November 26, 2014

Happy (Early) Thanksgiving Everyone!

Baking Apple Pies in the Oven

Aaron asked me if I would make a couple of my apple pies for Thanksgiving with my family tomorrow.  It's been awhile since I baked this particular pie recipe.  He brought it up three or four times, each entreaty accompanied by ever-escalating puppy dog eyes, so I knew he wanted me to do it even though I was planning on making some sort of specialty cake in the spirit of the honey lemon bee hive dessert I baked a few years ago; maybe a giant pumpkin or spice cake, in the (appropriately enough) sha … [Read more...]

Varsity Letter Manufacturing and Dragon Age Inquisition

Mount Olympus Awards Letterman Jackets Machines

My posting schedule has fallen behind because it's crazy around here.  Three of my younger siblings have birthdays this week (three of the four Kennon children are now 30 years or older, which is an odd thought), I'm going to visit my grandmother several hours away, I'm swamped at the office since this is our busiest quarter, more family is coming to visit because of Thanksgiving, and Dragon Age Inquisition was released. The only redeeming feature of the time crunch resulting from that last … [Read more...]

You Should Try the Wood-Fired Italian Neapolitan Pizza at Il Lazzarone

Il Lazzarone Pizza St Joseph Missouri

We met up with friends at a new wood-fired Italian Neapolitan pizza restaurant that opened 45 minutes north of Kansas City called Il Lazzarone.  This is the same group with which we regularly try new restaurants, though I've been terrible about posting them all over the years.  We sat inside for hours talking about everything from economics, rental properties, trust law, and oil stocks to the Catholic Church, steam saunas, and the new health care reform costs. (As a side note, the latter resul … [Read more...]

Mail Bag: Do You Still Hold Index Funds in Your Charitable Foundation?

Charitable Index Funds

It's been a long time, but here's an update on the charitable foundation ... Mr. Kennon, Unless I missed it, I believe it has been many years since you talked about your foundation (foundations?) and the passive investment approach you use for it/them.  Do you still buy index funds?  Has anything changed?  I enjoy hearing about that part of your life and am thinking about setting up something similar. Please don't use my name if you answer this question. [Redacted] There have been no m … [Read more...]

We All Won the Lottery (Yet People Still Think the World Is Going to Hell)

Grocery Store Tomatoes

I've been busy with family stuff lately, and, as part of that, taken several trips to the grocery store over the past few days.  I was standing in the produce section looking at the fruits and vegetables when I experienced a sense of awe.  It's a human tendency to take for granted the things into which one is born but it really is incredible when you take time to reflect upon, and appreciate, the inheritance we all enjoy because of the men and women who came before us. There is no historical p … [Read more...]

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...]

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