Making Beer Bread

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Today I show you how to make beer bread. It’s super easy and delicious!!! Have a GREAT day!!!!!

Ingredients:
3 cups flour (sifted)
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
1 (12 oz) beer
1/4 cup melted butter
Instructions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Mix dry ingredients and beer
Pour into a greased loaf pan
Pour melted butter over mixture
Bake 1 hour, remove from pan and cool for 15 minutes
Enjoy!!!!!

Building a Legacy

I’ve been in kind of a funk lately. I have been at the same job, doing the same thing, for going on 6 years now. I feel it’s time for a change. The thought of going back to college and starting all over in a whole new direction is both exciting and terrifying at the same time. I do not have a degree at this time. I was one of those students that took individual classes that I thought would be interesting but never really had a certain degree plan that I wanted to do. Psychology, Sociology, English, History, Math, Commercial Music to name a few. I do have all my “basics” out of the way so that’s a start. That was, what feels like, ages ago. I’m a new man now. I have a beautiful, smart, intelligent wife and 2 wonderful girls now. I am not sure if I have the time and energy I once had. I have always wanted to start my own business as well. Something that is mine and I can run it any way I see fit. Can I do it all??? Start a new career path, go back to school, and start up my own business, all while still taking care of my number 1 priority, my family. I would like to think so. I am also not really sure which direction I want to take with the career/school field. I have such a wide variety of interests, hobbies, and God given talents that sometimes it’s hard to narrow it down to just one or even a few. One thing I do know about myself is that no matter what I choose, when I set my mind to it, I’m all in. I’ve been that way my whole life. One of my favorite quotes is “The secret to success is the focus of purpose.” I do know that it is time for a change, a big change. I feel it deep down in the depths of my soul. There is a stirring inside me that keeps my mind up all night. It makes me feel a little crazy at times. That’s where I am at right now. I’ve tried to talk to some people about it but they really just don’t get it. My wife gets it and is very supportive of me. I want to work in a field I’m passionate about and have my own business. Leaving a legacy to pass on to my children and my children’s children. I want them to look back and say WOW look at what grandpa built, I want to do something like that too but even bigger. Leaving something that I can pass down through the generations of my family is very important to me. So it’s time to start building it.

I know this is a little different than usual but I just wanted to share something with you guys that has been on my mind and heart lately. If you have any suggestions, comments, or anything to add at all I would LOVE to hear it. Please leave a comment down below. And as always, Have a Great Day!!!!!!

Little Town USA

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This is another great poem by Kyle – Ghostlysmoker. Enjoy and Have a Great day.

Little town USA.

Sitting on the front porch late at night.
Crickets chirping.
Trees standing guard.
Geckos eyeballing my every move.
My Black Box is within reach. What’s inside?
A Lion with a crown is staring me down.
A cool breeze crosses my path.
Eighteen feet deliver goods to the shire.
It snorts and grunts until it finds its mark.
The Lion is taunting my every move.
I reach for the only weapon at hand.
With one swift cut the Lion’s head falls.
A breeze has taken up the fight.
Will it allow a simple pleasure tonight?
Rhythmic sounds are stealing my thoughts.
A deep horn blasts across the land.
Honk………Honk…….Honk………
The Lion’s foot must be lit.
An orange bodied dragon lets loose an impressive breath of flame.
The fight is in full swing.
Round one goes to the wind.
The American Flag is ever present.
This is what it represents.
The breeze is relentless.
It allows me one chance.
I do not hesitate.
The Lion’s scent is intoxicating.
Anticipation builds.
My mind is taken to a musty dark swamp.
Spanish moss hanging from ancient Bald Cypress Trees.
In the distance a smoky breeze carries a frost.
The cedar is pungent and beautiful.
Who put a pot of coffee on?
Ghosts are waiting for us inside.
Dare we sleep?
The Lions foot burns perfectly.
It is as beautiful as a King’s Crown.
I am hypnotized by its ruby red glow.
The Lions head is lying next to me but he continues to fight.
Drawing in his soul, he resists.
I must double my attack.
The favors are complex.
Half way through he will not give up!
The fight is very rewarding.
This Crowned Lion is getting old.
His mane is turning grey.
The fight is almost over.
A black sky is dotted with ageless light.
I am perplexed by the Lions breath.
I am at peace.
Squeak……Squeak…..Squeak…….
My chairs moans beneath me.
We all are growing tired.
The fight has come to an end.
Future battles will be fought with this worthy opponent.
The breeze stands with its ovation.
On this dark and warm night.
Two have fought a satisfying fight.

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Morgan Pipes’ Briar Cigar

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I have had my Chris Morgan Briar Cigar for a couple of weeks now. I have smoked about 8 to 9 bowls in it now and have formed my opinion. I LOVE this thing. The more I smoke it, the more I like it. With a 6 year old and a newborn here now I don’t really have a lot of time to sit and smoke (not as much time as I would like any way) so I get most of my smoking done either in the very early morning before the girls wake up, in the car on the way to work, or on that rare occasion that I get a descent break while I’m at work. Needless to say sometimes all I have time for is a short quick smoke. The Briar Cigar is perfect for that. I love the fact that it has a end cap so if you don’t finish it all you just cap it. Which I often do. The fit and finish on this pipe is top notch. I opted for the sandblasted version but there is also a smooth version as well. This is my first reverse calabash so I wanted to test it out a bit. I put my Savinelli Lolita up against the Briar Cigar. I stuffed them both with some Stave aged 35 Virginia and lit them up. First was Lolita. I lit her up and smoked her very hot. So hot that I almost burned my tongue. I then did the same with the Briar Cigar. The reverse calabash is supposed to take the moisture out and deliver a cooler smoke. Which it did. The Briar Cigar did deliver a much cooler smoke. I do have to warn you though DO NOT touch the “bowl” portion of the cigar after smoking it hot like that. It is HOT!!!! duh…The smoke chamber portion stays very cool to the touch though. I find myself putting the whole end of the cigar in my mouth like I would a normal cigar while smoking. A few people asked about the ash falling out. I find that if you keep it tamped down well and often the ash tends to stay in the pipe. Not all tampers will fit the Briar Cigar but a nail tamper did just fine. I am mostly smoking Delta Mojo in it now because the two just seem like a match made in heaven. So if you have been on the fence about getting a Briar Cigar, DO IT. You will not be disappointed.

Do you already have a Briar Cigar?
Do you have any other questions I can answer?
Leave a comment below. And as always Have a GREAT day.