BOB WILLS DAY

TL 4-30 BOB WILLS DAY

https://youtu.be/9qcO19R8Jys

http://bobwills.com/

There was one song that my daddy insisted I learn to play…  SAN ANTONIO ROSE.  Playing it on the piano does not do the song justice, but I did play it for him – often!  I have some happy memories of my dad sitting by the stereo record turntable, listening intently to his Bob Wills album.  I’ve searched the internet for the album my dad played, but to no avail.  I’ll keep looking as I write.

I love the name of this town in Texas…  TURKEY, TX.  This is where the big Bob Wills Day celebration takes place every year!  Bob Wills is still the king…  indeed!  Country music has evolved (some of us use a different descriptive term) through the years, but classic country music is still the best in my humble opinion.

I love classic country music and offer no apology whatsoever for it.  I love Floyd Cramer’s slip notes and admire a strong, brilliant voice like Patsy Cline.  And nobody fiddled around better than Bob Wills!

What will happen today in Turkey, Texas?

Check out their page on facebook for more information:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bob-Wills-Day-Turkey-Texas/120154581334657

I read something there about a tribute to the late Merle Haggard.  I’m not sure if there are any original band members left from Bob Wills group, but if there are, it’s going to be a good time you can bet.  I’m sure the talent will be amazing for the day’s activities.

If you want to read the whole Bob Wills story, take a look at this:  http://www.famoustexans.com/bobwills.htm

He earned the title “king of country swing”, that’s for sure!

If you’re thinking about heading for Turkey, Texas today…  here’s one more link to look at:

http://www.bobwillsday.com/

It would be great to be there, but I couldn’t guarantee that I could keep tears from falling.  When I hear that country swing sound from Bob Wills and similar bands, I can’t help but think of my daddy.  If Bob Wills is playing in Heaven, I’m pretty sure my daddy is happy!  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NATIONAL NACHOS DAY

TL 11-6 NATIONAL NACHOS DAY

11-6 NACHOS ANYTIME

If we were in Hawaii, we’d order Kalua pork and pineapple nachos.  If we were in Music City, Memphis, Tennessee, the nachos would be barbecue with pulled pork strewn over the top with a ton of cheese sauce poured over them with jalapeño pepper slices.  These yummy chips can be made any way you like, but there is usually one common ingredient – melted cheese!

Ignacio Anaya, a Mexican from the border town of Piedra Negras, accidentally invented nachos in 1943.  Hungry guests showed up at a Victory Club, the restaurant he was working at across the Rio Grande River from Texas.  They were the wives of American soldiers who had shopped in town and needed food.

He improvised with the ingredients he had on hand – tortillas and cheese.  He cut the tortillas into triangles and melted the cheese along with the triangular chips.  He topped the dish with jalapeño peppers – and Voila’ – the first recipe of Nachos was created.

This is from 2009 – but still fun to watch.  I sure could not eat that whole platter of nachos – could you?

Anaya was called Nacho because he was short – so the dish he created was called Nachos.  It grew in popularity in Texas and the Southwest over the next 20 years.  Anaya went on to work at the Moderno Restaurant in Piedras Negras, which still uses the original recipe.  Later he opened his own place, Nacho’s Restaurant in the border town.

Nachos really gained popularity in the 1970’s and 1980’s thanks to Frank Liberto.  He began selling nachos at Arlington Stadium, home of the Texas Rangers.  He created a melted cheese product that was part cheese and part secret ingredients.  His cheese sauce didn’t need to be heated and the shelf life extended well beyond the original recipe, which used perishable cheese.

Nachos were introduced to famous broadcaster Howard Cosell, who put in a plug for the snack during a Monday night football game.  That endorsement helped turn nachos into a household name.  Nachos are now a part of tailgate parties nationwide.

Nachos are a common snack and are fixed in many ways.  Some people like them with just cheese and other’s like them loaded or super.  You can add meat, refried beans and melted shredded cheese.  Cold toppings such as shredded lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, onion and jalapeño are piled on top to make it a sort of mini taco snack.  Add a dollop of sour cream or guacamole to that.  The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.   Some ideas include cilantro, chicken, chorizo, bacon, lime, olives and Pico de Gallo.

Celebrate today – with nachos!  Happy NATIONAL NACHOS DAY!!!  😉

Linda’s Favorite Nacho Recipe:

Ingredients:

1/2 lb. extra-lean ground beef

1/2 lb (8 oz.) Velveeta, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

7 cups tortilla chips (6 oz.)

1 c. shredded lettuce

1/4 c. sliced black olives

1 can (10 oz.) Ro*tel diced tomatoes & green chilies, well-drained

Directions:

 meat in skillet; drain.

 Velveeta in small microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1 min. or until completely melted, stirring after 30 sec.

 chips on large platter; top with Velveeta, meat and remaining ingredients.

Enjoy and have a blessed day!  😀

 

 

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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Belle Starr, an American outlaw in Texas and Oklahoma territory, was born on this day in 1848.  Take a deep breath and say her real name.  Ready?  Okay…  Myra Maybelle Shirley Reed Starr.  I think I know why she shortened it to Belle Starr.  She was known by her family as simply “May”. 

Born on a small farm in a log cabin near Carthage, Missouri, she was educated in the classics and became an accomplished pianist.  It seemed she was heading for a respectable middle-class life, her direction changed with the outbreak of the Civil War, which ruined her father’s business as a Carthage innkeeper and claimed the life of her brother Edwin.  The Shirley family decided to make  a fresh start in Texas.

In June, 1864, Belle’s brother John was shot and killed by Union militia as he tried to escape from a house the soldiers had surrounded.

In 1866 the James and Younger brothers were accused of robbing the Liberty, Missouri bank, which was the first peacetime daylight bank robbery in history.

Belle was associated with the James-Younger gang and other outlaws.  In 1883 she was convicted of horse theft.  Her story was made popular by Richard Fox and later became an interesting character in television and movies.

 If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters.  – Alan Simpson

Even though she developed a reputation as a “Bandit Queen” of the Old West, she really did little more than steal some horses and harbor some fugitive friends.  She was an expert rider who could handle a gun and she was associated with famous outlaws such as Frank and Jesse James.

 The love of property and consciousness of right and wrong have conflicting places in our organization, which often makes a man’s course seem crooked, his conduct a riddle.   – Abraham Lincoln

Sometimes it may seem like a person’s path is changed by circumstances, and to some degree I suppose that could be true.  We are certainly tempted to change our direction when difficult situations arise.  But we need to remember we always have a choice between right and wrong, no matter what the circumstances seem to dictate.  God gives each of us free will.  May we choose wisely and glorify Him.  🙂