Confession No. 149 — A feisty notary and my sacred blue pen: A Hurricane Harvey recovery story

It was a Tuesday just like any other these days. I had to leave the office early to deal with more Hurricane Harvey aftermath. But this time I had to forge through the Small Business Administration. Anyone who enters FEMA mitigation must first go through the SBA process, and that includes applying for a loan, […]

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Spices not so spicy anymore?

Whole peppercorns, allspice and everything in between sit in the cupboard for months on end and lose their pungency. It happens. But there’s an easy fix. Place them in a 350F oven for a few minutes. When you start catching the aroma, it’s time to pull them out and use them. (11/11)

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Confession No. 149 — A feisty notary and my sacred blue pen: A Hurricane Harvey recovery story

It was a Tuesday just like any other these days. I had to leave the office early to deal with more Hurricane Harvey aftermath. But this time I had to forge through the Small Business Administration. Anyone who enters FEMA mitigation must first go through the SBA process, and that includes applying for a loan, […]

Confession No. 148 – When it rains, it pours. Goodbye old friend.

Chester is gone. My feelings are no different than what so many people, myself included, have experienced. The grief and mourning of losing a four-legged family member. Chester was our grey and black-striped short-haired cat. He came to us about six years ago as a wily personable kitten, born of a feral mother who’d been […]

The RV Chronicles — My own ‘Old Yeller’ story

Emotions are a fickle thing around these parts lately. I’m told such is the norm after going through a catastrophic event like Hurricane Harvey. But my mind is comparing the loss the Jimmy Rockford — a travel trailer — with ‘Old Yeller,’ and that might just take the melodramatic cake. If you’re among my 19 […]

plateful of chicken wings in General Tso's sauce

The Unorthodox Epicure — General Tso’s Chicken Wings

Of all the Chinese joints I’ve ever eaten at, only one has creative enough to re-purpose two of its most popular menu selections in coming up with a newfangled appetizer. General Tso’s Chicken Wings. I first saw General Tso’s Chicken Wings little more than a year ago at a restaurant in Seabrook, Texas — only […]