A native Iowa Citian who returned to raise my family here, I find myself *far* more opinionated when it comes to everything from the restaurants to the city council. Here is my $.02.

Saturday, December 31, 2005

Goodbye 2005

What a year!

I am thankful for the following in 2005:
  • My husband for giving me a beautiful baby girl
  • Kevin and Britney for the endless entertainment
  • Two seasons of the Apprentice
  • One Martha Stewart Apprentice, prison time and a pretty flan for dessert. Thanks Martha.
  • Good people for support following hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados and last years tsunami
  • MTV for your trashy shows to keep me entertained while Matt traveled
  • Tony's grill for a year of tasty Sunday morning breakfasts
  • The guy who invented slippers with headlights that turn around corners as you do
  • C-sections
  • Blogs
  • Fast food joints offering apple slices and fruit as sides
  • Tom Cruise's media train wreck, that while quite sad, was oh-so-fun to watch
  • Rachel Ray; for your 30 minute meals, new mag, endless media appearances and $40 a day
  • Good vets who don't call you a bad owner even after your dog eats an entire diaper, 1 lb. chocolate bar and endless ziploc bags of toddler treats
  • Those same vets who give a 5% discount to us, friends and frequent visitors
  • Scoops; for picking up that same dogs poo out of our yard once a week. Best $6 a week we have ever spent
  • DVR
  • Cherry cordial Hershey Kisses
  • Babies; new baby girl of my own, new nephew and lots of friends who welcomed chubby little legs into the world this year
  • Price declines on things we love; IPODs, cell phones, tvs, dvd players (cheap cheap!)
  • Quality Consignment...Like my new part time job. I get paid for having good hand me downs.

Happy New Year to all! May your year be filled with joy, laughter, love, peace and health.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Where's the Iowa beef?

Well I think I found it.

Late this fall at the IC Farmer's Market I came across Heritage Point Farm Quality Beef. Mr. Jay Dee Coffland was among the most friendly vendors selling his high quality meat with a smile.

It was recommended to me by a good friend of mine who swears that it is the best. I thought I would give it a go being that it was sold frozen and I love to stock my freezer. We are not big beef eaters so this was a true test.

Plus, it's 90% lean for all you health conscious meat eaters.

Browning the first pound for sloppy joes (yes, we really do make kid food still as grown ups) was the test. It was awesome. Smelled fresh, looked fresh, tasted fresh. We have made burgers, meat sauce for pasta, poor man's sloppy joes, meatballs and meatloaf so far and all have been excellent due to the quality of the meat.

It is nice that you are buying from a locally based farm and getting good old Iowa meat. Moooo.

Here is the info you might need if you are curious enough to give it a go yourself:

Heritage Point Farm
Jay Dee & Carol Coffland

Cuts of Meat:
Rib-Eye Steaks
3/4# - 1" thick boneless steaks from the front of the loin. Some considered to be the juiciest and most flavorful steak grilled or broiled. Sold in packages of 2 steaks. $9.00/lb.

3/4# - 1" thick steaks are the favorite of many! These steaks are the bone in version of the New York Strips and Beef Filet in one steak. Sold in packages of 2 steaks. $8.00/lb.

3/4# - 1" thick bone- in steak from the front portion of the rump. Sold in packages of 1 (1.5 to 2 lbs.) $6.50/lb.

Tenderized Round Steak
Mechanically tenderized from the leanest part of the beef. Sold in packages of 1. Call for price.

Minute Steaks
Tenderized single serving round steaks that are very lean. Sold in packages of 2. $4.00 /lb.

Rump Roast
Lean boneless roast cut from the most tender portion of the hind quarter. Sold in 4-6 lb. roasts. $4.90/lb.

Sirloin Tip Roast
Flavorful tender boneless roast from the rear leg. Solid is 4-6 lb. roasts. $5.50/lb.

Club Steak
Wonderful cut of rib steak - juicy and flavorful. Sold in packages of 2. Call for price.

Beef Burger
90% lean and so flavorful. Sold is 1 lb. packages or 1/4 lb. patties. $3.20/lb.

Beef Brats $4.20/lb.
Philly Meat $4.00/lb.

Other cuts available include: Chuck Roast, Arm Roast, Short Ribs and Soup Bones. Halves and Quarters cut the way you like it.

Happy meat eating.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Meteorological Preoccupation

I am happily married, 9.5 months pregnant, the mother of a 21 month old, and a 6 year old Bassett. I stay at home with my son and am the owner of a successful business, have lots of friends and a wonderful close family.

So why is it that I am totally and completely obsessed (read: Not scary obsessed, more to make Matt giggle incessantly) with KCRG Meteorologist Josh Baynes? I think he is one of the sweetest people I have never met. Does this possibly stem from my growing up watching Denny Frary on KCRG every night with my parents? I met him once at an awards banquet in the late 80's...Did you know he was blonde then, not grey? I still have a soft spot for Good Ol' Denny. But right here and now it's Josh.

For all of you who have the honor to watch the TV 9 newscast, you can probably concur. I have grown quite fond of the sing songy sweet banter that Josh entertains us with. Who else could make Iowa weather fun. I love a man who asks a question, just to then answer it. It somehow makes you think he is very intelligent.

The highlight of my Sunday night (besides Family Guy) is when Josh takes me for a ride on the Weather roller coaster! If you haven't joined in the fun you must, I insist that all present buckle in and put their arms up and scream with the awesome sound effects.

You probably think I am kidding. I am not.

If you log on to KCRG and read Josh's profile you will begin to love him too. I asked Matt for an autographed picture of Josh for Christmas. He thinks I am a nut. But you know what? I am okay with that.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

9 Things That Annoy Me - As If You Care

This is, yet again, another complaining blog. Not sure why I have two in a row. It's not my nature. Maybe it's that all the annoying people in the world have been attracted to me like I am a super magnet the past week. That must be it.
  1. People who smoke in their cars, with three children, with the windows cracked 1 inch. *Note: My hormonal self was halfway out of my door to tell this woman what was up when the light turned. Good thing. The headline would have read "Nine month pregnant woman arrested for smacking mother of three."
  2. Again a smoking issue (same car trip.) Women who are very pregnant or a bit pregnant (and know it) and still insist on sucking on a cigarette. *I apologize to former smokers who might take offense to this. BUT, you quit as soon as you found out you had a bun in the oven didn't cha? Yup. Good women.
  3. Grocery store workers who when asked "Excuse me sir, do you know where the cocktail rye bread is?" laugh out loud and say to go ask a bakery person. There is NOT always a helpful smile in every aisle on North Dodge.
  4. Poorly built houses going up by the masses. I have a license to complain about this one because I live in one. It is currently 50 degrees in my finished basement and 74 in my bedroom. Poor design. Poor duct work. Poor frozen feet in slippers under a blanket.
  5. Pre-lit Christmas trees. We were in the market for a new tree and this seemed to be the only option. Are we the only people who enjoying stringing lights to a tree?
  6. Restaurants that serve pop with kids meals and don't have milk to substitute. Because Coke is a nutritional beverage for a toddler!
  7. People who steal parking places when a waiting car blatantly has its blinker on and was there first.
  8. Why is it that people BRAKE on the interstate to then get off on a ramp, brake halfway up, then accelerate to get to the light? You cause accidents people. You should be paying MY insurance premium.
  9. You know when someone walks up behind you, puts their hands over your eyes and expects you to magically grow eyes in the back of your head to reveal their identity? I hate that. I especially hate it if I am wearing glasses and they get them all smudgy. I hate it if their hands stink. Oh and it's the worst if they crank your neck back as if to pull you over the back of a chair. Do they teach this little trick in "How to Annoy People 101?" I skipped that class in college. It should be worth -2 credits.