Eating Well and the New Facebook

Chef George’s Clay Pot Chicken

Good morning! It’s PAYROLL closing day, but I wanted to pop in share some pics of dinner the last couple of nights. Chef George doing good. The meals are turning a bit healthier and I’m ALWAYS ok with that. We have eaten well on vacay and need to get back to weight management – ok weight loss and then weight management. lol

Chef George’s “Egg in the Hole” with Cheese Covered HOLE, lol Plus Extra Egg with Salsa

Backing up to Sunday morning, George fixed an awesome breakfast. I love an “Egg in the Hole”.

I do, however, eat things I’m not supposed to here and there. Like this bag of vacation M & M’s. We bought a lot of snacks for the car. I don’t know but I guess traveling a long distance in the car, it’s just engrained in you to take food. We didn’t even put a dent in it. Most of it eaten when we got back. It IS good to have SOMETHING in the car though. I can remember once being stuck in traffic for like an hour and we broke out the brownies and everyone was getting out of their car. We shared brownies with the couple next to us (after talking a bit and they discovered we were actually ok, lol). But yeah, I finished off the M&M’s yesterday from vacay. I had been keeping them in the fridge at work – it’s a Texas thing now. Cold desserts. After having a cold brownie (Texas sheet cake) on a 105 degree evening – I’ll never look at summer desserts the same. That Texas brownie cake is forever etched in my being. The refrigeration worked for the M & M’s too. Makes for a nice mid afternoon pick me up with coffee. But they are gone so now I can work on shaping my hips again! LOL

My devo for yesterday. I love the fact that God’s LOVE can set so many things free. I’ve always loved the phrase “joy comes in the morning”. Over the years there have been times when I have gone to bed distressed over the happenings of the day, but the next day brings resolve most of the time. Some days might be a little short of calling it “joy” but the hope was always there. And whatever the cause, God sees the tears of His own. We just need to call out to Him for aid when we need it. He promises to be there and He keeps His promise that all will work out for those that love Him – eventually.

The last two nights have been “table meals”. Hard to eat and watch TV with them. So we sat at the Kitchen “Pub Table”.

Chef George’s Pho and Spring Rolls

George, inspired by our recent Pho night out, last Thursday – fixed it at home. It was very similar. The star of the show was the chicken Satay and peanut sauce. That peanut sauce was perfect and delish.

Ok I was a LITTLE late getting the chicken dish caught on cam but we had two leftover for lunches.

The learning curve was the fresh spring rolls. They were nearly perfect. George said he needed to have tightened the rice wrappers a bit and the decision to use real crab didn’t work as well because the crab was very fishy. The best thing to use is shrimp or the fake crab meat, along with your lettuce and carrots. Very fresh crunchy way to eat a salad! I’ve asked for more of these. Great to take for lunch! But we both decided that crab was fishy. I think it was the part taken from the fishy side of the crab – all the extras and not the legs. Oh well. Otherwise they were very tasty and crunchy.

An added bonus to the meal was the hot tea. It was so good.

Over the last few nights I’ve been sipping on this wine. I’ve enjoyed it. I like it, I love it, I want some more of it. Not sure where we got it.

Other Notes:

Sunday was productive in my office. Orders placed. I worked on the video getting the extra segment taped for my “value added” section. This video will be a bit longer. My goal is to do around 13 minutes but the max is 19. I’m trying to shorten it but I think I have shortened as good as I can without taking away from the stories. It’s currently at 19. I have just a few more tweaks and I am learning how to make a “list” and adding the extras things in. So there is a learning curve going on. It’s awful to have to go to work when I want to be home doing this, LOL. It’s hard to tear yourself away from it when you are in the middle of it. It’s definitely a fun thing for me. But since I work FT I have to stop. My best time to work on it is the weekend, BECAUSE of the fact that I get pulled in and don’t want to tear away. But if I tell myself I’m ONLY going to work on ONE section – like doing the thumbnail or adding in this “list”, I can do that a little more easily. Worked on the list last night. It just helps to have a visual when talking.

I got the new facebook. Come befriend me if you want, those of you who are regulars that comment. If I know you I’ll accept the friendship. Or you can find my public Facebook Page open to everyone with the same name as the blog. All of my posts are there and a few extras from time to time. I’m also on Instagram, and of course YouTube. If you Subscribe you will not miss a video. Right now there is no regular schedule but I’ve been getting about one video out per month as I’m learning how to do this and working full time. Eventually should be getting a set schedule going but I don’t want that pressure on me right now. It’s a goal for later once I’m around the curve a bit. If I stress out over it, it won’t be fun. But usually about once a month I’ll have a video of our shenanigans. Sometimes during this pandemic you have to wait til something interesting happens, lol. There is only so many ways to make household chores and projects interesting. But at least the Texas video is coming soon. I stay about a month behind real time I think.

Back to the new Facebook. It’s on the computer. I’m not sure if there is a change coming on the mobile or not but the computer one has changed. I really like the dark mode. Mainly because it is different. I think the layout of the new Facebook is easier. It’s cleaner. So don’t be afraid of the change. All the main buttons seem to be in the same place. But to find where you change things seems to be easier to locate. It’s nice! Love it.

Well, I’m excited about the long weekend coming up. I also have enough video to do one for after Texas! lol. Geez I need to ramp up pumping them out. In the mean time I need to go and get ready for work. I’ll pop in again soon when I have something worth saying, lol.

Ya’ll have a good rest of the week!

Oh here’s one more pic I missed. This is the clay pot that George used. Very seasoned by now.

Clay Pot Cooking

Seeing Family and Fun Times on the Square in Columbia, TN

George fixed a fine meal Saturday night of pork chops, sauteed spinach with pine nuts and potatoes and corn. It was all so good.

The spinach is one of my favorites that we took away from a show called “Spain….On the Road Again” that had Gweneth Paltrow in it. It calls for the spinach to be sauteed in a really good EVOO, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, pine nuts added and a bit of fresh lemon juice which along with the olive oil and pine nuts make a great taste! And the pork chops were pretty tasty too.

Saturday afternoon/evening I was able to get started on the next video. Being that I cleaned most of the week and finished it Saturday morning put me in an excellent position to play with that this weekend. So great progress made. I do need to film a little segment for the “value added” portion, sometime this week or weekend. But I should be able to finish the video by the end of the weekend.

Around 11:00 yesterday I quit working on the video as we were meeting my Aunt and Uncle and Mom in Columbia. George had to stop at a gun store on the way to get a gun repaired. So we gave ourselves an extra hour an a half but it did not take very long at all. So we headed on down to Columbia and hung out on the square until our reservation time after driving around a bit.

George was excited to see places he never sees. We are always sitting on the sofa on our devices, all of us, including Mom, so while he has been to Columbia numerous times, he’s never been shopping there. He saw a gun store, and outdoor store, a baby shop, and he said “we are going to have to come back here and shop some day”. So, it’s really nice to have a hubby that likes to cook and shop! 😀

We drove around one of the local parks near the shop. I remember this area mainly as a ball park in my days growing up. And I believe the ball parks are still around that area.

Here is the court house taken through the car window. I have a video shot of it but will save that for the 3rd video or so coming down the pike. (I actually have enough footage to be several videos out now with all the Texas trip and now this outing). I kinda like that. And hope to get in a regular rhythm soon but I have to stop and figure out a few things about storage and back ups and my security system is about to be outdated with the new updates coming to Mac – so will have a brief interruption to get all that figured out. But back to Columbia…..

I guess I failed to say that this is my hometown of Columbia, TN. I grew up here. It is a quaint little town for the most part. The square area was not really where any of us hung out though back then. It was mainly open Monday through Saturday and you went only if you had business there. It is much the same today but there are more restaurants and even tap rooms and breweries and ice cream shops all about the area now. Back then beer was only drank at places everyone called “honky tonks” and quite frankly it was looked down upon. Now the breweries are like coffee shops all across America and a place for gathering like coffee, not a night club.

Excuse me for saying it but isn’t “honky tonk” considered a racial term now? I mean if we choose to be politically correct? lol. I guess I can say that word as there is a restaurant in Nashville actually called that in name. George says that the term “honky tonk” collectively is not as it’s meaning is a beer joint, lol. I beg to differ. Because “honky” is what a black person has called a white person for years, among other names. And if we were to tack on certain titles to the word “tonk” it would not fly. So I think I will take offense then to the “honky tonk” term. I am just making a point. I really don’t care who calls what or what calls who. But anyway all that to say that it was quite different back then.

While I’m on the subject of race here and speaking of past history. And in doing some research on line, I verified that there was a business district that was a black business district on a hill in the offshoot streets from the square. It was known as the “Mink Slide”. Don’t worry, it’s NOT my term, so don’t get mad at me, but apparently an official term that is in the history pages of that area. I was told growing up not to use the term in case it offended someone but in the realm of history since it was actually called that, I will mention that here only.

I’ll continue sharing some pics from the square. Then I need to get ready and head to work!

We went to the Taps on Main while walking around and had a C’Zanne’s while waiting for time for reservations at Puckett’s. Here it is below.

George and Uncle Ken took interest in this cool old car parked on the square. Got a pic of Mom and Aunt Martha here as we walked in to Pucketts.

George may have forgotten how to wear his mask! It was sooooo good to see everyone and to be able to eat out again with everyone.

We were incredibly full but we still had some Hattie Jane’s ice cream after.

What a wonderful day! A wonderful time with family. It was good time to go at 2:30 as we missed lunch and evening crowds. We will have to keep that in mind!

OK I’ve got to get ready and get to work. I’m almost caught up but have a few things I need to do today before the next payroll run. And after work I’m fixing chili. I have been craving it for a while. I crave it in August and also again in October – every year. I’ve not had many cravings this year but I think now it is more of a habit. Anyway it’s spicy so it will have some flavor and taste good!