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Ham Jello

Saturday night, a few years ago, 8pm, daylight saving time changes at 2am and I'm in bed trying to go to sleep. I normally get up at 3:30am on Sunday to get to church by 4:30a and start getting ready, cones go out at 6:00am, coffee starts being made, volunteers start showing up ..etc. But with Daylight Saving Time starting I'm getting up at 2:30am … So there I am wide awake trying to go to sleep. PK (my wife) has the final 4 Basketball game on, that helps some, I can always go to sleep while I'm "Watching" a sporting event. I guess I could have gotten her to put on a Rolling Stones CD. When I was in college the guys in the room next to me used to always play the Rolling Stones and only the Rolling Stones all night, every night. I still get sleepy when I hear "Give Me Shelter". I finally went to sleep and dreamed somebody was going to sell me a Porsche 911 for $5000. For some reason I told them I had to test drive it first, so I did. I wonder what you do and what sounds you make when you're dreaming of driving a race car. I was driving down a mountain road, shifting gears …..rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr hhhhuuuu rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrhhhhuuuu rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee  rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr ….. Do you think I was moving my feet? Or had my hands up like I was shifting and turning? Who knows, I woke up before I bought it, didn't even get the guy's name. I took a shower and went to brush my teeth and saw 2 tooth brushes that I had never seen before, both looked used. I thought about waking my wife up to ask, but it was 3:30am (in real life). I figured she used my old tooth brush to scrub the shower or something (she did). I stared at them for a while and then just picked one. how bad could it be? It was a strange morning.

That same weekend PK bought one of those spiral cut hams for Easter. 18 pounds of ham.  I had ham for every meal, breakfast lunch and dinner for 2 weeks. I had ham and eggs, ham and oatmeal, ham and rice, ham hash, ham Florentine, ham salad, ham Jell-O, ham thermidor, ham jambalaya, ham gumbo, fried ham, poached ham, ham gravy, ham chili, ham Ice Cream, Ham Sooie (Arkansas dish), ham and poached pears, ham and beans, ….. I started feeling like Bubba Gump.. I had a lifetime supply of ham. I was thinking in ten years I would have a delicacy, 10 year old ham stored in that orange stuff, like  100 year old eggs that the Chinese have.

God's like that: Life gets weird, there's nobody there to ask and you don't know what to do. You're not sure what happened or what's going to happen next. But God knows. He never goes away. He never goes to sleep. He's always at home no matter where you are. You can't shake him. You can't catch him off guard. You can't tell him anything he's never heard before. You can't make him leave, even if you want him to. Just plan on him being there all the time.

I think I'll go have a bowl of Ham Jell-O with some Ham Sooie on the side, yum yum ….


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

I was thinking about St Patrick's day and doing something green, so how about Green pasta … It's just pasta with spinach mixed in = healthy… So a little Cooking 101 class on Pasta and vegies…

One of the best things to do with pasta is simply cook it using the directions on the box, drain it, then sauté it: After you drain the pasta, put some olive oil in a hot skillet and add the pasta. Let it brown a little as you stir it around, and flip it. … at this point you can add red pepper flakes, or butter, or cheese, salt & pepper, cream, garlic, any spices you like, curry powder.. anything… DON'T ADD TOMATO SAUCE, DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT, DON'T BE BORING!… pasta by itself with nothing but oil and salt and pepper is great .. GET GOOD PASTA!!!  (like De Cecco in the Blue & Yellow box)

How about veggies to go on your pasta!.. Easy.. Cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, potatoes, celery, turnips, onions. cabbage, garlic, brussel sprouts.. anything… get a big piece of aluminum foil. Place the vegies on the foil, add some olive oil over the veg, salt and pepper.. fold the foil over the veg and roll up the edges so nothing leeks out. You'll have a foil packet with the veg inside. Put the packet in a 300 degree oven for an hour… after an hour un-roll the edges and peel open the packet.. Smells good doesn't. Add that to your pasta or just eat it while you're standing there .. It's so good!

You could do this veg thing every night if you're on a veg diet. The veg could even start out frozen.. so maybe you mix fresh carrots, frozen corn, onions, 1 clove of garlic skin still on, fresh cauliflower.. oil, salt & pepper.. Yummmmmm .. If you can fold foil you can do this.. (This also works with chicken and fish. Exact same process. Stick a meat thermometer in the chicken and be sure it's at 165 degrees or higher. Some people will tell you higher than that if you want to be safe, it will just be dry. Cook longer if needed… The fish should be flaky and done all the way through. Check the fish after 20 min.)

Things you could add to the packet to make it more interesting: a 1 inch piece of bacon, an unpeeled garlic clove, lemon, vinegar, maple syrup, season salt, thyme, rosemary, red chili flakes, curry powder, ketchup, rough mustard (not yellow mustard), salad dressing…


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 9:46 AM