Sunday, November 30, 2008
1 chicken, 3 to 4 pounds
1 1/2 pounds beef stew meat
3 cups chicken broth
2 cups beef broth
2 cups water
1 1/2 teaspoons coarsely ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 can (about 29 ounces) tomato puree
12 small potatoes
2 cups chopped onion
1 medium head cabbage, finely chopped
3 cans (14.5 oz each) diced tomatoes
3 cans (12 to 15 oz each) whole kernel corn, drained
1 pound carrots, sliced
1 cup fresh sliced okra
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen butterbeans or lima beans
2 green peppers, finely chopped
2 to 4 teaspoons salt, to taste
1 teaspoon pepper
1/4 to 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
Cook chicken and beef in chicken, beef broth, and water with coarsely ground pepper and cayenne pepper until chicken and meat are very tender, about 30 to 45 minutes. Remove bones, dice and shred chicken and meat and return to the liquid. Add tomato sauce, potatoes, onions, cabbage, tomatoes, carrots, corn, okra, lima beans, and green pepper. Season with a little of the salt and pepper and the Worcestershire sauce. Cook slowly for 2 to 3 hours, stirring from the bottom to keep from scorching.Taste and add salt, to taste. Add water, if necessary, to keep from sticking. Serves 10 to 12.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Pictured above is Galadriel from Lord of the Rings. In this scene says she, "All shall love me and despair!" In the photo below a fairy falls into Sarah's clutches.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
After our burgers we went to a local pet store and flirted with the idea of various pet rodents, including a rat. We settled for a replacement goldfish, and it is settled into its new environment. I've been thinking about buying a ten gallon aquarium to make a terrarium for Sarah, and they had them for about $12.00. The lighted tops are $20.00 to $30.00, which was more than I really wanted to spend on such a project.
The boys are out in the neighborhood skateboarding and such, and the womenfolk are down in the kitchen making sweet tater casserole for Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow. Sherry's also going to make her congealed cranberry salad today, and we have a ham and a duck to roast. My sourdough bread starter is also ready, and I would like to bake some for Joey and Jake while they are here. Our kitchen will be busy for the next couple of days.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Sometimes called the mother of all stews, daube is a classic French dish of
slowly braised beef, red wine, vegetables, and seasonings. Traditionally, daube
was cooked in a daubière, a heavy casserole or pot with a concave lid. In the
days of wood fires, the lid would be filled with water to help radiate heat
around the stew. Although modern ovens make such a pot unnecessary, it is still
the sentimental favorite and widely used in Provence. Thus, most any stew cooked
in this pot is called a daube.
One of the attorneys in our office who was in casual attire on Friday was kind enough to help me put the spare on, and I took the car to a nearby garage to see if they could plug the tire. They couldn't plug the one that was flat, and it had to be replaced. While inspecting the other tires, they discovered I had a nail in the rear tire on the passenger side. They were able to plug the back tire.
Since we were trying to get up the mountain on Friday for our Sunset Ridge trip, I found all of this very inconvenient, but I am very happy to have discovered the problems while I was still in Maryville instead of on Interstate 40 on the way to Nashville yesterday. I am reaching a point of frustration with my used car.
I've seen several people I know from the Nashville Juvenile Court, but haven't had a chance to speak to any of them. I was pretty worn out yesterday evening when the day's classes ended, so I didn't attend the social hour after the programs. When today's conference events conclude, I will drive out to Bellevue, pick up Joey and Jake, and then we'll head out to our cabin in Estill Springs to spend the night before we head back to Maryville for Thanksgiving.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Here is more interesting news from our nearest planetary neighbor. Mars has even more water than we thought. There is also a story on this in the New York Times.
The glaciers, buried under rocky debris, are said to be more than three
times the size of Los Angeles, up to half a mile thick and skirt the edges of
mountains and cliffs. Scientists believe they may be remnants of an ice
sheet that once covered the planet's mid-latitudes. Samples drilled out of
the ice could provide a record of Martian life, as have similar glaciers in
Antarctica. Large deposits of frozen water have already been found around
the Martian poles. Scientists now know that enormous reserves of water exist in
other regions of the planet.
Cargo transfers aboard the shuttle and station complex are more than 76
percent complete. More troubleshooting took place on a Urine Processor Assembly
inside the station's Water Recovery System after it shut down several times
during testing. Shuttle astronauts Steve Bowen and Shane Kimbrough prepare for
the fourth STS-126 spacewalk Monday at 1:45 p.m. EST.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
We went out this morning to Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. I had never been before, and it was well worth the $20.00 entrance fee. The place has plexiglass corridors through the tanks, so you walk through with sharks, sawfish and other ocean critters swimming all around you. I got a bit frustrated for the first thirty minutes or so because Sarah was practically running through the place, and I couldn't spend any time observing the sea life. Sherry sensed my frustration and watched Sarah while I went back through and enjoyed the aquarium at my own pace, which was nice.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Here is what Lincoln said:
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent,
a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all
men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing
whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long
We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a
portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their
lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we
should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we
can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled
here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world
will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget
what they did here.
It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished
work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather
for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from
these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave
the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead
shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new
birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the
people, shall not perish from the earth.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
CORRECTION: La says that she did not give Sarah "The Lorax." It sounded so like a Laura gift I guess I assumed it was.
Yesterday was also her school's Thanksgiving Dinner, which I attended. I was impressed with the food, though I can say I've never had a bad meal there. (Their pizza is especially good, but I digest.) Sherry brought the class cupcakes after their naps, and then brought Sarah home early from school.
Since we're going out to the cabin Saturday morning, I need to assemble all of the things we need to take back out there. Maybe I can start on that this evening.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
STS-126 and Expedition 18 crew members used a robotic arm Monday to attach
the Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module onto the International Space
Station. The crews also prepared for Tuesday’s spacewalk by mission specialists
Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper and Steve Bowen.
Monday, November 17, 2008
The suit I ordered last Tuesday arrived, and so I dropped by the clothing store to be fitted so that the suit can be altered to fit my not-fit-for-off-the-rack physique. I ordered a second suit, and both should be in by Friday. I look forward to having new business clothes for the first time in a long while.
Near the end of the first semester I found out the teacher was offering Ceramics II the next semester. I wanted to sign up for it, but if I were to make a B in the class it would bring down my precious grade point average, which I was working very hard to get as high as I could. I explained the dilemma to the teacher, and he obligingly gave me A's for both semesters, though I never was a very good potter.
I haven't really followed the Tennessee Titans very much since moving back to East Tennessee. The Titans are cranking though, and have a 10-0 record after coming back after halftime to defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-14 this weekend.