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What I’m Into Right Now – January 2018

It’s a new month… and a new year!  Time to share a few of the things that have my interest right now.

What I’m Into Right Now – January 2018

Alaskan Bush People – I was watching my daughter and her friends at a basketball game when another Dad tipped me off to this show about a family of 9 living off the grid and in the wilds of Alaska. It’s on Hulu and it’s binge-worthy.

Feedly – I have a lot of blogger friends that put out some great content.  The Feedly website and app help me keep track of them all so I can read my favorites.

Jack Link’s Original Big Beef Sticks – We got some of these so my daughters would have quick and easy, protein-packed snacks on the go. They like them… and so do I.

Flannel Pajama Pants –  It’s been cold outside lately.  Really cold.  Teeth chattering, below zero, record lows cold.  These pants are not only super comfy but they keep me warm.

Popsockets – I got one of these for Christmas and I have to say it’s really handy.  In case you’re not familiar, Popsockets are collapsible grips you can stick to the back of your smartphone.

Bread and Butter Pickle Chunks – I get a jar of these to have as a part of my family’s annual Christmas night picnic.  That jar is almost gone and I’m thinking I need to get another jar.

Gas Fireplace – As previously mentioned… it’s cold.  Our gas fireplace keeps our family room warm and cozy. Plus, it’s relaxing to look at.

What are some things you’re into right now?

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2017: A Look Back

As the curtain closes on 2017 I thought I’d take a look back on the year and reflect.  Not gonna lie… it was a pretty good year.

I thought I’d dig into my blog analytics and see which blog posts seemed to resonate most with my audience.  Some were surprising… and a few I expected.

2017: A Look Back

A Dad’s Album Review: Taylor Swift’s Reputation – Being the Dad of two teenage daughters, whenever Taylor puts out new music I’m going to have to listen to it… so I figured I might as well review it.

Memory Monday – Missing Tom Petty –  We lost many great musicians this year.  Tom Petty was one of them.  In this post, I share about the time I almost got to see him in concert.

Review: Scott Bradlee’s Post Modern Jukebox 2017 Tour, Hoyt Sherman, Des Moines – My wife and I enjoyed many great date nights in 2017.  This was one of my favorites.

Lesson Learned From A Lukewarm Shower – A little reminder to tackle the little annoyances in your life before they become big.

27 Low Or No Cost Things You Can Do To Be Nice – I’m glad this one showed up as one of the most read of the year.  The world needs more nice people.

A Sense Of Community – In small towns, you come together to celebrate when you can.  We celebrated the success of our girl’s basketball team.

20 Foods I Want To Try – This is one of the more recent posts… but it sparked a great conversation on Facebook and gave me something to shoot for in 2018.

Tony Tries It: Grilled Frozen Pizza – I love to grill, I love pizza, and I love to experiment.  This seemed like the perfect thing to try.

Whiskey Stones: Do They Work? – A science experiment that ended with me sipping whiskey… sign me up!

Easy Grilled Cauliflower – I did several cooking videos this year. This one was the first.

Review: Something Rotten! At Des Moines Performing Arts – My wife and I saw many outstanding shows at the Civic Center in Des Moines.  This one had us laughing so hard we had tears.

Those are a few of my favorites from 2017… if I overlooked one of your favorite posts of mine be sure and leave a comment. Happy New Year! Bring on 2018!

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20 Foods I Want To Try

It’s no secret that I love food.  I love to cook it… and I love to eat it.

I’m always watching food videos online.  There’s one particular video that I’ve watched many times.  It’s something I’ve never had before but have always wanted to try.

That video and the dish it shows being prepared got me thinking about some other foods I want to try.  It lead to this list.

20 Foods I Want To Try

Crawfish Boil – This is the food that led to this list. I’ve never had crawfish before but I’m betting I’d like it.  The idea of sitting around a table in front of a pile of food sounds fun.  I bet I’d enjoy the experience of this meal with family and friends as much as the food.

Liver and Onions – This dish gets a bad rap… and I’d like to see if it deserves it.  I like onions so I already know I’ll like part of it.

Sushi – I tried “sushi” once at a mega-buffet but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t good sushi.  I’d like to go to a real sushi place with someone that knows what’s good and can show me what to order.

Pheasant – I think I might have had this once when I was a kid but don’t remember it. 

Buffalo Burger – This is another one that I think I’ve eaten as a kid but don’t remember.

Spaghetti Squash – I’m not a fan or regular squash.  It’s a little too sweet for me… but I’d be willing to give this a try sometime.

Anchovy Pizza – I love pizza… so why not try this once, right?

Caviar – I’ve heard this is slightly salty.  I like salty foods so there’s a chance I’d like fish eggs.

Escargot – I know garlic is used to make this interesting dish of snails.  I like garlic.

Pho – I’ve had friends share pictures recently of pho and it looked awesome.  I think I need to hit up the restaurant they frequent to try this Vietnamese soup. 

Lobster Roll – I’ve only had lobster a handful of times but loved it. I’m betting I’d enjoy this.

Tamales – I think it’s interesting how this dish is prepared in corn husks.

Portobello Mushroom Burger – My oldest daughter and I love mushrooms and have talked about grilling some of these the past few Summers.  We need to quit talking about it and just do it.

Zucchini Noodles – We eat a lot of pasta in our house. I think it would be interesting to try some of our favorite sauces with spirally sliced zucchini noodles.

Poutine – There was a vendor selling this last year at the Iowa State Fair and I didn’t get any.  I need to change that at the next fair. Fries, gravy, cheese curds… this sounds like my kind of dish.

Eggs Benedict – I’ve seen this on the menu at many places that serve breakfast but I’ve never ordered it.

Fried Green Tomatoes – There are some tomato dishes that I like more than others.  I’m curious to see how this would rank with me.

Frog Legs – When I was a kid we took a family vacation to Branson with family friends.  One of them ordered frog legs. That was my first exposure to frog legs. I’m curious what they taste like.

Bagel and Lox – I’m a big bagel fan… and I like salmon… so there’s a chance I’ll like this.

Oysters on the Half Shell – I’ve tried oyster stew before and didn’t really care for it.  I’m interested to see if I would like this way of eating oysters better.

What are some foods you want to try?

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