Welcome back!

Well, our site crashed a while back and I only found out a couple months ago.  The published state of the site had been lost.  I still have the database entries for the site and will probably be able to recover them, but that’s not something I have patience for right now.

We’ll start anew here and once I get the urge to spend the time to rebuild the old site I’ll be able to move the posts from there to here.  I’ve moved the site to WordPress since Moveabletype is no longer free.

Stay tuned…

Eyes With Pride

gnp_jump.jpgIt’s been three years, but I remember the morning I found out about your passing like it was yesterday.  My first reaction was “What?!  Are you sure?”  To me, and to many others, you were invincible and a superhero… you couldn’t die, you were going to be GNP forever and you would just keep molding the future great peoples of our world.

Then, as more people commented online, it was clear that this was no ruse and reality set in.  It’s hard to put emotions into words, but it was an extremely tough day for us all.  We helped each other cope with memories of pranks, laughs, and amazing performances.  We found solace in the music and camaraderie that we had; as a fellow bando said those three years ago: “Some of us met each other for the first time that night, separated by decades but united in our shared experience. It’s funny how the UMMB tends to blur social boundaries. After all these years, I tend to forget who I marched with and who I didn’t. They are all my friends.”  Thanks Amanda
I never went to DMA, and was only a Field Staff member.  I don’t know many of the “Starred Thoughts,” but I can’t deny the affect you had on my life.  Being a member of the UMMB family gave me so much more than just a group of people that play music together.  It truly is a second family; I met my wife through the band.  I learned that you can always do better (“put your hand as high above your head as you can… now put it higher”).  You were aggressive in your pushing us, and we grumbled, but we did it… can we put our finger on why?  Maybe not, but I don’t really care because we all achieved our individual greatness because of it.
Hers’s a “short” list of what I remember:
  • BOA Grand Nationals
  • Inaugural 2001
  • I was there the last year we wore the old red uniforms
  • I was there the first year with the new uniforms
  • Jillian’s Baltimore after the Inaugural
  • “61″
  • Sleeping on a gymnasium floor “with 300 of your closest friends”
  • The Grey Cup – Canada on Senior Day
  • UDMB Band Day post 9/11 - video
  • Topsfield Fair
  • Allentowns
  • MICCAs
  • Faneuil Hall
  • BUS!
  • The Big E
  • GNP and the drum majors serving breakfast before the Grey Cup
  • Mr. Parks buying everyone a hotdog after the Grey Cup game
  • “AGAIN!”
  • “I’m sorry, I can’t… I have a 4:40 class”
  • Irish car bombs at The Hangar
  • The old University Apartments
  • The Gold Camry
  • I was convinced that he was going to fall out of those darn scissor lifts or off the scaffolding the way he jumped up and down and sometimes climbed up on the railings!
Through all our trials, he was the continued font of direction and even when we had what we thought was a bad show he made us feel good about it and strive towards the next great show to be better.
I will cherish the years I spent with you, and I am heartened by the knowledge that what you started/created carries on through me and all UMMB family members past/present/future.

Homemade lasagna! YUM!

So here’s the recipe:
Ingredients:
1/2 box of lasagna noodles
1lb ground beef browned
spaghetti sauce of your choice (homemade is good too)
15-16oz of ricotta cheese
1TB of Italian seasoning
1TB minced garlic (if using fresh, about 2-3 cloves)
shredded Italian cheese blend
Parmesan cheese
Pam no-stick spray
Prep:
- Cook lasagna noodles according to box, drain water and run cold water over them to stop cooking; coat with olive oil to keep them sticking together
- Cook meat until browned, add sauce to just cover meat and simmer on lowest heat setting for about 20-25 min
- Mix Italian seasoning and garlic into ricotta cheese
Assemble:
- Preheat oven to 375°F
- Spray Pam into the bottom/sides of a 9x9x2 glass dish
- Put in enough plain sauce to just cover the bottom of the dish
- Layers
  – lasagna noodles to cover the sauce
  – spread a thin layer of Ricotta mixture
  – spread some shredded cheese over this
  – meat sauce to cover shredded cheese
- Repeat layers until you fill the dish/run out of noodles/meat/sauce
- You should end with just noodles, cover this with shredded cheese and some Parmesan cheese
Cook:
- Cover with foil (shiny side down)
- Cook for about 30 minutes
- Remove foil, increase oven to 425°F
- Cook for an additional 15 minutes, or until top is brown and bubbly!
LET COOL FOR ABOUT 10-15 MINUTES BEFORE SERVING

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ATTN: Foodies!

So I’ve been thinking lately that I’d like to start imparting my knowledge of cooking and food.  I’m not sure the best way to go about it though.  I wanted to have a monthly gathering at our house to showcase a particular dish or method of cooking something, or even just answer questions about what flavors go well together or just how to cook something as simple as baked chicken/fish/<insert food item here>.

How many of my Facebook foodies would be interested in coming over and learning how to cook something or asking questions about something they’ve cooked, but want to make better?  I’m also toying with the idea of video taping the process and posting them online somewhere for remote foodie friends to watch.

What kind of format would be most helpful to you if you had to choose?  Live demos in my home?  Videos of cooking, step-by-step?  Simple email Q&A?  Phone “tech support” while you’re in the middle or prepping/cooking a dish?

Here are just a sampling of some of our favorite recipes we’ve taken and tweaked over the years:

  • Chicken and Broccoli
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  • Meatloaf
  • Grilled Pork Tenderloin
  • Chicken Pockets
  • Homemade Pizza
  • Chocolate Mint Cookie Sandwiches
  • Molasses Cookies

I’d love to hear your thoughts/recipes/suggestions for how to make this more accessible to more people.

Lyon Family Farms

October 15, 2011

We went to the pumpkin patch just over the border in TN with my parent’s.  We had a good time.  Megan took a while to warm up to the new surroundings and all the people.  But once she did she was off and running and much more willing to go down slides and play on play grounds by herself.

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Megan had a blast and went on so many times we all lost count.  She would also go down the convoluted tube slide once she went down with Daddy first.

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She loved the hayride pack to the patch and she was all about walking through the patch and picking the BIGGEST pumpkins she could find.  It was a nice morning outside with the family and a nice first fall activity.

More pictures hopefully coming soon!!