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Homemade Baked Beans….

After discovering they used this BPA stuff in the lining of tin cans and not being able to find the baked beans we like, it became a case of, “Stuff it then, I’ll make them myself!“….

So I did….

Baked Beans....

I found a recipe for some basic bog standard baked beans and after a few trial and error runs, the recipe never being perfect anyway, I think I may have cracked it. They’re easy to do, you just throw all the ingredients in the pot and boil ’em up then leave to simmer for a few hours. The longer it seems the better, after this last batch. What’s in there? Chopped tomatoes, the beans (I used navy beans here, I think you’re supposed to use haricot ones which are a little softer, but leave to boil and they seem to be fine), chilli powder, cayenne powder, water, some golden syrup, pepper and garlic. If you want the full recipe, let me know. I’ve got a few variations which I might try next.

The missus likes ’em so much, she took a bowl of them for her lunch the following day. I had mine with cheese on toast, the bread, again home made, after a tip I got from a reader about using the 4 hour bake. Thanks, Karen!…

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“Yeah? What?”….

The missus was woken the other morning, by something under the duvet….

No, not me, you cheeky blighters, whatever were you thinking?…

The little bugger has a habit of crawling into the most cramped of places, to curl up in, but this was the best so far. He stayed put while I got the camera, and set it to "nightshot"! In fact, he really wasn’t going to be moved at one point….

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Photography 101….

There’s a certain quality to black and white photos, that can make anybody look like film stars….

Faces....

…. isn’t there. Quote of the day, I think, attributable to Hunter S. Thompson;

Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in one pretty and well preserved piece, but to skid across the line broadside, thoroughly used up, worn out, shouting GERONIMO!

I’ll try to bear that in mind, over the coming few months….

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I Am Not A Number….

Just read that Patrick McGoohan has passed away, aged 80 (Click Here to Read More)…

The Prisoner

Never did get to the bottom of his series, The Prisoner. Just discovered you can watch all 17 episodes online for free,via the official The Prisoner website, by the looks of it. Might have to take another look….

Be Seeing You.

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The Library….

I’ve said it before, but possibly THE best bit about the Okanagan, other than the weather and certainly one of my favourite bits anyway, is the library….

Xmas @ TheLibrary....

And it’s just got better!

Not content to have a massive CD library section, TV shows and documentaries on DVD, they now have movies on DVD! Some oldies, some new ones, more to come as the service rolls out. Everything from the Disney films, Batman Begins, Jurassic Park, the Indiana Jones movies, Munich, The Prestige to Atonement, and more, loads! I remember speaking to the crew at the library a few months back and them saying they were worried about people like Blockbuster, but who cares if you take them out? They wouldn’t give you the same courtesy, so stuff them! I’m raving I know, but this is brilliant!….

It never amazes me, when asked what do we do without TV, that people have no idea the library offers so much, for free. In the UK you had to pay for CD’s or DVD’s and videos from the library, but here, no. You have no joining fee, no rental fees, unless you bring them back late, but the new films you get for a week, so if you bring ’em back late, well, that’s your fault.

So, get off your backsides and get yourselves off to your local library, especially if you live here in the Okanagan. You can even save yourself a few quid by cancelling the cable TV….

Mind you, if you encounter the guy with the beard and dangerous ties, steer clear. Not only does he keep turning the checkout machine off, while you’re checking your things out, but he’s right rude! And whatever you do, don’t get on the wrong side of Sophie….

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Berfday, #37….

37 then….

You know when time is passing when your son takes you to the ice hockey. I had to pay for it mind you, and drive us there, but he said he’d saved up some money to handle the food and drink for us for the night, which made it special. So, just before game time, he treated me to a coke and pepperoni pizza.

Good game though, our own town team, the Westside Warriors took on the visiting Sweden U17’s. Considering they were they playing the a national side, they did bloody well, best I’ve seen them play and won the match 5-3. It was fast, it was rough, it was great. It made Sam’s night when it was announced that both teams would be in the foyer signing autographs. So, we finally left at around 10pm, yeah, on a school night, having queued up and worked his way down the line getting all of them!

Plans for the “big day”, none as such. I think I am going to head off the butcher’s in a bit to grab some tornado steaks, which are tasty little blighters and I think the missus is doing some pasta thing which we like. I can’t justify the price of eating out anymore, not when you can cook stuff a lot nicer at home, better quality too. I think I blogged about this at some point, either that or I’ve got it ready to unleash on the readers in the future…. Probably grab a bottle of the organic Chilean Red which is a fav in our house and then play a round of Cluedo.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. — Mark Twain

20 years ago? 17…. hhmmmm…. A Level’s, meeting the missus and Deep Waters….

See ya!

M

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The Beautiful Truth Trailers….

OK then, done a bit of digging, found these….

I already knew some of this stuff, maybe you didn’t….

I’ve avoided MSG for a long time now. How? I read the label, if it’s in there, I don’t buy it. You might want to start thinking about it too. Get yourself educated. Don’t take my word for it, don’t take anyone’s word for it. Go find out. Switch your brain on, especially if you have kids…. like the trailer says, the manufacturers are hoping that you are “too busy, or too lazy, or too stupid.” Which one are you?

You need to look out for your kids mate, no one else is going to.

Take care,

M

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The Beautiful Truth….

Just reading about some upcoming films and came across this one. Being an organic enthusiast, I was intrigued…

The Beautiful Truth (http://www.thebeautifultruthmovie.com)

Garrett is a 15-year old boy living in the Alaskan wilderness with a menagerie of orphaned animals. Growing up close with nature has given him a deep understanding of nutritional needs required by diet sensitive animals on the reserve. Unfortunately, the untimely and tragic death of his mother propelled him into a downward spiral and he risked flunking out of school. This led to his father’s decision to home-school Garrett. His first assignment was to study a controversial book written by Dr. Max Gerson.

Written over 50 years ago, Dr. Gerson found that diet could, and did, cure cancer. Controversial at the time (and even today), Garrett took on the challenge of researching this amazing therapy, which drew the interest of his neighbors in the small Alaskan community.

With the help of Dr. Gerson’s daughter, Charlotte Gerson, and grandson, Howard Strauss, they gave him the ammunition needed to go in search for the truth – a truth that would affect not only him, but his entire Alaskan village – all of whom wanted to know if these claims were true.

After a number of cancer patients, who were diagnosed as terminal, shared their stories and their medical records with Garrett, it became abundantly clear that, contrary to the disinformation campaign spear-headed by the multi-billion dollar medical and pharmaceutical industry, a cure for virtually all cancers and chronic diseases does exist – and has existed for over 80 years!

Garrett’s mission now is to tell the world.

Let me know if you see the film, I’m curious to know more. Being that we live in the “sticks” here in the Okanagan, I would imagine it’ll play somewhere. I’ve just got to find the place….

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Into 2009….

Welcome to 2009….

Been a bit sparse on the blogging front. Trying to keep the kids entertained kind of kept me off the computer for the duration, along with not finding time after collapsing on the sofa after snowboarding. The board game “Clue”, or “Cluedo” if you are a little older has been the hit of the holidays, being played after dinner on a number of occasions. The kids enjoy it, which is, after all, what you hope for in a present, eh….

So, there we go. Another year in the bag, as they say. We never got our own house in ’08. Not sure if that was a blessing or not, in light of current conditions. But then, none of the job applications I made came off either, so there you go….

The missus finally made some headway at least, on the job front, getting the permanent contract with her bank.

Sam was selected for the town soccer/football team and discovered he needed braces on his teeth. We discovered the cost.

Holly made some real progress on her swimming, did a couple of shows and had her first snowboarding lesson.

So, what’s planned for 2009….

  1. After finishing a couple of clients sites, I’m planning to get my own website projects finished along with my plans for FromTheWatersEdge and a couple of others.
  2. Record more music. Having got back into it with the James Bond track in ’08, better tunes are on the cards. Do more with The Phantom over at Phantomville (http://www.phantomville.com). I’ve even dusted off and been practicing the flute for a separate project….
  3. Take more photos and take them “better”…. Having seen a few other people over at Flickr do this, I figured I might do the same; aim to take portrait shots of each of us every day for a year. We’ll see how it goes. I may start from the January 1st 2009, or I might use the first few days to warm up and go from my birthday, on the 7th. We’ll see what shots I get for what is being called “Project365” here in the Boomerverse….
  4. I’m going to be back trading seriously for a bit, see how I go. Got to get some more cash coming in, this seems to be the easiest to get going, for the moment. Unless I go broke.
  5. Go see Cuba, Ecuador, Peru or Japan. Not all, but one of them. Although, the dentist fees for Sam may spoil this one, unless trading goes particularly well….
  6. Get a dog. An Alaskan Husky is looking likely at this precise moment. An advert for a new litter has been “spotted”…

We’ll see next year if all, some or any of the “plans” have happened.

There is talk of going back to skool, or college, both me and the missus to retrain in something. She’s not sure in what, but I’ve got my eye on law. We’re looking at doing that here in Canada, or the UK, maybe via the Open University there, depending on which works out cheapest to do. It’s early days though…. but after tutoring, (I say tutoring, I mean, doing the kids homework for them) through December, I can safely say, I’ve had enough of it. The “kicker” came when a student turned up, with their end of module test, unfinished, with no idea of what to do, having not done the work assigned over the last few weeks, being too busy with their “out of school activity” and being told to help them, which meant ME doing the test, effectively, so that they could get the credit, to get into a college to train for a higher paying job than me tutoring them. That kind of “killed” it for me, I’m afraid.

Can’t think of anything else for now, so after that “rant”, I’m off for a beer and the last bit of xmas cake…. cheers!

Xmas Cake....

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