Apollo Burger

Tonight we stopped by a burger joint on Route 66 in our new hometown, Victorville,CA.  They have an extensive burger menu with everything from the Classic to the Narcissist

My burger of choice tonight. Sloppy Joy.

Go there hungry and bring a cloth napkin.LOL

They don’t have a website but here is their Facebook page.


Part of menu

Part of menu

Sloppy Joy

Sloppy Joy

I think I can... I think I can...

I think I can… I think I can…

She thinks she can.

She thinks she can.



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This past April I joined my co-author, and sister, Kerrie Adams in Iowa to visit family roots. We all know Iowa is famous for its corn and corn-fed beef but they also serve up some mean Zombilicious food.

We had occasion to visit such a place in Des Moines,Iowa-on the east side, namely  the “Zombie Burger + Drink Lab“.

The zombie themed restaurant and menu was great fun. It was a college crowd with an appetite for goreMet bashed burgers and shakes.. The place was nicely decorated zombie themed murals and mannequins.  It was divided into two halves one having tables and a full bar with some unique beers and drinks.

The menu was not just burgers but that was the main fair all having themed names and not your ordinary ingredients.

I had a #10 a “Walking Ched”. Breaded and deep-fried mac-n-cheese “buns.  These were deep-fried mac-n-cheese “patties ” serving as the bun for a great burger with caramelized red onions cheddar cheeses and mac-n-cheese on top. TO DIE FOR!!! Kerrie had “The Broomstick” It was a burger stuffed with deep-fried chili topped with american cheese, red onions and pickle.  It didn’t take very long to consume being so delicious.

Again burgers were not the only fair.. there were soylent greens (salads),brain freezes(shakes),New Jersey Rippers (deep-fried hot dogs),appetizers and soups/sides.

We both had different unique shakes.  Kerrie went for a vanilla ice cream, cherry kool aid powder blended with a twinkie.. YUMMY!  I had vanilla ice cream blended with Cinnamon Toast Crunch. It was superb!! Great Brain Freezes!

There was a wide array of local breweries and mixed drinks, properly titled, to try.

Next time your in Des Moines Iowa’s east side drop in to enjoy the atmosphere and food.


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large menu


Get a load of some of those names.


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one of our hosts.


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The Walking Ched


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The Walking Ched as served.




The Broomstick with some garlic and bleu cheese fries and the menu cover.







Again go to Des Moines Iowa’s east side and enjoy a night out at ……………  Zombie Burger+Drink Lab

Family recipe — U.P. Pasty

Growing up in and around the Upper Peninsula of Michigan one knows the taste and beauty of  a good pasty. This recipe is one passed to us from my mother Elaine’s sister Ruth. I as a kid enjoyed many a pasty. It a good day when we make them…(not nearly enough):-(


  1.  3 cups flour
  2.  1 1/2 tsp. salt
  3.  2/3 cup shortening
  4.  2/3 cup ICE water

Mix flour, salt, and water together and then cut in shortening.


  1.  1 1/4    ground beef
  2.  1/2 lb. ground pork
  3.  4           red potatoes
  4.   1          onion
  5.   1/2     rutabaga  minced finely)
  6.   3         carrots
  7.               salt for each pasty
  8.               pepper
  9.    1 pat  butter per pasty


Separate dough into 5 portions.  Roll out each portion into a flat circle. Fill half the circles with raw ingredients and add a tbs. of butter. Close by folding into a half circle. Pinch edges closed with a fork using water to stick the edge together.

Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, turn down to 375 and bake an additional 45-50 minutes.

Enjoy with your favorite condiment…PSST ketchup!!!





Cookie Day 2013

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOnce again our family members have gathered from multiple locations to participate in our annual Cookie Day festivities.  Everyone brings their favorite recipes, ingredients, and kitchen gadgets, and the baking mayhem begins.  This year chocolate seemed to be a favorite theme, as we had chocolate cookies, chocolate chip, chocolate covered pretzels and fudge, among other goodies.  Everyone has fun catching up and socializing while baking  occurs.

IMG_0763 The kids are eager to help and were up to their elbows  (and eyebrows) in melted chocolate.

chocolate covered peretzels

chocolate covered pretzels

peppermint meringue cookies

peppermint meringue cookies

A unique recipe baked by Susie was a peppermint meringue cookie that took 90 minutes!!! to bake @ 225 degrees. They are yummy!

yummy poop!

yummy poop

A favorite of all was reindeer poop, a.k.a. oatmeal chocolate peanut butter drop cookies.

Cranberry pistachio shortbread

Cranberry pistachio shortbread

Another non chocolate option was created by sister Zoe, cranberry pistachio shortbread cookies.  They require wrapping and refrigeration prior to cutting and baking but are delicious and well worth the effort!

A deliciously sweet time was had by all, and we look forward to seeing what interesting recipes everyone will come up with next year!