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    Sliced Mozarella and Herb Bread

    This is the mozarella and Herb Bread sliced to show you what the inside looked like.
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    Mozarella and Herb Bread

    This is mozarella and herb bread that I made in a slow cooker. Making it was easy. Place the dough in the crock pot on parchment paper, set it to high, and wait for 2 to 2.5 hours. Keep an eye on it after 2 hours. The crust is wonderful and the bread is perfect.
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    Double Sticks

    These double sticks are made from purpleheart wood and are actually purple.
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    My Black-Blue Belt

    This is my belt as of 4/26/2020. My next belt will be black, if I pass my 4-hour pre-test and my final black belt test.
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    Retired Belts

    I am due to take my Black Belt test this September. If I pass, my black-blue belt wll be on the retired list.
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    M&P®9 SHIELD M2.0™ EZ

    This is Smith and Wesson's new 9 mm EZ pistol.
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    CZ 97 B

    This is my CZ 97 B. It's all steel and has nice weight.
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    CZ 97 B

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    S & W 642

    This is my Smith & Wesson 642. It is a snub-nosed 38 special. After I took it to the range a few times, I stopped using it because of the strong recoil and the blistering of the space beteen my thumb and my index finger. I didn't want to give up on the gun so I searched the internet for a solution. From youtube to discussion forums, the recoil from this little gun was discussed. At one forum, it was mentioned to change the original grip to a Hogue grip. The problem with the original grip is that it just had grips for the sides. As a result, the area between my thumb and index finger was left to deal with the recoil directly from the frame. For example, listen to this youtube guy talk about the recoil. The Hogue grip has a lot of rubber with open air inside the grip between the thumb and index area. I expected it to work at the range. This morning I tried it with the new Hogue grip and was very pleased. Most of the recoil was soaked up by the Hogue grip that I linked. The Hogue grip is very simple to install. Just unscrew the original grips and install the upper part of the grip on the frame. After that, you have a small piece that you must push over the original pin. The instructions tell you to install it with a 38 special casing. I just forced it on using a hard surface.
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    Slice of Cake-Bread

    This is a slice of the cake-bread I made last night. It tastes good even after I used the wrong amount of buttermilk. You can see the layer of sugar and cinnamon in the bread.
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    Cinnamon Cake-Bread

    I wanted cinnamon bread last night so I found this recipe. Then I made a mistake and used 1 cup of buttermilk instead of 2 cups called for in the recipe. The cake-bread just isn't bread. You will see that the comments varied widely on the recipe page. My cake-bread was dark because I put half of the cinnamon in the batter and then placed the rest in a layer between two pours in the pan. I would not put the cinnamon in the batter but save it for the cinnamon layers poured into the pan. Also, I would put the correct amount of buttermilk in the batter and reduce the amount of sugar in the recipe.
  13. Lily in a festive ribbon wishing you a Merry Christmas. Fourth in the same litter as her brother Blue Jay.
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    Chocolate Sugar Cookies

    I made these cookies the day before Thanksgiving because I had the ingredients on hand. They are called chocolate sugar cookies. The recipe called for brown sugar which I wasn't sure about. However, now I am sure about them. I used Hershey's Cocoa as the chocolate. The other ingredients included white sugar and vanilla.
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    To Help a Mockingbird

    When I first retired, I planted 200 shrubs, 90 rose bushes, and filled wooded terraces in the back of the house with about 15 truckloads of top soil and mushroom soil. One day, while I was working behind the house planting in a lower terraced garden, a Northern Mockingbird began screaming at me from the roof of my home. At first, I just looked up at the mockingbird. Then I screamed back because the bird wouldn't stop. This is where the crazy part of the story begins. I remember birders telling me about bluebirds coming to their windows to let them know they wanted some food. I thought that was nonsense until I dealt with this mockingbird. The mockingbird had a nest about 2 feet off of the ground in one of my rose bushes. As I looked towards a cherry tree on the other side of the rose bushes, the mockingbird flew to that cherry tree and kept squaking at me. By now, I thought the mockingbird might be asking for my help. I told you it would sound crazy. I ran to the top of the rose garden where I could survey my land from the woods to the cherry tree. There, at the edge of the woods, was the mockingbird's problem. It was a cat that was threatening the mockingbird's nest. As I ran towards the cat in an effort to scare it away, the mockingbird followed me and landed in a tree above the cat. After the cat was scared away, the mockingbird returned to its nest. Problem solved. I had helped a mockingbird. The next day, I needed to mulch the rose garden where the mockingbird's nest was. Mockingbirds protect their nests by flying at people who get too close for the mockingbird's comfort. However, I wanted to get that garden mulched. Would the mockingbird and her mate tolerate me or would they attack me? I moved around the nest on my hands and knees spreading mulch but being careful to never look directly at the nest. I talked gently while I was mulching and waited for the attack. It never came. I guess the mockingbirds recognized me and decided I was not a threat. Over the next several years, I had mockingbird nests in my yard every Summer. I listened to the chicks chirping at feeding time. Sometimes, I saw the chicks leave their nest and walk through the grass until they could perch on something above the ground. They always made a single peep as they travelled to let their parents know where they were. When I heard the peeps off of the ground, I knew the chicks had reached safety.
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    Blue Jay's Toy Basket

    Every time I go to the pet store I check on toys. Having 2 dogs from the same litter, I pick up a toy for each of them. Some of the toys survive the beating they take. Among them are the orange crab, the striped bow ties (aka) bones, dragons, and doughnuts. They and over 20 others are in Blue Jay's toy backet.
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    Farfalle with Pesto Sauce.

    Some time ago, I made my first pesto sauce. Since I just wanted to try something with the pesto sauce, I warmed up some farfalle. Then I put a nice portion of Parmigiana cheese on it. By the way, I just received the Termini Bros. circular this week. Now, I can look up some new recipes to try.
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    Kung Pao Chicken

    When I worked in D. C., we would eat in the Chinese section of the city. Two of my favorite dishes was Kung Pao Chicken and Bourbon Chicken. Of course together with hot and sour soup. Hmmm, maybe I'll make bourbon chicken next.
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    Chocolate Babka

    I bake thins to see if I can bake it and how it tastes. This is called chocolate babka. It's ok. However, I'm tired of semi-sweet chocolate. I like milk chocolate. Here is the recipe for chocolate babka.
  20. This is the Ruger GP 100 I bought used. It is absolutely wonderful. Since I had 38 special ammo I used that on Wednesday and barely felt any recoil. It's a tank. I bought the gun when it was 2 months old. It was hardly used and you could smell the Hopee's cleaner used on it from the original owner. This is definitely something special. I'm no Match Champion but this gun makes you feel like one. The gun is made for 357 magnum ammo and it is capable of shooting that caliber all day. That's a move up from 38 special but you know I'm going to buy some for it.
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    Ruger Mark IV Target

    This is the Ruger Mark IV Target Model 40159. It requires 22 lr ammo. The 22 is 4.6 cents a round compared to 18.5 cents a round for 9 mm and over 30 cents a round for 38 special. At the .139 lower price per round than 9 mm, I can pay for the gun within a year. That is why I bought it. I tried it this past Wednesday and it was great. With the weight of the gun, there is very little recoil. I didn't feel it. Out of 100 rounds, I had 89 in the middle of the target and the other 11 inside the eight. It's beautiful too and it comes in several models.
  22. I bought the Ruger GP 100 Match Champion, 357 Magnum, Model 1754 for $699. There is a nice story to go with the purchase. I went in to look at it and it was spotless. It smelled like Hoppee's bore cleaner--which is a good thing. I checked its vital parts and everything looked good. Then they told me it was traded in by one of their best customers. They told me the seller buys a gun uses it a bit and then trades it in for another gun. That customer purchased the 1754 in September 2019 and traded it in during October 2019. It was two months old. While I was there, my Ruger Mark IV came in. I'll load them in the Gallery soon. Tomorrow, I take the 2 additions to my small arsenal to the range and try them out.
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    Blue Belt

    This is my newest belt--a blue belt. I test this month and, if I pass, I will get a light blue stripe.
  24. It looks like the only difference is the 1754 has and the 1755 has Same MSRP of $969. My gun range offers it at $834.99. The offered lightly used version is $699. I was planning to get the Model 1771 that doesn't have the upgrades at $742.99 next year.
  25. I had the link going to Ruger's 1755. I changed it to the correct model--the 1754. I'm going to look at it in a few hours. I think it's going to be an early Christmas.
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