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Sunday, June 24, 2018

A Life of Music --- June Carter Cash

Valerie June Carter, better known as June Carter Cash was born June 23, 1929. June was an American singer, songwriter, actress, dancer ,comedian and author. She was born into the Carter family and became the second wife of Johnny Cash. June Carter Cash was all ready known in the entertainment world prior to marrying Cash. With her many talents such as playing guitar, banjo, harmonica and more as well as acting in several films and T.V. shows. A total of five grammy awards were won by June Carter Cash. She was also inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame in 2009. In 2003 she was listed as one of the Greatest Women in Country Music.

June Carter Cash was the daughter of Maybelle and Ezra Carter. The family lived in Maces Spring Virginia where her family performed country music. June started performing with the family around the age of 10. Groups such as Maybelle and the Carter Sisters, The Virginia Boys were just a few of the groups that the Carters were involved with. Sponsors such as "Red Star Flour", "Martha White" and more helped the groups succeed . When not performing music June performed some of her comedy in Aunt Polly.

June Carter married 3 times. She was a mother 3 times over, each with a new husband. All three children were successful in country music. June co-wrote "Times A Wastin" with her first husband Carl Smith. The marriage was short lived but a love child Rebecca Carlene Smith (Carlene Smith) June would later marry Edwin "Rip" Nix. Nix had been a football player, police officer and race car driver. The couple were blessed with a daughter Rosie in 1958. The couple divorced in 1966. Rosie lived on to be a country / rock singer but in 2003 passed Rose and D. Campbell another musician from an accidental carbon monoxide poisoning Propane heaters used to heat bus had built up a poison that would take both lives.

June Carter and her family knew Johnny Cash well. Together they had performed many years. At a show in Ontario Johnny popped the question and June Carter would answer with "I do" Franklin Kentucky March 1st would be the place and time the couple would be married. They would stay married until June passed just prior to Johnny's own. The only child the couple had John Carter Cash became a musician, songwriter and producer.

June Carter Cash supported SOS Children's Villages most of her life. The Cash's together donated money to have a village built near home in Barrett Town, Jamaica. Throughout her life June made many friends. On May 15, 2003 June Carter Cash passed at the age of 73. Her husband and family surrounded her with love. June and many family members were laid to rest near Hendersonville Tennessee where they lived.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Use Up The Leftover Pulled Pork in this Delicious recipe

Summer time is a great time for pulled pork or barbq chicken. How you use up the leftovers is just as important. This recipe is east meets west and offers a BBQ sauce that has a strong flavor that matches the BBQ flavor. If you like add some spicy pickled Korean cabbage on the top. Make up some pickled cucumber and onions a summer time favorite to top it all off.
serves 4

1 pound cooked pulled pork or cooked shredded chicken
12 corn or flour tortillas
1/4 cup Quick Cucumber Pickle (below) or prepared kimchi (Korean pickled, spicy cabbage)

For the Kogi BBQ Sauce
2 tablespoons Korean fermented hot pepper paste (gochujang)
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
2 teaspoons sesame oil

Whisk all ingredients together until sugar has dissolved and mixture is smooth. You can make this a few days in advance and store tightly covered in the refrigerator.

For the Quick Cucumber Pickle
I like using English cucumbers or Japanese cucumbers – the skin is thinner and they have less seeds. If you have a Mandoline Slicer it certainly will make the job much easier.

1 large English cucumber (or 2 Japanese cucumbers), sliced very thinly
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon finely minced fresh chili pepper (or more depending on your tastes)
generous pinch of salt

Mix together all ingredients. You can make this a few hours in advance and store in refrigerator, however the longer it sits, the less “crunch” you’ll have. I like making this cucumber pickle 1 hour prior, storing in refrigerator and serving it cold on the tacos for texture and temperature contrast.

Make Onion RIngs at Home

Summer time in the good old USA can mean many different things from swimming to barbecuing. One thing that it means to my family is eating at the little dives that are only open during the summer time days. One thing we enjoy is onion rings, easy to make at home but they never taste quite the same the gang says. With the recipe I share today I have been able to make the gang very happy and if you try it at home you may find the luck as well. Enjoy!!!

Start by cutting the onions into rings around 1/4 inch thick. Separate the onion rings and save the small rings for other onion recipes.

Next, we need a breading to dip the onion rings into. Mixing up flour, baking powder, salt and paprika or chili powder well will allow you to coat each onion ring with the mix before shaking to remove excess flour.

In a second bowl, mix milk, pepper and egg til mixed well. Add the flour mix you have left and stir til no lumps are present. Coat each onion ring in the mix then cover with bread crumbs.

recipe source found here

1 Onion
½ cup of All Purpose Flour
1 Tablespoon of Baking Powder
1 Tablespoon of Smoked Paprika
1 Egg
¾ cup of Milk
1 teaspoon of ground pepper
Salt (as desired)
Bread Crumbs to coat
Oil for frying

Rinse the onion and cut into approximately ¼ inch rings
Carefully separate the rings from each other (setting aside the smaller ones for other recipes)
Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and paprika in a medium bowl.
Coat each onion ring in the flour mixture and set aside
Combine the remaining flour mixture that you coated the onions with, with the milk, egg, and salt and beat well until no lumps remain
Coat each onion ring in the above mixture and shake away the excess
Coat each onion ring in breadcrumbs
Fry the onion rings in a fryer or a pot with oil.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Summer Solstice

The year as we know is set up in 4 seasons. Some parts of the world do not experience each season but the season itself is still there. Summer Solstice happens this year on June 21st. In ancient times where there were two primary seasons this time was also known as the middle of summer. Summer solstice occurs when the sun is closest to the earth which would have been one of the hottest parts of the year.

Cultures that once worshiped the sun placed importance on the summer solstice. This day in Egypt was most likely the most important day of the year. The day was the start of the Nile flood season and was celebrated during the festival of abundance and fertility. Pagan cultures named the time Kupala and celebrated  fertility, dedication to the gods and the coming harvest and some celebrated a season of love as well as mating ritual.

Christians see the summer solstice as the feast day of John the Baptist. If you recall your bible knowledge, John the Baptist was born before Jesus Christ. He was a well known teacher and preacher. He baptized many including Jesus Christ himself

Enjoy the summer and have a great season

Make a Giraffe Hand Puppet

Yellow socks (medium, & knee high)
-Google Eyes
-Permanent Black Markers
-Brown "Extra Fluffy" Pipe Cleaners
-Yellow, Orange Felt
-Brown & black construction Paper
-Brown Puffballs
-Finished Product for Modeling
-Ear Tracers
-Hot Glue
-Glue "Stickies"

This will allow both a short and long neck giraffe to be created
Use the scissors to cut out pieces of brown construction paper like the spots Glue stickies will allow the spots to stick to the sock. Draw two black dots for the ose of the giraffe where the fingers will be. 
Next make orange and yellow parts for the ears, cut these outn
Create a short black tongue with construction paper. On the other sock cut a small hole where the finger will pop out of the sock. 
Use the thick pipe cleaners, puffy balls, cut out ears and googly eyes glued onto the puppet. 

Peaches 'n Vanilla Cream Pie

Peaches ‘n Vanilla Cream Pie

Pie                                                                    Crust

4-3/4 cups  sliced peaches (5-6 medium)        1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs

1 cup sugar                                                     1/4 cup sugar

2 teaspoons cornstarch                                  1/2 cup butter (1 stick)

3/4 cup water

4 oz. softened neufchatel/light cream cheese

1 cup whipping cream

1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (vanilla extract may be substituted)

Make the crust – Mix together the graham cracker crumbs and 1/4 cup sugar.  Melt butter and combine with crumb mixture.  Press into a 9″ pie pan.

Make whipped cream – Using a chilled bowl whip cream, 1/4 sugar and vanilla bean paste until peaks form.  Store in the fridge. Beat together softened cream cheese and 1/4 cup sugar until combined throughly.  Fold 1 cup of whipped cream to cream cheese mixture and spread in pie crust.  Store in the fridge.

Make glaze – In a small sauce pan mash 3/4 cup of peaches, add  water, bring to a boil for 2 minutes over medium heat.  Combine 1/2 cup sugar and corn starch, add to boiling mixture and cook until thickened.  Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Mix glaze and remaining peach slices.  Pour into pie pan.  Chill for a few hours and serve with remaining whipped cream.     Makes 1 generous  9″ pie.

original recipe source here

Yoga For The Family

Family yoga is a great way to help your family bond. No matter the size of your family whether it is just your husband and you or you have children to include. Family yoga is good for:

  • spend uninterrupted time together with no distractions of phones, T.V. or computers
  • a great way to connect as a family in a great quality healthy manner
  • Yoga is a great tool for staying calm and centered in your every day lives

To start with try some slow breathing methods with those in your family.
With all members sitting on the floor in a line or circle each member should have shoulders relaxed and chests open. Allow hands to rest on thighs with palms up. or sit with your left hand on your heart and the right hand on the back of the person to the right of you. With eyes closed practice breathing slow and silently through your nose for a few minutes.

Yoga will allow family members to reduce stress. Yoga can help the family maintain proper and manners with good attitude by thinking about the poses in yoga. Acknowledging the value of connection of the person to everything and everyone should allow the family to build compassion for each other. This should help parents by allowing their guidance to influence child's behavior and actions.

 Another quality of yoga is building trust. Yoga can help the family build trust between kids and parents. Yoga also helps teach acceptance as some poses are easier there are others that are hard. Life is the same way with challenges being different than others. Teaching our children to honor their bodies and their abilities will allow acceptance rather than comparison to others

As the family progresses into skills of yoga a good basis of encouragement and support is built. Yoga is not judged through scores and performances but is a great time to have fun without any expectations. This allows team work to be built. In the end time for family becomes a dedication that we want to do. Happy memories will be created through great yoga experiences.

Yoga demands focus and attention that will allow the family to stay determined and patient to meet goals. Keeping a positive attitude will help each family member to have a more positive outlook in life because of their experiences from sessions. Children observing parents making mistakes will allow them to see that it is ok to make errors.

In the end Yoga helps build character in every family member

Sea Shell Key Chain

Craft drill and workstation
3/16-inch tool bit
Beading cord
Seashell beads
Key rings

Set up Dremel workstation with Dremel tool fitted with 3/16-inch drill bit; pierce a hole into the tail end of the shell.

Cut beading cord to desired length of your key chain. Tie one end to jump ring and begin beading small seashell beads from the other end; finish by tying one large seashell to the end.

original craft found on Martha Stewart

Go Skateboarding Day

As a kid I was able to see many great times and have lots of fun One thing I loved to do was to go skateboarding. I had a couple of friends that would come home to see their grandparents every summer. They lived in California where skateboarding ruled.

Go Skateboarding Day is an official annual holiday created by the International Association of Skateboard Companies. The day is used to help promote skateboarding. Dan Brown created the special day in 2004 to be hosted on June 21st  the longest day of summer. In 2006 Go Skateboarding day was held in more than 32 countries with total of 350 events. Congress-woman Loretta Sanchez helped recognize the sport of skateboarding on this special day. The goal was to help encourage young individuals to get outside and enjoy the spot.

Wednesday Hodge Podge

1. Summer is upon us this week in the Northern hemisphere. Tell us three things on your summer bucket list.

lots of getting out in nature and enjoying the outdoors

2. Something fun you used to do as a kid in the summertime?

swimming, bike riding, again getting outside and having lots of fun

3. Rooftop or backyard? Why?

I don't really care but I am a bit scared of heights. So I must likely would say backyard

4. Do you read food labels? Place importance on them? Make an effort to find out/care about where your food comes from?

yes I do with my health issues I pay and more attention to what is in my food

5. A song you'll have on repeat this summer?

american Kid by Kenny Chesney

6. Insert your own random thought here.

While I am not sure what I will all be doing this summer but I do know  that it will all be dealing with my children, grand-children and family