Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
I liked how the actors captured the personalities of the characters as portrayed in the original series, and they did a good job of working in all the obligatory Star Trek cliches. Spock used the nerve pinch. Bones said, "Dammit, I'm a doctor not an astrophysicist." The Enterprise was getting sucked into a black hole, and Scotty said, "I'm giving it all she's got!" It is a fun flick.
Monday, December 28, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
The rangers had the road blocked in both directions after the Wye so that you couldn't drive to the Cove or to Gatlinburg. We parked at the Wye, where the grassy area was covered with snow, and the kids played in the snow until their hands started turning blue from throwing snowballs. We quickly retreated to the house, and have been enjoying the warmth and the fireplace since we returned.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
1 pound spicy sausage – cook and drain well
6 green onions
½ cup mushrooms
¼ cup green olives
2 tbsp. butter – melt butter and sauté finely chopped onion, mushrooms and olives
4 tbsp. flour – sprinkle into sauté mixture and mix, then add sausage
2 cups heavy cream – add to mixture and simmer ten minutes until thickened
Spoon into Fillo pastry cups (45 cups -- in the frozen section of the grocery store)
Sprinkle with fresh grated Parmesan cheese
Bake at 350 degrees for ten minutes
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Things are pretty quiet around here, so that's a good thing. As far as care packages for the soldiers, we've been pretty swamped with candy and food. About the only thing we are short on is soccer balls to hand out at the schools.You guys have a Great Christmas and a Happy New Year.
The guy is in a foreign desert risking life and limb, and when you try to send him some of the comforts of home he asks you to send soccer balls to hand out to Iraqi schoolchildren. Wow.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Afterward Sherry and Sarah and I had a late lunch at Stir Fry Cafe, an old Knoxville favorite since my college days. I had a basil curry that was a lot different than any curry I have ever tried. The dish had fresh basil leaves that had been only slightly cooked so that the leaves were wilted, which makes it taste like fennel, which to me means it tastes like licorice. Licorice is not one of my favorite flavors, but the taste of it was mild so that it was okay in this particular curry. Sherry had a hot noodle dish that I sampled and liked. It got pretty spicy for Sherry by the time she finished her meal because of the cumulative effect of the spices, but she enjoyed it, especially after being in an ice rink for an hour and a half.
Friday, December 11, 2009
We plan to see Laura's performance tomorrow. We're hoping Sarah can spend the night with Mom tomorrow so that we can attend Sherry's office Christmas party Saturday night. To complete a busy weekend, we'll also put our tree up, probably on Sunday.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
My sister Laura and I are going to try and have lunch together today at an old UT favorite, the Old College Inn on the Cumberland Avenue strip, which hasn't changed much since my college days. I took Joey and Jake and their friend Graham and Sarah there last summer, and I enjoyed sharing a bit of my UT experience with them. My dad certainly took me there plenty of times when I was younger.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
The next day President Franklin D. Roosevelt appeared before a joint session of Congress to declare that December 7, 1941, was "a day which will live in infamy" and asked Congress to declare war on the Empire of Japan. Congress promptly complied, and Roosevelt signed the Declaration of War that day.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
The weather forecasters got one right. When I woke up this morning I found our yard and deck covered with snow, though the road in front of the house is still free of it. Traffic is moving on East Broadway Avenue at the foot of Everett Hill, but snow is still falling. According to our thermometer it is 35 degrees outside, so I doubt the snow will be a big deal, but it sure is pretty!
UPDATE: According to the Weather Channel there's no snow in Nashville, but then there wasn't supposed to be. I wish Sherry and the kids weren't missing it.
Friday, December 4, 2009
Sherry wants to have the children photographed with Santa Claus, who used to preside at Bellevue Center Mall during the holidays. I did a quick search for the mall, and Wikipedia discusses the mall in the past tense. Apparently Sears is the only retail business left there; however, there is a developer interested in the property. There is also talk of locating a new, much-needed, branch library at the mall. I suspect Sherry and the kiddoes will track down Saint Nick at Cool Springs Mall, or perhaps the Mall at Green Hills.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
We spent Saturday at our family cabin in Estill Springs, and La and I stayed out there last night while Mom and Sherry took Sarah and Grace back over to the park cabin. It got pretty chilly last night, but we had a roaring blaze in the fireplace and three space heaters that kept the place warm. On a distressing note, there is a hole in the roof of the cabin you can see daylight through, and that is a problem that will need an immediate solution, perhaps a very costly solution.
Friday, November 27, 2009
The History Channel has information on the first Thanksgiving celebrations celebrated by the pilgrims in the New World. It quotes Edward Winslow describing the proceedings
"Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors. They four in one day killed as much fowl as, with a little help beside, served the company almost a week. At which time, among other recreations, we exercised our arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and among the rest their greatest king Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five deer, which they brought to the plantation and bestowed upon our governor, and upon the captain, and others. And although it be not always so plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want that we often wish you partakers of our plenty."
Thursday, November 26, 2009
I was recently browsing the Coconut and Lime blog, and discovered this interesting kraut and pork dish to be served for Thanksgiving. According to C&L, sauerkraut for Thanksgiving is a tradition in the city of Baltimore, Maryland, because of the German-American heritage of the city.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
We're fortunate to be able to share our Thanksgiving holiday with some kinfolk we don't get to see as often as we'd like. My father's first cousins, Fran and Jimmy, live in Murfreesboro. Fran and her kids, Kinsey and Kelly, and Kelly's husband, Howard, are joining us for Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow at Tims Ford. We're hoping that on Friday Jimmy and his wife Debbie will be able to come out to visit our family cabin, which Dad and Jim and Fran played at when they were kids. There are generations of love in that place.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
After the gym party, we drove back over to our house, where we were joined by Mom, Leslie and Fuzzy and Jane (oh my!), and Stewart. For an appetizer we served the aforementioned crescent cheese puffs, and for supper we had Whitt's Barbecue, a Nashville favorite that recently opened in Alcoa. Their basic pulled pork sandwich is served with mayo, slaw and pickles, so I made my sandwich that way at home. Usually I have barbecue smothered in spicy red barbecue sauce and with slaw, Buddy's being my favorite, but I have to say that the mayo and slaw sandwich was a nice change.
2 cans crescent rolls
1 block Monterrey Jack or mozzarella cheese
(We used the Jack.)
Italian salad dressing
You cut the cheese into small cubes and wrap them up in the crescent roll dough. Dip them in the Italian dressing, then the bread crumbs and then the Parm. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes, and you have Crescent Cheese Puffs.