13 Lucky Life Lessons


  1. Never ever lick a steak knife.
  1. The badness of a movie is directly proportional to the number of helicopters in it, except for American Sniper.
  1. Never be afraid to try something new. Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic.
  1. The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we ALL believe that we are above-average drivers.
  1. There is a very fine line between “hobby” and “mental illness.”                            shutterstock_9722380-conve
  1. How is it that the typical liberal preaches tolerance, yet is so easily offended by anything I say???????.
  1. People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them. (That goes for political views, too.)
  1. If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be “meetings.”
  1. The main accomplishment of almost all organized protests is to annoy people who are not in them.
  1. You should not confuse your career with your life.
  1. A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter or janitor, is not a nice person.
  1. When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution and is willing to take command. Very often, that individual is crazy.
  1. Your friends love you anyway.


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Featured Recipe           Bacon Wrapped Shrimp



This is an old, old, old, old recipe. The first time I can remember eating it was in the sixties at a party. I loved it so the hostess – whose name I cannot remember anymore – gave me the recipe.

It used to be all the rave.

Almost every party I went to in those days these divine shrimp were served. This was the “in” recipe for a long time at least in my circle of friends. I gave the recipe to at least a dozen people over the years. Now I share recipes on Twitter and Facebook.

It is quick and easy and ever SO delicious.

This is what you will need for 16 shrimp:

16 already cooked shrimp

1 clove garlic minced or pressed

½ cup chili sauce

8 slices of bacon


Here is what you do:

Press the garlic.


Add the shrimp and using your fingers gently toss the garlic and the shrimp together.



Pour the chili sauce over the mixture and gently mix till all shrimp are well coated.



Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, gently stirring once or twice.


When you are ready to serve the shrimp fry the bacon………


………..until it is just limp.


Cool slightly for a minute or two or three and then cut the bacon slices in half.


Then wrap each shrimp in a bacon strip. Secure with a wooden toothpick.



Place the bacon wrapped shrimp on a baking sheet.


Broil or bake at 550 degrees 2 to 3 inches from the heat source until the bacon is crisp, about 3-5 minutes.


Hot from the oven. These tasty little eats are best served hot.



Place the shrimp on a platter with extra chili sauce for dipping.


Dripping with chili sauce.


Betcha’ can’t eat just one!!!
Bon Appétite

16 cooked shrimp                 $10.06

1 clove garlic pressed           $0.04

½ cup chili sauce + extra      $1.56

8 slices of bacon                  $1.60

Total cost = $13.26
Cost per shrimp = $0.82
Quote of the Day
Luck is believing you’re lucky.
Tennessee Williams


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6 comments to 13 Lucky Life Lessons

  • We can buy Asian sweet chili sauce but the sauce you used I haven’t seen since I left the states. My mother made these in the 60s too and you’re right, it was THE cocktail party treat.

    • Roberta

      Small world. Did not know they were big in your neck of the woods too, Maureen. 🙂 Using Asian sweet chili sauce would add an entire taste layer in this recipe. 🙂

  • They look delicious. To make them in South Africa, we would have had to join two rashers of bacon together to go around the prawns (shrimps).

    Just kidding but we did have bigger king prawns from the warm Indian Ocean than I have ever seen any where else. Very tasty too.

    Nice list of Life Lessons.

  • Almost too tired to comment. But I like life lesson number one. And bacon.

    • Roberta

      Bummer about being so tired, Julia. Hope you get some rest soon. Always bacon!!!! Bacon Forever! I gave the steak knife first place since this is a cooking blog. LOL