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There is Risk in Chasing Dreams

There are a bunch of things that could go wrong with our Base Camp HQ project.  We could fail to complete the house.  Costs could go up so much that we go broke. Or, we actually complete the house but then not be able to afford the mortgage payments. Snakes bite the kids. We don't make friends in Pleasanton. We can't agree on a paint color.  We loose relationships we have now. There is risk in chasing dreams. I believe the pioneers who settled in Texas hundreds of years ago understood that risk. They paid for it too. Yet there was something that drove them on. Something that made them leave the security of the known for the unknown.  There is...

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Base Camp Beef Mac and Cheese

Base Camp Beef Mac and Cheese is a family go to for easy, healthy, and "always asking for more" goodness! Enjoy...  Ingredients 14 ounces elbow macaroni, (or your favorite pasta) 4 tablespoons butter, divided into chunks 16 ounces ground beef 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced 4 tablespoons flour (we typically use all-purpose) 1 teaspoon salt 2 cups milk 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese Directions Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside Add the ground beef to a large, sturdy skillet. And turn to Medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until all the meat is light brown in color. Remove from heat and keep warm. Melt the remaining butter over medium heat. Add the garlic...

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Main ingredients and the care they take

Main ingredients come in all shapes and sizes. Knowing more about them always comes in handy.    There is a rumor going around that grass-finished beef is not as tender as it's grain-finished cousin. The truth is that because it's leaner, grass-finished beef can easily dry out or become overcooked. So keeping it moist is key. Following these 7 tips will make that easy. Replace that missing fat in ground beef with something like chopped onions or shredded cheese. For steaks, marinate for 4-6 hours before cooking Because grass-finished cooks quicker, lower the cooking temperature. Remember, perfect to overdone and possibly dried out can happen before you know it. To get a good, even sear all the way around, without...

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