Tuesday 10 – Janna Renee, Perception is Everything – Blogger, 10.22.13

Meet Janna Renee, author of Perception is Everything a great blog that traces her life as a young married woman dealing with the daily challenges and the heroic challenge of keeping the home fires burning while her soldier husband serves.  But the blog is more, life, love and fun of a young woman with incredible energy and passion for life…. a good read!
Perception is Everything, is just what it says, and Janna has a unique and humorous way at looking at what life has to offer.
I love the way Janna describes herself and her blog…..
Thanks for taking part in the Tuesday 10, Janna and thanks for your writing!
1)Excluding family members, who inspires you?
I find inspirations everywhere…blogging, reading, meeting new people. Other than family or my husband, there really isn’t one person that I fixate on. I simply try to keep my heart and mind open to find inspiration in the most unlikely of places.
2)What is your guilty pleasure?
I don’t actually do much that I feel guilty about, but I love chocolate, pizza, and other generic desires that one tends to feel guilty about indulging in.
3)If you were to write a book, who is one person you would want to list in the acknowledgements and what would you say?
“I would like to dedicate this book to my dear husband, without whom, this book would not have occurred. If only I had listened to him years ago, I would be ten books in instead of this first one. If by chance you don’t find this book entertaining, then you may also send the negative credit his way, as well. Like I said, without him…this book would not have occurred.”
4)What is your favorite sandwich?
Either Sour Dough buttered with garlic, parsley, and mesquite turkey or turkey, pepperoni, pepper jack, onions, and pesto.
5)What is the best professional advice you ever received?
Work to live, don’t live to work. May sound counterproductive to professionally excelling one’s career, but we all have different priorities and my priorities aren’t work related.
6)As a child, what was your favorite bedtime story?
The Giving Tree, and I still periodically read it to this day.
7)Who is the first Presidential candidate you ever voted for?
I plead the fifth on the particular candidate, because I mostly keep my political beliefs out of blogland, but it was the 2004 election!
8)What is the one career achievement you are most proud of?
Um…I don’t have a career, per say…but it could be a toss-up between work printing a full size poster of me or getting published in a Chicken Soup book.
9)If you could spend the day with any fictional character, who would you choose and why?
Harry Potter. I love to get lost in the series, and visiting the Harry Potter World at Universal Studios just made me even more obsessed.
10)What is the best meal you ever ate?
I have eaten waaaay to many good meals to narrow them down, but I love anything that my family cooks, and my husband is a god in the kitchen. I guess if I had to eat one place for the rest of my life, I would say Broadmoor Brunch. Brunch happens to be my favorite meal as long as there is a buffet to go with it.
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Tuesday 10 – Pat Geyer AKA The Ranting Chef


It’s no secret, I love the blog world.  I find that some of the most creative writers are represented here.

I enjoy learning from the best and striving to become a better writer because of their talents.  One of my favorites is found at the site “The Ranting Chef.”

Check it out, www.rantingchef.com

Pat Geyer is the Ranting Chef, he describes his site as….

Like to cook? Check. Like to eat? Double check. Can’t shut him up? You betcha…

The Rantings of an Amateur Chef is the bloggings of Pat Geyer, an amateur chef living in the Cleveland, Ohio area. While not making his living in the kitchen, he spends as much time as he can there. He explores recipes, restaurants, gadgets and anything else related to cooking and eating.

I was honored when Pat took the time to respond to my Tuesday 10 questionnaire.  His answers are below….

Pat Geyer, The Ranting Chef

1)Excluding family members, who inspires you?  I am most inspired by people who have a love for something and they make it their life. The Food Network’s Alton Brown is one such man. He loved food and science and despite significant challenges decided one day he was going to create this quirky show (Good Eats) and never looked back.

2)What is your guilty pleasure?  I’d have to say most of my pleasures are the guilty kind. One that stands out is Snyders of Berlin Barbecue potato chips. I swear they make them with some illegal drug.df8fbfc90f0a5b5c6a17a1d03ca328da
3)If you were to write a book, who is one person you would want to list in the acknowledgements and what would you say?  Other than my wife and kids (easy choices), I would choose my parents. Growing up my parents exposed my brother and I to many different experiences and either made or purchased a wide variety of foods. We were always required to try everything, even if we didn’t finish. Because of this, I learned to love new foods, new restaurants and new experiences. I cannot imagine life any other way.
4)What is your favorite sandwich?  I can’t just list one. The first was one from my grandfather – a peanut butter and bacon sandwich. It sounds bad, but once you survive the heart attack, it will be one of the best sandwiches you ever ate. The second is the West Side Monte Cristo sandwich from The Melt Bar and Grilled (meltbarandgrilled.com) (pic – westside-monte-cristo.jpg). The last is one that I’ve made for my blog, the Corned Beef Grilled Cheese (link – http://rantingchef.com/2013/07/16/one-helluva-sandwich/). You can’t choose just one!
5)What is the best professional advice you ever received?  Do what you like because life is too short to hate your job.
6)As a child, what was your favorite bedtime story?  I loved Dr. Seuss. My favorite was “Did I Every Tell You How Lucky You Are?” but all of them worked at various ages.
7)Who is the first Presidential candidate you ever voted for?  George H W Bush
8)What is the one career achievement you are most proud of?  On September 11th, 2001, I was in charge of a unit that provided support to our nation’s financial institutions. We worked long hours and kept a number of banks resilient in the days following the disaster helping to prevent a financial disaster to match the original tragedy.
9)If you could spend the day with any fictional character, who would you choose and why?  I think spending a day with Ferris Bueller (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) would be just awesome. Life just rocks when he is along.
10)What is the best meal you ever ate?  This question is no fair to ask someone obsessed with food. How can you choose from the Shrimp Cocktail Ceviche on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, Copper River Salmon in Seattle or gumbo in the French Quarter of New Orleans? Should I choose my grandmother’s Sherry Chicken and Rice, or my mom’s Harvy Wallbanger Cake? Forced to choose, I would have to say Thanksgiving dinner. My father made the best turkey, red wine gravy and stuffing and my mother added her homemade mashed potatoes and pie. I’ve added some darn good cranberries to the mix. The best meal on earth! (Link to recipes – http://rantingchef.com/2012/11/17/thanksgiving-recipe-cornucopia/
Thanks for participating Pat and thanks for the knowledge and enjoyment you provide at www.rantingchef.com !

What’s Cooking…… Homemade Cherry Ice Cream

Ok, not really cooking, but “What’s Frozen” just doesn’t sound right for a headline.

For the 4th of July I was invited to a cook-out at my friend Winehooch and her husband Dan’s home.  Fourth of July at the Hooch House is always fun with swimming, eating, drinking and fireworks over the canal from the nearby country club.

My friends know my strengths, so when I am invited over my dish is usually going to be an appetizer of dessert.

Since it was the 4th of July I decided to do both.

The appetizer I chose was an old stand-by Pigs In A Blanket.

For dessert I chose Cherry Ice Cream.  I make good ice cream, some people are good at BBQ, others are great at pie, I am darn good at ice cream.

I have a simple recipe, a good churn and am fearless when it comes to putting together flavors.  I’ve done peppermint, peach, blueberry, snickers, etc etc etc.

Here it is my simple homemade ice cream recipe….

Homemade Cherry Ice Cream

IMG_2991[1] Fresh Cherries remove stems and pits

IMG_2993[1] Mix fruit, 1 cup heavy whipping creme, 1 cup milk, 1 cup sugar and 1 tsp vanilla

IMG_2994[1] Churn it

IMG_2996[1] Serve it!

#50×50 Week One

50 x 50Last Friday I announced my 50 x 50 Challenge here.  The gist, I will be 50 in 10 months, the goal lose 50 pounds in 10 months.

Week one has gone well.  I have done at least 45 minutes of exercise for 5 of the 7 days, I need to get that to 6 and in all honesty would have this week but I took the 4th off for fun.

My food choices have been a solid “B,” not as good as they could or should be, but not as bad as they have been.

I kept it sane on the 4th, where in recent years, I would have had a burger and hot dog and BBQ;  Thursday, I just had a burger….  baby steps!  I even limited myself to a small serving of the homemade cherry ice cream I made.

I haven’t weighed and don’t plan on it until the 28th, but I do feel better.  I seem to have more energy and my pants may be fitting a bit better…. or it could be my imagination.

Week one has seen progress, I think that is a victory!


Short Notes – 7.5.13

Bob Woodruff Friday’s Hero

On the Playlist… Californication  by the Red Hot Chili Peppers

Words to Live By


Fourth of July Fireworks over the North Palm Beach Country Club – 7.4.13