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As you walk in Lethal seems a bit anxious and hyper. There are 4 books, numerous steno pads, a Lap Top and tablet all on their table beside the podium and all seem to be in use- simultaneously. As you enter you see him glace at his phone and mutter something under his breath you don’t quite catch except for the words schedule and time. He carefully books marks all his places before dashing to the podium to address you.
OK-Folks-if-you-could-please-get-it, sit-it-and-shut-it-I’d-like-to-get-this- show-on-the-road-fast-as-possible-and-speeding-tickets-be-damned.
I lost a whole day this weekend and half a day for my birthday so I’m behind and Professors don’t want to hear excuses about you having a life and a job outside of class.
First I’d like to thank all those who sent me birthday wishes and kind words about the blog with a special nod to the instigator of the entire affair Impish Dragon- you’ll get yours sucker! If you haven’t seen them or my thoughts on what my birthday means to me you should head over the the actual blog [https://dragonlaffs.com/2014/09/23/happy-birthday-lethal-leprechaun/] and read all 17 comments which you can find by clicking the comments link at the end of Impish’s Snitch posting Special Announcement.
Moving right along as you know Molly and I are planning to move to a new residence here in Houston once our lease is up at the end of November. We spent Saturday looking at several of the properties we had narrowed our choices down to as well as the areas they were located in. We found one we like very much and are currently in the application process. I’m announcing this because it sort of ties into two subjects.
1.) Come mid November until probably mid December there will likely be a period of no Leprechaun Laughs. I’m moving and resetting up a household and a business in an area that’s not familiar to us while continuing to go to school and all as Finals for the term will be looming. Something has to give and in the grand scheme of priorities sadly this is basically at the bottom of the totem pole.
2.) Fees deposits and such we must pay even before we take possession of the apartment are in excess of $1000. This doesn’t take into account the movers cost or anything else. What this means is that there is absolutely NO WAY that I can foot 1/2 the expenses for this blog. I’ve already informed Impish that if we can’t raise the funds required to keep this up and running then I’m going to bow out. It doesn’t seem fair for him to foot the entire bill alone so I’ve suggested we retire on a high note if it comes to that as his life is as ridiculously complicated as mine if not more so.
DON’T GET THE WRONG IDEA – I’M NOT MAKING THREATS HERE.
What I am doing is what I always have done giving you the straight truth. Consider this a heads up of possible things to come that Impish and I are in a far better position to foresee that all of you. as Impish said all it takes is a single dollar from each subscriber. We come out generally 100+ times a year not counting the holiday/special issues so if you do the math that’s at or under a penny an issue. Pretty damned fine return and value for a $1!
OH-CRAP! WILL-YOU –LOOK-AT-THE-TIME! I-GOT-TO-RUN-SORRY-IF-THE-ISSUE-IS=A-LITTLE-SHORTER-THAN-USUAL!
I thought I’d share a couple of the more notable cards I got this year.
Some friends of Molly’s and mine sent me this one.
My sister sent me this next one-
Inside it reads “Brother’s Teach Us That!”
Finally I got this one from Molly-
Isn’t she a darlin’ ?! Here’s the inside, such a lovely sentiment!
A real keeper my Molly is!
This one wasn’t signed and had no return address
Sounds like a lot of the conversations I have with Impish!
Top 10 Reasons I’m Not a Democrat
By George, I think she’s got it — check out this hilarious video of a recovering liberal, now conservative, stating her Top Ten Reasons why she’s no longer a Democrat. One thing is for certain, the younger generation in America is starting to realize that hopey changey thing ain’t working for them and their future. I guarantee you’ll bust a laugh with this one. Hat tip to @ellysa_maye and her exceptional use of social media to make her point.
John Wayne on liberals
“I’m quite sure that the concept of a Government-run reservation… seems to be what the socialists are working for now — to have everyone cared for from cradle to grave…. But you can’t whine and bellyache ’cause somebody else got a break and you didn’t, like those Indians are. We’ll all be on a reservation soon if the socialists keep subsidizing groups like them with our tax money.”- John Wayne
“Hell yes, I’m a liberal. I listen to both sides before I make up my mind. Doesn’t that make you a liberal? Not in today’s terms, it doesn’t. These days, you have to be a fucking left-wing radical to be a liberal. Politically, though … I’ve mellowed.” – John Wayne, 1973
Nowadays Duke listening and thinking for yourself makes you a Centrist. Speaking as a fellow Centrist we miss you and would have been damned glad to count you in our midst and have supported you for President!
Keep chuckling Impish you chucklehead! This is what is happing to the littlest Dragonette right in from of your eyes and you’re powerless to stop it. Better hope none of them boys play D&D and know how to bride a moat, slay a Dragon and carry off the Fair Maiden or you’re in serious trouble!
Quick Pork Goulash
1 1/4 pounds pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 teaspoons olive oil
2 carrots, diced
1 rib celery, diced
1 onion, thinly sliced1 red or green bell pepper, diced
3 tablespoons sweet paprika
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon crushed caraway seeds
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup low-sodium beef broth
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
2 cups whole-wheat egg noodles
Chopped chives, for garnish
Toss the pork pieces with the thyme, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Heat 1/2 of the oil in a medium Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the pork pieces in a single layer and cook until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer with a slotted spoon to a bowl.
Heat the remaining oil in the same pot and add the carrots, celery, onions and bell pepper and cook, stirring, until softened, 7 to 10 minutes. Stir in the paprika, tomato paste, caraway and garlic until fragrant and the tomato paste has darkened slightly, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the broth and 1 1/2 cups water and bring to a simmer. Cook until the vegetables are tender and the broth has thickened, about 45 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook the noodles according to package directions and keep warm.
Add the pork back to the stew and cook, stirring, until the pork is cooked through and hot. Stir in the vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Toss with the hot egg noodles and garnish with chives.
Cream Cheese-Filled Ginger-Cherry Pumpkin Bread
Some days you just need to embrace a kitchen sink approach to cooking. This quick bread is just such a case. With ginger, cherries, cream cheese – you almost can’t call this pumpkin bread. What you can call it is damned good.
CREAM CHEESE-FILLED GINGER-CHERRY PUMPKIN BREAD
2 cups white-whole-wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground dry ginger
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/3 cups dark brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
15-ounce can pumpkin puree
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1/2 cup toasted pumpkin seeds
1 cup dried cherries
12 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
2 tablespoons granulated sugar Zest of 2 oranges
For the streusel
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup rolled oats
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a large (9- to 10-inch) loaf pan with baking spray.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, dry ginger and salt.
In a large bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, oil, pumpkin, 1 egg and the fresh ginger. Add dry ingredients to the wet, then mix until just combined. Stir in pumpkin seeds and cherries, then spread half of the batter evenly over the bottom of the prepared loaf pan. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, mix together the remaining egg, the cream cheese, the granulated sugar and the orange zest. Spread half of the mixture evenly over the batter in the pan. Spread half of the remaining batter over it, then top that with the remaining cream cheese filling. Finish with a final layer of batter. Set aside.
To make the streusel, in a medium bowl use your fingers to rub together the flour, brown sugar, oats and butter. Sprinkle evenly over the loaf.
Bake for about 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted at the center comes out clean. Cool for 30 minutes, then remove from the pan and cool completely before slicing. Makes 16 servings.
- Tossing the cherries with a bit of the whole wheat flour will ensure they remain suspended in place in the batter and don’t all sink to the bottom like in the picture
- If you don’t have or don’t like dried cherries try Craisins which are dried cranberries in this.
Or as Diabetics all them- Suicide by Sugar Induced Coma!
Apparently Impish has been secretly scouring the world looking for just the right gift to give me for my Birthday. When I first heard this I was kind of dubious because:
a.) I’m his accountant and I know how much he doesn’t have in his pockets-
b.) With everything on his plate currently I have no idea where he’d find the time to spend traveling and looking.
So I discounted the report. Then the same source sent me this photo of allegedly of Impish navigation the canals of Venice while searching for my present:
Even I’m forced to admit the resemblance is striking but I still don’t think it’s Impish
Last Saturday Impish announced that the Historical Memorial Marker I had installed in the Picnic Field (to commemorate Impish’s voluntary admission that I was right about the entire pizza thing) had been vandalized. Initially I was quite upset over this both over the security lax that allowed this and by the comment left on it.
Then it occurred to me that the comment might be being misinterpreted. The more I thought about it the surer I became, the comment isn’t aimed at me. It is, in point of fact, aimed at Impish. What the vandal was trying to convey in limited space and with very limited time was that I am so often right about the things I tell Impish to straight him out that it was only a matter of time before he screwed up and publically admitted I was right and therefore (as usual) he was wrong!
Once I realized this I ceased being irked by it, canceled the order to have the graffiti power washed off the marker and asked that several protective layers of clear acrylic be carefully applied over it to protect and preserve it.