The Taylors' Front Porch
Pull up a chair! Have a sit-down an' shoot the breeze with us. Later on, maybe we'll go down to the drugstore to get a bottle of pop .  .  . maybe see what's showin' at the Grand .  .  .  . What you gonna do tonight, Barn?

October 29, 2014 - Msg 99553: Hey there, Asa. It was 90 degrees here yesterday and you know Im sick to death of it! Anyway, as far as the stew goes, some people don't brown it but it makes a difference. You can fix it in the crock pot, though, but the way I have done it in the past is to grab the skillet and heat it up, brown the stew meat real good and then put it in the crock pot. It works out fine and the meat is real tender if you cook it slow all day.

Very sorry to hear of your sister-in-law's passing TOM. So sad.

Today has been a good day. Sean and I met with a friend for lunch in town and did a little shopping. Tomorrow will be chore day around here and I will be catching up the laundry.

Have any of you been watching TAGS on MeTV? I have been enjoying it but finding some small parts missing to make room for commercials, I guess. Oh well, still not as bad as TVLand.

Better get off and get ready for bed.

Hey, Asa, its gonna be time for Christmas movie quotes again soon!


October 30, 2014 - Msg 99554:
Yes BOO, I've been watching when I can. Tonight's
was about the Minutemen Club. Rest of the time I was watching the world series game 7. I was pulling for
the Royals, but they didnt quite do it!
Still "hot" here also, but forecast shows a "cold" front coming in soon! I see ASA's area got

October 30, 2014 - Msg 99555: Thanks, Asa. Very kind words. I had the good fortune to be born to parents who had a very positive outlook on life, and had an unfailing belief that God was in control and all would be well, if He was allowed to lead. They passed that on to me, and it has always proven to be true. They also had a highly developed sense of humor, especially my dad. He could find something to laugh at in any situation, and he never, ever took himself too seriously. Even when Alzheimer's was steadily robbing him of his memory and cognitive abilities, his humor would still come through. I'll always be grateful for that.

About the stew - Boo is right about the meat. No, it's not absolutely necessary to brown it first, but it does give a certain richness to the flavor of it, and you do want to brown it in a skillet. Things don't brown very well in the crock pot, they just sort of steam. However, to actually cook the stew, the whole thing will do very nicely in a crock pot. The only tricky part is the timing of adding the veggies. I usually put one onion in along with the meat at first. It will sort of disappear into the broth when added that early, but adds flavor. Add a can of beef broth, and enough water to keep the meat barely covered in the crock pot. Don't add anything else until the meat is getting pretty tender. If you add the veggies too soon, they'll get mushy before the meat is done, and you want it to be very tender so it will probably need to cook most of the day in a crock pot. When you start adding the veggies, put the firmer ones, like carrots, in first and let them cook a while. The softer things, like cabbage and onions or any greens you're using, would go in last, so they don't just go to mush and disappear. If you use snow peas, they would go in about the last fifteen minutes or so. They should still be a bit crisp. Oh, and a can or two of tomatoes along the way gives a nice richness to the broth. Adding potatoes will thicken the broth somewhat (depending on the taters - some are more starchy than others) and you'll end up with more of a stew than soup, a very hearty and nourishing dish, for sure. I have no doubt you can do this. Season to taste, of course, with salt and pepper. Mine gets a generous dash of Tabasco, but that's just me.

Our temps have been quite moderate - 60s at night, mid-80s in the daytime. Sure is nice. I just love this time of year. One thing I do miss - you never smell burning leaves anymore. Cities have ordinances against burning them, and they should, but I remember when I was a child, everyone raked their leaves up and burned them. Most people raked them into a pile just off the curb, in the street, and burned them there. They stood guard, kept a garden hose handy, and usually wet down the grass in the strip between the curb and sidewalk. You never burned leaves on a windy day, and if you did it frequently, the pile wasn't too big. Those leaves would burn quickly, then you'd squirt the ashes with the water hose, and that was that. Sure smelled nice, like Autumn! Of course, that was before the days of a mulching mower. Now we can't burn them, but wouldn't if we could, because the mower chops them almost to powder, and they remain on the lawn, for the best fertilizer you can get! Things have a way of changing, don't they?

Well, I'm off to bed. Our group from church is going over to Ft. Worth tomorrow, to visit the US Mint there, and watch them print money! Should be fun, and interesting. Then tomorrow evening, Robbi and Richard are coming in, to be here for the weekend. Richard's brother is getting married Saturday night.

Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

October 30, 2014 - Msg 99556:
Oh, and good sweep! And with all you're already doing!
PH--I think you missed my sarcasm about game 6.
Now 7 was a bit of a nail-biter.
You know, Barney kinda looked like a Mountie in his "TV" uniform! :)
Welcome back Dr. Breen.
RO, sure, the early voting was easy, but who will be voting as you at the poll on election day, if you catch my drift. ha

October 30, 2014 - Msg 99557: RO, you're fast, ya gort in there before I could post my "follow-up." mdc

October 30, 2014 - Msg 99558: Morning all.

Thanks for the cooking lesson Boo and Ro. I made a stew a couple of years ago and even I was surprised at how good it came out. It seems to me I added a little worstershire to it and that really gave it a deeper flavor that I liked. And I can see how putting the veggies in at the right time is important. It's supposed to get right cold here on Sunday. So I just might fix me up a pot on Saturday and see how it turns out. By golly, y'all talked me right into it. Thanks you two. :)

Boo, I pray Sean is doing ok. And that Bruce had a good birthday. I hope his cake didn't say Happy "58" though. lol

Well it sounds like it was a dandy World Series MDC. I hate to say it, but I didn't see any of it. Not on purpose, but I just didn't even think about it much. I see your Cards have a big game this weekend with Dallas. I think you guys have one of the top coaches in the league. He has done very well where ever he has been.

Well I may try some homemade chili sometime this next month also. So I'm up for any help on doing that as well. Just be mindful that I am not into the "firehouse hot" kind of chili's. I prefer them mild and meaty. Any thoughts?

Well better get. I have a staff meeting in Salt Lake this morning. Talk about a fun day. But my work partner and I always find a place to stop for lunch on the way home.

Prayers for all.


October 30, 2014 - Msg 99559: Hahaha! I get it, MDC, but the short answer is "probably no one." Texas managed to hold onto our voter ID law, at least for now. The appellate court let us keep it for this election, something about it being "too confusing" to try to change it this close to Nov. 2. I can see how that could be confusing. Let's see: You need a picture ID. You don't need a picture ID. Yep, that's a tough one. Almost as tough as "you should be able to prove who you are before you can vote." However, I'm grateful for it, and sincerely hope it will hold up in the higher appeals that have already been filed, and that it will be allowed to stand, once and for all. I declare, that's the dumbest thing I've ever heard of. Just let anyone and everyone walk in and vote, just on their statement that their name is John Smith, or Jose Rodriguez, or Achmed al-Balaki. The left claims it's a "burden" on some people, to obtain a picture ID. I'll bet if a picture ID was required to get government assistance of any kind, or to buy pot in Colorado, it wouldn't be considered a "burden." OK, soap box back in the garage. Anyway, for this election, we should have a minimum of fraud.

Gotta get busy. I have to pick Eloise up in about an hour, to get to the church early enough to get a seat on the bus that isn't over the rear wheels or next to the restroom. It really doesn't matter, this is a short trip, but Eloise gets motion sick easily, and where she sits makes a difference. I don't get sick easily, thank goodness. I've never been airsick, or seasick for that matter, but I have gotten carsick if I try to read in the car. Can't do that. OK, off I go. Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

October 30, 2014 - Msg 99560: Asa, You should come over, I just made a big pot of chili yesterday. I make mine on the milder side too, but like it both ways. I start mine off with putting the meat in then add water to emulsify it and work it with my fingers, it breaks down the meat to a smoother texture. I buy the beans that say "chili ready" they are already seasoned, the same goes for the diced tomatoes they have chili ready ones too. I just add a good size onion, chili powder and cumin powder to taste. That's how my chili rolls...

The News stations in Cleveland have been showing how the town has gone "NUTS" over the return of LeBron James the Cavilers, they have their home opener tonight, they say tickets are going from $800-$6,000 bucks! That is insane! It is hard to believe how much revenue it all brings in, but Cleveland needs all the help it can get. But I'm glad they have something to cheer about, been awhile for that town. All I know they won't be getting any G-F bucks. I'm not into basketball at all, but as Brisco says: "More Power to Ya!"...


October 30, 2014 - Msg 99561: "Oh Bernie, you're a scream!"
Luther Heggs

October 30, 2014 - Msg 99562:
MDC, yes it seems I did miss your sarcasm about game 6. That is the bad thing about communicating through postings, you don't have the advantage of viewing body english that helps in interpreting meanings. Usually when I post something meant to be sarcastic, I would add the a wink ";)" to get across my true meaning. My comment to you was also meant to be sarcastic. But you also did not notice that because I left out the wink ;)
So much for the fallacies of the english language.

G-F, I also don't care for watching basketball. In fact, I would never attend a NBA basketball game even if Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar were playing. Same goes if the tickets were free. Now if they paid me to go, I would. As an example, the only Chicago Bears NFL football games that I have attended where when I was paid to go.

from Poor Horatio

October 30, 2014 - Msg 99563: Veni Vida Vicci
Luther Heggs

October 30, 2014 - Msg 99564: Good Series...kinda wanted KC to pull it out...hey Luther,Boo,Romeena,TOM,PH,MDC,G-F,asa,possum and all...well back here at work for an all nighter...anybody gona cook?...or do I call the diner for take out?...SPOT

October 30, 2014 - Msg 99565: "Otis...Otis Campbell....where did you gee-tt the likker. Where did you gee-tt the likker?"
Luther Heggs

October 30, 2014 - Msg 99566: SPOT, I think the special at the diner is the pounded steak! Or is Thursday boiled cabbage?.. Does it come with pie?

PH, You are right, I only went to 2 Pro Basketball games, when the Cav's played the Lakers and when they played the Bulls back in the(Jordan days) only because tickets were FREE. My Son enjoyed the Bulls game, Jordan only played part of 1 quarter. End of the season & he had to "rest" before the play-off's. The things we do for our kids!!
Reminds me about the time we took our Daughter to the "New Kids on the Block" concert. Couldn't hear for 3 days...


October 30, 2014 - Msg 99567:
G-F, your comment about the New Kids on the Block concert reminded me of the time my family went to a Beatles outdoor concert back in 1965. Not only did I not hear any songs because of all the constant screaming, afterwards, I had steady ringing in my ears for a few days.

Attaboy Luther

from Poor Horatio

October 30, 2014 - Msg 99568: Thanks for the chili ideas GF. Those "chili ready" beans you was mentioning, are they canned? And do you brown your meat first like with the stew?


October 30, 2014 - Msg 99569: You're welcome, Asa. Just follow Ro's advice and you will have quite a good stew. I wont bother to share my chili recipe because its just not that good.

Sean is doing fine, and will take some kind of entrance exam on Monday and I know he is nervous. Continued prayers appreciated.

Just got home from the local walmart and what a madhouse. I was trying to find some caramels to make caramel apples for the kids, but none to be more pumpkins, either. Erin is too old for trick or treat and she is having a friend over for a sleepover tomorrow night. They want to make popcorn balls and caramel apples and stay up late watching movies..yep, that's the plan, for the love of Mike.

Long day..better go get ready for bed,


October 30, 2014 - Msg 99570: PS-yes, brown the beef least that is what I do..maybe not G-F, though.


October 30, 2014 - Msg 99571:
"Sick as a dog, but enjoying ever minute of it" :)

October 31, 2014 - Msg 99572: Love a good stew...Mrs Spot makes one on the stove top and the meat chunks are so tender..with fresh greenbeans....well watching some "C" grade on animal planet channel...well may get me a bowl of apple here till 6am...ok back in a bit...SPOT

October 31, 2014 - Msg 99573:
ME-TV had two special "Welcome Back Kotter" episodes on tonight in memory of Marcia Strassman
who played Julie, Mr Kotter's wife. She passed away last week.
ASA- yes, cold front coming in from the west, but
as I'm at a lower elevation, not as cold as you will be.
Prayers for all,

October 31, 2014 - Msg 99574: Whatever kind of chili you make, put it over rice, and top with chopped onions and shredded cheese.
You can thank me later. ;-)

Btw, I did finish carving my Floyd pumpkin a few days ago, but I just put the picture up today. Have a look if you wish. You may have to scroll down a bit. Now both Barney and Floyd are out hanging out on MY front porch(if you can call it that).

Goodnight everyone!

-Sterling Holobyte

October 31, 2014 - Msg 99575: Good Friday morning all. And happy Halloween I suppose, although I tend to be in the bah humbug group when it comes to the day. It just seems to much emphasis placed on the "dark side". But I do love to see the little kiddies coming around trick or treating. You look to be quite the carving artist Sterling. They both look very good to me. Good job.

Thanks for the ideas on the chili GF and Boo. Do either of you use any other meat than ground beef in your chili? I know there are a ton of different recipes out there. I guess for my first attempt I should keep it simple stupid. lol

Boo, continued prayers for Sean for sure. That can be a tough age, trying to figure out what you want to do the rest of your life. But in todays world, they say most folks will have to change not only jobs, but entire career's more than once. So it may make it easier to pursue something if he knows it might not be forever. Just a thought. I know the situation has to be more difficult for you all, based on some of the challenges you have mentioned he deals with before. But I am a big believer in Prayer and guidance from the Lord, as I know you and Bruce are, and Sean also for that matter. I am confident you will allow the Lord to work things out. Just seek His will for you all.

Well Ro, how was that money making trip? Did you have a good time? Did they pat you down before leaving? ;)

Best get moving. Plenty to do today.

Prayers for all.


October 31, 2014 - Msg 99576: Asa, When I make the chili this way I don't brown it I just cook it all together in the pot the meat come out like a coney sauce consistency. The chili ready beans & tomato's are in cans. And yes, you can use ground turkey in it too tastes just as good. As Sterling said it goes good over rice & spaghetti too. If you want to go crazy with it you can make it "Cincinnati Style" by adding some nutmeg and cinnamon to the mix, try it with a little bit it's good especially over spaghetti. Google "Skyline Chili"...

Better get back to my "mud work", got all the taping work done now to step 2

Great Job Sterling, next year you can do the Goober one...Just be sure you put Floyd facing Barney so he can say: "BOO!" or should we say: "Booze" to Boo...


October 31, 2014 - Msg 99577:

October 31, 2014 - Msg 99578: Good morning, porch! All this talk of chili is making me think it's about time to simmer up a pot of it. I love chili, and I make a decent version of it. Asa, you asked about using different kinds of meat in it. Here in Texas, any store with a decent meat department will sell you "chili grind" beef. Usually, it's packaged and in the meat counter, but occasionally it's not. In that case, you just ask the butcher, and he'll grind it for you. It's just ground beef, but the grinder blades are very coarse, resulting in meat that's almost chunky. It's not all mooshed together like hamburger, it's in easily-separated chunks, about the size of a grape. Some of us add a little regular hamburger as well, for a little back-up consistency, but those meaty chunks are so good. G-F, I must respectfully differ with you on one point - turkey is okay, but it doesn't have the hearty richness that beef provides. In fact, I like turkey to be turkey, I don't like it when it tries to masquerade as something else. Turkey bacon is awful, and a "turkey burger" should be ashamed of itself. I love turkey, but I want it sitting in a roaster pan, all golden brown and juicy, and surrounded by steaming, succulent stuffing. That's just my opinion, of course, and certainly if someone serves me turkey masquerading as beef, I'll eat it, and probably enjoy it, but given my choice, I'll just play it straight. No imposters.

You pumpkin carver guys are amazing! I can only imagine how it would turn out if I tried that. I'd end up with a pumpkin that looked like some kind of mutant, and might lose a digit or two in the process. I never could even carve a simple jack-o-lantern that looked right.

Well, better get moving around here. Robbi and Richard are here, will be leaving around four to go to the actual dress rehearsal for Richard's brother's wedding. They'll be back here around eight, bringing Richard's daughter and her two little girls with them, to stay here tonight. That should be fun, having two little ones on Halloween. I've got candy and such for them to hand out at the door, and Robbi and Jordan will probably let them go trick-or-treat a little bit, too. They're two and five, I think. Fun ages.

Have a happy and safe Halloween, downplay the witchy part, have fun with the rest of it. Blessings! --Romeena

October 31, 2014 - Msg 99579: "Well that's the way we do it back home. How do you folks do it?"
Dr. Breen

October 31, 2014 - Msg 99580: Good timing Dr. Breen that's funny, Romeena, I agree with your turkey discussion, I have used turkey meat in other dishes, I try to use (some) turkey when I get into the "trying to eat right" mode and drop a few pounds. Now a turkey burger is not so bad if you season them and put some onions, green peppers and I add some liquid smoke to the mix. Not to bad, but I KNOW you know the story about putting lipstick on a pig... ;)haha!
One of my favorites when we go out to eat is a open face hot turkey sammich with mashed taters and gravy. I do have a turkey breast in the freezer that may not make it to Thanksgiving.


October 31, 2014 - Msg 99581: Asa, Bruce like me to make venison chili, but we seldom have ground deer. It is his favorite, by far but I don't like it. He also likes his chili mild, so for years I make two kinds of chili. I make him the mild, using Caroll Selby's chili seasoning. I like my chili more tomato-y with plenty of chili pepper and spicy. I have used Wick Fowler's chili seasoning before and liked it a lot. For me the key is to slow cook it for awhile on the stovetop. Also, if I am using it for Frito pie, I like to add a couple of cans of store bought chili to thicken it up. Nobody seems to notice and my family always compliments it when I do that.

Well, I am making a kid-friendly menu for Halloween dinner tonight. I made up a batch of baked beans and are making their favorite bbq cups. Simple recipe and versatile. I just brown up some ground beef and add some sloppy joe mix (I add a little brown sugar to it). Then you spray your muffin tins with nonstick spray and grab a can of jumbo flaky style biscuits. Separate the biscuits into to halves and press each half into a muffin tin to form a cup. But in a couple tablespoons of the meat mixture, top with grated cheddar or whatever cheese you choose, then bake at 350 for 10 minutes or so.

We had a weak front come through today and it cooled us off to the low 80s and much lower humidity, which is wonderful.. just might put a fire in the fire pit tonight.

Hey, we haven't had a party at the old Remshaw house in a long time. Anyone up for it?


October 31, 2014 - Msg 99582: Hey BOO good idea for a party at the Rimshaw house. And maybe I'll also spend the night in the Simmons mansion.
"You're C of C and you're OK. You're C of C and you're OK. You're C of.....hey wait a minute. You're not C of C."
"I'm rotary!"
Luther Heggs
PS: It's tradition at my house. Every Halloween night we watch The Ghost and Mr. Chicken

October 31, 2014 - Msg 99583: Those are one of my Grankidders favorites too, except they like them Taco flavored..

Gomer,..Gome....Gooome? Sterling & I will bring our carved pumpkins for light...G-F

October 31, 2014 - Msg 99584: Sounds like a plan- party at the Rimshaw house! I ain't skeered!

Happy Halloween, everybody!

possum under a rock

October 31, 2014 - Msg 99585:

from Poor Horatio

October 31, 2014 - Msg 99586:
Move your cursor around the image and see what happens to the eyes in the picture.

from Poor Horatio

October 31, 2014 - Msg 99587:
How did you post that? Tell us your secret. Very clever!
Oh yes, I forgot to mention that in Pappabear's letter, he said that
he would see you all at the Remshaw place!
RO--you used the word masquerade on the right date! ha
Ya all be safe out there,

October 31, 2014 - Msg 99588: Asa and Boo both freaked out when they saw them movin' eyeballs! Y'all come help me get Asa down from this big ol' tree-don't know where Boo ran off to!
Better get a posse up and go look for her.Spot thought he saw her run through the woods and across the Robert E Lee Natural Bridge,but he ain't sure.

possum again


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