Good Morning! My news feed on FB is filled with results of the elections, as is the news on TV. The people have finally woken up to the fact that we needed to clean house, and my gosh, clean house we did! What cracks me up is that the wringing of hands and squalling of racism because black conservatives were voted in to replace incumbents (no matter the tone of their skin), and that just floors me. Does anyone really know what racism IS these days, or is it just a word that has been bandied about so much that nobody really takes it seriously except to use as a generic insult? It’s ridiculous! There is a portion of this population that is absolutely opposite to my way of thinking, and I think you know what that is by now, that seems to think that anyone who doesn’t agree with them is a racist. Um, news flash! It’s called independent thought . . . of course that works only for people who actually think for themselves. Any person, no matter what their ethnicity, is NOT a racist simply because they have an R after their name. It’s not right to call Senator Tim Scott an “Uncle Tom” simply because he’s conservative. It is his right to be conservative, and thank God that he is! He was elected in a landslide last night, making him the 1st black senator to come out of the south since restoration. Congratulations to you Senator Scott! His being elected does NOT make the people who elected him racist, and it doesn’t make him an Uncle Tom just because he loves this country enough to want the best for it! Where is it written that if someone has dark skin that they HAVE to have a D after their name? WHERE? It’s ridiculous! The thing that is actually sticking in my craw this morning about the elections is that our area is mail in only. Which means that many people did not get their ballots into the mail until yesterday, and that means that their ballots will not be arriving at their destinations for a few days, and THAT means that the results cannot be called until ALL of those ballots have been counted. RIGHT? Am I right? I believe that I am, if things were being done the way they are supposed to be. So, that being the case, why am I seeing results being called in my area before everyone’s ballot has been counted? Hm? It doesn’t matter to me which side of the ticket that the issue is on – every single person who took the time and trouble (and postage!) to vote has the right to have their voice be heard and these issues are being declared winners or losers before those votes are in. That absolutely ticks me off! Sorry for the morning rant, but I’m just saying what a lot of folks are thinking. Anyway, congratulations to all of our newly elected officials. I’d like to say I’m sorry to see a few go, but that would be a lie. I’m really not. Get your backsides busy now folks! The American taxpayers are sick to death of real work not being done while the lot of you act like children.
My plans to go see my son and his family have changed for the day. With Tibbi not feeling well, and the weather predicted to be stormy by this evening, it just wasn’t a good idea to head out for the day, getting back long after dark. Besides, it looks like I’m needed to help out with the kids next week (no complaining from me!), so I have things here that will need to be done tomorrow that won’t be done next week. As much as I miss my kids, this sort of a day is a good one to be warm and safe at home. Sorting, organizing, looking up amazing recipes (well, don’t they ALWAYS look amazing on paper?) to try out . . . I think it’s going to be a really nice day.
Celebrations are light today – which is nice sometimes. Makes for a nice change from those really busy days!
Guy Fawkes Day and Gunpowder Day – These are both actually the SAME thing! They commemorate the infamous Gunpowder Conspiracy of 1605 in England, led by Guy Fawkes. In 1603, King James I took the throne in England. He was an avid Protestant and began persecuting Catholics in the country. He forbade Catholics from practicing their religion, and punished the Catholics who did not convert to the Protestant church. The Gunpowder Conspirators were a group of Catholics who wanted to take action against the king. They plotted to blow up the British Houses of Parliament, and planned to do so when the king and his supporters were in the buildings. Their plot was discovered on November 5th, 1605, when 36 barrels of gunpowder were found in the basement of Parliament. Guy Fawkes, the man who was the leader in this conspiracy, was arrested and tortured until he confessed. Oh, and when he was arrested? He was just about to ignite the gunpowder. Talk about timing being EVERYTHING, right? I had to laugh at this though because do you know how people in England celebrate Gunpowder Day? With fireworks and bonfires!!! HAHAHA! So, the thought for the day would be . . . if you had been there at the time, would you have been on the side of Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators for attempting to eliminate religious persecution? or would you have been on the side on the government for successfully discovering this plot and saving lives? I know which side I would have landed on . . . how about you?
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Fig Week – Unlike most fruit trees, a fig tree never blossoms. Its blooms are actually contained within the fig itself, with the seeds giving the fruit its signature crunch. That is something I did not know, but having eaten fresh figs, it makes perfect sense! I haven’t done much with fresh figs, though I’m a big fan of fig cookies like the ones that Trader Joe’s has – yum! I also tasted a sample of a fig and prosciutto pizza at a local store that has a cooking kiosk – it was really good! The sweet and salty really balanced each other out. I brought home the recipe, but never did anything with it . . . I may have to rethink that! For now though, we did celebrate this one with the frozen figs that I toss in with our breakfast smoothies. Yum!
- Whole Wheat Fig Bars
- Boneless Beef Spareribs With Tomato-Fig Chutney
- Fig Jam & Goat Cheese Crostini
- Fig Bran Muffins
- Fig & Prosciutto Salad
- Fig Almond Bundt Cake
- Chicken Panini With Fig Jam
Mmmmm, after reading the recipe for the Fig Jam and Goat Cheese Crostini, I think I’d like to try that! Today is going to be a wonderful day! I think I’ll find a recipe I’ve never tried and make it! Just the sort of fun that a windy, rainy day calls for, don’t you think? May your celebrations be wonderful! God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!