I Love Cooking

January 21, 2019

Before my late husband Ken and I got married, he ask me if I would cook breakfast for him every morning.  That was probably his favorite meal and he was a big breakfast eater.  I agreed that I would and for 52 years, I did just that  and enjoyed seeing him enjoy the biscuits, pancakes, waffles and such.  When our two daughters, Kathy and Joy were in middle school and were old enough to have overnight visits with friends, they discovered that some families did not have a big breakfast like we did at our house.  In fact, one day Joy asked me “can’t we just have cereal like our friends have at their house”. However, when their friends came to our house, they were surprised that I cooked every morning.

I don’t cook like that now that Ken has passed away and sometimes I miss that very much.  However yesterday, I cooked all afternoon because we were celebrating Kathy’s birthday. I enjoy cooking for people who enjoy eating and last night was one of those nights.

Today, I am sharing one of my favorite recipes, pecan pie.  I have been making this for 40 years and it is the easiest recipe to make.  I usually have pecans and the other ingredients required so if I need a dessert in a hurry, this is my go to recipe.

Pecan Pie

3 eggs, slightly beaten

½ cup light brown sugar

1 cup white corn syrup

½ tsp. salt

1 tsp. vanilla

¼ cup butter, belted

1-cup pecans

Beat eggs slightly, add brown sugar, corn syrup, salt and vanilla. Mix well by hand. Stir in butter and pecans. Mix well. Pour into an unbaked pie shell. Bake 45-50 minutes at 375 degrees or until set. I use broken pieces of pecans but you can use whole pecans as well.

 

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Little Surprises Pop Up From Time To Time

December 10, 2018

Ken, my late husband liked quotes, and reading poetry. I have a picture of him reading poetry to me while I cooked breakfast shortly before he passed away.  From time to time I find in books or in drawers little quotes that he has written down.  The other day I found one that he liked.  Running a graphic design, printing and direct mail company that requires tight deadlines, I sometimes  find myself up to my ….. in alligators.  Fortunately I have great employees who keep things running very smoothly most of the time.  That is what makes a great company, team players who care about our customers.

Another thing that I found today was how many years I had been doing business with my biggest customer.  Time goes by fast and although it did not seem like a long time, it has been 20 plus years.  We must be doing something right.


Phyllis Burns Receiving The Award From American Advertising Federation For Best Fulfillment/Direct Mail Company

November 14, 2018

I am pleased that my company Burns Mailing & Printing was voted best fulfillment/direct mail in the American Advertising Federation’s Big Wig contest.

Phyllis Burns – phyllis@burnsmp.com

Burns Mailing & Printing Inc. is a State of TN certified Women Business Enterprise (WBE)

865 584-2265


Fall Reminds Me Of Purchasing Our Building

November 5, 2018

In 1993, we were purchasing the building where we current operate Burns Mailing & Printing.  I had been out looking for a building and property and asked my neighbor Ron Kirkham if he knew of any commercial buildings where his business was located.  He told me that a lady had some property across from him.  It was owned by a lady whose husband had died and the business was shut down.  I decided to drive by and the lady just happened to be at the building.  We talked about the business that she and her late husband had run together.  She showed me around the building and I asked her if Ken and I could come back later in the afternoon so that he could see it.  We came back and he liked it as much as I did so we gave her a down payment and purchased the building. In 1994 we remodeled the building and added another 5400 square feet of production.  She liked the idea of another husband and wife purchasing and running the business together.

It was in the fall and the leaves looked much like the picture that I took this morning.  Things change just like the leaves in fall, but 25 years later Burns is still offering quality printing, graphic design and direct mail services.

Call me for a free quote at 865 584-2265 or email me for a free estimate – phyllis@burnsmp.com.


Fall is here and Burns Mailing & Printing Is Officially In Our Busy Season

September 26, 2018

What a blessing to have a busy season.  We serve many local non-profit organizations and this is the time of year that they start preparing their fall appeals.  The last quarter of the year is time that they get the most donations to their causes. They like to use Burns because we have the only NeoPost DS1200 in the State of Tennessee.  The DS1200 is a smart inserter that reads a bar code on the personalized appeal and along with a donation envelope inserts and addresses the closed (non-window) envelope.  This makes the appeal or letter look more personalized and some think that it gets better results.

This technology can be used for banks, businesses and churches who want the letter to be more personalized and not look like junk. Sorry that I used the work junk.  It is not junk to the person who has an interest in the contents.

If you are interested in this new technology and how it can help your organization or business, give Phyllis Burns or Jim Ball a call at 865 584-2265 or email at phyllis@burnsmp.com or jball@burnsmp.com

 

 


Happy Labor Day From All Of Us At Burns Mailing & Printing

August 31, 2018

Hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend.


Time Does Not Alter Great Friendships

August 9, 2018

Phyllis Burns and Willie Stancil

Willie and I met when our oldest children were just babies.  Our husbands worked together and planned a trip to the mountains for the day without asking either of us.  I really did not want to go, nor did Willie, as we had not even met.  We went that day and had a great time and we our families have been close friends for 50 years.  They live in Atlanta but we manage to visit as often as possible.  Even though it might be months since I have seen them, it is like I just saw them yesterday when we get together.

Recently I drove down to Blue Ridge GA where their oldest son Doug has a cabin.  I was able to visit with some of their children and granddaughter and we tour the big town of Blue Ridge.  I think if you have friends like this you are truly blessed.