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Friday, March 3, 2017

Friendly Fill-Ins 3 March 2017

This is a fun meme co-hosted by McGuffy's Reader and 15 and Meowing. Be sure to visit and join in the fun!

1. My favorite herb or spice is Garlic.

Maybe it isn’t considered an herb or spice.  I am different anyway.  I like garlic.  I like just about all of the herbs and spices.  Some I only like in small doses.  As far as really spicy things like cayenne pepper, I need those in small doses.

2. An herb or spice I dislike is _None.

Granny, Granny, Granny.  The only real spice that stands out in my mind is because of Granny.  Granny is Suzanne’s paternal grandmother.  One year she came to our house to make Thanksgiving dinner.  I have no idea why we did not have it at her house that year, but we didn’t. 

I came home temporarily from work (my family kept the store open on Thanksgiving because people would come to our house to get us to open up if we didn’t).  Granny came up to me as I entered the kitchen and said, “Go get me some fat meat.” 

I looked at her and then she said, “Don’t you tell me you don’t know what fat meat is, boy.”  I said, “Okay” and left.  I had no idea what she meant by fat meat.  I went to the butcher at the local grocery store and told him that my wife’s granny sent me for fat meat.  He asked who Granny was and then he sold me some fatback and, just to be on the safe side, I bought some fatty ham AND some bacon.

Later, when we were eating, I noticed the dressing did not taste quite like Granny’s dressing usually did.  I did not say anything.  Then, Granny said, “Old Granny stubbed her toe when she was putting the sage in the dressing.”  Sage stands out in my mind as a comfort herb/spice now.  Granny, to know her was to love her.

3. Lately, I have been working on helping a friend with his business.

A very good friend of ours had to go back to his home country for about a month.  Suzanne and I helped his adult children run his business.  They did a great job, too.  He should be very proud of them.  Some of his customers are old friends of ours and it was nice renewing old friendships.

Now that we are back in the saddle, we have tons of reviews to get out.  I recorded some yesterday.  I am reading a book about brain injury.  Trying to get some videos edited and uploaded.   

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, our friend must upgrade some of his technology.  His son will be doing most of it, but he wants us to do some programming and data entry to get it all finished.

4. This Winter was Non-existant.

The groundhog said we would have six more weeks of winter. If this is winter, bring it on.  We have had temps as high as 105 in February.  Some friends of mine and I are thinking about deep frying the ground hog. 

I have just uploaded a video with a shout out to one of our friends.  I hope you will view it and then visit his website at wolfpakradio.com.

Have a great week. 

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  1. Thank you for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. I agree that garlic is good in everything.That was kind of you to help your friend out. I will come back later today and check out the video, I like to make the rounds to everyone who participated. Have a nice weekend!

    1. Thank you. The video is called Gone Fishin'. Garlic is also very good for us, too. Have a great weekend.

  2. Garlic is definitely at the top of the list - whenever a recipe requires a certain number cloves of garlic, I usually double it to the hubby's delight. ;)

    That story about Granny cracked me up!!! Did she ever specify what she meant about 'fat meat' after you got back with all your choices? :)

    Nice job helping out that friend! Very cool his kids were up to the task, too!

    Since I do love winter months, I'm not sure I'd be happy about a 'non-existent' one...especially when that means an extra hot summer (at least that's how it was in PA). :)

    Have a great weekend!

    1. Granny meant that any of the meats I got would have been alright. Our summers are always hot. When our son went to Japan in tropical weather, most of the guys were hiding from the heat with black flag warnings all over. Davey was like, "It is only 105 guys, let's go run." Have a great weekend.

  3. I loved how you made each answer to each question a mini-story of it's own!
    Barbara from Life & Faith in Caneyhead

    1. The Irish, making a short story long for centuries. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Have a great weekend.

  4. Great video. Keeping our family in mind is always a good thing.

    1. Thank you. That story kept me going and pushed me to collect more when I was collecting on commission. Have a great weekend.

  5. Garlic is in the onion family, but is considered a spice and specifically, an herb. We love it! I use sage in my cornbread stuffing, too...just like my Granny did. She used terms like "side meat", "salt pork", "cackleberries", "bee-sweets", "Mountain oysters", etc. I love it.
    Have a great weekend!

    1. I never heard of cackle-berries or bee-sweets. Have a great weekend.

  6. My Mom made sausage dressing with lots of sage for Thanksgiving.. it is a wonderful memory for me! I enjoyed your Fill-ins... always a great way to meet and get to know people! I will be following by email!

    1. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. Sausage dressing seems like something we could make out of that groundhog that said six more weeks of winter. Have a great weekend.

  7. I also love garlic. Granny sounds delightful! I bet her Thanksgiving meal was delicious.

    1. Granny was a rare person. She told it like it was. She was one of the first people I met in our small town. I met her years before I met Suzanne. Have a great weekend.

  8. Gosh I love garlic flavoring on most everything!! Especially on pizza and pasta :)

    1. Garlic goes good on everything. It even goes good on deep-fried groundhog. Have a great week.

  9. Hi there, I read your blog on a regular basis.
    Your humoristic style is witty, keep doing what you're doing!


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