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It’s been a while…

May 23, 2014

Thinking I may need to try and post something anything. What do you all want to are or hear about? Belt me know…

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Hello World II

November 16, 2012

It has been a while; I think I am just the consummate procrastinator. Anyway, I am going to try to fire this up again and maybe attempt at least a weekly post. Topic suggestions are welcome and your feedback important. This week was an extremely challenging week and as it ends it doesn’t appear to be letting up. I am looking forward to the coming new year and truly looking to make some positive changes. So if you follow keep and open eye. L8tr

USA an open comment to all who call her home!

September 12, 2010

9/11/01 was a day that depolarized our country. For days, weeks and months after that September day, there were no democrats, no republicans and no independents there was only AMERICANS. People were nice, compassionate, considerate and genuine. Where did that go, why did that go? We all have an obligation and debt to the founders, architects and defenders of this great nation; I pledge allegiance to the flag…

Together Again (via Frume Sarah’s World)

August 11, 2010

A blog entry from a dear friend…

Together Again When we last saw our heroes, it was the first time they had seen one another in nearly twenty years. With promises to get together more often, they parted ways. Facebook has greatly impacted their ability to keep up with one another, but another mini-reunion was not in the cards. Until tonight. I can't speak for them, but I continue to be amazed how naturally we pick up right we where left off. Even talking about issues that are hot-button topics … Read More

via Frume Sarah's World

So you think you can dance…5, 6, 7, 8…

June 7, 2010

Well for those of you who read “Stay Tuned…“Last week and you did indeed hang on to the edge of your seat, wait no more…

On Sunday 06/06/2010, during my daughter’s spring dance recital with Focus Performing Arts Dance Studio in Lake Mary Florida, I participated in my first Dad’s Dance.

For the last month about 20 fathers and I were practicing for a secret finale performance for the end of year recital.  This for me was breaking way outside of my comfort zone, but I knew I had many reasons why this was worth doing, not the least of which was for my daughter.  I really enjoyed every bit leading up to and including the show performances (not to mention great exercise).  We danced to a compilation of popular Christmas songs all dressed as Santa (see if you can pick me out of the group when you watch the video LOL).  Our entire performance was about 2 1/2 minutes long and we did it twice (matinee and evening shows).  Our kids were part of it as well at the end they came out and joined us on stage.  I had such a good time, I would encourage any dads who have the opportunity to jump right in, and I am psyched for next year.  My daughter did fantastic in her lyrical performance and she and my wife, along with our extended families really enjoyed the whole show.  So sit back and enjoy my debut recital…Dad’s Dance Video!

In Costume before the big Show!

After the show with our gifts from family!

Stay Tuned…

June 2, 2010

For a little over 1 month I have been preparing for this weekend, I am stepping outside my comfort zone. It has been great fun and I am looking forward to its culmination. All I can say is stay tuned…

Congratulations my friend, my brother!

May 13, 2010

My best friend is graduating from George Mason University tomorrow with a Masters in Technology Management.  Over the last 18 months countless hours studying and entire Saturdays which have been spent in pursuit of advancing his education, career and personal growth.  Though there have been sacrifices know this my friend in the end it will all be worth it!  I envy your drive and desire and someday hope accomplish similar feats.   As you prepare to leave for Asia to wrap up your studies, you should be happy and excited.   In the TechMan program you and your four teammates had winning success with your Capstone project.

May your success be many and your failures few; but provide lessons for growth.  You should be proud of what you have achieved, I am proud of what you have achieved.

Know that all of the struggles, stresses and sleepless nights your efforts will be ever rewarded.   Continue moving ahead one foot in front of the other.  Don’t trip tomorrow when you are walking on stage, don’t ever loose my number and keep that “Duct Tape” close at hand, you never know when you may need it…

Congratulations my friend, my brother!

Oh what to write about?

April 28, 2010

First to send props out to the Orlando Magic sweeping the Charlotte Bobcats right out of the playoffs.  Being the first team to advance, only sweep and showing no signs of stopping even when we are down, I feel this is going to be a great April, May June for Orlando.

Lindsay and I will be attending a Dads & Daughter Cinderella Ball in May hosted by the Girl Scouts, I am looking forward spending this special time with her.  In mid May I am headed back to Southern California for a week, looking to get some good time in HQ, it is always refreshing.  While I am there I am also hoping to hook up with some old and possibly new friends.  I have started contemplating what my next speech for Toastmasters, Project # 2 Organize your Speech.  As this comes together I will update it here and when I deliver it, I will be sure to use a better video camera to capture the moment.

Last weekend we watched Avatar, I did enjoy the movie, just not quite sure what all the hype was about.  It is becoming more and more interesting to me to think and imagine what process went into dreaming up this story and in all movies for that matter, but wow, vivid and creative just barely cover the adjectives needed here.

Oh well I have a few meetings today and I will be out and about in a real office for the rest of the day.

L8tr all

Toastmaster Ice Breaker (Competent Communicator Project #1) 04/22/2010

April 23, 2010

Last night I delivered my first speech at the Omni Toastmasters 6861 club in Lake Mary Florida.  My task was to deliver a 4 – 6 minute speech introducing myself to the club members and its guests. The speech recorded on my Blackberry and has been uploaded here – http://tinyurl.com/37r5zt7.  I spent a total of about 3 hours working on this over the last few days and I found the experience similar to what I perceive movie makers must go through when cut scenes from a movie to make sure a great product is delivered to theaters.

The first version was full of information, important yet extraneous and the run through was 7’30”, way to long.  I was shooting for about 5’30” and with that I started cutting.  The finished product was delivered in 5′ 22″, provided the information I felt was important to define what was not said; after the speech I received great informal and formal feedback both constructive and positive that I will apply towards my future projects.  For my effort, as with everyone’s first, I was awarded my “Speech #1, The Ice Breaker” ribbon at the end of the meeting .

As always, please let me know what you are thinking and do not forget to subscribe to receive email when the blog is updated.  L8TR

Saturday Night Baking…

April 17, 2010

When Saturday is not over before it starts with family activities, I enjoy watching Saturday morning Food Network shows.  Today April 17, 2010 was one of those days.  This entire weekend for that matter is event free, Sunday night we will be tuned in to watch the Orlando magic begin the run to the championship, lest I digress to my main point.  One of the shows this morning was Tyler Florence and one of the items he made was Berry Scones with an Orange Honey Butter spread.  Well I just so happen to be looking for a breakfast item to make for my wife for a special event.  With that I decided to make these scones but for this event I have replaced the fruit with chocolate chunks and did not make the homemade butter this round.

What are scones you ask, “The scone is a small British quickbread (or cake if recipe includes sugar) of Scottish origin. Scones are especially popular in the United Kingdom …”

Well after a long day of doing nothing but playing on the Wii with my daughter and beginning some items from my to do list, we ventured to the grocery store.  After all the parcels had been emptied and the kitchen was clean, I embarked on making my test batch of chocolate chip scones.  This is the first time I have ever made scones, but I have to say the name sounds complex, but this couldn’t have been easier.  Of course I used a recipe (see below), but execution is as important.  These tasty breaded cakes took about 40 minutes from ingredients to my panel of taste testers plates.  I used my food processor to make the base of the dough and then hand folded in the buttermilk and chocolate chips.  I think the key to getting these things baked perfectly is a very heavy baking sheet for even heating with no hot or cool spots while in the oven.  So without further ado the final product…

The taste testers unanimously agreed that these were fantastic and moving forward to the event version, they will be scaled down in size for a greater yield but the flavor should be as wonderful as their full size cousins.

The recipe:

BERRY BUTTERMILK SCONES

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar, plus more for sprinkling scones
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh mixed berries, washed and dried (e.g. blueberries, raspberries, blackberries) or other desired filling
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°F.


In a food processor bowl add flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add cold butter cubes and pulse until you have the texture of coarse bread crumbs. Transfer to a large mixing bowl, then add 3/4 cup of buttermilk and stir to combine. As it comes together add berries and fold dough to incorporate berries but not break them up too much.

Drop spoonfuls of dough onto a parchment lined sheet pan. Using a pastry brush, paint the tops of each scone lightly with buttermilk and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake until golden brown, and nice and puffy, about 17 to 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack.

*I think another alternative could be finely diced apple flesh

Enjoy


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