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Month: September 2012 (page 1 of 2)

Quality Hill, Kansas City, Missouri

While staying at Hope Lodge in Kansas City we decide to take a short walk around the neighborhood for a little fresh air. It is an interesting area with its mixture of residences, large businesses, retail establishments, entertainment venues, two cathedrals, and a private club.

As we walked down one street we came to a park called Case Park. This park on a bluff has overlooks and you just wonder why someone would want to view such an industrial and  railroad are but it also over looks the airport. After researching I found out it was a popular area to view the airplanes when they were a new form of travel for the very wealthy.

We walked further down the sidewalk we came up to a monument of an individual that was important to this area in earlier times. Tom Pendergast commissioned a statue of his brother Jim. Tom was a notorious political boss. Jim was a saloon owner in the West Bottoms who started the Democratic Party in this region. the children on the side were interesting.

A we continued along the walkway which is also part of the Kansas City Riverfront Bicycle Trail, a 20-mile bicycle route along the Missouri River around downtown Kansas City we came across a Lewis & Clark  sculpture commemorating Lewis and Clark’s stop on Quality Hill, showing York and the dog “Seaman“.

The bridge from the Farmers Market area to the Airport looked interesting at this position.

Wagon at Shawnee Indian Mission

Wagon by Lakenvelder
Wagon, a photo by Lakenvelder on Flickr.

This is a picture of a wagon on the grounds of the Shawnee Indian Mission in Fairway, Kansas not far from Kansas City. It was a manual training school for American Indian children from 1839-1884 and continued as a school until 1862. The grounds has three main buildings, some out buildings and a typical herb and vegetable garden during this time.

More pictures


Kansas Historical Society Webpage


Baked Pasta

You can use all types of meat and cheese for this pasta. You can also make it in the morning or a couple days before and bake in the evening. So if you make a roast beef, chicken or pork on Sunday you can make it and put into the refrigerator for Monday or Tuesday.  That busy soccer or other night is less stressful and you will have a great meal the children with like too.

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 2 cups diced cooked meat
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 cans 12-Oz diced tomatoes
  • salt
  • ground pepper
  • 1 pound pasta, cooked as package instructed
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese or other cheese you enjoy. Cheddar would be good too with chicken

Pre-heat the oven to 400º. In a large saucepan heat the oil over medium high heat add the onions and carrots and cook until lightly browned. This should be about 10 minutes. Add the beef , garlic, and pepper flakes. Add the tomatoes. Bring to a boil over high heat and then bring back down to a simmer. Season with the salt and pepper.

Add the pasta and basil into the pot. Pour into a baking pan. Top with the cheese. Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese has melted and browned a little.

  • Adapted from Hearty Baked Pasta: My Family Table by John Besh.

What Your Fridge Says About You Family

According to researchers from UCLA your fridge tell a lot about your family. Our creation of spaces “material saturation”  reflects on the way our family lives. The study concludes we have 56 items on our fridge so I had to go count to see where I stand. I really feel I have too many items on the fridge but it seems that when I take items off something reappears. I counted 41 items on the front and back so I am below the typical “material saturation” seen on fridges. It does have room for improvement. Less is best for removing stress in your life. How does your fridge compare?

Update: Down to 29 on the fridge.


Roast Beef Sandwiches

Why settle for the slice roast beef you get at the store when you can bake a roast beef at home that is better and less expensive.  You will have control over the salt and fat content. It ready to use when you want a sandwich. You can slice it in separate the slice with wax paper and place in the freezer and take out the night before.

I like to use crusty bread for this sandwich but you can use any type of bread you enjoy. Using the bread of choice simlpy place a thin slice on and cheese. You can add any compliment you enjoy on your sandwich. I used Provolone cheese in the above example with horseradish mayo sauce.

Walk About on a Hot Day in September

It was another hot day in September and the sunflowers are blooming all over the sunflower state of Kansas. I decided to walk around our property and see if I could get lucky taking pictures of the sunflower. The sunflowers can look really nice from a distance if you have a huge area of them growing but the wild ones tend to grow on disturbed land.

The area I found the most sunflowers used to have a large barn for equipment that was taken down last year and was not yet replanted with any pasture grass. I was a little leery about taking picture at around 2 p.m. since the sun was still very strong but I also wanted to get pictures of bees. I ended up being lucky that a large bee did visit the flowers.


And then I saw a dragon fly near…..   

As I was walking out of the area under the shade of a nearby tree I saw mom and son being  together. 

Bebe was just hanging out under the trees.

And I then checked on my soon to be sunflower seeds in my garden.

Slow-cooked Beef Chuck Roast for Many Meals

If you like to have roast beef for week ends meals why not prepare enough for more than one meal. Instead of cooking on 4-5-pound roast put 2-3 more in the oven. It will take a little longer but you will be ahead of the week with the ability to make meals during the busy week days. When I make roast beef I like to add carrots and potatoes so they will roast to a delicious side dish in the beef drippings.

  • 1 4-5 pound beef chuck roast
  • salt
  • ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
  • Thyme
  • 1 onion, peeled and quartered
  • Carrots, I put at least one per person
  • 2 pounds, fingerling potatoes or regular potatoes., peeled and quartered

Preheat oven to 225º. Season the roast with salt and pepper. Spread butter over the roast to coat.  Sprinkle the thyme over the roast.

Heat a heavy-bottomed roasting pan over high heat or use a large frying pan. Sear the roast on all sides until browned. Remover the roast and add the carrots and potatoes on the bottom of the pan. Set the roast on top of the vegetables. Add about 1 inch of water into   pan.

Put the pan into the oven and roast uncovered, for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until the internal temperature of the roast is 125º. Transfer to a platter. Let rest for 15 minutes until you carve.

Remove the delicious carrots and potatoes to enjoy with your meal.

If you cooked more than one roast portion and save in freezer bags to other meals.

I will be giving ideas to use the leftover roast for other meal.

Interruptions in Life

We all have those days when interruptions just seem ………….

“The major problem of like is learning how to handle the costly interruptions. The door that slams shut, the plan that got sidetracked, the marriage that failed. Or that lovely poem that didn’t get written because someone knocked on the door.”

Martin Luther King Jr.


Weekly Writing Challenge: A Few of My Favorite Things


When people visit my home they usually notice a picture painted by my grandfather of a mountain scene. It is a very beautiful picture but I have another picture received from an aunt years ago. The picture is a windmill scene in the Netherlands. It is seems to be painted from a overcast day but many days are rainy in the part of the world.

My great-grandparents on my grandmothers side and grandfather all came from the Netherlands. My grandmother’s family moved from Winschoten, Netherlands before my grandmother was born. My great grandmother grew up in Bellingwolde, Netherlands which is a small village very close to the German border. From what I have been told this painting is from a windmill very close to the village along the canal.

Someday I wold like to see it myself but for now I will just enjoy the scene from my desk.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Free Spirit

Plains by Lakenvelder
Plains, a photo by Lakenvelder on Flickr.

This is another Free Spirit photo. This is a photo I did a few years ago that is more like the example in the challenge.

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