Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | May 8, 2017

Movie Corner – 2017 – Post #5 – Perfect for May

Movie Corner – 2017 – Post #5 – Perfect for May

What movie would be perfect to watch in May?

My two cents, but please share yours:

This month, I’m going with Secretariat (2010) in honor of the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes. This film about the Triple Crown winner features Diane Lane, John Malkovich, and Margo Martindale.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | May 8, 2017

U.S. Constitution – 2017 – Post #5

U.S. Constitution – 2017 – Post #5

What is the Preamble of the U.S. Constitution?

My two cents, but please share yours:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/constitution-transcript

https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/bill-of-rights-transcript

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | May 4, 2017

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #18

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #18

“The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.”

– George Washington

My two cents, but please share yours:

The Constitution is not only a guide. It has become the very foundation of our freedom.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | May 4, 2017

Picoblog Question – 2017 – Post #6

Picoblog Question – 2017 – Post #6

What new project will you take on during May?

My two cents, but please share yours:

In order to update my so-last-millennium mathematics and statistics skills, I’ve begun a study program this month in the relatively new area of data science. The “day job” romance writing schedule remains unchanged.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | May 4, 2017

U.S. Constitution – 2017 – Post #4

U.S. Constitution – 2017 – Post #4

What is Amendment I of the U.S. Constitution?

My two cents, but please share yours:

“Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/bill-of-rights-transcript

https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/constitution-transcript

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | April 24, 2017

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #17

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #17

“In all my work, I try to say – ‘You may be given a load of sour lemons, why not try to make a dozen lemon meringue pies?’”

– Maya Angelou

My two cents, but please share yours:

Right about now, a slice of lemon meringue pie would be so nice.

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 – 2017 – Post #6 – Mix-‘n’-Match Citrus-Wine Soup

What is a nice, light soup for warmer weather?

My two cents, but please share yours:

The answer is any version of this mix-‘n’-match soup.

In a deep microwave pot, add in the following.

  • 3-4c Broth (choose from chicken, beef, mushroom, tomato, or vegetable)
  • 1.5-2c Wine (choose from white, rosé, red, sparkling, or any other alcoholic beverage–but never use cooking wine)
  • Citrus juice from 2-4 lemons (or equivalent amount from limes, oranges, or pineapple)
  • 2-4t Garlic powder
  • 1-2c Precooked shredded meat, beans, fish chunks, or chopped shellfish
  • 1-2c Diced precooked vegetables (any assortment you prefer)
  • 4T Butter (olive oil or coconut oil–only if you must, butter is much better)

Stir, cover, and nuke for 5-8 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste and chopped herbs for a garnish. Serve with well-buttered toast or garlic bread for dipping in the soup. As always, be sure to play with this recipe and make it your own. Enjoy.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | April 24, 2017

U.S. Constitution – 2017 – Post #3

U.S. Constitution – 2017 – Post #3

What is Article III, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution?

My two cents, but please share yours:

“Article III.

Section. 1.

The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour, and shall, at stated Times, receive for their Services, a Compensation, which shall not be diminished during their Continuance in Office.”

https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/constitution-transcript

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | April 18, 2017

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #16

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #16

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

– Thomas Jefferson

My two cents, but please share yours:

It is important for Americans to read and understand fully the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. I recommend reading these two short documents every spring as a way of preparing for the July 4 celebrations.

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 – 2017 – Post #5 – Single-Serving Cream Sauces and Gravies

How do you make a single serving of cream sauce or gravy?

My two cents, but please share yours:

In a small skillet on medium high heat, mix 1T of grease (butter, olive oil, coconut oil, etc.) and 1T of thickener (flour, cornstarch, finely chopped breadcrumbs, etc.) to make a roux (bubbly paste). Then slowly whisk in 3/4c of liquid (milk, skim milk, cream, broth, wine, fruit juice, etc.) and keep stirring as the sauce comes to a boil. Continue to boil until the sauce reaches your desired thickness–usually when it coats the back of a spoon. Serve immediately over protein, vegetable, or starch. Enjoy.

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