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  • Carrie Underwoods Wedding 7/12/10

    Posted by Bear

    (As expected)...

    Carrie Underwood and hockey player Mike Fisher got married Saturday at the Reynold Plantation resort in Greensboro, Georgia.

    The wedding took place under a tent before 250 guests.

    Carrie paid for 250 rooms for guests. Roads were cut off. Police kept people away. Everyone in town connected to the wedding had to sign confidentiality agreements.

    The wedding was covered by only one media outlet: People magazine. Rumor has it the mag paid $2 million to get coverage dibs. The fee definitely covered the cost of the wedding, which was about $500,000.

    Carrie wore a Chantilly lace dress and the ceremony featured classical music and the couple's favorite Bible readings.

    Guests at the wedding included Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.

    A statement from Carrie and Mike said: "We could not feel more blessed to have found each other and to have shared this day with our friends and family that mean so much to us!"

  • A Strange Animal!! 7/7/10

    Posted by Bear
    Egyptian farmers feed their two-headed calf that still can't stand on its own legs, but is expected to survive, in Alexandria, Egypt, on Saturday.
     
    Egyptian farmers feed their two-headed calf that still can't stand on its own legs, but is expected to survive, in Alexandria, Egypt, on Saturday.
    CAIRO (AP) — A farmer in northern Egypt says his cow has given birth to a two-headed calf that he calls a "divine miracle."

    Sobhy el-Ganzoury said Saturday it took two hours and much pulling to deliver the rare calf. He said the difficult birth has weakened the calf's legs.

    El-Ganzoury said the veterinarian informed him that the calf, which was born this week, is now in stable condition and is expected to survive. He said he intends to keep the animal as a reminder that "God is able to do anything."

    The calf still can't stand up because of its heavy heads and weak legs, and is being fed her mother's milk with a baby bottle.

     

     

  • MY Rib Recipe 7/4/10

    Posted by Bear

    Bear's Hickory Smoked Country Style Ribs

    4 lbs of Country Style Ribs

    One cup Chili Powder (dark variety)

    Soy Sauce

    1/2 cup Garlic Powder

    Seasoned Salt and Coarse ground Black Pepper

    Hickory Chunks (not chips) soak these for at least four hours before cooking ribs 

    Put ribs in sink and coat each rib with with soy sauce. Then coat each rib with chili powder...rubbing it in. Next, sprinkle on the garlic power to each rib. Sprinkle on te seasoned salt, but be carefull here....you don't want the ribs too salty. Sprinkle on pepper. If you want to add a few teaspoons of celery seed..go ahead.

    This all needs to be done at least 24 hours before grilling to allow the flavor to absorb.

    Use the indirect method on the Weber...banking the coals to each side. Do not use too amny coals....use about 3/4 the amount normally used. When the coals are ready, use tin foil to make a drip pan. Add the hickory chunks and place the ribs the middle of the grill.

    The ribs should cook for two hours. You should add more hickory chunks after about a half hour of cooking.

    I use a full sized Weber, but if you must use a gas grill, use very low heat and do not put ribs directly over flames.

    Add BBQ sauce about 15 minutes before serving.

    Questions...please ask   bear.obrien@wncy.com.

     

     

  • Grill Safe!! 6/30/10

    Posted by Bear

    GRILL SAFETY

    We got this information from the Upper Midwest Propane Gas Association, but I
    thought it had some good information for anyone grilling this July fourth
    holiday!

    To reduce any risk of an unwanted fire or burns from propane, consumers
    should routinely follow some key tips for the safe operation and maintenance
    of their grills:


    Ventilation

    · Always keep the lid open when lighting your grill. Don't close it until
    you are sure the grill is lit.
    · Keep the grill in a well-ventilated area, at least ten feet away from
    the house—and at least three feet away from trees and shrubs.
    · Never use a grill indoors or in any unventilated space. This is both a
    fire and carbon monoxide poisoning hazard.
    · Never cover the bottom of the grill with foil - it can restrict air
    circulation.
    · Always use and store propane cylinders outdoors in an upright position.
    · After filling or exchanging a cylinder, take it home immediately. While
    transporting the cylinder, keep your vehicle ventilated and the valve closed
    or capped. Do not leave the cylinder in your vehicle.
    · Never use, store or transport propane cylinders near high temperatures.


    Firing Up The Grill Safely

    · Never use matches or lighters to check for leaks. Never use starter fluid
    with propane grills.
    · Before connecting the cylinder to your grill for the first time, use a
    leak detection solution (a 50/50 mixture of water and liquid soap) to check
    connections for leaks. Keep all flammable materials away from the grill.
    If you detect a leak, immediately turn off gas and do not attempt to light
    the grill again until the leak is fixed.
    · Before lighting your propane grill for the first time in the spring,
    check the cooking grid and warming rack to be sure both are in their proper
    place. Clean the grid, the interior of the grill, and the burner (according
    to the manufacturer’s instructions) with a wire brush or scraper to remove
    any built-up food.
    · If the grill does not ignite within ten seconds, turn off the gas, keep
    the lid open and wait five minutes before trying again. If the igniter fails
    to light the grill after two or three tries, turn off the gas and replace
    the igniter according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
    · Do not smoke while handling a propane cylinder.
    · When refilling the cylinder, always have the supplier check for dents,
    damage, rust, and leaks.
    · Regularly check the tubes that lead into the burner for blockage from
    insects or food grease.
    · Use a toothpick or wire to clear blockage, pushing it through to the main
    part of the burner.
    · Never attempt to repair, clean or clear blockages on a hot grill.


    General Safety Tips

    · Always follow grill manufacturer’s instructions and keep written materials
    on hand.
    · Designate the grilling area a “No Play Zone,” keeping kids and pets away
    from the equipment.
    · Always have one person in charge of the fire at all times. Never leave a
    hot grill unattended.
    · When your grill is not in use, cover the disconnected hose-end fittings
    with plastic bags or protective caps to keep them clean.
    · Never attempt to repair the tank valve or the appliance yourself. See a
    propane gas dealer or a qualified appliance repair person. Be sure to locate
    your model number and the manufacturer’s consumer inquiry phone number and
    write them on the front page of your manual.
    · If you smell gas and you are able to, safely turn off the cylinder vale,
    turning it to the right (clockwise). Immediately leave the area and call
    911 or your local fire department. Before you use the grill again, have a
    qualified service technician inspect your cylinder.


    Happy fourth! Be safe!

  • It's Almost Here!!

    Posted by Bear

    Country USA was great. I had fun There is a whole bunch of fun stuff coming up in July including EAA in Oshkosh! http://www.eaa.org/