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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Girl's Day Out ~ Eagle Beak ~ Maggie/Chaka

Good 53º morning. Will stay nice for a few hours then warm up.

Can you believe it's the LAST DAY OF JULY already~!!!!

Yesterday I dropped my truck at the dealership for a check up and oil change. Also got an estimate for tires. UGH. Jeannie met me and we went shoe shopping, didn't buy anything. The Dollar Store and each spend a whopping $3. To the Kitchen Store and just looked at everything. Then we were going to the Mediterranean but dang they were closed. New summer hours "closed on Monday"! Next choice was Blondie's.
Jeannie had wine

and I had a 'mango habañero martini' ... AWESOME!

We ordered off the appetizer menu. Jeannie had coconut shrimp
which she LOVED!

......and I had the Mediterranean combo platter (eggplant hummus, Kalamata olives, provolone wrapped around prosciutto, cucumber, grape tomatoes, and pita bread). All YUMMY~

'Deeewayne Honey' Preimsberger sent this to me....
Beauty and the Beak..... wonderful story!

Maggie had an appointment with the vet later yesterday. She has a blockage in her nasal passage. None of her tests ever came back as malignant so we opted for no surgery. He also said, dogs who have that nasal surgery don't live as long as those who don't! She got some meds to help reduce swelling. She's having a hard time breathing unless she opens her mouth.

Then I remembered I left my camera in Jeannie's car so Maggs and I made a trip to their house. I was poured a cold glass of wine and we sat in the gazebo by the pond. Maggie and Chaka got to know each other.... and Maggs enjoyed the cool spot for a rest...

We are almost at a full moon. Yesterday about 7pm on my way home the moon was out .....

Historically this date...
1941Holocaust: under instructions from Adolf Hitler, Nazi official Hermann Göring, orders SS General Reinhard Heydrich to "submit to me as soon as possible a general plan of the administrative material and financial measures necessary for carrying out the desired final solution of the Jewish question."

..........there are just no words to describe what sick monsters these people were, Hitler in particular.

2007Operation Banner, the presence of the British Army in Northern Ireland, and the longest-running British Army operation ever, comes to an end.

And births this date include....
1929 – Don Murray, American actor

1932Ted Cassidy, American actor (d. 1979)

1939France Nuyen, French actress

1965 – J. K. Rowling, British writer

Mr. Raccoon showed up here the night before last and ate all of Baby's food. So, last night I brought his food in and maybe the racoon will leave now! Dr. Ron, the vet, said they have a lot of parasites and we don't want them around!

All I know. Eye appointment for reading glasses today. Nuff said. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
July 31:
National Raspberry Cake

Cotton Candy Day

Jump for Jelly Beans Day

Hey Alex, you may be 16, but ..... you are still my Jelly Bean!

Monday, July 30, 2012

My Critters ~ National Cheesecake Day!

Good 48º clear sunny morning.

On a sad note, my friend Trish Bowler's mom, Ruth, passed away last night. T's husband is John Bowler (LASD Ret.)  My heart goes out to you Trish and to your family. May she rest in peace. (((((((((((HUGS)))))))))))

So, "Marmaduke" has gone home to be with his family, but is missed here. I did a short video of At-ta-less (as my grandson, Jack, would call him when he was little) .... Atlas:

The more I watched that video and listened to my voice, I thought, OMG I sound like my friend Sandy (Todoran) !!!

I guess we take on aspects* of our friends/spouses when we spend a lot of time together!
1. appearance to the eye or mind
2. nature; quality; character:
3. a way in which a thing may be viewed or regarded
4. part; feature
5. facial expression; countenance
.... and then there is Maggie:
..... and of course the former "Casper" and "Baby" and now he's called "Baby Bruiser" .... (he's black and white like a radio car.. or as the 'Troopa's' call them "cruiser" but in NY they pronounce that "crew-za"..... ergo, Bruiser!

Historically this date.....
1629 – An earthquake in Naples, Italy, kills about 10,000 people.
..... OMG!

1733 – The first Masonic Grand Lodge in the future United States is constituted in Massachusetts.
.... lots of Masonic stuff in my family.. Daddy was Master of El Sereno Lodge 588, Mom was in Eastern Star, my sister and I were in Job's Daughters Bethel 103, Daddy was 32º Scottish Rite: and Shriner. My son Brian was DeMolay Master Councilor of El Monte Lexington Lodge 104. Now he's a Mason in Rogue River Lodge 226 (in Grants Pass)

1866New Orleans's Democratic government orders police to raid an integrated Republican Party meeting, killing 40 people and injuring 150.
... yeah, that is a good idea. Because they are integrated, kill 'um!

1956 – A joint resolution of the U.S. Congress is signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, authorizing In God We Trust as the U.S. national motto.
.......oh yes, and now the Dems want to change that~!

1965 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Social Security Act of 1965 into law, establishing Medicare and Medicaid.
......yes, and now the arrogant idiot in the White House and his cronies in the Senate want to abolish Medicare!

1971Apollo program: Apollo 15 Mission – David Scott and James Irwin on the Apollo Lunar Module module Falcon land on the Moon with the first Lunar Rover.

1975Jimmy Hoffa disappears from the parking lot of the Machus Red Fox restaurant in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, at about 2:30 p.m. He is never seen or heard from again, and will be declared legally dead on this date in 1982.

And births this date includes....
..........interesting read!

1933Edd Byrnes, American actor

1941Paul Anka, Canadian singer and composer

1947 – Arnold Schwarzenegger, Austrian-born American actor, bodybuilder and politician, 38th Governor of California ....and wife-cheater and hired help-coitus-er! LOL

1954Ken Olin, American actor

1956Delta Burke, American actress


1962Alton Brown, American television host and chef

1963Lisa Kudrow, American actress
.... no changes here!

1969Simon Baker, Australian actor
.... love the twinkle in his eyes!

The problems we face today
are there because of the people
who work for a living are
outnumbered by those who
vote for a living.
author unk

All I know. Nuff said. Taking my truck in for oil change/check up and then Jeannie picking me up and going shopping and to lunch! Whoot. Girl's day out! Ciao.

xo Sue Mom Bobo
July 30th
National Cheesecake Day

Here are a bunch of recipes:

But.... this one I have been making for years and years, since the '60's from McCall's Cookbook. Easy. Good!
(This page in my cookbook is a mess! Made it a lot! Brian's fav.)
McCall's Best Cheesecake

Crust: 3/4 cup gram-cracker crumbs
1 T. sugar
1 T. melted butter or margarine

Filling :
3 pkg 8oz size cream cheese
4 eggs
1 t. vanilla extract
1 c. sugar

2 c. dairy sour cream
1 T. sugar
1 T. vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 375º. Make crust: in med bowl combine the 3 ingredients, mix well. Spread evenly over bottom of 9" spring-form pan, pressing lightly with fingers. Refrigerate while filling is being prepared

2. In large electric mixer bowl, at med speed, beat cheese until light. Add eggs, vanilla, and sugar, continue beating until creamy and light. Pour into crust and bake 35 minutes.

3. In medium bowl with wooden spoon, beat together sour cream, sugar, and vanilla. Remove cheesecake from oven, spread on topping evenly and bake another 5 minutes. Cool in pan on wire rack. Then refrigerate 5 hours or overnight.

4. Remove sides of spring-form pan, cut into wedges.

To easily make gram-cracker crumbs: put 10 crackers in zip bag and crush with rolling pin.

NOW for the easiest cheesecake ever... no bake:
Mix well:
8 oz Mascarpone cheese
1/2 container Cool Whip
2 T. honey

Put into 3 wide long stemmed glasses (red wine glasses) or wide-mouth 1/2 pint canning jars... Slice strawberries and macerate in Triple Sec or Gran Marnier ..... or macerate blueberries and raspberries in sugar and dark rum...

To serve: strain berries and spoon over cream mixture. HEAVEN! Serves only 3, so you may want to double or triple recipe!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Atlas ~ Homecoming ~ Quinoa Flakes & Powdered Peanut Butter! ~ Robbie ~ Crab Sandwich ~ Mexican Lasagna

Good 53º sunny with spotty little clouds morning.

Stayed cooler yesterday, but heading into more heat this week.

More puns from Ike:
Why were the Indians here first?
They had reservations.

We're going on a class trip to the Coca Cola factory.
I hope there is no pop quiz.

Brian showed up about 8:30 last night to pick up Atlas. It was a very quiet night. No "Marmaduke" (as Jeannie calls him) sleeping up against me last night. I miss the big guy! Here is he and Maggie trying hard to keep the old eyeballs open while I sit in my chair sipping a glass of wine...

And then eventually.........................

I already sent this to my Kristen and Brian because their children love Star Wars.... this is cute. Keep the Kleenex handy....

Yesterday I ordered some quinoa flakes. Had never heard of them until I saw this recipe on Leanne's recipes are all healthy and gluten free. So, anyway...... I ordered the quinoa flakes from and also some "powered peanut butter"! Regular peanut butter has 94 calories in a tablespoon. This pb has had the oils squeezed out and then dried. Mix with water and in 2 tablespoons there are only 45 calories.

It shall be interesting. I got the plain PB and the one with chocolate! Will let you know if all the stuff I read and watched about it tasting "just like regular peanut butter" are true.

Going back to my blog of two years ago on this date, I was writing about cooking quinoa! Hmmm... and babysitting Atlas! Funny.

Today is a special birthday.... Robbie Wilkinson is celebrating his 55th. Doesn't seem possible. He was our babysitter when he was 15! HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROBBIE!

Laura Robbie Jerry Brian and Aaron circa 1981(?) ... Rob (LA Co Fire) with his baby girl... and Laura and Rob last year.

Historically this date....
1948Olympic Games: The Games of the XIV Olympiad – after a hiatus of 12 years caused by World War II, the first Summer Olympics to be held since the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, open in London., 64 years ago. I wonder if Elizabeth was a sourpuss then too. After all she was only 22 years old and must have had a smile back then!

1976 – In New York City, David Berkowitz (aka the "Son of Sam") kills one person and seriously wounds another in the first of a series of attacks.
.... July brings out the nut cases!

1981 – A worldwide television audience of over 700 million people watch the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul's Cathedral in London.

1987 – British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and President of France François Mitterrand sign the agreement to build a tunnel under the English Channel (Eurotunnel).

And births this date include.....
1892William Powell, American actor (d. 1984)

1924 – Robert Horton, American actor
He was hot on Wagon Train!


1933 – Robert Fuller, American actor
... also hot on Wagon Train! and Emergency~

1938Peter Jennings, Canadian-born American journalist (d. 2005)

Dinner last night was just a sandwich...easy. I had some fake crab, pepper flavored mayonnaise (which is soooooo good!), avocado, baby cukes, and some new chips.....

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Sunday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
July 29th
National Lasagna Day
(This is a favorite... easy too.)
Mexican Lasagna

1 pound ground beef 1 lg can refried beans
2 t. ground oregano 2 t. ground cumin
1 t. garlic powder 12 uncooked lasagna noodles
2½ c bottled salsa 2 c. sour cream
1 c. diced onions 2 cans sliced olives
2 cups grated cheese diced tomatoes
3 green onions chopped
Combine ground beef with refried beans in large bowl. Add oregano, cumin, and garlic powder. Mix well. (Hands are best) Spray a 13x9 pan with cooking spray. Place uncooked noodles 4 across, overlap a little, and break end off one and place sideways, covering the entire bottom of the pan.
Spread half the bean/beef mixture on noodles. Top with more noodles and the remaining beef/bean mixture. Top with the rest of the noodles.
Combine salsa and water, mix well, pour over all. Cover with foil, bake 350º for 90 minutes. Make sure to place on cookie sheet, as it tends to overflow.
Combine sour cream with onions and olives. Spoon over top of casserole. Top with grated cheese and bake uncovered until cheese melts. Remove from oven and top with green onions and tomatoes.