I was on TV!

Well I thought I would look through some old folders in my documents folder and I found pictures from 9-2014 when I was on Cooking with Carol on KSN-TV in Joplin.

The reason I posted this is to show that there is a lot of work that goes into getting set up and preparing for the few minutes on the air.

I was able to take the kids and it was the first time they had seen the behind the scenes of the news.

There is transporting all the stuff.  Setting up and finding room for everything.  Then I had to start assembling all the dishes, these were not things I could make ahead.

Then there was the segment.

Here is the show.



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The BSTPOWER Garden Hose

Snake!  No it is not a snake, it is a new kind of water hose.


My lovely wife, Laura Lane received this hose free in exchange for an honest review     So this is my review for her.

This hose is 100 feet long!


I am very impressed with the hardware.  Nice brass ends.  It has a on/off switch which is very nice because you don’t have to turn off the water to add, change, or disconnect hose end.


I attached the hose to my water spicket and the hose started filling with water and it looked like it came alive.  It started wiggling, and curling, and snakelike it filled with water.  The hose stayed flexible and with the on/off switch I was able to attached my sprayer without turning off the water or getting wet.  Works great and easy to handle!


I decided to wash the lawn mower.  It worked great and I was able to maneuver well to spray out all the grass from underneath.


When I was done I used the spray end to let all the water our of the hose, and again like a snake it was wiggling and moved, but it went limp. This made it very easy to put away whereas with a regular hose you have to twist and turn and maneuver it so it will curl up correctly.

I give this hose 4.5 stars out of 5 and would recommend it to anyone looking for a nice hose.






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New wheels, part of the puzzle?


In December 2015 I closed my restaurant.

It was three and 1/2 months looking for a job. During this time God showed me a picture of a puzzle (I hate doing puzzles because they are so frustrating).  Looking for work is like a puzzle, all the pieces (applications and resumes) are thrown out on the table (companies) and then you have to start putting the pieces together. The good news is in the end it makes a beautiful picture.

My puzzle was frustrating, and many of the pieces did not fit together, but I kept on trying.  I started working my new job on April 4, 2016.  I am working for a computer consulting company doing sales.

One of the pieces of this puzzle was transportation.  Laura and I have been sharing a car for over 3 years and now with 2 teenage drivers, 4 people driving 1 car doesn’t work.

I was at church one Wednesday night and a wonderful saint named Miss Alice approached me and said she wanted to talk to me.  She asked me if I would like to have her car?  What?  Would you like to have my car?  Yes! I met Alice 5 years ago and I told her then if she ever wanted to sell her car to let me know. I asked her if she was selling it, and she told me NO, she wanted to give it to me.  WOW!  My mind was blown!  She said you will need a car to drive to your new job (PUZZLE PIECE).  Because of Alice’s obedience she was a major blessing to us.  Thank You Alice!

IMG_2825It is a 1989 Mecury Grand Marquis LS.  Alice was only the second owner, and it had only 125,000 miles.

I love these cars, so big and comfortable.  When I received the car we went and got it inspected and it had to have a muffler and 2 tires, but I was on my way.


I love the all that chrome on the grill and bumper!

White Wall tires, you don’t see that anymore!

IMG_2835Landau Top

IMG_2828The trunk on these things are HUGE!  This trunk is very clean and nice!

IMG_2833The back seat was rarely ever sat in and looks like new

IMG_2834The front seats are in great shape also!

IMG_2831The drivers seat needs a little cleaning, but not worn.

My new job is located in Springfield, Mo.  I have to drive 60 miles each way.  I put the cruise on, some great music or preaching

and away I go!

20+ miles to the gallon!

I wanted to share my blessing with you to show God’s love for us.  God knew we needed a car, but we could not buy one.  God put it in Alice’s heart (puzzle piece) to give us her car….

Remember that no matter what you’re going through, or how hard it is, God is our provider!

Matthew 6:31-32 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.

Philippians 4:19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.


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Parmesan crusted chicken breast


Throw together dinner.

I had some bone in breast I needed to use up so I decided to use several techniques I have picked up for getting a fried chicken flavor but by baking. It turned out awesome!


Pre-heat oven to 350

Prepare a baking sheet with a wire rack set in it.  Coat with cooking spray.

3 large Chicken breast – bone in

1/2 cup Mayo                                                                                                                                                        1/2 cup Greek Yogurt- vanilla (I had it on hand, I would normally use plain)                              1 T Kosher salt
1 T Pepper
1 T Garlic powder                                                                                                                                               1 cup Panco bread crumbs                                                                                                                               1 cup Kraft Parmesan cheese

Remove skin and excess fat from chicken

Mix Mayo and Yogurt in bowl.

Mix remaining ingredients in a separate bowl.

Dip chicken in mayo mixture and coat thoroughly.

Dip coated chicken breast in dry mixture and make sure to get well coated.

Bake 1 hour.  (These breast were huge)  Best way is to use a thermometer and bake till reading in thickest part of breast is 165 degrees.

I served with with steamed carrots with a drizzle of butter.


Let me know when you try this and what you think.



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The 5 Love Languages for Men

Recently, my wife asked me to review a book and be a guest blogger on her blog.  She reviews books all the time, but I have never done it.

5 Love Languages

Years ago my wife and I took a class at our church for The 5 love languages.  It was good, but this book talks to men and teaches them how to communicate to their spouses.

Laura is having a give away on her blog, so if you would like to read my review and have a chance to win a copy of the book, visit Laura’s blog by clicking this link.


Deadline for the book giveaway is February 26, 2015.

Note: We received a copy of The 5 Love Languages for Men in exchange for my book review.


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Bennett Springs State Park




We went to Bennett Springs State Park today, it was amazing.

Map picture
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Buttermilk Pancakes with Strawberry Syrup

This was a great breakfast with the family.

strawberry pancakes

Buttermilk Pancakes

(Adapted from America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook 2006)

2 cups flour

2 T sugar

2 t baking powder

1/2 t baking soda

1 egg

3 T unsalted butter, melted

2 cups buttermilk

1 t vanilla

1 to 2 t oil

Start by pre-heating the oven and placing a cookie sheet on the middle rack.

I didn’t have buttermilk, so you take 2 cups of milk and 1 T lemon juice and let it sit, to make buttermilk.

Mix the dry ingredients and stir well.

Mix the eggs, butter, and buttermilk together.  Stir well then add the vanilla.

pre-heat your skillet and cook pancakes.  Keep warm in the oven till ready to serve.

Strawberry Syrup

1 16 oz package frozen strawberries

3/4 cup sugar

Place in saucepan and put on med-high heat.  Cook till thickened.

Let cool before serving, it thickens more.

Try this sometime, and let me know how you liked it.


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Fajitas at home

My wife and I love fajitas!  Our favorite restaurant in Joplin to get them is Festival Mexican Restaurant at the corner of 7th and Duquesne.

We decided to make fajitas at home.  So let’s go!

12We purchased this fajita mix at the Circle E store on East 96 Hwy Carthage, Mo.  It has NO MSG!

Step one is to cut your chicken in thin strips and put them in a bag or bowl with the Fajita mix.  Marinate for 20 minutes.

Next cut your onions and peppers.  We added a few jalapenos.

1Now you have your vegetables ready, and your meat is done marinating.

3Next heat your skillet.  For fajitas, I like to use my cast iron skillet.  It is good and heavy, and it is big enough to accommodate the meat and vegetables.

4Make sure it is good and hot before you add your vegetables.  You want the vegetables to sizzle when they hit the pan.

6You want to cook the vegetables till they are tender but still have a little crispness.

7Remove the vegetables and leave the juice. 8Again make sure your pan is good and hot then add the marinated chicken.

10When the chicken is done, add the vegetables back to the pan.

13While the meat and vegetables are getting hot, heat your tortillas.  We use a heavy duty double burner griddle pan or our electric skillet to heat them.

14The table is set and we are ready to eat now.  Yummy!

15When preparing the tortilla, don’t put too much filling in the shell, or you won’t get it closed. We added a little shredded cheese.  Secret to folding this is tuck in one end and then tuck in the side really good and roll tight just like you’re wrapping a baby.

17Dinner is served!

Disfrute de sus fajitas…. Enjoy your fajitas.


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What’s cooking?


I have been busy busy busy.

Are you trying to feed your family on a limited budget?  Join the crowd.

Shopping cart in a grocery store

Shopping cart in a grocery store


I  finished working on my new cookbook that addresses cooking during rough times.   Keep your eyes out I will be sending out a post about it soon.


It is also time to start seeds for the garden.



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Happy Birthday

112813181016Happy Birthday Matthew Lane.

Matthew is my oldest son.

Laura and I were only 25, seems like forever ago but seems like yesterday.

Matthew was breech, Laura had toxemia, and Matthew was to be born a planned C-section. We later found out that Laura had Beta strep and that if Matthew had been born naturally, he would not have lived.  We are very grateful he was healthy and happy.

It was a very cold day, we actually were having a blizzard.

It was an awesome experience being a new father.  He was such a cute little guy and full of life.  Blond hair, brown puppy dog eyes, and he had Laura and I wrapped around his little finger.

Matthew has grown up to be a man and is now living on his own.

We pray for Matthew and we know that God has big plans for him.

Happy Birthday and I love you.

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