Category Archives: Non-D Day

Happy Memorial Day! Sunday Snapshots.

Today is the Memorial Day holiday here in the USA, a day set aside to honor the courageous men and women who have served, and are serving, in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard. That includes my niece Jessica and my niece Beth, both currently serving in the United States Army.

In addition to solemn remembrances for those who have fallen in America’s conflicts, this weekend is the unofficial kickoff of Summer here in the States. Maureen and I and Boomer the dog spent Sunday morning at Fort McHenry, located on a point in Baltimore’s harbor. In addition to being the birthplace of The Star Spangled Banner (America’s national anthem), Fort McHenry is absolutely the best, least discovered picnic spot in the entire city. Lots of open space, great views of the harbor from three sides, and a walking/jogging/bike path around the whole thing.

Instead of boring you with even more words, I’m just going to let these photos roll, while wishing you a Happy Memorial Day. Enjoy!

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Finally… As we were driving away from the fort, we caught a glimpse of a cruise ship in the distance, getting ready for its next outing. Every time I see a ship like this sitting in port, I wonder where they’re heading next. Who knows? But they’ll probably have a great time.

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Happy Winter Solstice.

Saturday marks the Winter Solstice, the official beginning of winter in America. It’s also the last weekend prior to Christmas. So with apologies to those who were spinning the dredel around Thanksgiving, and others who don’t celebrate the upcoming holiday, here are a few photos from our December in Baltimore.

Every year our neighborhood lights a giant tree, and Santa pulls the switch.  Then the fire dept. rides him around on a truck.

Every year our neighborhood lights a giant tree, and Santa pulls the switch. Then the fire dept. rides him around on a truck.

These next two are along my walk to work in the morning.

These next two are along my walk to work in the morning.

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The Great Spousal Unit, The Live-In Niece, and myself at our holiday open house.

The Great Spousal Unit, The Live-In Niece, and myself at our holiday open house.

Max the Cat sleeping on a Christmas pillow.

Max the Cat sleeping on a Christmas pillow.

This year's Christmas tree.

This year’s Christmas tree.

Finally, some photos from the Rawlings Conservatory in Baltimore.  Every time I'm bummed out in the winter, I go here.

Finally, some photos from the Rawlings Conservatory in Baltimore. Every time I’m bummed out in the winter, I go here for a pick-me-up.

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Enjoy the weekend!
 
 
 

It’s No-D-Day again! Time for a recipe.

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The idea for No D Day comes from George Simmons of Ninjabetic fame. It’s his way to get us to focus on the parts of our lives that aren’t wrapped up in glucose checks, boluses and basals, and carb counting, if only for one day. Today, many of us will try to post something that doesn’t really relate to diabetes. And that’s the last time I’m going to mention that word today. Interested in writing your own Non-D piece? Once it’s complete, be sure to add your link HERE so everyone will see it.

Okay, on to the recipe…
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I love to cook. But I can’t take credit for this recipe. It’s an invention of my wife’s, and it doesn’t really have any measurements. So I can’t make it too easy for you. But it really is pretty simple.

First, start with some fresh cherry tomatoes. The fresher the better. The ones you see here came from my garden. If you’re getting the ones you see under plastic in the grocery store, you’ll probably have to work with them a bit to get the same consistency at the end.

You’ll want to roast the tomatoes. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Place the tomatoes on a cookie sheet and cover them with olive oil, a little salt and pepper, and oregano. If you’re working with the grocery store tomatoes, take a sharp knife and put a little hole in each tomato so they’ll roast and release their juices little easier. After looking at the photo again, I think Maureen also sprinkled a little mozzarella cheese in there when I wasn’t looking.

Put them in the oven and let them roast for 15-20 minutes. Then take them out, toss them around with a spatula to make sure everything is mixed together well, and if you think they’re done, they’re done. If not, put them in for five more minutes and check again. Once the tomatoes are done, put them in a bowl (or something you can get them out of with a spoon) and chop some fresh basil on top. But be sure to get all of the goodness from the olive oil, the tomato juice, and everything else from the bottom of the cookie sheet into your container. At this point, it’s hard to keep your mitts off of everything. Your house will smell sooooo good.

For the presentation, we also toasted a rustic bread (bread, I know, right?– must remember: No D Day). With the oven still at 350 degrees, we coated the bread with olive oil and a light coating of celery salt and garlic powder. Then we put them in to toast. If you don’t want the bread, just find something that will work for you. Even rice cakes would be okay here. If you have to live with celiac (still no D-word… crafty, eh?), I’m thinking the Udi’s bread would be great with this.

Once complete, we served it up with some goat cheese. So imagine a layer of goat cheese underneath the tart, almost sweet taste of roasted cherry tomatoes. In our house, this was a recipe that will go down in history.
 
 
 

Vacation wrap-up.

I’m baaaaack. Back after a week off from work and blogging. I know there hasn’t been a ton of diabetes-related stuff around here lately, and I hope to start changing that trend tomorrow.

For today though, I thought I would post a pictoral wrap-up of my anniversary/vacation (this will be especially helpful for my out-of-town relatives who may check in here from time to time). We spent a few days on Maryland’s eastern shore, east of the Chesapeake Bay. Our time was spent mostly in Oxford, Maryland, a small town on a peninsula just south of Easton. Oxford is full of bikers, walkers, and a few pretentious posers who visit throughout the warm months. After meeting a couple of them over the weekend, believe me, I’m not overstating that. Still, it was an enjoyable weekend that included great weather, great food, and mostly great company. Here’s a recap in pictures:
 
 

That middle ring is my 20th anniversary gift to my wife.  It looks bigger than it is.  She lost her engagement ring several years ago, and this is kind of a replacement.

That middle ring is my 20th anniversary gift to my wife. It looks bigger than it is. She lost her engagement ring several years ago, and this is kind of a replacement.

Looking down Main Street in St. Michael's, Maryland.  I saw the sign for the shop that said Free chocolate, coffee, olive oil, & vinegar tastings and thought "Geez, I hope they do that in reverse order".

Looking down Main Street in St. Michael’s, Maryland. I saw the sign for the shop that said Free chocolate, coffee, olive oil, & vinegar tastings and thought “Geez, I hope they do that in reverse order”.

The Bellevue-Oxford Ferry arriving from Oxford.  We're on the Bellevue side at this point.

The Bellevue-Oxford Ferry arriving from Oxford. We’re on the Bellevue side at this point.

The Great Spousal Unit as we embark from Bellevue.  That's a vacation face.

The Great Spousal Unit as we embark from Bellevue. That’s a vacation face.

Nearing Oxford, Maryland on the ferry.

Nearing Oxford, Maryland on the ferry.

The B & B where we stayed.  Very nice.

The B & B where we stayed. Very nice.

Typical steet scene from Oxford.  This is next to the town's museum (the town dates back to the 1600's).  Town offices are across the street.

Typical steet scene from Oxford. This is next to the town’s museum (the town dates back to the 1600’s). Town offices are across the street.

This was the view from our dinner table one night.

This was the view from our dinner table one night.

Someone was nice enough to shoot this photo of us.  By the way, that maple walnut ice cream on the post there must have been made by a terrorist, 'cause it's the bomb.

Someone was nice enough to shoot this photo of us. By the way, that maple walnut ice cream on the post there must have been made by a terrorist, ’cause it’s the bomb.

We shared this plate at the local fire department's breakfast fundraiser.  Eggs, sausage, bacon, tater tots, corned beef hash, all on real plates with real silverware.  In the bowl is the best grits I've ever tasted.

We shared this plate at the local fire department’s breakfast fundraiser. Eggs, sausage, bacon, tater tots, corned beef hash, all on real plates with real silverware. In the bowl is the best grits I’ve ever tasted.

That's a bald eagle we spotted during our visit to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.

That’s a bald eagle we spotted during our visit to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.

We caught this yacht race while relaxing at a restaurant one afternoon.

We caught this yacht race coming right toward us while we were relaxing at a restaurant one afternoon.


 
 
Okay, back to diabetes tomorrow, I promise. Until then, enjoy the rest of your Thursday.
 
 
 

A Rare Non-D Post… Tour of the Neighbors.

Hopefully, I haven’t violated some intellectual property rights in naming that title.

Back in June, my friend and neighbor Brian Reynolds asked me to be part of a short film for the Baltimore version of the 48 Hour Film Project. It was the kind of thing where you hated going through the process, but at the end, all you can remember are the good and fun things.

For the 48 Hour Film Project, film makers are given a few guidelines and required elements, and 48 hours to write, shoot, edit, and basically produce a film.

This year, the required elements for each film were:

Character: Abe or Abby Tuesday, Tour Guide

Prop: A Cupcake (hey– it’s D-related after all!)

Line: “I’d like to introduce you to a friend of mine.”

All of these things have to be in the film somewhere. In this film, it’s hard to miss them.

The film also features our home (which is not at 90 Honey Pot Circle… don’t look for it on Google Maps), and it features The Live-In Niece as newlywed and new homeowner Janet Fredericks. I’m Tourist #6 (“Is she pregnant or not?”, “Try Oysters” and “We’re not gonna eat here?”).

Once the films were complete, a screening was held at a local movie house downtown, where groups of the films were shown one after another. It was a hoot being in the room with such creative souls and listening to all of the fun stories about the different shoots. And the belly laughs of all of the participants when they saw the finished product of their hard work on the big screen. My reaction: Man, I look a lot like my father now.

Now that I’ve given nearly the whole thing away, here it is… Tour of the Neighbors, a film by Brian Reynolds. Enjoy!

 
 
Happy Friday!
 
 
 

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