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Monday, February 19, 2018

President's Day ~ Hail/Snow ~ Bruiser ~ Photo of the Day ~ Chicken Piccata ~ Miss Bonnie & Laurie in India ~ 7Up ~ Chocolate Mint Day

Good 30º it snowed last night morning. 

President's Day 

Since 1968, it is observed on the third Monday in February
President's Day is a day set aside to honor all of the U.S. presidents. We often think of two great presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln when we celebrate this holiday, as it falls by design between their birthdays. More and more of us, look at this day as a tribute to each and every person who has ever served in the office f the President of the United States of America.It is a national holiday,. While Federal employees, the post office, and banks have the day off, most businesses and industry do not recognize it as a paid holiday.

Yesterday morning, about 10:30 I looked out and it was snowing! Well, it was 41º and it was hail or teeny tiny snow! Didn't stick.
There was some on the doormat and on Bruiser!

Bruiser went out and hunkered down waiting for birds to come to the bird feeder! No luck! LOL.

Then at 2pm it was 37º and started snowing for real.
It only lasted 12 minutes! The sun came out and it warmed to 45º.

Then last night it snowed about 1/2". It didn't stick everywhere, mostly on the grass and fence posts!

Photo of the Day....

Chicken Piccata
A super quick and easy chicken dish in a tasty lemon, butter and caper sauce that is sure to impress your dinner guests.

2 (6 ounce) chicken breasts, butterflied and pounded thin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 lemon, juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
  1. Heat the oil and butter in a pan over medium heat.
  2. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and fry until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side and set aside.
  3. Add the garlic to the pan and saute until fragrant, about a minute.
  4. Add the wine to the pan and deglaze it.
  5. Add the broth, lemon juice, honey and capers in the pan and simmer until the liquids have reduce by half, about 2-3 minutes.
  6. Stir in the butter, season with salt and pepper, mix in the parsley, return chicken to pan and toss to coat.

      ** Make this a one-pan meal by adding 8 ounces of pasta and 2 1/4 cups broth or water (or 1 cup of rice and 2 cups broth or water) to the sauce in step 5 and simmer, covered, until cooked, about 12 minutes (or 20 minutes for rice).

Historically this date........
1807 – In Alabama, former Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr is arrested for treason and confined to Fort Stoddert.

1847 – The first group of rescuers reaches the Donner Party.

1942 – World War II: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the executive order 9066, allowing the United States military to relocate Japanese-Americans to Japanese internment camps.

1945 – World War II: Battle of Iwo Jima – about 30,000 United States Marines land on the island of Iwo Jima.

1976 – Executive Order 9066, which led to the relocation of Japanese Americans to internment camps, is rescinded by President Gerald R. Ford's Proclamation 4417

And births this date include....
1924 – Lee Marvin, American actor (d. 1987)

1955 – Jeff Daniels, American actor

1967 – Benicio del Toro, Puerto Rican actor

My friend Miss Bonnie and her daughter Laurie are in India on a trip and here they are in a wildlife park and they rode in this camel cart!

And at the Taj Mahal...

This is interesting about 7up ....

Initially the name of the drink was much more complicated - "Bib-label Lithiated Lemon Lime Soda". There are several versions of the origin of the drink's modern name:
1)First 7up bottles were 7 ounces in volume
2)initially the drink consisted of 7 ingredients
3)Lithium was on the drink's ingredients, and its atomic mass is 7.
For a long time in US lithium had been considered as an excellent cure for depression. Manufacturers stopped using the dangerous ingredient only in 1950.

Dinner was steamed broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots and a piece of chicken. Then chair, wine, and TV ... some Olympics, NCIS New Orleans and Rookie Blue. 

All I know. Nuff said. Happy President's Day Monday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
Chocolate Mint Day (Here you go, Sugar Bear! Our fav ice cream!)

My favorite ice cream store where you get homemade ice cream is Fosselman's on Main Street in Alhambra....

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Weather ~ One Pot Mexican Pasta ~ Picture of the Day ~ Melinda Plumbridge ~ National Drink Wine Day!!!!

Good 37º drizzling cloudy morning. 
I was quite surprised at the "warmer" weather yesterday morning, and this morning. The forecast was/is for super cold weather. I forgot to bring in the hummer feeders and amazingly they were't frozen. This was/are the predictions:
  • Yesterday 2-17
    Today: A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 4pm.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.
    Chance Rain
    High: 54 °F
  • Last night 2-17
    Tonight: A chance of rain before 10pm, then showers likely after 10pm.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. West southwest wind 3 to 6 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
    Low: 36 °F
  • Sunday
    Sunday: Rain and snow showers likely.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40. West wind 13 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
    High: 40 °F
  • Sunday
    Sunday Night: Rain and snow showers likely, becoming all snow after 10pm.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. Southwest wind 5 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
    Likely then
    Snow Showers
    Low: 27 °F
  • Washington's
    Washington's Birthday: A 40 percent chance of snow showers.  Partly sunny, with a high near 40. Light west wind.  New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
We did get 5 minutes of some blue sky and sun coming through.
Dude was happy ... and even was Bruiser, as he lounged in the sun ... and the heat wave hit 64º!
The weather people said we'd probably get 2" of snow on the valley floor. Not. We got maybe 1/10th of an inch of rain so far and there is a sprinkling of snow on the top of my mountain. I'm at 1200 feet and Fielder Mountain is 3,750 feet.
My friends up in Idaho have gotten several feet of snow in the last couple of days. Glad it's them and not me!! 
 Later in the afternoon dark clouds started moving in...

One Pot Mexican Pasta and Sausage

3 cups halved grape tomatoes, divided
1 large onion, sliced
1 pound smoked hot sausage links, precooked (sliced into coins)
1-2 jalapenos, sliced (to taste)
4 garlic cloves, sliced
1 pound dry spaghetti
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro, divided
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
5 cups water

Reserve (set aside) 1 cup halved tomatoes and 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro.

Combine remaining ingredients in a large (12") braising pan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat.  Cover and bring to a boil.  Once water is boiling, remove the lid and cook 7-9 minutes until pasta is al dente (with a bite to it).  Toss pasta with tongs occasionally to keep the pasta from sticking.  The liquid will be mostly absorbed when the pasta is finished cooking.

Add remaining tomatoes and cilantro and toss to combine.
**Choose your favorite sausage. Hot Italian sausage is great, but chorizo would be good too. You can substitute 1 pound any dry pasta for the spaghetti, just cook until al denté.

You can substitute green chiles for the jalapenos or leave out the jalapenos completely.
Here is a quick (56 seconds) video of how it was made..

Picture of the Day.... perfectly timed!
Special birthday today, my nephew's wife Melinda Plumbridge is celebrating. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MEL!!
I traveled, in 2009, with Mel and her pals to Greece and Turkey...
L-R, Pat, Laura, Julie, Alice, MEL, me, Ed (Pat's hubby)
Mel is quite the artist. Here is her website with her art:

Historically this date.......
1911 – The first official flight with air mail takes place in AllahabadBritish India, whenHenri Pequet, a 23-year-old pilot, delivers 6,500 letters to Naini, about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) away.

1954 – The first Church of Scientology is established in Los Angeles, California.

1979 – Snow falls in the Sahara Desert in southern Algeria for the only time in recorded history.

2001 – Seven-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Dale Earnhardt dies in an accident during the Daytona 500.


And births this date include....
1919 – Jack Palance, American actor (d. 2006)

1925 – George Kennedy, American actor (d.2016)

1950 – Cybill Shepherd, American actress

1954 – John Travolta, American actor
Later a quick run into town to the pharmacy and to the market for chicken thighs. I got into two nice conversations... one with a military veteran (he was wearing a hat) and he talked about his brother who just got out of the Army after 30 years and several tours of Afghanistan and Iraq. He said physically his brother is ok but suffering from PSTD. That is so sad.
The next guy I was chatting with was trying to figure out what to buy in the meat department and was wearing a TRUMP hat. We had a nice chat also. He worked most of his life and then was diagnosed with cancer and given 5 weeks to live. That was 5 years ago! A miracle. Good for him!
Dinner was a spinach wrap slathered with mayonnaise mixed with Franks Redhot Sweet Chili, topped with shredded chicken thigh, sliced tomato, and lettuce. Carrots on the side with Ranch dipping sauce...


Chair, wine, and TV....
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Sunday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
National Drink Wine Day (YIPPPPEEEEEEEEEEE)


Saturday, February 17, 2018

Stroopwafels ~ Taco Casserole ~ Café au lait


Good 39º cloudy morning. 
Yesterday I went to GP to do some grocery shopping. Then back to RR to pick up a package at the PO, and home. I had ordered some Stroopwafels at Amazon. These are AWESOME with a cup of coffee!

They are made in Holland. First time I had one was on the flight from Hawaii. Fell in love with these! There are caramel and honey flavors.
My friend GloW shared this on her blog...
Taco Casserole
1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, diced
1 pkg McCormick's Taco Seasoning Mix
2 cans tomato sauce
3 cups elbow, or other shapes, macaroni... cooked and cooled
8 oz sour cream
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, divided in half
1 small can sliced black olives
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
In a skillet over medium heat, brown beef and onion, drain. Stir in seasoning mix and tomato sauce. Bring to boil and remove from heat.
In a bowl combine cooked macaroni, sour cream, 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese, and sliced olives.
Spoon macaroni mixture into 9x13 baking dish. Top with beef mixture and cheeses.
Bake uncovered at 350º for 30 minutes, until hot and bubbly. Serves 6.
Options can include diced green chilies, and or Mexican cheese mix. For hotter... sliced jalapeños. And, substitute a can of spicy salsa for a can of the tomato sauce.
Historically this date....
1924 – In Miami, FloridaJohnny Weissmuller sets a new world record in the 100 meters freestyle swimming competition with a time of 57.4 seconds.

1974 – Robert K. Preston, a disgruntled U.S. Army private, buzzes the White House in a stolen helicopter.

2006 – A massive mudslide occurs in Southern LeytePhilippines; the official death toll is set at 1,126.

2008 – Kosovo declares independence.

2011 – Libyan protests begin. In Bahrainsecurity forces launched a deadly Pre-dawn raid on protesters in Pearl Roundabout in Manama, the day is locally known as Bloody Thursday.


And births this date include....
1925 – Hal Holbrook, American actor


1939 – Mary Ann Mobley, American actress and beauty queen (d.2014)
.... can you say "plas-teak"??

1945 – Zina Bethune, American actress (d. 2012)
... strange thing that happened ... where/how she died.

1954 – Rene Russo, American actress


1956 – Richard Karn, American actor


1962 – Lou Diamond Phillips, American actor


1963 – Larry the Cable Guy, American comedian and actor


1971 – Denise Richards, American actress


1981 – Paris Hilton, American actress and heiress
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Saturday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
National Café au lait Day

Café au lait is French for coffee with milk.
In Europe "café au lait" stems from the same continental tradition as "caffé latte" in Italy, "café con leche" in Spain, "kawa biala" (white coffee) in Poland, "Milchkaffee" in Germany, "koffie verkeerd" (wrong coffee) in The Netherlands, and "café com leite" in Portugal.. simply "coffee with milk". In northern Europe, cafe au lait is the name most often used in coffee shops. At home, it can be prepared from dark coffee and heated milk. It cafés it has been prepared on espresso machines from espresso and steamed milk ever since these machines became available in the 1940's.