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A Perfect 12

I was watching one of my favorite movies, "Tin Cup". It's about a golf pro at a driving range in west Texas that gets to play in the US Open. His driving range is little more than a shack with some barrels out in a field with distance markers painted on the side. He's a great golfer at times, but he always has to "go for it" on shots that are almost impossible. Most of the time he falls apart trying to make one impossible shot. So he's playing in the US Open and he's tied for the lead going into the last hole. All he has to do is make "par" (get in the hole in 5 shots) to tie or make a "Bird" (get in the hole in 4 shots) to win. (If you don't play golf, a par 5 hole is much easier than a par 4 just because you get one more shot and they are usually not that much longer, maybe 50 - 75 yards. So a 5 is easy and a 4 is very possible.) So he's hit his 1st shot. Now he's 240 yards from the hole with 25 yards of lake right in front of the hole. The last 3 days he's hit it in the lake every time. What he should do is "lay up", hit it 200 yards and be short of the lake (you lose a shot if you go in the lake) and then hit a short shot to the green and putt in for a 4 or 5 depending on if he can get in in 1 putt or 2.  Either way he wins or ties and gets to play in a play-off. But, he's so sure he can make the shot that he decides to go for it. This time he hits it onto the green, it's a great shot but it starts to roll backwards and slowly, slowly rolls back into the lake. He's not out yet, he can still go up to the edge of the lake a drop a ball and hit it from there. He would still have 2 shots from there to tie, a short chip and a putt. But, he knows he can make the shot so he tries it again. Same thing …. Hits the green and the ball rolls back into the lake. So he tries again, and again, and again… till he's down to his last ball. He's lost the match, he's hit 11 shots. If he hit's this one in the lake he gets disqualified and he doesn't even finish.  He hits one more. Everybody in the crowd it pulling for him, the announcers are pulling for him, the camera men are pulling for him, they almost can't watch, but they have to because they are dying for him to make the shot. He hits the ball, the crowd almost wills it on to the green and it starts rolling, rolling, rolling. Everyone has their eyes on the ball as it rolls, holding their breath, pulling it to the hole. It drops in and the place goes nuts. He walks to the hole and takes the ball out and throws it in the lake as 3 guys jump in after it, everyone still going crazy. He tells his girlfriend "I can't believe I just gave away the US Open". She says "Who cares, it was the greatest 12 in the history of golf. 10 years from now nobody will remember who won, but they will always remember the 12".

God's like that: We're all a bunch of 12's. The great thing is that God never gives up on us. He knows he can get us there. We're surrounded by people that are pulling for us. Sometimes we think that God wants us to be someone we're not, a great preacher, or a missionary. He doesn't, usually. But he does want you to be part of the blessing. He's got big plans for you even though you're 12… perfect 12 …. Don't be afraid, have a little faith, go for it…..

Want to go hit some balls????

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

There are some things that are great to have in your fridge all the time and a bowl full of Caramelized Onions is one of them. You can put them on anything. Pasta, burgers, any sandwich, next to a fried egg… and it's easy.

Caramelized Onions

2 pounds of onions

2 tablespoons of olive oil

Salt & pepper

Cut the top off of the onion and cut it in half from top to root (leave the root on. It will help hold the onion together while you cut it.) Peel the outside layer off and lay the onion on the flat side. Cut across in to slices.

Put the onions in a large skillet (your Iron skillet will work great) over medium heat and cook stirring every 5 min, until onions are dry and beginning to stick to the pan, about 15 - 20 min.

Add the oil and a large pinch of salt and turn the heat down to medium low. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally until the onions are soft and starting to turn brown… Cook as long as you want to get them as brown as you want.. Add more oil as needed..

Re-season with salt and pepper and serve. They will keep for a week in the fridge … (If they start to stick or burn, add some white wine or water to the pan to deglaze).. Easy Pesy


Another thing I keep all the time: Reduced Balsamic Vinegar.

This is great on anything. A salad, vegies, eggs, soup, pasta, meat, chicken, Fresh fruit, raw vegies…anything that needs a little extra to make it really good.

Reduced Balsamic Vinegar

1 bottle of cheap Balsamic vinegar (whatever you can find in the grocery store)

Empty the bottle of Balsamic Vinegar into a small saucepan and put the pan over the lowest heat you can get on your stove. If the Vinegar starts to simmer, it's too hot. Put another larger pan under your sauce pan. Your Iron skillet works great for this: Fire\Skillet\Saucepan\Vinegar … This takes several hours.. All you want is just a wisp of evaporation on the top of the vinegar as it cooks. You should actually see wisps of vapor over the top of the vinegar. Let it cook till reduced by half or to 1/4. The more it reduces the more you have to pay attention. If it gets too thick it will burn. Don't get stupid or you'll ruin it. Stir every 20 min just to check the level.  Pour it in a jar or a squeeze bottle and put it in the fridge.. you're all set. It's like sweet vinegar syrup! It will keep almost forever, but it will be gone way before that. If you take a big whiff of it while it's cooking, it will also clear out your sinuses….


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 9:12 AM