Hello friends! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Please take a moment and let us give thanks for the birth of Jesus Christ and the most amazing gift the world will ever know – salvation – which is totally free and lasts an eternity.
Tonight’s posting is from Muscatine, Iowa. I’m visiting buddy Johnnie. This afternoon we made a bundt cake using Captain Morgan spiced rum. It’s a holiday favorite! Yes, you can get a buzz from the glaze!
After baking this dessert it was time for dinner. The cake had to cool in the fridge for a few hours after the booze had soaked in.
Johnnie and I went out to Sal Vitale’s – an amazing, multi-generational Italian restaurant. Johnnie loves the stuffed taco pizza. I went for the Francesca (ham, sausage, onion, mushroom, fresh mozzarella, artichokes). We also ordered calamari (breaded, fried squid) and cold tomato slices with a creamy asiago cheese topping. Talk about great food! As a cheese nut, I could tell that in the pizza they use a mix of whole milk and part-skim mozzarella cheeses for the best combination of flavor and “stringiness”.
Later this evening we headed 1/2 hour south to the small town of Wapello, Iowa to see a light display with 60,000 Christmas lights. It was a fun little drive; Johnnie and I had some time to catch up and just enjoy hanging out.
So what did Johnnie get for Christmas? He’d been driving me nuts for the last couple of months talking about a “Fisher Price Tudor Brown House” toy he had as a kid. There was one at the Salvation Army but it was in rough shape. I found a mint condition house on Ebay. It was a hit. Johnnie is quick to say he’s not playing with the playhouse… but has been “setting it up for display” for hours. That’s okay. I’m still doing the same things (mainly fishing) as 40 years ago. (Men don’t grow up very often, or so I tell my female friends!).
We’ve had a terrific visit. Tomorrow (Christmas) we’re going to a homeless shelter to enjoy a community Christmas dinner.
I sure hope everyone has a terrific Christmas and a Happy New Year. May your families remain healthy and cohesive. Take good care and enjoy the season!
So what’s next? I’ve got a trip planned for New Year’s and am going to do a fairly short but thorough (and tantalizing) video using the Coleman Fold and Go propane grill and griddle. If the weather is cooperative, one of the drones will go along on the next trip, too. It looks like Jesse might get his chance to camp this time as well.
Thanks for visiting. Again, have a very Merry Christmas!
Brad, Jesse James, and Kitty Jen-Jen
Currently in Muscatine, Iowa