Posts Tagged Joe

Interview with a teenager. Joe – age 17

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 | Permalink

What is something I always say to you? Drive safely

What makes you happy? Mountains

What makes you sad? A wasted day.  I have found that it makes me sad when I realize I have done nothing profitable in a day.

How do I make you laugh? When you’re visibly excited about something.  Because it’s so rare.

What do you think I was like as a child? Goofy.

How old are you? 25 no.  17.

How old am I? 40. 20. 24.  A pretty young age. I don’t know.  You still look good.

How tall are you? 5’8″

What is your favorite thing to do? Hike.  Off the path.  Like hiking, but off the path.  I don’t like paths.  They’re boring.

What do I do when you’re not around? Play the Game Cube most likely.  (Not true)

What are you really good at? Listening.  People like to talk to me because I listen.  Or they think I’m listening.  I believe I have that kind of personality that people think I’m a good listener and that I’m listening but I’m not.  That’s the only thing I can think of that I’m good at.  (I reminded him that he’s really good at science and he replied, “Oh yeah, put that.  That sounds really smart.”)

What are you not really good at? Remembering to do things I need to do.

What does the president do? Current president or all presidents? Make the people crazy. No, hold on.  Not his job.

What is your favorite food? Spaghetti with ground beef but not meatballs.

What do you and I do together? Visit the emergency room.

How are we the same? We’re both introverts.

How are you and I different? I like cold weather and you don’t.

How do you know that I love you? Because I can tell you want to lead me to do what is right.  You want to see me succeed and to grow up to be a good man.  If you didn’t love me you wouldn’t care.

What is one thing you wish you could change? I wish the education system would change.

What do you wish you could go and do with me? Not visit the emergency room.  No, that’s not my official answer.  Hold on.  Star gazing.

What is your job in our family? Lead my brothers.  I wasn’t going to write down clean the living room.  I mean, that’s my job after dinner but that isn’t my job in the family.  You’re writing all this down aren’t you?

What is your favorite room in the house? What kind of question is that?  Uh…  The rec room.  It depends on what time of day.  It’s hot but there is a fan you can turn on if it gets too hot.  

What is your favorite animal? Water Dragons.

What has been your worst experience? We were up in the mountains taking a little vacation and Kaity and Dad went missing in the woods and I was unbelievably scared.  (To clarify, their snowmobile got stuck in deep snow about 11 miles from where we were staying.  They weren’t lost, but search parties were organized quickly and it was dark and 10 below zero before they arrived safely back at the cabin.)

What is your favorite color? Storm blue.  Like purplish.  Or gray.  The color of a dark storm.

What is one piece of advice you have for me? When Dad says don’t open your box knife unless he’s around, don’t open it.

What is the worst sound you’ve ever heard? The sound of magic erasers rubbing up against each other.  Or the sound of Mr. Crabs rubbing two pickles together.

What is your favorite song? The Son of God Goes Forth to War. It sounds great when the whole church is singing it together.

Do you have a favorite singer or band? Mumford and Sons.  If I had to pick a favorite band it would be them.

Where was the best place you’ve lived? Washington State.

What is your favorite show? Doctor Who.

Do you have a superhero preference? Ant-man.

Can you think of any other questions I should ask you? Yes.  If you could be in any place in the world right now, where would it be?  You could also ask if you could bring one thing in to reality, like one thing that doesn’t exist, what would it be? If you were to write a book, what would it be about?  That’s it for today.

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.