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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Rain ~ Stopped Up Sink ~ Ravioli w/ Special Sauce ~ Bruiser ~ Infused Vodka

Good 51º raining morning.
Yesterday there was this continued gloom.. with  more drizzle,  and a bunch of ravens flying around...

The sprinkles continued on and off all day then later in the evening and through the night it got really windy and more solid rain. So far 1/2".

Then yesterday, oh happy day, my kitchen sink got stopped up. A continuing problem with the piss poor plumbing in this old house. I called my regular guy but I was told they are backed up with so much work that they wouldn't be able to get out here until next week. NEXT WEEK?????? Sigh....... so I called Brian's friend Doug in Grants Pass. He sent out his guy, Aaron, right away! Thank goodness.
If you need a good plumber and you live in this area... Doug Gillette 541-218-2464

OK, so the dinner I made Monday was an experiment. I had cleaned out the fridge and had this Artichoke Jalapeño Parmesan Dip that I love. Though it might make a good addition to some Roasted Garlic Parmesan Sauce...
Into the large pan went the Prego sauce and about 1½ cups of the dip. Let it heat and blend. Then added in the drained mushrooms, artichoke hearts, and chopped tomatoes...
Cooked the ravioli for 4 minutes in boiling salted water, drained them, added into the pot....

OMGOSH! That sauce was THE BEST!!! What wonderful flavor and consistency!

Next time I am at Costco I will buy another tub of that dip!

While I was cooking, Bruiser was comfy just keeping an eye on me. You have seen cats relaxing....

Well, Bruiser likes that same position on the step that is between the kitchen and dining room.....

When I cleaned out the fridge I also found a jar of ginger infused vodka I had made a while back.

I learned that when you buy fresh ginger, the best way to store it is in a little vodka.
Check it after a couple weeks and the flavor of the vodka is awesome. Since it's cold you can just pour some into a sipping glass and enjoy!
Here are some more vodka infusing ideas:

Historically this date.....
1933 – The Gestapo, the official secret police force of Nazi Germany, is established.

1962 – NASA's Ranger 4 spacecraft crashes into the Moon

1981 – Dr. Michael R. Harrison of the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center performs the world's first human open fetal surgery.

1986 – A nuclear reactor accident occurs at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Soviet Union (now Ukraine), creating the world's worst nuclear disaster.

1991 – Seventy tornadoes break out in the central United States. Before the outbreak's end,Andover, Kansas, would record the year's only F5 tornado (see Andover, Kansas Tornado Outbreak).

2005 – Under international pressure, Syria withdraws the last of its 14,000 troop military garrison in Lebanon, ending its 29-year military domination of that country (Syrian occupation of Lebanon).

Births this date include....
1933 – Carol Burnett, American comedian
Carol lived with her mother in Hollywood on Cherokee Avenue in a brownstone between Hollywood Boulevard and Yucca. My grandmother and aunt lived a block over on Whitley Avenue. Didn't know Carol (she wasn't famous yet) but probably had walked past her apartment building a bunch of times.

1938 – Duane Eddy, American guitarist and actor

1942 – Bobby Rydell, American singer, drummer, and actor
Later dinner was reruns of the super good ravioli, chair, wine, and TV.

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Hump Day. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
April 26th
National Pretzel Day

Five Food Finds about Pretzels

  • The first pretzel was created in 610 A.D. by a monk in southern France or northern Italy. It was originally called a ‘pretiola’ and was renamed ‘pretzel’ later when the idea migrated to Germany and Austria.
  •  In 1861, pretzel twisting was the second highest-paying job in the Philadelphia region. Today, machines do the twisting, although at some artisan shops, tourists can still see it done the old-fashioned way.
  • The birthplace of the hard pretzel was Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The pretzel, or bretzel as it was called then, first came to America in 1710 with Palatine German immigrants (from the Rhineland) who settled in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and became known, incorrectly, as the “Pennsylvania Dutch.”
  •  In the 18th century, German children would wear pretzel necklaces at the beginning of a new year for prosperity, health and good fortune.
  • In the 17th century, pretzels were known as a marriage knot. During a wedding ceremony, a couple would wish upon a pretzel, break it (like a wishbone), and eat it to signify their oneness. It is speculated that the term, “tying the knot,” originated in Switzerland in 1614 during a wedding between two prominent families.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Minimal Rain ~ Annette ~ Steve's Tortilla Soup ~ Do It Myself ~ Wine Poem by Sue ~ Zucchini Bread

Good 43º morning.

Yesterday the rain was on and off. We ended up with just 1/10". Lots of wind.

This was made in 2012. She died in 2013 from MS.

Here is a recipe from a few years back... shared by pal Steve Geon (Wilson 1964 and retired LAPD)... This is good!!!
Original recipe makes 6 servings

1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained ( I substitute Trader Joe's Corn Salsa)
2 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth (you should have extra can on hand in case you want more broth)
1 (10 ounce) can chunk chicken (I buy the rotisserie chicken)
1 (15 ounce) can black beans (drained)
1 diced avocado, onion, cilantro and oregano to add to soup as desired
1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chile peppers, drained
1. Open the cans of corn, chicken broth, chunk chicken, black beans, and diced tomatoes with green chilies. Pour everything into a large saucepan or stock pot. Simmer over medium heat until chicken is heated through.
2. Crumble Tortilla chips into bowl and pour soup over it.
3. Have diced avocado, onions, oregano, and cilantro to flavor as desired.

Historically this date...

1901 – New York becomes the first U.S. state to require automobile license plates.

1939 – DC Comics publishes its second major superhero in Detective Comics #27; he is Batman, one of the most popular comic book superheroes of all time.

1945 – The Nazi occupation army surrenders and leaves Northern Italy after a general partisan insurrection by the Italian resistance movement; the puppet fascist regimedissolves and Benito Mussolini tries to escape. This day is taken as symbolic of the Liberation of Italy.

1965 – Teenage sniper Michael Andrew Clark kills three and wounds six others shooting from a hilltop along Highway 101 just south of Santa Maria, California.

2011 – At least 300 people killed in deadliest tornado outbreak in the Southern United States since the 1974 Super Outbreak.

And births this date include....

 1940 - Al Pacino, American actor
     Rode hard? Put away wet? Ewwww......

1964 – Hank Azaria, American actor, director, comedian

1969 – Renée Zellweger, American actress

Later yesterday I went into town to pick up a package at the post office, prescription at pharmacy, and cracked corn at ACE. I had called the company that installed my gate and said the "out" button didn't work. I was told it would cost me $110 to have someone come out. I then asked how I could fix it. He told me about the battery compartment and how to do everything. So I took it all apart with my trusty drill...

At Ace Bobby helped me find the right battery. Came home and put it all back together. Works perfect!!! Battery cost me all of $2.99!!! Wow, a savings of $107.01 !!!

Last night dinner was an experiment that turned out WONDERFUL. Will share it tomorrow!

Wine Poem by Sue


I like to drink wine,
But, for that, I won't stand in line.
I like to eat fish,
And white wine goes with that dish.
When eating a steak,
Drink Cabernet for Heaven's sake!
I don't drink wine in my car,
Because the jail would not be far!
I like some wines in a box,
Which some of my hoity friends view as unorthodox! 

Sipping wine slowly is the best,
And it so good when you can at the same time, rest.
So much for the wine poetry day,
Guess I'll go get a glass of my favorite Chardonnay nay!

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Tuesday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
April 25th
National Zucchini Bread Day

Monday, April 24, 2017

Flag Down/Roof Up! ~ Wild Turkeys ~ Nature of God Video ~ Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Casserole ~ Pigs In A Blanket

Good 44º cloudy drizzly morning.

This I like!!

So, the Toms are out parading ... and between March and May it's mating season. These have got to be some of the dumbest animals I have ever seen.... they pace in front of a fence and have no clue they can fly over it. Then this time of year the Toms are trying to be attractive to the hens, but duh........ Hey Tom, that's a Jake! (A Jake is a young male...)

The wild turkey population here in Ory-gun was depleted years ago so turkeys were brought in from Texas.

Here is a soothing and lovely 4 minute video you might enjoy. I did. Pour a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and sit back. Thanks Mike Cippola for sharing.

Historically this date....
1967 – Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov dies in Soyuz 1 when its parachute fails to open. He is the first human to die during a space mission.

1970 – The first Chinese satelliteDong Fang Hong I, is launched. (Oh my, that sounds funny!!)

1980 – Eight U.S. servicemen die in Operation Eagle Claw as they attempt to end theIran hostage crisis.

2005 – Snuppy, the world's first cloned dog, is born in South Korea.

And births this date include....
1934 – Shirley MacLaine, American actor and author

1936 – Jill Ireland, British actress (d. 1990)

1942 – Barbra Streisand, American singer and actor (and beeeotch!)
She likes to be called "Babs" and with BO we could title that one BabBo!! LOL ......... (puke)
Later dinner was a rerun of the yummo pizza, wine, chair, and TV.

Ok, you like enchiladas? How about an enchilada casserole? This one is super and easy.....
Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Casserole:

2 cans (4.25 oz. each) chopped green chiles (mild or hot)
1 can (10 3/4 oz) condensed cream of chicken soup
1 can (10 oz) Old El Paso green enchilada sauce (or your favorite)
1/4 cup mayonnaise
12 6" corn tortillas, cut into 3/4" strips
3 cups shredded cooked chicken (use a store pre-cooked rotisserie chicken)
1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups (8 oz) shredded Mexican cheese blend
2 large tomatoes, chopped, about 2 cups
 (or a can of drained diced tomatoes with chiles)
2 cups chopped lettuce
1/2 cup sour cream
1. Spray 3-4 quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In cooker spread 1 can of green chiles. In bowl, mix remaining can of chiles, soup, enchilada sauce, and mayonnaise.
2. Arrange 1/3 of the tortilla strips over the chiles in the cooker. Top with 1 cup of the chicken, 1/2 cup of the beans, 1/2 cup of the cheese, and 1 cup of the enchilada sauce mixture. Spread to the edges to completely cover the tortilla strips. Repeat layers, reserving the last 1/2 cup of cheese.
3. Cover and cook on low for 7 hours.
4. Top with remaining 1/2 cup of cheese. Cover, cook 5 minutes longer until cheese melts. Serve with tomatoes, lettuce, and sour cream.

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Monday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
April 24th
National Pigs In A Blanket Day

Oh wait... not that kind. This kind: