Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | September 29, 2016

Favorite Quotes – 2016 – Post #9

Favorite Quotes – 2016 – Post #9

“Age is not important unless you’re a cheese.”

– Helen Hayes

My two cents, but please share yours:

Helen Hayes is definitely one of my favorite actresses.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | September 29, 2016

Fourth Quarter Debt Check – 2016

Fourth Quarter Debt Check – 2016

For 4Q16, what is the current national debt, GDP, and population of the U.S.A.?

My two cents (but please share yours):

National debt = $19.5 trillion

GDP = $18.5 trillion

U.S. population = 324.5 million

Hint: http://www.usdebtclock.org/

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | September 29, 2016

Foodie Corner – 2016 – Post #9 – Mix-‘n-match Creamy Fall Soups

My motto used to be “If it didn’t get done in the microwave, it didn’t get done.” I’ve since learned to use my electric oven and its four-burner cooktop. But …

Foodie Corner – 2016 – Post #9 – Mix-‘n-match Creamy Fall Soups

How easy are mix-‘n-match creamy fall soups?

My two cents, but please share yours:

Very easy.

In a Dutch oven, on medium-high heat, sauté a trinity in 2T butter or coconut oil until soft. Usually this trinity is diced onions, celery, and carrots. But you can substitute minced garlic or minced ginger or diced peppers (Bell peppers or jalapeños, etc.).

Next add several teaspoons of your favorite dried herbs and spices plus 2T flour sprinkled over the trinity, herbs, and spices, and sauté off the rawness for several seconds. Play with these until you get the right spice blends for you.

Then add in 2c precooked-and-diced meat, poultry, seafood, or beans (or any combination); 2c precooked-and-chopped vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, peas, asparagus, again whatever you prefer), and 2c precooked starch (diced potatoes, diced sweet potatoes, or rice). Stir well.

Finally, whisk in  2c milk and 2c broth (chicken, beef, veggie, or mushroom). You can also add an optional 2c grated cheese at this point, and I usually do. Stir and heat until smooth and warm and bubbly. Serve.

As always, play with this recipe. Add in more liquid, or add in a couple splashes of sherry or wine. If you prefer a thicker soup or a stew, cut back on the liquids or increase the butter and flour simultaneously by a tablespoon or two. Make it your own. And enjoy.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | September 22, 2016

Favorite Quotes – 2016 – Post #8

Favorite Quotes – 2016 – Post #7

“Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.”

– Jim Davis, author and creator of Garfield

My two cents, but please share yours:

Wonderful advice!

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | September 22, 2016

Picoblog Question – 2016 – Post #61

Picoblog Question – 2016 – Post #61

How will you celebrate the arrival of autumn?

My two cents, but please share yours:

I plan to enjoy all things pumpkin!

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | September 22, 2016

Tips for the 21st Century – 2016 – Post #4

Tips for the 21st Century – 2016 – Post #4

What should you still be doing in this high-tech age?

My two cents, but please share yours:

Always get hardcopies of every important document you have, and keep these in a file. Because, sooner or later, there will be a power glitch. The grid will go down. And your important online information will vanish.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | September 14, 2016

Favorite Quotes – 2016 – Post #7

Favorite Quotes – 2016 – Post #7

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.”

– John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton

My two cents, but please share yours:

I’d heard this quote often, but I didn’t know who first said it, until today.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Dalberg-Acton,_1st_Baron_Acton

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | September 14, 2016

Picoblog Question – 2016 – Post #60

Picoblog Question – 2016 – Post #60

How old is middle age?

My two cents, but please share yours:

Thanks to many amazing new technologies in the pipeline, we may, on average, live until 120 years old. That makes 60 years old middle age.

Does your retirement plan fund your needs until age 120?

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | September 14, 2016

Tips for the 21st Century – 2016 – Post #3

Tips for the 21st Century – 2016 – Post #3

What is true for every emerging technology?

My two cents, but please share yours:

Each and every emerging technology will have a glitch-filled learning curve. Expect this. Plan for this. And don’t stop the technology development because of this.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | September 8, 2016

Favorite Quotes – 2016 – Post #6

Favorite Quotes – 2016 – Post #6

“Life is a banquet and most poor bastards are starving to death!”

– Patrick Dennis, Auntie Mame: An Irreverent Escapade

My two cents, but please share yours:

The book, Auntie Mame: An Irreverent Escapade, was made into a play, a musical, and at least two movies that I’ve seen. My favorite is Mame (1974) with Lucille Ball playing the starring role.

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