November 1, 2014

It’s Been Two Weeks of Birthday Parties and Cakes

Niece Birthday Kennon

Both of us have eaten more cake in the past ten days than we have in longer than we can remember.  We attended a birthday party for our niece, who turned seven years old this month.  That is something I find hard to believe because it seems like yesterday I was posting about her 3rd birthday on the blog for Aunt Donna. We gave her several books, her very first game of Monopoly now that she is old enough to play it, and made a contribution to the custodianship we established for her at the fami … [Read more...]

A Personal Message of Thanks (and a Throwback Thursday Gift to Those of You Who Were Unaware We Are Married)

Aaron 18 Years Old

I've tried to keep some semblance of privacy around my life since the blog audience has grown but, for a brief moment in time, I'm going to suspend that rule and write to you like I would have circa 2009 when it was mostly just Aunt Donna and a few other readers.  Being so exposed makes me uncomfortable but I feel like you deserve it.  I'm not sure how long I'll leave this publicly accessible.  For tonight, I'll lift the veil, even if only a tiny bit. Both of us are just now getting a chance t … [Read more...]

Cooking with Lard and the Carnation Cafe at Disneyland

Disneyland Carnation Cafe Baked Potato Soup

My earliest memories in life are in the early 1980's.  At that time, the older generation who cooked the food at family gatherings, church dinners, and social events in small town America that made up the fabric of my childhood was born between the late 1800's and the mid 1920's.  There was a certain common thread that ran through the food, arising out of preparation techniques unique to the farmhouse and the list of ingredients that were available at the time.  It's hard to describe unless you'v … [Read more...]

We Were Putting Our House on the Market Following the Supreme Court Decision This Morning

Missouri Marriage Equality

In a matter of a few hours, we've gone from putting our house on the market and leaving our home state back to square one.  When I woke up, this is not how I anticipated spending my day. This morning, the Supreme Court effectively struck down the marriage bans in 11 states, five of which were involved in appellate decisions and the rest of which are now bound by the precedent of their respective circuit and must fall in line in short ord … [Read more...]

An Update on the (Almost) Year-Long Energy Saving Program

Year Over Year Energy Usage

Almost a year ago, I began to notice some weird things with our electric bill.  What followed was me getting obsessed with figuring out where the energy was going, even measuring the daily cost of operating my coffee pot.  Then, a resolution to take $2.4 million in future wealth from the stockholders of KCP&L.  It will take one more statement cycle to get true year-over-year comparisons since the cost savings didn't start to kick in until October, and only August has now been concluded, but I … [Read more...]

Slow-Roasted Vegetables, French Onion Soup, Fresh Bread, Aged White Cheddar, and Plum Cheesecake

Joshua and Aaron Cheese Plate Closeup

We spent the day at home working on a project we need to get done for the one of the businesses.  As usual, we're big believers in concurrent time management so we used the opportunity to test slow cook recipes and soups because they could largely sit without a lot of attention for long stretches at a time.  My task was to come up with two classic slow-roasted root vegetable dishes that can become part of our permanent recipe collection, ready to grab whenever we need them. The first of these … [Read more...]

The Anniversary, Annotating Annual Reports, and Trying to Make Myself Be Productive …

Studying McDonald's annual report

I was hoping to respond back to a few dozen comments to which I have been meaning to reply, as well as post some mail bag questions, but I think I'm going to put that off until this afternoon and, instead, go out to lunch or go see a movie or something.  Today's our 13th anniversary, which hearing out loud makes me feel kinda old.  Of course, we're not - both of us are only 31 - it's just that we were fortunate enough to find each other as teenagers; an occurrence I highly recommend if you are lu … [Read more...]

This Rooftop Prince Omurice Recipe Is Delicious, Cheap, Nutrious, and Easy to Make

Rooftop Prince Omurice Recipe Ingredients List

We made omurice this afternoon because it's Saturday and that means the family comes over to watch Korean dramas.  They are in the final episodes of Rooftop Prince, one of my favorite shows of all time, and those of you who see it know the main characters are obsessed with this particular meal. Omurice is one of those dishes that everyone should have in his or her repertoire, ready to pull out at a moment's notice.  It's cheap, delicious, easy, and nutritious.  Just as important, it's in … [Read more...]

The Missouri Sky

Sunset-in-Missouri-June-2014

Whenever I'm traveling, one of the things I miss most is the Missouri sky.  Even during the trip to California a few weeks ago, where we saw everything from beautiful wine country to world class beaches, the sky wasn't of the same caliber.  Though the same weather patterns can sometimes spawn monster thunderstorms, they give birth to breathtaking works of art.  It's that sky that helps make the ground so verdant. Growing up here, you get a sense of when it's coming.  This afternoon, Aaron look … [Read more...]

Dakgangjeong and Cupcakes for Mom’s 52nd Birthday

Korean Chicken Dakgangjeong 닭강정 with Rice Joshua Kennon

My mom has been enjoying the adventures of Rooftop Prince, so for her 52nd birthday, she wanted to come over, watch a few episodes, try a new Korean recipe, and hang out with us.  My dad was in a golf tournament in the morning but she and my youngest sister pulled into the driveway at 11:23 a.m., ready to go.  Aaron and I were already in the kitchen working on Dakgangjeong (닭강정).  We settled on it since the ingredient list looked amazing, and mom had requested something with poultry for the sake … [Read more...]

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