Irish Stew with Lamb, Barley, and Guinness

Bhí sé go blásta!! (vee shay go BLAWS-tuh)  - That’s Irish for “It was delicious!!” Sure’n that’s what you’ll be after sayin’ once ye’ve tried this AUTHENTIC Irish Stew, me darlin’s. And its not only delicious, if you do it right, its also fun to create! This recipe makes A BUNCH!  Seriously, it filled up…

Improve Your Monday With Midwestern British Oat Bars

We’ve all had one.  That fabulous weekend, chock full of exactly what you wanted, when you wanted it.  A steady, self-actualizing stream of happenstance, serendipity, and meet ups, with just the right amounts of food and drink and sleep. And then it hits you.  The Monday. Where you had been floating through your weekend in…

Brain Cider

Taking a step back from things always gives you a fresh perspective. For instance, Downtown Dad, with his career move into the world of Healthcare Public Affairs, has had to take a step back from the very thing that gave him his Downtown monicker in the first place. But downtown, and all things economic development…

We’ve Come A Long Way!

“This old blog” and me have been around in one form or another since 2005 – that’s a long time! And we’ve come a long way from our first tentative steps as “Straight Up & Slightly Dirty” on the Blogger platform. That’s where we learned about Blog Carnivals, Commenting, Oversharing, and that you attract an…

Ain’t It Amazing?

Today I … Looked at pictures of friends enjoying today’s sunrise in the Carribean, Then looked at a video of friends across town building an igloo. I chose a movie on my phone, then watched it on my TV. I took a tour of my daughter’s new apartment in California, And followed my son on…

One Little Word

Around the first of the year, I (along with 2/3 of the civilized world) usually feel compelled to write a list of resolutions.  A couple of years back, just to be different, I started making that list into a graphic poster and calling it my bucket list.  As a rule, two or three things on…

The Modern Empty Nest

It happened this week. My daughter, my middle child, my 22-year-old, flew the nest. She, and her boyfriend of 6 months packed everything they owned into a car and drove West to chase their dreams in California. I know. That sounds sudden. And full of drama. But surprisingly, it’s not. She’s actually following in my…

What’s All This About?

Overall, I’m pretty happy with the name of my blog. I started out with a blog called Straight Up and Slightly Dirty, but based on the Google search hits I was getting, and my posts never really living up to what I envisioned with that title, I decided to change the name.  I went with…

Who Am I, And Why Am I Here?

I decided to participate in WordPress’s Zero to Hero 30 day blog improvement challenge, in the hopes of freshening up my purpose here. I’ve been blogging for quite a few years, and once in a while I just think you have to move the furniture around, take the rugs out, hang them on the line…