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My Part in the War on Christmas

Posted 07-17-2013 at 05:47 PM by Jeff Westover (A Merry Blog)

I had an experience in college that long ago tainted my belief in editors and journalism in general.

I was assigned to write a piece about a student rally being held on campus in opposition to Affirmative Action. (This was California in the early 1980s).

The assignment wasn't my cup of tea but it involved my grade so I did what I had to do, carefully following instructions that I was given.

To be honest, my heart wasn't in the article because I had no real interest in writing news. I wanted to do well in the class, yes. But I've always been more of a writer who composes from the gut -- I write from belief, conviction and emotion. That's just who I am.

I had another problem with the assignment: a horrible personal bias.

To make a long story short my acceptance into the California college system at the time was derailed after years of planning, positioning and saving through high school simply because I was a native Californian...
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Happy 4th of July 2013

Posted 07-04-2013 at 07:15 AM by bigbearfla58
Updated 08-09-2013 at 03:22 PM by bigbearfla58 (Ice Cream for Summer 2013)





I just wanted to take out time today to wish everyone a very Happy 4th of July.

Today in honor of my Great Grandmother's 148th birthday I am once again making her vanilla boiled custard ice cream from scratch that is always churned by hand.

I told my family I was going to post the recipe and promptly was vetoed. They will not allow me to share this treasured family secret. I will have to put the recipe back into the vault until next year at this time.

I have decided I am going to share the recipe just not the tips and techniques to make perfect ice cream you'll have to figure that out.

1-Quart of Great Value Whole Milk
1- cup of Organic Valley heavy whipping cream
4 Jumbo Eggs at room temperature
5 Tbsp. sugar
2 Tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt add this to milk mixture
Morton's Ice Cream Salt –1 box

Good luck!!
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Farewell Our Beloved Friend

Posted 07-02-2013 at 01:53 PM by Jeff Westover (A Merry Blog)
Updated 07-02-2013 at 02:02 PM by Jeff Westover

Sam passed away peacefully today after a long illness. Born on Halloween 2001 Sam came to his family on Christmas morning as a present for our 9 year old daughter but he ended up becoming a gift to us all.


Sam was one of a litter of 8 short hair border collie puppies found from a rescue in Ogden, Utah. He was the smallest and most social of the bunch. Sam spent the bulk of his first car ride from Ogden to Draper, Utah on my chest, shaking and whining nearly the entire way. His welcome on Christmas morning was glorious and he basked in the activity, love and energy that a family with seven children would provide.


Sam was a bird chaser and a mouse catcher. He was intolerant of cats, squirt guns and carbonated beverages the kids would sometimes slip him for entertainment (he barked at them). Sam was athletic, loving to run for long periods of time. He was a tireless explorer, a fearless wanderer and a hopeless carnivore.


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Happy 4th of July 2014 Ice Cream Tradition

Posted 06-27-2013 at 03:20 PM by bigbearfla58
Updated 02-22-2014 at 02:29 PM by bigbearfla58 (Updates for Thanksgiving 2014)


Hear Ye Hear Ye Thanksgiving 2013 is coming start getting ready now!

Thursday, July 11, 2013 5:08 p.m. EDT note to self write about pulling chairs away from table before setting for Thanksgiving dinner

Thursday, June 27, 2013 5:22 p.m.

I just wanted to take out time today to wish everyone a very Happy 4th of July and holiday season yet to come and note to self: post recipe for Great Grandmother's boiled custard ice cream.

Check on notes for days after Thanksgiving and Christmas. Have pot luck dinner every one makes one dish no stress dinner download a movie make popcorn and burgers for post holiday movie night. Go out to dinner take phone and get pictures of your home towns Christmas decorations.

After dinner have friends help you clear the table and load the dishwasher. Put your table cloth in cold water in the washing machine and let it soak overnight. The next day when you're more rested check...
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Mistletoe Mix / Greasy Skillet December 22, 2012

Posted 06-22-2013 at 07:56 AM by RadioJonD (Tinseled Musings from a Yule Tuned Mind)

GS December 22, 2012 - All Christmas Show #2 !!!


GS December 22, 2012 Hour One

It's Christmas - Jimmy Wakley
Christmas Time is Here - Thad Cockrell & Roman Candle
This Time of Year - Brenda Lee
White Christmas - Don Dixon
Jolly Old St.Nicholas - Wilf Carter
Reindeer Boogie - Hank Snow
It's Snowing & It's Christmas Day - Pam Norton
Little Klinker - Tennessee Ernie Ford
Sleigh Ride (underbed & fade out)- Buddy Emmons
Feliz Navidad - Billy Joe Shaver & Flaco Jiminez
Good King Wenceslas - Mary McCaslin
Jesus Christ (Demo) - Big Star
The Christmas Star - Kimmie Rhodes
(It's Going to Be A) Lonely Christmas - Marshall Crenshaw
This Christmas - Dawn McCoy
Blue Christmas Lights - Buck Owens
Christmas At The Jersey Lilly Lounge - Bobby Bare
Do You Hear What I Hear (underbed & fade out) - Danny Davis & The Nashville Brass

The...
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