Happy New Year Y’all
I hope everyone has recovered from our annual evening of friends, festivities, and frivolity. I also trust y’all are looking forward to 2013. So far we (United States Citizens) have survived the fiscal cliff and all of us survived the failed Mayan prophesies.
I woke up this morning to find that the TV still worked, the internet was running, there was food in the refrigerator, there was some loose change in the wallet, the evil government Grinch did not take my guns and the Bible is still the Holy Word. Life is Good! What could possibly go wrong this afternoon?
I spent the last week in Memphis, doing some work and visiting my side of the family. Good times had by all and I have stumbled across a couple of things that I predict will be big in 2013. I would like to share them with you and in doing so, take my place with the prophets like the Mayans. (I am not scared, I still have room on the calendar to make more predictions).
Prediction Number 1: Remember this lady’s name because by the end of the year, you will all know about her. Valerie June, describes her music as organic moonshine roots music. I would describe her as John Lee Hooker meets Dolly Parton. Her music is a crazy mix of Blues and country. Normally, I would not be attracted to this style of music. I do like blues, especially live but only as a brief respite from my usual easy listening music of Metallica, Megadeth, and Five Finger Death Punch among others. Her music had the ability to pierce my dark musical tastes and I can only imagine how much someone would enjoy her, especially if enjoy that style of music.
Let me tell you now and you can listen later. This lady has real talent and her music will change the industry. I never heard anyone like her, EVER! She has the look, the musical skills, the ability to write and she is easy on the eyes. A native of Memphis, she is gaining a large following in Europe and is about to sign a contract in the USA. Check out her website here: http://www.valeriejune.com/
Prediction Number 2: Again more full disclaimer, I do not like Pimento Cheese. But my wife found a new addiction. Homemade Pimento Cheese from Tom’s Tiny Kitchen.
Meet Tom, this is directly from his website. “In 2009, Tom Flournoy was suddenly laid off. At age 61 – and at the height of the recession – finding a new job proved impossible. Never content to sit still, Flournoy developed a passion for cooking, and started tinkering with his mother’s pimento cheese recipe. He began making it and sharing with friends, who were bowled over by its flavor.”
Last night at a New Year’s Party, (I attended but was not partaking because I don’t drink AND because I was on call for work, therefore you can trust my recollections). I and my wife met Tom’s son who brought some Pimento Cheese as a gift. A huge hit with everyone except me, my wife encouraged me to have a sample. I have a transcript of the conversation for your enjoyment:
Wife: “You should try this Pimento Cheese.”
Me: “I’m good.”
Wife: “It is really good!”
Me: “”You said that about Pumpkin Soup.”
Wife: “My mom made that soup.”
Wife: “Get away from me, you loser!”
Hope I did not include too much of the conversation, but you should take it from my wife, Tom’s Tiny Kitchen Pimento Cheese is really good. In fact, she has instructed me that if I do not have it in my possession when I return home, then I will not be allowed in the house. I am still debating that, ha ha.
She loved the Chipotle flavored Pimento Cheese by the way and raved about it to my parents. Later today, I have been tasked to drive across town to purchase some for the family, and I will be giving an actual taste test in the next couple of days. I will post the results here for your pleasure.
You can check out Tom’s Tiny Kitchen here http://tomstinykitchen.myshopify.com/
In closing, I want to thank all of you for making 2012 a wonderful year for me personally. At the urging of my brother, Greg I took the leap into the blogging world only five months ago. That simple step opened up some exciting opportunities and has allowed me to meet some wonderful people. I appreciate everyone who took time from your busy day to visit my site. It is extremely humbling to think that almost everyone who visits is not my mom.
I thank you all for the trust that you placed in me. You took the leap of faith that my posts were worth the time you gave to read them. I know many of my posts are extremely long and I hope you found something worthwhile. Thank you also to everyone who took their time to make a comment and so far the only person who called me a loser is my wife.
Until Next Time,