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Hair Freeze

I went on a ski trip to Colorado when I was in college. The place we stayed had a natural hot spring that they used to fill the swimming pool. So in the winter, in the snow, you can go swimming outside. It's great! You're in the pool all warm and toasty as you watch snowflakes land on the water and steam rise. The only problem is getting to and from the pool (swimming suit + 16 degrees = run fast). I was getting out of the pool and running back to the cabin and heard "SSSSSSSssssssssssssshhhhhhhhh". What was that? I turned around to look and scratched my head and noticed that my hair had frozen. 1/8 inch of ice on top of my head like a helmet….. "Hair Freeze" ……

One of my best friends came up to me and said she was getting married, she had a ring and everything. I said "To who????". I figured she was going to tell me some guy I had never heard of, maybe some guy she knew at work or something. Then she said the name of a guy I knew in High School. I always liked him in High School, thought he was a great guy, but I couldn't get the idea out of my head that she was going to marry a high school kid and how did she know him if I hadn't even seen him in 30 years. It was like she had told me she was going to marry Mr. Green Jeans (from Captain Kangaroo) or Barney, or my Jr. High Gym teacher…… she wasn't even around then, how did she know any of these people? I couldn't figure it out ….. of course the guy is the same age I am, he's not a high school kid and she sees him  much different than I do. She sees him as someone she trusts, someone she loves, someone she wants to spend the rest of her life with. I still see him as the kid who sat 3 rows up in study hall.

God's like that: We see ourselves as simple, dull, not very creative …etc .. God sees us with great potential, someone who could lead hundreds of people, change lives, create new ideas that would change the world …. He's got big plans for us. Someday you'll see it and "SSSSSSSssssssssssssshhhhhhhhh" you'll understand. You may not be rich or world famous, but you'll understand someday….

I wonder if you can you get Hair Freeze if you drink a Slurpee fast enough?


Cooking 220 - 2 pans, 2 burners, 20 minutes:

This is one of those simple recipes that I could eat every day. This is from Bon Appetit Feb 1995 … Be sure you use Havarti Cheese, don't sub.. This serves about 6 - 8 people.. if that's too much, it's easy to half the recipe.. see below ..

Penne with Tomatoes, Olives and Two Cheeses

6 tablespoons olive oil (half = 3 tbsp)

1 1/2 cups chopped onion (half = 1 small onion)

1 teaspoon minced garlic (half = 1/2 tsp)

3 28-ounce cans Italian plum tomatoes, drained (half= 1-28oz can + 1-14oz can)

2 teaspoons dried basil (half=1 tsp)

1 1/2 teaspoons dried crushed red pepper (half = 1 big tsp)

2 cups canned low-salt chicken broth (half = 1 cup)

1 pound penne or rigatoni (Get good pasta like De Cecco in the Blue & Yellow box) (half = 1/2 lb = half a box. Cook exactly same as you would for whole box)

2 1/2 cups packed grated Havarti cheese (half = 1 1/2 cups .. Can't have too much)

1/3 cup sliced pitted brine-cured olives (such as Kalamata) (half = 1/4 cup .. more is better)

1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese (half = 1/4 cup… more is better)

1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil (half = less than 1/4 cup .. don't have to be too exact on this)

(Note: You need a large skillet or Dutch oven one big enough to hold pasta and sauce and that will go in the oven = no plastic handles… If you don't have a skillet that's big enough here's what you do: Make the sauce in the skillet you do have. Then cook the pasta in another pot. Put the oiled pasta in a 13x9x2 inch baking dish and add the sauce and Havarti cheese and mix, the cheese will melt some. Top with olives and Parmesan. Then bake... top with fresh basil)

Heat 3 tablespoons oil in heavy large Dutch oven or skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.

Mix in tomatoes, dried basil and crushed red pepper. Bring to boil, breaking up tomatoes with back of spoon. Add broth; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium; simmer and mixture thickens to chunky sauce and is reduced to 6 cups, stirring occasionally, about 1 hour 10 minutes. (Sorry, more than 20 min.. oh well.. it's worth it.)

Season with salt and pepper. (Can be made 2 days ahead. Cover and chill. Rewarm over low heat before continuing.)

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water according to instructions on box (until tender but still firm to bite.) Drain well.

Return pasta to same pot. Toss with 3 tablespoons oil.

Add pasta to sauce in skillet and toss to blend. Mix in Havarti cheese. Sprinkle with olives, then Parmesan.

Bake until pasta is heated through, about 30 minutes. Sprinkle with basil.

If you make this in an Iron skillet, it's a great presentation to take the skillet to the table and serve from that.


How about saving a kid's life!!

When you give Platelets it's like giving St Jude $700 - $1000. If we don't give them, they have to buy them.

Giving Platelets is like giving blood, it just takes longer (1 1/2 hours) and you get all of your blood back (so you can do it every week if you want) . I know it's a long trip to go all the way down to St Jude, but you may be saving a kid's life . plus you get to watch a movie while you're there. Call Kim at 901.595.2024 and she'll setup an appointment and treat you like family. Just tell her you're from Hope.

Directions: From Poplar, turn north on Third Street, then right on Lauderdale/Jackson Ave (first right after you go under the expressway). Enter through the north guard gate (you'll see the Danny Thomas Pavilion. Gold top).

Tell the guard at the gate that you are here to donate blood. The guard will instruct you where to park. You will then enter the hospital by the red side door closest to the blood donor parking lot. The Blood Donor Center is in the southwest corner of the hospital on the ground floor.

Appointment times are generally available Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Except on Tuesdays they start at 9:15am.

See you this weekend. Bring a friend. It's going to be great!!!



Posted by Mack Oates at 9:41 AM