Brown Liquor Music

Wayback Wednesday – Brown Liquor Music

 


Who remembers way back when during the holidays our parents and grandparents had house parties on Saturday nights and we kids would be running back and forth trying to say outta “grown folks business”, however, our ears were subjected to Brown Liquor Music?

 

 

According to the Urban Dictionary, Brown Liquor Music is played when you want to slow down and chill, relax and jam to the sounds of jazz, funk, soul, and R&B rolled into one hip glass of brown liquor with two to three cubes of ice.

The grown folks would be playing cards, telling lies while eating fried chicken, collards greens, chitterlings and other unhealthy foods and drinking from glasses that held something a lot stronger than Ice Tea! 

 

 

I still remember the card parties in the 60s that my grandmother had in Mt. Vernon, where they played Pinocle and I heard songs such as these coming from the record player.


 

Let’s Chat: Do you have any childhood memories of your parent’s parties?

 

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Now Go Outside & Play!


How many of you remember your mom or grandma telling you to go outside and play after you had completed your Saturday chores? 

 

Last Sunday morning before heading to church, I heard the sounds of children’s laughter and looked out the window to see the neighbor’s kids jumping on their trampoline. 

Although it was a chilly 52 degrees and windy, I could only imagine hearing their mother’s voice yelling after breakfast, “now go outside and play!”  Mind you, on Sunday mornings my grandmother had us in church from sun up to sun down, but that’s a different blog post for another day. 

 

 

Most of the kids today are inside with an electronic device or watching television and unfortunately, the obesity rates are rising as we discussed in my Podcast interview with Queon Jackson, owner of Summer J Artesian Pops.

 

Did you have to go outside and play, and if so, what were your favorite games: 

  • Tag
  • Red Light Green Light 1 2 3
  • Hide Go Seek
  • Jump Roap (Double or Single Rope)
  • Basketball
  • Baseball

  • Box Ball
  • Hop Scotch
  • Bike Riding
  • Mother May I
  • Blowing Bubbles
  • Bean Toss
  • Horseshoes

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What Foods Did You Hate As A Child But Love To Eat Now?

Wayback Wednesday

 

What Foods Did You Hate As A Child But Love To Eat Now?

 

 

Tomorrow is the biggest eating day of the year, and if you are fortunate and blessed enough to have a warm meal on Thanksgiving, please stop and give thanks to whom it is that you serve and honor for those blessings. 

 

I don’t know about you, but I still remember the large Thanksgiving meals that we had growing up in New Rochelle, NY.  We lived in a housing project and my aunt lived in the apartment on the same 5th floor so we could run back and forth between kitchens to eat in excess, which most of us did.  

 

 

 

I loved it all….the turkey…the stuffing…the gravy…the ham..the sweet potatoes…the potato salad and of course the collard greens.  However, there was always that one food that I hated and would wrap it in a napkin and throw it out the window when it was added to my plate…SQUASH!

 

I don’t know what it was about squash that I hated as a kid, but now as an adult – I love it!  I especially love Spaghetti Squash, and here’s the link to a previous recipe which is a very healthy dish.

 

Yellow Squash

 

 

I can’t recall why or even if anyone else had a problem with eating it, but all I know is that I hated yellow squash on my plate – perhaps it was because my grandmother would boil it until it was slimy and I hated the texture.  

 

My cousins never had a problem with the sliminess, as a matter of fact, my cousin Belinda, God Rest Her Soul would slop up some chitterlings in a heartbeat, something else I would never have eaten then and definitely would not be eating now!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

So when you sit down tomorrow at a table full of family food traditions think back to the foods that you never ate as a child but love to eat today, then leave a comment below and share this post with a family member or friend for them to chime in.

 

 

 

 

VCRs & VHS Tapes Are Not Dead

Wayback Wednesday – VCRs & VHS Tapes Are Not Dead in 17% of American Households

 

Do you remember when the videocassette recorder or VCRs changed American’s home entertainment centers?  We were able to record our favorite television shows and movies to watch later and this was pre-DVR.

 

17% of Americans still use a VCR

 

Every kid born in the 1980s and ’90s knows about the VCR and VHS tapes, and those of us from the earlier generations may even remember the Betamax!  The VCR was the machine that became a fixture under the television sets in households across the United States, as well as around the world. 

Not only did we watch pre-recorded television programs and movies we could also watch recordings of weddings, church events and of course other family milestones and Nana would never have to miss another soap opera again.


For those of you who don’t know what a VCR is: A videocassette recorderVCR, or video recorder is an electromechanical device that records analog audio and analog video from broadcast television or other sources on a removable, magnetic tape videocassette, and can play back the recording. Use of a VCR to record a television program to play back at a more convenient time is commonly referred to as timeshifting.

VCRs can also play back prerecorded tapes and in the 1980s and 1990s, prerecorded videotapes were sold and were also available to rent, blank tapes were sold to make recordings.

 

Remember when Blockbuster would charge you for not rewinding a tape before returning it?

 

The VCR’s demise may come as a shock, however, did you know that a recent study reported that 17% of Americans still use a VCR – are you one of them? 

 

The Cosby Show

 

 

We no longer have a VCR, but I still have my collection of The Cosby Show on VHS Tapes in the Basement which are worth now $0 #GoodwillDonation 

 

Let’s Chat: Do you still have and use a VCR?

 

 

DISCLAIMER

The information in this blog is provided “AS IS” with no warranties and confers no rights.  This blog does not represent the thoughts, intentions, plans or strategies of my employer, it is solely my opinion.

Feel free to challenge me, disagree with me, or tell me I’m completely insane in the comments section of each blog entry, but I reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason whatsoever (abusive, profane, rude, or anonymous comments) – so keep it polite, please.

Thanksgiving Memories From Your Kitchen

BRING IT ON!!!! 

Get on your mark – Get Ready – Get Set – Go! 

Let the planning begin – HELLO NOVEMBER….HELLO THANKSGIVING!

 

 

It’s time to start planning your holiday meal, whether it’s just you or two or a family of many, it’s always fun to try something new for the holidays.  However, how many times have you tried something new which actually turned out to be a disaster?? 

 

Hubby and I still laugh about the time we almost burned down the backyard trying to fry a turkey – whoever came up with the Turkey Fryer probably had too many drinks first!

 


As you will read in Friday’s post, our Thanksgiving meals are very low key, however, in honor of Wayback Wednesday, I went back into the crates of my old blog DeDivahDeals to bring out this recipe for leftover turkey.

 

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During the holiday, most people overcook and then have many leftovers for days on end, so it’s important to find creative ways in which to make those leftovers appetizing.  Now I am not saying that a Turkey and Cheese sandwich with mayo and a slice of tomato isn’t appetizing, but there are other options.

As a small family of four, we always have Thanksgiving leftovers so in looking for creative recipes I found this one for a Crock Pot Turkey and Potato Chowder, but of course added a little twist based on my veggie preferences.

 

turkey chowder ingredients
Ingredients:
  • 4-5 cups of Red Potatoes
  • 3 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 1 cup Onions, chopped
  • 1 bag frozen Mixed Veggies (corn, peas and carrots)
  • 1/2 bag frozen mixed Sweet Peppers
  • 3 Sprigs of fresh Thyme – remove from stems
  • 3-4 cups of cooked Turkey
  • 4 cups of Chicken Broth
  • 4 tbsp of Corn Starch
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
corn starch and chicken broth
crock pot turkey and potato chowder
Instructions:
  1. Wash and chop potatoes into 1-inch chunks.  Stir cornstarch into chicken broth then add potatoes and remaining ingredients except for the Heavy Cream into Crock Pot.  Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or until the potatoes are fork tender.
  2. Stir in Heavy Cream, cover and cook for an additional 30 minutes.
  3. Serve with crackers or cornbread.
recipe for turkey leftovers

Okay, time for you to share – what major kitchen mess-ups have you had preparing a family holiday meal?
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