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Monday, October 8th, 2007

So last night, Paul turned in for sleep after clicking off the TV (and a disappointing football game; the Packers are no longer undefeated.  Stinkin’ Chicago Bears!).

I took out the trash and attended to other things around the house for a few minutes before finally checking on Emma and then heading for bed, myself.

When I crawled into bed, I gave sleepy Paul an update on our sleeping daughter:

Mommy Koog: “She’s fine. She’s hugging her doll.”

Daddy Koog: “Ridiculous!!”

Mommy Koog: “What!? I said ‘She’s hugging her doll.'”

Daddy Koog: “No – I mean that they lost the game.”

And that’s what happens in Wisconsin when the Packers give up the ball four times in the second half, ending up losing what initially appeared a promising game.

Poor, native Wisconsinites dream and even sleep-talk about it.


Cooking with the Koogs – Spaghetti Pie

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

I tried another recipe out of the “Beyond Macaroni and Cheese” cookbook this weekend.  It’s pretty good!

Here’s how to make Spaghetti Pie (I doubled this when I made it):


4 oz spaghetti

1 T. butter (or margerine)

1 egg, beaten

1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 lb. lean ground beef

1/2 c. chopped onion

1/2 c. green pepper, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 t. fennel seed

1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce

1 tsp. dried oregano

1 c. lowfat cottage cheese

1/2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese


1. Preheat oven to 350F.

2. Cook pasta; drain.  Return to pan; stir butter into pasta until melted.

3.  Stir egg and parmesan cheese into pasta.

4. Press spaghetti onto bottom and sides of 9″ pie plate, forming a “crust” Making Spaghetti Pie - the Spaghetti Crust layer.

5. Cook beef, onion, green pepper, garlic, and fennel seed in pan until onion is tender and meat is no longer pink; drain fat. (I used my Mandolin Slicer to chop the veggies; it saves time Dicing an Onion with the Mandolin Slicer.


6.  Stir in tomato sauce and oregano; heat through.

7. Spread cottage cheese on bottom and up side of spaghetti “crust” Making Spaghetti Pie - the Cottage Cheese layer.  Spread meat mixture over cottage cheese; sprinkle mozzarella cheese over meat mixture.  Bake uncovered 20 – 25 minutes Spaghetti Pie in the oven. Let stand 5 minutes Spaghetti Pie - Side View and cut into wedges to serve. Serves 6.

And Voila!

Cooked Spaghetti Pie

Date Night and Mini Movie Review

Tuesday, September 19th, 2006

We parents of a 13-month old sometimes feel that we don’t get out too often, other than for work, school, etc.

But we had a date night over the weekend, while Emma stayed at home in the care of my mom.

Dinner at Crawdaddy’s in West Allis was fabulous.¬† Crawdaddy’s boasts a New Orleans-style menu and was ranked best local restaurant for seafood by some local reviewers.¬†¬†It was our first time eating there, but we’ll be back in the future.

And then it was off to the movie theater.

None of the choices were particularly appealing, but we figured that a film with Nicholas Cage in it couldn’t be all bad.¬† We chose The Wicker Man.

It was a strange, and¬†I hate to say it, bad film.¬† We didn’t even know until later that it was a remake of an earlier film (or two?).¬†

I could take the time to expound on why this one left he wondering what I had just seen, but that has already been done so eloquently at this link.

I’m not telling you not to go and see it.¬† There’s something oddly appealing about some of the bad lines in it:

“Move away from the bicycle!” [spoken by Nicholas Cage, brandishing gun];

(and my favorite:)¬†¬† “Aaahh!!!¬† My LEGS!!!!” [spoken, I mean, screamed¬†by Cage offscreen in a really weird part of the movie]

And then there was the satisfaction that I had pretty much guessed how it was going to end fairly early on. 

I’m still not sure what it was . . .¬†¬† But a Leaving Las Vegas performance it was not.¬†

New Sister-In-Law!!

Sunday, August 6th, 2006


Originally uploaded by Koog Family.

Paul’s brother, Mark, finally abandoned his bachelor ways at, at the age of 33, has settled down with a wonderful woman, Fran.

We attended their elegant and lovely wedding in quintessentially middle-America Fond du Lac, Wisconsin over the weekend.

The new Mr. and Mrs.!

Originally uploaded by Koog Family.

We couldn’t be happier for the newest Koog Family.

Congratulations, Mark and Fran!

Busy Weekend – Part 2

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

At German Fest – 2006

Originally uploaded by Koog Family.

I attended a bridal shower this morning.

Then Oma, Paul, Emma and I visited German Fest at the Summer Fest Grounds.

It was a scorcher of a day, but we enjoyed the sights and sounds at America’s largest annual German Festival.


At German Fest – 2006

Originally uploaded by Koog Family.

We listened to a musical groups large and small, wandered around the cultural tent and some souvinier pavillions.


At German Fest – 2006

Originally uploaded by Koog Family.

We heard people speaking German. We ate bratwursts and strudels and drank beer.

Oh yes and Cheerios. Emma ate Cheerios.

Yep, an authentic German experience all the way around!

Busy Weekend – Part 1

Saturday, July 29th, 2006

On the train at the zoo

Originally uploaded by Koog Family.

After spending the night at Emma’s Grandma and Grandpa K’s house last evening, we attended my annual work picnic today. This year it was held at the Zoo.

To Emma’s (and my) delight, we rode the train!


Bad Poem – Nice Weekend

Monday, July 10th, 2006

 I neglected the blog, but my closet looks good.
 I sorted and laundered like I knew that I could.
 I’d ignored closet crowding since Emma’s been here.
 But with renewed strength and vigor, all’s now ordered and clear.
 I also turned my attention to packing.
 Seven cush’ days at sea is a challenge worth tackling.
 For the Yukon and AK we should bring some warm clothes.
 But also some summery garb, ‘cause who knows?  
 We attended the baptism of a friends’ tiny guy,
 Paul and Emma had to leave due to her little cries.
 They sat in the back and missed all the action.
 But cheerios provided her some satisfaction.
 Sunday night was an exciting one on our street.
 There was thunder, and rain, and mixed in with that, sleet.
 Then the rain came down harder.  The street started to flood.
 Then thunder shook the house with a thud.   
 The power went out while the street river raged
 The neighbors all gathered to examine the stage
 that was our strange street; but nature’s sly ploy
 did nothing to dampen the neighbor boy’s joy.  
 He pulled up his shorts and ran through the water,
 and every few seconds, let out a glad holler.
 Emma, for her part, was intrigued by the rain.
 She stood up to bang on the window pane.
 Candles and a flashlight guided the rest of the eve’.
 In the morning we discovered the outage reprieve.
 The lights were back on, but the real light of the day  
 was the pointing and smiling Emma sent just my way.    

Wonderful Weekend

Monday, June 19th, 2006

Sisters and Cousins, originally uploaded by Koog Family.

What a weekend!

We had a very special visit from Emma’s Auntie Pam, Cousin Alex, and Grandpa S.

Collectively, we jumped on a trampoline, visited my office, went to a pig roast, rode in a paddle boat, had a cookout, went to the zoo, exchanged presents, played with toys, cried, ate custard, laughed, went to a restaurant, watched cartoons, blew bubbles, and tried to catch nightcrawlers.


Bubble Portrait   Bubble  Portrait   Playing with the new Toy!   Cousins on the Floor

Ditchin’ Aida for DaVinci

Sunday, June 4th, 2006

I arrived at work on Friday morning and checked my calendar.¬† It was then that I saw that we had opera tickets.¬† For the next night.¬† I’d forgotten.

I just wasn’t up for it.¬† A quick call confirmed that¬†Paul wasn’t up for it, either.

In fact, we’d been thinking of getting a sitter and checking out The DaVinci Code. (I had read the book, and wanted to see it – bad reviews and all).

And that’s what we did.¬† I found takers for each of¬†our two opera tickets.¬† One went to someone who had been trying to¬†find an unused ticket¬†anyway, and who has been listening to his new Aida CD since Christmas.¬† Perfect.

So we traded highbrow fiction for lowbrow fiction; ancient Egyptian romance and tragedy for modern day biblical cover-up suspense and sleuthing (and Tom Hank’s strange hairdo).¬†

And these still relatively new parents enjoyed the special treat of  getting out to see a movie. 



Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

Dancing Bat     The test came back negative today.

The biting bat (may he or she rest in peace) did not have rabies!! 

So no more shots for mom or Emma.¬† And I’m not as worried about the tenant’s bills anymore.¬† Homeowner’s should cover most of it, I would think.¬† And as my boss reminded me,¬†it’s just money.¬† Luckily, everyone is in good health.¬†¬†