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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Daddy ~ Nancy ~ Safeway ~ Island Rice Pilaf ~ Artichoke Hearts

Good 37º dark morning.

Today would have been my Dad's 112th birthday. Being Irish and born the day before St. Pat's ..... Missed it by a few hours! Darn! Pictures: 1946 and 1976 ... with me and on their 50th anniversary.....




Today is also my pal, Nancy Perry's birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY GIRLFRIEND! I hope you have a wonderful dinner and celebration! We'll 'do sushi' soon! (And I'll get some pictures of you!!! LOL. I can't post Skeeter's photo every year on your birthday!)

Yesterday I went into town, first to Safeway to see if I could retrieve my $20. I spoke with a manager, Scott (HUGE tall big man with a scowl...) I showed him the receipt and the 4 $5's and explained my story. He went into the other room and came back telling me that B's, the checker, money drawer from the night before was only off by 15¢. In other words, he was calling me a liar. I was pissed! I told him if that was the case then she has a problem with money and can't count or......... my personal opinion, she saw she was over and just took the $20! Not surprising in this day and age with so many with financial problems. He opened a money drawer and handed me a $20. I thanked him and told him I would spend it in the store anyway! You know, and he doesn't, that I'm not hard up for $20. If someone needed it, like B, I'd give it to her, but this just didn't sit right with me. I told him I had called and called the store to tell someone on Thursday after I discovered the mistake, but he said "we were short that day" ......... ???? So the phone doesn't get answered???? And there is no way to leave a message???? Very poor management.

Sigh.... that over I stopped in to see Brian at his office. Came out and a Grants Pass cop was parked by my truck and was showing visual interest in my license plate. 
I pointed to it, laughed, and said, "California penal code ... man with a gun." He laughed~! Then off to PetCo to get Maggie some treats for her birthday.... she loves Pedigree Dentastix
and I got her some "bacon" treats. Ran into our local RR police chief there, he was wearing a baseball cap that said "BERETTA" ... LOL! Then to mail a letter at the post office and to Ray's to get some chicken thighs to cook for the Maggs! Home to my birthday girl and the crazy Bruiser! Everyone happy.

Historically this date....

1916 – The 7th and 10th US cavalry regiments under John J. Pershing crossed the US-Mexico border to join the hunt for Pancho Villa.

1945World War II: The Battle of Iwo Jima ended, but small pockets of Japanese resistance persisted.

1958 – The Ford Motor Company produced its 50 millionth automobile, the Thunderbird, averaging almost a million cars a year since the company's founding.

1968 – General Motors produced its 100 millionth automobile, the Oldsmobile Toronado.

And births this date include....

1751James Madison, 4th President of the United States (d. 1836)


1912Pat Nixon, First Lady of the United States (d. 1993)


1926 – Jerry Lewis, American comedian

1949Erik Estrada, American actor

Last night I made the Island Rice Pilaf that I posted from Beth's blog One thing I did differently from her instructions was to cook it in my rice cooker. The coconut milk made it so creamy good, the red pepper flakes gave it just the right bite, and the pineapple just touched your tongue with a bit of sweetness. YUMMMMMMMM! I didn't have any cilantro, so used flat leaf parsley and I grated the garlic into the mix instead of slicing it ... also, I added some dried leeks I found yesterday at the market. Seared a steak in the frying pan and topped the rice with that. OMGOOD!

Tonight is the Elks Irish Feed.... corned beef/cabbage/and Guinness! I shall meet up with Dee, Dale, Kathy, & Tom. My outfit will be appropros to the occasion...
(... and old Irish saying..... :)

Yeah, someone else is cookin' and doin' the dishes!
Happy Saturday. All I know. Nuff said. Slán go fóill.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
March 16th
National Artichoke Hearts Day
There are two things in the food catagory I don't think I could live without.... one is artichokes the other is tomatoes ! Oh and asparagus! Sigh.......

The ancient Greeks called them 'kaktos.' And given the artichoke's thorny exterior, the comparison to a cactus seems apt. But when you get down to the heart of the matter--the artichoke heart, to be precise--you get a delicious tender vegetable that goes great in dips, casseroles, salads, paella and more. Have a heart, it's National Artichoke Heart Day!