The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 85

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Apologies once again for the late episode, but the 85th episode of The Pop Poppa Nap Cast covers pre-Christmas preparations, our continued sleep issues and Lu’s adventures with my Star Wars toys.

My original Itzbeen post can be found here.

2 Alices really is the best, they just opened up a second location in Newburgh. Check it out if you’re in the Orange County area!

Here’s a few Star Wars toy photos. First, you’ve got Lu going through the box, then Mighty Mugg Mace Windu. The red-armored Luke figure I mentioned is officially called Luke Skywalker in Imperial Guard Disguise according to

Lu and Jack both got in on the Christmas tree-decorating action.

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If you want to hear more about Eggbert, check out the Christmas podcast I did with my pal Brett a few weeks back.

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The Pop Poppa Seal of Approval made a killer comeback thanks to the Sassy Spill & Fill which you can buy on Amazon here.

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Under Construction!

Hello loyal readers and newcomers alike! I wanted to let you know that the site might look a little different these days. I’ve decided to not only change the look of things, but also import all of the posts from my food blog Monkeying Around The Kitchen over to Pop Poppa.

I thought this would be a fairly simple process, but was surprised to discover the galleries I created over there didn’t quite transfer over correctly. I’m working on fixing those, but it will take some time because we’re talking about 400 posts. I also need to get in there and change all the links back to MATK. Like I said, it’s a big job.

Still, I’m hoping to get things together and also move forward with existing content like the Pop Poppa Nap Cast and the Photo Diaries. I also have plans to expand the content on this page which is why I decided to bring the food content over. All parents like food and could use a few ideas about recipes, right?

I appreciate your patience as I get everything together. If you happen to spot a missed photo or something along those lines, drop me a comment and I’ll fix it when I can. Thanks!

The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Presents: TJ & Brett Love Christmas!

tj and brett love christmasA few weeks ago, my buddy Brett White and I started talking about our love of all things Christmas so we decided to record a podcast about it! You might notice I sound like I’m a little under water for the first 20 minutes or so. This is the first time I’ve recorded via Skype with the monitors on which was throwing me off like crazy. Also, I thought about cutting my daughter’s quick appearance, but it was just too cute.

And now for some show notes!

I highly recommend checking out Brett’s appearance on Hear Me Out. It’s even Christmas-themed!

The Santa’s Workshop LEGO set Brett mentioned can be seen here.

Dig my list of non-traditional Christmas movies over on Topless Robot.

For what it’s worth, right after recording, I saw that one channel shows The Santa Clause 1 and 3, while another shows 2.

Don’t believe me about Eggbert? The New York Times did a story on him a few years back.

I mentioned the MiniMate Christmas village from a few years ago which you can see above. Shot on my very first “smart” phone, I believe. As if you couldn’t already tell.

Here’s Muppet Family Christmas, which Brett mentioned and I haven’t watched yet, but I want to!

The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 84

pop poppa nap cast logoThe Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 84 delves into some of the larger issues that are close to being in the rear view, Christmas entertainment and my attempts to calm the heck down.

I thought I’d talked about the Mickey Christmas specials I mentioned on Netflix, but apparently I haven’t. They are Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas and Mickey’s Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse, or as my daughter calls them Mickey Christmas Red and Mickey Christmas Blue. charlie and lola vol 2

Charlie and Lola, Vol. 2 and I can’t seem to find the exact Hello Kitty DVD after minimal searching.

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Cooking Bobby Flay’s Mole-Rubbed Steak and Eggs with Chocolate Stout Beurre Blanc

One of the many nice things about the new house is our far more robust cable package. With it comes Food Network subsidiary The Cooking Channel, which, as the name implies, features far more actual cooking shows. In addition to buying a new house, my mom also moved out to New York to join my dad who’s been here for a few months. She’s been coming over and watching the kids during the day which allows me to get my work done more efficiently and also start cooking dinner without as many interruptions. But, if we get lucky and both kids fall asleep at the same time, we like to watch food shows.

Last week we happened upon an episode of Brunch At Bobby’s that revolved around chocolate. I didn’t care for the most part, but then he got to his recipe for Mole-Rubbed Steak and Eggs with Chocolate Stout Beurre Blanc and I was all ears. It made it onto my menu the next week and turned out pretty swell.

Instead of using the variety of chili powders mentioned in the recipe, I used my mother-in-law’s chili powder concoction which is always on point. Aside from that, I followed the rub recipe and covered the steak, but I did forget to put the canola oil on first, so instead I cooked the steak in some (maybe a little too much, actually) oil after letting it sit for the 30 minutes.

In the meantime I got everything together for the sauce. Since I used a bit too much oil while cooking the steak, the sauce was a bit oilier than I think it should have been, but still turned out to have a really interesting flavor profile. Part of that came through because I used Shocktop’s Shockolate Wheat instead of a straight-ahead chocolate stout. While the citrus and wheat elements did come through, I don’t think the resulting sauce was as thick in consistency or flavor as the recipe as written. Next time I’ll try it Bobby’s way.

The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 83

pop poppa nap cast logo The Pop Poppa Nap Cast returns with episode 83 which covers packing up the old condo, the big move, my parents getting out here and our new way of life.

You can’t tell me this Bubble Guppies song isn’t catchy as all get out.

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