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Saturday, December 15, 2012

:o( ~ 4 Year Old Pianist ~ Erika's Blautkraut ~ Rainbow ~ Cupcake Day

Good 34ยบ dark and gloomy morning. Got somewhere near 1/4" rain yesterday.

The unspeakable crime at that school in Connecticut is beyond words. It has hit me, as it has so many of you, like a ton of bricks. The tears for those poor children and the families just keep coming. My heart breaks for those parents who have to go to the morgue to identify their babies! Rest in Peace. God loves you all. I pray for healing for those who lost their babies, their grandchildren, their siblings, their nieces and nephews. God Bless them all.

AND the gun control freaks need to STAND DOWN while this plays out and stay out of the limelight! Damn.

We have to keep moving forward and be thankful for all we have.

This came from Ed Chenal. Amazing and cute! He's only 4 years old!!

And then from Joe Kirk (ret LASD) .... LOL
Good one Joe!!!

Yesterday I made Erika's Blautkraut. It comes from her mother's cookbook "Meine Rezepte". I, of course, changed some of the recipe... cooked it in my crockpot for 3 hours, used powdered cloves and as a substitute for bay leaves I used crushed thyme leaves. Here is the original recipe...

3 T. lard ( Erika said to use butter)
2# shredded red cabbage (E uses a 3-4# head, I did too and shredded 3/4 of it)
2 onions chopped (I used 1)
2 bay leaves
2 cloves
salt and pepper to taste
2 Granny Smith apples, chopped
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. white vinegar

Melt butter in the pot and alternatively add the cabbage, apples, & onions in several layers. (I did two layers in the crockpot with the butter melted in the bottom.

Sprinkle sugar on top and wash over it with the vinegar. (I also added 3 more pats of butter on top) Simmer on low, covered, for about 2 hours (or longer). Stir now and then. I put it on high for 3 hours, stirring every hour. Erika likes hers best reheated. It can be made ahead and freezes well. A very tasty side to any meal, turkey... pork...chicken... or ham. And I liked it hot or cold.

3pm yesterday afternoon.......

And yesterday my friend Jan Vargo (formerly of San Gabriel High School ... now living in Vancouver WA) sent me this picture her son Rich (Portland Nationwide Insurance guy) sent of his drive home....

... and Rich posted this one also on his FB page...
Spectacular Rich! You were in the right place at the right time!

Historically this date...
1791 – The United States Bill of Rights becomes law when ratified by the Virginia General Assembly.

1973John Paul Getty III, grandson of American billionaire J. Paul Getty, is found alive near Naples, Italy]], after being kidnapped by an Italian gang on July 10, 1973.
After the trauma of his ear being cut off, he suffered emotionally and was in a self induced drug coma and later suffered paralysis.

1973 – The American Psychiatric Association votes 13–0 to remove homosexuality from its official list of psychiatric disorders, the DSM-II.

1978 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter announces that the United States will recognize the People's Republic of China and cut off all relations with Taiwan

2001 – The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopens after 11 years and $27,000,000 to fortify it, without fixing its famous lean.

And births this date include...
1892J. Paul Getty, American oil tycoon (d. 1976)
... amazing his grandson was found on his birthday!

1918Jeff Chandler, American actor (d. 1961)

1949Don Johnson, American actor

All I know. Nuff said. Hope I can get to my card addressing today! Happy Saturday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
December 15th
National Cupcake Day
(Chocolate/chocolate, Strawberry Flag, Lemon Meringue, Hostess, Pink!)