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Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas Luncheon ~ Tucker's Christmas Show ~ Heart Healthy GOOD Mac & Cheese!

Good 28º morning. Foggy. A surprise! A warming trend..... was 20º just a few mornings ago..... but still cold enough that my UPS guy, Dave, isn't wearing shorts!

Everyone was sad that Harry Morgan died...
Colonel Potter on MASH and Bill Gannon on DRAGNET, but you know, he was 96 years old. My goodness, we should all be so long lived! RIP Harry. You had a great life!

Yesterday was a busy one... JCRW Christmas luncheon. We brought bags of food for the local Medford charities ...I filled a bag with this...

We were entertained by the choir from Grace Christian High School. They were wonderful and fun! Our club donated money to their project fund.

.... and this little girl had on the cutest hat!

It reminded me of this photo....

Then to The Grange where I picked up a free bag of nyjer seed ($24.99 value). That is because they have "seed cards" that when you buy 10 bags of birdseed you get a free one. Cool. Then to Costco. Then to Ray's Market. Then home! At 5:30 I left for Grants Pass to the Christmas Show Tucker's 2nd and 3rd grade classes were putting on. It was horribly foggy, but luckily I found the school. Knew I was in the right place when on the program it said : "Trees .... Tucker Pendleton". Brian Jen Sami Jean arrived, and luckily I had saved seats, since half of the audience had to stand...
Jen stood to take pictures and Sami got a good view from standing on her dad's lap!

And Tucker did a wonderful job as a 'tree'.....

Jen got better pictures and I'll share when she sends them to me.

Back home again, a fire, my chair, a glass of wine, sleeping dog, cozy comforter, and a cat on my lap!

Historically this date.....
1793New York City's first daily newspaper, the American Minerva, is established by Noah Webster.

1875 – The Massachusetts Rifle Association, "America's Oldest Active Gun Club", is founded.

1962 – The Petrified Forest National Park is established in Arizona.

2008 – The Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, is arrested by federal officials for a number of alleged crimes including attempting to sell the United States Senate seat being vacated by President-elect Barack Obama's election to the Presidency.
..............and day before yesterday he was sentenced to 14 years in prison!

And births this date include..... (Holy cow...bunch of actors!)
1886Clarence Birdseye, American frozen food manufacturer (d. 1956)

1897Hermione Gingold, English actress (d. 1987)

1898Emmett Kelly, American circus clown (d. 1979)

 This photo without his makeup is supposedly a rare shot of him.

1902Margaret Hamilton, American actress (d. 1985)

1909Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., American actor (d. 2000)

1911Broderick Crawford, American actor (d. 1986)

1911 – Lee J. Cobb, American actor (d. 1976)

1916Kirk Douglas, American actor

1922Redd Foxx, American comedian (d. 1991)

1925Dina Merrill, American actress

1928 – Dick Van Patten, American actor

1929John Cassavetes, American actor and director (d. 1989)

1934 – Dame Judi Dench, English actress

1941Beau Bridges, American actor

Another one of those odd-ball Bridges!

1942 – Dick Butkus, American football player

1945 – Michael Nouri, American actor

1957Donny Osmond, American singer and actor

1962Felicity Huffman, American actress
There were a few more birthdays but I got tired loading their pictures!

All I know. My Christmas cards should be showing up via UPS today. I'll have to get busy. Ciao.
xo Sue-Mom-Bobo
December 9th
National Salesperson's Day

Yesterday I posted this "heart healthy" mac and cheese recipe from Paula Deen on my FB page. My daughter-in-law, Marie, made the recipe and said she and Aaron both loved it! It was posted on Dr. Oz's site...
Dr. Oz challenged celebrity chef Paula Deen to transform her favorite dishes by cutting the calories and fat in half. By using low-fat cheese and milk, Paula Deen’s Healthier Mac and Cheese keeps all the cheesy flavor of the original recipe without destroying your diet.

Makes 4-6 servings
2 cups whole wheat or regular elbow macaroni (8 oz)
2 cups shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese (8 oz)
1/2 cup low-fat evaporated milk
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup reduced fat sour cream
1 T. Dijon mustard
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. cayenne pepper
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat a 13x9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the macaroni according to the package directions. Drain well and transfer the pasta to a large bowl. Add the cheddar and stir until the pasta is coated and the cheese has melted.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the evaporated milk, eggs, sour cream, mustard, salt and cayenne pepper. Add the milk-egg mixture to the macaroni and cheese and stir well to combine. Scrape the mixture into the prepared baking dish and sprinkle the parmesan evenly over the top. Bake until golden brown and crispy around the edges, 35 to 40 minutes.