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  2. Bob1

    Blue Jay's Toy Basket

    Every time I go to the pet store I check on toys. Having 2 dogs from the same litter, I pick up a toy for each of them. Some of the toys survive the beating they take. Among them are the orange crab, the striped bow ties (aka) bones, dragons, and doughnuts. They and over 20 others are in Blue Jay's toy backet.
  3. Bob1

    Farfalle with Pesto Sauce.

    Some time ago, I made my first pesto sauce. Since I just wanted to try something with the pesto sauce, I warmed up some farfalle. Then I put a nice portion of Parmigiana cheese on it. By the way, I just received the Termini Bros. circular this week. Now, I can look up some new recipes to try.
  4. Bob1

    Kung Pao Chicken

    When I worked in D. C., we would eat in the Chinese section of the city. Two of my favorite dishes was Kung Pao Chicken and Bourbon Chicken. Of course together with hot and sour soup. Hmmm, maybe I'll make bourbon chicken next.
  5. Bob1

    Chocolate Babka

    I bake thins to see if I can bake it and how it tastes. This is called chocolate babka. It's ok. However, I'm tired of semi-sweet chocolate. I like milk chocolate. Here is the recipe for chocolate babka.
  6. This is the Ruger GP 100 I bought used. It is absolutely wonderful. Since I had 38 special ammo I used that on Wednesday and barely felt any recoil. It's a tank. I bought the gun when it was 2 months old. It was hardly used and you could smell the Hopee's cleaner used on it from the original owner. This is definitely something special. I'm no Match Champion but this gun makes you feel like one. The gun is made for 357 magnum ammo and it is capable of shooting that caliber all day. That's a move up from 38 special but you know I'm going to buy some for it.
  7. Bob1

    Ruger Mark IV Target

    This is the Ruger Mark IV Target Model 40159. It requires 22 lr ammo. The 22 is 4.6 cents a round compared to 18.5 cents a round for 9 mm and over 30 cents a round for 38 special. At the .139 lower price per round than 9 mm, I can pay for the gun within a year. That is why I bought it. I tried it this past Wednesday and it was great. With the weight of the gun, there is very little recoil. I didn't feel it. Out of 100 rounds, I had 89 in the middle of the target and the other 11 inside the eight. It's beautiful too and it comes in several models.
  8. I bought the Ruger GP 100 Match Champion, 357 Magnum, Model 1754 for $699. There is a nice story to go with the purchase. I went in to look at it and it was spotless. It smelled like Hoppee's bore cleaner--which is a good thing. I checked its vital parts and everything looked good. Then they told me it was traded in by one of their best customers. They told me the seller buys a gun uses it a bit and then trades it in for another gun. That customer purchased the 1754 in September 2019 and traded it in during October 2019. It was two months old. While I was there, my Ruger Mark IV came in. I'll load them in the Gallery soon. Tomorrow, I take the 2 additions to my small arsenal to the range and try them out.
  9. Bob1

    Blue Belt

    This is my newest belt--a blue belt. I test this month and, if I pass, I will get a light blue stripe.
  10. It looks like the only difference is the 1754 has and the 1755 has Same MSRP of $969. My gun range offers it at $834.99. The offered lightly used version is $699. I was planning to get the Model 1771 that doesn't have the upgrades at $742.99 next year.
  11. I had the link going to Ruger's 1755. I changed it to the correct model--the 1754. I'm going to look at it in a few hours. I think it's going to be an early Christmas.
  12. I've been offered the above gun -- slightly used in the case -- for $699. I am planning to buy the regular Ruger GP 100 sometime next year. You can find all about this gun at Ruger's site. I have a Glock 19 Gen 5, Smith & Wesson Performance Center 642, and am picking up a Ruger Mark IV this week--22lr ammo is a lot cheaper that 9 mm and 38 special ammo. Do you think this is a deal? The Local gun range sells guns new at $80 under MSRP. I hope to look at the gun tomorrow.
  13. Bob1

    My July 2018

    Thank you Joel, I just saw your post. Surgery went well December 13, 2018. They placed a catheter in me and I made them take it out the next day.
  14. This is my second gun, a Smith & Wesson Performance Center 642. It is a 38 snub-nosed revolver that takes 38 special, ammo. I wanted a revolver and this is it. If you look at all the reviews on youtube of it, you will see that the reviewers love it and mention that it has a kick (recoil) to it. It has an excellent trigger pull thanks to the Performance Center at Smith & Wesson. However, as all the reviewers mention, it does have a kick. I'm going to the range this week for my 4th time with the 642. Her name is Ginger.
  15. Bob1

    Glock 19 Gen 5

    This was my first gun. I took training at my local Gun Range and bought this a few weeks later. After a little over a year, I'm pretty good with this. For this gun, I use Blazer Brass. After 900 rounds of this ammo, I have had no problems. I call him Heinz.
  16. It was 1993 and I was getting the 6-month service done on my new home in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D. C. A large fellow was there to do the work. I told him I was getting my first dog soon and tears filled his eyes. He told me: I'll never get another dog. His dog had recently died and his remembering him brought tears to his eyes. As I had planned, I picked up my first dog that year. I named him Ambrose for Major General Ambrose Everett Burnside of Civil War fame. The General had some successes and some failures. His failures were at Fredericksburg, Virginia and Antietam, Maryland. I had one rule for our home with Ambrose and that was we would never mention those two battles. Ambrose was a wonderful dog, loved everyone, played hard, and lived until January 2010 when he died in my new home in the Pennsylvania countryside. Like the fellow that did the work in my new home in 1993, I promised myself that: I'll never get another dog. Within three weeks, I was searching the internet for black poodles. I just wanted to look, of course. Then I found this little angel of a dog in Maryland. I decided to drive out to where he was just for a look, of course. There I found 4 black, baby poodles. The one I drove out to see was as cute as a dog could be. However, his sister climbed up my sweater and licked my nose. She just kept doing that. Oh my! I put a deposit down on both of them and picked them up two weeks later. The breeder's Mother named them Blue Jay (male) and Lily (female). After thinking about it, I kept their names. Lily was the 4th born in her litter and Blue Jay was the 7th. Brother and Sister from the same litter. I was happy about that because I wanted them to have each other when I was not here. I put them in the crate in the back seat of my car for the ride home. Lily began to whimper but Blue Jay was there for her. Within a few minutes, Lily was calm. It took me some time to accept Blue Jay and Lily as Ambrose's rightful successor, but I did. They will be 10 years old in January of 2020. Lily is the alpha dog and loves her walks. Blue Jay loves his toys and wants to play all the time. I buy 2 toys whenever I buy toys, one for each of them. However, Blue Jay always ends up with both. However, he isn't that interested in walks. They have nearly opposite personalities but eat out of the same bowl together and are very close. At this moment, they are both sitting in the loft, looking up he street, and barking at anything they see moving. Lily has a shrill voice and Blue Jay has a deeper voice. Lily barks first and Blue Jay backs her up. In a moment, I'm going to get Blue Jay for his walk. Lily had her walk an hour earlier but Blue Jay would rather sit in the loft with Lily and patrol the street from there. Both dogs love their me but love each other more. And that's just the way I want it.
  17. Bob1

    Apple Mousse Cake

    I was thinking about candy apples and wondered if I could make apple mousse. It was easy. Get some granny smith apples, make a puree, and mix the puree with whipped heavy cream. To offset the tart taste of the apple mousse, I used milk chocolate for the ganache instead of semi-sweet chocolate. The milk chocolate ganache didn't set as well as I had hoped. The cake used semi-sweet chocolate and some instant coffee crystals. I used a stand mixer instead of hand-mixing and it added air to the mix and made it taller than I expected.
  18. Bob1

    Chocolate Torte

    Back in the 1980s, I had this wonderful chocolate cake served hot with peppermint ice cream. Sometimes, I just ordered the cake it was so good. The one thing I remembered was that it was made without flour. More than 30 years later, I figured it out. It was chocolate torte. This cake is very moist and similar to a brownie. I put French Vanilla ice cream on it and served it warm. In truth, I never let it cool off for my first piece. It tasted wonderful!
  19. Bob1

    Irish Soda Bread

    Back in March, I was looking for Soda Bread in a grocery store but it was sold out. A woman there was looking for it too and when she heard that it was sold out, she said she would make her own. I thought that was a good idea so I mad my own too. Here is the recipe that I used.
  20. Bob1

    Serpentone

    Some time ago, I was looking at pastry from Italy. I saw this and it sounded great. It's chopped fruits and nuts wrapped in pastry dough. I took the recipe from Mary Ann Esposito which she labeled The Capuchin Nun's Serpent.
  21. Bob1

    Spain 2019

    That looks more doable. I like the addition of Casablance and Marrakesh. My friend was talking about seeing it too. If so, I will go with her. Let me knw what you think about it and Casablanca. However, I still want to visit Iceland and walk between the North American Plate and the Eurasian Plate. Oh by the way, Gibralter is supposed to be upside down. The older rocks are at its top and the newer ones are at the bottom.
  22. Nick S.

    Spain 2019

    We have been playing with the itinerary. Now lit ooks like: Madrid - 3 nights (includes day trips to Toledo and Segovia) Cordoba - 1 night Seville - 2 nights Granada - 1 night Malaga - 3 nights (includes day trips to Ronda & Nerja) Fly to Morocco Casablanca - 1 night Marrakesh -- 2 nights Fly to Madrid - 1 night then depart the next day All air and hotels have been booked. Barring an unforeseen emergency, this trip is a "go"
  23. Another interesting rock formation in Western Australia is the Bungle Bungle. They are a sandstone range shaped like bee-hives with horizontal bands in black and orange. The dark bands are formed by a thin layer of cyanobacteria on the sandstone and orange bands of sandstone. The images shown of Google maps allow you to take a walking tour around the Bungle Bungle.
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