Spear Family Cooking: Brisket of Love BBQ Pulled Pork

Pork Roast in the Crock Pot | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

I always enjoy pulled pork and have made various recipes and experiments through the years.  I made a large roast using the Brisket of Love BBQ Seasoning that I get from the Spice House in Chicago, and it was a great success.   I'm glad I was smart enough to jot down a few notes so that I could make this again and share it with you.The Brisket of Love BBQ Seasoning is one of my favorites for pork, chicken, beef, eggs and vegetables.  It has a … [Read more...]

Spear Family Cooking: Oven Roasted Tomato Sauce

Oven Roasted Tomato Sauce | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

There is something special about cooking with produce from our own garden.  I’m not sure if the food tastes better, if it’s the feeling of satisfaction and success at raising a crop to feed your family, or a combination of the two, but we sure do enjoy cooking with produce from our garden. On Monday night, Kristin and I made the Spear Family Oven Roasted Tomato Sauce with a few variations.  We used a variety of tomatoes from our garden … [Read more...]

GIVE BACK Charity Profile: QUEST Stables

QUEST Stables GIVE BACK Donation | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

Hansen-Spear's GIVE BACK Donation for July has been awarded to QUEST Stables.  QUEST was nominated each month when the GIVE BACK program was an online contest, so we thought of this local charity when it came to awarding our donation this month. I had the opportunity to ask the staff and volunteers at QUEST to answer some questions to help us learn more about their mission and the services they provide for our community.   If you are … [Read more...]

Saying “I love you” with food

Beef Vegetable Soup | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

I have always made food to give to friends and family.  It is my way of sending love to them.   I believe many of you cook and give food away for the same reason.  Giving food is giving from the heart in my opinion. We have dear friends we consider family, their children and grandchildren, too.  Several weeks ago we found out one of the newest additions to the family, twin “Roman”, was showing signs of a serious condition.  Along … [Read more...]

Celebrating Her Memory

Alzheimers Walk 2012 | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

My Aunt Jean was a loving, intelligent, and articulate lady. She was a wonderful example of the beauty and character a woman can impart to her family, friends, and community. She spent her professional life guiding and instructing elementary children as a 2nd grade teacher. She loved to read and learn. She loved sports and being active. She loved her family and to keep in touch with written letters and cards. Her letters were the first hint for … [Read more...]

It’s Grief – There is Nothing Wrong with You!

Deep in Thought | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

“If a culture is any good, it provides a format for discharging our emotions when we are mourning a loss.  If, however, people are deeply ashamed of an emotion, as we are of grief or fear or anger, or shame itself, then you inhibit the discharge of emotion.  One is ashamed of weakness and losing control, of not being in charge of one’s being, of failing.”  (Atlantic Monthly, “Shame”, Robert Karen, April 1992.) I began to realize … [Read more...]