Archive for December, 2010

50+96 Merry Christmas Everyone

Here we are on Christmas day where most people are still opening their gifts and having a family get together with Turkey and all the fixin’s

However since I am of German decent we in our family celebrate in the traditional German way by having our Christmas all on the 24th.

We started out by yesterday by opening our stockings in the morning, and then I did some Christmas cooking and baking using some fantastic Chritsmas recipes passed on to me by my friend Cyndi Allison.

For the first time I was preparing a traditional Christmas Turkey Dinner  which I started the night before by brining a fresh turkey with this recipe and also a Southern Holiday Cranberry Salad Desert that was delightful  and the on the 24th I baked some really tasty Southern Cranberry Cookies and finally cooking the bird using this method.

Thank-you Cyndi your recipes made a success of my efforts and all 10 of us thoroughly enjoyed the great food.

We ate about an hour later than was hoped since my grandson needed to be back home to get ready for his Christmas the next day but he did not mind staying longer than was expected.

The meal was a great success (even though I forgot to make the stove top stuffing, but we did have 2 kinds of scalloped potatoes and fresh carrots which were wonderful)

It was 11:30pm  by the time we had finished opening all of the gifts (we were shooting for 9pm) and I was exhausted by that point since I did not get to sleep til 5 am on the 24th getting the house ready for Christmas and making a run out to Walmart for last minute recipe needs at 4am, yes I said am! and the store was quite busy even including a woman that was shopping with a wide awake 10 year old girl,that made me shake my head just a bit.

As I write this at 11am on Christmas day there is a welcomed calm in the house and I will use today to tidy up and get ready for another family get together at my In-Laws on the 26th, always a fun day there.

Merry Christmas to all of my readers and enjoy the day.


50+91 Oh Christmas Tree

Well our tree is up, we retired the artificial tree that we have used every year for I think about the last 15 years and my wife picked out a new on for this year.

It is up now and as you can see the pets are already making their shelter underneath it.

Oh Christmas Tree Oh Christmas Tree, Please do not let our pets go pee on thee!

50+90 Two friends and a Road Trip, Robots invade Campbellford area

Saturday Morning I picked up my friend of 25 years Joe Simeunovich and another friend of his John Davenport up and we ventured out to Campbellford to check out Rubbs BBQ Bistro.

Some may wonder why 3 guys would bother driving one and a half hours just to go to a restaurant, I will tell you why.

First off Rubbs is a great BBQ joint and in Southern Ontario we do not have a lot of genuine BBQ restaurants to choose from. Plus we do not get to go on many day trips and we enjoy each others company.

We arrived at Rubbs in time for lunch and enjoyed a fine meal but the Lunch menu is not as much BBQ as is the dinner menu so we decided we would return to have dinner in the same restaurant 4 hours later so we had some time to kill, knowing there area so well since my In-laws live there I knew of a few places to visit.

Joe Simeunovich and John Davenport outside Rubbs BBQ Bistro in Campbellford, Ontario Canada


John Davenportabout to dig in to his Pulled Pork sandwich at Rubbs BBQ


Joe Simeunovich and a plate of the best poutine he has ever had


First stop was to go to the Meyersburg Flea Market just a few km south of Campbellford where we enjoyed finding interesting old items to look at, and also picking up some spices from a small deli run by a personable Russian fellow.

Joe Simeunovich and John Davenportclowning around in the fleamarket


After that it was on to the town of Norham where I show the boys a Hobby Farm once owned by my In-Laws.

Then just down the road in the town of  Warkworth we were hoping to go to the Cheese factory but after driving there I only found that it was gone, I asked in town and found out that the Cheese factory had closed 20 years ago, yup been a while since I was last there.

But I was directed to a store across from the Warkworth Golf and Country Club Not to be confused with the Warkworth Penitentiary (joke)

Glover’s Farm Market is a quaint little country store that has tons of cool items like Empire Cheese. Fresh Turkey and other meats like Bison and Lamb along with spices and baked goods like pies made fresh on site.

Joey picked up some cheese and I got some nice Ontario Garlic Steak Splash, having picked up a lot of steaks that were on sale real cheap last week, I figured I would try the Steak Splash with those next time I throw some on the grill. The cook book and Steak Rub I found at the Fleamarket. The Cook book is a local collection of recipes from church members and I would bet most of these recipes are tried and true and go back generation and generations, hey for $2.00 it is worth a shot.

I also found that Glovers was carrying the new Elf on a Shelf that has become a sought after Christmas sensation, but rather than get an original I found another elf that I liked even better that has a nor European look to her, and I brought it home, my Grandson decided to name her Mrs. Jackson.

Mrs. Jackson is in charge of watching over my Grand kids when they are at my house and report back to Santa if they are being naughty or nice, the kids are not allowed to touch her but they can talk to her any time they like. Mrs. Jackson tends to find various perches around the house to spy er I mean watch the kids, and it will be the kids job to find where she likes to sit.

We also visited the World’s greatest Chocolate factory and Giant Tiger department store but after all that we still had an hour to waste before dinner so we took the main road North out of Campbellford figuring to drive along the side of the river for 30 minutes and then just turn around and go back to Rubbs for dinner. On the way back towards Rubbs I notice in a farmers field a couple of Robots that were made of metal parts that were all welded together, not sure if he is a Science fiction fan or just wanted a futuristic looking Scarecrow but I found them interesting and took a couple of photos of the metal maniacs…

The drive was relaxing, the sun was shining and listening to tunes while chatting with Joey and John, Good Times!

We enjoyed a fantastic BBQ dinner and then headed home.

John Davenport with his NY Steak, bad timing on the shutter on my part

Joe Simeunovich Southern Fried Chicken superb meal!

Wilfred Reinke about to enjoy his Combo meat plate


It was a great day that all 3 of us thought that was a load of fun and we agreed that we need to something like this again.

50+88 Another Road trip, looks like Peterborough got a blast of snow

Went on a road trip to Peterborough to deliver some Press supplies to a customer in Peterborough and then on to Belleville to pick up some paper from a supplier, all after I had to get some glo plugs replaced in my Jetta TDI this morning (Diesel engines have glo plugs not spark plugs)


Took some pics with my cell of the scenery just because.


50+87 Very cool new building going up in Mississauga-Absolute World Tower

While driving to Mississauga today I notice a pair of towers being erected and it sure did catch my eye.

It almost looks like they took a building and twisted it.

I did a quick google search and found out it is called the Absolute World Tower and it is a group of 4 buildings and the twist is a design that twists the building a full 180 degrees wow!

you can read more about the project here

and also here

They are condos, I must admit they are very cool looking buildings

Located at Burnhamthorpe and Hurontario St.

This is what it should look like when completed

50+86 Damn it’s Cold!

50+85 Bizarre Hockey Goal by Bobby Ryan

Now I have been watching Hockey since 1970 or so and have seen a lot of odd things in the 1000’s of games I have seen. But I have to say that this goal takes the cake, watch as the play develops in this video. you will see that Bobby Ryan scores the goal using an opponents stick. Is it legal? I do not know, the Wild player Mikko Koivu that took Bobby Ryan’s stick for sure could of got a penalty for his infraction, but he did not and justice was served as you will see.

Just click on the picture to watch the video. (thanks to a blogger BReynolds that posted this on his site Hockey Wilderness)

Click on this pic to watch the video. thanks to BReynolds from hockey Wilderness

I had found out about this via twitter, (which is a great source for finding out things as they happen and discussions that follow longer before you will see them on sports news casts.)

And I had to chuckle when retweeted this on twitter one of my friends @cyndiallison replied

Cyndi… @OshawaOgre Was he from the United States? Just wondering. We’d prob grab the stick over here.

to which I answered

Me….. @cyndiallison yes he is an American born player lol, way to go Cyndi

Cyndi…. @OshawaOgre ROF. Yep. Americans – steal your puck, stick n girlfriend. Watch out.

Funny to because back in the 80’s there were stories of a Leafs Hockey player that stole another Leafs Girlfriend that caused big waves and one of the players had to be traded.

Pretty smart from Cyndi since she is a southern girl that does not watch the game. Maybe we can get her hooked on it if she likes the drama lol.