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  1. Jonas Blue ~ Fast Car
  2. YUM! (I'll be right over!) Skillet Braised Brussel Sprouts
  3. Merlin


    We do turkey on Thanksgiving, ham on Christmas and fresh pork on New Year's. Some kind of tradition thing or something. I think there is a superstition woven in to the tradition. We always try to keep faith with those feasts.
  4. Merlin


    I hope I never see another turkey in my life! I ate too much today. It was delicious but now I'm the one who's stuffed.
  5. Tony Curtis Born Bernard Schwartz June 3, 1925 New York City, U.S. Died September 29, 2010 (aged 85) Henderson, Nevada, U.S. Resting place: Palm Memorial Park (Green Valley), Las Vegas, Nevada
  6. YUM! (Oh my God that looks and sounds so delicious) Southern Lane Cake This was a holiday cake my mother made most Christmases. It is very good. Wish I had a piece right now! Here's the recipe: Ingredients 6 large egg whites 3/4 cup butter, softened 1-1/2 cups sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup 2% milk filling: 6 large egg yolks 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup butter, cubed 1/4 cup bourbon 1 tablespoon grated orange zest 1/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup raisins 3/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut 3/4 cup chopped pecans 3/4 cup coarsely chopped red candied cherries 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped and sweetened Directions Line bottoms of 3 greased 9-in. round baking pans with parchment. Grease parchment; set aside. Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes. In another large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; fold into batter. Transfer to prepared pans. Bake at 325° until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 20-25 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks; remove paper. Cool completely. For filling, combine egg yolks and sugar in a large saucepan. Add butter; cook and stir over medium-low heat until sugar is dissolved and mixture thickens (do not boil). Remove from the heat. Stir in bourbon, orange zest and salt. Fold in the raisins, coconut, pecans and cherries. Cool. Place 1 cake layer on a serving plate; spread with a third of the filling. Repeat layers twice. Frost sides of cake with whipped cream. Refrigerate until serving.
  7. Aristotle (384 BC ~ 322 BC) (Lest we forget the greats of Western Civilization)
  8. I feel guilty thinking it's cold in my house. We try not to use the electricity or gas to heat the house above 68°f because of the costs but at least we have the option for now. We've lived through Ice Storms and Blizzards that knocked out power for a few days or week at the most. We had a fireplace. kerosene stove and lamps and a supply of firewood and kerosene (and candles) so we could still have light in the dark, hot coffee, dried beans and rice and pancakes or fried corn bread so we didn't really suffer as these poor people will be suffering this winter. Many will die from the cold or from trying to keep warm with fire. The threat of war could seem trite in comparison the hardships nature can deal out and life without basic necessities. The brave face this woman wears with the reality she and the others are facing is an example to us all.
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