Monday, December 26, 2011


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Mitzi's kitchen to come

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Mitzi's kitchen to come

See this and many others at


Monday, September 5, 2011

Mitzi has a blog....


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Mitzi is back with tetrazzini

Here we go again!


Saturday, August 13, 2011

Adoption Save Lives...

My friends three words hit the big time! My wonderful friend used her three words and her three adopted dogs to get her point on national TV...Please watch, her puppies are the ones that have the signed that say "Adoption Saves Lives"......Love you Kitten - I am so proud of you!!!


Sunday, July 31, 2011

Episode Three - Hubbie is back


Monday, July 25, 2011

Mitzi's Kitchen - Episode 2

Just a little cooking fun! The Hubbie is a natural!!


Friday, July 15, 2011

Feeling Good Friday!

Lucas Cates surprises Sedona Starr Shutter by showing up to sing with her at her 13th Birthday party in Madison, WI.

Lucas Cates Band is a great mix of sounds and personality. Check them out!! They are heartfelt and wonderful people!


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Old Hairy Guy Completes P90X and lives!!!!

Well, technically, I have one more work out left, but here are the side by sides for you.

My stats:

Started at 178 lbs and ended at 166 lbs. Was at 27% Body fat, now 18%. It doesn't sound like much, but I really look different in person (especially naked wink-wink). I will be doing this again, but will rework the diet plan a bit.

Anyway, here you go! (please disregard the fuzzy pics, apparently the Hubbie can't be bothered you use both hands and actually focus when taking a picture - probably because he is on a far more important phone call)....


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Auntie K makes Pizza....


Oscar's Auntie K came over and made a pizza for us. We then watched a scary movie!

She started with a can of the store bought Pilsbury pizza dough. We mixed Riccota cheese and garlic for the "sauce" and then layered every possible vegetable (even thin sliced potato's). We added a thin layer of different cheeses between veggie layers. We baked for 18 minutes ate 400.......



Sunday, June 12, 2011

Snickers Cheese Cake and Week-end with Predo!

Well, of course, the most important item in that title is Snickers Cheesecake! Here is a sample of the completed item before I give you the recipe!! By the way, this is my first time ever making a cheese cake!


I know what you are thinking! "But Predo, you are just days away from completing the full P90x, WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU THINKING!!!"

Well, the cheese cake was made for some friends. Half for my work, and half for the Hubbies! We are just bringing some summer love to work!!!

So here is the recipe:

One glass of wine or cocktail (to start).

Collect the following ingredients:

30 (or so) original OREO cookies
10 tbsp unsalted butter
2 tbsp water
24 oz cream cheese, softened
2 large eggs
1 (8oz) container sour cream
1 cup sugar
6 (2.07 oz) Snicker bars chopped
3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup heavy cream

There are three steps to this process, so enjoy the wine/cocktail through out and ensure refills are available when necessary.


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Wrap the bottom and outside of a 10" spring form pan with foil. Chop the cookies, with the filling, until fine crumbs. Add 6 tbsp butter and 2 tbsp water. Mix until blended and crumbs are moist. Press the crumbs over bottom and halfway up the sides of the prepared pan. (I actually used the entire package of cookies, and increased the butter by 2 tbsp in order to have a thicker crust).


In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add in eggs, one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl occasionally. Beat in sour cream and sugar. Stir or fold in 5 of the Snickers bars (chopped) and 1 cup of the chocolate chips. Scrape into crust and place pan on baking sheet. Bake at 375 for 60 to 70 minutes until top is golden and puffed. Let cool on rack. Cover and refrigerate at least 6 hours until firm.

Crust with filling added

Cheesecake after baking for 61 minutes

Now take your drink and relax. I have provided two examples of how this is done.


After cheesecake has chilled for at least 6 hours (mine was overnight), use a knife to loosen the edges and remove the pan. Spread the sixth chopped Snickers bar on the top of the cheesecake and prepare the glaze. (side note, because I had extra chips, I also placed them on top). You may also want to place the candy-bar on top of the glaze, this is totally your option.

Place 2 cups of chocolate chips, the heavy cream and 4 tbsp of butter into microwave safe bowl (I used a large glass measure cup in order to have a pour spout). Heat on high in microwave for 1 minute. Stir, and microwave for another 30 seconds and stir again. Stir until smooth and shiny. Let cool, just slightly until think enough to pour and drizzle. Pour the melted chocolate around the edges first in order to have a slight drizzle down the sides, then pour over center of cake.

Like so!


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Only 8 workouts to go

until I finish the full P90X!!!!!

Stay tuned....


Monday, May 30, 2011

To my fallen Brothers and Sisters...

To my fallen Brothers and Sisters;

To some your name may not be known, but your heart, your soul and your sacrifices are. You are respected, honored and revered, not just today, but everyday.

To the Families, Friends and Loved Ones of those whom we have lost:

May today be filled more with pride then with tears, and may your heart and soul be filled with the love we all share for you. Your loss, helped to save us all.

Let us all take a moment for those who can not, and thank them silently for their service.

Make everyday memorial day, and help remind the citizens of this country that the freedom they enjoy came with a bloody price.


Friday, May 20, 2011

Sundays are for cuddles....


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

When you just need a break...

Go to the beach.....


Monday, May 16, 2011

Me after 8 weeks of P90x

Here is where I am at now.............


Saturday, May 14, 2011

Now that I have finished 8 weeks....

Now that I have finished 8 weeks, here are my starting pix....

Here I am at the heaviest I have ever been. 178 pounds, and too soft. Now, with two months under my belt, I am down to 171 pounds, but have firmed up completely. Everything is moving into the right places, and I am in the best shape of my life!

It took some effort, but I have to admit, P90x is working so far!!! I am already planning to cycle through it again, just for muscle growth.....


Sunday, April 10, 2011

Week four comes to a close!

Yes, I am still alive, and still doing the P90x.....

I am now done with the four week point for the P90X, and the changes are showing. I have only lost 3 pounds so far, but I am down a pant size, and feel everything tightening up. My muscle definition is becoming more obvious, and my core strength is noticeably increased. This is paying off so far!

Now, my confusion is with the calorie counts. The food calculation reflects that I should have about 2700 calories per day as a minimum, but with the food choices given for the serving counts (and being a vegetarian for 24 years) don’t allow me to get that many calories. I know I should limit calories to lose weight, but need calories to gain muscle. So, how do I lose weight and gain muscle? Funny question right? Yes, it seems to be.

After reviewing calorie needs from 10 different web sites (including P90X and The Mayo Clinic), I have been given 10 completely different figures based on the same input information. So, needless to say, my confusion has just been multiplied by 10!!!!

So, unless anyone of you out there can help clarify my slightly dazed and confused vision of how it should be for a vegetarian on a diet, I will simply plug along as is and see what happens. The worse case is I learn from my mistakes and push through the P90X again, which would not be a bad thing at all!

Now, on to week five, and double workouts!!!

Next time we meet, I may be in traction.....


Saturday, March 19, 2011

Week 1 over

I have now completed week one of the P90x. I was in pretty good shape before, but this kicked my butt! I begin week two now, and the intensity gets tougher. I can't wait to see results that are more then just a very sore body!!!

Any way, at this point, I have actually gained 2 pounds. Having said that, in just one week, my body is feeling stronger. Sore, but stronger. The exercises have been entertaining and intense, but not to difficult. A good routine. I will keep you informed of the payoff as I go along!


Saturday, March 12, 2011


I start the P90x.........


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Harley Walter, Husband, Father, Grandfather and Friend.

Harley Walter
September 26, 1923 - January 19, 2011


Sunday, January 9, 2011

Mitzi's Kitchen Episode 1


Mitzi's kitchen episode 1


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