Tuesday Tunes – “Hallelujah” – k.d. lang

There are so many wonderful versions of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” out there – originally covered by John Cale, the version performed by the late Jeff Buckley is perhaps the most well-known of them all (the song has also been covered by Bon Jovi).

I think the first time that I heard this song was on the movie “Shrek” (sung by Rufus Wainwright). There is an amazing 4-part arrangement out there by the Norwegian quartet Lind, Nilsen, Fuentes, and Holm.  Heck, it even sounds good in Italian when performed by Il Divo.

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A Somber Remembrance – Thoughts on the Anniversary of 9/11

I suppose every generation has its share of “Where were you when….?” moments – those “somethings” that happen that are so big, so life-altering, and which affect so many people that the vast majority of them have a memory etched into their mind of where they were when they heard the news, how they felt when they heard the news, and how it changed their life forever.

I can still remember that morning – it started off like any other morning. Rachel had gotten up early and was already dressed and on her way to high school with her friends, Michelle and Sarah were getting ready for school, and Paul was getting ready for work. I was resting in bed, waiting for Rebecca – who had turned 2 months old the day before – to wake up for her morning bottle.

Paul came into the bedroom and said he had just heard on the radio that a plane had hit the World Trade Center and it was on fire.

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For Bev – “Again Someday”

(l to r) Bev and Me, 1964

(l to r) Me and Bev, 2004

Today would have been my little sister’s 52nd birthday.
Miss you like heck, Sis….

(“Again Someday” by Blackmore’s Night – available on CD or MP3)

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Foodie Friday – Bacon-Wrapped Little Smokies

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With football season starting, I thought I would highlight finger foods, party foods, and appetizers this month. It’s always easy to just toss together some chips and dip, but every once in a while, I like to take something that will really please a crowd.

This is a quick and easy appetizer recipe that is sure to be a hit at any party – some folks call this “Pig Candy” :P

There are lots of variations of this recipe out there (some with cola, rum and/or bourbon added); this is the basic one that most people build on:

Bacon-Wrapped Little Smokies

1 package (1 lb) of Little Smokies sausage
1 lb of bacon
1 cup of brown sugar (or to taste)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Cut bacon in thirds and wrap each piece around a sausage (can secure each one with a toothpick, if desired). Arrange on a baking sheet; sprinkle liberally with brown sugar.

3. Bake about 30 minutes, or until sugar is melted and bacon is crispy. Serve on platter or  in slow cooker turned to warm (or the lowest setting).

***For an extra-decadent treat, arrange smokies in a baking dish, mix together 1 stick of butter (melted) and 1 cup of brown sugar, then pour over smokies.  Sprinkle everything with additional cup of brown sugar. Bake at 375F for about 15-20 minutes, then turn the heat up to 400F for 5-10 minutes or until the bacon is crispy.

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Tuesday Tunes – “Sinnerman” (from the BBC show “Sherlock”)

Thanks to a trial subscription to Amazon Prime (which we subsequently upgraded to a full membership), we have been able to watch a bunch of shows online that we’ve really been wanting to see.

One of those shows is the delightful BBC series “Sherlock“, a fast-paced, contemporary retelling of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. If you haven’t had a chance to see it, I highly recommend it – both of the gentlemen who portray Holmes and Watson work very well off of each other; the casting for the series is top-notch.

Benedict Cumberbatch (whose voice will make you melt) is absolutely riveting as a modern-day Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman does a marvelous job as his put-upon sidekick John Watson. Rupert Graves (who has been a favorite actor of mine since seeing him in 1985’s “A Room With a View“) has a recurring part as Inspector LeStrade, and Andrew Scott is spot-on perfect as Holmes’ criminally psychotic, brilliant arch-nemesis Moriarty.

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Happy Birthday, Sarah!

Twenty-two years ago today, a spirited whirlwind of a girl blew into our lives:

Watch out, world – this one is loaded for bear…..

….and we have never been the same.  Where has all that time gone?

God has a wicked sense of humor – ask any family that has more than two kids, and they will tell you that the third kid threw them for a loop.  Just when you think you have the whole “parenting” thing figured out – you’re thinking you know everything there is to know about raising kids – the third one comes along, and you realize that you don’t have the first CLUE…..

By the time Sarah came along, we had been parents for 6 years.  Poor Sarah got the “leftovers” – we were a lot calmer about things, but we were also just plain tired.  Rachel was starting kindergarten and Michelle was only a year old, so Sarah got whatever energy we could muster up at the end of the day.

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Tuesday Tunes – “You and I”

Michael Buble, sexy and soulful – the boy can eat crackers in my bed any time.
(The lovely Mrs. Buble might have a problem with that…. :P )

Have a nice, relaxing day -

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