This Week’s Lesson

This week’s guitar lesson….

Keep the Wolves at Away – Uncle Lucius

LOVE this song!!!!!!!!!!!!


I can FINALLY play Lola Montez by Volbeat!

Go Me!


Holiday Wishes

So I’m here again (better late than never) for just a moment.

A lot has changed over the last few months and I tell you about it soon.

Until then know that all is good and I look forward to what 2017 has in store.

I have a feeling it will be a busy one!

See you in January!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!


One Pot Cajun Chicken & Sausage Alfredo Pasta

Long time since I have been here.

So sorry.

I’ve been mentally exhausted these last few weeks. At this moment in time I cannot elaborate but I will come end of the year.

Meanwhile here is an AWESOME recipe that is killer!!!!
A keeper for sure!

One Pot Cajun Chicken & Sausage Alfredo Pasta


4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1 pound of chicken, cut into bite sized pieces
1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper to taste
14 oz smoked sausage, sliced on the diagonal
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 quart of low-sodium chicken broth
2 1/2 cups of heavy cream
1 pound of dried penne pasta
1 1/2 tablespoons of Cajun seasoning plus more for topping
4 oz of freshly shredded parmesan cheese
1 cup of Italian flat leaf parsley, minced


Start with a large covered cooking pot.

Season chicken with salt and pepper and brown in olive oil over medium high heat.

Add sausage and continue to cook until lightly browned.

Stir in garlic and cook for for about two minutes.

Add chicken broth, heavy cream, dried pasta and cajun seasoning to pot.

Stir together and bring to a simmer over medium high heat.

Reduce heat to low and let cook covered for 15-20 minutes, or until pasta is tender.

Remove pot from heat and stir in parmesan cheese.

Stir in chopped parsley and sprinkle with additional cajun seasoning to taste.


General Updates

September 1st already.
Leaves are slowly starting to change.
It’s still dark at 6 am.
And it gets dark earlier.

From here til the end of the year time will fly.
It always does.
New Years
Bam Bam Bam

Just a few updates as I have not been very good at posting here lately.
Just way busy and way tired.

Hula Moon
Our annual Hula Moon end-of-summer party was again a hit!
Saw old friends and made new ones.
I am already thinking of what props to make for next year!
(hint: just yesterday we got for FREE a wood tiki bar!)

Yes we are once again going to have a Halloween party.
October 22
And yes there will be new props this year!
(can you say…..fog!!)

I am no longer a member of a local pirate group.
I quit several months ago.
The only thing I will say about it is it’s too bad how one person can leave a bad taste in your mouth.

Yep still playing and taking lessons.
I have mostly been on the electric guitar and working towards playing lead.
I can see this will be a long process as there is way more to it than the acoustic.

I work full time as a full charge bookkeeper (been with the same company 30 years!) plus I do bookkeeping on the side.
I have seven businesses that I work with and I got five more that I soon will be doing.
Sounds like a lot but most of it is just monthly reconciliation.

New Venture
We are in the process of starting a new venture of sorts.
At this time I don’t really want to specify what exactly we are doing except to say we will be upcycling and refurbishing used furniture giving them a second unique life.
We have started a website (and yes eventually we will be selling from here). At the moment there’s not anything on it but there will be soon!
Wood And Wine Revolution
I’m excited and can’t wait to get started!
We have lots of cool ideas!

I guess at the moment that’s pretty much it.
I am so looking forward to a 4 day weekend (I took Friday off).

Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork

Every time I try a new pulled pork recipe I think I have found the ultimate recipe.
Not so!

In reading the recipe I was skeptical of the honey/balsamic mixture…there is a lot of balsamic vinegar in this glaze.
But I decided to try it anyway.
And I’m glad I did!

It was hands down a family favorite and on my make again list!

To make it over the top don’t forget to make the Mustard Slaw to go with it!

Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork


2-3 lbs. Boneless Pork Roast
3 Cloves Garlic, minced
1 1/4 Water
1 c Balsamic Vinegar
3/4 c Ketchup
1/3 c Brown Sugar
1/3 c Honey
1 Tbl. Worcesershire Sause
1 1/2 tsp. Seasoned Salt
1 1/2 tsp. Onion Powder
1 tsp. Garlic Powder


Place pork roast in the bottom of your slow cooker. In a medium bowl, whisk together water, seasoned salt and garlic powder. Pour mixture over pork.

Cover slow cooker and cook on low for 8-10 hours (or on high for 4-5).

In the last 30 minutes of cooking, combine minced garlic, balsamic vinegar, ketchup, brown sugar, honey, Worcestershire sauce and onion powder in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk everything together, then bring to a boil.

Cook for 15 minutes, or until thickened and able to coat the back of a spoon.

Once desired doneness is reached, remove pork from slow cooker and shred with 2 forks. Drain cooking liquids from and return pork to slow cooker, then stir in 1/2 honey balsamic sauce.
Serve, garnished with extra sauce, with burger buns.


So I’m Trying A New Coffee

I don’t fall for hype and I know there is NO easy way to lose weight.
And yes this could be considered a some-what pyramid scheme……but I’m trying it anyway and it looks like any money I may earn will be minimal at best as I have no intention of spending my free time trying to sell this stuff!!!!

If you drink coffee this might be for you.
Valentus Slimroast Coffee

I don’t know how or where I found this product but I did a thorough search for bad reviews and complaints and I just couldn’t find any.
It’s a tad spendy (something like $2.50 per cup) but that is WAY less than Starbucks (which I have cut out so I can pay for this!!)

I just had my first cup and expected it to taste like crap.
It didn’t and was actually quite drinkable!!!

Here is what the box says:
Controls appetite
Regulates sugar absorption
Regulates fax absorption
Promotes healthy energy (which I really REALLY need)
Promotes brain health & focus
Elevates mood (yep need this too!)

So hell….how can one go wrong!!!???

I have my own Valentus website and if you want to give this a try (or they have other products) please order through me.
If nothing else I may get points or something!

My site:
Java Fitness