Wednesday, May 31, 2023

First RV Trip of 2023 – Day 4 - Bryan College And Screen Door Kitchen

On day four, most of the group went to Huddle House for breakfast then for a tour of Bryan College.  William Jennings Bryan obviously made an impact on Dayton during the Scopes Monkey Trial as they named the college after him and believe it or not, one of our club members went there (even though he lived in Ohio) and he arranged for a tour.  Bryan is a small private Christian college with about 800 students and an academic staff of 200 full and part time.  Their endowment is $6 million vs Harvard’s $51 billion. 

Sunday, May 28, 2023

Awesome Lemon, Chiffon Pie - Thank You Soldiers


Thursday, May 25, 2023

First RV Trip of 2023 – Day 3 - Boating & Jacob Myers

Once again, day 3 began with a breakfast of turkey salad and our morning was devoted to organizing some things in the coach.

Ten members of our group rented a pontoon boat for a tour of the lake while Steve (our neighbor) took folks for rides on our jet ski which he had pulled to the rally.  Since I wanted no part of the sun and I get to ride a pontoon boat whenever I want, Bev and I passed on the boat ride but we went down to see them off.

Monday, May 22, 2023

Salmon With Pineapple, Mango, Avocado Salsa, Coconut Rice, and Asparagus

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Cindy has a client and friend, Glennie, that she has been wanting to have over for dinner and we finally got it scheduled.  Cindy advised that Glennie likes salmon so when our neighbors ask what they could bring us back from Joe Patti’s Seafood Market during their recent trip to Florida, I requested Norwegian salmon.

Friday, May 19, 2023

First RV Trip of 2023 – Day 2 - Scopes Monkey Trial

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Day two of our RV rally began with a breakfast of  turkey salad for me and a trip to a Van Go professional knife sharpener to work on our (including neighbors) 33 knives, 10 scissors, and 5 garden pruners.  He charged $5 for most knives and scissors then one item was $15 - it sure is nice to have them all very sharp again and he told me how to keep them that way - give the knife a couple of licks on a steel every time you pick it up, not just each time you use it.

After a group lunch at the pavilion of leftovers from last nights supper, we headed over to the old courthouse for presentation in the Scopes Monkey Trial Museum then we went upstairs to the very warm courtroom.  This is the old courthouse outside and a statue of William Jennings Bryan.

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Mother’s Day At Almost Heaven South

 Happy Belated Mother’s Day To All Of You Moms

Bev decided she wanted a steak for her Mother’s Day supper and for her that means a filet.  We also invited our friends Pat and Kathy (and their fellows) to join us as their kids live out of town.  For our steaks we had two rib eyes provided by our neighbors for themselves, four filets, and half of a prime strip steak for me.

Saturday, May 13, 2023

First RV Trip of 2023 – Day 1 - Mac & Cheese

It never ceases to amaze me how often issues will crop up a day or two before we plan to leave on a vacation trip and it’s been happening for years.  Before Monday’s departure on this trip, the house water heater quit working on Saturday and then when I turned the water on to the dock for the season so Karen could clean it while we were gone, I discovered that the main pipe was broken.

So, Monday morning, the plumber took care of the water heater and I decided not to worry about the water line until we got home on Friday, so we were able to get all packed and hit the road for the hour and a half drive to Blue Water Resort and Marina in Dayton, TN, pulling in about 4pm.

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Turkey Salad with Dried Cranberries, Pecans, and Grapes

We were preparing for our first RV trip since last October and I always like to have something made up for a quick bite such as pimento cheese, or in this case turkey salad.  I use turkey breast because its so easy to just roast the breast, remove it from the bones and chop it up.  While bigger cubes of meat make for a nicer pic, I prefer mine smaller so I used the food processor for my chopping of the turkey and the celery.  The recipe for Turkey Salad with DriedCranberries, Pecans, and Grapes came from “Add A Pinch” and it called for four cups of chicken but, by weight, I had twice as much so I doubled everything to get the recipe below.

Sunday, May 7, 2023

Deep Fried Asparagus & A Restaurant Style Omelet

You may know this, but the tops of the asparagus spears are the lateral branches and ferns before they have opened up.

As they grow taller, the distance between the laterals increases, then they become branches and produce the ferns on the ends.

Thursday, May 4, 2023

Awesome Greek Chicken, Greek Marinated Chickpea Salad

Before I get to the food, I was surprised while watching a nature show when the host said “this bird can see in color.”  It never occurred to me that all animals didn’t see in color so I did a search on dogs and was surprised to find that they basically see just blue and yellow and this is what we see vs. them.

The rest of you dog lovers likely already knew this but I was glad to learn it.  My buddy Joe is color blind and this may be what he sees or something similar.

Monday, May 1, 2023

Brisket And Pork For Friday Cards & Belmont Peanuts

In my previous post, I discussed my cooking of a brisket flat and pork butt, and this time I’ll show what we did with them but before I do, once again I learned something new.

I love all kinds of nuts but I am a nut snob as I want them to be fresh and crispy which I have discovered isn’t easy to find.  Planters Cocktail Nuts were my standard many years ago but I can’t even count on them anymore.  If a nut has any hint of being stale or having a rancid smell, I’m not interested.  After seeing them advertised, I tried some from and they must have been last years so the birds got them, after a rinse.