Nice Article By The Governor’s Office Of Diversity featuring Burns Mailing & Printing

March 16, 2018



SCAM About SAM registration

December 29, 2017

In order to do business with the Federal government you must be registered under their SAM system.  There is no charge for registering.  This week I got an email that looked like it was official and it said my registration was expiring.  My registration does not expire until March 2018.  At first, I thought it was legitimate but when I went a little further, it gave the option of signing up for 1 year, 3 years or 5 years and of course it asked for personal information and money.  This is when I realized that this was a scam and when I checked on the internet, other people have been scammed by this.  Of course, they want your credit card and personal information.

If you do business with the federal government, please be aware of this scam.




My daughter is an exceptional Cook

December 26, 2017

I, like so many others, had lots of good food to enjoy during the holidays.  This is probably why my jeans were a little difficult to zip this morning.  I pride myself on being a pretty good cook and taught my daughter, Joy, some things about cooking such as how to make biscuits etc, but Joy has gone way beyond what I taught her and thus the word exceptional.  She not only looks at recipes but she also is studying the chemistry of how salt, fat and different ingredients work in cooking. She fixed a delicious beef tenderloin with a device called Sous Vide.  She seasoned the tenderloin and put it into a zip lock bag and submerged it in a pot of water.  The sous vide is attached to the pot and it cooks the beef inside the bag.  The beauty of this, according to Joy, is that it never overcooks the meat, even if it is left for longer than recommended, it will not overcook the meat.  The results were outstanding.  I had some left over tenderloin on a sandwich for lunch today,  and it was perfect.  I am going to check out getting sous a vide, the brand name of her sous vide is Joule.  I can learn a lot from my daughter.


The Story Behind Ken’s Cole Slaw

December 7, 2017

Back in the early 70s, Ken worked at a small print shop in Maryville, TN.  Some senior ladies put together a cookbook.  In the cook book was a recipe for Oklahoma Cole Slaw.  This is not the kind that has mayonnaise but is a vinegar based slaw.  He liked it because when we lived in Florida we used to go to a restaurant that served this type of slaw.  As Ken was prone to do, he modified it to his taste.

When my daughter Joy, her husband John and Kate were at my house for Thanksgiving, John mentioned that he would like to learn how to make a good Cole slaw.  I mentioned Ken’s recipe and so I sent it to him this week.  Now the tradition has been passed on to John.  I know Ken would be pleased that John will be making his Cole slaw.  If you would like to make it, the recipe follows:

Oklahoma Slaw

1 Small head of cabbage, shredded (3 lbs.)

1 Green pepper ( I have made this and I don’t use an entire pepper, use enough for your taste) noted by Phyllis

2 Onions Chopped ( I don’t use this many onions, again use enough for your taste) noted by Phyllis

1 Cup Vinegar

1 Cup sugar

1 Cup Canola oil

1 Tbsp. salt

2 Tbsp. mustard seed, white

1 Tbsp. Cumin seed

1 Tbsp. caraway seed

Shred and chop vegetables, set aside in a large bowl with a lid. Bring remaining ingredients to a rolling boil, stirring constantly. Pour over cabbage mixture while hot. Chill. This slaw improves with age up to 9 days in the refrigerator.

This slaw is great with hot dogs.



Baking A Zinger Birthday Cake For My Sister

September 22, 2017

Joyce Robinette Haynes, Phyllis Robinette Burns & Jetty Robinette Middleton

This is a picture taken at my birthday in July.  My sister Joyce baked me a caramel cake for my birthday and this weekend Joyce will have a significant birthday and I am baking her a cake.  Does any one remember eating Zingers when you were growing up.  I loved them.  They were filled with cream and has raspberries and coconut.  Before Eva’s to Go closed you could get a Zinger cake that was made with the same tastes as a Zinger.  A couple of years ago I developed a recipe that was much like the one served at Eva’s and it turned out great.l  Some of our crowd of birthday celebrators have gluten issues so I am making a gluten free Zinger cake as well.  Don’t know exactly how that will work out but I have my fingers crossed.  If you would like a copy of my Zinger cake recipe, email me at

Zinger cakes are great but so are sisters.  Happy Birthday Joyce!



Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero’s New Business Advisory Council

August 18, 2017

The new members of the Business Advisory Council, from left: Deputy to the Mayor Christi Branscom; Wade Esau; Mackey Brownlee; Lisa Cyr; Deidra Harper; Josh Smith; Mayor Madeline Rogero; Mary Ann Stackhouse; Tommy Smith; Phyllis Burns; Jody Collins; Business Liaison Patricia Robledo; Charles Houston; Raul Rangel; and Kira Frazier-Jones.

Deidra Harper, co-owner of B&B Lawn Services, hails from a family of business self-starters and entrepreneurs. So she was a natural fit to be appointed by Mayor Madeline Rogero to her Business Advisory Council.

“It’s exciting to see how the City and community can work together,” she said Thursday morning, as the new BAC members met for the first time with the Mayor, Deputy to the Mayor Christi Branscom and Business Liaison Patricia Robledo.

Mayor Rogero has appointed 12 new members of her Business Advisory Council, and those appointees reflect the wide diversity of entrepreneurs, professionals, retailers and service providers that make up Knoxville’s business community.

The members of the BAC serve in an advisory and partnership capacity to promote regular and open communication between City government and businesses. The council gives advice to the Office of Business Support, and it serves as a sounding board for evaluating proposals aimed at making it easier to do business in the city of Knoxville.

That’s appealing to Josh Smith of Master Service Companies LLC, who manages more than 100 employees.

“We see the different challenges,” he said. “Serving on this committee excites me. A good leader wants to put something like this together. … It’s an opportunity to listen and see opportunities to streamline the bureaucracy.”

There’s heavy private investment and energized entrepreneurship happening throughout Knoxville, leveraged in part by the City’s investments in public infrastructure. And while the city is a good place to start and grow businesses, City government is always looking for ways to help make running or expanding a business less complicated and time-consuming.

“When I was running for Mayor, one of things I kept hearing from the business community was that it was difficult to do business with the City,” Rogero said. “So one of the first things I did was create the Office of Business Support.”

Numerous common-sense upgrades have been put in place: For example, online options have been expanded, giving people a choice if they prefer not to make trips to City offices.

Another example: Since 2014, the City’s Plans Review and Inspections Department has been scheduling free, voluntary and informal monthly meetings with property owners, developers, architects, contractors and engineers who want to ask questions and iron out details about their property-improvement projects. It’s intended to be convenient one-stop shopping for anyone with questions about a building project.

Jorge Sanabria of Expoquip finished his BAC term Thursday. He encouraged his successors on the council to not miss a single meeting, because the discussions are so helpful and important.

“Serving was an incredible experience for me,” Sanabria said. “I learned a great deal about our city. I loved Knoxville before, but I love it even more now. We’ve got such a bright future.”



Why I Went Blonde And Why I Planted Tomatoes

June 7, 2017

I went to the dentist last week and he had not seen me since I went blonde.  I told him that I did it because I heard blonde’s have more fun. It brought back what I heard Dolly Parton once say when someone asked her if she minded being called a dumb blonde.  In typical Dolly fashion she responded “no because I am not dumb and I am not blonde”. When this picture was made for some promotional reasons,  my friend Bob Longmire a graphic artist and wonderful illustrator saw it and sent me an email. He said “I have worked on the color and softened it up some” hope you don’t mind. Not only did I not mind, I loved it and  I can use all the help that I can get.

On to the tomato story.  After last years drought, I said that I was not planting anything that had to be watered but what was I doing last weekend?  You guessed it, I was planting tomatoes.  A family friend, Chuck, grows the most tasty heirloom tomatoes. He plants hundreds of tomatoes just because he loves doing it.  Some times my sister will open her door and there will be a big tub of tomatoes sitting on her door step. Chuck had given my brother-in-law quite a few tomato plants.  When I was at my brother-in-laws house last weekend he said “don’t you want some of the heirloom tomato plants”? At first I said no and then I thought about bologna and home grown tomatoes out of the back yard and I relented. I planted 5 plants so I should have enough for family and friends. Hope to have bologna and tomato sandwiches in July.