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Categories : EWWWWWWWW!, Food, I wrote this post just for the picture, Pizza, Stupidity
My annual Super Bowl post is coming very soon. For an opening act I thought I’d showcase once again why this blog is called Mark Ruins Dinner.
If you’re like me (and why wouldn’t you be?) you purchase convenience food at the grocery store because it’s quick and impossible to ruin. You may have even asked yourself “How could you possibly wreck a frozen pizza?” Here’s your answer.
The boys had some friends over so I thought getting a couple frozen pizzas would be an easy dinner that everyone would eat. So I got one cheese and one pepperoni and put them in the oven at the same time. After 17 minutes we checked on them. At this point Karen said to me “Why did you put one right above the other? You’re supposed to stagger them so the crusts cook properly.” She couldn’t have told me that at the beginning. Besides, I’m the homemade pizza guy now. Anyway, we moved them apart so that the top pizza crust would cook, but it wasn’t that easy. You see, the crust on the top one had started sagging through the oven rack. But we did our best and moved it over. But then Karen decided it would be a good idea to turn it, so that it would stop sagging. In the process she ripped a hole in the middle of the pizza:
That’s the cheese dripping through the middle of the pizza. I quickly got it out before it opened up like a black hole. We had a heck of a time getting it out of the oven, but the boys ate it just fine. Karen said it looked like a belly button. I don’t think that’s a good thing for a pizza.
This doesn’t bode well for my Super Bowl pick.
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Categories : Bad Parenting, I wrote this post just for the picture, kids, special needs, Twosday Tuesday
Nate and Ben have been battling it out over toys lately. It’s a toss up who’s going to win each one, but Nathaniel has been winning more and more of them. Ben, however, has a secret weapon. Once the toy is gone, he often loses interest.
This wonderful activity table was a Christmas present to the little ones from their dear Auntie Dawn. It’s very cool that they can both play with it at the same time. Nate still wants to keep pulling it away from Ben, though.
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Categories : I wrote this post just for the picture, I'm wasting your time
I’m not sure if I’ve done a “signs of spring” post in the past. This is my third spring in the blogoshpere. But I don’t care. After months of cold and wind sucking the life force out of me I noticed three things this past week that that boon a change in the seasons.
The birds have come back.
The crocuses have sprouted.
And the lilac bush is budding.
So winter is on the decline and spring is speeding towards us. You know what that means. I’ll have to start cutting the grass again.
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Categories : Bad Parenting, Daddy is a real dork, Football, I wrote this post just for the picture, Twosday Tuesday
While I moved away from western PA after college, my sister moved BACK to western PA. This has proven over the years to be beneficial for many reasons. One of these is that occasionally she sends us items that are of a Black and Gold nature. A delivery of that sort arrived less than a week after the Super Bowl. T-shirts for everyone in the family (provided that I’m the same size as my 8-year-old) and that was way cool. She asked me on the phone if they were going to feature in one of my now-famous Tuesday Twosday posts, and my reaction was something like “Oh, not this week. It will be at least next week, if at all.”
Hmmm. That may have been a little rude. In my defense, two of my children and one of my wives were sick that weekend so I was a little preoccupied while on the phone.
So this past weekend I decked out the little ones in their new shirts and Isaac helped me with the photo shoot. It was fun, even if nobody smiled.
Later I gave them a toy to fight over.
Taking these pictures is going to be very fun for a few months.
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Categories : Daddy is a real dork, Food, Football, I wrote this post just for the picture, I'm wasting your time, kids, Twosday Tuesday
It wasn’t the refs, it wasn’t the crowd, it wasn’t the weather. The difference in the game was my cooking and you know it. Two years in a row now I’ve picked the Super Bowl winner correctly based solely on my cooking. If any team would like my services I would be happy to start the bidding at two tickets to the game.
And one other thing. I can officially say that the most effective Super Bowl ad was the one for the Hyundai Genesis. With all those people yelling “Hyundai!!!” a two-year-old in the room started yelling it too.
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Categories : Dining Out, I wrote this post just for the picture, kids, Parenting, Twosday Tuesday
This past Saturday was the first time we actually asked for a table for six at a restaurant. Nathaniel is just now learning how to sit up, and Ben is just now staying seated without trying to climb out. Apparently an unexpected benefit of us spending all that time with Ben at the high chair at home is that he likes sitting at a table and playing with toys now. So we sat them together and ate our lunch.
And Ben looks awesome in his new glasses.
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Categories : Coffee, Daddy is a real dork, Food, I wrote this post just for the picture, kids
For his birthday last year Isaac received Wookiee Cookies: The Star Wars Cookbook. It was apparently written by someone who, like me, is both a foodie and a Star Wars geek. It’s complete with pictures of Star Wars action figures posing with each dish. I thought this was an awesome birthday present. Oh wait, it was for Isaac, wasn’t it?
I decided to make the title recipe from the cookbook and Jonathan wanted to help. The Wookiee Cookies are basically chocolate chip cookies with cinnamon added. Perhaps Wookiees like cinnamon, I don’t know. I never could understand Chewbacca. But the cookies turned out well and they were enjoyed by all. In fact, they were made so late in the evening that I thought they’d go well with a relaxing cup of decaf.
They did. But, like most things, I got impatient toward the end and the cookies got bigger and got squished together in the oven.
Oh well. I took a page from the cookbook and got out our LEGO Star Wars dudes for a quick photo shoot.
The cookies make for very realistic looking terrain, don’t you think?