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A Penny For Luck

Tuesday, May, 26 2015


My graduation gift to you is a penny, but why?
Look at the penny and you will understand.

The year is 2015 --- so you will always remember this special time.

‘HONEST ABE’ Lincoln is on the front -- always be honest with yourself and others.

The word LIBERTY as they say in the Navy, you are now “at liberty,” and that means free to do as you like. Don’t waste that freedom.

IN GOD WE TRUST- you must trust in someone or something, you can’t go through life alone. Trust in yourself, trust in God, trust the life you make.

A penny may only be worth one cent, and you can’t buy much with a penny any more. But every dollar is made up of 100 pennies, and every kid’s piggy bank starts off with one penny.

The penny, like each of you, is not made of pure silver or gold but surely if you put enough pennies together, they will amount to something.

I ask that you will go out into the world and amount to something. Set your own value on life, set your own standards and goals.

And, in case you need it…………… 

Here’s a PENNY for Luck!

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Chef Jeff's Orange Chicken

Tuesday, May, 5 2015

Chef Jeff’s Crispy Orange Chicken
Serves 6-8

Corn Starch - 1/3 cup (approximately)
Garlic salt - 1 T.
Black pepper, coarse ground - 1 T.
Chicken breasts, cut in small chunks -1½ pounds
Oil, canola or other - ¼ cup
Onions, medium shards - 1  cup
Bell pepper, red, strips - 1 cup
Pea pods, snow, fresh - 8 ounces
Orange juice - 2 cups
Corn Starch - 3 T.
Brown sugar - 2 T.
Teriyaki sauce - 1 T.
Cayenne pepper, ground - ½ tsp. (or less)
Water chestnuts, sliced, canned, drained - 8 ounces 
Mandarin oranges, canned, drained - 8 ounces
Chow Mein noodles - 1 cup

1. Combine the corn starch, garlic salt and black pepper.  Thoroughly dust the chicken pieces in this coating mixture.

2. In a large skillet, fry the chicken pieces in the oil until brown and crispy.

3. Remove the chicken from the pan and add the onions and red peppers.  Sauté over high heat. When about half done, add the snow pea pods.

4. Thoroughly combine the orange juice, corn starch, brown sugar, teriyaki sauce and cayenne pepper.  Pour this sauce mixture into the hot pan.  Stir frequently - when the sauce simmers, the corn starch will thicken.

5.  Fold in the previously browned crispy chicken, water chestnuts and mandarin oranges and heat thoroughly. 

6. Serve immediately over a bed of white or brown rice.  Garnish the Crispy Orange Chicken with the chow mien noodles.

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10 Things to Discuss with your Future Wife or Husband

Tuesday, Mar, 24 2015

Before you say those I Do's and promise to love each other forever, you should discuss the following:
1.  Where do you want to live?
2.  How will you merge your finances?
3.  How do you feel about religion and spirituality?
4.  Do you plan to have children?
5.  What role will extended family play in your relationship?
6.  How do you feel about work/life balance?
7.  How will you maintain your friendships?
8.  How do you feel about health and nutrition?
9.  What's your take on intimacy?
10.  What kind of wedding do you want?

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Peach Cobbler

Monday, Mar, 23 2015

2 sticks butter, melted in a 9x13 pan
2 cups self-rising flour
2 cups sugar
2 cups milk
2 cans sliced peaches, one large can, one regular sized can, reserve  juice

Whisk togehter flour, sugar and milk. Batter will be very thin.  Pour over melted butter in pan.  Arrange peach slices on top of batter.  Pour reserved juice over all.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour, 30 minutes.  Check after 1 hour.  Top should be brown.

posted by: Kathy Keene 4 month(s) ago Comment On This Post

Fried Green Cabbage

Tuesday, Feb, 10 2015

1 head cabbage
3 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
1/2 cup water
Seasoning sdalt

Chop cabbage, rinse and drain.  Fry bacon until crisp; remove to paper towels.  To the bacon drippings, add the chopped cabbage, water, seasoning salt and crumbled bacon. Cover and let steam on low heat, stirring occasionally until cabbage is tender.

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