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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Last of 2013 ~ Football ~ Burger Cooked in Waffle Iron

Good 29º New Year's Eve not very foggy morning.

This past year is just about gone. Good for some and bad for others. For those who lost loved ones it was difficult. Brian and Jen lost Atlas, I lost my Maggie and Harley, and my friend Jan Vargo died way too young. Some people had wishes come true, fabulous trips, new grand babies, and happy times. There were tragedies all across this country. We can't dwell on the sad times, we can relish the good times, we can cherish our family and friends and remember worse things are happening to others.Too many of our military lost their lives giving us freedom. Too many law enforcement died in the line of duty protecting us. I salute those men and women and pray their families find peace. God please give us a better year in 2014.  


Major brain farts yesterday. I forgot to post the Sunday football scores. So, here they are a day late, with the standings and then the next games this coming weekend...

Historically this date...
1879Thomas Edison demonstrates incandescent lighting to the public for the first time, in Menlo Park, New Jersey.

1960 – The farthing coin ceases to be legal tender in the United Kingdom.

1967 – The Youth International Party, popularly known as the "Yippies", is founded.
.... yeah, well that lasted a long time!

1999 – First President of Russia, Boris Yeltsin, resigns from office, leaving Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as the acting President and successor.

2004 – The official opening of Taipei 101, the tallest skyscraper at that time in the world, standing at a height of 509 metres (1,670 ft).

And births this date include....
1920Rex Allen, American actor, singer, and songwriter (d. 1999)
1937 – Sir
Anthony Hopkins, Welsh actor
1943John Denver, American singer and songwriter (d. 1997)
   ... Loved loved loved his singing!
1943 – Sir Ben Kingsley, English actor
1947 – Tim Matheson, American actor
1959 – Val Kilmer, American actor
1974 – Tony Kanaan, Brazilian racing driver

PICTURE of the day...

Last night's dinner was different and GOOD. I picked up a package of ground lamb the other day at the market. Hadn't had lamb in a while. Jerry always claimed, since he was a Texan, he didn't like lamb...or even the smell of it cooking. So, one day I made hamburger patties out of some and barbecued it. Never said what it was. He ate and liked it. The secret is still with me!! Anyway...........

I mixed up some panko and shredded Parmesan into the ground meat. Made a patty and cooked it on the waffle iron.

Sauce was honey mustard and mayonnaise, topped with sauteéd broccoli slaw.

TV last night was 'the year in review'. Boring. I had a fire in the wood stove, got snuggy in my chair under my blanket and Bruiser jumped up and we both napped!

Tonight I will watch the ball drop from NY on my east coast feed at 9pm and then depending.... probably nap in my chair! Excitement abounds! Lots of nut cases up here like to shoot off guns at midnight, so I know I'll be awake then wondering which direction the bullets are going! GAWD I hate that. It's not just a round or two or 6.. they shoot off 20, 30, 40, or 50!!! Nothing like scaring all the critters and people! I know Cliff likes to shoot off firecrackers... another thing that scares the local dogs and cats, but at least it doesn't cause any harm or deaths.

Ah well.. .Happy New Year. Let's hope for the best.
Nuff said. Happy Tuesday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
December 31st.

National Champagne Day
Today is the day for bubbly. The fizzy flavorful sparkling wine is many people's first taste (literally!) of the New Year, with ceremonial toasts often following that New Year's kiss. Only sparkling wine imported from the Champagne region of France can properly be called champagne. Imitators are referred to as, well, 'sparkling wine!'

Monday, December 30, 2013

Picabo Street ~ Bruiser ~ Dude ~ No Bake Fruitcake ~ Scottish Eggs with Veggies ~ Kennedy Center Honors ~ Soapbox

Good 29º cold toilet seat foggy morning. UGH... so tired of this. Want sun. Got a little yesterday. Warmed to 43º. Hopefully will get some rain like predicted and get rid of the fog. Medford Airport socked in and flights canceled and delayed still...

About 12:30 yesterday....


I got this from Cyndi Moreno (wife of the infamous Pete)...
Do you remember the famous Olympic skier Picabo Street (pronounced Pee-Ka-Boo) Well, Picabo is not just an athlete. She is now a nurse currently working at an Intensive Care Unit of a large metropolitan hospital. She is not permitted to answer the hospital telephones any longer. It caused too much confusion when she would answer the phone and say, Picabo, I.C.U. 

A good clean joke is hard to find these days - pass it on! Admit it ... You're smiling) 

Some days it's just not easy to get things done at my desk...when a sleepy cat takes over!
Then if that isn't enough, he finds strange places to hang out and watch what is going on....

Historically this date...
...obviously a time when there were no plans for escape!
1981 – In the 39th game of his 3rd NHL season Wayne Gretzky scores 5 goals giving him 50 on the year setting a new NHL record previously held by Maurice Richard and Mike Bossy who earlier had each scored 50 goals in 50 games.

And births this date include.... If you want to read about each and/or see a photo of them, click on the underlined name....
(Interesting that two band members shared the same birthday and two TV hosts on the same show share the same birthday!)
1920Jack Lord, American actor (d. 1998)
1934 – Joseph Bologna, American actor
1934 – Del Shannon, American singer (d. 1990)
1934 – Russ Tamblyn, American actor, dancer, and singer
1935 – Sandy Koufax, American baseball player
1942 – Michael Nesmith, American singer, songwriter, actor, and musician (The Monkees)
1945Davy Jones, English singer, songwriter and actor (The Monkees)(d. 2012)
1953 – Meredith Vieira, American television journalist and game show host
1957Matt Lauer, American newscaster
1975 – Tiger Woods, American golfer

Yesterday I had to take the trash out to the road, pick up is this morning. Dude hadn't had good run in a while so he was a happy camper.... This was around 2pm..... a tad more sun... still fog hanging on the mountain side.

Earlier I had made "no bake fruit cake" a recipe the infamous Trish Bowler...(wife of Lt. John LASD ret) had given me. Strange recipe. I made half of the original ... 1½ boxes of vanilla wafers, crushed. 1# of  pecans (calls for walnuts), 1# yellow raisins, 1# candied cherries, 1# candied pineapple, 1 can sweetened condensed milk, and 3/4 cup whiskey.
I used my largest bowl  to mix it all in.... using my hands. Trish said the original recipe for double this amount she had to mix in a trash bag in the sink! Interesting about the whiskey...found an unopened bottle in the cupboard with a tag that said, "Merry Christmas to Jerry from Sid and Charline"... that had to be from 1997 or 1998. She passed away in 1999 and he a short time later. Jerry loved 'Jack in the Black' but when I decided I liked tequila he crossed over and became a tequila nut also.

Refrigerated the cake after packing it into the loaf pans...
A knife run around the edges and a little encouragement it came out of the pan and I sliced it. Really good. Very tasty. (Yes Big Dave, you will get some!)

Dinner last night was a couple Scottish Eggs heated in infused olive oil and some stir-fried veggies (broccoli slaw, mushrooms, celery, carrots, and tomatoes...

Last night I recorded (Tivo'd) the Kennedy Center Honors..... that way I can scan through the commercials and the boring parts. Enjoyed Billy Joel, Shirley McLaine, Herbie Hancock, and Carlos Santana. Didn't know who Martina Arroyo (opera singer) was. Loved the dancing and singing and music. Then there was this idiot who was elected President sitting there with his smug arrogant smirk and  CHEWING GUM with his mouth partly open! OMG! Presidential? Class? NOT! What a piece of work... It's the "it's all about me" thing. GAWD, 3 more years of this asshole!

Ok Ok Ok.... off 

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Monday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
National Bicarbonate of Soda Day, or Baking Soda Day, celebrates the many benefits and uses of Bicarbonate of Soda. Just how does Baking Soda work and what, specifically, does it do? Few people seem to know. It's quite simple. We will skip the chemistry lesson and how Baking Soda is made. Let's just talk to what it is, and what it does. Bicarbonate of soda is a chemical compound - sodium carbonate or sodium bi-carbonate. When heated, it creates carbon dioxide, a gas. The gas aids a variety of bakery products to rise as they cook. Many people just think of Bicarbonate of Soda as something you use for baking. But, it has so many more uses. Here are just a few of them:
  • Baking- helps baked goods, like bread, to rise
  • Relieve stomach indigestion and heartburn when mixed in water
  • Removing odors in the refrigerator, vents, storage areas, and closets
  • Removing odor in kitty litter
  • It is used in fire extinguishers for grease and oil fires
  • It is often used as a cleaning agent
  • It can be used as a meat tenderizer
  • Put it in water with beans to minimize flatulance from eating beans
  • Polish Silverware
  • Remove burned food from a pot or a pan

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Fog Turkeys Deer ~ Photo Safari ~ Scottish Eggs

Good 29º somewhat foggy morning. Warmed to a frigid 34º yesterday and the fog never lifted. Gloomy all day. Not a drop of sunlight. ICK!

I saw the turkeys out in the pasture, keeping close together... about 50 of them...
and in the upper pasture were the deer....

Well, first thing this morning I have donated $100.... $50 to the USO and $50 to DAV via email. I like donating to those groups. I also donate to the UCLA brain cancer research because of Brian's friend Kio. He is in remission and doing great! I donate $ and take dog/cat food and treats to the local Rogue Valley Humane Society. I also play "free kibble" .... go to and scroll to the bottom of the page. Sign up for daily reminders. Play the game and they will donate kibble to shelter animals. Also, check out the photos folks have sent in of their dogs and cats...  The Bruise will be on there soon...


Debbie put this on her FB page. I agree, but it did say "My President"... I did a change, since he's not "MY" President!
And BTW.....
"ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Wade Phillips would like to put an asterisk on Peyton Manning's touchdown record.
The Houston Texans' interim coach said Friday the league agreed with him that Manning's record-tying 50th TD toss Sunday shouldn't have counted because Eric Decker bobbled the ball."
So.... see, he's hasn't passed up Tom Brady! LOL.

I was reading in our local paper about a couple who live in Rogue River and recently traveled to Uganda and So. Africa. She has a blog with amazing photos...
Here's a couple of my favorits from her blog...

I saw a recipe the other day called "Donna's Nest Eggs"... well, it was for Scotch Eggs. These are a treat, usually deep-fried and served in Scottish & British Pubs..... With Scottish blood in my veins (maternal grandparents both born in Scotland) and Jerry's grandmother Scottish, we loved them. We used to get them at the Loch Ness Monster Pub in Pasadena, just off Fair Oaks and Colorado. The Wikipedia says: " Scotch eggs are usually a picnic food and home-made. In the UK, packaged, plastic-wrapped Scotch eggs are commonly available in supermarkets, corner shops and motorway service stations.
Miniature versions of Scotch eggs are also widely available in British supermarkets, and are sold under the name "savoury eggs", "picnic eggs", "party eggs", "snack eggs", "egg bites" or similar. These contain chopped egg or a quail's egg, rather than a whole chicken egg, and sometimes contain mayonnaise or chopped bacon.
In the United States, many "British-style" pubs and eateries serve fresh-made Scotch eggs. These are usually served hot, with dipping sauces such as ranch dressing, hot sauce, or hot mustard sauce. At the Minnesota State Fair, true to fair tradition, Scotch eggs are served on a stick. Scotch eggs are available at most Renaissance Festivals from Maryland to Texas.


I decided to make some...
First... hard boil or bake half a dozen eggs. Cool. Mix 1 pound ground beef, turkey, chicken, or sausage (whichever you prefer) with spices. I used garlic powder, sea salt, pepper, and cloves. Divide evenly, flatten, and roll the peeled egg in the meat. You can dip these into beaten egg and bread crumbs, but I put mayonnaise on each and rolled in Panko. Bake at 400º for 30 minutes.

Baking them like this is less fat and more healthy. Really good. Use any type of sauce for dipping.... siracha and mayo, hot/sweet chili, soy sauce, Worcestershire, etc.... 
Yesterday I snacked too much and didn't want much for dinner... so had popcorn with butter and cheese. Tonight I will fix the Scotch eggs with something good for me!

It’s almost time to ring in the New Year! Make 2014 a little quieter and rust free with the help of WD-40® Multi-Use Product. Use it to:
  • Quiet squeaks on strollers and office chairs 
  • Lubricate wheels on vacuums
  • Remove rust from curtain rods

Historically this date....
1778American Revolutionary War: 3,000 British soldiers under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Archibald Campbell capture Savannah, Georgia.

1813 – British soldiers burn Buffalo, New York during the War of 1812.

1845 – In accordance with International Boundary delimitation, United States annexes the Mexican state of Texas, following the Manifest Destiny doctrine. The Republic of Texas, which had been independent since the Texas Revolution of 1836, is thereupon admitted as the 28th U.S. state.

1940World War II: In The Second Great Fire of London, the Luftwaffe fire-bombs London, killing almost 200 civilians.

2003 – The last known speaker of Akkala Sami dies, rendering the language extinct.

And births this date include.... (if you want to see photos of these people, click on their name)
1800Charles Goodyear, American inventor (d. 1860)
1808Andrew Johnson, 17th President of the United States (d. 1875) ... Mr. Happy Pants!
1917Tom Bradley, American politician (d. 1998)
... 20 years as Mayor of Los Angeles
1921Robert C. Baker, Inventor of the chicken nugget (d. 2006)
1932Inga Swenson, American actress
1936Mary Tyler Moore, American actress
.....Whaaa? Can't understand why some people ruin a good thing!
1938 – Jon Voight, American actor
1947 – Ted Danson, American actor
1953 – Stanley Tookie Williams, American murderer (d. 2005)
.... leader of the Crips gang in So. Central LA. EXECUTED!
1959 – Paula Poundstone, American comedian
1972 – Jude Law, British actor
All I know. Two more days after today left of 2013... which in some cases has been a lousy year. Come on 2014! Make it a better year for everyone! Nuff said. Happy Sunday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
December 29th
Pepper Pot Day
Pepper Pot Day commemorates the creation of this thick spicy soup, which was served to the Continental Army during the cold, harsh winter of 1777-1778.  Pepper Pot soup was first made on December 29, 1777. According to the legend........... During the Revolutionary war, the Continental army was camped at Valley Forge.  The winter was cold and harsh. Conditions were deplorable. Food was often scarce. George Washington asked his army's chef to prepare a meal for the army, that would both warm them, and boost their moral. The chef found scraps of tripe, small bits of meat and some peppercorn. He mixed this in with some other ingredients, and created Pepper Pot soup, also known as "Philadelphia Pepper Pot soup”. The hot, and somewhat spicy soup, was well received by the troops. It was  called "the soup that won the war”. Celebrate Pepper Pot Day by making some Pepper Pot soup for the family. Note: while tripe was a main ingredient of this soup, you can substitute with chicken or beef.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Fog Turkeys Hummer ~ Amazing Frog ~ Pozole ~ Phone Evolution ~ Sunday Football Schedule

Good 30º foggy (what else is new) morning. Depressing.

Yesterday mostly foggy all day until late afternoon... to the north of me low clouds/fog hung on the mountain...

and to the south there was blue sky!
As I was out on the porch taking pictures.... Mr. Hummingbird was being nosey...
and so were the turkeys....

Yesterday I went into town, picking up mail at the post office, prescription at pharmacy, and shopping at the market. Ran into my pal and one of my BFF's Nancy Perry. We had a chat and hugs and a promise to get together SOON! Then also ran into an old friend, Dana Alden. He and his wife Janie, good friend!, are leather people. They make saddles, chaps, purses, sandles, belts..... and their son Tim is a boot maker! He has a leather shop in downtown Rogue River.
When Jerry died, he was into making holsters and I gave a bunch of his leather stuff to the Aldens. He would have been happy. He knew Janie from the vet's office and liked her. Anyway, Dana and I had a long conversation. Been a while. Good to see you Dana! Had run into Janie and Tim not too long ago either. Need to take a bottle of wine up to their house and sit and chat soon! (When are you going to be home Janie?????)

PICTURE of the day... (saw on JoAnne Webb's FB page)
This stunning image is actually five women decorated by world champion body-painter Johannes Stötter to look like an amphibian. Absolutely amazing.

Pozole (Nahuatl: pozolli po'solːi), which means "foamy"; variant spellings: pozolé, pozolli, or more commonly in the U.S. – posole) is a traditional pre-Columbian soup or stew from Mexico, which once had ritual significance. Pozole was mentioned in Fray Bernardino de Sahagún's "General History of the Things of New Spain" circa 1500. It is made from nixtamalized cacahuazintle maize, with meat, usually pork, chicken, turkey, pork rinds, chili peppers, and other seasonings and garnish.After colonization by the Spaniards, the ingredients of pozole changed, but the staple maize remained. It is a typical dish in various states such as Sinaloa, Michoacán, Guerrero, Jalisco, Morelos, State of Mexico and Distrito Federal. Pozole is served in Mexican restaurants worldwide. 
Dried hominy, which is often soaked and used for pozole
Since maize was a sacred plant for the Aztecs and other inhabitants of Mesoamerica, pozole was made to be consumed on special occasions. The conjunction of maize (usually whole hominy kernels) and meat in a single dish is of particular interest to scholars because the ancient Mesoamericans believed the gods made humans out of masa (cornmeal dough).

 Kristen sent her recipe. Sounds good...
4 lbs pork shoulder
Boil with 1 onion
For 1 hour
Remove stock and pork 

Cut pork into bite size cubes
Sauté 1/2 onion til translucent
Add pork for an additional minute
Add 2 T chili powder
1/4 t. cayenne for 1 minute
Add stock to pot with room for
Add I large can (really big can) hominy

Simmer for 1 hour
Serve with fresh cabbage, radishes, lime and cilantro. 
So yummy!!    xo K

I will make this and will also put the cabbage and radishes in the stew. Cooked radishes are HEAVENLY!!! If you ever make a pot roast, roast chicken, crockpot turkey breast (topped swith cranberry sauce mixed with onion soup mix) the last hour add in a bunch of whole radishes. OMG. You will be amazed.
This was shared by Gar Austin (LASD ret)..   funny. true!

Historically this date....
1912 – The first municipally owned streetcars take to the streets in San Francisco, California.
.... LOVE riding those!!!
..... wow, Johnny Unitas vs Frank Gifford and Pat Summerall!

2000 – U.S. retail giant Montgomery Ward announces it is going out of business after 128 years.
...........sad sad sad day!! "Monkey Wards" a fav place to shop!

And births this date include....
1856Woodrow Wilson, American politician, 28th President of the United States, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1924)
My High School named after him! Our school mascot was a Mule~! LOL.
Of course Sue Shewealter and I were inside the mascot running around on the footbal field, but did anyone get a picture? No.
1922Stan Lee, American comic book writer
... plays himself on Big Bang Theory....

1934 – Dame Maggie Smith, British actress

1954 – Denzel Washington, American actor

1972 – Adam Vinatieri, American football player
...only kicker to win 5 SuperBowl rings... 4 with Patriots and 1 with Colts. (Brian and I shared!)

Speaking of football... Here's tomorrow's lineup....
Wow, Kristen's Jets against Alex's Dolphins....
Go Redskins (Booooo Giants!)
OMG, the Lambs and the Seachickens
Bill's Bills and my Pats
Jeannie's 9ers taking on the 'Zona' Birds
Brian's Colts fighting off the Jags
Packers going after Santisteven's Bears
Cliffie's Chargers against KC (and the Sunshine Band!)
Will be interesting....

Words of frustration have been streaming from my mouth. Computer is acting up. Will have to go see Turk this coming week, at his convenience. Sigh..... So, if you don't hear from me (blog, email, Facebook) you will know 'Hal' has taken a dump. I have been doing the 'restore', defrag, and scan stuff.... at least for the time it's working. Maybe a whole new computer is in the works. I'll ask Turk.

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Saturday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
December 28th
National Chocolate Candy Day

National Card Playing Day

National It's Foggy and I'm In A Bad Mood Day!