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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Weather ~ Throw Back Thursday NY ~ Clam Scampi ~ Potato Bag ~  Garlic

Good 31º clear sky sunny morning. (so far!)
Yesterday started out raining, dark, and gloomy. We did manage about noon to see a little blue sky...

Throw Back Thursday....
Ten years ago I got a personal tour of NY from my pal Joan Petitclair. She was from New Jersey and knew the city like the back of her hand. So many interesting buildings! Here's a really different one...

And then how would you like the job of "window washer" in NY??? Yikes! Look wayyyyy up there at the top of the building...

This is making me drool.................
You can't go wrong with pasta. It makes a super-quick meal and it always tastes good. But let's do things a little bit different. Instead of heating up plain spaghetti sauce, let's  sauté clams with garlic and lemon juice for a scampi that's out of this world and ready in no time.

  • 1 pound linguine
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 (10-ounce) cans whole baby clams, drained
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  1. Cook the linguine according to the package directions; drain.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-low heat, melt butter. Stir in garlic, salt, and pepper and sauté 2 minutes. Stir in clams, lemon juice, and parsley; cook 3 to 5 minutes, or until heated through.
  3. Pour clam sauce over linguine, toss until pasta is coated completely, and serve.
**While you're mincing the garlic, mince a few extra cloves and combine it with softened salted butter. Spread that over a loaf of French bread that's been cut in half lengthwise. Wrap it in foil and bake at 350 degree F. while preparing the scampi. When it's done, you'll have the perfect side!
Historically this date........
1927 – Mae West is sentenced to 10 days in jail for obscenity for her play Sex.
Cary Grant told me once that she was a real piece of work and he couldn't stand her! (That is when I worked for Faberge and he was on the board of directors)

1955 – The German automaker Volkswagen, after six years of selling cars in the United States, founds Volkswagen of America in Englewood CliffsNew Jersey to standardize its dealer and service network.

1956 – Actress Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier of Monaco.

1971 – Charles Manson is sentenced to death for conspiracy to commit theTate/LaBianca murders.

1989 – A gun turret explodes on the USS Iowa, killing 47 sailors.

1993 – The 51-day siege of the Branch Davidian building outside Waco, TexasUSA, ends when a fire breaks out. Eighty-one people die.


And births this date include....
1903 – Eliot Ness, American lawman (d. 1957)

1925 – Hugh O'Brian, American actor (d.2016)

1930 – Dick Sargent, American actor (d. 1994)

1933 – Jayne Mansfield, American actress (d. 1967)

1935 – Dudley Moore, English actor, comedian and composer (d. 2002)

Later I cooked a yam in a potato bag. These bags are super. They hold up to 3 or 4 potatoes, put the bag in the microwave for 4 minutes on high... and voilá they are done!
They are sold at Bed Bath & Beyond, Amazon, and Wal-Mart, and probably other places too. Highly recommended for quick easy potato/yam cooking!
Saw a new show last night. It's called North Woods Law and it's about Game Wardens. Interesting. They do a type of law enforcement very different from cops in general. 

All I know. Nuff said. Happy TBT. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo


This stinking rose is a member of the lily family. This family also includes onions, leeks and shallots. While garlic originated in Asia over 7,000 years ago, it is used in a variety of cuisines, but it is also used for medicinal purposes.
It is considered an herbal remedy for colds, and it has been suggested to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol. Modern science has proven garlic’s antibiotic properties.
Myth and superstition reek of garlic. The most familiar one is garlic wards off vampires. This same theory seemed to work on witches, werewolves, demons and other such evils one could come across. Folklore tells us garlic grew from satan’s left footprint when he left the Garden of Eden; Greek midwives kept evils spirits away with it, and courage filled Roman soldiers who consumed the bulb.
Our dreams often have meaning.  Dreaming of garlic is no different. To dream about garlic in the house is supposed to mean good luck and if the dream includes eating garlic (perhaps in a pesto sauce), there might be hidden secrets. There are over 300 varieties of garlic in the world to dream about as well!
Gilroy, California is known as the Garlic Capital of the World. Will Rogers was once quoted as saying it is “…the only place in America where you can marinate a steak just by hanging it out on a clothesline.”

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Rain ~ Sunshine & Deer/Turkeys/Goose ~ Tamale Muffins ~ Spider Burger ~ TV Shows/Rainbow ~ Animal Crackers

Good 40º cloudy drizzling morning. Today and tonight predictions are for 30% chance of rain, although it is raining right now! 

Several of the classes from my high school, Woodrow Wilson in El Sereno, are having a reunion coming up soon and I just read the latest note from Linda (Junker) who is organizing this and listed are all the classmates who have passed away. It made me cry.  The classes attending are 1960, 1961, 1962, and 1963. Just so hard to believe it's been that many years!!

Yesterday with the sun out, some of the deer, turkeys, and a goose were enjoying it...

me too! That sunshine made me smile and happy! The clouds did roll and the sun came and went. We topped at 60º. Dude was out loving the sunshine too... 

Here is an old favorite recipe of mine...
Tamale Muffins

Foil baking cups or non-stick muffin pan sprayed with cooking spray.
2 pkgs (8½ oz each) corn bread muffin mix
1 can cream style corn (14½ oz)
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1½ cups Mexican cheese blend, divided
1½ cups chopped cooked chicken (use a rotissarie chicken, easy!)
¾ cup red or green enchilada sauce

Heat oven to 400º. In large bowl combine muffin mix, corn, and eggs. Stir until just moistened. stir in 1 cup of cheese. In another bowl toss the chicken with enchilada sauce.

Fill each of 24 foil lined muffin cups or muffin tin with 2 T of the batter. Place 1 T of the chicken mixture in the center of each and cover with about 1 T of the batter.

Bake 13-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Sprinkle tops with remaining cheese, bake another 3 or so minutes until cheese is melted. Cool 5 minutes before removing from pan to wire racks. Serve warm. Refrigerate leftovers.

Historically this date........
1881 – Billy the Kid escapes from the Lincoln County jail in MesillaNew Mexico.

1906 – An earthquake and fire destroy much of San FranciscoCalifornia.

1923 – Yankee Stadium, "The House that Ruth Built", opens.

And births this date include....
1922 – Barbara Hale, American actress (d.2017)
... one of those Hollyweird miracle marriages!

1946 – Hayley Mills, English actress

1947 – James Woods, American actor

1956 – Eric Roberts, American actor
.... brother to Julia and with a common doper arrest record!
Possession, resisting, wife beater! Nice.

1961 – Jane Leeves, British actress

Ok, now this is over the top bizarre.... as for me, NEVER NEVER!
Later dinner was reruns of the shrimp broccoli pasta Alfredo. One of my super favs! Then chair, wine, and TV...... NYPD Blue,

My Cat From Hell,

Animal Cops Phoenix, 
and the news from our local channel.... KOBI.

(They still have my rainbow Fielder Mountain photo on there every night!)

Thought it apropos last night...... I have a projection clock in the bedroom and it shows the time and the outside temperature. Since yesterday was 4-17 the temperature last night was 41.7 ! 

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Hump Day. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo 

This day brings us back to our childhood memories and the many boxes of Animal Crackers we shared with our friends.  Animal Crackers refer to a type of small cookie baked in the shape of circus or zoo animals, such as a lion, tiger, bear or elephant.  The most common variety are light-colored and slightly sweet. However,  chocolate and frosted varieties are also available.  Even though animal crackers are made with layered dough much like crackers, they are sweet like cookies. 
National Animal Crackers Day is the perfect day to celebrate that childhood memory again. Pick up some animal crackers at your local grocery store and share them with family and friends.   
Our research was unable to find the creator of National Animal Crackers Day.  It did locate information confirming in the late 1800s animal shaped cookies were imported to the U.S. from England.  In 1902 animal crackers officially became known as “Barnum’s Animals” and evoked the familiar circus theme of the Barnum and Bailey Circus.  Later that year, the now-familiar box with a string was designed for the Christmas season made to hang from the Christmas tree.  They were a big hit in 1902 and still are today.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

417 ~ Sun/Clouds/Rain ~ The Titanic ~ Zucchini Cheesy Bread ~ Shrimp Broccoli Alfredo  ~ Cheeseball Day ~ Bat Day

Good 35º blue sky sunny morning! YIPPEEEEE

417 - California Penal Code for brandishing a weapon in a rude of threatening manner... or one of our radio codes for person with a gun..... lol, my license plate!

The rest of the 417 codes:
417A - person with a knife
417B - barricaded suspect
417BH - barricaded suspect + hostage situation
417S - shots fired
Yesterday the sun and clouds came and went. Had some pretty clouds for awhile... then the rain started about 4pm.

The Titanic.....

At approximately 11:40 PM on April 14, 1912, the Titanic struck an iceberg. At 2:20 AM on April 15, roughly two hours and forty minutes later, the Titanic plunged to the bottom of the ocean. The largest passenger liner in service at the time, Titanic had an estimated 2,224 people on board when she struck an iceberg. Her sinking two hours and forty minutes later resulted in the deaths of more than 1,500 people, which made it one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history.
John Jacob Astor IV helped build the Waldorf-Astoria hotel and died in the sinking of the RMS Titanic. Astor made his fortune in real estate, building the Astoria hotel in 1897 – which was regarded at the time as the world’s most luxurious hotel. The hotel was adjoined to the Waldorf Hotel, which was owned by his cousin. The building complex eventually became known as the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. He also built many more luxurious hotels, including the St. Regis. Astor was the richest man aboard the ship, when his body was recovered he had $2440 on him.

This recipe shared by Vanette (Ford) Christensen (LASD ret) ... Zucchini Cheesy Bread
This looks/sounds delish!!!

Historically this date.............
1907 – The Ellis Island immigration center processes 11,747 people, more than on any other day.
............OMGOSH, entering our country legally! What a concept!

1949 – At midnight 26 Irish counties officially leave the British Commonwealth. A 21-gun salute on O'Connell Bridge, Dublin, ushers in the Republic of Ireland.
...........YEAH, tired of that Limey rule!

1961 – Bay of Pigs Invasion: A group of CIA financed and trained Cuban exiles lands at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba with the aim of ousting Fidel Castro.

1964 – Ford Mustang is introduced to the North American market.

1969 – Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy.


And births this date include....
1820 – Alexander Cartwright, American inventor of Baseball (d. 1892)

1918 – William Holden, American actor (d. 1981)

(Born William Franklin Beedle Jr)
Mr. Holden grew up close to where I did. He graduated
from South Pasadena High School and attended Pasadena
City College (me too!) and got his start at the Pasadena

1961 – Boomer Esiason, American football player and commentator

1972 – Jennifer Garner, American actress

Later dinner was Schwans Shrimp Broccoli Alfredo. SOOOOOOO good!!! Take it out of the freezer, heat a skillet, dump in the frozen broccoli, shrimp, and bow tie pasta, put the lid on the skillet and cook about 16 minutes! 

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Tuesday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

April 17 recognizes the food holiday National Cheeseball Day.  There are two ways a cheeseball can be served:
  • A cheese spread in the shape of a ball served with crackers, most often around Christmas in the U.S.  This cheeseball is commonly made with softened cream cheese and other ingredients.
  • Cheese puffs, which is a puffed corn snack, coated with a mixture of cheese or cheese flavored powders.  Cheese puffs are manufactured by extruding heated corn dough through a die that forms the particular shape, most likely a ball shape.

Celebrate National Cheeseball Day by making a cheeseball for friends and family.  Remember to share a picture of your cheeseball on Social Media using #NationalCheeseballDay.
Easy Bacon Cheeseball recipe
2 – 8 oz packages cream cheese (softened)
2-1/2 C shredded cheddar cheese
1 pkg ranch dressing mix
1 small pkg real bacon pieces
1 cup finely chopped pecans
In a medium bowl, smooth cream cheese.  Mix and blend dressing mix, cheddar cheese and bacon into cream cheese.  Shape mixture into a ball shape.  Roll into nuts until covered.  Chill at least 2 hours.  Serve with crackers.
Today is also 

National Bat Appreciation Day occurs annually on April 17th.  April is the best time of the year to observe bats, as they are now beginning to emerge from hibernation. National Bat Appreciation Day is also an excellent time to learn about the role bats play in nature. One important reason to celebrate bats is that they are considered to be an “insectivorous” creature because they rid our world of many annoying insects.  In one hour, a bat can eat up to 1,000 mosquitoes.

Fun Bat Facts:
  • Some species of bats can live up to 40 years.
  • Bats can see in the dark and use their extreme sense of hearing.
  • Bats are the only mammal naturally capable of true and sustained flight.
  • There are over 1,200 known species of bats.
  • The United States is home to an estimated 48 species of bats.
  • Nearly 70% of bats are insectivores.
  • One of the largest bats is the Giant Golden-Crowned Flying Fox bat weighing up to 4 lbs with a wingspan of up to 5 feet, 7 inches.
  • Bats are clean animals, grooming themselves almost constantly.
  • North America’s largest urban bat colony is found on the Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin, Texas. It is home to an estimated 1,500,000 Mexican Free-Tailed bats. This colony of bats eats approximately 10,000 to 30,000 lbs of insects each night.  It is estimated 100,000 tourists visit the bridge annually to watch the bats leave the roost at twilight.
  • One colony of 150 Big Brown bats can protect farmers from up to 33 million or more root worms each summer.
  • Almost 40% of American bat species are in severe decline, with some already listed as endangered or threatened.
  • Three U.S. states have an official state bat. Texas and Oklahoma have named the Mexican Free-Tailed bat their state bat, and Virginia has dubbed the Virginia Big-Eared bat their state bat.