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Christ Episcopal Church is in Monticello, in the eastern part of the Panhandle. The Carpenter Gothic church was built in 1885, and is part of the Monticello Historic District. The church is included in “A Guide to Florida’s Historic Architecture”. See more photos here.

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OK, Doritos Tacos are pretty good. But then I’m a Doritos freak, so I couldn’t help but like them. Now if they’d only bring back the guac Doritos.

But Mountain Dew AM? Seriously? Just the thought makes me… ehhhhh. They’re testing it on the west coast. Let’s hope it doesn’t make to this side of the US.

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Christ Episcopal Church? Answer tomorrow.

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Last bit of catching up on the food front. So after Easter, I went into Winn-Dixie looking for some discount candy. There was some, but what I didn’t even consider is that ham might be on sale, too. There were quite a few shanks and shoulders for 1.39 per pound. I couldn’t pass that up, so I got an 8 pound one. After getting it home, it hit me that I could use it to make saupiquet! Yeah, twice in four months! I’ve gone years between making it. Now I know to keep an eye out for the discount ham after future Easters.

Did it the way I usually do, although I had no bay leaf. Didn’t hurt, since I add some poultry seasoning. I put it in a large pan on a metal rack, then almost enough water to cover the rack. Added some wine and garlic to the water. I figure that would help keep the meat moist, and the ham drippings into the water could be used to make a gravy.

The results were about as good as usual. I ate way too much of it after it was finished and cooled. Maybe a quarter of it. I covered and stuck the rest in the fridge, pan and all, and picked at the ham for most of the rest of April.

Of course, the liquid in the pan congealed. After a while, I took just the pan out and put it on the stove, heating it until the fat liquified again. Added more water, simmered for a bit, then let it cool. Before it resolidified, I poured it into ice trays and froze it. There was enough to fill four of them. Now it’s like I have bouillon cubes to make quickie soup, or add flavor to who knows what. I’ll tell you the results when I use some of them.

Also, once all the meat was gone, I wrapped up the hambone in aluminum foil and froze that too. So when I want to make some bean or split pea soup, I’ve got a great start for it. Waste not, want not, doncha know.

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Beryl’s heading our way. Warnings up from north Florida through South Carolina. It looks like it’ll make landfall closer to Florida. Let’s hope it doesn’t cause much damage, but does bring us some of the rain we really need down here.

At this rate, the start of hurricane season is going to get moved back to mid-May. Where’s an ice age when you need it?

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Hurricane of 1928 African American Mass Burial Site is in West Palm Beach, in the southeastern part of the state.

Hurricanes have not always been named. It wasn’t until 1950 that ones in the Atlantic were named. One of the most notable unnamed hurricanes in Florida’s history was the 1928 Okeechobee hurricane. It struck the state in mid-September, crossing over Lake Okeechobee and affecting most of central Florida. The dike surrounded the lake was breached, causing much flooding. The bodies of over 600 black people were moved to West Palm Beach and buried in a mass grave. The effects of the hurricane in the area were the inspiration for Zora Neale Hurston‘s Their Eyes Were Watching God.

The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. See more photos here.

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Hurricane of 1928 African American Mass Burial Site? Answer tomorrow.

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