.  We have three sons.  Two of them have one daughter and two sons each.  Number 3 has three sons......for a grand total of 9 kids.  Oldest grandson is 30 years old.  Believe it or not.....so far....we have only one great grandchild.....a beautiful 9 yr. old young lady.    Our youngest grandson is 15 and is in high school.  But since all the older grandchildren are so career minded.....well....I doubt that I live long enough to see another great grandchild.  If we could ever get all  our family together in one place it would be kind of crowded with 17 of us in the room.  But that is not likely to happen in my lifetime because the grandchildren are presently scattered from Kansas City.....to Austin, TX.....to Cheyenne, WY....to Boston.  Two of our sons live here in the Kansas City area but our middle boy and his wife live in Florida.  Nope....I don't think it is likely we'll ever see them all together at once.    Have I confused you?

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Oh boy.   A special dinner this evening.  My wife's home made, slow cooked, turkey-vegetable soup.  The ultimate left-overs dish.   Famous in our family.  I'm a huge soup lover.  Big Campbells and Progresso canned soup fan.  But she does not like the canned soups so she specializes in her home made soups.   It is always a treat.....cooked with love.   Yummmmm!

 

Serious cold, cold weather on the way.  If I were to win the lottery....the first thing I would buy would be a small, second home down south.  Somewhere along the Gulf Coast or in Florida.  I HATE cold weather.  Even more-so these days with my sickly respiritory system.  I have to take my walks indoors.  The cold air just makes me cough even more than normal.

 

Outside temps are too cold for using the heat-pump part of the furnace.  We've had to flip the switch on the thermostat over to full time gas operation.  Oh well.  Natural gas is cheaper than electricity anyway these days.  And recently we were informed that electric rates were going up again.  We are elderly so we don't turn the thermostat down as far over night as we used to.  About 70 or 69.  When operating on the gas the furnace brings the house temp up to daytime setting of 73 much faster in the morning than the heat-pump ever did.  Around these parts quite a few folks are replacing their heating-A/C systems when they fail....and eliminating the heat-pump feature.  Just too much extra cost to buy and to power.

 

That's it for tonight.   Everyone stay warm and cozy.  And stay healthy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I hate (HATE!) the winter, too.  Lately, I've been daydreaming , browsing some of the websites discussing retiring to foreign lands.  Ah yes, retire to Panama, Costa Rica or Thailand where (supposedly) a couple can live comfortably on $1000 a month and well off for $500 more.

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Ha.  Yeah. Me too.   Been noticing the TV commercials touting the financial and weather climate in Belize.  (did I spell that right?)  It's a tiny, tiny country just south of the Yucatan penninsula in Central America.  Claims to be an English speaking country.  I have no idea about the cost of living there.  Oh well......just a passing thought.  Grass on the other side of the fence & all that, you know?   Probably pretty darn hot in summer since it is just south of the Tropic of Cancer.   It's not going to break above 19 degrees here today....and snow is in the forcast.   Hmmmmm.....how far is it to drive to Belize?

 

I'd better get busy on our humidifier.  We have quite a lot of minerals in our water and they seem to build up and clog the valve to the humidifier tubing.  I'll have to turn off our water.....remove the valve and soak it in vinegar for a while to remove the crud.  So better get at it.  We've got only 26% humidity in the house right now and my wife is grumping that she is getting zapped when she touches lamps or light switches, etc.

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Wow it is flippin' cold outside, even down here in Houston. Been hovering around 38-39F all day.

I made homemade chili two nights ago, definitely going to warm that up for tonight. I pressure cooked it and had it ready in only about 1 1/2 hours. Added some minced dried ancho chiles for deeper flavor and it turned out awesome.

Original recipe makes 6 servings

Ingredients

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 1/2 pounds coarse ground beef, 90/10 mixture (typically ground round or ground sirlion)
salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 minced dried ancho chile pepper
2 tablespoons ancho chile powder
1 tablespoon regular chile powder
2 teaspoons Spanish paprika
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
2 (10 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with green chile peppers
1 1/2 cups beef stock (use low-salt or no-salt, do not use bouillon cubes/granules)
1/8 cup ground corn chips (optional)
1/8 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/8 cup chopped green onions


Directions

1. Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Season beef generously with salt and black pepper; place meat in the skillet and cook until brown on all sides, 5 to 10 minutes. Drain, transfer to plate and set aside.

2. Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil over medium-low heat in the pot of a pressure cooker. Stir onion and garlic into pot; cook until almost translucent, 4 to 6 minutes. Stir in miced dried ancho chile, ancho chile powder, regular chile powder, paprika, cumin, black pepper, chipotle chile powder, cayenne pepper, and oregano; cook until fragrant, 2 minutes. Add diced tomatoes/green chiles, beef, and beef stock; stir to combine.

3. Lock the lid of your pressure cooker. Increase heat to high and bring to full pressure. Reduce heat to low to maintain pressure; cook for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and let rest 10 minutes. Ensure that pressure is fully released and remove the lid.

4. Return uncovered pressure cooker to burner over medium-high heat. Stir in corn chips and bring to a boil; cook for 5 minutes. Garnish with cilantro and green onion.

 

 

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Wow it is flippin' cold outside, even down here in Houston. Been hovering around 38-39F all day.

 

 


That's a heatwave SJ.  We've been below freezing since 3PM yesterday and not expected to get above it until Wednesday.  We shut down work early yesterday and the DFW metroplex was shut down completely today.  Where I live in Little Elm, (north of Dallas) we actually had the most sleet/ice accumulation of 3.5"  Being stuck at home with 3 adults and 2 kids aged 5 and 4 1/2 can have it's trying moments.  Our low tonight is supposed to be down to 10-15.  Now that's COLD.

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oufanindallas wrote:
That's a heatwave SJ.

 

I know. Smiley Happy

 

I saw on the news today some pictures and reports out of DFW, and it looks like you guys are iced in.  We're not iced down here, but on top of the 38F temperatures, it's also drizzling/wet and windy.  It's that kind of cold that goes right through you.

 

 

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Oh......poor fellows.....   Right now...8:56 PM....it is 12 deg. here on the east side of Kansas City.

 

S.J.   THAT is SOME chilly recipe.  But just reading it made my tongue burn.  We love chilly but had to make some sacrifices because of my early cardiac problems.  My wife makes three different kind.....the regular with beef (if we have company coming)....the version with the ground turkey for me.....or her favorite...an all vege version.  For us she makes it pretty darn hot.  But when we have members of her family over she has to tone it down quite a bit.  A bunch of pansies.  More like beef and bean soup.  Should be a crime to call it chilly.

If I lived near Houston I'd come calling at your house about chilly serving time.  You betcha.

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