The Adventures of Mini-Mike, part 1: The Great Commission(ing)

Last weekend, we drove to Dallas to celebrate my brother-in-law’s graduation form the University of Dallas, and his commissioning into the United States Air Force.  We decided to have a little fun, so we made a “Mini-Mike” doll and dressed it in a scholar’s gown.  Here are Mini-Mike’s adventures for your viewing pleasure:


It was the night of Real Mike’s Commissioning into the US Air Force as a Second Lieutenant.  Real Mike looked handsome in his uniform, and we all were so proud of him! Dad (a USAF Lieutenant Colonel) Swore him in, and Mom, together with Aunti Mimi and Aunt Barbara pinned on his new rank insignia.

After the ceremony there was a little reception with snacks and cake, so we took Mini-Mike over to the bar to see what there was.  First, Mini-Mike took a ride in Ian’s shirt pocket with the silverware and napkins.  He had a great view of everything there was to eat.

Mini-Mike decided that the Chex Mix looked good, but he wanted a closer look.

Wow, what a big cake!  No, Mini-Mike, you may NOT jump on it or lick the frosting.

After the long ceremony and all that cake, Mini-Mike was tired.  He had a good sleep in the camera case with the camera, and was ready to tour Real Mike’s Alma Mater the next day.  Stay tuned for Mini-Mike’s next adventure!

Bacon Makes the World Go ‘Round

For the last couple of days my kids have been sick.  I have been doing laundry with no working dryer, and the floors in the kitchen and bathroom are torn up because of a leak under a sink somewhere.  My phone doesn’t work (I can dial and answer calls, but no one can hear me).  The kids are all better, but now I have the bug, so what am I doing?  Blogging about BACON, of course (duh!).

It all started because I have a running joke with my wonderful, funny, beautiful sister-in-law about how much my brother loves bacon.  Whenever I see something funny or interesting on the Internet about bacon (and what isn’t interesting about bacon?), I send her a link or a picture.

She suggested I make my own bacon post, so here are my favorite bacon finds!  ENJOY! (I know you will!)

First, here is a helpful flowchart for those uninitiated into the wonders of bacon:

eat mor bakin

Ok, now that you are convinced of the power of bacon, you want to share it with your loved ones.  Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day, so why don’t we explore some options here?

Let’s start with Bacon Stuffed Waffles!

Stuff that Bacon in!

Ok.  What goes well with waffles?

Of course!

And, after breakfast, comes lunch!  You will, of course, want one of these classics:

Here is a local classic for you locavores out there  (if you happen to live in Denver)

It’s hard to choose just one, isn’t it?  Aw, go ahead!  Eat all of them!

Now go run a marathon to burn off the calories.

It’s midafternoon, and you are a bit peckish.  Don’t reach for that Twinkie! It’s bad for you!  Instead,  grab some of these babies:


Now, dinnertime is rolling around.  What to serve?  Round out your day (and I DO mean ROUND) with the Bacon Explosion (it even has its own fan page on Facebook):


Cardiac arrest, here I come!

Now, you don’t want to eat this masterpiece on just a plain old table with no decoration!  What would be more appropriate than:

Dipped in brown sugar, they double as dessert!

Ok, table is set, dinner is cooking.  What will you wear for this special occasion?  How about WOWing them with this tasteful (hehe) chapeau?


Now I know what you are thinking.  You are thinking, “Gee, this is wonderful, but all this bacon will make me die and I won’t be able to enjoy bacon anymore!”  Fear not!  We’ve got you covered: