Mack's Corner

This Week


We have several trams that we use to bring people in from the far parking lots. All of the trams are pulled with tugs like you see at the airport pulling luggage carts from plane to plane.  We had them out during a big event one year and all of a sudden one of the tugs wouldn't turn, actually the front wheels were turned so that all you could do is drive in a circle. We messed with it a while and then used my truck to pull tram back to the garage and left the tug sitting there. The steering linkage had broken. I wasn't real sure what to do with it, it weighs 3 tons and there's no way to tow it, so we were just stuck. A couple of hours later, the event was over. I walked past the tug and kicked the front tire. It moved about 3 inches…hey… hey..hey ..hey… it moved.. then I grabbed it with my hands and I could turn it. I knew we could get this thing back home. So one of us started it up and pushed the gas and two of us turned the front tires we went about 10 feet, adjusted/turned the tires, laughed, 10 more feet adjusted the tires, stopped and laughed, 10 more feet. Etc for about 400 - 500 yards. People were looking at us and pointing at us like we had found a new way to drive…. "How many people does it take to drive a tug?? 3, one to push on the gas and 2 to turn the tires". We got it there, backed it into the garage and got it fixed later that week. It wasn't pretty and it wasn't quick, but we got it there, that's all I was going for.

I was riding a 4 wheeler to go move some stuff and I smelled something. It was raining and water was hitting me in the face, but it smelled funny. I kinda crossed my eyes and looked at the end of my nose and saw a big spot???? ..I wasn't in the mud… where did that come from? … So I stopped just to see if whatever was hitting me in the face would stop and to see if that smell would go away. I looked at my arms and there was blue paint all over me… There were cans of blue spray paint in the front basket of the 4 wheeler and a parking cone was pushing on the paint can. By the time I stopped I looked like the last of the Mohicans …from the chest up!

God's like that: We're going along, think everything is great and stuff starts hitting us in the face. People are pointing at you and you don't even realize what's happening. Life gets hard …. God's not asking us to be pretty or even to be quick. He just wants us to keep going, 10 feet at a time, making adjustments along the ways and moving towards home. Just don't give up.

Maybe I'll start a new Blue Face trend…


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

No matter if you like Gordon Ramsay or not, he is a great chef, really great. He can do amazing things with the simplest ingredients. Here's an example of a great summer dessert.
Serves 6


2-1/2 cups fresh raspberries, divided, plus more for garnish

2-1/2 cups fresh blueberries, divided, plus more for garnish

3 Tbs sugar, divided

2 Tbs creme de cassis (black currant liqueur = optional)

2 cups chilled heavy whipping cream

1/4 cup creme fraiche or sour cream (crème fraiche = half sour cream + half cream. Stir it up. If you have time, put it in a container and leave it on the counter, not the refrigerator, a few hours or overnight. It will get thicker.)

2 cups coarsely crushed purchased meringue cookies or any light crunchy cookie. Vanilla wafers would work…

Mix 1 cup raspberries, 1 cup blueberries, 2 Tbs sugar, and creme de cassis in medium skillet.  Coarsely crush berries with a potato masher or the back of a spoon or fork.  Cook berry mixture over medium heat until sugar dissolves and mixture comes to simmer, stirring occasionally, about 4 minutes.  Strain through sieve set over medium bowl, pressing firmly to release as much berry puree as possible; discard solids in sieve…. Cover and chill.

DO AHEAD.  Sauce can be made 2 days ahead. 

Beat cream, creme fraiche, and remaining 1 Tbs sugar in large bowl till soft peaks form.  Cover and chill. (No more than 3- 4 hours before you serve.. I would do this just before I served this… be sure you cream and crème fraiche are cold. Also chill your mixing bowl and beater/whisk. I just stick my bowl and whisk in the freezer for 30 min)

Just before you serve fold the cookies, then 1-1/2 cups raspberries and 1-1/2 cups blueberries into the cream/ crème fraiche .

In each of 6 large glasses (or any glass. Just do 4 layers. You don't have to use these amounts… just make it pretty), alternate 1/2 cup cream mixture, 1 Tbs sauce, 1/2 cup cream mixture, and 1 Tbs sauce. Garnish each dessert with more berries. 

Easy. Fancy. Light. Cool. Pretty. Perfect summer dessert…


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 11:38 AM