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Thursday, July 14, 2011

~Marion Day~ Pumpkin Soup ~ Greek Macaroni Salad~

Good 47ยบ morning. Sunny with a few clouds.

Stayed mostly cool and cloudy all day yesterday. We hit 73*.
Felt as if we by-passed summer and went straight to October! Weird werid....
The following three photos were taken yesterday at 3:30pm, 6:30pm, and 8:30pm...

I putzed around with this computer most of the day. Installing and uninstalling programs until I am finally working again. I did, however, lose a lot of stuff I had stored on AOL. Dang!
Nancy came by with a bottle of Chardonnay and we sat on the porch and chatted. Nice. Thanks Nancy! As she left she called and said there was a package left at my gate. Maggie and I got in the golf cart and rode down there. Then we got the mail and stopped in PJ and Daves for a few minutes.

Today, all day (as with most days) I will be thinking of my sis. She died in 2004, but today would have been her birthday. She would have been double 7's. I miss her.

This taken at Brian and Jen's wedding. She died 6 months later from leukemia.

Oh, sooooo...... I just read where Laurence Fishburne

is being replaced on CSI by

Ted Danson

Interesting choice. The show started in 2000 with William Petersen

staring in the roll as the CSI head. Then Fishburne took over in 2010 through 2011 season, and now Danson will be the CSI head.

Historically this date....
1881Billy the Kid is shot and killed by Pat Garrett outside Fort Sumner.
1969The United States $500, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 bills are officially withdrawn from circulation.
2000 – A powerful solar flare, later named the Bastille Day event, causes a geomagnetic storm on Earth.
2002French President Jacques Chirac escapes an assassination attempt unscathed during Bastille Day celebrations.
2003 – In an effort to discredit U.S. Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson, who had written an article critical of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Washington Post columnist Robert Novak reveals that Wilson's wife Valerie Plame is a CIA "operative".

And births this date include....
1910William Hanna, American animator (d. 2001)

1911Terry-Thomas, British actor (d. 1990)

1923Dale Robertson, American actor

1930Polly Bergen, American actress

1932Roosevelt Grier, American football player and actor

I found some frozen pumpkin puree in the freezer so since it was such a cool day decided to make some pumpkin soup. It turned out fabulous!!
1 carton chicken broth - low sodium
1 t. ground ginger, red pepper flakes, grated lemon peel
1 T. dehydrated chopped onion, sliced garlic, and chopped chives (dried or fresh)
bacon bits or Costco cooked crumbled bacon
black pepper/lemon sea salt
1/2 carton fat free 1/2 & 1/2
2-3 cups cooked pumpkin - pureed (this was left from last October, cooked and frozen)
Bring chicken broth to simmer, add herbs and spices, cook 15 minutes. Add pumpkin, heat thoroughly, then add the 1/2 & 1/2.

I was going to add some grated carrots, but was out of carrots, so that's why I added the bacon. OMG GOOD!!!!!
All I know. Nuff said. Ciao.
xo Mom-Soupy-Sue
July 14th

Make a casserole with cheese and chicken or beef or ham or make a salad with celery, grated carrots, and ranch dressing.

Or.... make a Greek Macaroni Salad:

1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
4 medium plum tomatoes, chopped
1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 medium onion, chopped
1 can (6 ounces) pitted ripe olives
1 package (4 ounces) crumbled feta cheese
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. In a large bowl, combine the macaroni, tomatoes, beans, onion, olives, feta cheese, salt, pepper and garlic.
In a small bowl, whisk oil and lemon juice. Pour over salad; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until chilled. Stir before serving. Yield: 8 servings.

............... also it's

National Grand Marnier Day

I'll drink to that! How about a Grand Cosmo:
¾ oz Grand Marnier® liqueur
1 oz vodka
1½ oz cranberry juice
1 dash lemon juice
Shake with ice and strain.