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2ndamendI am not a huge hunter, or gun person. I own them and I believe in the right to bear arms. But what I don’t believe in is when parents own guns but do not take proper steps to protect them self and their children. I believe that every gun should have a lock. All too often we hear stories of small children shooting their siblings or friends because the was a gun in the house. It is not the fact that there was a gun in the house, it is because there is a lack of respect. The first thing a Marine learns is that it is not a gun it is a weapon and rifle. They learn to love it and respect its power. They learn about it inside and out and I am sure a Drill Sergeant has made many a Marines even sleep with it. But you don’t see them mishandling their weapon or hearing of an accidental shooting because they were playing with it.

If a family wants a gun in the home they need to learn respect. A part of that respect is proper care and handling. Every one knows that a 4 year old can not properly hold or use a gun. And knowing what children of any age can cause and get in to trouble then proper steps need to be take to insure their safety. This is why I feel every gun should have a proper lock. A good lock not only insures the gun will not fire, but all insures that there is no bullet in the chamber.

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Come mid-summer the squash production peaks and it seems every one is trying to find ways to cook, eat, and giveaway their zucchini and squash. Just this past Sunday at church, it seemed zucchini were falling from the sky. We came home with quite a handful of fresh zucchini.

When Matt lived down south every Sunday they would fry up some zucchini that they brought home from church. Here is a quick and very easy recipe on how to make your own Fried Zucchini with Progresso Italian Bread Crumbs.

Start off with slicing the zucchini about 1/4 inch thick.

Once everything is all cut, prepare two bowls or small flat pans. One for the wet ingredients and one for the dry.

Wet Ingredients are:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk

Mix well

Dry Ingredient:

  • Progresso Bread Crumbs – We love the Progresso Italian Style – but any  styles will work

Next add a small handful of the cut zucchini into the milk/egg wash.

Take them out one by one and place them in the Progresso bread crumbs of your choice. Gently spoon more on the top of the zucchini slice and gently press the bread crumbs onto the slice.

Then after 4-6 slices are breaded, gently place them one by one into the oil that has been warmed to medium and medium high.

After a minute or so simply flip them over and cook to a light golden brown.

Lay them out on paper towels gently sprinkle them with salt to taste.

Try some with the Progresso Bread crumbs and tell me what you think. Every Sunday you can bet this is whats on the table at dinner or as a veggie snack.

 

 

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No matter how big and tough you may be having self defence protection is one of the most important tools to bring with you wherever you go and at home. We have all read or heard the stories, it can happen in your car, at the mall, the grocery store and even at your own home. Having a tool or device that you can quickly grab nearby to help you protect your self can be live saving! And what is always at your side – Your Cellphone! There isn’t a better place then to have pepper spray or a stun gun built into a Cellphone iPhone case! And the next closest item you may have are your keys. They are either in your hand or right on top in your bag. A quick grab of a hard pointing item or an alarm of a ear deafening 130dB will chase off any one trying to get too close!

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One of the best things you can do is spend alone time with the person you love. A great example is a fun camping date night. Add a two person sleeping bag and a great tin foil dinner over a campfire and you will always remember it! Whether it’s the fall cool weather or spring flowers – a great date night will really bring you closer together!

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How to make butterIt’s Matt. I made Butter in a Jar back when I was a kid as a youth activity. It was very easy and just took some time. So the other day at the store I grabbed some Heavy Whipping Cream and planned a night with the kids to make butter. It is really easy and will provide some tasty and easily home made butter!

home made butter in jar

Ingredients:

  • Heavy Whipping Cream – any amount 6 cups makes about 1 pound of butter
  • Salt – 1/2 teaspoon per pound of butter- optional, used for preserving butter
  • Jar – with lid, any size, baby food jars are great for kids to make it with

home made butter heavy whipping creamDirections:

Pour Heavy Whipping Cream into jars no more then 3/4 the way full. It is best to leave room for the shaking and turning action. Next begin shaking! And Shake and Shake. Some music to shake too makes it fun for the kids and helps pass time. Something with a fun and quick beat. The best way I figured to shake the jar was to hold it length wise in my hands with the lid in my palms and the base of the jar wedge in my forearms.

It takes about 5 minutes before you notice a thickening forming in the jar. This heaviness is the beginning of the fat changing and sticking together. At this point you really just have a thick whip cream in the jar. Keep shaking. At this point the jar edges will look like:
home made butter foam

 

As another 5-10 minutes pass you will notice the jar filling with the foamy cream.  It feels as if there is no room in the jar as the thick Heavy Cream is aerated even more with the shaking, but keep shaking. It will look like this:

home made butter cream

Keep shaking and don’t stop you are almost done when it gets thick. I have heard some add a large marble to the thick foam. But I don’t think it really matters. Just the pressure of the shaking will continue the fat to congeal together. Don’t worry if you don’t think the foam is “churning” or rotating in the jar, gravity and pressure is still working to form the butter.
Before you know it you will see the foam separate and a thin liquid forms in the jar. That thin liquid is buttermilk! The butter is in the last few moments of shaking. Keep shaking until the butter or mass inside is a consistent size.
home made butter buttermilk
At this point you can separate the buttermilk out and save it for biscuits or pancakes and other fun recipes. Then you can add the 1/2 teaspoon salt which is optional. Some say the taste is different, but the main reason is to preserve the butter. Now with the remaining butter you can place it in a small container for refrigeration and easy of using it. So congrats you just made you own butter!  Enjoy your work!
home made butter bowl
As the butter sets you may see drips of buttermilk on the butter. Just let it drip off and drain.
home made butter
If you enjoyed making your own butter, then you will enjoy making your own cheese!
DIY Make your own Cheese

 

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