Apr 3, 2015 - Thoughts    No Comments

Spring is HERE!

Well as the weather outside is getting warmer and you can hear the bird chirping. The only draw back in April is all of the rain. It seems like everyday bring more rain and more wind. I guess the only way for the flowers to grow and the trees to begin to bud is to give them plenty of water? I was just telling my daughter the other day that we will be soon complaining because it is to hot outside. I bet you never thought you would say that in the middle of those -12 degree days we were having? It will be nice again to get out and get into the swimming pools and get the bikes back out onto the trails. It will also be nice again to just sit out on the porch swing and feel the warm air. I hope everyone is having a enjoyable spring. And have a Happy Easter!

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Nov 23, 2014 - Thoughts    No Comments

Another Year Another Season

As the months pass us by we see changes in the seasons. Now with the cold weather settling in all around us we tend to retreat into our homes and begin to crank the heat up. When we have to run to the store, we rush out and start our vehicles to warm them up before we head to our destination. Maybe when the cold weather began to settle in you brought some more fire wood into the house for the fireplace?

 

Why am I bringing up all of our joys of the winter season? It’s very simple.

 

There are many people who I have seen living on the streets and sleeping in a box or maybe just under a blanket. Many people walk right by them and say things like, get a job, I work why don’t you? The truth is that many of these people would love to have a job. What I am asking with this post. No matter where you live you will find someone who is down on their luck. Take the money that you would use for one Christmas gift and give the money to a homeless shelter. Or you could simply walk up to a homeless person and reach out your hand and give them the money. When you do say, “Merry Christmas”.

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Oct 17, 2014 - Cooking    No Comments

Homemade Pasta Sauce

I wanted to share with you the reader how I make my homemade pasta sauce. A lot of people have been asking me for this recipe so I thought I would share it with pictures.

 

Ground Beef

First brown your ground beef. I like to use 90/10. If you want to make a leaner sauce you could use ground turkey.

Spices

Set out your spices. Italian Seasoning, Garlic Powder, Season All.

Peppers

Dice up fresh peppers and onions.

Garlic

Use minced garlic. Unless you want to dice it up on your own, but this is easier.

Onions

Cover the beef with the diced peppers and onions and 2 table spoons of the minced garlic.

Mix

Mix all of theĀ peppers, onions and garlic into the meat. Let it cook until all of them are tender.

Sauce

Tomato sauce. Use 2 can for a pound of meat. Here I am using 3 cans here for 1 1/2 pounds.

Pour

Pour all of your sauce into and over the meat. Make sure all of the meat is browned.

Fold

Fold in the peppers, onions and garlic into the sauce. Turn your heat down to low.

Cover

Cover the top of the sauce once again with the Italian Seasoning. Mix it into the sauce.

Completed

This is the correct way your sauce should look. Let it cook down until it is hot through the sauce.

This sauce is easy to make and takes no time at all. It is 100% better then any jar sauce you will find in any store. When we make it we like to put some into freezer bags and freeze it for another evening of dinner.

One last note: When you are cooking your pasta add a little olive oil. This will prevent the pasta from sticking together.

If you try this and enjoy it please comment back. I really enjoy cooking and hope to bring more easy to make meals to all who read this blog.

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Sep 21, 2014 - Thoughts    No Comments

Pool Closed

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Closed the pool today. Sad to see summer ending but fall is a great time of the year. Soon the kids will be yelling trick or treat and will be coming for their candy. Then we will be hanging Christmas lights and shopping. We will be digging out of the snow and waiting once again for that special summer feeling!

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Sep 21, 2014 - Thoughts    No Comments

A Day In The City

I know I have not posted in sometime. I have been busy working on some new ideas for my photography shows. With the fall season approaching it is almost time to begin a new season of shows.

I spent the day yesterday with my wife in the city. Where else can you get great seafood then Wholey’s in the strip. We were also able to pick up some baby back ribs for a future dinner. I took my camera and was able to grab some shots as we walked the strip. I will be using these in future photography shows to attempt to help others with their photography skills and editing.

Thanks for tuning into the blog and I hope to bring more posts and try to stay more consistent with bringing you more updates.

 

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Aug 16, 2014 - Books, Thoughts    No Comments

First Novel Completed

Finishing my first novel has been a real treat for me. Coming in at just under 110,000 words I feel like I have been writing it for a year. In reality it has only been six months. I am now in the polishing phase. This is where I get to read my book for the first time and make cuts and additions to the story.

At the same time I am currently working on my second novel. I am creating a murder mystery. When you write fiction your mind seems to never sleep. Some nights I wake up at two or three just to get a few lines done in the book.

Taking writing classes through a local college has been a treat. The instructors have been very helpful and lead you to the path of good story telling.

In my final thought. A lot of you who bought my first short story have asked me to write the second part. I started it, then backed off. I have so many ways to take that story and when I decide on the way I want to move then I am sure I will complete the second book on that series. Another Remembered Day. Thanks to all of you who bought it. And to those of you who did not I must ask why not?

Even if you have never written a book at least pick one up once in awhile and read a book. Books will open your mind and sometimes land you in a place that you never thought you would be!

 

 

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Jul 25, 2014 - Books    No Comments

Update on my Novel

Rounded the final turn. Now at 94,000 words and I can see the end of my story. Writing will allow you to clear you mind and get thought onto a blank canvas known as digital paper. Next step is the polishing of the book and then the feared friend readers. Of course my wife will be my first test of the novel. Can’t wait to share this one with the world. Sometimes writing horror can even scare the author a little. I hope it translates to the readers.

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May 30, 2014 - Writing    No Comments

New Novel

I have had many of you emailing me and Face Booking wanting to know when my next novel will be released. Writing is a slow moving process, much like pouring syrup out of a bottle.

At this point I am 60,000 words into my story. I would give you some of the story line but a artist never shows their work until it’s time.

Once this book is completed it will go to my proof readers. The next stop is to an agent who’s job it is to get this book published and into the book stores. And no I am not giving away the title either.

But thanks to all of you who have been writing. I am still writing and I am not a one book wonder. Keep watching for future progress on this upcoming novel.

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May 28, 2014 - Thoughts    No Comments

Hmmmm?

You can’t fight stupid? My quote of the day. I need to fit this in to my next novel?

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May 26, 2014 - Thoughts    No Comments

Autodidactic

I am researching for a new novel I am working on. I wanted to find out how many famous people in life who have built and shaped this nation and who have never went to college.

Autodidactic: This is a word that college’s will not teach you. Because they don’t want you to know that you can learn on your own? This is a great path for those men and women that are dedicated to a topic or skill and want to know everything possible about it. These people have a drive to learn it on their own. In their own time and with no expense to them or their families.

Two of the most famous people in recent times that did not complete college is: William Gates (Microsoft Owner and Founder) and Steve Jobs (Co-Founder and CEO past of Apple.)

In doing my research I found many, yes many more who have taught themselves what ever expertise they desired. This is a great way to learn, because instead of opening their wallets, they just open a book.

Here is more information that I used for my research on autodidactic. CLICK HERE.

 

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