Category Archives: Good Food

New Beginnings

April is always a month of new beginnings for me. It is usually the month that includes Easter and also Spring Break. It means the first day of Spring – officially. It used to mean the start of Daylight Savings Time, but now we do that in March.

It is always the month that we discover how pale skinned we are – so we go to the tanning salon to get a base tan. We discover how fat we became over the winter – so we start a serious new diet before buying our new bathing suits for the summer. It’s a lot of beginnings and I love the month of April.

Gone To The Movies

It was interesting for me to learn that popcorn has been around for many more years than anyone previously knew. It turns out that ancient Peruvians were enjoying this delicious snack for as many as 6,000 years ago. I wonder if they invented butter as well!

Anyway, corn in any form is very important these days. It’s good to know that there are some things we can count on to keep humans alive and happy. Thank you corn.

Tip Your Waitresses

One thing that most people don’t realize is how much waitresses and waiters depend on tips to make their living. I just found out that the base pay for many restaurant workers is only $2.13 an hour. I would not like to try to live on that.

I would just like to say to everyone that these workers have a tough job. Dealing with the public can be trying at times and rewarding them when they do well is important. Next time you get up from the table at your local eating house, leave a little something behind!

coffee and a tip

Tipping

Fishing Can Be Fun

As I’ve mentioned before, I love go fishing. With a little bit of planning, a fishing trip can be great fun for the while family. With this in mind, here are a few top tips on how to go about planning a successful fishing trip – even if you don’t catch many fish!

Firstly, if you are planning on going as a group, then you will need to make sure that you have all that you need to keep everyone comfortable and entertained. Although catching fish can be exciting, you might be waiting some time before you get a bite, so take a good book, magazine, or even a laptop to play foxy bingo on while you wait. You’ll want something which can keep you entertained, without causing too much noise that might scare away a potential catch.

You will also need to stock up on bait or flies. Know what type of fish it is that you are hoping to catch, and find out what works best in attempting to attract them. You will also want to make sure you have the right type of hooks and lines to reel in your catch. For most places, you will need a license in order to be able to go fishing, so it is worth finding out whether or not this is the case and ensuring that your license is in date. After all, you don’t want to arrive at your chosen location, only to find that you have to head straight back home again.

Lastly, it is good to remember that fishing trips can easily be an all-day affair, so pack a few snacks to keep you going. If you’re fishing during the cooler weather, then it can be a good idea to take a flask of hot coffee or soup to help everyone stay warm. Have fun!

Winter Doldrums

The winter doldrums can be fought with lots of parties. At least, that’s the logic we’re going with around here. People are itching for an excuse to get out of the house and be around people. So we have parties scheduled for one reason or another just about every weekend through the end of February, and then the weather gets nicer in March and we can get start heading outdoors again.

Of course the mother lode of parties will be the Super Bowl party in just a couple of weeks. That is an event unto itself and the competition for holding the biggest and best gets higher stakes each year. Personally, there might be a few of my friends hosting Super Bowl parties that I’d like to attend, but I’m going to the boss’s house for his party. At least the food and beverage will be top shelf and he has a 52 inch HD plasma screen to watch the game – and commercials.

I want to throw a dinner party the following weekend for about 10 people. The web site celebrations.com has some nice ideas for choosing a dinner party theme and then building the party around that, with invitations, decorations, menu items, etc. With all of their dinner party ideas it’s almost like dinner in a box, but you provide the food! It’s been years since the last dinner party I threw. It was an Italian theme to celebrate the final episode of the Sopranos. It was so much fun but it was a sad occasion. I miss the Sopranos and it broke my heart to see the show end, but it was a great night with lots of authentic Italian food. If I had known about the Celebrations web site back then, I might have kicked up the decorations a few notches. So I’ll cruise the site and find some new ideas for my party on the tenth.