Posts Tagged Gabe

Interview with a teenager. Gabe – 14.

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 | Permalink

What is something I always say to you? Don’t bite your fingers.

What makes you happy? When I get my way.

What makes you sad? When anybody else is sad that makes me sad.

How do I make you laugh? Cause you have completely ridiculous jokes that are amazing.

What do you think I was like as a child? Ridiculous.  Like the rest of us but with a little bit of normal.

How old are you? Uhhh… 14.  That took me a little while to get for some reason.

How old am I? 40.  Or 42.

How tall are you? 5’7″.  No, not that tall.  Maybe 5’5″.  No, wait.  How tall is Dad?  I am about an inch taller than him.  Maybe 5’9″.

What is your favorite thing to do? I like to play football.  I like spending time with Joe.  Those two are pretty much just like in the balance.

What do I do when you’re not around? A lot of stuff but I would say mainly plan ahead.  Like prepare for grocery shopping.  I don’t know what you do with your free time.  Maybe sleep or nap or stuff.

What are you really good at? Football.  And I am good at…  Never mind.  I’m good at football.

What are you not really good at? I’m not really good at making sure things get done.  I’m good at doing them, just not at remembering to do them.

What does the president do? The president is like a figure head kind of.  Whenever you think of something wrong that the government has done it always seems to lead back to him.  Everybody points to the president.

What is your favorite food? Burgers.

What do you and I do together? Talk.

How are we the same? We are very good with little kids and… yeah.

How are you and I different? I play football but you just like to watch it.  You’re a girl and I’m a boy.

How do you know that I love you? Because you want me to do good in everything I do and if you didn’t love me you wouldn’t care.

What is one thing you wish you could change? I wish I could run faster.

What do you wish you could go and do with me? I wish we could go to, like, Crackerbarrel and talk.

What is your job in our family? My job in our family is to make sure the younger kids are doing what they are supposed to do and not being really bad or anything.

What is your favorite room in the house? The kitchen. Well, the dining room.

What is your favorite animal? Platypus.  They have a bill.  And they have a beaver’s tail.  And they are mammels but they lay eggs.  And they sweat milk.  

What has been your worst experience? This one time way back in the Turkey Oaks house there was this giant, long log or stick that I was carrying around and Joe wanted it.  And then he went and told you, and you told me to give it to him so I did and then I stomped off inside.  Joe was calling my name but I didn’t hear him because a bird was crowing and Joe and I both got in trouble for lying.  Either that or when Conner punched me in the face.

What is your favorite color? Red 

What is one piece of advice you have for me? Don’t procrastinate anything.  If you have something to do, just do it. 

What is the worst sound you’ve ever heard? Two magic erasers rubbing against each other.  EH EH EH.

What is your favorite song? The desert song from Legend of Zelda.  That song is awesome.

Do you have a favorite singer or band? Nope.

Where was the best place you’ve lived? When we live here in Milton the time before this.

What is your favorite show? X-Files

Do you have a superhero preference? Superman

Can you think of any other questions I should ask you? I can.  What is your favorite football position.  My answer would be receiver.

Tater Quiche Bacon Amazingness

Saturday, November 17th, 2012 | Permalink

This one was born out of necessity.  We didn’t have enough potatoes to shred for the hash brown crust called for in the original recipe, so I thought I would use tater tots or french fries.  Turns out the tots were gone too, so fries it was.  The kid really liked it, even Kait who doesn’t much like eggs.  Except Ben.  He dislikes green peppers unless they’re fried.

I named it tater quiche but I’m thinking that a more bacon-y name would fit more appropriately since that was my kids’ favorite part of the dish.


I double this and use two pie plates

French or tater tots – enough to line the bottom of a pie plate
8 slices crispy fried bacon, broken into pieces
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
1 cup shredded cheese
1/2 cup milk
3 eggs
1/2 tsp salt

Line the bottom of your pie plate with fries.  Cook them according to the bags instructions until they are very well done, but not burned.  Usually this is a little longer than calls for on the bag.

While these are cooking, get your cooked and broken bacon, veggies, and cheese and mix them all together in a bowl.  Mix your milk, eggs, and salt in another bowl. I use my big measuring cup for this and I pour a couple tablespoons of bacon grease into it too because it always seems like the right thing to do at the time.  When your fries are good and done, pour the veggie mix over them, then pour your milk mix over the veggie mix.  Bake for 25 minutes at 425.

I sliced this up with a pizza cutter because it cuts stuff like this very smoothly.  You can serve this with ketchup or salsa.  Most of my kids ate it without sauce at all.


cheese crust mac-mac

Thursday, November 15th, 2012 | Permalink

Deliciousness like you’ve never known.  We started making this macaroni and cheese for Thanksgiving 20 or so years ago and it has been a Thanksgiving staple since.

This cheese crust macaroni and cheese is a family favorite and it goes a long way.  It can be a side dish or a main dish or a breakfast or a midnight snack…

So I will eat it in a box
and I will eat it with a fox
and I will eat it in a house
and I will eat it with a mouse
and I will eat it here and there
Say! I will eat it ANYWHERE!

I have many young children.

What you need:

Rectangle baking dish
2 lbs macaroni noodles
1/4 cup butter
3 eggs
1 tsp salt
1 small can evaporated milk (not sweetened condensed milk. We made a mistake once.)
2 lbs chedder cheese.  Plus more maybe.  Go ahead and plan on 3 lbs.  Seriously.

Cook your noodles as instructed on the box.  Drain them and add your butter and about atleast a pound of cheese, shredded or diced.  Stir it like you mean it, allowing the cheese to get good and melty and the noodles to cool for a bit. Next you’ll want to add your eggs and evaporated milk.  Throw some salt in there too.

Here is where I should really post a picture because it’s hard to explain this next part without showing you.  I’ll try to remember to snap a photo the next time I make this.
What you’ll want to do is grease your baking pan with butter.  Grease it good, then you’ll take sliced cheese and stick it all over the inside of a greased dish, up on the sides too.  Make sure the entire dish is layered with cheese.  Then pour your macaroni mix into the dish and layer the top with more slices of chedder cheese.

Bake this concoction at 375 for 1 hour and serve it up with some salt and a glass of coke.  Or whatever drink you like.  If you don’t want your cheese to be too crusty on top you can cover it loosely with foil until the last 10 minutes of baking time.

Best Pancakes

Thursday, November 15th, 2012 | Permalink

Just do yourself a favor and pick up a box of Krusteaz pancake mix.  Read the directions on the box and do what it says.  Also makes good waffles.


Syrup should be the butter kind.  I’m serious.

Misunderstood T. rex

is a blog we are putting together as our family of ten grows. The blog is called Misunderstood T. rex because, like the infamous dinosaur, our large family is often misunderstood, profiled, and categorized simply because of our collective number of teeth.
This is a blog to help me remember our favorite recipes, and to help our future sons and daughters-in-law find out more about their spouses, what meals they like, and other things we'll throw into the mix.
There will also likely be drawings of T. rex's here and there because I draw T. rex's, being that we're practially related and all. Also, I'm not exactly sure what the plural for Tyrannosaurus Rex should be.
This introduction is much longer than I had planned.