Yep, that’s me!

I tried to find a picture to illustrate that I am running around like a chicken with its head cut off, but the images were all too gory. Not a nice sight for you, me or the chicken. So just trust me when I tell you that I am in a total dither getting the last of everything packed up, chores done, a few errands run so I’ll be ready to board the plane at o’ dark 30 tomorrow morning.

Unfortunately I still can’t find a few things, like the apple corer that I was going to take to James and Cena. (I know I put it in a safe place so it could be grabbed easily when the time came.) And there are still a few more things on my list to do, but hopefully before nightfall I will be done and happy with the results. Once I am out the door at 5:15am, sitting in the airport shuttle, heading north to SeaTac, there is no turning back so I can finally relax!

Lauralee relax?
Can’t use those two words in the same sentence!


Happy National Quiche Lorraine Day!

Or should I have said
“Happy Quiche Auntie Lorayne Day?”

The beauty of a quiche is that, like pizza, it is a canvas. You can take a basic recipe for the egg/cream filling and embellish it with other ingredients in any way your heart and stomach desires. Make your own favorite pastry dough or buy the store variety, either one works great and you are ready to go. For me it is a best way to clean out and use up my fridge leftovers.

For a 10″ pie or tart pan.
Beat together:
3-6 large eggs
1½ cups heavy cream (or 1 cup of sour cream)
Can thin with a little milk if required.
Salt and pepper, to taste.

Line your pan with the dough, then add all your jazzy extras to the pie crust.
The easiest ingredients are pre-cooked meats and chopped vegetables.
Then top (or mixed in) the cheese. All different kinds are delicious.
Swiss is the most popular, but you can even throw in a variety blend.
Mix and match as all combinations are tasty.
And finally pour the egg mixture over all the fillings.

Bake the quiche for about 45 minutes in a 300 degree oven or until the egg filling is set.
(Most recipes call for a 350 degree oven, but I find that too hot and curdling happens.)

Here is the best Quiche Lorraine recipe from

Slice it, serve it, and enjoy – even “real men” love quiche!

Wishes Do Come True!


Thanks to 2nd Entertainment in the UK.
In VG/VG condition inside and out.

Well, that was E-Z!
What should I wish for next?

Desperately Seeking Lou Reed

This is an oldtimer phonograph album by LOU REED
that I would very much like to have in my collection.

First Solo Album
Two years after he left The Velvet Underground
Released in Europe in 1972 by RCA Victor.
Featuring artwork by famed English artist, Tom Adams.

Although the album was a commercial & critical
disappointment, it does have an awesome cover.

A handsome reward for anyone who can help me find it!
(For a reasonable price!)

Oddball Cookware

As I nosing around the internet yesterday, I came across some strange pots and pans that I had never seen before. Thought they would be fun for you to see too. I have included the “commercial” information for each piece so you can get an idea of the designer’s original purpose.

Triple Play Cast Iron Frying Pan

Easy as 1, 2, 3. The three individual cooking areas of this fry pan allow you to prepare different meal components all in one dish. The cast iron design conducts heat evenly, retains it longer than other materials, and can be used on a stovetop, in the oven, on the grill, even over a campfire. The pan is great for families with a picky eater, or in a household where allergies make cross-contamination a concern.
Features Include:
Oven safe to 500F
Cast iron construction
Measures approximately 10″W x 15-3/4″L x 1-1/4″H

Triple-Channel Lasagna Pan

Make three kinds of lasagna in the same pan – inventive design is great for families, dinner parties and more. Durable aluminized-steel construction provides quick, even heat; nonstick finish for easy release and cleanup.
Features Include:
Dishwasher safe
Includes a spatula for serving
Measures approximately 12″ x 15″ x 3″.

Cast Iron Vertical Poultry Roaster

This vertical poultry roaster is the ultimate in the one dish meal concept. The center volcano-well has been designed to contain herbs and seasonings for infusing flavor as it roasts. The wide, ergonomically designed handles ensure secure handling in and out of the oven or grill. Cook up flavorful, moist bird with a cripy skin every time and avoid over cooking with the center cone design. Heats from the inside and out while infusing with flavors and moisture. The deep base is designed to contain root vegetables and smaller proteins. A convenient pour spout makes for easy transfer of vegetables and easy clean up. Vegetables in the base of the pan can baste in the natural juices of the poultry for moist and flavorful side dishes. Lasts a lifetime, often becoming a family heirloom to be passed through the generations. Chef Emeril created recipes are included.
Features Include:
Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron
Rugged and durable, perfect for slow cooking and high-heat grilling
Becomes virtually nonstick with seasoning and use

Technique Cookware 3 Qt. Garlic Pot

Spice up your cookware collection with this 3-qt garlic pot. Durably constructed of cast iron with a white enamel surface, it’s shaped like a real clove of garlic to add a fun and functional touch to any kitchen. Pair it with the matching garlic-shaped trivet and serve with style.
Features Include:
Shaped like a real clove of garlic
Cast iron with a white enamel surface
Oven safe to 475°F
Loop side handles
Hand wash

Technique Enamel Cast Iron 3.5qt Square Pot w/Lid

A pot for all seasons – and seasonings. Whatever you’re cooking, this square pot’s cast iron construction retains heat for maximum cooking performance. The enamel porcelain exterior and cream-colored interior transitions easily from oven to table, making a delightful presentation. Includes 3.5 qt square pot and dome lid.
Features Include:
Cast-iron construction
Oven safe to 475F
With lid, measures approximately 8″L x 8″W x 8-1/2″H.
Lifetime Limited Manufacturer’s Warranty.

Technique Enameled Cast Iron 3.5 qt. Square Pot with Lid

Stir up something succulent in this Technique(R) enameled pot. Made of cast iron for exceptional heat retention, the pot has a 3.5 qt capacity that offers plenty of room for browning, braising, reducing, and caramelizing. Take the square-shaped pot from oven to table, as it provides the perfect presentation and keeps food warm for extended periods of time. Plus, the versatile lid of this pot can be used alone as a baking pan.
Features Include:
Oven safe to 500F
Measures 10″L x 8″W x 6-1/2″H

WordCampYVR & More . . .

Word Camp YVR
June 12, 2010

Confirmed speakers to date:
John Biehler
Dave Olson*

*All supposing Dave has recovered sufficiently from his surgery and is strong enough to attend. He has had a few set-backs from his ordeal which included a return to the hospital. Sufficeth to say Dave has been through the mill and back again. (I’ll spare you the gory details.)

And then there was Northern Voice . . .

Unfortunately Dave was unable to fulfill his speaking gig at Northern Voice 2010 held on May 7th and 8th, so with help from friends, he made a video presentation to be played in his absence. Dave has not missed presenting for NV in five years so has become an institution who attendees look forward to hearing.

Dave puts it this way: “Missing making arts and crafts, going to work and chillaxing. I’m up and about today trying to reinvent myself a wee bit. Thanks to Trevor for loading me up with Chinese herbs (effective despite the horrendous taste) and to all the Northern Voice attendees who chimed in with kind words and beloved friends and family for healing encouragement.” And to all the NV viewers: “Thanks for all the kind feedback – it was a fine tonic to my ailing guts.”

You can read more about Northern Voice and see the video production (in two parts) here: Northern Voice 2010 There’s even a dedication to his Mom – that’s me! How great is that?

There are a lot of people missing your fun!

An Oldie, But A Goodie!*

Senior Road Trip

While on a road trip, an elderly couple stopped at a
roadside restaurant for lunch. After finishing their
meal, they left the restaurant and resumed their trip.
When leaving, the elderly woman unknowingly left her
glasses on the table, and she didn’t miss them until
they had been driving for about forty minutes.

By then, to add to the aggravation, they had to
travel quite a distance before they could find a
place to turn around in order to return to the
restaurant to retrieve her glasses.

All the way back, the elderly husband became the
classic grouchy man. He fussed and complained, and
scolded his wife relentlessly during the entire return drive.

The more he chided her, the more agitated he became.
He just wouldn’t let up for a single minute.

To her relief, they finally arrived at the restaurant.
As the woman got out of the car and hurried inside to
retrieve her glasses, the old geezer yelled to her,

“While you’re in there, you might as well
get my hat and the credit card!”

*Another great one from Bill.