Grilled Venison

Take a look at your dinner table right before you dig in. Look at those veggies in the bowl…where did they come from? That barbecued chicken, steak, or even the sausage¬† on that pizza in front of you…where did it come from?¬† Now, I don’t expect you to say “The ground”, “A pig”, “A cow”, or anything sarcastic like that. What I want you to think about, is WHERE did it come from?I remember last year being shocked to look on a bag of frozen vegetables and reading “Product of China” !! Anymore we are mostly used to our food being shipped from Central or even South America.

So much of the food in grocery stores today Keep reading

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My trusty little car just turned 100,000 miles the other day. It used to be a big deal some years ago. Men would lean on their vehicles and with a prideful tone say “Yep, she turned 100,000 miles and is still runnin’!” But today, its not such a big deal…and I am thankful for that. They have made car making so efficient. The metalworking is a lot more precise when making all the engine and transmission parts. So things last longer…well at least the Korean and Japanese vehicles do.

This is not a slam on American vehicles. I love the Jeep Cherokee and the 85 F-150. But the foreign cars are really making the American manufacturers step up to the plate in the area of quality. There is no reason to spend the kind of money that is posted on a fluorescent sticker on a car window only to have major repairs a year or so later…even 5 years later! And the Japanese and Korean car manufacturers have proved that.

We have a 2002 Hyundai Elantra. We bought it with 30,000 miles I think, maybe less. I cant remember. We bought it in 2003. We have had no major repairs done to it since we bought it. The only things that have malfunctioned are the pull handle for the trunk release, the clock comes on and off whenever it wants and we have a red “Air Bag” light that stays on. Thats it! We just keep the tires up to snuff and change the oil ever 3,000 miles…or more. They basically made money on the warranty that we purchased because we never had to use it. We are considering extending the warranty however since the car is getting up there in age and mileage.

We have been so pleased with the Korean brand that we purchased a Korean minivan, a Kia Sedona, this past summer. So far so good. We bought that for about $5,000 LESS than the other American models. It was loaded with options, had 27,000miles (the American models had around 40,000), and was only about 1 yr older!

So all this to say that I am not ashamed of, but am rather happy with my little import, even though I’d still enjoy driving a truck or Jeep again.