Thursday, September 27, 2007

sick bed

Sorry for the lack of posts, I've been pretty sick the last few days. Will start up again tomorrow hopefully.

Other than that, all is well on the homefront! I made that lemon cake I posted about earlier and will post a pic of it tomorrow as well.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

din din

I made one of Jan's mom's recipes last night - Apricot Ham Patties. I had it before at their house and they are really good and easy. My oven is gas and heats fast, so the next time I'm going to put them in for 30 min's instead of 40. We went for a run, so we couldn't keep an eye on them. This is a really easy recipe if you use a food processor, and makes enough for 2 dinners for 4 - I made 8 patties and the mix for another 8 are in the freezer. My favorite part is the brown sugar glaze that ends up in the bottom of the pan. Here is a close recipe I found online:

(I would still do it in the oven - 350 deg., for 30-40 min's. the difference in mine was adding 1lb of lean pork, more milk, double the bread crumbs, diced apricots, 2 eggs, and fresh parsley) Oh, and I put 1/2 c. brown sugar mixed with 1 tsp flour on the bottom so it melts and sticks to the bottom of the patties).


1 lb. ground, cooked ham1 egg, slightly beaten1/4 c. dry bread crumbs2 tbsp. finely chopped onion2 tbsp. milk2 tsp. parsley flakes1 tsp. prepared mustard2 tbsp. brown sugar2 tbsp. honey1 tsp. vinegarDash of ground cloves2 tbsp. orange juice

Combine ham, egg, bread crumbs, onion, milk, parsley flakes and mustard. Mix well. Shape into 4 large patties. Place in square glass baking dish; set aside.

Combine brown sugar, honey, vinegar and cloves; mix well. Spread half the brown sugar mixture over patties. Stir orange juice into remaining brown sugar mixture; set aside. Cover patties loosely. Microwave on high for 4 minutes; rotate dish. Microwave on high for 3 to 4 minutes or until patties are firm in center. Cover with reserved brown sugar glaze. Yield: 4 servings.

Friday, September 14, 2007

art vs art

Last Friday was a good time. Holly's painting made it up to the final 30 or so, and then was bought and didn't get a chance to make it anywhere near the wheel of death. Next time, I going to try my hand at this and see how far mine can go. It's a fun night, lots of yelling and using the noise makers they pass around. I was hoping for the acid bath this year, but they replaced it with another one where they tear the canvas off with their teeth. If anyone is in the Indy area next fall, you must join us.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

what a find

Holly suggested we check out this place called Midland Arts & Antiques Market and oh what a place. I found so many great finds, but unfortunately don't have the space for all of them yet. When I have an office/craft room, I am definitely going to come her for some chairs and shelving. I'll post some pics later this week of my finds, but if any of you are in the area, this is a must. It's a huge warehouse - 2 stories and most of the prices are very reasonable and much cheaper than your typical small town antique store that prices off ebay. I got kitchen canisters very similar to these, but in a blue-ish color, and some great lidded scallped tins for my workspace area.

Friday, September 7, 2007

more work!

I just got hired to shoot this building in Indianapolis. 2 over from mine and a high profile one. Jan & I had been talking about taking out a small buisness loan to get more equipment (lighting kit, etc.) so I can head towards full time photography & my card business. Blessings like this mean we won't have to. The best thing about buildings, is that they don't stress me out, they pay reasonably well, and many of them have pretty cool interiors to check out - modern spaces and what not. Plus Jan & I get to wander together taking cool night shots into the wee hours, and I can buy him nice dinners and write it off for helping me.

(for those inquiring, i am putting all the wedding pics on a link this sun - for real!)

Thursday, September 6, 2007

sing it

I know, you wish you were here. Faith Hill, Kelly Clarkson & Hinder are going to be performing at a free concert this evening to rock the NFL kickoff show on Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis, and my office happens to be ON the circle. (ie. I will be able to see it crowd free from the deck of my office) If anyone wants to hurry and fly over, you can join me, and my co-workers.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007


it's my birthday!! jan woke me up w/some great suprises - i'll post pics tonight.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

labor day

We spent labor day down south - Jan's best friend Scotty was having a party since he has returned from Japan for good, and then Sunday & Mon we went to the river w/Jan's family. On Monday, I learned to waterski. Now, if you look real close... j/k. Maybe next year we can do this trick. What really happened was that I ate a lot of water, and tweaked up my back really good, and managed to only get up to the squat position twice. Maybe next time I'll actually get to stand up. Jan on the other hand did great, and his mom makes it look like the easiest thing ever. I definitely need some practice...and a lot of ice today..