How to Deep-Fry a Turkey Without Killing Yourself

Disclaimer: Deep-frying a turkey is an inherently dangerous undertaking. While there are plenty of precautions that can be taken to minimize the risk, there's no way to heat up gallons of oil to 350°F (177°C) using a big propane burner, lower a turkey into it, and be guaranteed not to hurt yourself or others.
Just a few critical points: ·Children and pets should be nowhere near a deep-frying setup. There shouldn't be even the remotest chance that they'll get anywhere close to it. ·You should read and follow all the manufacturer's instructions and warnings included with your deep fryer, and follow those instructions in all instances in which they deviate from what I've written here. ·Never use an outdoor frying setup indoors, or in any enclosed or covered space, and never use an indoor fryer outdoors. ·If it’s cold, plan on being outside in the cold for a couple of hours: Responsible turkey fryers do not leave things unattended. (find someone – adult -- to relieve you i…

The Top 1% Have a Secret

What could very well be the single most important factor that the wealthiest 1% in America share is NOT being born with a silver spoon in their mouths.
No guessing necessary, you’ll find that the primary differentiator is FINANCIAL EDUCATION.
Say whut?Well, here’s is what one writer said that pretty well sums it up, what brought this topic to mind in the first place:
“I graduated from high school not having been taught the following: How to balance a checkbookHow to prepare taxesWhat “investing” actually meansHow to set up a brokerage/retirement/checking accountHow to apply for a loanHow to calculate ROIPretty much everything else related to money”
The root of the problem is that we do not mandate the education of money business throughout our children’s schooling. They are supposed to compete in what is now a global economy to earn money and build a portfolio for the duration of their lives with zero formal preparation.
The wealthiest tycoons who didn’t inherit their net worth, most likel…

Would you Lock and Leave?

OK, so what in the world is “lock and leave”?  Is it a lifestyle or a community, a type of home or facility? Of course as you probably suspect, the answer is “Yes”.

The concept has been around for ages, but the term “lock and leave” is not so old. It’s basically the idea of having the flexibility to take off and leave home, which requires not only a certain personal means but a home that you can leave and be secure in the knowledge that it will be cared for and safe in your absence.

Whether you are from the North or South you know what “Snow Birds” are, so you get the picture.

So, what are the lifestyle components and do YOU fit?
Spontaneous, adventurous? Methodical / careful advance planning?  Could go somewhere short term / long term?  Some of each?Interest in different destinations: road trips to see the country or just “jump” to a place of interest? Vacation home of your own?Cultural or religious pilgrimage? Children moved out, pets passed away (too morbid?) Have a motor home or c…
MARCH 2018 Update

Over six months after Hurricane Harvey turned the world upside down for millions of Texans, there are still many who are in need of help to rebuild their lives. US Congressman Randy Weber sent out the following list of resources:

Home improvement stores and FEMA are teaming up to help you. Stop by any of the locations and talk to a specialist for free information, tips, and literature. We all want to see our homes rebuilt stronger and safer.

Brazoria County
Alvin Home Depot (Store #6539)
140 N. Bypass 35, Alvin, 77511
Tuesday March 20 - Friday March 24, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Fort Bend County
Sugar Land Lowe’s (Store #0511)
16510 S.W. Freeway, Sugar Land, 77479 
Tuesday March 20 - Friday March 24, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Harris County
Katy Lowe’s (Store #0098)
19935 Katy Freeway, Houston, 77094 
Monday March 19 - Friday March 24, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Orange County
Ace Hardware, Childs Building Supply
3704 N. 16th St., Orange, …

Life will never be the same

It pretty much goes without saying that life will never be the same for an incredible number of people whose lives were not just “affected” but have been essentially devastated by one of the unprecedented number of recent disasters worldwide.  2017 has seen not just damaging but deadly hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, mudslides, wildfires, droughts, and violent acts of terrorism on top of the accidents and diseases that kill and injure our loved ones and ourselves.  I can’t imagine there is anyone anywhere who has been completely unscathed by these events.

It seems almost indifferent and insensitive to do “business as usual” in the face of these catastrophes, especially with the lengthy and challenging recovery ahead for so many.  However, I believe that it is essential that those who are able to pick up the pieces do their best to do just that for the sake of those who cannot.  Here in the Houston area in the path of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation, there has been a tremendo…


OK, I'm not really here to look at green cars, but....
Going Green is not just good for Planet Earth, but it can be good for your piece of it AND for your pocketbook.  There are "green" measures and lifestyle decisions that can touch every aspect of our lives, but this article I thought could make us take a bit harder look at green options and ideas so that we can make informed decisions.

1.  Myth: Green Homes are Expensive
Fact: Eco-friendly homes come in different types, sizes, and price tags, from a green-minded prefab that can cost less than $150,000 to an eco-urban condo for $690,000 or more. The big difference is in resale value: Eco-friendly homes fetch higher prices compared with conventionally built homes.
2.  Myth: Green Homes Look Kooky
Fact: Not all green homes look like grass-roofed hobbit holes or extra-crunchy Earthships. That’s old school. Eco-friendly abodes being built today can look just like traditional houses — except they may have solar panels or small w…

Speed Dating for a Mortgage Partner

NOW I’ve seen everything! 

OK, I know, as soon as I say that, someone will come along with something even MORE bizarre…

BUT, I have to say Speed Dating for a Mortgage Partner MUST be way up there at the top of the “Most Bizarre Financial Ideas” list, if there is one. (There should be!)

It kind of takes the idea of searching for roommates to share an apartment to another level. Basically the plan is for people who would buy a house or condo together with a perfect stranger to get acquainted in a “speed dating” scenario and invest a few minutes into determining if their pocketbooks and credit ratings are compatible.

It’s happening in Toronto where the housing market has gone so nuts that it’s pretty much impossible for a single one-income person to qualify and buy a house, any house.  Pooling resources may be the only way they can make it happen, and, of course, being priced out of the market is not a problem unique to Toronto.

Most lenders will write “friends and family” loans for unmarried…