Too Good to be True

COMICS-HEADMissile Firing Tank vintage comic adEven the grade school boys at which this ad was squarely aimed knew this was too good to be true.

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Strawberry Blackberry Pie

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Everyone loves pie, and since blackberries were in abundance in the market over the weekend – I scooped some up. Fruit pies are one of the best things about summer!  Continue reading

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Pesto Marinated Grilled Chicken

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Now that cook-out season has officially begun, one of my favorite summer time meals is marinated chicken with pesto. Marinating the chicken the night before, means one less thing you have to do the day of the barbeque, leaving you plenty of time to shuck corn, set up horseshoes, and put fancy soaps in the bathroom. Marinating in pesto results in a moist, garlicky, basil infused piece of chicken. If you’re lucky enough to have leftovers – it makes amazing chicken salad! However, since we have a 15 year old eating machine, leftovers are nothing but a fond memory.  Continue reading

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Memorial Day

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In remembrance of those who fought and gave their lives fighting for freedom.

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Friday Five – Number Eighty Six

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Eighty-sixth in a series creating a collage using five elements.

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Frankie Laine Meets the Queen

Frankie Laine Meets the QueenSo what was her Majesty’s favourite – Mule Train or Rawhide?

This is another mouldy oldie in a collection of records found in an old darkroom at a Philadelphia area printer.

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The Birds

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It’s always something. No sooner did I rid myself of the ants in the kitchen, now it’s birds stealing the basil in the backyard – not just mine, my neighbor’s too. They swoop in, swipe a leaf, smirk, and fly off. They didn’t touch the rosemary, oregano or sage – however, I wasn’t about to let this flock of hooligans pilfer my future pesto – this means war!  Continue reading

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BROTHER MOTHER FATHER BROTHER

BROTHER MOTHER FATHER BROTHERMy Night of the Living Dead series continues.

Back in the 1980s, I went to art school, and I along with all of the other illustration majors were required to take a minor course in photography. We had to shoot the photos as well as process the negatives and make prints. I don’t recall what the particulars of the class assignments were although I can tell from looking at the negatives which were the assignments and which ones were shot just to finish off a roll. The shots to finish a roll are a lot more interesting. While my fellow students mostly resided and shot their photographs in the vibrant metropolis of Philadelphia, I lived and did most of my shooting in and around the staid and solid small town of Westville, New Jersey. I’m pretty sure this was shot in the Green Cemetery in Deptford Township, Gloucester County, New Jersey.

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Banana Sour Cream Coffee Cake

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After a particularly hectic week, it’s nice to wake up on Saturday morning to a humongous cup of coffee and a slice of coffee cake to ease into the weekend. This cake used up the brown bananas on my kitchen table, was easy to put together, and remained moist three days later.  Continue reading

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Italian Market Festival 2015 – Day Two

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Today is your last chance to head down to The Italian Market Festival for cannolis, accordion music, and Cannuli’s amazing roast pork sandwiches! The festivities go on until 6 pm – see you there! More photos behind the cut.  Continue reading

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Italian Market Festival 2015

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The Italian Market Festival began today – there were handsome gravy vendors, umbrella drinks, bands, food, pasteries, and cute tote bags! If you missed it today – stop by tomorrow 11 am to 6 pm. More photos behind the cut.  Continue reading

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Friday Five – Number Eighty Five

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Eighty-fifth in a series creating a collage using five elements.

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Recorded in London – February 1, 1959

My Fair LadyAs I’ve said in the introduction to this series of posts, the guys that listened to these records at the local print shop included an inordinate amount of show tunes.

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Uninvited Guests

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We had an invasion last week – ants. They waltzed in through the back door and made themselves right at home. I went into full lunatic mode – ants skeeve me out! I sprayed the countertops with vinegar, ants hate vinegar, I didn’t want pesticides around where I prepare food. Unfortunately, there were still ants on my counter foraging for toaster crumbs. Armed with a spray can of Ant Kill™, I went outside and sprayed along the house and near the door. I still had ants.

After doing some research – I discovered that using insect killer in a can will kill them. But really, all you’re doing is ticking off the Queen back in the nest. She’ll just send more of her subjects back to your house. What you have to do is make them a poisonous snack that they’ll bring back to their condo and share with their friends. Recipe behind the cut.  Continue reading

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