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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I know What the Inside Of The Emergency Room Looks Like In Lisbon Portugal

January 18, 2019

On my recent trip to Lisbon Portugal and to other day trips to surrounding cities I saw lots of interesting and magnificent things like this church and beautiful views of the city.  However, there was one place that I had not counted on seeing in Lisbon and that was the inside of the ER at a Lisbon Hospital.  Our first day of sight seeing begin with a visit to a castle.  We rode an elevator to get to a street that was pretty high up and there was a deck with a beautiful view of the city.  All of a sudden I felt like I was going to pass out and I did.  When I woke up an ambulance had been called and they quickly loaded me up and took me to a hospital.  This is where it gets different.  Most of us have been to an ER at a hospital and they put you in a room or cubicle for treatment.  Not so in Lisbon, they take you to a room that is very crowded, so crowded that the beds are touching each other.  There are no visitors allowed unless the doctor calls them back and there is security to make sure that rule is followed.  I understand the no visitors rule because they was not room for visitors to stand.   When a nurse needed to attend to a patient she had to move the beds over in order to get to the bedside.

Although the ER was crowded, the care was excellent.  Most of the nurses and the doctor spoke English.  They never asked me if I had insurance or for any payment.  They only took my personal information and my address. Turns out, when I got home and check with my insurance company, they will pay for all except the ambulance. They sent me home with a packet of information for my doctor here in Knoxville and it was all in Portuguese. However, thanks to Covenant Health, a translator was provided here in Knoxville so that my doctor had all the notes from Lisbon.  It was nothing serious and the next day, I was out touring again.  It makes me appreciate the good hospitals that we have here in Knoxville.  I feel very blessed.

Oh by the way I have another trip planned and I purchased trip insurance, just in case.

 


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.


Thanksgiving Sliding Right Into Christmas

November 26, 2018

I had a great Thanksgiving weekend in Brentwood TN with my family.  We did everything from Volunteer at a homeless shelter, to decorating the house for Christmas.  I hope that all of you had a great Thanksgiving and are ready for Christmas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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.


Burns Mailing & Printing 2018 Winner of AAF’S Big Wig Award For Best Fulfillment/Direct Mail Company

October 25, 2018

Thank you to all who voted for Burns Mailing & Printing.  We truly appreciate your taking the time to vote for us.

I am so pleased to have been the winner of the American Advertising Federation’s Big Wig award for best fulfillment/direct mail company.

I would love for you to come by Burns and experience Burns great customer service, excellent printing and the best direct mail..all under one roof.  It is a big roof!

Phyllis Burns, 865 584-2265 or email me at phyllis@burnsmp.com.