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Don’t Try This At Home

Author: From http://www.musingsoverapint.com/ • Apr 27th, 2017
   Category: Blog Entries.Local
I really want a home range, but I will hold out for a different solution.



Skillet Chicken with Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce

Author: From http://www.pointsinmylife.com/ • Apr 26th, 2017
   Category: Blog Entries.Local

Turn a dish into a "creamy" meal and you'll always have my vote! This smooth sauce with fresh herbs makes this dish taste like it came straight from a top restaurant! "Laura's Restaurant"! 

Ingredients:

- 3, 6 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 2 1/2 Tbs olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup diced onions
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 1/3 cups + 1 Tbs chicken broth
- 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes (in oil) - finely chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh basil, plus more for garnish
- 2 tsp. corn starch
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese

Place a long sheet cling wrap on top of a cutting board. Place chicken on top of plastic wrap and lay another piece of wrap over the top of the chicken. Pound chicken to an even thickness using the flat side of a meat mallet (or in my case, a cast iron skillet). Season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper. Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook for about 4 to 5 minutes on each side (until chicken is cooked through).  Transfer to a plate and place another plate over the chicken to keep warm. Set aside.

Turn heat down to medium. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in skillet. Add onions and sauté for a few minutes. Add garlic and sauté a minute longer. Pour in 1 1/3 cup chicken broth, while scraping bottom of skillet to release browned bits. Place sun-dried tomatoes and 1/4 cup basil in a blender and blend until tomatoes are chopped fine; or you can chop tomatoes and basil with a knife. Add mixture to the skillet and stir. In a small bowl, mix remaining 1 tablespoon of chicken broth with corn starch. Add to skillet, stirring constantly. Add cream and parmesan, stirring until cheese has melted. Remove from heat, and add chicken to the skillet mixture, spooning sauce over chicken. Garnish with more fresh basil and ENJOY! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.

"Count your blessings, not your troubles." - Anonymous


For The Love of Beer

Author: From http://www.musingsoverapint.com/ • Apr 26th, 2017
   Category: Blog Entries.Local
Some people really like their Budweiser.
When fire broke out inside a home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, police say Michael Casteel rushed inside his apartment, in defiance of first responders' orders, to save what he held most dear - two cans of Bud Ice Premium.

The bumbling beer lover's valiant act landed Casteel in jail Sunday afternoon on two counts of obstruction.
 
A spokesperson for the Sioux Falls Police Department slammed Casteel's suds-saving heroics as an instance or 'poor judgement.'

"Poor judgement."  That's an understatement.  Now, if it had been Westvleteren 12....

See "He was saving his best Bud!" for the full story.


No Rain at the Indoor Range

Author: From http://www.musingsoverapint.com/ • Apr 25th, 2017
   Category: Blog Entries.Local
After missing all of last week, I was anxious to get in some trigger time this week. I had hoped this would happen at the outdoor range, but a prediction of several days of rain make that unlikely. Staring out of my office window at the heavy rain Monday made it hard to get motivated to even drive to the indoor range.

But, I did get motivated. I had a specific practice plan in mind for this session and started out shooting 50 round Julie Glob drill with the P320, this time at 10 yards. Shooting from low ready, I focused on quick target sighting and fast follow up shots when required. I jerked one of the head shots pretty seriously, and was a bit high on one body shot but was otherwise pleased.

After that I switched to the S&W Shield for some general practice. After several magazines with the smaller weapon, I went back to the SIG. The rest of my time was spent doing slower fire at 10 and 15 yards. I am feeling ever more comfortable with the new gun. For me, it points significantly differently than the P226, which I’ve put some 75,000 rounds through over the past 7 years. The good news is I’m starting to get used to the P320 and getting tighter groups, and pulling fewer shots.

That makes 1,025 rounds through the new P320. I gave myself a goal of 1,000 rounds before I tried out the gun in competition, or considered carrying it. Given upcoming fun family plans (and a less fun work calendar) over the next month or so, there is little opportunity for any pistol matches, so the round count will continue to grow through practice time.

I still hold out hope for a trip to the outdoor range later this week. If it doesn’t happen, perhaps I’ll plan another indoor trip. While my schedule allows, I'll take every opportunity I can to shoot. One never knows when the next "dry spell" will hit. After all, shooting IS a perishable skill, and for some of us it perishes more quickly.


Shrimp Foil

Author: From http://www.pointsinmylife.com/ • Apr 24th, 2017
   Category: Blog Entries.Local

A little play on "shrimp boil", this tasty seafood dish has an incredible flavor that is magnified by the addition of smoked turkey sausage, potatoes, and a spice I cannot live without, Old Bay Seasoning! A very easy dish to make, with a preparation time that only takes a few minutes.

Ingredients:

*- 1 lb. medium shrimp, shells on (see below for an alternative that I used), divided
- 1/2 lb. fully cooked smoked turkey sausage, sliced, divided
- 2 potatoes, peeled and cubed, divided
- 6 frozen corn on the cobs, half sizes (or cut 3 regular sized in half)
- 3 Tbs olive oil, divided
- salt and pepper to taste
- Old Bay Seasoning to taste
- Fresh parsley for garnish

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Tear off 3 long sheets of aluminum foil. Spread each out on a counter and place equal amounts of the shrimp, frozen corn, potato cubes, and turkey sausage on top of foil. Drizzle each with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and season with salt, pepper, and Old Bay. Seal foil on all 4 sides. Place on a baking sheet and place in the oven for approximately 40 minutes. Garnish with parsley.

* For my shrimp, I used a 12 oz. bag of fully cooked, peeled, and deveined, salad shrimp. Instead of adding the shrimp to the foil, I tossed the shrimp in a skillet with 2 Tbs butter and Old Bay Seasoning. I added it to the rest of the ingredients after they came out of the oven.

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"Be a Light for All to See!" - Anonymous


Patience Needed at the Bar

Author: From http://www.musingsoverapint.com/ • Apr 24th, 2017
   Category: Blog Entries.Local
One way I judge bar service is by how long my beer glass stays empty before the bartender notices. The truth be told, if the glass is already empty when the server notices, they are behind the curve. We were traveling last weekend and stopped into the hotel bar for a drink after dinner. It didn't take long to realize my second beer was going to be long in coming.


More than 14 minutes passed before the bartender looked up and acknowledged me, despite us being seated right in front of the taps. (I didn't start the timer for a few minutes after emptying my glass.) On the other hand, we saw one patron's beer get poured as soon as he ordered it, it then sat on the bar for 15 minutes before being delivered.

We took a chance on ordering a late snack as well, and the food service followed the same pattern. In the end our food was comped by the manager. On the bright side we did enjoy fun conversation with other patrons as we commiserated over our woes at attracting the attention of the staff.


Marketing Genius

Author: From http://www.musingsoverapint.com/ • Apr 23rd, 2017
   Category: Blog Entries.Local
This would cause snowflake meltdown if it aired in the U.S.




A severe storm plastered Colonial Beach, Va. with shredded leaves and debris on Friday evening. The storm knocked trees down, caused property damage and disrupted electricity. (Mike Morones / The Free Lance-Star)

Author: From http://blog.mikemorones.com • Apr 22nd, 2017
   Category: Blog Entries.Local, Photography.Local

A severe storm plastered Colonial Beach, Va. with shredded leaves and debris on Friday evening. The storm knocked trees down, caused property damage and disrupted electricity. (Mike Morones / The Free Lance-Star)



Bystanders watch as workers assess the damage at Boathouse Marina in Colonial Brach, Va. on April 22, 2017. A severe storm knocked trees down, caused property damage and disrupted electricity. (Mike Morones / The Free Lance-Star)

Author: From http://blog.mikemorones.com • Apr 22nd, 2017
   Category: Blog Entries.Local, Photography.Local

Bystanders watch as workers assess the damage at Boathouse Marina in Colonial Brach, Va. on April 22, 2017. A severe storm knocked trees down, caused property damage and disrupted electricity. (Mike Morones / The Free Lance-Star)



A severe storm plastered Colonial Beach, Va. with shredded leaves and debris on Friday evening. The storm knocked trees down, caused property damage and disrupted electricity. (Mike Morones / The Free Lance-Star)

Author: From http://blog.mikemorones.com • Apr 22nd, 2017
   Category: Blog Entries.Local, Photography.Local

A severe storm plastered Colonial Beach, Va. with shredded leaves and debris on Friday evening. The storm knocked trees down, caused property damage and disrupted electricity. (Mike Morones / The Free Lance-Star)