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Posted: June 30, 2010 by jgrantmarshall in Uncategorized

This is me testing again to make sure posting via email works!

What To Do In Juneau?

Posted: June 29, 2010 by jgrantmarshall in Uncategorized

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

9:53 PM



Protect Your Kids Online

Posted: January 17, 2010 by jgrantmarshall in Uncategorized

Today, I happily stumbled across some free software that I am really excited about. It is called “Family Safety” and it is part of the free Windows Live suite. (As a side note, I have previously used Photo Gallery, also part of the same suite, and love it!) Family Safety, as it is aptly named, is a website filter that keeps your kids from inappropriate websites. As the parent, you get to set how strict you want the filter to be. For instance, I locked it down to pre-approved kid friendly sites, but anything else has to be approved by me. When your child hits a non-approved site, an alert tells them that it must first be approved and they have the option for the program to email an adult for authorization later or to authorize right now if the adult is present. The adult authorizes by either receiving the email at a Hotmail address or by entering in their Windows Live ID credentials (used for Hotmail, XBox360, etc.). The great thing is that this can all be administered over the web and the settings can remain the same for ALL machines that your child has access to!

If you are interested in more information or to download for yourself, here is a link to get you started:

Tiger Cubs Hike Mt. Pisgah

Posted: October 10, 2009 by jgrantmarshall in Uncategorized

Last Saturday, we beat the odds and didn’t get rained on (much) for our 1st hike with the Tiger Cubs!

Creamy Tomato & Basil Soup

Posted: October 4, 2009 by jgrantmarshall in Uncategorized
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Tonight I used up some of the tomatoes and basil that we have left in the garden by following this recipe:,1818,152172-237207,00.html

I followed the microwave instructions because… well, I’m a guy and a fan of the microwave!

I first chopped the tomatoes (about 2 lbs) and put them in a microwave safe bowl. Natalie harvested some basil (about 1/2 cup) and I put about 1/4 cup in with the tomatoes. I also added 2Tbs of olive oil and some minced garlic because garlic, like cheddar, makes everything better. I heated this, covered, in the mic for 10:30 and stirred it 3x.

While waiting, I stirred 1/2 cup of chicken broth into 1/2 cup of whole milk because we had whole milk and not heavy cream like the recipe called. I would do the whole milk or possibly even 1% next time because it was still creamy and good.

When the tomato mixture was finished in the mic, I poured everything in to the blender until it was evenly mixed. Lastly, I heated the soup one more time in the microwave to the desired serving temperature.

I added grated parmesan and a bit of fresh basil to top off each serving.

More of Allie Walking

Posted: September 5, 2009 by jgrantmarshall in Uncategorized

Day 6: Cruising Home

Posted: August 31, 2009 by jgrantmarshall in Uncategorized

Today, being a day at sea, has been much more relaxing. Thankfully! I was able to sleep in a bit, but nowhere near as long as Nat, who slept until at least 1100. While she was sleeping, I ate breakfast, shot baskets at the basketball court, climbed the rock wall, went swimming and sat in the sun. I actually sat out a bit too long and will be bringing a sun burn home as a souvenir. 😦 On the rock wall, I found the light blue course to be a bit much for me so I did the yellow course twice.

We ate lunch in the main dining room and it was a nice change from the Windjammer. To start, we each had a salad prepared to our liking from the salad bar. Mine had fresh greens, egg, shrimp, salmon, asparagus, cucumber, tomato and the list goes on… My main dish was a Morroccan-style pita.

After lunch, we strolled around the ship. We watched the Ms. Biceps Competition while sampling a frozen yogurt on the pool deck. We also caught up on some more shopping… er, we being Natalie, but I’m sure you knew that already, huh?

Oh, in the last post I may have been writing about "The Quest" game show that we were about to head to. It ended up being a lot of fun! What The Quest is is a competition where the audience is split up into 10 teams and the teams are given a task/mission to complete in the fastest time and points are awarded with the fastest the most and the slowest the least. Some of the tasks were to have a woman give a man a piggyback ride, to come to the front with 5 ladies bras and to have 2 men imitating their favorite sexual position (together… & it was funnier when you were there). Our team won the competition!

Tonight, we have two shows to go to, dinner and perhaps dancing on the pool deck at 2330. We’re gonna be busy!