Friday, August 18, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.4.07 -- "G" is for ...

Friday's Hunt for the week of August 18th: (1) Starts with "G": (2) Candy: (3) Latch

(1.a) Starts with "G": "G" is for Guy the Gorilla (1946–1978) who lived in the London Zoo from 1960.  He is now a bronze gorilla casting at the London Zoo.  KP was four (4) and a couple of days.  For more information please visit Wikipedia here at  Guy led quite a life, he was even in movies.

(1.a) Starts with "G": "G" is for GT-350, here a Shelby Mustang GT-350 Convertible.  This one is a 1969 model for the August classic car picture for my August 2017 NAPA Calendar.

The car had a 351 CID Ford Windsor engine developing 290 horsepower.  That isn't super much, my 1969 Ford T-Bird Hardtop had a 429 CID engine that made 360 horsepower.  It would and has run away from these Shelby GT-350's

Below I have a link to some other of my NAPA Calendars.  1969 Ford Specifications: . I have the spinner hubcaps and the blue glass Thunderbird emblem from it.  That was okay as I sold it for scrap after it flooded in 1979 with four feet of water.

My 1998 Mustang GT specifications are
4.6Litter (281 CID) DOHC V8 = 305 hp @ 5500 RPM & 300 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
It is quicker and faster than either of the cars above because it is lighter.
(2) Candy: Here we see two water bottles from the Marriott Hotel near the Capital in Washington D.C.  Since they are disposable many guests take them home to reuse. 

The one on the left in the picture Karen brought home for me.  It is a new bottle filled with Candy Coated Reese's Peanut Chocolate blended very close in size to the M&M's that we all like.

On the right is a bottle I brought home with the Reese's when we went this January.  Now is has some sitting-around leftover candies.

The newer bottles have decreased in size.  They are a fill-your-own, water or candy.  They may now be smaller as to be less obtrusive when carried in a pocket.

To the right is a piece of Chocolate Covered Honey Comb Candy.  It has sort of a Butter Finger taste.  I've cut through it so that we can see the honeycomb.

Bees didn't make this honeycomb, it is a piece of mostly sugar and honey  heated to the candy stage, infused with baking soda, and then poured out on a baking sheet. 

Below I have copied a recipe to make your own.  We bought ours in bulk from Sprout's Grocery out of a 40 or so gallon wooden barrel. 

(3) Latch: We went to Jackson, Tennessee last month, driving the loaner SUV I blogged about last week and the week before.  My BIL & SIL sang a duet for the Sunday Night
Service at the Methodist church.  Winetta sang four additional songs after that.  It was an outside affair with Barbecue and fixings, soft drinks, and homemade dessert.

Jackson is a nice smallish city, population of  67,265 by a 2012 estimate.  (Wikipedia) Sunday after church and on Monday we toured the city and surrounding area.  One of my favorites was the little train museum with inside and outside exhibits.  The inside was the old Jackson train station but it was closed on Sunday when we visited.
In the picture above at right we were peeking into the Dining Car which was closed.  I am sure it had a latch with a lock to keep people out when things are closed.  We were standing between this caboose (what is that!!!) and the kitchen looking into it ahead.

Mrs. Jim is operating the manual switching levers to get a feel of what her daddy did when he worked in the railroad yards.  He died when Mrs. Jim was only seven years old. (Click on the pictures to get a larger sized view.)

The Polk House in Jackson, Tennessee, not President Polk's
Dr. M.D. Anderson's boyhood home in Jackson, Tennessee
Chocolate Covered Honeycomb recipe
Chocolate Covered Honeycomb Candy
A flaky honey candy covered in chocolate.
  1. 1/4 cup honey
  2. 1/2 cup corn syrup
  3. 2 cups sugar
  4. 3 tablespoons water
  5. 1 tablespoon baking soda
  6. Chocolate Candy Coating
  1. Combine honey, corn syrup, sugar and water in a deep pan on the stove. Stir together quickly and then turn the stovetop to medium high and do not stir again. Watch closely to keep from bubbling over. Cook until mixture reaches 300 degrees, about 12-13 minutes and a light amber color.
  2. While mixture is cooking, prepare a deep pan by lining it with parchment paper and greasing it liberally.
  3. When mixture is at 300 degrees or a light amber brown, remove from heat and quickly stir in 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Mixture will expand rapidly.
  4. Pour into prepared pan and let cool and harden for 30 minutes.
  5. When the candy is hard, cut into smaller pieces over a sheet of parchment paper.
  6. Melt chocolate in microwave according to package directions. Coat candy in chocolate and set aside on parchment paper to harden.
  7. Enjoy!
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The Fine Print: - 
 - Teresa of Eden Hills, (click)is running this meme, Friday's Hunt. Her rules are: "Welcome to linkup for Friday’s Hunt. It’s very simple. Anyone can participate. The signing in link opens at 7pm Friday Central time and will close Sunday at 7pm." You can read others' posts there any time.

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