Recipe: Simple Sangria

I saw this and it looked really good. I might have to make this when its in the 100’s down here in San Antonio.

Recipe: Simple Sangria


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 lime
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 orange
  • 20 halved green grapes
  • 20 halved red grapes
  • 1 cup pitted cherries
  • 1 bottle fruity red wine (like Shiraz)
  • 2 cups ice


Bring the water, cinnamon and sugar to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, thinly slice the lime, lemon, and orange with the peel intact. Add the fruit to the sugar mixture and set aside to cool. Add wine and chill overnight. To serve, Place some ice and fruit mixture in each glass, pour wine over fruit and enjoy.

Yield: 8 Servings

Category: Drinks

Weekly Laugh

I got this from my friend Kerri the other day and I thought it was pretty funny.

Marijuana Filled Firewood

“Hello, is this the Sheriff’s Office?” “Yes. What can I do for you?”

“I’m calling to report ‘bout my neighbor Virgil Smith….He’s hidin’ marijuana inside his firewood! Don’t quite know how he gets it inside them there logs, but he’s hidin’ it there.”

“Thank you very much for the call, sir.”

The next day, the Sheriff’s Deputies descend on Virgil’s house. They search the shed where the firewood is kept.

Using axes, they bust open every piece of wood, but find no marijuana.

They sneer at Virgil and leave.

Shortly thereafter, the phone rings at Virgil’s house.

“Hey, Virgil! This here’s Floyd…. Did the Sheriff come?”


“Did they chop your firewood?”


“Happy birthday, buddy!”

(Rednecks know how to git-R-dun.)

DWST — Week 8

dwtsWell its week 8 in Dancing with the Stars — Season 8 and I’m afraid that one of my favorites might be voted off this week — Ty Murray and Chelsie Hightower. Even though they have been up and down, I think Ty is the one that has step out of his comfort zone the most — did you see him when he was getting the spray-on tan? Plus he’s so cute!! I think Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani should be voted off. Yes, I know Melissa was injured and the judges had to vote on their last taped danced rotuine, but things like that happen in competitions. I think Melissa and Tony might be the better dancers than  Ty and Chelsie, so I’m afraid that they will be voted off. Or maybe Chuck Wicks and Julianne Hough will be voted off? I don’t know who will be voted off?

Regardless who gets voted off, the next couple of weeks should be fun to watch. Everyone will have to do their very best to continue.

The group dance was fun to watch. I think the Team Tango: Lil’ Kim & Derek, Gilles & Cheryl and Ty & Chelsie did better than Team Mambo: Shawn & Mark, Lacey & Tony (Melissa Rycroft was injured so Lacey filled in) and Chuck & Julianne.

More Stupid Facts

I love finding stupid facts on the internet. One of my favorite sites that has lists and list of stupid facts is: is The Online Knowledge Magazine that publishes information that everyone should know, wants to know, or forgot. Common knowledge, computer tutorials, things you learned in high school, product reviews, and much more.

Here are some Stupid Facts:

  • Dirty snow melts faster than clean snow.
  • The side of a hammer is called a cheek.
  • Clouds fly higher during the day than at night.
  • Honey is used as a center for golf balls.
  • 50 million bacteria could be contained in single drop of liquid.
  • Koala means “no drink” in the Aborigine language.
  • Minnows have teeth in their throat.
  • A cubic mile of seawater contains over 150 million tons of minerals.
  • The pressure at the Earth’s center is 27,000 tons per square inch.
  • The only royal palace in the United States is in Honolulu.
  • A bag of 1,000 quarters weighs 13.42 lbs.
  • You can’t sneeze in your sleep.
  • Siphonapterology is the study of fleas.
  • The albatross can fly while sleeping.
  • Morphine is named after the Greek god of sleep.
  • Pigs can get a suntan.
  • Alfred Hitchcock had no bellybutton.
  • Ostriches don’t bury their heads in the sand.
  • There are 31,557,600 seconds in a year.
  • There are no fish living in the Dead Sea.
  • It is illegal to lick toads in Arizona.
  • The largest kidney stone weighed 14 pounds.
  • Frogs don’t drink water.

Where would I have found this information if it weren’t for the Internet?

San Antonio 9/11 Memorial

The other day when I was driving around San Antonio, I stopped by the San Antonio 9/11 Memorial that I have driven by a couple times since I moved down here.


The San Antonio 9/11 Memorial is right off of US Interstate 90 West near Lackland Air Force base. I had to find my way there on the access roads (I only had to turn around once). The Memorial looked in good shape, the water founatains  were not flowing as they should have been. But it was clean and seemed peaceful considering it was next to a busy highway.

The structures alone are would have made a great memorial, but when you are standing in front of the all of the names of the victims killed… it’s amazing. Even after eight years, I still get teared up.



They say that over 60,000 motorists a day on US Interstate 90 West, but on that day, I was the only one there at the Memorial. If you have not had the chance to stop by to see the San Antonio 9/11 Memorial, you should, it is a way to remember and never forget what happened.

San Antonio 9/11 Memorial

September 11, 2001 will live in the mind of every American throughout time. The 911 memorial in San Antonio stands as a tribute to all of the mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on that dreadful day. America will never forget 9/11/01. San Antonio will never forget.

The San Antonio 9/11 memorial was built in remembrance of the innocent victims who have died at the hands of terrorists anywhere in the world. New Life Christian Center, which is across the street, built the memorial and gave it to the city. The entire landmark is 10,000 square feet and features 4 different structures representing the four planes used in the terrorist attacks. A 36 foot tall stainless steel tower with an eternal flame at the top is opposite the memorial wall. The memorial lists the names of all 3,067 killed on 9/11/2001 and plans are to list all additional names 9/11 memorial never forget of terrorist victims since the 9/11 attacks.

The memorial landmark is on highway 90 West near Lackland Air Force base and sits in view of Wilford Hall Medical Center. Seeing all of the names of innocent victims is a moving experience one will not forget. We will never forget 9/11.

Click here to see more of the pictures I took at the San Antonio 9/11 Memorial.

Next to the San Antonio 9/11 Memorial was the Galilee Prayer Garden — it was very peaceful there.


Diners, Drive-In’s and Dives — The Cove

Today, I got out of work early and thought I would take a different route home and drive around San Antonio. I was trying to figure out what I want to eat for dinner. The Fiesta is going on downtown and there are lots of food booths down there selling all kinds of food. But I wanted to try out a restaurant that I saw on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-In’s & DivesThe Cove.

Guy, Lisa, & Sam

The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-In’s & Dives debut was on August 18th! If you did not catch the first showing you still have a chance. Click here to hear what Guy Fieri had to say about The Cove. 6 months ago Guy Fieri and his camera crew visited The Cove to find out what all the fuss was about. His favorite was the Lamb Burger and he was quoted as saying “Mmmm… This quite possibly is the best lamb burger I have ever had.” Check out his website and look for The Cove’s review coming soon.

I had found the place a couple of months ago, but didn’t stop by. I was a little confused where the entrance was since they shares the same parking lot of a car wash and a laundromat. But this time, I decided to find the entrance.

Since it was my first time, I wasn’t sure what to order. On the show they featured the Grilled Tilapia Fish Taco with Cilantro Cabbage, Spicy Poblano Sauce , so got one of those. I was tasty, something I would get again. And I also got a Falafel and Fresh Cut Fries, both of them very good and something I will be getting again.

So if you are in San Antonio and are looking for something good to eat, you should go to The Cove. And take some extra quarters to do your laundry at the laundromat and wash your car at the car wash.

The Cove in San Antonio, Texas

The Cove in San Antonio, Texas

This is my second restaurant that was on Diners, Drive-In’s & Dives (the other one was Tip Top Cafe in San Antonio). There are a couple of restaurants in the Austin area that were also on the show that I want to visit to. Maybe that could be something I can do on the weekends… taking a road trip to those places!

What I’ve been listening to this week on my iPod…

…Cotton candy sweet to go, let me see that Tootsee Roll…

I have been listening to a lot of different music on my iPod this week. Everything from hits form the 80’s to the disco hits from the 70’s. Ballads to Country. One song that I have played over and over is “Tootsee Roll” is a song by rap group 69 Boyz (1994).

Not sure why I like this song? I don’t think I paid that much attention to it when it came out in 1994. Maybe heard it at some receptions or at a basketball game. But I mentioned to a co-worker that I was listening to it and he started doing the “Tootsee Roll”. I was cracking up. I think if you mention this song to anyone, they would have the same reaction and start dancing. It’s funny how some songs have that kind of reaction to people.

Here are a couple of songs from the 50 Songs To Make You Dance that The Telegraph‘s music critics picked:

  • Twistin’ the Night Away – Sam Cooke
  • Wake Me Up Before You Go Go – Wham!
  • Night Fever – Bee Gees
  • Once In A Lifetime – Talking Heads
  • The Greatest Dancer – Sister Sledge
  • Jump Around – House of Pain
  • Groove Is In the Heart – De-lite
  • ABC – The Jackson 5
  • Should I Stay or Should I Go – The Clash

So next time you hear “Tootsee Roll” or one of these other songs, start dancing!

“…I feel a whoop, domino, a whoop, domino…”

(I didn’t know they said “domino”).

Happy Earth Day!

Today was Earth Day and there are tons of websites out there to let you know what you can do to help out. Here is one of them.

Happy Earth Day: 5 Ways to Save Money And Help the Planet

Apr 22nd, 2009 by David Weliver in Frugal Living

High fuel prices and Hollywood hype made 2008 the year to “go green”. But we shouldn’t table efforts to reduce our impact on our planet just because the economy has soured. In fact, you can do a lot of things to be green and save green at the same time. In celebration of Earth Day, here are a few suggestions.

Stop using paper cups and plastic bottles. Now! Did you know that most paper coffee cups are lined with a non-biodegradable film (so the liquid doesn’t eat through the cup)? Some big coffee chains still use Styrofoam cups…even worse! If you invest in a reusable coffee mug, you’ll stop filling landfills with cups, and you may just save some cash. Starbucks gives you a $0.10 cent discount for bringing your own mug; our favorite local roaster here in Maine gives you $0.25 off. As for bottled water, paying $1.50 for stuff that you can get almost anywhere for free has never made much sense.

Unplug stuff. It’s so simple, and yet, I am so bad at it! My fiancée points out that the electricity bill has skyrocketed since I moved in. I’m working on it, I promise. The fact is, most electronics draw electricity even when they’re off. Be vigilant about unplugging things when they’re not in use (from microwaves to cell-phone chargers) and you could save up to $5 a month on your electric bill.

Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs. Although CFL bulbs are more expensive than old-fashioned incandescent bulbs, these super-energy efficient bulbs last up to 10 times longer and can save you up to 75% on lighting costs. Now that’s a bright idea! (Sorry; I couldn’t resist.)

Buy food locally. Join a local community supported agriculture (CSA) farm and support local farmers while getting fresh, healthy, often organic food for a fraction of the price of the supermarket. (Of course, you’ll have to commit to eating your share of fresh produce to make it cost-effective, but splitting the harvest with a few friends can be an easy solution).

Stop printing. Are you an over-printer? Do you print out e-mails? Directions? Articles? Save on pricey printer ink and paper by second-guessing yourself every time you print. Can you read something online or just jot a note down instead?

Just what I needed to hear…

I have mentioned this before, but it boogles my mind when I get a chain e-mail that says something that I need to hear. Here is one that I got this week.

May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.

I need to remember this when I start getting down on myself.

DWTS – Week 7

I had to record Dancing with the Star this week and I am glad I did. It was really good this week. I think this might be the best stars they have had on the show.

For the past couple of weeks I have been voting for Ty Murray and Chelsie Hightower. I still like them, but after tonight’s show, here are my top three picks of who did really well.

Julianne Hough and Chuck Wicks

Julianne Hough and Chuck Wicks


Lil Kim and Derek Hough

Cheryl Burke and Gilles Marini

Cheryl Burke and Gilles Marini

Here are a couple of things that stood out for me:

  • Did you see Ty Murray‘s arm?? Whoa… nice muscle!
  • Chuck Wicks‘s looks pretty good in red.
  • Gilles Marini — I really like him!!
  • I really liked the songs that they danced to tonight. Especially “Baila, Baila”—Angela Via that Chuck and Julianne danced to.

And I think it’s time for Lawrence Taylor and Edyta Śliwińska to be voted off. I can’t wait till next week’s show.

%d bloggers like this: