Things I Think I Think – 8/25

In the interest of not ripping Peter King off more than necessary, I offer you a Non-Numerically-Restricted Things I Think I Think.

So, without further ado.

  1. The resignation of Steve Jobs is nothing to fear. Here’s why.
  2. When the Navy sends the ships out to sea, you might want to pay attention to the hurricane.
  3. This picture really does say it all.
  4. And this picture made me smile.
  5. Glen Asbury makes some very good pro-Perry points over here.
  6. I’m pretty sure Dick Cheney’s memoir is the must-read of the year.
  7. Only a Yankee would honeymoon in Afghanistan. (kudos as it’s a USO tour)

And that’s all I think I think. For today anyway. If ya live on the East Coast, hunker down y’all!

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10 Things I Think I Think – 8/24

With apologies to Peter King…

  1. Pneumonia really sucks. The only thing worse, in my experience, is shigella.
  2. Hurricanes give me the willies. The will it or won’t it is enough to make me want to move.
  3. The construction industry is dead. Really dead.
  4. They do NOT make vacuums like they used to. My parents’ is going on 30+ years. Me? I replace them every 5.
  5. Sarah Palin’s need to dominate the news cycle is terrible for the Republican Party.
  6. If I were Gaddafi (Qaddafi, etc), I would not have stopped at Colonel. Heck, as a dictator, the sky is the limit. Generalissimo has a nice ring, don’t ya think?
  7. The French want to pay higher taxes? Let them. And remember, Warren Buffett can help the U.S too. Oh, and he’s a hypocrite.
  8. The wildfire in the Great Dismal Swamp? You can see it from space now. So, um, take that.
  9. The irony, it is strong in this one.
  10. Aid for Libya? I’m sad to see the U.S. is at the table.

Bonus: I am loving this song right now. 

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Succulent Saturday: Sausage Edition

While I’m not known for my entertaining , chances are you will be treated to one of two appetizers should you arrive at my humble abode for a soiree. The first was featured last week.

The second does not involve any frying, but is certainly no better for you. (I’m sensing a theme). It’s as sinfully delicious as it is easy and guaranteed to wreak havoc on your arteries. As in everything, moderation.

Hot Sausage Dip

  • One package Jimmy Dean Sausage, any flavor. (I use hot)
  • One can Rotel, drained
  • Two packages of cream cheese, softened

Brown sausage, drain and cool slightly
Mix the rest of the ingredients together and bake until hot and bubbly.
Serve with Fritos Scoops. (I prefer tortilla chips)

Enjoy!

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Succulent Saturday: Fried Edition

Fried food. It’s as American as it comes, right?

Anyway, I’m a big fan and I like nothing better than a good fried pickle. Except maybe a fried jalapeno. So when my in-laws were kind enough to gift me a deep fryer they had no intention of using, I searched ye ol’ interwebz and found this recipe for fried pickles.

All was well until mom came over and said “hey, I think fried jalapenos would be pretty good.” So I immediately adapted the recipe and never looked back. (Neither did my cholesterol.)

A word of caution: this recipe is best served when friends are over or else you will find yourself feeling a bit ill after consuming the entire recipe. I tend to make a handful at a time during NFL season so as not to overdose.

Fried Jalapenos

  • 2 cups sliced jalapenos
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt plus more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper plus more to taste
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups finely crushed saltines (or panko)
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • Oil for frying
  • Blue cheese dressing for dipping

In a large plastic food-storage bag, mix together the flour, salt and black pepper. Place the jalapenos in the bag and shake until well coated.

Mix together the eggs with the buttermilk and Worecestershire sauce. Place the crushed saltines in a shallow dish and mix in the cayenne. In batches, dip the flour-coated jalapenos into the egg mixture and then lightly dredge in the saltines. Place cracker-coated jalapenos on a large plate or sheet. Repeat until all the jalapenos are coated.

Fire up the deep fryer to 350 degrees. Cook the jalapenos until golden brown, turning once. Depending on the size of your fryer you may have to do several batches. Drain on paper towels.

(alternatively you can heat 1/2 inch of oil on medium heat in a large large skillet)

Enjoy!

P.S. Not liable for any artery clogging that may occur.

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What America Really Needs…

Why do I have the sinking feeling that this is what is happening in Washington right now…?

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Apparently Abstinence Works

A post? That’s not about food? On a Sunday? Horrors.

Anyway.

I was digging through my computer doing a little housekeeping and came upon this gem that I’d like to excerpt in its entirety. I apologize if you’ve seen this, nor can I vouch for its authenticity, but I hope that some of you have not and will take the message to heart.

I do *not* want to turn this into a religious debate, nor do I want to discuss the relative merits, or lack thereof, of various social programs and what teach our children. Regardless of which side of the fence you come down on regarding religion/sex/etc, I think this is a fascinating read and one that too many folks fail to grasp. (I’ll save my post on why every teenager should watch Requiem for a Dream for another day).

So please, ponder the following. I’m not here to ask questions or to judge. But I think you’ll find that a valid point is made and one that more people need to hear.

What About Abstinence?

by Robert Layton

(condensed from Ensign)

I was holding a notice from my 13-year-old son’s school announcing a meeting to preview the new course in sexuality. Parents could examine  the curriculum

and take part in an actual lesson presented exactly as it  would be given to

the students.

When I arrived at the school, I was surprised to discover only about a dozen parents there.  As we waited for the  presentation, I thumbed through page after page of instructions in the prevention of pregnancy or disease. I found abstinence mentioned only in passing. When the teacher arrived with the school nurse, she asked if there were any questions. I asked why abstinence did not play a noticeable part in the material.

What happened next was shocking.

There was a great deal of laughter, and  someone suggested that if I thought abstinence had any merit, I should go back to burying my head in the sand. The teacher and the nurse said  nothing as I drowned in a sea of embarrassment.  My mind had gone blank, and I could think of nothing to say. The teacher explained to me that the job of the school was to teach “facts,” and the home was responsible for moral training.

I sat in silence for the next 20 minutes as the course was explained. The other parents seemed to give their unqualified support to the materials.

“Donuts, at the back,” announced the teacher during the break. “I’d like you to put on the name tags we have prepared-they’re right by the donuts-and mingle with the other parents. “Everyone moved to the back of the room.

As I watched them affixing their name tags and shaking hands, I sat deep in thought. I was ashamed that I had not been able to convince them to include a serious discussion of abstinence in the materials. I uttered a  silent prayer for guidance.

My thoughts were interrupted by the teacher’s hand on my shoulder. “Won’t you join the others, Mr. Layton?” The nurse smiled sweetly at me. “The donuts are good.” “Thank you, no,” I replied. “Well, then, how about a name tag? I’m sure the others would like to meet you.” “Somehow I doubt that,” I replied. “Won’t you please join them?” she coaxed.

Then I heard a still, small voice whisper, “Don’t go.” The instruction was unmistakable.  “Don’t go!” “I’ll just wait here,” I said.

When the class was called back to order, the teacher looked around the long table and thanked everyone for putting on name tags.  She ignored me. Then she said, “Now we’re going to give you the same lesson we’ll be giving your children.  Everyone please peel off your name tags.”  I watched  in silence as the tags came off. “Now, then, on the back of one of the tags, I drew a tiny flower.  Who has it, please?” The gentleman across from me held it up. “Here it is!” “All right,” she said. “The flower represents disease.  Do you recall with whom you shook  hands?” He pointed to a couple of people. “Very good,” she replied. “The handshake in this case represents intimacy.  So the two people you had contact with now have the disease.” There was laughter and joking among the parents.

The teacher continued, “And whom did the two of You shake hands with?”  The point was well taken, and she explained how this lesson would show students how quickly disease is spread. “Since we all shook hands, we all have the disease.”

It was then that I heard the still, small voice again. “Speak now, it said, “but be humble.”

I noted wryly the latter admonition, then rose from my chair. I apologized for any upset I might have caused earlier, congratulated the teacher on an excellent lesson that would impress the youth, and concluded by saying I had only one small point I wished to make.

“Not all of us were infected,” I said.

“One of us … abstained.”

Think about it, will you?

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Succulent Saturday: Iced Tea Edition

Since the heat has not yet broken and because I care, I thought I’d go ahead and feature a couple of ice cold drinks to assist in your valiant, and possibly futile, attempts at keeping cool on these long hot days.

Neither of these qualifies as “Zarf Family Classics” but both are equally good when one is searching for cool refreshment. Pretty sure they’d be improved by the addition of vodka too. So there’s always that.

Cranberry Tea

  • 3 cups water
  • 4 green tea bags
  • 1 mint tea bag
  • 2 cups cranberry juice, chilled

In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil. Remove from heat and add tea bags. Cover and let stand for 10 minutes. Remove and discard tea bags. Cover and chill for 2 hours. Transfer to pitcher and stir in cranberry juice. Serve over ice and garnish wish mint leaves or cranberries as desired.

Apple Tea

  • 4 cups water
  • 4 Raspberry Zinger tea bags
  • 4 Lemon Zinger tea bags
  • 4 cups apple juice

In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil. Remove from heat and add tea bags. Let stand for 10 minutes. Remove and discard tea bags. Chill. Transfer to pitcher and stir in apple juice. Serve over ice.

Enjoy!

P.S. Stay cool today.

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