“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.” –Mark Twain
EASY BATTERY TEST Apparently, all those expensive battery testers are made by the same company that makes batteries or this instruction would be on the back of each package. This works with triple a, double a, c and d batteries. Pick up the battery vertically with the negative (flat) side down and drop it from about 2 inches high onto a hard flat surface. If it stands upright, it’s a good battery and if it falls over, it’s dead. The reason this test works is that, as battery dies, the chemistry slowly changes and produces Hydrogen gas. This creates pressure and causes the battery to bounce and fall. It’s the same reason the casing can crack open and leak. That’s it! Told you it was easy.
Where Did Parachutes Get Started?
By Ginger Lane Parachutes didn’t just magically appear one day. They were designed with baby steps to the technology we have today. Here’s a little history and the how and why gets very interesting. Louis-Sebastien Lenormand (1957 -1837) coined the phrase parachute and got the idea from watching a tightrope walker using 2 parasols for balance. He originally designed it to help occupants of burning buildings to be able to escape unharmed. And, as much as we have distaste for animal testing, it has apparently been done for generations before us. He originally tested his parachute with animals. He made a jump from a tree with two modified umbrellas and then in 1783, he is credited for making the first witnessed parachute jump from the Montpellier observatory. It was a 14 ft parachute with a wooden frame. In 1911, as the skies began to fill with flying machines, a prize of 10,000 francs was offered to anyone that developed a safety parachute for aviators. Franz Reichelt (1879 – 1912) was also a parachute pioneer. He had been granted permission to do an experiment using dummies wearing parachutes thrown from the Eiffel tower but then showed up that day wearing the parachute himself. He was known as the ‘flying tailor’ and jumped to his death while testing the wearable parachute that he designed. Although there were no viable parachuting solutions for use in airplanes when Reichelt began developing his suit, by the time of his death a successful parachute jump from a plane using a non-fixed canopy had already taken place in the United States at Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis Missouri. As a parachuting pioneer, Reichelt is largely forgotten; his legacy has taken the form of a cautionary tale: while he may appear as a footnote in parachuting histories, he is a mainstay of books and websites that cite pointless or stupid deaths. Wikipedia.com
A mild-mannered man was tired of being bossed around by his wife so he went to a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist said he needed to build his self-esteem, and so gave him a book on assertiveness, which he read on the way home. He had finished the book by the time he reached his house. The man stormed into the house and walked up to his wife. Pointing a finger in her face, he said, “From now on, I want you to know that I am the man of this house, and my word is law! I want you to prepare me a gourmet meal tonight, and when I’m finished eating my meal, I expect a sumptuous dessert afterward. Then, after dinner, you’re going to draw me my bath so I can relax. And when I’m finished with my bath, guess who’s going to dress me and comb my hair?” “The funeral director,” said his wife.
Page 6 February, 2014 Love Is In The Air! their romance moved Heaven and Earth. By Ginger Lane
And, apparently, it was in the air 73 years ago when my aunt Helen met Travis Cook. They dated (on and off) for about a year and then married. She tells that she married him because he had a great car! They’ll be celebrating 72 years of marriage on February 7th! I asked her what the secret to a long and happy marriage was. I was waiting with to hear the wisdom of time. Maybe she would talk to me about soul mates and never dying eternal love. I waited to hear about how
Then, she told me she felt that the secret of their long marriage was kind of like what Billy Graham’s wife, Ruth, said when asked had she ever considered divorce she replied, “Divorce No! Murder Yes!” And, Helen added that she just didn’t think murdering anyone would be the right thing to do, either, so they stayed together. She laughingly told me that during the time they were courting that my Uncle Travis would bring her candy and flowers, but when Valentine’s Day came a week after they married….. nothing. Again, she laughed and said she couldn’t had ever fallen apart, she felt sure her marriage really remember if he did or not! would have too. The bed is holding together and so are they! Then, she got serious and said they trusted each other. Early on Travis was in the service and So, here is the summation of a long and hapthey spent over two years apart and 24 months py marriage. Get married, send him away for totally separated while he was overseas. They about 3 years, don’t get a divorce or kill each had 3 children, 4 grandchildren, 4 great grand- other and buy a really sturdy bed that will last children and lived a close knit family life. They an eternity! have celebrated successes together and weathered some pretty stormy times….together. HAPPY 72ND ANNIVERSARY TO BOTH OF YOU! She did say that 68 years ago, they bought the bed they still have today. She told me if that bed
February, 2014 Old Testament computing....
In ancient Israel, it came to pass that a trader by
the name of Abraham Com did take unto himself a young wife by the name of Dorothy. And Dot Com was a comely woman, broad of shoulder and long of leg. Indeed, she was often called Amazon Dot Com.
And she said unto Abraham, her husband, “Why
dost thou travel so far from town to town with thy goods when thou canst trade without ever leaving thy tent?”
And Abraham did look at her as though she were
several saddle bags short of a camel load, but simply said, “How, dear?”
And Dot replied, “I will place drums in all the
towns and drums in between to send messages saying what you have for sale, and they will reply telling you who hath the best price. The sale can be made on the drums and delivery made by Uriah’s Pony Stable (UPS).”
Abraham thought long and decided he would let
Dot have her way with the drums. And the drums rang out and were an immediate success. Abraham sold all the goods he had at the top price, without ever having to move from his tent.
To prevent neighbouring countries from over-
hearing what the drums were saying, Dot devised a system that only she and the drummers knew. It was known as Must Send Drum Over Sound (MSDOS), and she also developed a language to transmit ideas and pictures - Hebrew To The People (HTTP).
And the young men did take to Dot Com’s trad-
ing as doth the greedy horsefly take to camel dung. They were called Nomadic Ecclesiastical Rich Dominican Sybarites, or NERDS.
And lo, the land was so feverish with joy at the
new riches and the deafening sound of drums that no one noticed that the real riches were going to that enterprising drum dealer, Brother William of Gates, who bought off every drum maker in the land. Indeed he did insist on drums to be made that would work only with Brother Gates’ drumheads and drumsticks.
Page 7 And Dot did say, “Oh, Abraham, what we have
started is being taken over by others.”
And Abraham looked out over the Bay of Eze-
kiel , or eBay as it came to be known.
He said, “We need a name that reflects what we
And Dot replied, “Young Ambitious Hebrew
“YAHOO,” said Abraham.
And because it was Dot’s idea, they named it
YAHOO Dot Com.
Abraham’s cousin, Joshua, being the young
Gregarious Energetic Educated Kid (GEEK) that he was, soon started using Dot’s drums to locate things around the countryside.
It soon became known as God’s Own Official
Guide to Locating Everything (GOOGLE).
That is how it all began. And that’s the truth.
A blonde couple was delighted when their long wait to adopt a baby came to an end. The adoption center called and told them that they had a wonderful Russian baby boy, and the couple took him without hesitation. On the way home from the adoption center, they stopped by the local college so they each could enroll in night courses. After they filled out the forms, the registration clerk inquired, “Whatever possessed you to study Russian?” The couple said proudly, “We just adopted a Russian baby, and in a year or so he’ll start to talk. We just want to be able to understand him.”
One winter morning during breakfast a husband and wife in Northern Minnesota were listening to the radio. They heard the announcer say, “We are going to have 8 to 10 inches of snow today. You must park your car on the even-numbered side of the street, so the snowplows can get through.” So the good wife went out and moved her car. A week later while they are eating breakfast again, the radio announcer said, “We are expecting 10 to 12 inches of snow today. You must park your car on the odd-numbered side of the street so the snowplows can get through.” The good wife went out and moved her car again. The next week they were again having breakfast, when the radio announcer said, “We are expecting 12 to 14 inches of snow today. You must park...” Then the electric power went out. The good wife was very upset, and with a worried look on her face she said, “Honey, I don’t know what to do. Which side of the street do I need to park on so the snowplows can get through?” With the love and understanding in his voice that all men who are married to blondes exhibit, the husband replied, “Why don’t you just leave it in the garage this time?”
903-883-5263 A brilliant young man was undergoing track safety training with the railways. The interviewer asked him: “Do you know how to use the equipment?” “Yes”, the young man replied.
February, 2014 “And if the lever was broken?” “I’d get on the phone to the next station and tell them to change the points,” he replied. “And if the phone was broken and needed an electrician to fix it?”
A young man called his mother and announced excitedly that he had just met the woman of his dreams. Now what should he do? His mother had an idea: “Why don’t you send her flowers, and on the card invite her to your place for a homecooked meal?”
“Then what would you do if you realized that 2 trains, one from this station and one from the next were going to crash because they were on the same track?”
The young man thought about that one. “I’d run into town and get my uncle”
He thought this was a great strategy and arranged a date for a week later. His mother called the day after the big date to see how things had gone.
The young applicant thought and replied “I’d press the button to change the points without hesitation.”
“Is your uncle an electrician?”
“The evening was a disaster,” he moaned.
“No, but he’s never seen a train crash before... ***** Suzie meets up with Sandi as she’s picking up her car from the mechanic.
“Why, didn’t she come over?” asked his mother.
“What if the button was frozen and wouldn’t work?” “I’d run outside and pull the lever to change the points manually”
Suzie asks, “Everything ok with your car now?” “Yes, thank goodness” Sandi replies. “Weren’t you worried the mechanic might try to rip you off?” “Yeah I was, but he didn’t. I was SO relieved when he told me all I needed was blinker fluid.” ***** “What am I supposed to do with this?” grumbled the motorist as the police clerk handed him a receipt for his traffic violation. “Keep it,” the clerk advised. “When you get four of them, you get a bicycle.” ***** Grandpa John was celebrating his 100th birthday and everybody complimented him on how athletic and wellpreserved he appeared. “Gentlemen, I will tell you the secret of my success,” he cackled. “I have been in the open air day after day for some 75 years now.” The celebrants were impressed and asked how he managed to keep up his rigorous fitness regime. “Well, you see my wife and I were married 75 years ago. On our wedding night, we made a solemn pledge. Whenever we had a fight, the one who was proved wrong would go outside and take a walk.” *****
“Oh, she came over, but she refused to cook.”
A lady goes to the bar on a cruise ship And orders a Scotch with two drops of water. As the bartender gives her the drink she says ‘I’m on this cruise to celebrate my 80th birthday and it’s today.’ The bartender says ‘Well, since it’s your birthday, I’ll buy you a drink. In fact, this one is on me.’ As the woman finishes her drink The woman to her right says ‘I would like to buy you a drink, too.’ The old woman says ‘Thank you. Bartender, I want a Scotch with two drops of water.’ ‘Coming up’ says the bartender As she finishes that drink, The man to her left says ‘I would like to buy you one, too.’ The old woman says ‘Thank you. Bartender, I want another Scotch with two drops of water.’ ‘Coming right up’ the bartender says. As he gives her the drink,he says ‘Ma’am, I’m dying of curiosity. Why the Scotch with only two drops of water?’ The old woman replies ‘Sonny, when you’re my age, You’ve learned how to hold your liquor... Holding your water, however, is a whole other issue.’ *****
‘OLD’ IS WHEN.... Your sweetie says ‘Let’s go upstairs and make love’ And you answer: ‘Pick one, I can’t do both!’ ‘OLD’ IS WHEN... Your friends compliment you on your new alligator shoes And you’re barefoot! ‘OLD’ IS WHEN... A sexy babe or hunk catches your fancy ....and your pacemaker opens the garage door! ‘OLD’ IS WHEN... You are cautioned to slow down by the doctor instead of by the police ‘OLD’ IS WHEN... ‘Getting lucky’ means you find your car .. in the parking lot. ‘OLD’ IS WHEN... An ‘all nighter’ means not getting up to use the bathroom. AND ‘OLD’ IS WHEN..... You are not sure these are jokes! ***** If you love something, set it free. If it comes back, it was, and always will be yours.
Texas Twister If it never returns, it was never yours to begin with. If it just sits in your living room, messes up your stuff, eats your food, uses your telephone, takes your money, and never behaves as if you actually set it free in the first place, YOU EITHER MARRIED IT OR GAVE BIRTH TO IT! ***** One night, Murphy was walking home when, all of a sudden, a thief jumped on him. Murphy and the thief began to wrestle. They rolled about on the ground and Murphy put up a tremendous fight. However, the thief managed to get the better of him and pinned him to the ground. The thief then went through Murphy’s pockets and searched him. All the thief could find on Murphy was 25 cents. The thief was so surprised at this that he asked Murphy why he had bothered to fight so hard for 25 cents. “Was that all you wanted?” Murphy replied , “I thought you were after the five hundred dollars I’ve got in me shoe!”
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February, 2014 TRIVIA
It takes glass one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount times! Gold is the only metal that doesn’t rust, even if it’s buried in the ground for thousands of years. Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end.
Texas Twister right to the song Happy Birthday. Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair. A comet’s tail always points away from the sun. The Swine Flu vaccine in 1976 caused more death and illness than the disease it was intended to prevent.
Caffeine increases the power of aspirin and other painkillIf you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. ers, that is why it is found in some medicines. When a human body is dehydrated, its thirst The military salute is a motion that evolved from medimechanism shuts off. eval times, when knights in armor raised their visors Each year 2,000,000 smokers either quit smoking or die to reveal their identity.
One Sunday a pastor told the congregation that the church needed some extra money and asked the people to prayerfully consider giving a little extra in the offering plate. He said that whoever gave the most would be able to pick out three hymns. of tobacco-related diseases.
After the offering plates were passed, the pastor glanced Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by down and noticed that someone had placed a $1,000 bill Roman numerals. in offering. Kites were used in the American Civil War to deliver letters and newspapers. He was so excited that he immediately shared his joy with his congregation and said he’d like to personally The song, Auld Lang Syne, is sung at the stroke of midthank the person who placed the money in the plate. night in almost every English-speaking country in the world to bring in the new year. A very quiet, elderly, saintly lady all the way in the back Drinking water after eating reduces the acid in your shyly raised her hand. mouth by 61 percent. The pastor asked her to come to the front. Slowly she made her way to the pastor.
Peanut oil is used for cooking in submarines because it doesn’t smoke unless it’s heated above 450 F.
The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our He told her how wonderful it was that she gave so much ear, is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging and in thanksgiving asked her to pick out three hymns. through the veins in the ear.
If you get into the bottom of a well or a tall chimney and look up, you can see stars, even in the middle of the day. When a person dies, hearing is the last sense to go. The first sense lost is sight. In ancient times strangers shook hands to show that they were unarmed. Strawberries are the only fruits whose seeds grow on the outside. Avocados have the highest calories of any fruit at 167 calories per hundred grams. The moon moves about two inches away from the earth each year. The earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling space dust.
Her eyes brightened as she looked over the congrega- Nine out of every 10 living things live in the ocean. tion, pointed to the three handsomest men in the building The banana cannot reproduce itself. It can be propagated and said, only by the hand of man.
Due to earth’s gravity, it is impossible for mountains to be higher than 15,000 meters.
“I’ll take him, and him, and him.”
Soldiers do not march in step when going across bridges because they could set up a vibration which could be sufficient to knock the bridge down.
Airports at higher altitudes require a longer airstrip due to lower air density. The University of Alaska spans four time zones. The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot heal itself. In ancient Greece , tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage. Catching it meant she accepted. Warner Communications paid $28 million for the copy-
Mickey Mouse is known as “Topolino” in Italy .
Everything weighs one percent less at the equator. For every extra kilogram carried on a space flight, 530 kg of excess fuel are needed at lift-off. The letter J does not appear anywhere on the periodic table of the elements.
Caddo Mills FCCLA
Caddo Mills FCCLA teamed up with Kid President and participated in Socktober. Students were able to wear sweats, hats and basketball shorts for a new pair of socks each or for $1. Caddo Mills FCCLA collected 124 pairs of socks and $30 for Socktober and donated all items to their local food pantry.
Congratulations Coach Norris!
Coach Norris was awarded the “Rock” award at the Caddo Mills High School. Coach Norris is always willing to accept any challenge with a smile on his face. He has been asked to fill many shoes over the last few years and has done a great job at anything that has been asked of him. He is truly a ROCK! He relates well to students in the classroom as well as the athletes he coaches. Photo left
UIL Student Congress State Meet
Jett Johnson and Chandler O’Leary competed in the first ever UIL Student Congress State Meet in Austin January 7th and 8th. They advanced to the top 20 where they debated on the floor of the State Capitol on January 8th. Jett placed 7th in the state and Chandler placed 8th. They are coached by Michael Mattis. Photo right
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the Pope.” He mentioned the trip to his barber who responded...
“Well,” muttered the barber, “I know you didn’t get to see “That’s rich,” laughed the barber. “You and a million oth-
“Rome? Why would anyone want to go there? It’s crowd-
er people trying to see him. He’ll look the size of an ant.
ed and dirty and full of Italians. You’re crazy to go to
Boy, good luck on this lousy trip of yours. You’re going
“Actually, we were quite lucky, for as we toured the Vati-
Rome. So, how are you getting there?”
to need it.”
can, a Swiss Guard tapped me on the shoulder and explained that the Pope likes to personally meet some of the
“We’re taking American Airlines,” was the reply. “We got
A month later, the man again came in for his regular hair-
visitors, and if I’d be so kind as to step into his private
a great rate!”
room and wait, the Pope would personally greet me. Sure enough, five minutes later the Pope walked through the
“American Airlines?” exclaimed the barber. “That’s a ter-
The barber asked him about his trip to Rome.
rible airline. Their planes are old, their flight attendants
door and shook my hand! I knelt down as he spoke a few words to me.”
are ugly and they’re always late. So, where are you stay-
“It was wonderful,” explained the man, “not only were
ing in Rome?”
we on time in one of American Airlines s brand new
“Really?” asked the barber. “What’d he say?”
planes, but it was overbooked and they bumped us up “We’ll be at the downtown International Marriott.”
to first class. The food and wine were wonderful, and I
He said, “Where’d you get the crappy haircut?
had a beautiful 28-year-old stewardess who waited on me
“That dump? That’s the worst hotel in the city. The rooms
hand and foot. And the hotel -- it was great! They’d just
Young Son: Is it true, Dad, I heard that in some parts of
are small, the service is surly and they’re overpriced. So,
finished a $25 million remodeling job, and now it’s the
Africa a man doesn’t know his wife until he marries her?
whatcha doing when you get there?”
finest hotel in the city. They, too, were overbooked, so they apologized and gave us the presidential suite at no
Dad: That happens in most countries, son.
The first project completed by students is a sturdy,
hardwood dog house. “We received donated materials and lumber from Home Depot and the QISD facilities department. I am very proud of these young men. This dog house is for an elderly woman from Mesquite,” said Hartman.
When asked what the class meant to the group of
young men in Hartman’s third period class, students immediately gave their thanks for offering the program.
“My father is in the construction industry and is very
proud I’m in this class. He’s really proud that Ford High School
25 Construction Trade students earn OSHA certifications is offering construction career training and certifications that I earlier this year
Construction Trade Certifications Offered at Ford High School for FREE
can use when I graduate,” said sophomore Cameron Harp.
Sophomore Abel Vasquez said, “This is the highlight
of my day at school. I love coming to school because I can
FHS students taking advantage of the construction
come here and work with my hands and it’s not all about books.”
trades program at Ford High School are able to gain invaluable
Vasquez applied for and was accepted into the North Texas Job
experience and certifications for free. David Hartman, Con-
Corps this summer where he will be paid to work in a focused
struction Trades Teacher, is enthusiastic about the endless possi-
career in the construction industry.
bilities for students who are interested in the industry. Hartman
is an OSHA certified instructor and students in his classes are
chimed in the conversation about taking college courses for free
all OSHA certified. Further, students completed the Fire Ex-
next fall to help them earn their degree and make more money as
tinguisher Education and Awareness program earlier this year.
an engineer in the construction industry or a construction man-
The completion of this program is a part of the NCCER Core
ager overseeing construction projects.
Curriculum Certification in the construction field.
Sophomore’s Chase Fitzgerald and Zach Claire
Hartman goes on to say, “What this class is offering
FHS Construction Trades 3rd Period Class with their Dog House built for an elderly Mesquite resident. is a way for students to work right out of high school in the industry. If they go onto college, this is an opportunity for them to help pay for college far beyond any minimum wage job has to offer.”
According to Hartman, he would like for his classes
to build small projects for community members. “We can build play houses, dog houses, dining tables and more. We will need all of the materials provided,” he said. For more information about having a project possibly built or helping with this program, please email Mr. Hartman at david.hartman@quinlanisd. net.
QISD Employees Giving Back Quinlan ISD employees who are interested can purchase a “Jeans” pass, every fourth Thursday of the month. All proceeds throughout the year are split between two worthy organizations in the community that support Quinlan schools. In 2012-2013, QISD chose to support the United Way of Hunt County and QISD Clothe-the-Kids program. On Wednesday, January 22, 2014, Dr. Debra Crosby presented the United Way of Hunt County with a check for $1627.
United Way Impact Grant The Quinlan ISD Police Explorers program was established in the Fall of 2013 as a brand new program. Police Explorers have already made a huge impact as a presence at school and community events. As part of the program, Explorers learn first-hand about the law enforcement industry. The United Way of Hunt County presented the FHS Explorer Post with a $1,000 Impact Grant to help in the purchase of new uniforms for interested students.
Congratulations to senior Miguel Serrano for being selected to the All-State Men’s Choir as a First Chair, Tenor Musician.
Texas Twister Bacon Ranch Dip Recipe
1-1/2 teaspoons prepared horseradish Directions
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. + chilling
MAKES: 6 servings
Place roast beef on ciabatta slices. In a large
bowl, combine arugula and romaine. In a small bowl,
whisk remaining ingredients until blended. Drizzle over
½ cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
greens; toss to coat. Arrange over beef; serve immediate-
½ cup reduced-fat ranch salad dressing
ly. Yield: 8 servings
½ cup fat-free sour cream
Howdy Texas Twister Readers,
½ cup shredded Parmesan Cheese
First, let me wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s
1 open-faced sandwich equals 150 calories, 5 g fat (1 g
¼ cup crumbled cooked bacon
Day, hope your Sweeties remember to give you some-
saturated fat), 32 mg cholesterol, 422 mg sodium, 14 g
Assorted fresh vegetables
thing special this year.
carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 14 g protein. Diabetic Exchang-
Second, I don’t know about your house hold
es: 2 lean meat, 1 starch, 1/2 fat.
1. In a small bowl, combine the first five ingredients.
when it comes to the Super Bowl, but here we have a Su-
Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
per Bowl Party and everyone is invited. This has been our
white bread made from wheat flour and yeast, created in
Serve with vegetables. Yield: 1-1/2 cups.
tradition since our sons were old enough to enjoy football
1982 inVeneto, Italy in response to popularity of French
with their Dad. Anyway, hope you enjoy these recipes.
baguettes. Ciabatta is somewhat elongated, broad and flat
One serving (1/4 cup dip) equals 172 calories, 11 g fat
and is baked in many variations.)
(3 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 542 mg sodium,
ent and their families for their service to us and for keep-
13 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 7 g protein. Diabetic Ex-
ing us free. God Bless they all and a great big Thank You
looked it up and thought you might want to know also.
And remember to thank a soldier past and pres-
(Ciabatta (literally slipper bread) is an Italian
I didn’t know what that kind of bread was, so I
from this old lady.
Open-Faced Roast Beef Sandwiches Recipe TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min. MAKES: 8 servings Ingredients 1 pound sliced deli roast beef 8 slices ciabatta bread (1/2 inch thick) 2 cups fresh arugula 2 cups torn romaine 4 tablespoons 100% Pure olive oil 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
How about a dip we can dip our veggies in or
even chips? That sounds good to me and easy to fix.
changes: 2 fat, 1 starch.
February, 2014 Crusting Blend mixture. Place on foil-lined shallow baking pan. Discard any remaining Crusting Blend mixture. Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork and done to your taste. Serve this easy avocado salad with the fish for an easy Valentine’s Day meal.
Colorful Avocado Salad It’s still cold, even though looking out my window, the sun is so pretty! NOT!! The wind is coming from the north and I want something warm and spicy. It also needs to be quick, easy and on hand! I found the perfect recipe; Mom had a cookbook from way back when she was working, with recipes that come from cans. This was so neat. Heats on the stove in about 15 minutes and you can always have it on hand! Got to love that! And I haven’t forgotten its February and my favorite chocolate month! There is a recipe with chocolate one to share with someone special, for sure. And for the guys out there or for someone who isn’t that great a cook, something easy to fix for your valentine to surprise him/her for a nice cozy evening at home.
8 Can Taco Soup 1 Can (15 oz.) black beans drained & rinsed 1 Can (15 oz.) pinto beans, drained & rinsed 1 Can (14.5 oz.) petite diced tomatoes, drained 1 Can (15.25 oz.) sweet corn, drained 1 Can (12.5 oz.) white chicken breast, drained (or you can use roasted chicken) 1 Can (10.75oz.) cream of chicken soup 1 Can (10oz.) can green enchilada sauce 1 packet taco seasoning if desired, add a small block of Velveeta Cheese Mix all ingredients together in a large pot. Heat until warm (or until Velveeta is melted). Serve with tortilla chips, garnish with sour cream, cheese, cilantro, onions or your favorite topping. It’s YUMMMM and it freezes well in individual servings for later.
Almond Crusted Fish 1/4 cup McCormick® Garlic, Lemon & Rosemary Crusting Blend 1/4 cup finely chopped almonds 2 Tbs honey 1 Tbs orange juice 1 lb. tilapia or salmon fillets Preheat oven to 425°F. Mix Crusting Blend and almonds in shallow bowl. Mix honey and orange juice in small bowl. Brush fillets with honey mixture. Coat evenly on both sides with
1 medium tomato, cut into eighths 1/3 cup green pepper, sliced thin 1/2 small cucumber, thinly sliced 1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced 2 Tbs prepared Italian salad dressing 1 medium ripe avocado, peeled and cubed Your favorite salad dressing In a small bowl, combine the first four ingredients. Add dressing and toss to coat. Chill until serving. Just before serving, add avocado and toss gently. And now, my Chocolate Valentines recipe.
Chocolate Gingerbread Cake 2 1/2 cups flour 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 Tbs McCormick® Ginger, Ground 2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. McCormick® Cinnamon, Ground 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1 cup molasses 1 egg 1 cup boiling water Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix flour, cocoa powder, ginger, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon in medium bowl. Set aside. Beat butter, sugar and molasses in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Mix in egg. Add flour mixture alternately with water, stirring just until mixed. Pour into greased 9-inch square baking pan. Bake 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack 10 minutes. Invert cake onto wire rack to cool completely. Take a paper doily (can find in bakery section of grocery store) lay on top of cooled cake, take powdered sugar and lightly sift over the top of the doily! Gently lift up doily; you have a lace pattern on top of your cake. Serve with fresh fruit and thawed cool whip! It’s YUMMM!!!! And so pretty!!!
The Council House in San Antonio, Texas
Council House Fight
Warning: This article is true Texas history and unfortunately contains violence The Council House Fight was a conflict between Republic of Texas officials and a Comanche peace delegation which took place in San Antonio, Texas, on March 19, 1840. The meeting took place under a truce with the purpose of negotiating peace after two years of war. The Comanches sought to obtain recognition of the boundaries of the Comancheria, their homeland. The Texians wanted the release of Texian and Mexican captives held by the Comanches. The event ended with 12 Comanche leaders shot to death in the Council House, 23 shot in the streets of San Antonio, and 30 taken captive. The incident ended the chance for peace and led to years of hostility and war. Battle The Comanche arrived in San Antonio on March 19. Expecting a council of peace, the 12 chiefs brought women and children as well as warriors. They were dressed in finery with their faces painted.The Comanche chiefs at the meeting had brought along one white captive, and several Mexican children who had been captured separately. The white captive was Matilda Lockhart, a 16-year-old girl who had been held prisoner for over a year and a half. According to witnesses, including Mary Maverick, who helped care for the girl, she had been beaten, raped and suffered burns to her body. Her face was severely disfigured, with her nose entirely burned away. Matilda informed the Texians that more than a dozen abducted whites were available for release and that the Comanche chiefs had decided to ransom them. The Texians believed this was against the conditions for the negotiations which they believed stated that all abducted whites had to be released before the council. The Comanche of course had a different view, since the Chiefs and Bands not in attendance were under no obligation to release anyone, as they had never agreed to anything. The talks were held at the council house, a onestory stone building adjoining the jail on the corner of Main Plaza and Calabosa (Market) Street. During the council, the Comanche warriors sat on the floor, as was their custom, while the Texians sat on chairs on a platform facing them Lockhart had informed them that she had
seen 15 other prisoners at the Comanche’s principal camp several days before. She maintained that the Indians had wanted to see how high a price they could get for her, and that they then planned to bring in the remaining captives one at a time. The Texians demanded to know where the other captives were. The Penateka spokesman, Chief Muguara, responded that the other prisoners were held by differing bands of Comanche. He assured the Texians that he felt the other captives would be able to be ransomed, but it would be in exchange for a great deal of supplies, including ammunition and blankets. He then finished his speech with the comment “how do you like that answer?” The Texian militia entered the courtroom and positioned themselves at intervals on the walls. When the Comanches would not, or could not, promise to return all captives immediately, the Texas officials said that chiefs would be held hostage until the white captives were released. The interpreter warned the Texian officials that if he delivered that message the Comanches would attempt to escape by fighting. He was instructed to relay the warning and left the room as soon as he finished translating. After learning that they were being held hostage the Comanches attempted to fight their way out of the room using arrows and knives. The Texian soldiers opened fire at point-blank range, killing both Indians and whites. The Comanche women and children waiting outdoors began firing their arrows after hearing the commotion inside. At least one Texian spectator was killed. When a small number of warriors managed to leave the council house, all of the Comanche began to flee. The soldiers who followed again opened fire, killing and wounding both Comanche and Texians. Armed citizens joined the battle, but, claiming they could not always differentiate between warriors and women and children, since all of the Comanche were fighting, shot at all the Comanche. Gary Anderson declares in his book The Conquest Of Texas: Ethnic Cleansing In The Promised Land, 1820-1875 that such “confusion” between Native American men and women was convenient to the Texians, who used it as an excuse to kill women and children. The Texians most likely were responding to seeing the horrible torture that Matilda Lockhart had endured (burns over most of her body, her nose completely burned off, she had been raped) and the Comanche “children” referenced were actually fighting and killed some Texians. As combatants it was fair that the Texians fought back. The Texians were not “confused”. According to the report by Col. Hugh McLeod, written March 20, 1840, of the 65 members of the Comanches’ party, 35 were killed (30 adult males, 3 women, and 2 children), 29 were taken prisoner (27 women and children, and 2 old men), and 1 departed unobserved (described as a renegade Mexican). Seven Texians died, including a judge, sheriff, and an army lieutenant, with ten more wounded. A German surgeon surnamed Weidman helped to treat the citizens who had been wounded in the fight. Weidman was also a naturalist and had been assigned by the czar of Russia to make scientific observations about Texas and its inhabitants. Two days after the battle, San Antonio residents discovered that Weidman had decided to take the heads and bodies of two Indians to Russia. To obtain the skeletons, he had boiled the bodies in wa-
Texas Twister ter, and dumped the resulting liquid into the San Antonio drinking water supply. The day after the fight, a single Comanche woman was released to return to her camp and report that the Comanche prisoners would be released if the Comanche released the 15 Americans and several Mexicans who were known to be captives. They were given 12 days to return the captives. On March 26, a white woman, Mrs. John Webster, came into town with her three-year-old. She had been a Comanche captive for 19 months and had just escaped, leaving her 12-year-old son with the Indians. Two days later, a band of Indians returned to San Antonio. Leaving the bulk of the warriors outside the city, Chief Isanaica (Howling Wolf) and one other man rode into San Antonio and yelled insults. The citizens told him to go find the soldiers if he wanted a fight, but the garrison commander, Captain Redd declared that he had to observe the 12-day truce. Redd invited the Indians to come back in three days, but, fearing a trap, Isanaica and his men left the area. Another officer accused Redd of cowardice for refusing to fight, and they both died following a duel over the insult. Of the 16 hostages the Texians were determined to recover, 13 were tortured to death as soon as the news of the Council House Fight reached the outraged Comanches. The captives, including Matilda Lockhart’s 6 year old sister, suffered slow roasting among other tortures. Only the 3 captives who had been adopted into the tribe, and by Comanche custom were truly part of the tribe, were spared. This was part of the Comanche answer to the breaking of a truce. On April 3, when the truce deadline had ended, another band of Comanches appeared again to bargain for a captive exchange. They had only three captives with them, including Webster’s son Booker, a five-year-old girl, and a Mexican boy. Booker told them that the other captives had been tortured and killed when the Comanche woman had returned to camp with news of the Council House Fight. These three captives were returned after their adoptive families agreed to give them up. The Comanche captives were moved from the city jail to the San Jose Mission, then to Camp Cooke at the head of the San Antonio River. Several were taken into people’s homes to live and work, but ran away as soon as they could. Eventually, all of the Texians’ Comanche captives escaped. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (According to the Texas State Historical Association, Matilda Lockhart never recovered from her injuries and died two or three weeks after the Council House fight.)
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Quinlan Animal Clinic has been privileged to serve our clients and their animals for over 30 years. We opened in 1982 and cared for large animals and small. While “Doc” Claxton has retired from large animal work, the Quinlan Aminal Clinic is a full-service, companion animal vet-
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Dairy Queen, often abbreviated ‘DQ’ is located at Hwy 34 S and 276 in Quinlan and is a big supporter of the Lake Tawakoni Chamber of Commerce. Dairy Queen is a chain of soft serve and fast food restaurants. The first Dairy Queen store opened in 1940 in Kankakee, Illinois. The soft serve formula was first developed in 1938 by John Fremont “Grandpa” McCullough, (1871‒1963), and his son Bradley. They convinced friend and customer Sheb Noble to offer the product in his ice cream store in Kankakee, Illinois. On the first day of sales, Noble dished out more than 1,600 servings of the new dessert within two hours. Noble and the McCulloughs went on to open the first Dairy Queen store in 1940 in Joliet, Illinois. The state with the most Dairy Queen restaurants is Texas. As of 2010, Dairy Queen had more than 5,700 stores in 19 countries, including 652 locations outside the United States and Canada. ‘OUR’ Dairy Queen is one of the best all around and we
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