Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | August 11, 2018

Favorite Quotes – 2018 – Post #32

Favorite Quotes – 2018 – Post #32

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

My two cents, but please share yours:

This week, I’ve been thinking about the men in my life–my father, my husband, and my three brothers.

Today’s theme = Comfort.

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Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | August 11, 2018

Picoblog Question – 2018 – Post #6

Picoblog Question – 2018 – Post #6

What is your favorite pastime on a rainy day?

My two cents, but please share yours:

If the rain comes with thunder and lightning, I like to read a fluffy romance. Otherwise, the perfect pastime is watching a charming old movie with a happy ending. How about you?

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | August 11, 2018

Movie Corner – 2018 – Post #6 – Perfect for August

Movie Corner – 2018 – Post #6 – Perfect for August

What movie would be perfect to watch in August?

My two cents, but please share yours:

For August, I’m selecting the classic drama The Bells of St. Mary’s (1945), featuring Ingrid Bergman as Sister Benedict, Bing Crosby as Father O’Malley, and Henry Travers as Horace Bogardus. Enjoy.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | August 3, 2018

Favorite Quotes – 2018 – Post #31

Favorite Quotes – 2018 – Post #31

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

My two cents, but please share yours:

Summer is slipping away. It’s almost time for all things pumpkin!

Today’s theme = Harvest.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | August 3, 2018

Favorite Quotes – 2018 – Post #30

Favorite Quotes – 2018 – Post #30

“My love for ice cream emerged at an early age – and has never left!”

– Ginger Rogers

My two cents, but please share yours:

My favorite is dark chocolate, of course. How about you?

Today’s theme = Ice cream.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | August 3, 2018

Foodie Corner – 2018 – Post #4 – Microwave Pasta Casseroles

Foodie Corner – 2018 – Post #4 – Microwave Pasta Casseroles

How do you make pasta casseroles in summer without using an oven?

My two cents, but please share yours:

It turns out that pasta dishes can often be made in the microwave. And the following recipe also works for rice instead of pasta.

In a microwave-safe casserole dish, add two-four servings of uncooked pasta (spaghetti, fettucine, macaroni, etc.). Also add enough broth (chicken, beef, vegetable, lightly salted water, or any mixture of broth and fruit juice or wine) so that the liquid not only covers, but also has 3/4 inch of liquid above the pasta. Nuke uncovered for six minutes and check. Keep adding microwaving time in two-minute increments (still uncovered) until the liquid is fully absorbed, but the pasta is still moist.

Next add your preferred precooked (and pre-thawed) meats and/or veggies until the volume equals the volume of the pasta. Then drench all of the ingredients in the sauce of your choice (spaghetti sauce, alfredo sauce, pesto sauce, salad dressing, vodka sauce – anything from a jar). Mix thoroughly, and nuke covered for three-five minutes until all are warmed through. Finally, add the 1/4 inch topping of your choice (shredded cheese, crumbled potato chips, chopped nuts, etc.) and nuke covered for an additional two minutes. Serve warm and enjoy.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | July 28, 2018

Favorite Quotes – 2018 – Post #29

Favorite Quotes – 2018 – Post #29

“Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.”

– Mark Twain

My two cents, but please share yours:

Which is better, peach ice cream or peach cobbler? The abundance mentality shouts, “Both!”

Today’s theme = Peach.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | July 28, 2018

Picoblog Question – 2018 – Post #5

Picoblog Question – 2018 – Post #5

What is your favorite fruit this summer?

My two cents, but please share yours:

This summer, I’ve been craving rosy nectarines. They seem to be extra peachy this year, or maybe it’s just my imagination. How about you?

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | July 28, 2018

The Abundance Frontier – 2018 – Post #6

The Abundance Frontier – 2018 – Post #6

How do we make clothing abundant?

My two cents, but please share yours:

Now that AI/robotics/automation and populism have arrived, what will be the next revolution? The next revolution may in fact be the Abundance Frontier, and it promises to be a near-future-technology Wild West, pioneer spirit included.

The challenge will be to make each of the economic necessities of life so abundant they become virtually free. Here’s a starter list for these necessities.

  • Air √
  • Water √
  • Food √
  • Shelter √
  • Clothing
  • Transportation
  • Self-protection
  • Energy
  • Healthcare
  • Life experiences

Two technologies that will help to make clothing abundant are photochromic dyes and clothing rentals. And, yes, both exist today.

Photochromic dyes can change color simply by being exposed to light. When this light is removed, the color changes back to its original state. Soon, it will be possible to put on a shirt that will be one color under workplace lighting and a different color at a restaurant or nightclub–two shirts for the price of one.

Clothing rentals are part of the new “sharing” economy. Fresh, complete outfits are delivered every few days, in your size and with all the appropriate accessories. Outfits that you’ve worn are collected and returned to the company for washing, ironing, and distribution to other folks. This technology frees up a lot of closet space as there’s no need for separate summer and winter wardrobes. If you gain or lose weight, just go online to your account and change the sizes as needed.

These technologies will also be needed as the global population rises to about 10 billion by mid-century.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | July 20, 2018

Favorite Quotes – 2018 – Post #28

Favorite Quotes – 2018 – Post #27

“If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.”

– Harry S. Truman

My two cents, but please share yours:

I got out of the kitchen. If it can’t be served cold, it doesn’t get served.

Today’s theme = Even more heat.

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