EARLY THANKSGIVING 2016
The immediate Porter family celebrated Thanksgiving 2016 on November 17,
2016 early due to our Son William M. Porter, Jr. and his new bride Nichol
Shine visiting with
us. Bill has lived on the West Coast, mainly near San Diego, CA about his
entire US Navy career of twenty-two (22) years. He has two sons from a
prior marriage; William McKnight Porter, III and Samuel Jacob Porter.
Bill retired from the US Navy on March 2, 2008
and is a defense contractor for the US Navy since his retirement, whereas his bride Nichol, is a
US Navy Commander and still active duty assigned to the
USS Theodore Roosevelt with thirty (30) years of service
desiring to advance to the Rank of Captain before she retires. Bill
joking said, "She will probably stay in the Navy until they boot her out."
Bill married Nichol Shine in Great Lakes, Illinois on November 12, 2016 with
a private ceremony at the place where they first met. Bill has known
Nichol for thirty (30) years and after a couple days in Chicago, Illinois,
they visited with some of Nichol's friends in Norfolk, Va. They drove down
to Wadesboro, NC from Norfolk on November 16th.
Nichol and Bill with a good grin going too.
Bill invited his two sons to be with them here in Wadesboro, NC and Will
wanted to come, whereas his younger brother Jake, didn't want to give up his
part time job; likes that money.....grin if you must!
Bill and Nichol booked reservations at
The Dream Inn, a bread and
breakfast inn here in town due to giving our spare bedroom suite to our
youngest daughter and our other spare bed is in the basement
"man cave" needs a new
mattress and box springs! I believe they are use to more upscale
accommodations, of which I can't blame them for that.......another grin is in order.
Bill and Nichol arrived on the afternoon of November 16th and I had my
standard Anson County BBQ
ready to do some pork pulling and serve it with my Anson County "City
Slicker" BBQ Sauce. I made
using 1/2 cup of good select Rum which takes baked beans to a new level of
and vanilla ice cream. We enjoyed an excellent
meal together and sampled a few custom brews provided by Bill and Nichol.
Above and below photos by
Bill, Jr. with his new Canon 7D camera.
The above Boston butt was slow smoked in my
Drum Smoker) and does a great job in producing some wonderful pulled pork as
evidenced by the pixs above. There is a deep pinkish smoke ring present, which is the
hallmark of excellent charcoal slow cooked BBQ aka pulled pork. A
handful or two of dried hickory nuts in the shell added to the charcoal,
really adds additional complex flavors to the pulled pork.
After our meal, we got caught up on things since it has been four months
since Bill and Nichol
visited with us back on July 8th.
NICHOL'S INTRODUCTION TO THE PORTER FAMILY
Nichol got a Traditional Southern introduction to the Porter family the
following morning with a few pixs taken, that will speak for themselves.
I hope Jeff Foxworthy doesn't see this, otherwise he will have something to
add to his routine; e.g., "You might be a redneck if".........The only thing missing was the soundtrack from the movie
Deliverance......grin if you must!
Yes, that is an
ATF registered suppressor to yours truly! It
took 10 months of waiting after the application was filed and of course the
200 dollar stamp tax fee paid to "Big Brother" for a class III
device and/or weapon in addition to the actual cost of the suppressor.
Photo by Bill, Jr.
That big Ruger Super Redhawk .44 magnum caliber revolver circa 1988, is definitely a
two hand hold weapon.
Dirty Harry would be proud of Nichol handling
that huge "hand canon" for sure.
That canon has harvested four (4) bucks in the past; two of them on the
first day of hunting with the Redhawk.
EARLY THANKSGIVING DINNER
Bill picked up Will at the Douglas International Airport the following
evening with his flight arriving around 7PM, therefore they had a much later
Thanksgiving meal than the rest of us.
We had our fairly generic Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner menu which
baked ham, deep fried turkey,
cornbread dressing, giblet gravy,
cranberry chutney, green bean
casserole, potato salad,
sweet potato soufflé,
earthquake cake, Vanilla ice cream, rolls, etc.
NOTE: I ruined the giblet gravy by using straight chicken
stock from the can instead of adding water while the giblets were cooking.
It takes a couple hours to prepare the giblets and you have to keep adding
liquid to them while they are cooking. The giblet gravy was far too
salty...my bad on that one! My bride normally does the giblet gravy
and dressing, but she was catching a much needed nap.
Those attending were: Bill, Nichol and Will, Laura and Shane,
SusieQ and Doug, Lisa and Xander, Joyce aka my bride and Bill aka Mickey
Porter. Laura's two boys, Travis and Trevor were not able to attend
due to a work schedule conflict.
Bill, Jr., got some OJT (On The Job Training) getting the turkey
prepped for deep frying and below are a few pixs of Bill in action:
Daddy Rab, giving Bill a few pointers. Photo by
Will's cell phone
Check the beautiful fall color palette in the background. Photo by
Will's cell phone.
Only two ingredients used; salt and cayenne pepper. Bill did an
job massaging the turkey! Photo by
Will's cell phone.
After the turkey was prepped by Bill, it went into the 350 degree F. hot oil for
4 minutes per pound and this was an 18 pound bird. I usually go 4
minutes per pound and add about 10 minutes to make certain the area at the
thighs are done.
Photos by Bill, Jr.
VITTLES ON THE TABLE
Laura and Nichol getting
their plates ready.
Click on the below thumbnail pixs are a larger screen view:
Everyone enjoyed the meal and several enjoyed a slice of the earthquake cake
which was moist and delicious! I guarantee you, Nichol will make that
cake in the future.
It was great to have all three of the
Porter kids together, Bill, Laura and Lisa along with other family members
including SusieQ and Doug Pettigrew, Shane Hough and Xander. Lisa and
Xander avoided the camera and/or, once the meal was underway, the camera
fell by the wayside, my bad!
My bride and myself had not seen Will since
but we visited with Bill and Nichol back in 2014 during the
Diego County Wild Fires, whereas Will was absent. Everyone
was really impressed with Will who was very courteous, mannerly and a
pleasure to be around. He is very knowledgeable and outgoing with a
magnetic personality, doesn't
meet a stranger and has a variety of
interests. He kept that million dollar smile aka grin going the entire time
he was here!
Family and friends make Life so worth while and as I say at every chance;
"Two of the Greatest Ships that ever Sailed, Friendship and Fellowship."
We certainly did enjoy one another and the next day, November 18th was a
Guy's and Gal's day out with the Guy's going fishing with Robert Webster on
Lake Tillery, NC. The Gals headed for Jennifer Johnson's
Solutions Salon and then to my brides favorite Pizza place being, Pizza Inn,
Saturday evening, November 19th, there will be twenty-one (21) of our
family and friends meeting at
The Carolina Restaurant, Chesterfield, SC for
another get together introducing Nichol to those that have not met
her yet. Bill allowed me to choose who I wanted to attend, whereas my money
wasn't any good for this event and he picked up the tab for everyone's
meal.........grin if you must! Food normally
taste better when someone else picks up the check.....another grin is in
LEAVING ON A SPIRITUAL NOTE
link Bible Verses About Family Unity
Web published by Bill aka Mickey Porter on 11-21-16.