Galaxy Quest – Never Give Up, Never Surrender

Featuring a great cast this movie is satire at its finest. Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Tony Shalhoub and the late Alan Rickman make this movie awesome. Fandoms and cosplay have a very central role in this movie. It has a great message of life imitating art and courage…and did I mention Enrico Colantoni too?


Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

Our dinner tonight. It was yummy. Lots of good stuff in here.

The Soup Diva

Oh my word. This was so easy and SO good!

  • 1 to 1 ½ lbs ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 bag pre-shredded cole slaw mix (14 oz or so)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (around 15 oz)
  • 1 can tomato sauce (around 15 oz)
  • 1 cup quick rice (regular rice will make it sticky, must be the quick kind)

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Cajun Fettuccine

What we had for supper last night. It’s a great dish to throw together with some pantry ingredients and then some.

The Soup Diva

  • 8 oz fettuccine noodles
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste (ketchup will work too)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
Boil noodles until al dente; drain. Saute onion and pepper until soft; stir in seasonings and flour until roux forms. Stir in cream and tomato paste and heat until bubbling. Remove from heat and stir in Parmesan, then pasta. Serve as a side or topped with chicken, shrimp, or other protein.

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My Favorite Coffee Beverage


This is the Frozen Mocha Joe at the Xpresso Mart on Signal Mountain. It is my favorite coffee beverage. There is soft serve ice cream, Ghiradelli chocolate syrup, espresso, milk and whipped cream. It is delicious. You don’t have to go to a big name place for big name taste.

A Morning In My Childhood Hood

This morning we spent some time in my old hood of Signal Mountain. It is not far from where I live but my life today has me in the valley. We had brunch and then drove around on the streets I walked as a kid. Growing up on Signal helped shape me to be the person I am today. That community has changed but there is still shadows of a nerdy kid who lived in community by being a part of a great family, going to school, working for my grandfather, worshipping at Signal Mountain Baptist and supporting the institutions and businesses that made it a special place to be as a younger version of myself. Without it I would be a very different person but that could be said about anyone.