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Roasted Moose

I used to park cars on Sunday morning from up on the roof of the church. It's a flat roof, so you can walk around up there. I was the spotter with a radio for the guys in the parking lot. One Sunday in July it was 104 degrees outside, and probably 130 on the roof.  There's a few things you have to know about the roof.  First, it's white so when you go up there you get sunburned like you do when you go snow skiing, it reflects up. You have to put sunblock under your nose and on your eyelids…. Second, there are places where you can't stand. They look like part of the roof but they're really big blobs of tar. If you step in one your shoe stays on the roof…. Third, after you've been up there for a while, between the heat and the tar, you smell like a wet Yak. The Stank-o-meter starts reading "Extreme "!  While I was walking around up there I was thinking that it was a lot like an Easy-Bake Oven. Not really super hot but a lot of reflecting. My sister had an Easy Bake Oven, it ran on one light bulb. But it had all kinds of reflecting metal inside and it got really hot. She made biscuits, pound cake, whole roasted pig, Fig soup with roasted walnuts, Moose steaks with a Moose reduction sauce…. You name it she could make it in her Easy Bake Oven with just one light bulb. My brother and I Got/Had to eat it, at least that's what my mom said: "Eat your sister's roasted Moose or you won't get any dinner tonight!" … We really didn't want dinner after the Moose …. Moose kinda sits on your chest, if you know what I mean…..

I had 2 flat tires on my bicycle and I was thinking about how the tires on the trams here at Hope are foam-filled (never have a flat, you can drive nails into them if you want) and I wondered if there was such a thing as a foam-filled tire for a bike .. there is.  You can get them at, they will even let you specify the tire pressure that you like all the way up to 185psi, I got 105psi. You can get tires for your bike, wheelchair, lawnmower… anything … While I was searching for foam-filled bike tires on the web, the main thing I found was discussions on how to put the tires on your bike. That worried me … how hard could it be? .. People said you could rub hand soap all over the tire to help it slip on to your wheel, one guy said you had to have at least 3 big flat-head screwdrivers to pry it on … all kinds of weird stuff. So I found and they had a special tool to help you put it on…. Great! Right? … Well it was better than 3 screwdrivers, but not much. The tire is like a fat Hoola-hoop made out of black rubber. What you do is put part of the tire on the rim and then strap it down with tie-wraps, those things that you use to tie a bunch of wires together, not like a bread wrapper twisty tie, but the plastic kind that "Click" as you pull them tighter. As you get more of the tire on, you keep putting tie-wraps on to hold that part in place. At first I broke about 15 tie-wraps then I had to move up to much bigger ones, about ½ inch across. I had all but 2 feet of the tire on the rim, all tied down, and that's where I stopped. That last 2 feet is the hard part. I got the tool in place, it works like the big ones at tire stores, as you push it around the rim, it slides the tire into place. The difference is the ones at tire stores have a big motor that pushes it around the rim, with this one it's just me.  So I'm on the floor, holding the tire, pushing the tool as hard as I can and it's looking iffy. I changed positions several times and finally figured out, after I almost stuck the tool through my chest, that if I put the tool against the floor and turned the tire that I could hold the tire at the same time I was turning it (didn't have to have one hand on the tool and one on the tire) …. Closer, closer, closer … one more push… pop! It was on.  Nothing to it, didn't even have to get out the hand soap. The 2nd tire was easy …  Now I've got forever tires, they'll never go flat, never wear out …. Forever… I guess they could wear down to the point that I'm riding on the rims.  If that happens, I'll have to get a new bike, because I'll never get those tires back off , there is no tool for that…..

God's like that:  He fills us up forever, you can't get rid of him, he's never coming off. Because of that he expects big things. People think "It's just me, what can I do?" Be an Easy Bake Oven, one light bulb lots of reflecting then you can roast a Moose … 

Maybe I'll go up on the roof and have a Moose sandwich for lunch, wonder if my sister has her Easy Bake Oven fired up .. is it Moose season?


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

OK, this is great for living well and I thought it was one of the coolest recipes I've ever seen. It is so simple, anybody can do it. It's only chocolate and water… way cool!!..
The perfect Keto Chocolate dessert!!
Bittersweet Chocolate Mousse with Fleur de Sel

Total Time 10 min


285 grams bittersweet chocolate (about 10 ounces), roughly chopped, more as needed

Fleur de Sel, to taste (fancy sea salt)


1.Create an ice bath in a large bowl using ice and a little cold water. Nestle a smaller bowl in ice bath.

2.Place chocolate and 1 cup water in a small pot and heat over medium. Whisk until mixture is melted and smooth, about 3 to 5 minutes.

3.Immediately pour melted chocolate into the bowl in the ice bath. Vigorously whisk the chocolate mixture by hand until thick, 3 to 5 minutes. The chocolate should be fluffy and form a mound when dolloped with the whisk (it should generally have the texture and appearance of mousse). If the mixture does not thicken, add a bit more chopped chocolate and remelt over the heat.

Spoon into serving bowls and garnish with fleur de sel.

YIELD - 4 servings

Cool huh!... Just chocolate emulsified in water and a little salt sprinkled on top…


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 set up 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 10:24 AM