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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Crockpot Burgundy Beef ~ Hummers ~ Ground Squirrel ~ Tom & Del ~ Coast Guard Day

Good 57º gonna be in the 90ºs again day! UGH. Smoke coming in. Seems to stay out at night and drifts back in by morning....
You can just see it coming over the top of my mountain....

Yesterday I made my friend Judy Duvall's Crockpot Burgundy Beef. Here's the recipe:
1 boneless beef pot roast,  2¼-2½ pounds (I used a 4# eye of round roast)
1 can condensed Beef Mushroom soup
1 can cream of onion soup (I used French Onion)
1 cup sliced mushrooms (I re-hydrated dried mushrooms... and used a couple cups)
1 cup chopped onion (I used two large shallots)
Then I also added 6 stalks of celery chopped and about 2 cups of baby carrots....
1/4 cup Burgundy wine (I used 1 cup Cabernet Sauvignon) 
Trim and cut beef into 1" pieces. Stir in the rest of the ingredients. Cover and cook 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low, or 6 hours on medium. (I cooked it 7 hours on high)
One hour before the end of the cook time I mixed 1/4 cup flour with about 1 cup milk in a jar and added in about 1/2 t. ground black pepper. Shook it up and added it in to thicken. Then I cooked some trottole pasta and served it on that. You can serve on rice or noodles....

I made a salad with baby spinach, one of Jeannie's cucumbers, and tomato. Brianna's Poppy Seed dressing... 
As for the wines...
Burgundy wine (French: Bourgogne or vin de Bourgogne) is wine made in the Burgundy region in eastern France,[1] in the valleys and slopes west of the Saône River, a tributary of the Rhône. The most famous wines produced here—those commonly referred to as "Burgundies"—are dry red wines made from Pinot noir grapes.
Burgundy wines produced in the United States are usually inexpensive jug wines made from different grape varieties.  
Cabernet Sauvignon = Cabernet = Cab  
(or as my Darling pronounced it "Cabinet Sa-vig-nee!LOL) Pronunciation:  cah-burr-NAY  sow-vee-NYOHN     Cabernet Sauvignon grapes make a hearty, complex red wine that's especially good with roasted meats and heavy stews.  Domestic Cabernets are often excellent.   Substitutes:   Bordeaux OR Merlot OR Zinfandel 
We seem to have a big influx of hummingbirds. Probably be due to the fires. All feed spots are filled at times...
This little guy owns this feeder. He sits on the wire on a birdhouse guarding it and chases away any birds that attempt to drink his personal nectar...

And outside was this ground squirrel with an apple he stole from my garden..... he was happily eating away until he saw me with the camera, dropped the apple, looked scared, picked up the apple and ran!

Today is a very special anniversary.... Tom & Adelle (Easton...Wilson W'63) Graves celebrating anniversary 48! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY KIDS!
.... with their Barkley~!
Historically this date....
1892 – The father and stepmother of Lizzie Borden are found murdered in their Fall River, Massachusetts home.
1944The Holocaust: a tip from a Dutch informer leads the Gestapo to a sealed-off area in an Amsterdam warehouse, where they find and arrest Jewish diarist Anne Frank, her family, and four others.
1987 – The Federal Communications Commission rescinds the Fairness Doctrine which had required radio and television stations to present controversial issues "fairly".
HA! That never happened again!!!
1993 – A federal judge sentences Los Angeles Police Department officers Stacey Koon and Laurence Powell to 30 months in prison for violating motorist Rodney King's civil rights.

Births this date include....
1901Louis Armstrong, American jazz trumpeter and singer (d. 1971)

1944Richard Belzer, American actor and comedian

1955 – Billy Bob Thornton, American actor and writer
... weirdo
1961 – Barack Obama, American politician, 44th President of the United States, Nobel Prize laureate (HA!)
Fox New radio host Todd Starnes became just the latest conservative to blast President Obama for having the nerve to think he has a place on the golf course, even on his birthday weekend. Referencing the recent international terrorism alert, Starnes tweeted “There’s a worldwide terror alert, 21 embassies are shutting down – but Obama’s got time to play golf today,” and hashtagged another tweet about the outing with the hip-hop slang term “flossing,” which refers to an ostentatious display of material wealth.
1962Roger Clemens, American baseball player
All I know. Happy Sunday. Nuff said. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
August 4th
US Coast Guard Day
U.S. Coast Guard Day honors the military branch that protects our waters and shorelines. The U.S. Defense Department suggests that this day is largely an internal celebration for all Coast Guard personnel and their families, past and present. But, we'd like to encourage everyone to honor the brave members of this important branch of the military.
Celebrate U.S. Coast Guard Day by learning more about the responsibilities and functions of the U.S. Coast Guard. They are now playing an even  more extensive role in Homeland Security to protect our country.
We salute Coast Guard personnel today.