8/17/14

More than I Thought

Oh this is shameful, I had good intentions of keeping up with my blog… just know if my mind could write the postings I would've been caught up.

What's exciting……… well…………. I mopped the kitchen floor…………...I finished some postings for a business then I  finished a poster for a party.

  I made these amazing Peanut Butter Bars for my church coffee hour.
I found the recipe on Pinterest .  If for no other reason, that you join Pinterest, then it should be for recipes, it's the bomb for recipes. Especially the fattening kind.

Here's the shameful link to find those little babies Sally's Baking Addiction .  If the blog name doesn't give you an indication of what you're in for, well then… I can't help you.  HA!

So I've been schooling others on Pinterest Business.  If you have a business this is the place, depending of the type of business you have of course. 
 Make sure you have the time to devote to it and setting it up, it is a handful, but once you get it it's not that bad.
Like anything else take baby steps.. Rome wasn't built in a day.

I've done many other things but they seem to bunch up and get a little overwhelming.

Do you UBER?  Uber is great!  It's less than most taxi's.  It's personable.  It is quick to pick you up and it is accommodating.  Even if you think you don't need it, sign up anyway, you never know when you may be in a pinch for a rideThey will pick you up where you're at and there is NO MONEY EXCHANGED EVER!  

Most towns have Uber, check and see if yours does. 
No,  I'm not getting paid for advertising..I just like Uber.  I started driving for Uber nearly a month ago a few days a week, it fits my schedule and a few extra dollars end up in the cookie jar…. I've met many nice people, briefly.  Some have replaced their monthly car payments, insurance, gas for a uber rides.  Cool huh?
I'm also learning more about my city than I knew..places I didn't have a clue were there.
And if you're wondering, the majority of people who use Uber are young professionals, but I see more possibilities here…..

So in a nutshell, I've been busy and good intentions didn't type this…

Hope you have an Uberexciting day..lol



7/7/14

JOO LIE




Here we are in July, humid weather, our first hurricane-Arhur- but I must say, it's getting better and better.

Swimming is one way to make the hot humid weather better, and I've been taking advantage of it, .
How people vacation here to stand in long lines in Mickeyworld is beyond me…I'd choose the lazy river, or reclining in my own cabana watching the football while sipping on a cool one.

  The beach- how we love it, sand and grit, waves, and undertows, heat, and sand castles, dragging everything you own, can be both, melty and fun so rent an umbrella and chairs and leave toting to someone else. 

 I haven't been yet this year, I always intend to but remember spring break and crowds, then July and crowds, eventually I will make it…
How will you spend the rest of your summer, where will you go?  The old swimmin' hole, Mickeyworld, or by the sea ………..

BY THE BEAUTIFUL SEA

From the musical "For Me and My Gal"
(Harold Atteridge / Harry Carroll) (1914)

Joe and Jane were always together.

Said Joe to Jane,
"I love summer weather,
So let's go to that beautiful sea,
Follow along,
Say you're with me!"
Anything that Joe would suggest to her
Jane would always think it was best for her.
So he'd get his Ford,
Holler:
"ALL ABOARD!
Gosh, I want to be:
By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea!
You and me, you and me, oh how happy we'll be!
When each wave comes a-rolling in
We will duck or swim,
And we'll float and fool around the water.
Over and under, and then up for air,
Pa is rich, Ma is rich, so now what do we care?
I love to be beside your side, beside the sea,
Beside the seaside, by the beautiful sea!



Have a wonderful summer no matter where you spend it. 

2/11/14

And the winner is………….

And the winner is………….

Those are the words you want to hear after entering any kind of contest.  This past weekend through a  oak and hickory smoke and rainy drizzly hazy day,  those words were longed for as
I sat through the chill treating the camera like a baby to shoot photos of chicken, ribs, pork, and brisket.  Every hour on the hour turn in times were as exact as feeding times.

Then the wait…..3 hours in the cold, breath was visible through the raindrops and thankfully my car was close by as I used it to pass the time.
 There was a break in the weather so we walked around to see the array of smokers and grills. Forget backyard they are in it to win it and they ain't a playin'.   Since this was a first time for my client entering a contest, he didn't have the big rigs or even a tent to stay in, he did have tents for cooking and sitting.
I ended up back in my car a short time later and came to the conclusion these people are serious.  
We saw streamlined RV's and decked out haulers with smokers that gleamed your reflection so fine I could have used it to put my mascara on in the morning. And they were still cooking in them!!
Myron Mixon, cronies were there, I don't think he was but someone was using his rig.
There were others I was sure who had some standing in the BBQ community and they didn't lack at all in the shiny anything, cooker, sleeper, driver thing.
Finally the time had come and we made our way up the hill to the prize awarding tent listening
to  nonsensical jargon from those onstage. Tension was high and most were wet, tired, and wanting to get the hell outta there with their cash money prizes and trophies they hadn't even won yet. It had been a long two days.
(There were Backyard and  Professional Divisions.)

 BackYard Division
First Place for Chicken, Grillin' Gaines Catering    (FB link)
Third place for Ribs, Grillin' Gaines Catering   (website link)
And the overall score was  3rd out of 33 entrants.   
For a first time entry for a BBQ contest, not too shabby at all.
  There's a lesson here…..

Click on the Grillin' Gaines Catering link to see the photo and Like the Page.  There will be an updated website up and running at the beginning of March.

2/6/14

Navels and Smoke

Smoked BBQ Ribs from Grillin' Gaines Catering
Smoked Ribs on the Grill
I’ve been unofficially informed of neglecting my duties/ posting on my blog.  I learned if you neglect, you lose your place. Goodness knows, I didn’t want that to happen, actually it did happen, I’ve dropped lower than a bikini on spring break Suldog, thanks for keeping me in line.  J 

This weekend, I’ll be doing a photo shoot for a client who has entered his first (that I know of) BBQ competition.There are over 114 applicants.  Professional and Backyard, as it’s labeled and it’s going to be a long day, my part won’t be wrought cooking or cleaning up, just shooting, smelling, and ogling.  I am hoping to bring ample samples home with me, I’ll probably have every dog in the neighborhood on my "tail" 'cause I’ll smell so darn good.

 It took this competition to make me aware this festival even existed.  It’s not your yuppie type festival, definitely old Florida, redneck as I see it, it won’t make it any less fun. It's the Old Florida Outdoor Festival.  And to make sure I keep  up with my posting duties, I'll try to get some photos or links on the next post.  In the meantime, if you want to test out your napkins head on over to the FB page of Grillin' Gaines Catering.   While you're there "like" it, won't you?


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