A LITTLE OF THIS, A LITTLE OF THAT

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A LITTLE OF THIS, A LITTLE OF THAT



My reading choices are very eclectic. …

I dabble in a little of this and a little of that.

  • I enjoy mysteries.
  • Many times a great who-done-it murder is right up my alley.
  • I am not into many vampire-themed stories.
  • But a good over-world novel can sometimes hit the spot.

I enjoy character-series books …

  • Detectives …
  • Psychos …
  • Even stories that follow families through several generations

My favorite authors:

  • James Patterson
  • Sue Grafton
  • John Grisham
  • P. D. James
  • Dean Koontz
  • Patricia Cornwell
  • Michael Connelly
  • J. A. Jance
  • Clive Cussler
  • Janet Evanovich
  • Lee Child
  • Lisa Scottoline

And I’m sure I missed one or two… or seventeen.



Written for FANDANGO ONE-WORD-CHALLENGES: DABBLE 

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NOT A HUSTLER, A THIEF

Grabbing-the-DodgeballIn conversation, a person was speaking of teh number of robo-calls they were receiving. “Those people are the new hustlers,” they said.

At first I thought that was an accurate statement, but now … not so much.

I have far more respect for a hustler: an aggressively enterprising person; a go-getter according to Google.

These phone-call invaders are scum.

  • They set-up a phone list and a remote-program does most of the scam.
  • They purchases (or stole) the phone numbers – no skill involved.
  • They probably bought (or stole) the program necessary for the calls.

A true hustler (from the respectable days) had to have an exquisite skill base of some sort. Whether they were a flimflamming artist at poker, of practicing thier chicanery around a pool table.

Even a artistry of a practiced pick-pocket can be appreciated.

I think all telephone scam artists should be lined-up along a concrete wall and pummeled with dodge balls by dodgeball ninja before have to serve thier sentences.



Written for FANDANGO ONE-WORD-CHALLENGE: HUSTLE. 

… AND IT WAS AWESOME

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… AND IT WAS AWESOME



Several days ago, I posted a great recipe on how to cook a steak in a foil packet with buttered, herb-seasoned potatoes.

The potatoes were grand!

The steak… not as much to my liking.

So yesterday, I grilled in the skillet.

WHAT I DID …

A hot skillet with the bottom gently coated in olive oil,,,

A steak (approximately one-inch think) seasoned and grilled on one side for about three minutes…

 Flipped and seasoned, then grilled on the other for about three minutes.

Then flipped and peppered another minute…

Flipped and peppered another minute.

IT WAS AWESOME!!!

I will still do the potatoes in the foil packet…

But I will grill the steaks.

Next time, I think I will try a new marinade?



Written for FANDANGO ONE-WORD-CHALLENGE: AWESOME. 

 

THAT WAS LUDICROUS

If you are watching teh NCAA BASEBALL WORLD SERIES, I hope you saw the ending innings of the West Virginia and Texas A & M game.

During the first seven innings, West Virginia was handing Texas A & M  a shellacking.

But then in inning seven, the Aggies hit a GRAND SLAM!

Now, it was a much closer game.

Then …

At the bottom of the ninth …

With two outs …

The last batter up had a 3-2 count …



Written for FANDANGO’S ONE-WORD-CHALLENGE: LUDICROUS. 

DOUBLE THE STEAK

I am trying a new recipe today.

OVEN-BAKED STEAK AND POTATOES 


I found several recipes online that sounded like they were very tasty and EASY to make. (I have a hard time finding recipes that are BOTH!) 

This was the best video I could find on the meal. It is from the blog CREME DE LA CRUMB.  I discovered the video as I was waiting for my steak to come to room temperature. (I don’t know why it needs to be at room temperature instead of refrigerator temperature- Maybe someone could tell me?) 

I think this video saved me come heartbreak on a meal.

Cut the steak into smaller pieces before you bake it… just like the potatoes. 

Since I was still waiting on room temperature, I unwrapped my foil pouch and cut the steak.

Now, in thirty minutes, I hope to have a delicious meal; on steak, herb-seasoned potatoes, a little brown gravy, and a side of peas and salad.

Yummy! (I hope?)

FYI: For the price of a steak dinner at a restaurant, I will have four dinners.

That is DOUBLE the DOUBLE.



Written for FANDANGO ONE-WORD-CHALLENGE: DOUBLE.

 

 

TRYING NOT TO BE A SPENDTHRIFT



DIY SUET BLOCKS

Store-bought suet block = approximately $2.50 a block

Homemade suet blocks = approximately $16.00 for 30+ blocks.

And making them is a lot more fun!!!



If you are an ALL-YEAR CHRISTMAS TREE fan … here is another one for you.



Written for FANDANGO’S ONE-WORD-CHALLENGE: SPENDTHRIFT

NEVER A HUMDRUM MOMENT

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NEVER A HUMDRUM MOMENT



Even on days when the weather hits ninety, and I am stuck inside, there are far too many things to enjoy for life to be humdrum!

More time to practice my piano lessons …

Or learn a new song on the ukulele.

Or for doing an additional chore or two.

Freshly made lemonade

Or sweet iced tea …

Baking peanut butter cookies …

Or homemade bread.

Time to hard boil eggs for a crisp salad for lunch …

Relaxing in the recliner with the pup in front of the air conditioner …

And then have a fling with a newly-arrived best-seller from the library

Or another Netflix binge …

But NEVER humdrum!



Written for FANDANGO’S ONE-WORD-CHALLENGE: HUMDRUM.