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Elaine and Jan; planks; Papa Joe's    (Click for full story)

Posted: Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

We went back to Papa Joe's tonight, this time as a first choice. Elaine had cod and shrimp combo again and I had their ribs. I had baked beans and cole slaw for sides. The ribs were tasty; though not as fall-off-the-bone tender as I have had elsewhere, they were well cooked. And I loved the barbeque sauce they use. I think they probably cook the beans themselves, because they taste better than any I have bought in a can. And for dessert we shared a peach cobbler. Very filling, very satisfying. We'll definately go back again. When we arrived Gail andher husband from Royal Palm were already there and Gail said they come 2-3 times a week. I know there are others in the park that also eat here frequently,  and with good reason.

Card class; filter change    (Click for full story)

Posted: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

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Elaine teaching a card-making class

No one brought the teacher an apple, but they sure seemed to enjoy Elaine's card-making class today. So much that they asked her to do a class every month next winter when we are back. Elaine worked hard to prepare for the class, and was happy that everyone enjoyed it and wanted more. She does a good job, both in her designs and in her teaching. She never even thought she would be a teacher until she bought a ceramics shop in Rock Springs WY back in 1993. But once she started she learned more and more and got better and better. Now she does not hesitate to give classes or instruction. And people seem to get drawn to her teaching. Good job, Elaine!

Beer bread; rain; gas furnace; web work    (Click for full story)

Posted: Monday, March 2, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

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Here's the beer bread Elaine made from scratch

I knew she could do it. Elaine made some beer bread from scratch today, following a recipe I got on the Internet. You've heard me mention beer bread several times over the last year. We were first introduced to it by Lisa Violette, my brother's wife, in the form of a package kit from Tastefully Simple. She gave us a couple of packets and we liked it so much I have been buying it from Tastefully Simple ever since. But the woman through whom we had been buying it is no longer in the business and the one I tried to contact here in Phoenix would not return my inquiry. So I said "Let's try making it ourselves - it can't be that difficult". Beer bread is a simple quick bread, using baking powder and carbonation instead of yeast to get the rise.

Planning for Alaska trip    (Click for full story)

Posted: Sunday, March 1, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

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My first cut at an itinerary map for our trip to Alaska this year.

I decided it was time. Time to start planning for our travels this summer, which includes several months in Alaska. While we will not reach Alaska for several months, there are several aspects that need some advance planning. The ferry legs, for example. We plan to travel via the Inside Passage, taking OurHous onto the ferries and getting off at several places where we will stay for some days to visit and explore. Since we have never taken those ferry routes before, except for the single leg between Haines, AK and Skagway, AK there is a lot to learn. But it will be fun to do that research and planning! And we are excited about this year's travels.

Making a bow jig; dog trainer    (Click for full story)

Posted: Saturday, February 28, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

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My template for laying out the hole pattern on the ribbon bow jig.

Forming ribbon bows is made easier with a jig. I use the term "jig" to denote a tool that helps to hold the loops of the bow in place while the bow is being formed, and the jig allows bows of various sizes to be made. I am sure there is a more proper term for it, but I don't know it. Anyway, Elaine has one made with a wooden base and with metal pins around which the bows are formed. She wanted some to have for her craft session on Tuesday and I agreed to make some for her. I bought some wood placques at Michael's and some finish nails at Ace Hardware yesterday, and today I made a template for the hole layout, sanded the wooden bases, and drilled the holes. Tomorrow I will finish the project with a plug to hold the nails in a storage hole and some kind of handle to carry the package.

Raising Canes; helping Ron    (Click for full story)

Posted: Friday, February 27, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

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Cane's Combo Box dinner

We were both tired tonight and Elaine especially so, for she had spent most of the afternoon running around shopping. So I suggested that we simply go to Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers for supper. We had seen this place many times over the years, but had never stopped at it. This restaurant is located on Peoria Ave just before the I-17 south ramp, so we have driven by literally hundreds of times. I had seen something about the chain somewhere and had heard good things, so we were glad to get a chance to check it out. We each had one of their Combo Boxes - four chicken fingers, Texas toast, crinkle fries, and cole slaw. It was good.