Merry Christmas!

Just a short post wishing you all a very merry Christmas and happy holidays.

Enjoy your time together with your family and friends or just enjoy a period in the year when people are showing their most friendly side of themselves. Remember, there is still hope for us all.

Sunday, the day before a new work week.

Sundays are often the day just before a new workweek begins. This is the case for many of us. There are of course those of us who are working independently of the ordinary workweek. Like firemen, policemen, caregivers, and other professions that have their ordinary schedule across the whole week.

I Love the Taste of Springrolls On a Sunday Evening!

For me right now, I’m NOT in the traditional workweek schedule or rat race anymore. I’m free to schedule my work time as it fits me, at the moment. This makes it perfect to enjoy a, for us, typical early weekend dinner like homemade Springrolls even on a Sunday.

We use to do Springrolls at home from time to time. It is a very tasty dish and it’s also a very cheap dish counted per person. I would approximate the cost to be around $0,15 cents per Springroll and you maybe eat 4 – 6 Springrolls so the total cost for a person is about $0,60 cents – $0,90 cents per person. I think that is quite a cheap dinner.

Picture of my wife preparing Springrolls.

There is a bit of work to do before you can dig in and enjoy the goodies. But it’s all worth it.

Picture of Springrolls ready to be deep-fried.

I use to prepare all of my Springrolls prior to deep-frying them.

Picture of my Sringrolls being deep-fried.

I deep-fry my Springrolls in vegetable-oil in 180 degrees Celsius or 293 degrees Fahrenheit.

Another picture of my Springrolls being deep-fried.

The Springrolls are left in the fryer for 3 – 4 minutes or to when I think they look ready. The filling is cooked once so there is no risk for uncooked ingredients.

Picture of me mixing Sweet Cili Sauce and Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce.

I like to eat my Springrolls dipped into a mixed dip of Sweet Chili Sauce and Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce.

Picture of the two bottles of Chili Sauce.

This is how the bottles of the two different sauces look like at my location.

Freedom from the ordinary workweek.

It’s quite a nice feeling to not have this anxiety that often struck me when I had to go to work on Monday morning. The feeling that I don’t have to be at a certain place at a certain time in the morning is very pleasing.

I wake up my son every morning at 7:00 am, he is home with me soon to be 20 years old and has no ordinary work to go to. We get up and take a quick walk for about 30 minutes to wake us up and get our bloodstream flowing. Then I continue with a little morning workout before I take a shower and prepare myself for the day. When done in the bathroom I fix my breakfast which I consume in the company of my son and the morning tv broadcasts. At 9:00 am our workday begins.

This is not for everyone.

It’s important to know that this way of living is not for all. Some might find this lifestyle hard to sustain, to keep working without having someone who is telling you what to do. It requires an inherent work ethic and tenacity to live in this way, and also a living dream to have something to aim for.

This is how I am keeping it all going.

I use my dream as a driving force to keep me going. This is also why I use a schedule that is much more enjoyable than a regular job but it also helps me stay on track. For me, just the routine of getting up in the morning and doing my little workout is like a little gold nugget that maintains my character and actually makes me better all the time.

What is the freedom with this?

The freedom comes in the fact that I can postpone a work session if something that I needs or want to do arises. And the things that I need to do does not have to be as big of a deal as before as it now is I, myself that makes the decision and not a boss.

If my neighbor comes by and wants to take a cup of coffee it’s alright for me to do it, if I think so. If my wife has a day off from her work I can take the day off as well. She is soon going to live like this as well. This is the freedom I’m talking about, and how many of us don’t want to have it like this?

  • I am my own boss.
  • I answer to myself.
  • I answer to my own happiness in the future.
  • I and my family will be the beneficiary of the rewards of every piece of work and effort I put in and I’m looking forward to getting to share all of this with my family.

If you want this as well, you might just as well get it in full, much faster than me.
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Friday and living the good life.

It’s Friday today, and I’m living a good and relaxing life right now. It’s important to take the opportunities you get to enjoy life. One of the best things I love to do is cooking. I love to do long cooks in company with my wife or good friends. This Friday it’s me and my wife that is cooking together.

Today we will serve a Texas Chili.

Picture of my wife in the kitchen as we are cooking Texas Chili.

As we cook we take a little cooking drink of FireBall and a cold beer with music playing in the background. This is how I like to cook. A creative, tasty and very relaxed way, with a fantastic company.

We use chuck steak to our Texas Chili. Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of the meat unpacked, so no picture on the meat. But trust me it was a really nice piece of chuck steak.

Garlic and onions.

Picture of Onions and Garlic.

Pepper Chipotle, Pepper Ancho.

Picture of Pepper Ancho and Pepper Chipotle.

Piri-piri, Habanero, Jalapeño and Red Spanish Pepper.

Picture of Habanero, Piri-piri, Jalapeño and Red Spanish Pepper.

Carnegie Porter Beer.

Picture of 2 bottles of Carnegie Porter Beer.

Added the spices cumin, oregano, spicy paprika powder, chili powder, meat bouillon, and sugar this all will cook together into this fantastic dish Texas Chili in a couple of hours. We usually let it simmer in about five hours.

As an accessory to the Texas Chili, we serve melted cheese covered Cheese Nachos and sour cream for dipping. And of course, a cold beer.

With this, I and my wife wishes you a wonderful weekend.