Monday, May 28, 2012

Procrastinating Dad's Ham 'n' Egg Scramble

So, what does the single father do after his family’s Saturday morning activities and it’s been a while since he’s done any grocery shopping?

The kids are hungry, and you know you’re out of cold cuts and bread. There’s no canned soup or other meals-almost-ready to eat (MARE’s) You check the fridge, and, other than condiments, all you have are a hand full of eggs, a few slices of cheese, some packaged diced ham that seems to have been in your freezer forever, and an onion or a couple of stray scallions in the vegetable crisper. After that, the cupboard is bare.

Well, either you consult The Single Father’s Guide to Life, Cooking, and Baseball for some ideas, or you make ham ‘n’ cheese scrambled eggs.

The Procrastinating Dad’s Ham ‘n’ Cheese Scrambled Eggs Lunch

4-6 eggs

1 package (12 - 16 ounces) of diced ham

3-4 slices of cheese

1-2 diced scallions (or onion)

1 tablespoon of horseradish

1 teaspoon of black pepper

1 spritz of cooking spray or 1 teaspoon of olive (vegetable) oil

Pre-heat pan to low-medium setting and apply cooking spray or oil. Add diced ham and brown. In a mixing bowl, combine and wisk eggs, horseradish, and black pepper. Pour mixture over browning ham, add cheese and scallions, and stir with a spatula until cooked.

This quick and easy, high-protein, emergency recipe will tide you and two or three kidlings until you’re able to get to the grocery store.

Now, get to the damned grocery store!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Remembering Duvi Wolf. Remembering Josh Wolf.

The youngest of four daughters, Eduviges “Duvi” Preciado Wolf had wanted to be a soldier since she was a little girl. She volunteered with the Hawthorne Police Department to fingerprint children and worked traffic control at parades and other community events. At Leuzinger High School in Lawndale, CA, Duvi joined the Junior ROTC program. She explained to her father about her decision to enlist in the U.S. Army shortly after graduation that military service would be her path to citizenship.

Duvi was assigned to the 7014th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, CO as an Automated Logistical Specialist. She had been in Afghanistan for about four months when insurgents attacked her vehicle with a rocket propelled grenade. On October 19, 2009, Duvi died in Kunar province from wounds she received during that attack.

Duvi is one of the thousands of American heroes who will be honored this Memorial Day, but there is more to her story. When Duvi was killed in action that day in October almost three years ago, she left behind two young daughters, Valerie and Isabel. On that day, Duvi’s husband, Army Sgt. Josh Wolf, became a single father.
On Monday, remember Duvi Wolf and all of the men and women who risk their lives and who have given their lives to protect the freedoms we enjoy here in the United States of America. Remember also the sacrifices made by the families of those who have died, especially the surviving parents, fathers and mothers, who are left to make a home and care for their children alone.

May Duvi’s memory, and the memory of all our fallen soldiers, live on through their children . . . and through every one of us.



Killed in Afghanistan or in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.” Copyright 2004-2012.

“California’s War Dead.” Los Angeles Times. Copyright 2012.

“Hawthorne police remember fallen soldier, former Explorer.” Larry Altman. Copyright 2009.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Advice for Desmond Hatchett

If there was a guy who needs a copy of The Single Father’s Guide to Life, Cooking, and Baseball, I think it would be Knoxville, Tennessee resident Desmond Hatchett, who has reportedly fathered 30 children with 11 different women: Tennessee Man Has 30 Kids. Heck, if someone has Desmond’s mailing address, I’ll send him a promotional copy!

Apparently, Desmond has taken Hammerin’ Hank’s philosophy to heart:

“My motto was always keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.” –Henry Aaron

I can’t imagine what breakfast at the Hatchett house looks like! Just to make Daddy’s Chocolate Chip and Strawberry Cookie Pancakes, Desmond would need 14 cups of whole wheat flour, 2 2/3 cups of soy flour, 12 cups of strawberries, 24 cups of milk, at least 16 eggs, 4 cups of chocolate chips, and, among other ingredients, the staff from Waffle House to cook and serve!
What would be this single father’s advice to Desmond? "GOLDEN RULE #15: It should be the exception that you introduce your children to your romantic interest, and do so only if you are reasonably certain there is potential for a relatively long-term relationship!"