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"B A bay, B E be, B I bicky bi, B O bo, bicky bi bo be bi bick bicky bi bo bu"

Used to be to get a Ham radio license you had to learn Morse code, you know like the telegraph guys in the old west or the guys in submarines in WWII movies tapping out SOS with a wrench (that would be dot dot dot, dash dash dash, dot dot dot  … (S) 3 shorts, (O) 3 longs, (S) 3 shorts). How hard can it be? Well there's 26 letters, 5 pro signs (end of message, stuff like that) and 10 numbers all made up of beeps. It's like listening to a Rap song for the first time and then trying to repeat exactly what he said. Of course the beeps all run together and beep beep bah beep beep sounds a lot like beep bah beep beep beep. So I was trying to learn it so I could get my "general" license. I bought a CD to play in my car where the guy says "this is an A" and then beeps out an "A"… then again, then again, then again, about 20 times… "A" bah beep … "A" bah beep … After about 30 minutes your eyes start to cross and you start playing with your lips, plus the police started stopping me a lot…. What I needed was a song like the Three Stooges had to teach the alphabet…. "B A ba, B E be, B I bicky bi, B O bo, bicky bi bo be bi bick bicky bi bo bu …. C A say, C E see, C I sicky si, C O so, sicky si so see si sick sicky si so su …. (If you know the tune to this then you're at least fifty or really easy to entertain) … So right now I'm pretty good at A, E, T, S, O … I can spell TO, SO, EAT, SEA, SEAT, TEA and SOT… use all of those in a sentence …. Needless to say, any message I send will be limited … I think it must be like riding a bike…. One day it all comes together and you can do it, then you never forget …. 

Gods like that: You don't understand what he wants you to do, there's too many blanks to fill in. You keep listening but you just don't get it. Keep talking to him, it will come. If you talk to God everyday it will soon become a normal thing to do. If you don't have anything to talk to him about, try a prayer experiment: pick a friend that you know who is sick or in a hard marriage or having financial problems and pray for them, every day. Say something like "God, please make Joe/Susan/Billy well and get rid of the cancer.. thanks" .. Then wait and see what he does … almost too easy. You don't have to be in church or on your knees or fold your hands … just talk to God. After a while you'll get good at it. When you finish be quiet and listen. Maybe you'll understand what he's trying to tell you ….

I probably need to watch Wheel of Fortune so I'll get good at filling in the blanks… I wonder if Vanna knows Morse code?

Three Stooges - Alphabet song


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

Mediterranean Diet:
(Keto: both of these are pretty good for Keto especially the top one)

OK, Mediterranean Diet.. How about Israel!! .. This again is Melissa Clark from the New York Times Dining section which comes out every Wednesday. Super easy and you can do it in your iron skillet. .. Then I'm going to give you a great easy sophisticated dessert that a child can make ..

Shakshuka with Feta


3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced

1 large red bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced

3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon sweet paprika (((not smoked, but that might be nice too)))

1/8 teaspoon cayenne, or to taste

1 (28-ounce) can chopped plum tomatoes with juices

3/4 teaspoon salt, more as needed

1/4 teaspoon black pepper, more as needed

5 ounces feta cheese, crumbled (about 1 1/4 cups)

6 large eggs, or more

Finely chopped cilantro, for serving (((Basil will work too)))

Hot sauce, for serving


1..Heat oven to 375 degrees.

2..Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add onion and bell pepper. Cook gently until very soft, about 20 minutes. Add garlic and cook until tender, 1 to 2 minutes; stir in cumin, paprika and cayenne, and cook 1 minute. Pour in tomatoes and season with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; simmer until tomatoes have thickened, about 10 minutes. Stir in crumbled feta.

3..Smooth the sauce out so that it's mostly flat then gently crack eggs into skillet on top of the tomato sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer skillet to oven and bake until eggs are just set, 7 to 10 minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve with hot sauce.

YIELD 4 to 6 servings

You could serve this right out of the skillet with some crusty bread as a kind of dipping appetizer at a party or over rice or pasta as a main course. Or you could also slice the bread and spoon this on top, making sure each serving has an egg. The egg yolks make a nice sauce and mellow out the tomatoes. Don't skip the cilantro/basil it makes the whole dish work.


Peaches With Zabaglione and Raspberry purée

This sounds hard doesn't it? Like something you would have in a fancy restaurant. Super elegant, satisfying… you could never make this .. Right? .. baloney! It's easy, there's just a few things to know.. If you don't want to use the Wine, use 1/2 cup of 7-up and 1/2 cup orange juice..

TOTAL TIME30 minutes, plus chilling


6 egg yolks

6 tablespoons sugar

1/2 cup dry Marsala wine

1/2 cup dry white wine

4 large peaches

1/4 cup raspberries, for garnish (optional)

Raspberry purée, see note (optional)


You need a candy thermometer or an instant read meat thermometer will work. You can buy either at Kroger for $2.

1..Make the zabaglione: First your going to do this in a double boiler. Nobody has a real double boiler but it's easy to make one. All you need is a metal bowl((or heat proof)) and a sauce pan that is smaller than the bowl, so that the bowl will sit on top of the pan with the bottom fitting down in the pan enough to make it stable. Put an inch of water in the sauce pan, put the bowl on top and presto-changeo you have a double boiler..

2..Separate the egg yolks. The easiest way is the break one egg into your hand over the sink and pass the egg from hand to hand letting the white part slip through your fingers till there's nothing left but the yolk. Then put the yolk in your double boiler metal bowl. Then do that for all 6 eggs… 

3.. Get a bigger bowl that your double boiler bowl will fit in to and fill it halfway with ice. Then add water to the bowl enough to cover the ice.. set aside.

4..Turn the heat on under your double boiler and get the water rapidly simmering (((Not a rolling boil, Just a steady good medium bubble simmer))) whisk egg yolks and sugar together in the bowl. Add Marsala and white wine (((or 7-up & orange juice))) and whisk well until mixture is warm and beginning to thicken, about 2 minutes.

5.. Put your candy thermometer into the egg mixture. Continue to whisk vigorously as mixture increases in volume, until it is the consistency of lightly whipped cream, and your thermometer reads 160…  as soon as you go past 160 take the bowl off the sauce pan and put it in the bowl of ice water as you keep whisking … (((Remember!!! If you get to 170 you will have very interesting scrambled eggs)))

6..You just made zabaglione!!! Cool Huh? ..  Pour zabaglione into 4 to 6 wide-mouthed wineglasses or any clear glasses and let cool to room temperature, then cover with shrink wrap on top and refrigerate.

7..Peel peaches and cut into 1/2-inch wedges. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled.

8..To make raspberry purée, simmer 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup water and 1/2 cup raspberries over a medium flame for about 5 minutes, until slightly thickened. Strain through a fine mesh sieve and refrigerate until chilled. Makes about 1/2 cup.

9..To serve, top each glass with sliced peaches, dividing them evenly. If desired, garnish with raspberries and drizzle with about a tablespoon of raspberry purée.

YIELD 4 to 6 servings


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 online this weekend. It's going to be great!!!


Posted by Mack Oates at 9:59 AM