F-You 2016, That’s All I Gotta Say #2016

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This year went from awful to suck to something horrible in 365 days. I won’t miss this year. So much has happened. So much pain. So so much loss. We can’t make sense of it all. Lord have mercy over us all.

First Carrie Fisher, Now Her Mom Debbie Reynolds Has Passed Away

This is not supposed to happen at least not like this. Debbie Reynolds is an icon of her time and now she has passed away just a day after her daughter. This isn’t supposed to happen this way. Tragedy is a cruel thing. Rest in peace Debbie, join Carrie in eternity.

Ham & Potato Soup

This was some great soup that uses a part of a ham that is just discarded. Flavor can be found in the bone too.

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This is a great way to use up leftover ham (including the bone!)

  • 32 oz vegetable broth (or chicken or beef)
  • 2 cups diced potatoes (about 2 large russets)
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup carrots (diced or matchstick – about 3 carrots)
  • 1-2 cups diced ham (depending on how much meat is left on the bone)
  • 1 leftover ham bone (optional, but adds lots of flavor)
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp fresh or dried parsley
  • 1 tsp fresh or dried thyme
  • 5 oz can evaporated milk
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Put broth, water, vegetables, ham (and bone), and seasonings in large slow cooker on low. Cook all day (at least 8 hours). Remove bone. Stir in milk and add additional seasonings as needed.

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I created this recipe after being inspired by my friend Oreon, who posted on Facebook that she was making soup with a leftover…

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Yet Another Desktop Linux Setup – Linux Lite 3.2 @linuxlite #linux

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A screenshot of my Linux Lite 3.2 Desktop

I have changed Linux desktop OS again. This time it’s a keeper (yeah, I have said that before) but it’s different, believe me.

This is a screenshot of Linux Lite 3.2 which is based upon Ubuntu 16.04. To me doing something that is not the “normal” is a way of life and computing is one of those things. You would be surprised what is running some sort of Linux, UNIX or some other open source software in your house. To me running it on the desktop allows my older PC to keep running and to be like new again.

Linux Lite does that in so many ways because its lighter on system resources and provides a wide range of tools and applications to do everything from blogging, photo organizing, editing, creating documents, listening to music, watching videos and so much more and there are free updates every so often. I am very pleased with how this is working. There will be a lot of content coming from this setup. You can even download the desktop version of WordPress and use it on Linux.