Thursday, March 23, 2017

Throwback Thursday

For throwback Thursday, here is a picture of Sherry, Sarah and I from ten years ago or so.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring Equinox

Today is the spring equinox, meaning winter has officially ended. If you happen to be near Stonehenge, you can join the druids and pagans are celebrating the event there. I'll be celebrating it at my desk in the justice center, content that winter 2017 is in the history books.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Fancy Appetizer

You never know when you might need a good appetizer, so I collect recipes for them to have on hand should the need arise. I found a bacon, ranch and cheese dip recipe at the Nobel Pig, and it looks yummy. I'm not sure if I could pull off the ring of bread, at least not one that looks so nice, but it looks fun to try.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Saint Patrick's Day

Today is Saint Patrick's Day, the patron saint of the Irish. In the United States it has become a celebration of things Irish, and one is expected to wear green or be subject to being pinched for not being in the spirit of things.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Throwback Thursday -- Monkeys Edition

Five years ago Grams took Sherry and the kids on a cruise, so for today's throwback Thursday picture, here is Joey with two diapered monkeys on some island in the Caribbean.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Ides of March

Here's a little Ides of March humor to start this March 15 off. Although it was a bad day for Julius Caesar, I've always viewed it as the unofficial beginning of spring here in East Tennessee. It has been an unusually mild winter, and although there is always a possibility of cold weather into April, by mid-March you have a lot more warm days than you do cold days.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Battle of Fort Charlotte

On March 14, 1780, British Captain Elias Durnford surrendered Fort Charlotte in what is now Mobile, Alabama, to Spanish forces commanded by General Bernardo de Gรกlvez. It was the last British post threatening the port of New Orleans, and the battle limited British military influence in the area to Pensacola.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Saturday, March 11, 2017

What One Hundred and Ten Boxes of Files Looks Like

In my role as a lawyer, I am usually more useful for by brain than my brawn; however, I've been exercising what little brawn I have left at my age to load boxes this week for shipment to the county archive department to make room in our office for several thousand files we recently moved over from the courthouse and for new files, which we generate daily. The stacks of boxes in this picture, except those last two stacks of four on the right side, represent last week's work, along with moving some files around in the file room I've been pulling files out of and keeping all my other plates in the air in the office. I'm glad to have a weekend to take it easy.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Alexander Graham Bell

On March 10, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell famously spoke the first words ever transmitted via telephone. He said, "Mr. Watson -- Come here -- I want to see you." I wonder what he would think of today's version of his creation.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Throwback Thursday

For throwback Thursday here is a picture of Jake, Sherry and Sarah from around ten years ago.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Brunswick Stew Recipe


1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes or 3 cups home-canned, chopped with their juices
2 cups strong chicken broth (if using store-bought, enrich by simmering with the chicken bones and skin for at least 30 minutes and then strain)
3/4 cup ketchup
3/4 cup sweet, tomato-based barbecue sauce
1/4 cup peppery, vinegar barbecue sauce or white distilled vinegar
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon hot sauce
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
3 cups green butterbeans
3 cups yellow corn kernels
1 pound pulled smoked or roasted chicken meat
1 1/4 pounds pork barbecue

Serve with: flimsy white bread

1.                              Bring the tomatoes, broth, ketchup, barbecue sauces, Worcestershire, salt, pepper and hot sauce to a simmer in a large pot. Simmer 10 minutes, stirring often.
2.                              Stir in the onion and butterbeans. Simmer until they are almost tender, about 20 minutes.
3.                              Stir in the corn, chicken and pork. Simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes more.
4.                              Adjust the seasoning. It should be balanced, but unequivocal. Serve warm with the bread.

EDITOR'S NOTE: I'm not sure what "balanced, but unequivocal" means, and I can envision many better bread options than plain white bread as a complement to this stew. I will likely experiment with this some. I can see celery and bell peppers working well with this, and I think I will try frying up the the onions in the skillet next time instead of boiling them with the rest of the mixture.

I made this over the weekend, and was very pleased with the results. I didn't really know whether Sherry would go for this recipe or not, but she liked it. I packaged most of it up for our work lunches, but left some in the refrigerator for next week.