Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Today's Quote

“Suffering is not caused by pain but by resisting pain.”


Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Today's Quote

"Never say anything about yourself you do not want to come true."

Brian Tracy
Speaker and Author

Monday, July 07, 2014

Today's Quote

"Remember, the thoughts that you think and the statements you make regarding yourself determine your mental attitude. If you have a worthwhile objective, find the one reason why you can achieve it rather than hundreds of reasons why you can't."

Napoleon Hill
1883-1970, Author of Think and Grow Rich

Homemade Kentucky Blackberry Cobbler

Blackberry Cobbler is a very easy recipe, the only catch is that it takes about 45-55 minutes in the oven to go through the bubbling, caramelizing, browning process (now that doesn't sound too bad, does it?). The cobbler batter is a wonderful base that I could eat directly with a spoon if I didn't have the promise of blackberry heaven in my immediate future. It is akin to biscuits, and doesn't have sugar in the batter itself…that comes with the blackberries to create a nice glazed crust on top. For warmer weather, you can serve the cobbler with warmed cream (which I chose), or with fresh whipped cream–whatever makes you happy.

Traditional Recipe

2 1/2 C Fresh blackberries, washed
1 C Sugar
1 C Flour
2 t Baking powder
1/2 t Salt
1 C Milk
1 Stick of unsalted butter, melted

First you should take care of the blackberry and sugar mixture because it needs to sit for a while. Stir together just the berries and sugar in a large bowl and let it sit out for 25-30 minutes. This will coax out the juices of the blackberries so that they can be sweetened up by the sugar, and we can taste the full spectrum of the fruit–this process is called macerating.

After about 20 minutes, you should turn on the oven to about 375ยบ and start preparing your batter.

Stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, and milk with a wooden spoon. Next, stir in the melted butter and hand-mix it until the ingredients are well incorporated and you have few clumps.

Pick out a clean baking dish– a smaller one will do– pour in the batter and smooth it out. You can choose to line it with parchment paper or not, but don’t grease the pan (there is enough butter in there already!). Finally, pour the macerated blackberries on top with all the sugar included and evenly distribute it over the batter.

Bake this promising pan of happiness in the oven for 45 minutes to an hour, depending on how golden you prefer it to be. Let it set up for a good 15 minutes so it will hold its shape. It will be bubbling like crazy and quite hot, so be careful!

This hour goes a little like this: you can hear it bubbling through the vent behind the stove, you can smell the buttery dough caramelizing with the sugar, and you can see the dotted crown of blackberries creating that quintessential golden cobbler crust. It is a marvel to have in your oven, let me tell you!

Serve warm or room temperature with warmed cream or fresh whipped cream. You can store this at room temperature with foil over it for 2-3 days, probably longer in the fridge…but it never lasts that long for me!

Mediterranean Toasted Quinoa Salad

To toast quinoa:

Put 1 teaspoon olive oil in pot on med heat.

Once oil is hot, put in 1 cup of uncooked quinoa and stir for 2-3 min until you hear slight popping and the quinoa has a nutty smell.

Pour 2 cups of water in pot and stir. Lower heat and cover for 20 minutes. Then fluff with fork.

Cut as many of these vegetables as you would like for this salad.

Red onion
Green bell pepper

In a bowl mix 1/2 cup cooked and cooled quinoa with your vegetables.

Add 1 teaspoons olive oil, a couple splashes of balsamic vinegar, oregano, salt and 15 grams crumbled feta cheese.

Stir all together and enjoy!

The Murder Trial

A defendant was on trial for murder. There was very strong evidence indicating guilt, but no corpse had been found. In the defense's closing statement the lawyer, knowing that his client would probably be convicted, decided to try a trick.

"Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I have a surprise for you all," the lawyer said as he looked at his watch. "Within one minute, the person presumed dead in this case will walk into this courtroom!"

He looked toward the courtroom door. The jurors, somewhat stunned, all looked, eagerly. A minute passed. Nothing happened.

Finally, the lawyer said, "Actually, I made up the previous statement. But you all looked on with anticipation. I therefore put it to you that there is reasonable doubt in this case as to whether anyone was killed and insist that you return a verdict of not guilty."

With that, the jury retired to deliberate. But after only a few minutes, they came back and pronounced a verdict of guilty.

"But how?" the lawyer asked. "You must have had some doubt. I saw all of you stare at the door."

"Oh, yes," the jury foreman replied. "We all looked - but your client didn't!"

Did A Famous Guy Just Tell A Whole Ivy League School To Take It Down A Notch With Their Entitlement?

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Today's Quote

"I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear."

Rosa Parks
1913-2005, Civil Rights Activist

Loaded Potato and Buffalo Chicken Casserole

2 pounds boneless chicken breasts, cubed (1")
8-10 medium potatoes, cut in 1/2" cubes
1/3 cup olive oil
1&1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp. black pepper
1 Tbsp. paprika
2 Tbsp. garlic powder
6 Tbsp. hot sauce

2 cups fiesta blend cheese
1 cup crumbled bacon
1 cup diced green onion

Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Spray a 9X13" baking dish with cooking spray. In a large bowl mix together the olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder and hot sauce. Add the cubed potatoes and stir to coat.

Carefully scoop the potatoes into the prepared baking dish, leaving behind as much of the olive oil/hot sauce mixture as possible. Bake the potatoes for 45-50 minutes, stirring every 10-15 minutes, until cooked through and crispy and browned on the outside.

While the potatoes are cooking, add the cubed chicken to the bowl with the left over olive oil/hot sauce mixture and stir to coat.

Once the potatoes are fully cooked, remove from the oven and lower the oven temperature to 400 degrees. Top the cooked potatoes with the raw marinated chicken.

In a bowl mix together the cheese, bacon and green onion and top the raw chicken with the cheese mixture. Return the casserole to the oven and bake for 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and the topping is bubbly delicious.

Serve with extra hot sauce and/or ranch dressing.

Cowboy Caviar

15 oz. can black beans, drained
15 oz. can black-eyed peas, drained
4 Roma tomatoes, pulp removed and diced
2 cups frozen corn kernels, thawed
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1/4 green bell pepper, finely chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup Italian salad dressing, recipe below
3/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 lime, juiced (about 3 Tbsp)

Mix everything together. Cool in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips.

Italian Dressing
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp onion powder
1 Tbsp white sugar
2 Tbsp dried oregano
1 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried basil
1 Tbsp dried parsley
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2/3 cup olive oil

Whisk ingredients together and refrigerate.

No Name Recipe

I found this recipe and it had no name...I only know it should be illegal!!!

-2 cans Pillsbury butter crescent rolls
-2 (8oz) packages cream cheese (softened)
-1 cup sugar
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-1/4 cup butter (melted)
-Cinnamon & sugar (I used about 1/4 cup sugar and 1 tbs cinnamon)

Unroll and spread 1 can crescent rolls on bottom of un-greased pan. Combine softened cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla. Spread mixture over crescent rolls. Unroll and spread remaining crescent rolls over mixture. Spread melted butter over the top and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes. share***share***share***


The Evangelist

A traveling evangelist always put on a grand finale at his
revival meetings, When he was to preach at a church, he
would secretly hire a small boy to sit in the ceiling
rafters with a dove in a cage. Toward the end of his sermon,
the preacher would shout for the Holy Spirit to come down,
and the boy in the rafters would dutifully release the dove.

At one revival meeting, however, nothing happened when the
preacher called for the Holy Spirit to descend. He again
raised his arms and exclaimed: "Come down, Holy Spirit!"
Still no sign of the dove.

The preacher then heard the anxious voice of a small boy
call down from the rafters: "Sir, a big black cat just ate
the Holy Spirit. Shall I throw down the cat?"

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Today's Quote

"The truth that makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear."

 - Herbert Agar

Hawaiian salad

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3 cans mandarin oranges
2 bags mini marshmallows
1/2 medium container sour cream
1 jar un-stemmed maraschino cherries
1 small can crushed pineapple
2 containers cool whip
1/2 bag coconut (optional)

Open everything, and drain the fruits of can/jar juices.
Cut cherries into 1/4.
Combine everything in a large bowl and mix super well.
Refrigerate for an hour and enjoy!

Grandmother’s Slow Cooked Meatballs

1 1/2 pounds extra lean ground beef
1 cup dry breadcrumbs
1/2 cup egg substitute
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons minced fresh onion
1/3 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
16 ounces cranberry sauce
12 ounces chili sauce
parsley sprigs -- optional

Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; shape mixture into 30 (11/2-inch) meatballs.
Combine ketchup, sugar, juice, and sauces in an electric slow
cooker; gently stir in meatballs.
Cover with lid; cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours.
Garnish with parsley, if desired

Big John

A bar owner in the Old West has just hired a timid new bartender. The owner of the establishment is giving his new hire some instructions on running the place. He tells the timid man, "If you ever hear that Big John is coming to town, drop everything and run for the hills! He's the meanest, biggest, nastiest outlaw who ever lived!"

A few weeks pass uneventfully. One afternoon, a local cowhand comes running through town yelling, "Big John is coming to town! Run for your lives!"

When the bartender exits the saloon to start running, he's knocked to the ground by several townspeople scurrying out of town. As he's picking himself up, he sees a large man approaching the saloon, probably about 7 feet tall, muscular, grunting and growling as he walks. He stomps up to the door, orders the poor barkeep inside, and demands, "I want a beer now!"

He pounds his heavy fist on the bar, nearly splitting it in half. The bartender nervously hands the big man a beer, hands shaking. He takes the beer, rips the top of the bottle off with his teeth, and downs the beer in one gulp.

As the poor timid bartender cowers behind the bar, the big man gets up to leave. "Do you want another beer?" the bartender calls out.

"Dang it, I don't have time!" the big man yells. "I gotta get out of town. Didn't ya hear Big John is a-comin?"

The Wayback Juke Box - Nat King Cole - Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer