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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Rose Parade ~ Rose Bowl ~ Mary Katherine ~ Ann ~ Hoppin' Bill ~ Buffet Day

Good 23º morning. I'm whining about it... but all you guys in the 40º - 50º weather spots, you have no business complaining. You know who you are! Thank goodness for long underwear!

Yesterday was Bloody Mary Day so.....

The Rose Parade yesterday: My friend Judy Nichols Seielstad Houston, whose mom owned June Nichols Dance Studio in Alhambra, rode on the Alhambra float one year. That was such fun seeing her. I do have a picture somewhere! She was in a bathing suit! Burrrrrr..... and yes, she said she was freezing! She died a couple of years ago, and seeing the Alhambra float made me sad. She is missed. BUT....on the other hand...
THE Combined Marine Corps Band was AWESOME. I sang the Hymn along with the band and smiled and cried. Then that soldier from Afghanistan surprising his wife and son in the middle of Colorado Boulevard was the real tear jerker!

That was a real treat, but the "wedding" was a strange note.

The 'Bruise' watched the parade with me from his favorite spot....

The Rose Bowl game was good. Stanford outdid Wisconsin 20-14!!

Monday at the NY Eve gathering Dale had printed out my "stitched" picture of the snow and the barn. He has a printer that prints 'over size" and photo paper that is about 8½"x23" ... That is so cool. I will get a frame for it! Thanks Dale!

And then some AWESOME news... my high school friend, Greg Lundell and his bride Becky became grandparents on New Year's Eve! Mary Katherine was born at 11:06pm! Welcome Baby Mary. Such a deal, born just less than an hour before midnight and a nice deduction for 2012 taxes!

On top of being DARLING!!!

My friend Trish sent me the following recipe. She makes Hoppin' John on New Years Day and found this easy version...
1 pound sage pork sausage
1 6oz. pkg uncooked long grain and wild rice mix with seasoning packet
2 15oz cans black-eyed peas, drained
2 14oz cans diced tomatoes with liquid
2 cups water
2 14oz cans chicken broth
Cook sausage. In large pot mix the cooked sausage with seasonings, black-eyed peas, tomatoes, broth, and water. Bring to boil, reduce heat to simmer, cook 20 minutes. Season to taste with salt. This makes a 'soup' ...
So.......................... I did the following......
I cooked some chorizo in the frying pan. Cooked some rice blend in my 35 year old rice cooker. Took the dried black-eyed peas and boiled them for an hour, added the wild rice and cooked on simmer for another 45 minutes. Mixed all of that with a can of diced tomatoes, mushrooms, black beans.... Then in the pan I cooked the chorizo in I sauteéd some yellow bell pepper and voilá ... Sue's Hoppin' Bill ~! (LOL Bill!)


Today is a special birthday... Ann Ramirez (LASD ret) is celebrating. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANN!!!

Historically this date....
1974President Richard Nixon signs a bill lowering the maximum U.S. speed limit to 55 MPH in order to conserve gasoline during an OPEC embargo

1999 – A brutal snowstorm smashes into the Midwestern United States, causing 14 inches (359 mm) of snow in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and 19 inches (487 mm) in Chicago, where temperatures plunge to -13 °F (-25 °C); 68 deaths are reported

And births this date include....
1936Roger Miller, American singer (d. 1992)

1947Jack Hanna, American zoologist

1968Cuba Gooding, Jr., American actor

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Hump Day. Law Enforcement/Fire luncheon today.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
National Buffet Day