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2013-08-18 Cloudy Sunset


2013-08-18 Cloudy Sunset, a set on Flickr.

Photos from Sunday

2013/08/19 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Meal 5 – Homemade Mexican

Meal 5 - Homemade Mexican by SharonHayesDotCom
Meal 5 – Homemade Mexican, a photo by SharonHayesDotCom on Flickr.

Sharon has some amazing dishes on display at flickr

2012/04/26 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment



I basically use this recipe from allrecipes.com, but I double everything, except the oil which I barely use:

  • use only a few tablespoons of olive oil. It’s useful if you wish to fry the garlic and onions in oil before slow cooking.
  • use 4 cloves of garlic
  • use 1 jalapeño instead of the cayenne
  • Add 1 carot, shredded, then chopped. I shred with a potato peeler.
  • Add 4 tablespoons powdered Parmesan cheese
  • Add 1 large green bell pepper
  • Optionally, add 8oz mushrooms
  • Add sugar, about 1-1/2 tablespoon after several hours of cooking. Taste the sauce first, the sugar makes a big difference, so be careful


2012/04/13 Posted by | Good Eatin' | Leave a comment

My Runing Shoes are Falling Apart

I don’t know how it happened, I think I was just in love with New Balance at one time, or I ran into to many at bargain prices; but years ago I had 3 pairs. I
don’t know what happened to the 3rd pair, but the 2 pairs I have left are finally, after maybe 5 to 10 years, starting to fall apart.

I don’t think these shoes are really worn, they are just old. The glue is giving out, yet the soles don’t look particularly worn as I’ve had 3 pairs of
shoes to spread the wear and tear of my walking over.

I’m debating shoe-repair show, or new shoes. I guess I need to look at prices and also get an estimate from a repair shop, because maybe I just need a

A show shop
400 East 3rd Street
Long Beach
(562) 437-7071

A store for New Balance
Big 5 Sporting Goods
205 East 4th Street, Long Beach, CA
City Place Shopping Center
(562) 495-3034

$50.00, 50% off

Something I saw on Amazon

My New Shoes?

2012/02/18 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Chicken Praprikash


This is a tasty dish I just learned of two days ago from this Peter Vamos video(wonderful music and cooking).

I found many recipes for Chicken Paprikash online at SparkRecipes; but I decided on the one the uses the slow cooker as I enjoy that kind of cooking.

Collecting the Ingredients

These are the items I set out to get, according the slow-cooker recipe from SparkRecipes:

  • large red bell pepper
  • large onion
  • 1pkg garlic
  • 3 loose carrots
  • 1-1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 lbs chicken
  • Hungarian paprika

I walk instead of drive, and try to spend only 5 to 10 dollars per day on food.

Food 4 Less

I walked up to Food 4 Less for every ting. After seeing what was available, I postponed purchase of a couple of
items, and added a couple:

The only chicken breast left (Zacky Farms) was too expensive at over 7 dollars for less than the 2lbs I needed. They’d run out of the less expensive brand that was $1.79 a lb.
Hungarian Paprika:
There was no paprika there that I didn’t’ already have. I decided to hold out for the possibility of finding the right kind at another store
sour cream
I actually kept forgetting this item
I decided on bow-ties as it was flat and easy to prepare
I’d need something to hold me as this takes 8hrs to cook. I’ll have beer and peanuts

Fresh & Easy

Usually but not always more expensive, but somewhat fancier, Fresh & Easy was my second stop. I picked up two items:

I decided on a whole chicken. Even thought I did see chicken breasts at $1.79/lb the packages all weighed too much, were around $11.00 ea. I got a whole chicken for $5.17
I didn’t find Anthony labeled Hungarian, but I did find something libeled sweet. I remember from the video that
that sweet was good.
sour cream
I forgot it again;but I walked back to get a 1pt container

Miami’s’ Market

My last stop was at Mami’s (or Cherry Market) for some peanuts. I picked up another beer, just in case.

In all, I spent about 21 dollars; but with a whole chicken and two beers, this would last at least two days.



I got home, hungry, and threw most everything into the refrigerator, except the beer and peanuts. I started heating water for pasta.

I can’t quite recall what I did next while having my beer and peanuts, but I usually watch some sort of video online.

I vaguely remember playing music instead of videos; because as I was practicing trumpet at the time the water was ready for the pasta, I found the loud music from the other room a little distracting while I took the time to practice the trumpet as the pasta cooked.


I took the cooked pasta and put it in a container, then into the refrigerator.
I chopped the chicken, sliced the onion and bell pepper, and shredded a carrot.
The chichen, I placed in a large plastic bowl and floured it.

As I was placing everything into the crock pot,  I found I had way too much.
I removed half the onion, chicken, and pepper and placed that too into a container and into the refrigerator.
I added pepper and salt, cooked on high for one hour,  then set the pot to low,and cooked six more hours.

Trying it out

Early this morning around 5am, I tasted the food–almost forgot the sour cream again! It was good.  I added the sour cream. I grabbed the pasta, put it in a bowl and added some of the chicken paprikash over it.

It was wonderful. When I sliced a piece of chicken with the edge of a spoon, there was a burst of aroma from the meat. The sour cream and paprika also added a special, distinctive, flavor. I think this dish will become a regular treat for me.

2012/02/17 Posted by | Good Eatin', Long Beach, Money, Music, Photography | 1 Comment

Easy Vegetarian Recipes : TreeHugger

Even though I posted a weekly meal plan a while back, hear are some vegetarian recipes, including some weekly plans: 
Easy Vegetarian Recipes : TreeHugger.

2012/01/14 Posted by | Good Eatin', Yoga | Leave a comment

Pizza Story

As long as it’s there, here is a link to a photo essay on  flickr.

Italian Style Supreme PizzaA toaster ovenStuff for ToppingsOptionalsToppingsPizza
With TopppingsWith TopppingsInto the OvenOut of the Oven. Onto the Chopping Block!Asault on a PizzaPizza Under Siege (as beer looks on ;)
Pizza Under Siege (as beer looks on ;)Pizza Under Siege (as beer looks on ;)Pizza Under Siege (as beer looks on ;)Pizza Engaged in Hand-t0-hand CombatPizza Engaged in Hand-to-hand CombatPizza Decimated
Pizza Decimated

Pizza Story, a set on Flickr.

2011/12/20 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment


I have this menu Food Icon I created just to make life simpler.  When I can’t decide what to eat, I use it. Click the image to view.

2011/07/18 Posted by | Good Eatin', Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Food, This Blog, and the Economy


I am retired but I may start working part-time, soon. It a position a friend recommends me for comes through, I’ll be eating out more often and posting here.

I’ll get to cook fancier stuff too!

Oh, the funny code above is for Empire Avenue, a game I play.  The more I post here and elsewhere, the higher my score.

2011/07/08 Posted by | Uncategorized | 4 Comments

The Best Burrito Yet!

If you’re ever in Long Beach, and uh
you’re looking for something to eat, and uh
you want that good Mexican food, and uh…

Man you gotta try this big burrito!

Burrito from Los Potros

The Burrito from Los Potros

Wine not included, but there’re soft drinks.

Order at the outside window, to go. There is also dining inside, live music, and a menu of items including mariscos (seafood.)

It comes with carne asada, beef, cheese or even there’s a shrimp version. On the side there’s a special chili sauce, and an assortment of pickled vegetables: carrot, radish, jalapeño.

2011/06/29 Posted by | Good Eatin', Long Beach, Money, Photography | 1 Comment