Random thoughts to share

I guess all good times and fond memories must come to an end at some point and I now am at the point in my life that I would rather choose what and when I do things rather than be forced to do something that I do not particularly want or need to do.

I really try to do and take part in things I personally enjoy and like to do if possible and didn’t have a chance or choice when my children were young and involved in many various activities of which I took part. At the same time I was working many hours at our business and when you are an owner of a business you never stop because your mind always needs to be working full speed. There is no slow mode and you are constantly working and worrying not only about your business and employees, but also your own personal family.

Finding good and dedicated employees can be very difficult and your personnel can make or break your business. I had to cover when someone would call off 10 minutes before their shift due to their cat not feeling well or something which also makes it hard on the rest of the employees. Over the years I have heard and listened to all kind of excuses. Be responsible and take pride and honor in what you do. If I were to list all the excuses I have heard, you would die laughing.

Being a business owner has advantages, but also disadvantages. It is not all glory as many people seem to think. There is a ton of things that you must do and take care of behind the scenes that most people do not realize.

I am from the old school of thought, dedication and hard work pays off and it makes you a better person and sets a good and positive attitude to others.

I just heard on the Hallmark channel on television that starting Oct. 22 they will be begin their Christmas movies. The first movie will be “You, Me and the Christmas Tree.” Which served as a very scary thought to me for it means it is time for me to start decorating the Christmas trees for the United Ways event at the Blennerhassett Hotel coming up soon. I just finished a long busy month as celebrity cook at the Blennerhassett restaurant where for over a month I was preparing three appetizers, three main course dinners, four side dishes, three desserts and salad daily which was a major responsibility and now time to catch up on my home activities and events coming up.

Things to remember:

* PHS Festival of Bands is Saturday with 19 bands taking part and Glenville State College Band performing as the guest band.

* Get your season tickets for West Virginia Symphony concert season. First concert is Oct. 17 at the Blennerhassett Middle School.

The West Virginia Symphony League of Parkersburg is holding the first fundraiser of the season (the 12 days of Christmas) call any league member for your tickets to win prizes for 12 days with the grand prize being of $1,000 on the 12th day.

Until next week



1/2 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

2 garlic cloves minced

1/8 teaspoon pepper

Dash of hot pepper sauce

Pinch of dried oregano

Pinch dried basil

4 halibut steaks (6 ounces each)

1/2 cup chopped onion

4 lemon slices

4 teaspoons butter or margarine

In a small bowl combine the first seven ingredients. Place each halibut steak on a double thickness of heavy duty foil (about 18 by 12 inches). Top with soy sauce mixture, onion, lemon and butter. Fold foil around fish and seal tightly. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 10 to 14 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.



6 cups Special K

1 and 1/2 cups peanut butter

1 cup of corn syrup

1 cup water

1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

1 cup butterscotch chips

Place cereal in the large heatproof bowl set aside. In a saucepan combine the peanut butter, corn syrup and sugar. Cook over medium heat until sugar is dissolved stirring occasionally. Pour over cereal and stir until well coated. Spread into a greased 13 by 9 by 2 inch pan. In a microwave or heavy saucepan melt chocolate and butterscotch chips stir until smooth, spread over bars. Cool completely before cutting.



1 egg lightly beaten

2/3 cup dry breadcrumbs

1/4 cup finely chopped green pepper

2 green onions finely chopped

2 tablespoons milk

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

1 pound ground turkey

2 tablespoons orange marmalade

5 hamburger buns split

5 slices Swiss cheese

5 onion slices

5 tomato slices

1/2 cup shredded lettuce

In a bowl combine the first seven ingredients, crumble turkey over mixture and mix well. Shape into 5 and 1/2 inch thick patties. Coat grill rack with nonstick cooking spray before starting the grill. Grill the patties, uncovered over medium heat for 8-10 minutes turn and brush with the marmalade. Grill 8-10 minutes longer or until the meat thermometer reads 170. Grill buns cut side down for 2-4 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve burgers on buns with cheese, onion, tomato and lettuce … diabetic exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 and 1/2 starch,1 vegetable, 1 fat.


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