2013 Detroit Tournament and beyond

12-8-2013 We arrived back from Detroit this early afternoon. Home sweet home. Adventurer Jr. also had a meeting for Science Olympiad this afternoon and Adventurer Jr. II had a bird painting scheduled as well. Yesterday, we arrived at the tournament at 1 PM and stayed until 7 PM. I have to say, Adventurer Jr. division’s competition is tough. Many competitive kids are in this group, including kids from Costa Rica. We should have good fights next year as well. Adventurer … Continue reading >>

Warm Blanket

Adventurer Jr. brought a fleece blanket back from school today. He made it during family consumer science class. The blanket was so warm and cozy! He said he would gift it to his grandma.  Adventure Jr. made a pillow early in the year and gave it to his great-grandpa. Such a sweet boy, I’m so proud of him! … Continue reading >>

Swim and Tabata

12-5-2013 Today I swam in the pool with Adventurer Jr. III. He raced me doggy paddle, while I swam freestyle. We also danced and singed in the pool. It was a wonderful time. On a side note, a new class called Tabata is now available, at a time that is convenient for me. I had to find the group lesson schedule for details. It was described as, “A physical & mental challenge that will increase your metabolism & muscular endurance, … Continue reading >>

Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients: 2 cups of pumpkin pulp purée 1.5 cups of dried milk powder 1/2 cup of brown sugar 1/2 of teaspoon salt 3 eggs 4 teaspoons of pumpkin spice Pie shell Directions: Preheat oven to 425°F. Beat all ingredients in a food processor. Pour into pie shell and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce the temp to 350°F and bake for 40 minutes. Cool for 2 hours. Cut and serve. … Continue reading >>

Deep-fried Calamari

Ingredients: 2 to 3 cups cooking oil, for frying 1 package of cleaned calamari, tubes cut into 1/2 inch rings and legs 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour Salt and pepper to taste Directions: Add the oil to a small fry pan and heat up. Combine the flour, pepper, and salt. Toss 1/3 of the calamari in the seasoned flour. Carefully drop the calamari into the hot oil. The oil should bubble gently. When the calamari looks pale golden, remove from … Continue reading >>

Bought DLR, HCP, CTL and O

Today I bought these stocks in the Traditional IRA (M) account: 10 shares of DLR at $44.87 per share. This is a new position in this account. 10 shares of HCP at $36 per share. Now I have 20 shares in this account. The cost basis is $36.85. 10 shares of CTL at $30 per share. This is a new position in this account. 40 shares of O at $37.61 per share. Now I have 207 shares in this account. … Continue reading >>

November 2013 Dividends

In the month of November, I was paid $151.20 in the Roth IRA account $558.51 in the Traditional IRA (W) account $61.24 in Traditional IRA (M) account The total for these accounts is $770.95. I have dividends automatically reinvested for all of the stocks in Roth IRA and Traditional IRA (W) accounts right now. Now I’m thinking of reinvesting dividends for core holdings only. I intend to hold core holdings for life, so it’s nice to have it ride along … Continue reading >>

Aftermath of Thanksgiving feast – Turkey Salad

Finally, we finished most of the Thanksgiving leftovers today, but we still have a lot of turkeys left. So I pulled the meat off, placed them on a plate, and poured some of the leftover Cranberry fruit Relish on top to make a salad for dinner. It was so delicious, and everyone liked it. They even asked for more. Adventurer Jr. II suggested having the salad for lunch tomorrow, which I think will use the rest of the turkey. The … Continue reading >>