A Favorite Dish

This is a favorite dish of mine. My Babcia would make this frequently.

Cabbage Roll Casserole
1 small head of cabbage
1 ½ lbs ground beef
4 garlic cloves, diced
1 medium white onion, diced
1/3 cup rice, uncooked or 1 cup Minute Rice, uncooked
2 (28 ounce) cans whole tomatoes, chopped
1 lb sauerkraut (bag or jar)
salt and pepper to taste

1. Chop cabbage into bite-sized pieces, discard the core.
2. Place cabbage in bottom of large deep casserole.
3. Brown the meat, add the onion, garlic, salt and pepper.
4. Add the rice and one can of the chopped tomatoes, including the juice.
5. Mix together well and pour over the chopped cabbage.
6. Spread the sauerkraut on top, including the juice.
7. Cover with second can of chopped tomatoes and juice.
8. Bake uncovered in a 350° oven for 20 minutes.
9. Cover and continue baking for another hour or until rice is tender.

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Corn Bread

Moma hails from Alabama…and this is her recipe for corn bread.

Alabama Cornbread
2 cups self-rising cornmeal
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 egg
2T bacon drippings or veg. oil
½ cup water

Blend together well– May have to add a little more water (should be the consistency of melted ice cream). Pour into a preheated iron skillet that has melted bacon drippings or veg. oil. Bake in 400 degree preheated oven until brown. ENJOY

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From our Table To Yours

Being a Southern Gentleman I prefer good ol’ comfort foods.  Nothing says comfort like dumplings.  This recipe is from my family cookbook.

Cornmeal Dumplings
½ Cup yellow cornmeal
½ cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
2½ T cold butter
½ cup milk

Combine cornmeal. Flour, baking, powder and salt in a medium bowl. Cut in butter with fingers, pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center; pour in milk all at once and stir with fork until mixture forms dough.

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Revised ARRL Frequency Chart

An updated ARRL frequency chart is now available for printing and downloading at http://www.arrl.org/graphical-frequency-allocations. The chart has been updated to include our new bands at 2,200 and 630 meters.

Band Charts PDFs:
11×7 Color

8.5×11 Color

8.5×11 Black and White

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Lemon Chicken

*From the Archives of JustUsOwls*

First I’ll say I’m Italian and I don’t use no stinking recipe! 😉 Though I do have a few that I enjoy.  This one is one of my own creation.

Padre Eddie’s Famous Lemon Chicken
Warning: this will cause puckering…it’s not a sweet dish but a sour.

5-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs: cut into small cubes or nugget size
2-4 clove of garlic chopped
1 Spanish/Red Onion cut into rings (thickness is your preference)
6-7 fresh lemons
1 tablespoon of Olive Oil
1 tablespoon of oregano and rosemary (fresh if possible)

Cut 3-4 of your lemons into wedges and remove the meat from the rind. Use the juice of 1-2 lemons over your chicken while cooking. The remaining lemons cut into wedges and use them as a garnish.

In a good size sauté pan (must have a lid), add olive oil, garlic, and onions. Let cook about 1 minute. Add chicken and lemon meat; sprinkle with spices, and slowly simmer (covered) until chicken is done (stir occasionally). Onions should be nice and caramelized by the time you serve.

Serve over noodles or rice. For a side dish, a fresh salad will touch off this dish.

Salt and or Pepper to taste. If you enjoy Sangria or Raspberry Wine serve with this dish and enjoy!

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A Letter for All Fibro

*From the Archives of Just Us Owls*

From Sue a letter written for all of us Fibro-Warriors!

Fibromyalgia? Because you asked…

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A History Lesson

*From the Archives of Just Us Owls*


“I’m sorry but I’m about to preach and teach!! If you want to fight a cause, understand what you are fighting. First and foremost the Confederate Battle Flag was never a national flag representing the South, it was a battle flag flown by several armies in Virginia. Even if it had been a national flag for the South, understand that the Civil War wasn’t just over slavery, while it was the reason slavery ended, it was merely an excuse for the war. The North fought the war over money (the same reason we fight half the wars these days and excuse it by saying we’re fighting for another cause.) Plain and simple. When the South started Secession, Lincoln was asked, “Why not let the South go in peace?” To which he replied, “I can’t let them go. Who would pay for the government?” Sensing total financial ruin for the North, Lincoln waged war on the South. The South fought the War to repel Northern aggression and invasion, because, and yes this is a true stereotype, us southerners don’t like to be told what to do! Lol. The Confederate Battle Flag today finds itself in the center of much controversy. The cry to take this flag down is unjustified. It is very important to keep in mind that the Confederate Battle Flag was simply just that. A battle flag. It was never even a National flag, so how could it have flown over a slave nation or represented slavery or racism? This myth is continued by lack of education and ignorance.” Continue reading

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Oh Say Can You See

*From the archives of Just Us Owls*

🇺🇸🇺🇸I love my country, our standard “Old Glory” and the exercise of freedom that our Founding Fathers began (though I fear my government).

Why is it that we fail to acknowledge that our National Anthem has more than one verse?

It is a wonderful song and poem. It’s about time that all those that claim to be Patriots push for the full song to be sung. Yes it is a song but maybe just maybe it will bring a sense of what this country is about. 🇺🇸🇺🇸

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The Ham Code


The Radio Amateur is

CONSIDERATE…He/[She] never knowingly operates in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others.

LOYAL…He/[She] offers loyalty, encouragement and support to other amateurs, local clubs, the IARU Radio Society in his/[her] country, through which Amateur Radio in his/[her] country is represented nationally and internationally.

PROGRESSIVE…He/[She] keeps his/[her] station up to date.  It is well-built and efficient.  His/[Her] operating practice is above reproach.

FRIENDLY…He/[She] operates slowly and patiently when requested; offers friendly advice and counsel to beginners; kind assistance, cooperation and consideration for the interests of others. These are the marks of the amateur spirit.

BALANCED…Radio is a hobby, never interfering with duties owed to family, job, school or community.

PATRIOTIC…His/[Her] station and skills are always ready for service to country and community.

– adapted from the original Amateur’s Code, written by Paul M. Segal, W9EEA, in 1928

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PARC Field Day 2016

*From the archives of my old blog Just Us Owls*

2016 Field Day Logo

This past weekend was Field Day, for Ham Radio operators it is a time to practice skills in Emergency Communications and Operations, make contacts and just plain old have fun!  Our designation/section was 4AME.

I was able to Get-On-the-Air under an Extra Class License and use HF to make 11 different contacts!  I want to thank WA1JMM for allowing me to operate under his license and have a good time doing it!

Photos were taken by both KB1WEA and KB1WRY.

WA1JMM in his A/C Photo Credit: KB1WEA

WA1JMM in his A/C
Photo Credit: KB1WEA

K1PQ Field Day operation was surrounded by commercial, government and amateur towers. The tower second from left belongs to PARC and is the home of N1BUG/R (147.105) and the new K1PQ/R (444.950). Photo Credit: KB1WEA

K1PQ Field Day operation was surrounded by commercial, government and amateur towers. The tower second from left belongs to PARC and is the home of N1BUG/R (147.105) and the new K1PQ/R (444.950).
Photo Credit: KB1WEA

KC1FLG, KC1WRZ, & KB1WEA.. A big thanks goes out to Bill Welsh (KB1WEA) for taking on the role of FD Coordinator & trouble-shooter extraordinaire! Photo credit: KB1WRY

KC1FLG, KC1WRZ, & KB1WEA.. A big thanks goes out to Bill Welsh (KB1WEA) for taking on the role of FD Coordinator & trouble-shooter extraordinaire!
Photo credit: KB1WRY

KC1FLG (Ed Tatro's) 1st FD experience operating the GOTA Station (KB1WEA's KX3)

KC1FLG (Ed Tatro’s) 1st FD experience operating the GOTA Station (KB1WEA’s KX3)

PARC President, Debbie Kaczowski (KB1WRY) mentors Ed Tatro (KC1FLG) out in the open on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at the Get-On-The-Air (GOTA) station. They are operating a KX3, KXPA100 to multi-band ground plane on 20 meter SSB. In the background, George Dean (WA1JMM) is operating 40 meter CW from his air-conditioned truck... Photo Credit: KB1WEA

PARC President, Debbie Kaczowski (KB1WRY) mentors Ed Tatro (KC1FLG) out in the open on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at the Get-On-The-Air (GOTA) station. They are operating a KX3, KXPA100 to multi-band ground plane on 20 meter SSB. In the background, George Dean (WA1JMM) is operating 40 meter CW from his air-conditioned truck… Photo Credit: KB1WEA

Safety! Safety! Safety! Yellow caution tape around antenna guy wires.

Safety! Safety! Safety! Yellow caution tape around antenna guy wires.

WA1PBR, Ben Kittredge, operating on 40 meters. Photo Credit: KB1WEA

WA1PBR, Ben Kittredge, operating on 40 meters.
Photo Credit: KB1WEA

Chuck Nevala (KC1UCK) operating digital modes. Photo Credit: KB1WEA

Chuck Nevala (KC1UCK) operating digital modes.
Photo Credit: KB1WEA

KB1WRZ, Dave Ramsey, operating in late evening/early morning.

KB1WRZ, Dave Ramsey, operating in late evening/early morning.

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Jesus is Going to Win

17th Sunday after Pentecost 2017

Processional Hymn:

Grant, O merciful God,
that your Church,
being gathered by your Holy Spirit into one,
may show forth your power among all peoples,
to the glory of your name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

The Gloria

First Reading:
A Reading from the Book of Exodus 17:1-7
1All the congregation of the people of Israel moved on from the wilderness of Sin by stages, according to the commandment of the LORD, and camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink.2Therefore the people quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.” And Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the LORD?” 3But the people thirsted there for water, and the people grumbled against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?” 4So Moses cried to the LORD, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.” 5And the LORD said to Moses, “Pass on before the people, taking with you some of the elders of Israel, and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. 6Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb, and you shall strike the rock, and water shall come out of it, and the people will drink.” And Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. 7And he called the name of the place Massah and Meribah, because of the quarreling of the people of Israel, and because they tested the LORD by saying, “Is the LORD among us or not?”

The Word of the Lord.

Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16
1Give ear, O my people, to my teaching;
incline your ears to the words of my mouth!
2I will open my mouth in a parable;
I will utter dark sayings from of old,
3things that we have heard and known,
that our fathers have told us.
4We will not hide them from their children,
but tell to the coming generation
the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might,
and the wonders that he has done.
12In the sight of their fathers he performed wonders
in the land of Egypt, in the fields of Zoan.
13He divided the sea and let them pass through it,
and made the waters stand like a heap.
14In the daytime he led them with a cloud,
and all the night with a fiery light.
15He split rocks in the wilderness
and gave them drink abundantly as from the deep.
16He made streams come out of the rock
and caused waters to flow down like rivers.

Epistle Hymn:

Second Reading:
A Reading from the Letter of Paul to the Philippians 2:1-13
1So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
12Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Hymn:

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ According to Matthew 21:23-32
23And when he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?”24Jesus answered them, “I also will ask you one question, and if you tell me the answer, then I also will tell you by what authority I do these things. 25The baptism of John, from where did it come? From heaven or from man?” And they discussed it among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 26But if we say, ‘From man,’ we are afraid of the crowd, for they all hold that John was a prophet.” 27So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.
28“What do you think? A man had two sons. And he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ 29And he answered, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he changed his mind and went. 30And he went to the other son and said the same. And he answered, ‘I go, sir,’ but did not go. 31Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes go into the kingdom of God before you. 32For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. And even when you saw it, you did not afterward change your minds and believe him.
The Gospel of the Lord!

The Commentary
“As our Lord now openly appeared as the Messiah, the chief priests and scribes were much offended, especially because he exposed and removed the abuses they encouraged. Our Lord asked what they thought of John’s ministry and baptism. Many are more afraid of the shame of lying than of the sin, and therefore scruple not to speak what they know to be false, as to their own thoughts, affections, and intentions, or their remembering and forgetting. Our Lord refused to answer their inquiry. It is best to shun needless disputes with wicked opposers. Parables which give reproof, speak plainly to the offenders, and judge them out of their own mouths. The parable of the two sons sent to work in the vineyard, is to show that those who knew not John’s baptism to be of God, were shamed by those who knew it, and owned it. The whole human race are like children whom the Lord has brought up, but they have rebelled against him, only some are more plausible in their disobedience than others. And it often happens, that the daring rebel is brought to repentance and becomes the Lord’s servant, while the formalist grows hardened in pride and enmity.”

Last week our Jewish sisters and brothers celebrated Rosh Hashanah, “the head of the year.” The shofar is blown calling people to synagogue and to wake up to the New Year. It is a time of final summer harvest and preparing the fields for winter. At Rosh Hashanah the people celebrate God’s creation of human beings as well as the whole universe. They pray for a year of health and peace living in God’s ways of justice, mercy, peace and love. This week is the celebration of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, a time of repentance and forgiveness.

We through Christ have won our atonement…that atonement took place on the Cross. We must not forget we are Victorious in Christ…The victory has been won for us…let us not let it be a hallowed victory. Do not squander this victory. Repent. Repent and return to Christ…return to the Father and His House. Return to the traditions of Christ. Confess your sin…Accept Him as Savior and receive His Absolution…Eat His Body and Drink His Cup…and inherit Everlasting Life! Remember He loves us and hates our sin. Return to a state of Grace.
Story Time

While a student at theological college, Bernard Travaieille was playing basketball with some friends. They were using the court at a nearby school, where a friendly old janitor would patiently wait until they had finished their game before locking up. One day Bernard noticed the janitor was reading the bible. In fact he discovered the old janitor was reading the Book of Revelation.

Bernard was surprised. It was a difficult book to interpret even for highly trained bible students! “Do you understand it?” asked Bernard.

“Oh yes, I understand it” the janitor replied.

Now Bernard was really intrigued. Here was this book that baffled scholars, that was the focus of every conspiracy theory known to humanity, and this old man, a janitor with little formal education, claimed to understand it!

“You understand the Book of Revelation?! What do you think it means?” asked Bernard.
The old man looked up at him and very quietly said, “It means that Jesus is gonna win.”

Source: Reported by Bernard Travaieille in Illustrations Unlimited

Let us walk unto the Lord an offering and a sacrifice.

Offertory Hymn:

The Doxology:

Communion Hymn:

Spiritual Communion:
Oh Jesus, I turn toward the holy tabernacle where You live hidden for love of me. I love you, O my God. I cannot receive you in Holy Communion. Come, nevertheless, and visit me with Your grace. Come spiritually into my heart. Purify it. Sanctify it. Render it like unto Your own.

Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You have already come, and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen

Recessional Hymn:

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To the NFL

I’ve always enjoyed football until last year, and it appears that I must continue my boycott of spoiled millionaires who are paid way to much to entertain us.  To refuse to stand for the National Standard/Anthem is a slap to every veteran (living and dead) and current man or woman in uniform.

The game I loved to play in my youth and watch now in my adulthood has become a bitter, unpatriotic and spoiled.  Stand for our National Anthem be proud of those that died to defend your right to be stupid, ignorant and greedy.

Your protests of the National Anthem is petty and un-American and you should be filled with shame.  If you want to protest do so in a way that is not an insult.

I am an American veteran, citizen, and man of God.  If you want to take a knee do so in Church with me and pray to Almighty God that the injustices in this world and divisions would be healed.  Take a knee and pray for the millions that are alone/lonely, who are hungry, who do not have the basic needs of life meet.  Do so where it will do good…not on the field.

God Bless America

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