Pork Chop Surprise

Wish I had some pork chops after reading this. Maybe next week?

How I Cook — by Graham Stewart

E3213AAA-81D2-4E1B-A6FB-B1C8A8FC486033A4D7F0-1A78-4623-BBA0-DDF53FBD91DAF18A501A-35F5-44BB-B831-E09C572A43B0What’s the surprise with these pork chops? I am keeping it super simple with them. Normally I play around with what I am cooking. Our son Ian’s birthday supper is tomorrow so I am saving my playing till then. Tonight it’s just potato wedges, pork chops and a salad. Still this is a good supper and the chops are a little different. I have cooked pork chops this way for years, they cook quickly and since I like pork, taste great. I cut my own loin chops when I buy a whole pork loin. Mine are 1 inch thick, the thin ones from the supermarket won’t work for this. If you have a butcher it’s easy to get 1 inch thick chops. Some supermarkets will cut them for you also. The reason I am using corn starch in this recipe is because it forms a crust and seals the moisture…

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Stuffed Pork Loin chops

How I Cook — by Graham Stewart

EAB9E466-3E19-4D06-9948-DDE286B68F11I found a great deal on pork loin, they are always a good thing to buy when you find a great price. Cut some of it into chops and left the thicker end for a roast. Was thinking about what I could do with the roast, it’s been awhile since I stuffed one. So it came down to do I stuff chops or the roast, the chops won. A stuffed roast is a little much for just my wife and I. It’s just better to keep the roast for company. The stuffing would of been the same if I had of used the roast. Have come to terms with stuffing for meat. Been thru the fancy stuffing faze. Remember making a stuffing for a pork loin that was a little fancy and a lot of work. It had dried cranberries, chopped apple, onion, spinach, garlic, parsley, sage, honey, salt, pepper…

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The Meaning Of Religion As A Religious Woman

Wise words, indeed!

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       Before the internet, the gap was wider as each community was well-versed in its traditional lore only. Now, you can make friendship with people overseas while you are plopping down on your sofa through your cellphone. Nonetheless, we are suffering from those trolls behind their keyboards!

      Two years ago, an Egyptian cook has decided to take her hijab off. I could not make out people’s demeanor when they scorned and understated her. She was called a spinster looking for a groom, they suspected her faith without any deference! Her decision was personal, but trolls insisted on making it a religious matter!

      Mo Salah, the Egyptian football player posted a picture of his daughter while she was playing on the piano. The comments revolved around religion and Islamic nurture. Their comments exuded their ignorance of religion and its essence.

      Dina Tokio has decided to take her hijab…

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Life is like a Monopoly game!

MonopolyI can fill an entire Monopoly board with the places I have lived.

In my personal board game version, I will only include places that I have rented or owned, and exclude family homes where I lived with my parents or aunt. So some spots on the board will be reserved for family homes.

CHEAP: RENTALS, You get what you pay for!

You know, the Dark Purple and Light Blue:

· Mediterranean: 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath apartment, on a busy street

· Baltic: 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath apartment, in the Village

· Oriental: 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath, apartment, in the Village, moving on up a bit

· Vermont: 2 Bedroom, 1 or 2 Bath duplex on Brush Creek, had cool sliding doors, a front and back deck

· Connecticut: 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Townhouse in the Village (I finally had a 3rd bedroom to practice and teach dance. The backyard had a concrete deck for the patio and my first place with a basement. Woot!

A STEP UP: It costs to the be the bossKentucky

Now we are at the Fuchsia and Orange neighborhoods

· St. Charles: College Dorm, shared, co-ed, had food buffets, pizza delivery and concerts

· States: 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath house that used to be owned by my Grandad. My ex-hubby wanted it for the garage. Eventually, the neighborhood was flooded with drugs and that house was between two crack houses 😦

· Virginia TBA*Pacific

· St. James TBA*

· Tennessee TBA*

· New York TBA*

FANCY: HOME OWNERSHIP on the Red and Yellow side!

· Kentucky: 3 Bedroom , 1 Bath, Killer deck, Jacuzzi tub installed, Gas fireplace, Office

· Indiana TBA*North Carolina

· Illinois TBA*

· Atlantic TBA*

· Ventnor TBA*

· Marvins Gardens TBA*

RITZY: HOME OWNERSHIP on the Green and Dark Blue!

· Pacific: 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath, Jacuzzi tub, Screened Front Porch, Basement dance room

· N. Carolina: 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath, Sunroom, Butler’s Pantry, Porte de Cochere, 2nd Floor deck

· Pennsylvania TBA*

· Park Place: 4 Bedroom, 2 Full/3 Half Bath, Hot Tub, Fence back yard, Suburbs, Pantry Room!

· Boardwalk: Pending repairs for ceiling/basement and upgrades to kitchen will turn Park Place into Boardwalk!Park Place

​*TBA Places lived before 18 or when living with Mom, Dad or my Aunt.

When I rented my first 1 bedroom, 1 bath (Baltic), I never knew that one day, I would own a 4 bedroom house (Park Place) that had the potential to be Boardwalk one day. If I win the lottery, I am going to finish my basement and add tile to the kitchen. I would love to have a range hood and upgrade my gas stove that I have had for over 10 years.

THE VAMPIRE DANCER SAGA 5 IS COMING!

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Wedding Ring Trends

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By Guest Blogger:   Katie Jones

Once you’re done finalizing the date for your wedding, it is very important to select your wedding ring. The wedding rings will take a chunk out of your wedding budget, and should be selected accordingly. Apart from the rings, you will also have to keystone certain amounts for the venue, florist, caterers, wedding décor, bartenders, and wedding favors. These usually take up a sizeable amount out of your wedding budget and should be proportioned accordingly.

Katie from Orla James feels that brides today pay close attention to matching the wedding rings with their engagement rings. Another aspect she mentioned was that most brides look for wedding rings that set their engagement rings off and can be worn as standalone jewelry as well. While simple solitaire rings are popular as engagement rings, the options available for wedding rings have blossomed considerably in the last few decades.

You could select a few designs that inspire you and get them done according to your style from your favorite local jewelers. They would be able to make your wedding ring to your specifications.

Let us help you narrow down your wedding rings selection with a few of our favorite choices.

· Colorful stones:

Most women prefer traditional metal bands as wedding rings. However, you could opt for colored stones like rubies, emeralds, amethysts, and so on instead of plain metal wedding rings. Another set of stones to consider would be hued diamonds in colors like pale yellow, pink, brown, or black. While this is a non-traditional choice for a wedding ring, you could wear it as a standalone ring or with your engagement ring (if it complements).

· Floral patterns:

wedding ring Engagement ring patterns are very famous in floral patterns. If you want, you could opt for a floral pattern wedding ring as against an engagement ring to make your wedding ring unique. Floral accents make rings look very feminine while not being too over the top. Select floral accents inlaid with diamonds to bring out the stone and metal set work in your ring and make it look stunning.

· Scroll settings:

Scroll set wedding rings are taking the wedding ring trends by storm! A pattern that is rarely chosen by traditionally inclined women, if you want, you could opt for a scrollwork pattern that brings out the stone and metalwork to keep your ring youthful looking and fun. Most young brides today are very taken up by this modern twist on traditional wedding rings. They love playing around with diamonds, colored stones, and scrollwork to keep their wedding rings looking playful yet trendy.

· Intricate side work:

If you’re still in two minds about whether you want to be a traditional bride or a non-traditional one, you could opt for a balance of both with intricate side work. This design is a fabulous take on the traditional ring of solitaire or stone with intricate stone or diamond work on the sides. You could keep the metal traditional with yellow gold and play around with a lattice pattern on the sides of the ring inlaid with smaller diamonds and colored stones. This makes for a perfect blend between old and new!

· Marquise-cut stones:

Round cut diamonds are extremely popular options for wedding rings, but if you prefer a twist on classical diamonds, you could opt for marquise cut diamonds. As a center stone, large marquise cut stones add elegance and beauty to the overall appearance of wedding rings. You could also opt for colored marquise cut stones and surround them with smaller diamonds to enhance the look of your wedding ring. A fantastic aspect about marquise cut diamonds is that they make your fingers look slender and elongated.

· Multiple bands:

According to us, where diamonds, colored stones, and gold are considered, the principle of ‘More the Merrier’ applies. Redesign your wedding ring to include multiple bands of diamonds or colored stones around your main stone. If you want, you could forego the main stone and have multiple bands with spaces between each. It is prettier, trendier, and can be worn with your engagement ring to make your hand look more elegant. This is also a pretty fashion-forward design that you can turn into a vintage multiple bands wedding ring. Multiple bands patterns are perfect for modern brides.

Select any of these wedding ring designs and restyle them according to your taste. If you don’t like clear diamonds opt for the black ones instead. Whatever you decide, ensure you are happy with your chosen pattern of the wedding ring. We wish you great happiness in your future!

Michael Jackson Dances back from the Grave! Happy Easter 2013! Happy Birthday Mike!

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Chapter 4 Michael Jackson Dances back from the Grave!

April, 1980; Gary, IN

Michael Jackson“Hey Mike,” Gregory Hines asks the captain of the Gary, Indiana, Team Breakdancing Freaks, “why we gotta keep this guy around? What does he have to offer the team?”

It was two days before Easter and the weather had been warm enough over the past few days to allow the group to practice outdoors.

Michael Jackson just smiles sagely as Debbie Allen also chimes in, “Yeah, he doesn’t dance. He just sits there and watches us.”

“I have my reasons,” is all Michael will say.

“I’m sure you do,” says Patrick Swayze as he and Jennifer Beals jump up from practicing their windmills.Debbie Allen

“So what is his job, Michael?” asks Janet. “Is he the business manager or the mascot?”

Michael Jackson looks over at Mel Brooks and considers the possibilities.

“I suppose if those are my options…

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Sneak peek at the Vampire Dancer Saga Part 5, Fan Fiction: In 2017 Slavery never ended

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In 2017, Slavery never ended

800px-Thomas_Edison2Sallie Cherry is a light-skinned slave in 1890. She has never worked the fields. But kept inside Master’s house to keep her skin light.

This made her more acceptable to do light duties like washing dishes, laundry and tending to her slave master’s children.

Even though slavery ended officially on Dec. 8, 1865, the house niggers and field niggers were not aware that it ended.

Ro’Zha and Drake had travelled back to 1890 to continue their quest to change the outcome of slavery.

They asked each other, how and why a situation like slavery ever came to be?

They looked this situation from the perspective of the Slave Owner and the Slave. How did this come to being?

From the slave master perspective it was 100% win-win. They can play GOD!

BillyBobThorntonHWOFFeb2012cropThis means they can kill any human. Rape any black girl or woman. And to boot, get free labor to build their county?

How and why would a slave go along with this unfair existence?

A simple answer: BRAINWASHING!

This does not mean that the slaves were stupid, ignorant or dumb.

It just means that they were outnumbered and had a language barrier.

It is pretty easy to be brainwashed if you don’t understand the language. And see the white men lynch other blacks on a daily basis. Also rape black girls and women everyday. And kill and torture all blacks.

There was a sense of hopelessness for your survival. If you just simply wanted to live, you had to abide by what the white man said. This form of brainwashing to survive to live, endured, even to the year 2017. Not as subtle as it was in 1890, but a road map to make sure that you lived, even through compliance.

Halle_Berry_by_Gage_SkidmoreSallie Cherry was no different. Even though she was light-skinned, she had been raped by many white men on the plantation and was also beaten.

The slave owner, Bobby Billy, often entertained celebrities like Thomas Edison.

Thomas Edison visited visited Bobby’s plantation in St. Louis, MO. Thomas was there to show off his new movie picture and get entries into his movie contest called the Racso Awards for the best movies.

Even though this award show was pretty new, no slaves had been nominated, except for Pattie Daniels for her role playing the black mammy in the Winds are Gone. Leanna Thorne was a successful actress loved by both blacks and whites. But she insisted that her film roles be successful and truthful to the fact that slavery was over. So she refused to play mammy roles or slave master concubine roles.

Leanna Thorne also refused to allow nudity or sex in any of her movies. So when her movie, the Weather is Stormy was released, there was the utmost respect for her as an actress and for the positive role model she portrayed.

Thomas Edison bragged about how he had so much respect from the movie industry. He said that his movie studio, Gate of the Lion, wanted entries for the Rasco Awards.

Charlize_Theron_Cannes_2015_2Bobby Billy was good friends with two actresses, Thera Charlize and Janet Gaynor. Janet Gaynor was best known for her work in 7th Heaven.

Thera Charlize was interested in getting nominated for a movie similar to Mandingo. Thera wanted to be nude and have sex with a black prison guard. She proposed having Den Wash play her leading man to Gate of the Lion pictures.

Louie Mayer Oscar was outraged. He threatened to lynch Den Wash for even considering having sex with a nude white woman.

He said if Thera ever made that type of movie, she would be tarred and feathered and then lynched like a nigger.

When Sallie heard that Thera was threatened, she volunteered to be nude and have sex with a white man on screen. They forced her to have sex with them anyway, so why not?

Denzel_Washington_croppedShe felt there was nothing wrong with being a slave masters concubine, so why not get paid for it? She was a free slave, so why not be a whore?

So Sallie begged Thomas Edison to film her and Bobby Billy having sex in a film that had a similar plot to Mandingo, but reversed. Then she asked Tom Edison to nominate her for a Rasco award.

The Slaves had a support group called the pecans or PCAAN for short. The PCAAN group was mighty pissed about blacks not being nominated for leading roles for the Rasco awards,

The PCAAN was going to boycott the Rasco awards and made sure Louie Mayer Oscar knew about the boycott.

Louie did not want a boycott. So he devised a plan. Lets make sure those niggers get an award. But the award has to be one where the niggers are degraded.

Lena_Horne_1961So that means that Leanna Thorne will never be nominated. Her films show a positive portrayal of black womanhood.

Thera Charlize and Den Wash went ahead and filmed the movie Mandingo because they thought it might win an award. Before the Rasco ceremony, both actors where found hanging from a tree, lynched.

The reverse of Mandingo was accepted by the Rasco awards and in fact gave Sallie Cherry a Rasco for best lead actress.

Drake and Ro’Zha had snuck into the Award ceremony and watched from the kitchen. Since Sallie could not accept her award.

Sallie gave her Rasco acceptance speech in the kitchen, surrounded by only black slaves, Drake and Ro’Zha.

Janet_Gaynor-publicityRo’Zha interrupted her speech and simply asked why, are you brainwashed?

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Now available at Audible.com, the Vampire Dancer Saga Part 4 is now an audiobook!

Front Cover ACXNow available at Audible.com, the Vampire Dancer Saga Part 4 is now an audiobook!

Released on July 19, 2016, this audiobook was produced by John Mahoney at Raven Audio Books.  John did a great job of using the music soundtrack, sound effects and voice narrative.

All 4 audiobooks were narrated by Fatimah Halim and J. Lyle.  They are incredible voice actors who bring the characters and story to life.

This audio book is one stop short of being a movie, you have everything but video to entertain you for an hour.

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A time traveller gives the slaves hope for freedom

Black History TimelineChapter 4: Granny conjures powerful magic to change slavery

The two most prominent slaves that Granny met were named Drake and Big Daddy Ram. Both were dark, large men, tall with wide shoulders. Ram was a bit bigger, and had a beard. Drake lacked any facial hair, and had sharper eyes. He was the more conniving and possibly cruel of the two, though Ram was sure as hell no push over. They both listened thoughtfully to Granny’s talk over dinner, thinking on each and every word she said. Their acceptance of her stories of the future with a black president persuaded the other slaves almost as much as the photographic evidence.

Then, Granny got to the part about her plan for Drake, and the two large men really started to listen. They leaned in close as Granny spoke. Drake of course, being a vampire, had the special moonlight ring and cane from Granny, allowing him to be outside in direct sunlight. He held a powerful presence over the others, who thought him blessed or cursed, or at least in some way divinely chosen for a great purpose. Granny confirmed such thinking when she explained the basics of her plan for Drake and for her people:

“You, Drake. Yes, I know your name well. You will play the most important part in things to come, and I say that boldly now for everyone to hear!”

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