April 21, 2015

My Day In Pictures

The My Day In Pictures articles are to keep friends and family updated on what is going on with my life. It was instituted at the request and for the benefit of one of my favorite people in the world, one of my aunts who is a retired telephone operator and lives a few hours away from me.

Lunch at Raglan Road in Walt Disney World with Old Friends

Jocelyn and Erika Raglan Road Downtown Disney

On the way back from spending the week with friends, Blake and Karen, on Captiva Island, we decided to take a detour to meet up with two other old friends we don't get to see very often, who happened to be at Walt Disney World.  We were heading toward Tampa and re-routing to Orlando would only a few of hours to the trip, so we arranged to have lunch in a pub at Downtown Disney before we had to get back on the road, again. Aaron and I considered getting a hotel room and staying for a few da … [Read more...]

Visiting Our Friends at Otter Banks on Captiva Island

Captiva Florida Gulf of Mexico

After we visited The World of Coke at the Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, we traveled another 600 miles to Captiva, an island off the coast of Florida where we'll be staying for the rest of the week.  Our friends Karen and Blake got married - you met them years ago when we had dinner at The California Grill at Walt Disney World; we've known Karen since we met as freshman in college 14 years ago - and they rented this amazing gated estate called Otter Banks sitting right on the wa … [Read more...]

On Holy Ground: We Visited the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta, Georgia

World of Coca-Cola Admission Tickets

We woke up in Atlanta, Georgia this morning and decided to go to one of the most sacred spots in the entire Western Hemisphere: The World of Coca-Cola.  What might appear as a mere beverage to some is practically a cult in the South.  Coke reigns over this city like royalty thanks to the fact its shares are stuffed in trust funds that have been handed down for generations among wealthy families; are sitting on the balance sheets of non-profits, hospitals, and universities; are pumping out cash d … [Read more...]

Wrapping Presents and Getting Ready for Christmas Eve

Red Shotgun Thermos Joshua Kennon

We're at home wrapping presents, baking cookies, and getting ready for the family dinners that are coming up in the next couple of days.  Since Aaron and I are gifting stock this year - almost all of the transactions were completed yesterday with a settlement date of the 26th - there isn't a lot left for us to do.  However, to give the kids something tangible they can open under the tree from us, we went and got industrial size boxes of their favorite candy along with an explanation of how their … [Read more...]

It’s Time to Make Christmas Candy as Gifts!

Making Almond Clusters Josh and Aaron Kennon Green

We're making Christmas candies, chocolates, and cookies as part of our gift strategy this year.  I'm probably most excited about trying my hand at the Jacques Torres Nougat Montilimar, which is going to require a deft hand.  (It looked promising, and we stopped in one of his chocolate shops in New York a few years ago so I have a general idea of what to expect.)  I'm also going to try cherry cordials, amaretto liqueur cake, rum cake, and a few holiday breads.  Aaron wants to give truffles a go.   … [Read more...]

Do Any Of You Have a Steak Brandy or Cognac Butter Reduction Recipe?

Searing Chuck Roast for Dutch Oven Recipe

Ten or eleven years ago, I went to a steakhouse in Omaha, Nebraska during a trip home from college.  The chef that day had decided to make either a brandy or cognac reduction sauce using the drippings from the beef.  Feeling adventurous, I decided to order off menu and see what it was like.  The word incredible doesn't even do it justice.  I remember them mentioning there was butter in it.  It had a high, bright flavor, most likely lemon, which offset the almost obscene level of richness in the s … [Read more...]

A Really Easy Caramel Pecan Apple Pie Recipe You Might Want to Try

Closeup of Caramel Pecan Apple Pie Josh and Aaron

I mentioned yesterday that I baked a caramel pecan apple pie.  We had some surplus homemade pastry dough and granny smith apples from the two granny smith apple pies I made on Thanksgiving, using my favorite apple pie recipe.  I wanted to try something different, and needed to find another apple pie recipe that didn't require a top crust as I had just enough to cover the bottom of a pie pan to use the leftovers.  I began the search, ultimately settling upon a perfectly rated derivation from a pub … [Read more...]

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...]