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June 1st, 2020
Welcome to the Fun Enterprises Monthly Newsletter
Fun Enterprises, Inc. is an entertainment company and because we can do very little entertaining right now, we decided to dedicate this months newsletter to entertainment only!
Let see if we found something to keep you entertained...
Now get out there and cook something!
by Ken Abrahams
Memorial Day has passed, so it is the unofficial start of Summer. Even in places like North Dakota and Maine it is getting warm enough to light up the BBQ. You have been cooped up long enough, it is time to get your grill on. Just so we set expectations, I am not a professional chef, but I have been BBQing and grilling for years. Here are some tips, tricks, and resources for anyone thinking of firing up the grill.
Have you ever decided that you wanted a nice slab of ribs for dinner? You went to the store, found the perfect ones, meaty with just enough fat. Ran home, fired up the grill and cooked them until they looked perfect on the outside with just a little char and a glaze of sauce. Proudly, you put them on a platter, brought them in, sliced them up and served them. These ribs looked just like you have seen on countless cooking shows or at competition BBQ contests. Daintily, you tuck your napkin in and take that first bite, waiting for that succulent, fall off the bone, tender delight. Instead you find yourself chewing on what can only be a charred piece of fire hose. What went wrong? Probably plenty.
The difference between grilling and BBQ/smoking is about time. Grilling is short cook times over high heat and BBQing or smoking is long cook times over low heat. Ribs, like several other meats we like to BBQ, take time, love, and care. Because of their connective tissue, they take a while to get that fall off the bone goodness. You can’t decide at 5:30 that you are going to run to the store and serve ribs at 7. Don’t have a smoker? No problem, but you must pre-cook them. Season them, put them on a pan with sides, many cookie sheets will work, and put them in the oven for 3–4 hours at 225. Then sauce them up (if desired) and throw them on the grill for a little while to get the color and doneness you desire. Serve them with sauce on the side and lots of napkins.
Food is a subject that I can talk about for hours, but it is Summer and you need to get outside and cook. If you want some good resources try Wicked Good Barbecue by Andy Husbands and Chris Hart with Andrea Pyenson, their IQue rub and BBQ sauce are delicious. Al Roker’s Big Bad Book of Barbecue is good as well. (Yes, it is the same Al Roker that is a weatherman, but he knows his BBQ.) How to Grill or the Barbecue Bible by Steven Raichlen are outstanding books. There are lots of videos on YouTube, Dr. BBQ is always entertaining but uses primarily The Big Green Egg Grill but many of his ideas will work on other grills as well. Aaron Franklin has a number of tips as well. Love the way he does Brisket but that is in the more advanced category.
That is all for this month, come back next month as we talk about grills and smokers. Until then, I wish you good eating! Oh, by the way, you have a little sauce stuck in the corner of your mouth.
Creative Face Masks
Random Acts of Kindness
This is a good link for those struggling mentally during this isolation. People are lonely, reach out! Random acts of kindness during the coronavirus outbreak
Need some inspiration? #HeyThanks
Virtual Programming Options
As you all might remember from our April Newsletter, we developed and have been booking our Virtual Caricatures Program with great success. Colleges, corporations & private clients have all raved about the FUN interactive program that also have a nice take-away for their guests! Since then, we have added many more virtual programs to our roster: Caricature Artists, Survey Says Game Show, Speed Trivia Game Show, Virtual Airbrush, Psychic readings, Letter Art, Paint Parties, and Interactive Magic with Peter Boie. We are even planning a special Christmas in July Series.
Interested? Let us know.
Our Virtual Events Team has been chatting in the new virtual world with event attendees across the country. They've been asking what we all want to know...
What are people doing?
Popular Binge watching: Tiger King, Ozark, Schitt's Creek, Love Island, Love is blind, The Office, Orange is the new black, Harry Potter (Movies and Books), Marvel Movies and we had one classic, Gilmore Girls.
Video games are huge, the new game we keep hearing about is Animal Crossing. Nintendo switch is also gaining in popularity
Food: Chick-fil-A, Mac and Cheese, Grilled cheese, Pizza. Some are making take out one night a week and a different family member gets to choose the place each time.
A lot of people are cooking and enjoying it.
Favorite place to hang out in house: It varies largely by the size of your house, but we talked to three seniors who have a big GREEN couch and they named it the Quarantine couch.
Most unusual pets to make an appearance during Virtual Events: Winter White Dwarf Hamster, Guinea Pig, Bearded Dragon.
Home grown Virtual: Virtual Awards programs, having beloved people from all over campus record and read the winners. Tik Tok Contest, You Tube Contest, Best Pet Photo Contest, Trivia and Bingo Parties, Movie or TV show watch parties, Scavenger Hunts.
Other stuff: Lots are still working, some are helping with home school, puzzles, crafting
Positive thoughts from dining room table of
Over the past many weeks of the stay at home order due to the COVID 19 Pandemic, I have had many kinds of feelings. But the positive ones are the ones I choose to focus on. That was not easy at first, and I admit some days I can easily fall back into being fearful, but then I take a moment and think of the positive things in the world and in my life and move the needle to where it needs to be.
Just a few moments that made/make me happy…
- Watching SGN with John Krasinski, which makes me laugh and cry, but in good way.
- Going on walks with my husband.
- Having strangers smile and wave to me as I pass at least 50 feet or more away.
- Seeing all the hearts and rainbows in windows and in chalk on sidewalks around my town.
- Being part of my nieces virtual wedding mini shower because the in-person event had to be cancelled.
- Sharing a Virtual Easter Sunday with both mine and my husband’s families, because thru Zoom we could be together no matter what state we are all in. That has not happened in years.
- Getting gas only once since March 13th.
- Catching up with neighbors who usually only get to wave to us during the spring because of work schedules.
- Playing cribbage with my husband, which we have not done in over 20 years, and beating him a few times.
- Hearing colleagues laugh at my mistakes in pronunciation during our staff meetings thru Zoom.
- Stepping out of my comfort zone and learning new things, so I can continue doing what I love.
- Reagan (one of my cats) trying to catch the paper in the printer as it goes back in to print double sided.
- Being able to fix the printer that Reagan broke trying to catch the paper.
- Seeing friends and family make my husband’s milestone birthday special with a drive by parade. Some drove over an hour just to make him smile for a few minutes, awesome!
- Enjoying being included in friend’s special moments and religious traditions thru zoom.
- Hosting some of our companies Virtual Events and meeting such great people from across the nation.
- Playing Games via Zoom with various networking groups and friends, even if I come in last.
- Reminding myself daily this is about the greater good and health for all of us.
- And last, but certainly not least, contributing financially, no matter how small, to local, worthy organizations.
So, think about the things that make you happy and keep those thoughts in the front of your mind.
Virtual Programming Options
The unprecedented challenges campus communities are facing given the COVID-19 pandemic make it more important than ever for us to stay connected! Certainly, some positivity, energy, and motivation will help staff and students manage the current situation and provide tools needed to push forward. Allow us to work with you to deliver engagement programs that can be offered to your staff or students and accessed both in real-time and pre-recorded.
Visit our Speak Educators Website for more.
To book for your virtual engagement, call Bonnie Fox at 253-229-4390
or email [email protected]
Father's Day Trivia
1. When was the 1st Fathers Day celebrated?
2. According to the National Retail Association, who spends more on Fathers Day gifts, men or women?
- 6 D Day, WWII
- 14 Flag Day
- 19 Juneteenth Day
- 20 Summer Solstice - longest day of the year!, date varies
- 21 Father's Day - third Sunday
- Daily June holidays and special days
What's up with the FUN team?
Happy Birthday Wayde!
Friends and family showed Wayde what a social distancing birthday was all about when they surprised him with a drive by parade!
Kim and her husband, Rick, are especially proud of their son, Anthony Forster, who was accepted into the Career and Technical Exploratory program for the 2020-2021 school year at the High School. Anthony will be a Freshman in the fall.
Way to go Anthony! You make your FUN Family proud too!
Happy Birthday Ken!
Ken Abrahams also had a drive by birthday parade for his birthday. Not only did friends and family show up, but the local fire department made a very loud appearance too! Unfortunately, the video didn't come out well enough for us to share.
A Dogs Life
My little beagle, Peggy, turned 1 on May 16th! Here she is in her birthday hat! She got her favorite treat, vanilla puppy ice cream!